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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Fatal Assistance” and Post-Earthquake Haiti

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Award-winning Haitian-born filmmaker Raoul Peck discusses the challenging, colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. His film “Fatal Assistance” is an indictment of the international community’s post-disaster idealism and looks at the complexity of the reconstruction process, the impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, and reveals the failures. “Fatal Assistance” is playing at Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center June 19, at 6:30, and at IFC Center June 20, at 7:00 pm, as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Haiti: Three Years Later

Monday, January 14, 2013

Amy Wilentz, author of The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier and Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti, and Laurent DuBois, professor of History at Duke University and the author of the 2012 book, now in paperback, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, look at what’s changed in the three years since the devastating earthquake.

It can be difficult to know where to make a contribution to the ongoing relief and development effort in Haiti. Ms. Wilentz and Prof. DuBois gave us three recommendations.

*CODEP-The Comprehensive Development Project works on reforestation and self-sufficiency projects in rural Haiti.

*Partners in Health-Provides "preferential medical care" to Haiti's poorest citizens.

*Ti Kay Haiti-Dr. Megan Coffee treats and works to prevent Tuberculosis and HIV in Port-au-Prince.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Earthquake in Haiti

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck Haiti. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, was inside his house when it the earthquake occurred, and he writes of the terror of that day, the devastation ordinary Haitians experienced, and the monumental—yet he says misbegotten—rescue effort that followed in The Big Truck That Went By.  

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Wyclef Jean's Immigrant Story

Monday, September 17, 2012

Wyclef Jean recounts his path from his impoverished childhood in "Baby Doc" Duvalier's Haiti and the projects of Brooklyn to Newark to the stage. In Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story, he writes of his upbringing and family, his time in the Fugees and his solo career, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and his efforts to help rebuild his homeland, including the controversy surrounding Yéle, his aid organization, and his exploratory bid for president of Haiti.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Haiti: The Aftershock of History

Monday, January 23, 2012

Even before the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti was known for its poverty and corruption. Laurent Dubois discusses the maligned and misunderstood nation that has long been blamed by many for its own wretchedness. In Haiti: The Aftershock of History, he shows that Haiti's troubles can only be understood by examining its complex past.

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The Takeaway

Two Years After the Haiti Earthquake

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thursday marks the two-year anniversary of Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake. The 7.0 magnitude quake devastated the capital city, Port-au-Prince, and Haiti’s government estimates the death toll was more than 316,000 people. An international outpouring of support followed, with NGOs, human rights organizations, and the first mass text-based fundraising campaign bolstering the island nation. A little less than a year after the earthquake, an outbreak of cholera further devastated the country and set back relief efforts. So what has and hasn't been accomplished in the time since?

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The Takeaway

Haiti Charges UN With Responsibility for Cholera Outbreak

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lawyers representing the families of thousands of people who died of cholera in Haiti are planning to sue the United Nations for wrongful death. The lawyers say U.N. peacekeeper troops inadvertently brought cholera to Haiti from Nepal after the 2010 earthquake that decimated the country. Since the cholera outbreak began in 2010, nearly 7,000 people have died and over 500,000 have been infected. The BBC's Mark Doyle has been in Haiti investigating the situation and filed this report.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Haiti After the Earthquake

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dr. Paul Farmer discusses the massive earthquake that destroyed much of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in January 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people. In Haiti After the Earthquake, Farmer describes the suffering and resilience he encountered while treating the injured in Haiti. He explores the social problems that made Haiti so vulnerable to the earthquake—the issues he says make it an "unnatural disaster."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: What the WikiLeaks Cables Reveal about Haiti

Thursday, June 16, 2011

On this week’s Underreported, Dan Coughlin, reporter for The Nation magazine, Kim Ives, editor for Haiti Liberté, discuss what the WikiLeaks cables reveal about American diplomatic attitudes toward Haiti – both before and after the devasting earthquake there in 2010. A new series of reports about the 1,918 cables that relate to Haiti is being published in a partnership between The Nation and the Haiti Liberté newspaper.

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The Takeaway

'Baby Doc' Duvalier Returns to Haiti

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as Baby Doc, returned to Haiti on Sunday after spending nearly 25 years in exile in France. Duvalier became president of Haiti in 1971 when his father, Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier died. Baby Doc was known for torturing his opponents, and was accused of massive embezzlement; many considered him more of a dictator than a president. A popular revolt overthrew Baby Doc in 1986, ending nearly three decades of Duvalier rule. What are the implications of Baby Doc's return to the country in unstable times? Does the former leader return to lend aid or grasp political opportunity?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frontline's "Battle for Haiti"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dan Reed, producer of the Frontline documentary “Battle for Haiti” talks about the more than 4,000 prisoners who escaped from the National Penitentiary during last year’s earthquake, the struggling police effort to recapture them, life in the tent cities where they hide, and the politicians who rely on them to get elected. “Battle for Haiti” airs January 11, at 9 pm, on PBS.

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Features

Council Denies Wyclef Jean's Appeal in Haiti's Presidential Bid

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Things aren't going too well for Wyclef Jean.

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The Takeaway

Wyclef Jean: Haiti's Next President?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A story in today's New York Times takes a closer look at musician Wyclef Jean's bid to be Haiti's next president. Jean's relief organization set up for the country in 2005, Yele Haiti Foundation, was called into question this past winter, when reports found that money given to the foundation for the country's poor was poorly accounted for. But now he has stepped down from the organization to run for president of the country.

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The Takeaway

Haiti: Geologic Time vs. The News Cycle

Monday, July 12, 2010

Geological events mark their evidence in rock and the position of the earth’s crust. The earthquake becomes a part of the geological identity of a place. Geology is its own narrative and it unfolds very slowly… literally in geological time for the estimated million people still waiting for help. We have a built-in sense that people bounce back from disasters. But perhaps to even look at Haiti six months after as though it is a long time is absurd. It says more about our attention span than it says about Haiti itself. Just as the presence of President Obama on the beaches of Alabama is more likely to produce a headline than the presence of oil that same beach would, it’s our attention span that is the story.

The “headline-breaking-news all-urgency-all-the-time” model of news coverage makes it very difficult to establish the narrative line to give a complex story like Haiti’s aftermath the day-to-day focus it needs. Each tree ring tells a story in the long-term record of life on earth.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Haiti Update

Thursday, July 08, 2010

July 12 will mark the six-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Aine Fay, acting country director for Concern Worldwide, gives us an update on efforts to rebuild the city and house the thousands of people who have been homeless since January.

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WQXR News

Conservators Resurrect Haitian Art

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

American conservators are helping Haitians salvage their heritage from the rubble of churches and museums.

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The Takeaway

Donations for Haiti: What Should They Pay For, and Who Should Get the Check?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The United Nations and the United States are hosting a conference today on paying for rebuilding in Haiti after the earthquake. Haitian President Rene Preval is expected to present a report on his country's needs, and the amount he's asking for may break records. Also on the table will be a vision for Haiti in the near future. The estimated cost over the next ten years? $11.5 billion. 

 

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The Takeaway

Rehabilitation in Rural Haiti: Everyday Miracles and Frustrating Setbacks

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

With two full days down, I continue to be struck by the incredible mix of everyday miracles and frustrating setbacks here.

On Sunday, I watched an airlift transfer of an earthquake victim who is paralyzed from the waist down. Her name is Marilynn. She's 32 years old and has three daughters. This was her fourth trip on a helicopter since the earthquake, she told me. This latest transport would take her from the hospital in Milot, where she had surgery last week to stabilize her spine, to a spinal cord clinic that's opened in a town about 10 miles away. The road, though, was too rugged to keep her healing back immobile en route, so she took the trip in by air.

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The Takeaway

Solutions for Haiti: Are International Aid Agencies Hiring Enough Haitian Nationals?

Friday, March 12, 2010

All this week on The Takeaway, we've been asking listeners to weigh in on what Haiti needs from the international community in order to move on from the devastating earthquake that struck two months ago. A few listeners homed in on one particular issue: jobs.

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The Takeaway

Haiti Continues to Chart Path Toward Recovery

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Even after you restore safety and security, how do you begin to rebuild? Haitian President Rene Preval will meet with President Barack Obama in Washington today to discuss what Haiti needs two months after the earthquake that devasted large swathes of the country. Along with severe damages to infrastructure in the wake of the disaster, Haitians are trying to deal with economic issues — some of them pre-existent — brought into sharp relief by the quake. We're checking in with two people who have a birds-eye view of Haitian need, and how it interacts with that country's economy, past and future. 

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