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.
Lifestyle & Belief
Over the weekend, seven children were killed in a house fire in Brooklyn, New York. It was devastating tragedy for the large Orthodox Jewish family and community. The fire was sparked supposedly by a hot plate left on for the family's Sabbath meal. Cooking is forbidden during the Sabbath, as it is considered work. Which leads to widespread use of hot plates.
Science, Tech & Environment
The skies will go dark over the remote Faroe Islands Friday morning. The World's former science editor, David Baron has traveled there to catch the total solar eclipse.
Development & Education
According to the latest US census data, nearly 80 percent of Americans speak only one language. But one state is taking a gamble on multilingualism in a big way: Utah. It's become a pioneer in foreign language learning, even as some residents are unhappy with the move.
Israeli's go to the polls today and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hoping for a fourth term, but his chances seem to be falling quickly.
Arts, Culture & Media
In 1980s Britain, where anti-gay prejudice was widespread and accepted, a group of gay and lesbian Britons reached out to support the UK's striking miners. Their story, the subject of a film released last year, has much to teach today's Internet-based activists, says the screenwriter of "Pride."