Nina Porzucki

Nina Porzucki

When I was a kid my favorite record was a collection of sounds of the city: sirens, cooing pigeons, jack hammers, bicycle bells, dogs barking, horns honking, etc. I would play this record, much to the sheer agony of my parents, ad nauseum, making up a story for each sound. I like to think that was the first hint of a career in public radio. I joined The World's newsroom in 2013 after working as an independent producer/reporter. Prior to that I had a penchant for joining corps; first the Peace Corps in Romania and then traveling around the U.S. in an Airstream trailer as a facilitator for StoryCorps. When I'm not enlisting in yet another corps, you may find me baking pie, eating pie, and pretty much thinking about pie.

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Global Politics

It's not Hugo Chavez's Venezuela anymore, or is it?

Venezuela's late Socialist leader Hugo Chavez picked his own successor as the country's president and left his party firmly in control of the National Assembly. That allowed the Chavistas to stifle the opposition for a long time. But that changed in December, when voters handed the opposition a majority in the National Assembly.

Technology

The quest to create the first dumpling emoji

Emoji is a Japanese term for the cute little symbols you can text and tweet from your phone and PC. There are emojis for pizza and taco and apple but recently writer Jennifer 8 Lee discovered that there is no official dumpling emoji. Dumplings are one of the world's most ubiquitious foods, why no dumpling emoji? She decided to change that. The World in Words podcast talks Lee about her quest to create the dumpling emoji and writing a proposal to the mysterious Unicode Consortium, the entity that encodes emoji and makes them "official."

Culture

The French comic that may have influenced 'Star Wars'

George Lucas cites many influences for his legendary "Star Wars" series but one unknown influence may have been the French comic, "Valerian and Laureline," by Jean-Claude Mézières. You can see influences on everything from the millennium falcon to the characters of Jabba the Hutt and Chewbacca. And, perhaps, an infamous bikini.

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