Dominican Republic

The Brian Lehrer Show

Citizenship in the Dominican Republic

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The government of the Dominican Republic has decided to revoke citizenship from those born in the country to Haitian migrants. Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, and Associate Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic at UC Berkeley, Roxanna Altholz, explains what the decision will mean for the thousands of Dominican citizens of Haitian descent who are now stateless, and what led to the decision. Edward Paulino, professor of history at John Jay College and an organizer of Border of Lights, a group dedicated to Haitian-Dominican history, talks about relations between the two countries. 

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New Jersey News

Ongoing Questions in Menendez Saga

Monday, February 11, 2013


Questions continue to dog New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez about his relationship with his friend and campaign donor, Doctor Salomon Melgen.


Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Who am I?

Sunday, July 08, 2012

In each of the two stories that make up this program, the traveller encounters someone completely unlike herself or himself, learns something about that person, and perhaps, learn more about themselves.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Diaspora in the Dominican Elections

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Erica Gonzalez, executive editor of El Diario, explains the role of Dominicans abroad in the recent Dominican elections. For the first time, Dominicans in New York and New Jersey were able to vote for seven congressional seats to represent the diaspora.

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Gig Alert: Irka Mateo

Friday, March 11, 2011

Irka Mateo is Dominican songwriter who draws on her country's rich folkloric sounds and indigenous Caribbean themes in her music. Download her accordion-centric "Hombre de la tierra" here.



Conflicting Reports on Seizure of Mentally Ill Man

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The family of a mentally ill man, Gamalier Reyes, plans to sue the NYPD for beating him so brutally, they say he'll need facial reconstruction surgery. Relatives and supporters gathered today outside of the 83rd Police Precinct in Bushwick, Brooklyn, holding photographs of Reyes' damaged face. Last Saturday, when Reyes, who is schizophrenic, refused to take his medicine, his mother called his social worker, who then called 911. Zully De La Cruz, Reyes' sister, says when the police arrived they used unnecessary force on her brother, who was upset, but not violent: