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The Takeaway

The Battle for Haiti

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A year ago, when the monumental earthquake of January 2010 hit Haiti, 250,000 people died, even more were injured, and roughly one million were left homeless. But the tragedy didn’t end there. At the same time that millions of civilians mourned, over 4,000 prisoners escaped from the national penitentiary and began a reign of terror over the nation’s tent cities that continues today; raping women and children, brutalizing citizens, and controlling access to drinking water and electricity.

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The Takeaway

Haitians Face Uncertain Future as US Suspends Special Immigration Status

Monday, December 20, 2010

Beginning next month, the U.S. government will end the special immigration status granted to certain Haitians left homeless by January's devastating earthquake. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — part of the Department of Homeland Security — says that they will only deport Haitians who had been convicted of crimes and finished serving their sentences; however, within New York's Haitian population, reaction has gone from concern to anger, as slow reconstruction coupled with a deadly cholera epidemic means an uncertain future for those forced to return home.

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WNYC News

Biggest Earthquake in 18 Years Shakes New York Region

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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A 3.9 magnitude earthquake shook the New York City region earlier today.

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The Takeaway

Dual Disasters Leave Indonesia in Peril

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake rocked Indonesia on Monday and caused a 10 foot tsunami, has left the country devastated. The latest death toll is at 272 and expected to rise. Rescue teams are battling through uprooted forests to reach at least 400 people believed to be missing. The country was already reeling from a volcano eruption on Java that killed 28 people. Patrick Barta, Southeast Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, is coordinating coverage of the twin disasters for his paper. He reports live from Singapore, where he is stationed until he is allowed to travel to Indonesia.

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WQXR News

Haitians Suffer Amid Cholera Outbreak

Monday, October 25, 2010

As of Monday, a cholera outbreak in Haiti had killed more than 250 people and sickened more than 3,000 others, according to The Associated Press. But the AP reports that certain health officials believe the outbreak may be slowing down, citing fewer deaths and reports of new cases so far this week.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

John Seabrook on adopting a Haitian child after the earthquake

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

John Seabrook on adopting a Haitian child after the earthquake.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alerts: Abigail Washburn & the Shanghai Restoration Project

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Last year the banjoist went electronic on an album benefiting victims of the 2008 Chinese Earthquake. Tonight she teams up with David Liang of the Shanghai Restoration Project for a special performance at NYU. Download the track "Sala."

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The Takeaway

Haiti's College Students: A Lost Generation?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Haiti's higher education system — already highly dysfunctional before the quake — is in shambles. The January 12 earthquake destroyed 90 percent of its school buildings and tore down nine of the state university's thirteen campuses. In a country that needs massive rebuilding and new leadership, who is taking care of educating its next generation of architects, politicians and doctors?

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The Takeaway

Update from China: Earthquake Relief Efforts Underway, Supplies Needed

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Yesterday's earthquake in the Chinese region of Yushu has left over six hundred people dead and thousands wounded. We hear from Jamin, an American tour guide who tells us what the country needs most, including winter supplies, tents, and machinery to help dig out those who are still stuck under the rubble. He also notes that the rescue efforts kicked into gear almost immediately following the quake.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: California's Earthquake, Justice Stevens Prepares to Retire

Monday, April 05, 2010

  • EARTHQUAKE TAKEOUT: A 7.2 earthquake shook Baja, California yesterday afternoon and was felt across Southern California. Susan Hough, seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey gives us the latest from Pasadena.
  • COURT TAKEOUT: Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he may soon announce his retirement after more than 34 years on the bench. Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for our partner The New York Times helps predict when the announcement may come and its political implications.

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WQXR News

Quake Shakes Mexico, Southern California

Monday, April 05, 2010

At least two people died in Sunday's strong 7.2 magnitude quake.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alerts: Versus

Friday, March 12, 2010

This homegrown outfit was one of the indie rock darlings of the 1990s. Now the band is making a comeback -- and for a good cause. Download their breezy track "Shangri-La," then catch them tonight at the Arms Around Haiti Benefit tonight at Public Assembly.

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Gig Alerts: Immortal Technique

Friday, March 12, 2010

This fiery emcee is one of the many rappers who will perform at S.O.B.'s Hip-Hop for Haiti benefit tonight. Download his fervent track "Mistakes."

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WQXR News

Powerful New Aftershocks Strike Chile

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Magnitude 6.9 tremor strikes as new president is being sworn in.

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WQXR News

Clinton Pledges Aid to Chile

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says there aren't any plans to send U.S. troops to Chile to help keep order or distribute aid.

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The Takeaway

Chile Earthquake: An Update from the Region

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Over 700 lay dead and over two million have been left homeless after the weekend's 8.8 earthquake rocked Chile. Pascale Bonnefoy, correspondent for The Global Post in Chile has an update from Santiago, and says that many of the homeless are staying with relatives or they are on the streets trying to protect their property from vandals and looters.

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The Takeaway

Updates from the Ground in Chile

Monday, March 01, 2010

Saturday's earthquake struck Chile with a force that was 500 times more powerful than the quake that hit Haiti last month, and set off a tsunami that destroyed villages up the coast. Millions of Chileans were displaced, and there are reports of gas, food and water shortages as people scramble to meet their needs.

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WQXR News

Small Earthquake Rattles New Jersey

Monday, February 22, 2010

Several areas of Somerset County were rattled early Sunday when a minor earthquake hit the region.

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The Takeaway

Visiting Doctors Haunted by Haiti

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dr. Steven Landau, a family physician from Smithfield, N.C. rushed to Haiti after the earthquake to do his part in the relief effort. He was not prepared for the emotional toll of the experience. He tells us what he saw and how he coped.

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WQXR News

Hundreds of Haitians Enroll in NYC Schools

Monday, February 15, 2010

In the month since the Haitian earthquake the city's public schools have taken in 219 students from Haiti.

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