Traci Tong

Traci Tong was part of the original team that created and launched The World in 1996. Currently, she is a producer and director of the daily live show. Her job is to find that perfect person to tell her story for the show's global audience. Over the years, Traci has worked from Honolulu to Dallas to Boston ... from London to Nairobi ... from Sierra Leone to the Philippines ... and throughout Oceania. She has sat for interviews with deposed dictators, future US presidents, the real Jane Roe and the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.Traci also serves as the managing editor with NPR's multimedia professional development program, NextGenRadio, for a new generation of multimedia journalists.Although the truth is, she would rather be on the water with her standup paddleboard or paddling on a Dragonboat.

A poster with Theresa May is on a building upside down that reads "This way up"

The ‘glass cliff’ puts women in power during crisis — often without support

When a company, a business or even a government is going through a crisis, a woman is more likely to be promoted or selected to deal with the turmoil. This phenomenon is called “glass cliff.”

Author Anna Dahlqvist talking with Saudah, a teenager in Kampala, Uganda

The ‘menstrual awakening’: Shattering the period stigma

Women & Gender
Stephanie Labbe raises her hands while standing in goal.

‘I can’t control my gender’

a woman with dark hair on a beach

For one woman with an eating disorder, Ramadan was a chance to blend in

Women & Gender
Elizabeth Tyler as Cleopatra lounges on a red cushion, he straight dark hair decorated with gold beads.

An online campaign is rewriting Egyptian beauty standards

Women & Gender
Khalida Popal

Khalida Popal defied the Taliban and risked her life to play soccer

Women & Gender

Khalida Popal did not let the harassment by the Taliban stop her from playing soccer. But daily death threats left her no choice — she fled her homeland and ended up in Denmark. Today she prepares a team of Mexican teenagers who will compete in the upcoming Street Child World Cup.

Asia Argento arrives for the Women In The World Summit in New York City

Asia Argento on relearning how to live her life after sexual assault


Italian actress and activist Asia Argento, one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse, came under a lot of backlash in her native Italy. Still, Argento says she doesn’t regret her action and hopes she can change some of Italy’s misogynist culture.

Author Asne Seierstad

The journey of two sisters into the Syrian jihad, and a father’s efforts to rescue them


Somali-Norwegian teenagers Ayan and her younger sister Leila leave their affluent neighborhood outside of Oslo to travel to Syria and marry ISIS fighters. Author Asne Seierstad’s latest book, “Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad”, shares the family’s story including the father’s efforts to bring his daughters home.

Mecca pilgrimage

Muslim women are speaking out against abuse with #MosqueMeToo


Muslim women are using the hashtag #MosqueMeToo to speak out against sexual abuse that takes place during the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Napalm girl

How the Vietnam War’s Napalm Girl found hope after tragedy


For many years, Phan Thi Kim Phùc was known as the Napalm Girl. She was in an iconic photograph that pictured her running naked down a road, screaming after a napalm attack on her village. That photo won a Pulitzer Prize and changed the way the world looked at the Vietnam War. For many years, Kim Phuc was angry and in pain. But, she found a way to forgive and find peace.