Joyce Hackel spends much of her day tracking down the right person to tell the nuanced stories that help explain the world today.
Joyce started out writing deadline copy from a DC sweatshop called States News Service in the mid-80s. After reporting one story too many about Congressional dysfunction (it was bad even then) , she ditched the Capitol Hill press pass and bought a one-way ticket to El Salvador. There she wrote for The Christian Science Monitor and filed freelance radio pieces from a closet lined with egg cartons. (She also met a British guy she’d eventually marry, but that’s another story…) Eventually she became a staff correspondent for Monitor Radio and was dispatched to Africa for four years. She filed from more than a dozen African countries, reporting on clan warfare in Somalia, genocide in Rwanda, and Nelson Mandela's landmark election. She won a few awards for her Africa radio pieces, and in 1996 headed to the University of Michigan as a journalism fellow. Since then, Joyce has worked as a Senior Editor at Living on Earth, and has edited WBUR’s Morning Edition. Some day she and her journalist hubby vow they'll get back on the road.
J.M. Berger, author of the book, "Extremism," says his most urgent question is how and where the large and radicalized community of extremists in the US will act next, pointing out that 15%-30% of Americans identify as white nationalists.
Fiona Hill was a key witness in the previous impeachment proceedings. Hill was Trump’s top Russia adviser from 2017 to 2019 and also served on the National Security Council. She told The World's host Marco Werman that the idea to storm the Capitol didn't come out of the blue.
Though historians debate whether Washington could have been more assertive in responding to Middle East uprisings a decade ago, some observers believe former President Barack Obama let down the revolutionaries.
In South America's biggest country, a populist president has taken an ideological stand against help from Beijing in ending the pandemic. But Brazilian scientists want to put public health and science over politics.
Some national security experts expressed concerns about the balance of civilian-military power if the Pentagon is led by a retired general. The World spoke to Rosa Brooks, the co-founder of the Leadership Council for Women.
With over three decades in the US foreign service, Linda Thomas-Greenfield hopes to chart a new course for the US in the halls of the United Nations. Marco Werman speaks to her colleague, former Ambassador Johnnie Carson, about how the adversity that Thomas-Greenfield faced in her career has prepared her for this role.
Former CIA director John Brennan has worked closely with Antony Blinken, who is expected to be announced as President-elect Joe Biden's Secretary of State.
Officials in Tehran say that for the US to jump back into the historic agreement with world powers, new sanctions would have to be undone and a price paid for recent economic damage.
2020 US presidential election
Arizona, a longtime Republican stronghold, is leaning Democratic in the 2020 election. Immigrant rights organizer Reyna Montoya explains why Latinos might have a lot to do with that shift.
COVID-19: The latest from The World
Dr. Anthony Fauci tells The World's host Marco Werman that President Donald Trump’s use of his words in a campaign ad was “inappropriate,” but that he has no recourse to undo the misleading appearance. As director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci is also a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.