Update on Haiti

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Time magazine’s Jay Newton-Small joins us from Port-au-Prince to describe what she’s seen since she arrived on Friday. And Gillian Dunn, who is heading up International Rescue Committee’s Emergency Response Team on the ground in Haiti, will discuss how yesterday’s 6.1 magnitude aftershock has affected aid efforts there. Read Time’s complete Haiti coverage.

Read Jay Newton-Small’s Twitter feed.

How You Can Help: The Takeaway’s List of Relief Organizations

Last week we spoke with Leonardo Seeber, a seismologist and senior researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, on what caused the earthquake in Haiti. You can listen to that interview here.


Gillian Dunn, Jay Newton-Small and Leonardo Seeber

Comments [8]

Michael Flores from la county, California

I hear you Amy and agree population growth as obvious a solution to many of our problems IS taboo because people clinging to increasingly untenable environments tend to be non-white. Nationalistic sensitivities coupled with the realization of those wishing to enter public life that they must showcase their humanity. While this is a natural disaster we are also meddling in a dysfuctional organism. and I bet that newborn Haitians will quickly replace this last wave spreading out from their unsustaining island.

Jan. 23 2010 03:29 PM
hjs from 11211

i sent to a "relief effort" so i'm good with that

Jan. 21 2010 01:22 PM
hjs from 11211

Herb 3
list other arab countries helping

Jan. 21 2010 01:18 PM
Bob from Westchester

I've been a WNYC member for several years but on a number of occasions there were two words why I would seriously consider not being one - LEONARD LOPATE.

His knowledge is massive, almost as large as his ego, and his habitual need to "outscore" many of his guests is extremely annoying. His other fault is a perverted sense of humor and his total lack of empathy for human adversity.

The latest example is today's interview regarding Haiti. When the guest mentioned that many of the victims were singing very emotional songs regarding their devastation, he uttered one of his nervous laughs/chuckles and immediately asked if Pat Robertson was aware of their singing; as if that was some punchline to his distorted sense of humor.

I called the show in total disgust and related my concern to the young man who answered the phone. I mentioned how inappropriate his comments were over time and that hopefully somebody would straighten him out. I doubt anyone will so I've decided to post my comments here in hope that others might have similar reactions and that WNYC management get the message.

Jan. 21 2010 12:36 PM
Amy from Croton on Hudson

With all of the aid going to Haiti, I wish there was information on zero population growth and maybe shipments of condoms. The over population problem in Haiti should be front and center now that we see how it can easily make a bad situation a catastrophy. The aftermath of this earthquake in Haiti is an excellent opportunity to address the overwhelming problems of overpopulation, yet I hear no mention of it on ANY news program or State department discussions on Haiti relief and reconstruction. Nothing will succeed there until the population subsides. Is this subject taboo somehow?

Jan. 21 2010 12:15 PM
Herb E from NJ

Little Israel is the most effective relief agency in Haiti. Not USA, Red Cross, etc; Only Moslem country to assist is Turkey - a small rescue team. See CNN Link

This should be shouted on the roof tops
embrass the world into helping, people are still suffering

Jan. 21 2010 09:29 AM
aly from brooklyn

Water sent by you and me via Aid Agencies expressly for the use of victims, was first sent to the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince. Listen to more of this outrage at
I will NOT EVER vote for Obama again. ENOUGH with weak democrats who are as inhuman as rethuglicans.

Jan. 21 2010 08:53 AM
akena in NY

Interesting that Wycleff Jean's foundation and HaitiAction is not on the Takeaway's list of charities. They have been there doing work BEFORE the earthquake. The red cross takes 45c for every dollar on administrative costs. The salvation army is a "christian" conservative organisation that discriminates against their ideological opposites here in the US. Will they treat gay Haitians earthquake victims? What the takeaway is doing is proof that the white media want to only show white people, jews and catholics helping those poor, poor uncivilised Africans while they pimp the pornography of our suffering to an audience who self-satisfied and smug, think that american power is used for good around the world. Spreading the canard of security needs is racist and satanic and we see who the real devils are. You'll get NO THANKS from me.

Jan. 21 2010 01:02 AM

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