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.
Arts, Culture & Media
Latvian animator Signe Baumane has battled depression for most of her life — a battle that was made even more difficult by the oppressive culture of the Soviet Union. But when she discovered her depression had hereditary roots, she decided to make a film about the illness, one that's surreal, dark and funny all at once.
Lifestyle & Belief
As the Sydney hostage crisis unfolded, some Australians feared their Muslim neighbors would be targeted for harassment and abuse. So, starting with Melbourne's Tessa Kum, they volunteered to ride the trains and buses alongside Muslims, using a hashtag that exploded in a matter of hours.
Science, Tech & Environment
British airspace was shut down this afternoon for several hours after a "computer glitch" halted flights to several airports. That included Heathrow, one of Europe's busiest hubs — and the ripple effect was felt by flyers around the globe.
Development & Education
The US Agency for International Development does development and aid work around the world, but it's also sometimes accused of carrying out clandestine programs for the government. A new AP report says its latest effort was an attempt to topple the Castros with hip-hop.
Conflict & Justice
Poland was home to one of the secret CIA "black sites" where detainees were held and tortured. But while a new report detailed the abuses prisoners suffered, some Poles wonder why they seems to be the only country willing to take their leaders to task for their involvement.