Stories from Traci Tong
Traci Tong was part of the original team that created and launched "PRI's The World" in 1996. Currently she is a producer and director of the daily live show. Her job is to find that perfect person to tell the story and then translate it for the American audience.
Over the years, Traci has worked from Honolulu to Dallas to Boston ... from London to Nairobi ... from Sierra Leone to the Philippines ... and throughout Oceania.
She has sat for interviews with deposed dictators, future US presidents, the Dalai Lama and the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Traci also serves as the managing editor with NPR's multimedia professional development program for a new generation of multimedia journalists.
Although, truth be told, she would rather be on the water with her standup paddle board or on a Dragonboat.
Arts, Culture & Media
In our search for holiday traditions outside the United States, we came across a Venezuelan staple. It's called hallaca, and it's similar to a Mexican tamale.
Conflict & Justice
"John conducted himself in the most difficult of circumstances with a huge amount of integrity," says longtime friend Bob Rae.
Syria's security forces scored a big victory after they re-claimed the ancient city of Palmyra this week. They couldn't have done it without the backing of Russian airpower. Russia's involvement has helped strengthen Syrian President Bashar Assad ... but to what degree?
Science, Tech & Environment
Six months to go until the 2016 Rio Olympics. How close is Brazil on fulfilling the promises made to attract the event?
Health & Medicine
Sisters Claire and Lola Hartley were born with microcephaly, a neurological condition that causes babies to develop smaller heads and underdeveloped brains. Scientists believe there's a link between this and the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Gwen Hartley is the mother of the two girls.