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
The Anti-Homosexuality Act passed in December in Uganda criminalized being gay or even promoting gay rights. Now a case that might repeal the law is working through the Ugandan Constitutional Court.
Health & Medicine
The Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa months after the outbreak began in Guinea. As the deaths mount, mistrust has also boiled to the surface between affected communities and foreign healthcare workers.
Boston's Franklin Park Zoo partners with The World to name its newest, and possibly, cutest addition to the zoo.
Germany says it has uncovered American spies, and Chancellor Angela Merkel is "unamused." But even after the Germans ordered the removal of a CIA official in Berlin, the flap is unlikely to change much in the US-German relationship.
The Magna Carta turns 800 next year. Some British politicians believe it's a wonderful document, but they'd like to see their country get a proper constitution.