Battle on the Water in Sheepshead Bay

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The local assemblyman says quality of life concerns drove him to propose a ban on party boats. Boat captains and passengers say there is more to it than that.

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The Takeaway

The Caribbean's History is the Key to its Freedom

Friday, December 19, 2014

A new book from a Caribbean historian argues that colonialism changed the very notion of freedom in the tiny nations of the Caribbean.

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The Takeaway

The U.S. & Cuba: A Historic Shift

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For the first time in decades, the United States and Cuba will start talks aimed at normalizing full diplomatic relations. The news comes as an American prisoner is released from Cuba.

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Buscabulla: Reinventing The Caribbean Cool

Friday, October 31, 2014

Puerto Rican-turned-Brooklyn band Buscabulla performs its Caribbean electro-psych grooves in the Soundcheck studio.

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PRI's The World

Haitian moms demand UN help for the babies their peacekeepers left behind

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Departing peacekeepers in Haiti have left their mark in at least one way — pregnant Haitian women. There’s an effort underway to check paternity, but it’s up to the peacekeeper’s country to decide what to do about it.



Children of Recruited Teachers Now Face Deportation

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Supreme Court ruling could have devastating implications for the children of New York City public school teachers recruited from abroad.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Calypso on WNYC

Friday, April 25, 2014

Did you know WNYC was one of the first U.S. broadcasters of calypso music? Neither did we, until we dug up this clip from 1941 and started dancing.
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The Takeaway

Considering the Caribbean: Possible Effects of Rising Sea Levels in Our Backyard

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Last week's tsunami-like surge in the Philippines might be far away, but there's another vulnerable coast line right in our backyard: The Caribbean. Rising sea levels could have considerable effects on the Caribbean islands, profoundly impacting tourism and immigration. Member station WLRN in Miami is running a week-long series on the impact of sea level rise. WLRN Reporter Tim Padgett joins us to discuss his report on the projections for the Caribbean.


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The Takeaway

Caribbean Nations Sue Europe for Slavery Reparations

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fourteen Caribbean nations are asking the former colonial powers of Britain, France and the Netherlands to pay for the damage they inflicted through years of slavery and racism. Joining to weigh in on this issue is Staceyann Chin, a Jamaican-American writer and activist who lived in Jamaica until she was 24-years-old. Martyn Day is a senior partner at Leigh Day, the British law firm litigating on behalf of Caribbean countries. He joins the program to explain the legal aspects of the case.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Celebrating West Indian Day

Friday, August 30, 2013

This Monday is the annual West Indian Day parade in Brooklyn. What are you looking forward to? What does your Caribbean heritage mean to you?

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Transportation Nation

US Navy Could Use Blimps to Track Drug Submarines

Monday, April 08, 2013

The US Navy has been testing a blimp in Jacksonville Florida to see if it could be used as a submarine spotter off the coast of Central and South America.

Testing of the MZ-3A helium filled airship at Naval Station Mayport wrapped up Friday. Earlier last week, US Senator Bill Nelson (D- FL) took a ride on the blimp, which can carry a crew of 10

"I was really struck how maneuverable it is," says Nelson. "It can rapidly ascend and rapidly descend."

Bill Nelson after his blimp ride (photo by Katie Ross)

Nelson says the benefit of the blimp is fuel economy.

"The amount of fuel it takes to crank up a jet and just taxi out to the runway is the amount of fuel a blimp would use in an entire 24 hour period," he says.

The U.S. Navy's Fourth Fleet patrols the waters around Central and South America- shipping routes for traffickers of drugs, people and other contraband as part of Operation Martillo.

Sen. Nelson says smugglers use a variety of boats- some of them submersible.

"They ride right below the water’s surface, but they’ve gotten a lot more sophisticated than that. They’re building submarines."

The MZ-3A has a cruising speed around 45 knots. Navy spokesman Lieutenant Commander Corey Barker says the blimp wouldn't replace the fixed-wing jet and turbo-prop aircraft currently used in maritime surveillance.

"The blimp would not be responsible for pursuing a ship or fast speedboat," Barker says. "It would simply be responsible for detecting that and passing that information to our patrol units, our aircraft with our partner nations and the coastguard to intercept that ship."

USS Macon (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Airship technology is not new. The US Navy was flying rigid airships in the 1920s and 1930s. But Lt. Commander Barker says the surveillance equipment on board the MZ-3A blimp is state of the art.

He says the Navy will also be testing an aerostat, an unmanned balloon that could fly behind a ship to scan the surrounding sea.

"It's not as wide an area as a blimp, but it will have sensors that can detect and monitor illicit activity in the area," says Barker.  Aerostats have been used by the military in Afghanistan and also in the 1980s by the US Coastguard to patrol the Caribbean.

U.S. Coast Guard ship with aerostat balloon (Photo: US Coastguard) 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Caribbean Family History

Friday, February 01, 2013

Andrea Stuart, British journalist and author of  Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire (Knopf, 2013), talks about her family's history of slavery in Barbados.

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Look | Brooklyn's West Indian-American Day Carnival Parade

Monday, September 05, 2011

The 2011 West Indian American Day Carnival parade made its way up Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn on Monday. The carnival, which is the city's annual celebration of Caribbean culture, brought about 2 million people to the borough. Check out photos of the parade here.

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In Brooklyn, Steel Drum Orchestras Gear Up for Carnival Competition

Friday, September 02, 2011

Brooklyn is home to the best steel drum orchestras outside of Trinidad. As the West Indian-American Day Carnival approaches, they're getting ready for the annual Panorama competition.

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Radio Rookies


Monday, October 04, 2010

Though 18 year old Rayon Wright grew up surrounded with Jamaican culture and music, he wants more than anything to become a producer of Korean music and entertainment.

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Labor Day, West Indian Style

Thursday, September 02, 2010

The West Indian Day Carnival is a five-day festival that includes some of the Caribbean's best music and New York City's largest parade. Find out more with WNYC's guide.



Social Mixer: DJ Moni

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Moni is a multimedia artist who has made her biggest mark as DJ, spinning the soul, funk, Latin, Caribbean and hip hop music that shaped her childhood. Stream her playlist.


Studio 360

Returning to El Barrio

Monday, October 19, 2009

New York City’s El Museo del Barrio has reopened after a well-deserved multi-million dollar renovation.

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