David is The World’s quizmaster. Each day he decides where we’re going for the Geo Quiz, sets the clues, and unearths those little-known facts about our mystery destination.
Before The World, David was an editor and producer at Monitor Radio, and a producer for the Spider’s Web, an early WGBH radio drama series that adapted American fiction including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Red Badge of Courage for radio. Before coming to public radio, he interned for public TV in western Massachusetts, reported news for rock station WBCN in Boston, and studied philosophy at Haverford. He enjoys traveling to Russia and often plays (and occasionally scores) on The World’s undefeated soccer team.
“There’s noise and then there’s radio. I love the craft of radio, but I also enjoy hearing those moments when good storytellers – whether they’re journalists, analysts, or just plain folk – take you there,” says Leveille. “One of my favorite segments featured an interview with a leader of an expedition trekking to the South Pole. His voice crackled over a satellite phone, but listeners could hear and almost feel the bitter cold and wind outside his tent."
Arts, Culture & Media
Oscar de la Renta, who died on Monday at 82, was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. But after leaving at 18 and becoming famous around the world, he still maintained ties to his home and fellow fashion designers there, who are clamoring to have a street named after him.
SungWoo Lee is a baseball superfan from Seoul, South Korea. He travelled to Kansas City this year to see his favorite team, the Royals, play and he may have brought a little magic with him. So now he's on his way back for the World Series.
Science, Tech & Environment
Heavy snowfall hit Nepal this week, trapping hikers on the popular Annapurna trail. Avalanches killed more than 25 trekkers and climbers, and hundreds more had to be rescued by helicopter. Scientists warn these storms may become more commonplace.
A scoreless match turned into a riot in Belgrade on Tuesday — literally. When a banner-toting drone flew over the match between political rivals Albania and Serbia, it touched off a riot between the teams and hardcore Serbian fans.
Business, Finance & Economics
An improving economy and declining unemployment mean that Ireland is finding its footing again, and looking to close a controversial loophole that let huge corporations avoid taxes there. But some Irish people think all's fair in love and finance, and want the so-called 'Double Irish' to stay.