NPR Staff

Human smugglers prey on the desperation of people who flee war and oppression. They've made millions moving people across borders, without regard to safety. Thousands have died, locked in packed trucks or trapped in sinking ships — like the "ghost ships," crowded with Syrian refugees, which have been set on course to crash into the Italian coast.

Two years ago, Sam Smith sent an email to his agent, the subject line of which simply read "007." That message was the beginning of his bid to write the theme song for the next James Bond film, a lifelong dream for the British singer that comes true today. To mark the release of "Writing's on the Wall," Smith's theme for the upcoming Spectre, Smith spent a few minutes with Morning Edition breaking down the track.