When I was a kid my favorite record was a collection of sounds of the city: sirens, cooing pigeons, jack hammers, bicycle bells, dogs barking, horns honking, etc. I would play this record, much to the sheer agony of my parents, ad nauseum, making up a story for each sound. I like to think that was the first hint of a career in public radio. I joined The World's newsroom in 2013 after working as an independent producer/reporter. Prior to that I had a penchant for joining corps; first the Peace Corps in Romania and then traveling around the U.S. in an Airstream trailer as a facilitator for StoryCorps. When I'm not enlisting in yet another corps, you may find me baking pie, eating pie, and pretty much thinking about pie.
Conflict & Justice
Six months ago, two young girls made headlines in India when a video of them fighting off three men on a bus went viral. But now, even in their own village, some people think the sisters shouldn't have fought back — and they harbor some of the same doubts themselves.
Conflict & Justice
A family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is under arrest for shipping guns and ammo to Lebanon, most likely for use on the Syrian battlefield. They almost got away with it thanks to a sham aid effort that helped them hide their smuggling among food and clothing shipments.
Development & Education
Already struggling to dig out from last month's earthquake, Nepal was hit again by a 7.3-magnitude quake on Tuesday that killed dozens and left even more people with little or no shelter.
Science, Tech & Environment
As recovery efforts continue in Nepal, one of the biggest challenges is getting supplies to badly damaged areas. Nama Budhathoki and his organization, Kathmandu Living Labs, have been working on mapping the country and the damage using badly needed crowdsourced maps.
After weeks of polls predicting a dead heat between the major parties, the UK's Conservative Party stayed in power in a surprise landslide. But it's not going to be business as usual in Scotland, where the Scottish National Party destroyed Labour and became the country's dominant party overnight.