Joyce Hackel

Producer

Joyce Hackel is a producer at The World who aims to find the right voice for stories that will make you stop and listen.

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.

US State Department Counselor Derek Chollet smiles ahead of a meeting in Serbia, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. 

America’s top priority is to help Ukraine ‘defend itself’ as a sovereign nation, Blinken adviser says

What are Washington's current strategic goals and limitations in Ukraine? And how do they align with Kyiv? Derek Chollet, a counselor at the US State Department who advises Secretary of State Antony Blinken, joined The World's host Marco Werman to shed some light.

America’s top priority is to help Ukraine ‘defend itself’ as a sovereign nation, Blinken adviser says
A Taliban fighter stands guard as people wait to receive food rations distributed by a South Korean humanitarian aid group, in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 10, 2022.

Afghan women say they are ‘dying in slow motion’ after killing of former female MP

Afghan women say they are ‘dying in slow motion’ after killing of former female MP
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, center left, meet with Angolan President Joao Lourenco during the US Africa Leaders Summit 2022

US aims to ‘amplify Africa’s voice’ as leaders gather for summit in DC, Amb. Thomas-Greenfield says

US aims to ‘amplify Africa’s voice’ as leaders gather for summit in DC, Amb. Thomas-Greenfield says
In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, Iranians protests the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police, in Tehran, Oct. 1, 2022. 

Amid ongoing protests, Iran's morality police ‘lies in ruins,’ analyst says

Amid ongoing protests, Iran's morality police ‘lies in ruins,’ analyst says
A voter moves to cast their vote after filling out their ballot at a polling site inside The Shed arts center, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

Russia is placing 'a major bet' on US midterm election outcomes, journalist says

Russia is placing 'a major bet' on US midterm election outcomes, journalist says
In this Aug. 3, 2007, file photo, psilocybin mushrooms are seen in a grow room at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands. 

Study: 'Magic’ mushrooms show promise for treating severe depression

A new British study out on Wednesday shows that psilocybin — the substance found in hallucinogenic mushrooms — can help treat people with severe depression. But science writer Dana Smith cautions that psychedelic mushrooms are “not going to be a cure-all.”

Study: 'Magic’ mushrooms show promise for treating severe depression
man sitting in front of flags

Putin's war in Ukraine through a historical lens

Russian leader Vladimir Putin is obsessed with the war in Ukraine, to the exclusion of most other pursuits, Kremlinologist Mark Galeotti said. Galeotti tells The World’s Marco Werman Putin’s mindset has been shaped by the wars Russia has waged since Putin became president, especially the conflict in Chechnya. 

Putin's war in Ukraine through a historical lens
Heavily armed Tamil Tiger rebels walk down a street in Achchuveli village, north east of Jaffna City, Sri Lanka, on Nov. 4, 1987. 

'A murder mystery and a ghost story' about Sri Lanka's civil war wins Booker Prize

Shehan Karunatilaka, author of "The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida," is winner of the 2022 Booker Prize. Karunatilaka talked with The World's host Marco Werman about the ways in which Sri Lanka's grim history of civil war — along with a bit of "gallows humor" — shaped the ideas in his award-winning novel.

'A murder mystery and a ghost story' about Sri Lanka's civil war wins Booker Prize
Russian opposition figure and former owner of the Yukos Oil Company Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks during a press conference with Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs at the "Esperanza" hotel in Paunguriai village

Russia must change its power structure to get back on a democratic path, opposition figure says

Russian businessman and opposition figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky recently released a new book, "The Russia Conundrum: How the West Fell for Putin’s Power Gambit — and How to Fix It." He spoke with The World's host Marco Werman about Russia, President Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine.

Russia must change its power structure to get back on a democratic path, opposition figure says
In this handout photo released by The State Duma, The Federal Assembly of The Russian Federation Press Service, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, foreground center, addresses deputies during a session at the State Duma, the Lower House of the Russia

The US should not ‘overestimate the divisions inside of Russia,’ former ambassador says

Even some of the Russian leader's closest advisers don't know what Vladimir Putin is thinking, according to former US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft. He has spent plenty of time in the room with Putin himself.

The US should not ‘overestimate the divisions inside of Russia,’ former ambassador says
In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during his press conference in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022.

No contradiction in supporting protesters while pursuing nuclear deal with Iran, US special envoy says

Robert Malley, the US special envoy for Iran, joined The World's host Marco Werman from Washington to discuss how the Biden administration views the current protests and what this could all mean for efforts to secure a nuclear deal with Iran.

No contradiction in supporting protesters while pursuing nuclear deal with Iran, US special envoy says
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, waves hello to the committee at the start of a House Committee on Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.

People shouldn’t put their guard down when it comes to COVID, Fauci says

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist, joined The World's host Marco Werman to assess the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and reflect briefly on five decades of service in public health.  

People shouldn’t put their guard down when it comes to COVID, Fauci says
queen waving

Queen Elizabeth II was the UK's longest-reigning monarch. Who will succeed her? A historian explains.

Jonathan Spangler, who teaches European history at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, spoke to The World's host, Marco Werman, about what to expect from the impending transition.

Queen Elizabeth II was the UK's longest-reigning monarch. Who will succeed her? A historian explains.
Ukrainian servicemen prepare their weapon to fire Russian positions in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, early Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.

US will support Ukraine against Russian aggression ‘as long as it takes,’ US State Dept. spokesperson says

Ned Price, the US State Department’s top spokesperson, told The World's host Carol Hills that the United States is prepared to support Ukraine for as long as necessary to defeat Russian aggression and to also defend themselves against any future aggression.

US will support Ukraine against Russian aggression ‘as long as it takes,’ US State Dept. spokesperson says
Director General of the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala walks outside of the International Monetary Fund building during the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings in Washington DC in April, 2022. 

Ukraine grain shipments offer 'glimmer of hope,' WTO director-general says

The World’s Marco Werman spoke to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala about the shipments, the slowdown in global trade and how it's contributing to world hunger.

Ukraine grain shipments offer 'glimmer of hope,' WTO director-general says