April Peavey

Studio Director and Producer

April Peavey is studio director and producer for PRI's The World.

 I work out of the Boston newsroom and studio for The World. Half of my day is devoted to producing sound rich music features (known as the Global Hit) or hard news interviews; the other half is spent in the studio directing the show. Much of the music you hear between reports and breaks was chosen by me. My goal is to try and keep the music sounding fresh and "worldly." I also work closely with the show producer and engineer to make sure the show keeps a steady pace and that all the pieces/interviews come in on time. Math was never my strong suit, so I always need to make sure I have a stopwatch!  Before coming to The World I produced for the daily news program "Here and Now" based at WBUR.While there I served as a field producer for the 2004 Democratic and Republican Conventions and produced a one-hour radio documentary on Cuba.  Other career ventures include: NBC in New York, the Museum of Television and Radio and ushering at the Metropolitan Opera House.  I received my Bachelors degree from Emerson College and have a Master’s in Theological Studies from Boston University.  I currently reside in New Hampshire with my partner, three cats, a dog and 20k-plus bees.

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Artist Daniel Jobim honors the musical legacy of his grandfather, a bossa nova pioneer


Daniel Jobim is now on the road playing his grandad’s music on tour with Seu Jorge, another Brazilian superstar. 

Seafood Congee, as presented in the Taiwanese cookbook Made in Taiwan: Recipes and Stories from the Island Nation.

A new book explores Taiwan’s culinary identity

Screenshot from "Cape Flats Kung Fu" by Eavesdrop.

‘Planet Hip Hop’: The music will always be the voice of the people, Samy Alim says

Planet Hip Hop
Black woman performing on stage in white dress

Women rap artists a driving force as hip-hop turns 50

Planet Hip Hop
"Les Princes de la Ville" by 113, a French rap group.

Planet Hip Hop: How French rappers continue to raise their voices for justice and identity

Planet Hip Hop
Critically-acclaimed hip-hop artist Dope Saint Jude performs at the Cape Town Jazz Festival, April 2017.

Planet Hip Hop: The World celebrates 50 years of hip-hop around the globe

Planet Hip Hop

Hip-hop turns 50 this summer, and its influence has been felt in all corners of the globe. From the streets of the Bronx to a revolution in Beirut, from anti-apartheid messages in Cape Town to graffiti in Cairo. Throughout the summer, we will be exploring Planet Hip Hop.

Pilani Bubu found her music community after she moved from South Africa to New Orleans. She understood that the people she met wanted to learn more about her culture back home. That’s when she started to incorporate South African music into her repertoire

South Africa’s Pilani Bubu has ‘jumped off the shoulder of giants’ to create music filled with tradition


The singer-songwriter has always straddled between the worlds of globalization and the traditions of her homeland.

Haitian Musician and Voudo priest Erol Josué has a new album titled Pèlerinaj, which includes songs like “Rén Sobo,” “Ati Sole” and “Palave Maria" that invoke Voudo goddesses and saints.

Erol Josué’s new album Pèlerinaj highlights Haiti’s Vodou tradition and the artist’s own pilgrimage


The 18 tracks on “Pèlerinaj,” or “pilgrimage” in Haitian Creole, are a mix of sacred Vodou chants and traditional Haitian rhythms with funk, jazz, rock and electronic music.

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Irish singer-songwriter Dani Larkin navigates a troubled border with song 

Dani Larkin was too young to have lived through the troubles in Northern Ireland. But growing up along the Armagh-Monaghan border in Ireland, close to Northern Ireland, she knew all about the sectarian tension and conflict in the area. She also knew about kindness and a history that brings people together. 


TarantisT bandleader on protests in Iran: ‘This is not protest anymore. This is a revolution’


In the Iranian diaspora community of Los Angeles, members of the heavy metal group TarantisT have added their artistic voices to the protests in Iran. Arash Rahbary is the band’s singer and bassist. He speaks to host Marco Werman.