Susannah Roberson


The World

Susannah Roberson was a summer 2015 intern at PRI's The World.

I'm a Durham, NC native and a Public Policy major at Duke University also studying journalism and French. I'm particularly interested in education and family policy.I love how radio brings stories to life in such an intimate and personal way, and it's always had a place in my life. In my family, cooking and public radio go together like peanut butter and jelly. I'm interested in all corners of the globe, especially France and South Africa, where I've spent time studying and working.Beyond journalism, I'm a dancer and a huge ballet nerd (that's a thing) and my favorite place to be is a North Carolina beach.

David Hyde stands in front of his tent in Geneva, Switzerland.

Update: Tent-living UN intern ‘comes clean,’ planned stunt to publicize intern conditions


David Hyde, an unpaid intern at the UN offices in Geneva, Switzerland found a creative way to bypass the city’s high cost of living. Instead of renting, he pitched a tent on Lake Geneva.

A woman wearing a mask rides her bicycle along a street on a hazy morning in Beijing, February 28, 2013. Beijing's environmental authorities said that day air quality in Beijing and nearby regions hit dangerous levels, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The key player in global climate change policy is China, again

Iran's leaders

Even with the Iran nuclear deal, the country still has an alarming record on human rights

Margaret Atwood, right, hands over her transcript for Future Library, a 100-year project by Scottish artist Katie Paterson, left.

You can’t read these books, but your great-great-grandchildren can

A pro-Euro protester holds a European Union and a Greek national flag during a rally in front of the parliament building in Athens, Greece, July 9, 2015.

Greek people paralyzed by ‘overwhelming, deep uncertainty’

Carnival Corporation's newest cruise line, fathom, aims to send passengers on "social impact" voyages to Cuba starting in May 2016.

Tourist cruise ships headed from US to Cuba. But, don’t call it tourism.


While relations between the US and Cuba may be on the road to recovery, the decades-old embargo bans leisure travel to Cuba. So instead, Carnival Corporation’s newest cruise line, fathom, is hoping travelers will sign up for their “social impact” voyages.

Participants holding a rainbow flag pass through a junction during a gay pride parade, which is promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, in Mumbai, January 31, 2015.

While gay people in America can marry, gay people in India face jail time


President Barack Obama called Friday’s Supreme Court ruling “a victory for America.” Meanwhile, in India, being gay can mean a life lived in secrecy, blackmail and even jail time. Indian-American author Manil Suri hopes the US Supreme Court decision will set a worldwide precedent.

Nazi uniforms and a Swastika flag that were confiscated by the Berlin police during raids against German neo-Nazis are presented to the public during an open day at a police barracks in Berlin, September 7, 2014.

Is the Confederate flag about to go the way of Nazi symbols?


When Germany lost World War II, citizens immediately removed Nazi symbols. Not so after the American Civil War. But there’s a lot we can learn from Germany and how ridding itself of a terrible past allowed it to move forward.

Graffiti artist Rei Blinky at work in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

In the world’s deadliest city, graffiti artists use their ‘weapons’ for good


San Pedro Sula has earned the bloody title of world’s deadliest city four years in a row. Graffiti artists hope to change that with some spray paint and imagination. And ironically, they’re teaming up with the police to ensure they can work without catching a stray bullet.

The Boston Gay Men's Chorus

Boston’s Gay Men’s Chorus’ finds pride and prejudice in Turkey


The Boston’s Gay Men’s Chorus returns to the US inspired by its performance for the gay community in Istanbul. But their trip was not without conflict.