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.
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.
Health & Medicine
El Salvador has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the hemisphere. And advocates hope that El Salvador's recommendation that women hold off getting pregnant until 2018 will spur a conversation about the country's laws around reproduction in general.
Conflict & Justice
Help finally arrived in the Syrian town of Madaya, where residents are reportedly starving to death. A convoy led by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross arrived Monday, bringing desperately needed food and medical supplies.