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The Brian Lehrer Show

When Puerto Rico Rebelled

Monday, April 13, 2015

Former New York State Assemblyman Nelson A. Denis talks about the little-known 1950 nationalist rebellion against U.S. military rule in Puerto Rico

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The Secret War For Puerto Rico

Monday, April 13, 2015

In the 1950s, the United States violently put down a revolution in Puerto Rico and worked to cover it up. Now over 50 years later, the truth is coming out.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Puerto Rico's Problems

Thursday, April 03, 2014

There's been a major wave of migration from Puerto Rico since 2006, and the island is dealing with high levels of crime and unemployment. Carlos Vargas-Ramos, research associate from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, explains what's going on and takes your calls if you've recently moved from Puerto Rico or have friends and family there.


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Forget Detroit, Puerto Rico Is In Big Trouble

Monday, December 16, 2013

Though Detroit seems to be in dire straights with its recent bankruptcy filing, there might actually be another piece of America that’s even worse off: Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory is facing massive debt, a potentially crippling bond ratings cut, a gaping hole in its massive pension fund, and a towering unemployment rate bolstered by federal entitlements. Ingrid Vila, chief of staff to Puerto Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, joins us to discuss Puerto Rico's options.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Movement to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera

Monday, December 09, 2013

Oscar Lopez Rivera is a Puerto Rican nationalist who has been in prison for 32 years for "seditious conspiracy." Juan Gonzalez, co-host for "Democracy Now!" and columnist for The New York Daily News, talks about his case and why activists are pushing for President Obama to pardon Rivera so he can be released by Christmas. Rivera had refused a 1999 pardon from President Clinton.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Puerto Rican Election Results

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Yarimar Bonilla, political anthropologist and a professor in the departments of both anthropology and Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, analyzes the election results in Puerto Rico, including the vote on statehood.


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As Puerto Rico Prepares for GOP Primary, Statehood Question Takes Center Stage

Friday, March 16, 2012

On Sunday, citizens of Puerto Rico will have the opportunity to weigh in on the Republican nomination for president of the United States. Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth without full voting privileges in Congress or a vote for president in the general election. But 20 delegates are up for grabs this weekend, and GOP presidential hopefuls have descended on the islands to fight for supporters.

One major question has come up continuously throughout the week of campaigning: How do candidates feel about the status of Puerto Rico's statehood? Notably, Rick Santorum said: "There are other states with more than one language, like Hawaii, but to be a state of the United States, English must be the principal language."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The GOP Primary in Puerto Rico

Friday, March 16, 2012

Angelo Falcón, president and founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy, discusses how Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have been campaigning for Puerto Rican votes ahead of the GOP primary on Sunday. 23 delegates are at stake.

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Obama Visits Puerto Rico, But Speaks to Floridians

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

President Obama is touring San Juan, Puerto Rico, today as the first sitting president to make an official state visit to the island commonwealth in 50 years. He is making good on a promise he made while campaigning for the primaries in 2008. But he is also reaching out to constituents — while commonwealth Puerto Ricans can't vote in general elections, the growing population of Puerto Ricans living in Florida could be a deciding factor in swinging the sunshine state in 2012.


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Why Obama Is Visiting Puerto Rico

Monday, June 13, 2011

He's walking into a lot of issues which will resonate with how his presidential campaign develops. People don't vote for President in Puerto Rico, but they do raise money and they send a sizable delegation to the Democratic convention.

Angelo Falcon, President and Founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Underreported: Crackdown on Protests in Puerto Rico

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Since last summer, there has been a sometimes violent standoff between students at the University of Puerto Rico and the government over an announced budget cut and an increase in tuition fees, but that may just be part of a wider pattern of First Amendment violations. Jennifer Turner, a Human Rights Researcher at the ACLU and Rosie Perez, who just returned from a fact-finding mission in Puerto Rico, describe how authorities have dealt with students, striking workers, journalists, and civilians in recent months.

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New Yorkers Compete For Title Of 'Coquito Master'

Friday, December 10, 2010

It's that time of the year again when Puerto Rican New Yorkers dust off old family recipes and prepare tasty batches of a holiday rum drink made with eggs, cream, coconut milk, and spices.


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V.V. Brown's Travelling Like the Light

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

After making a splash in Europe, the delightful V.V. Brown releases her first album, Travelling Like the Light, in the U.S. today.

And she'll perform a set at the Apple Store in Soho tonight at 7 p.m. (It's free!)

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Studio 360

Vieques: Art & Protest

Saturday, May 05, 2001

Producer Katherine McCaffrey looks at art and protest on the tiny, embattled island of Vieques.