Stories from Clark Boyd
Senior Producer & Reporter
I'm currently serving a life sentence as a storyteller. In the latest incarnation, I work as Senior Producer and Reporter for the show. On the production side, I spend my days figuring out what should go on the broadcast, and then the who/when/why/where/how of making that happen. On the reporting side, I'm prone to taking a sideways glance at just about any story that comes along.
For more than 16 years, I've been been traveling the globe in search of interesting people to put on the radio, on the web, and even on television. I recently did a two-year stint for The World in Brussels, where I mostly covered Europe's ongoing financial crisis. Before that, I served as The World's technology correspondent, and also hosted a weekly technology podcast. Since returning to the Boston newsroom, I have tackled a variety of projects, including the creation of Boston Calling, a weekly program for the BBC World Service.
Away from the office, I enjoy fine Belgian beers and single malt Scotch whisky. I like books by Kurt Vonnegut, and early Miles Davis on vinyl. Occasionally, I spoil a good walk by picking up a golf club, usually to disastrous results. More occasionally, I pick up a bass guitar, and then smash it.
Arts, Culture & Media
X-Files star David Duchovny, an American with a Russian-sounding last name, has unwittingly waded into the frosty world of US-Russia relations. And it all has to do with an unfortunately timed beer ad.
In 1949, Mao outlawed golf in communist China, declaring it the sport of millionaires. But these days, the sport is on the rise. Dan Washburn spent more than a decade living and working in China and his new book, "The Forbidden Game," uses golf as a prism to view modern China.
Lifestyle & Belief
Funeral homes are offering more and more alternatives these days when it comes to burials. For example, Danish funeral director Sille Kongstad's come up with a cleaner, greener way to take a last spin through Copenhagen. It's a bicycle-powered hearse, and it is truly one sweet final ride.
No more ties. No more "losing," but still "winning." All bets are off at the World Cup in Brazil, and if you lose, you're going home. So now that it's serious, it means that Americans overseas have to decide where their loyalties lie. From his perch in a Brussels cafe, The World's Clark Boyd comes to terms with Tuesday's clash between the US and Belgium.
The World Cup is trouble for anyone on the fence about soccer. Everything from scoreless ties to animals predicting the outcome of the games is enough to drive someone nuts. Still, The World's Clark Boyd is trying to fall in love with the "beautiful game." And that's why he's rooting for Belgium.