Jessica Yarmosky is a producer for The World. Her background is in teaching and education policy, but her stories run the gamut from questionable Olympic logos to the safety of public transit workers. Previously, she worked on NPR's Education Desk and at Morning Edition in Washington, DC.
She is a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop and has a master's in education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Science & Technology
Space junk — debris from defunct satellites and other man-made items — is a growing problem. Wooden satellites, an idea spearheaded by astronaut and professor Takao Doi of Kyoto University, may be the solution.
This year, a bumper crop of mushrooms is rewarding locals with plenty to eat and sell to restaurants, which is helping some families navigate an economic downturn during the pandemic. But mushroom-foraging tours have suffered.
The coronavirus pandemic comes with a heavy psychological toll. So, Cristina Mattioli, a bar owner in Rome, banned talking about it to encourage her customers to focus on more positive things.
President-elect Joe Biden is taking a radically different approach to COVID-19 than President Donald Trump. The World speaks to Dr. Céline Gounder, an HIV and infectious disease specialist named to Biden's COVID-19 task force.
The president's refusal to defend a core democratic concept brought swift rebukes, with a chorus of voices saying that this does not happen in America. The Senate even unanimously passed a resolution reaffirming the Legislature's commitment to an orderly transition.
Since the tragic events of Sept.11, 2001, national security analysts say intelligence agencies have improved on information sharing, but that Trump administration policies have discouraged reliance on their reports.
Semenya won't get to defend her title at next year's Olympics unless she takes medication to lower her testosterone levels. But her lawyer says "there's absolutely no way that she will take any medicine or hormonal interventions at all."
The history of white supremacy is complex and the meaning of that term often disputed. But if people, by association, are part of a larger structure in which whites dominate, is it appropriate to call them "white supremacists"?
Taiwan has kept its COVID-19 numbers low compared to other countries: It has seen fewer than 500 cases and seven deaths. Much of that success has been attributed to Taiwan's approach to technology, led by the government's digital minister Audrey Tang.
The video chat app allows a sighted volunteer to help out with reading thermostats, matching outfits or troubleshooting technology.