Joyce Hackel spends much of her day tracking down the right person to tell the nuanced stories that help explain the world today.
Joyce started out writing deadline copy from a DC sweatshop called States News Service in the mid-80s. After reporting one story too many about Congressional dysfunction (it was bad even then) , she ditched the Capitol Hill press pass and bought a one-way ticket to El Salvador. There she wrote for The Christian Science Monitor and filed freelance radio pieces from a closet lined with egg cartons. (She also met a British guy she’d eventually marry, but that’s another story…) Eventually she became a staff correspondent for Monitor Radio and was dispatched to Africa for four years. She filed from more than a dozen African countries, reporting on clan warfare in Somalia, genocide in Rwanda, and Nelson Mandela's landmark election. She won a few awards for her Africa radio pieces, and in 1996 headed to the University of Michigan as a journalism fellow. Since then, Joyce has worked as a Senior Editor at Living on Earth, and has edited WBUR’s Morning Edition. Some day she and her journalist hubby vow they'll get back on the road.
Health & Medicine
Maybe Americans should take a cue from the Swedes, who sign up in droves for all sorts of optional vaccines, including measles immunizations. How did that happen? It was no accident.
Arts, Culture & Media
Tania Bruguera was arrested after trying to stage an open-mic performance in Revolution Square in Havana a few weeks back. She's free now, but without her passport, and "I'm followed 24-7 by a car and by people."
Arts, Culture & Media
The word ''tears'' and a poem were among the things the Washington censored in the diary of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay without charge since 2002. His memoir took six years to get published.
Business, Finance & Economics
American and Cuban officials are sitting down in Havana this week to try to hammer the details of their rapproachment. But McDonalds and Walmart won't move in anytime soon.
After the US-Cuba thaw, Iranians are hoping that it's their turn for relief and improved relations with Washington. That's why many will be watching the State of the Union for signs that the US will ease sanctions on Iran that have made even some kinds of medicine hard to find.