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.
Science, Tech & Environment
An earthquake in Kathmandu isn’t surprising: Many experts in the region have long expected a big quake. And while Nepali NGOs have worked on educating the public about what to do, it’s hard to prepare for the unknown when the daily pressures of poverty take priority.
Charges have been dropped against Argentine President Cristina Fernández, alleging she conspired to cover up Iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center, but the conspiracy is not over.
Conflict & Justice
Hundreds of migrants died this week trying to cross the Mediterranean and make it to safety in Europe. The captain on an earlier journey told Daniel Habtey and other passengers: "I don’t know where I’m going and I’m running out of fuel, so you need to yell and shout for help."
Conflict & Justice
Two years after the Boston Marathon bombing, are we any more secure? Maybe, but one security expert says it's not the marathon attack that's been driving the conversation about security across the country.
Arts, Culture & Media
Space Oddity, Rocket Man, It's a Wonderful World, Brown-eyed Girl, La Cucuracha, all of those songs have at one time been piped up to space. NASA astronauts have a tradition of waking up with music.