Stories from Carol Hills
Senior Producer, Reporter, and Global Cartoons Editor
Carol Hills was part of the original team that created and launched "PRI's The World" in 1996. Currently she is a producer and occasional reporter who proudly calls herself a generalist. Carol is interested in everything from US policy options in Afghanistan to the rise in pet ownership in the Middle East. She also has an interest in global humor (yes, sometimes it actually does translate) and produces a weekly narrated slideshow of political cartoons from around the globe. She is loquacious about language too and each month prattles on with colleague Patrick Cox in his podcast, "The World in Words."
Over the years, Carol has reported from Cuba, Nigeria, and Vietnam. She was a Knight Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during 2001-2001 and has a masters degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Carol got her journalistic start in Boston on "The Ten O’Clock News" with Christopher Lydon.
Five Central American nations and Mexico got together and figured out a plan to get nearly 8,000 stranded Cuban migrants from Costa Rica to the US border. That kind of laser-like focus on solutions just doesn't happen for other Central American migrants.
Arts, Culture & Media
It's been one year since two masked gunmen opened fire in the offices of Charlie Hebdo. Francoise Mouly of The New Yorker still recalls how she felt after hearing that cartoonists had been murdered for simply drawing a picture.
Conflict & Justice
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, FBI officials said the attack in San Bernardino was officially being classified as an act of terrorism. New information coming out has refocused the spotlight on Tashfeen Malik, the female suspect in the attack.
Conflict & Justice
It can be useful to view the tragic violence in San Bernardino through the lens of other countries. Mexico has just one legal gun shop and strict gun laws. But the country is awash in guns and assault rifles, like those used in the San Bernardino shootings. And South Africa sees more than its fair share of gun violence with rampant crime in cities like Cape Town, but mass shootings are foreign.
Health & Medicine
Illegal drug factories in Syria and Lebanon are churning out millions of pills of Captagon. The amphetamine is unheard of in the US, but there's an insatiable demand for it across the Middle East.