Julia Barton is an independent producer and editor with a soft spot for the former Soviet Union, which she first visited in 1985.
Her reports from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and elsewhere have aired on The World and other public media outlets.
She also edits the podcast Life of the Law and works with PRX, the Public Radio Exchange, to support high-production value podcasts.
Lifestyle & Belief
Even with car ownership on the rise in Russia, the country has been able to drastically cuts its traffic deaths. The designer of its road safety program stopped trying to scare Russians into safety, and now tries to make them proud to be safe drivers.
Health & Medicine
In Russia, pregnant women are often confined to stark maternity hospitals with little privacy, and where medical practices may be outdated. But the government has plans to make maternity care more modern.
Americans didn't see the 1980 Moscow Olympics because of the US boycott; but no matter for those in the Soviet Union. The games went on, and they left a beautiful memory.
Russians are getting ready to show off Sochi for the 2014 Olympics, but not everyone is excited. Some residents have paid a hefty price in order for the games to be played here.
Reporter Julia Barton went to Sochi two years ago to check on the preparations for the Winter Games. Now that the games are in less than two weeks, she's traveled back to the city. Barton said there's been an explosion of construction in Sochi. But she's also noticed many empty skyscrapers and shopping malls, like "high-end ghost towns.