Alana Casanova-Burgess

Alana Casanova-Burgess is host and producer for La Brega: Stories of the Puerto Rican Experience. She was previously a reporter and producer for the Peabody award-winning national public radio show On the Media from WNYC Studios and for The Brian Lehrer Show. She has been producing audio journalism for the past decade, and her work has also been featured in The Guardian, 99% Invisible, Throughline, The New Yorker Radio Hour, Latino USA, and elsewhere. In 2021, she was part of a team that won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for Blindspot: Tulsa Burning. In 2018, she was a Livingston Awards finalist for her reporting from the island after Hurricane Maria. She has roots in the Caribbean, Brooklyn, and at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

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Alana Casanova-Burgess appears in the following:

Keeping Score: A Year Inside a Divided Brooklyn High School

Friday, September 09, 2022

By some measures, New York City has the most segregated school system in the country. Four high schools in Brooklyn are focussing their hopes for change on an unlikely target: sports.

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Keeping Score: A Year Inside a Divided Brooklyn High School

Friday, September 09, 2022

By some measures, New York City has the most segregated school system in the country. Four high schools in Brooklyn are focussing their hopes for change on an unlikely target: sports.

"Menudo: Forever Young" Cements the Legacy of the Puerto Rican Boy Band

Friday, July 15, 2022

The new HBO Max documentary “Menudo: Forever Young,” traces the rise of the group while also delving into the darker history of how its young members were treated by their managers.

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The Global Impact of Americans Abroad

Friday, July 15, 2022

Americans are moving abroad to places like Bali, Mexico and Vietnam in search of lower costs of living. But what is that doing to the costs of living for people already living there?

Another Death at Rikers Island

Friday, July 15, 2022

Last weekend, 31 year old Elijah Muhammad was found dead in his cell at Rikers Island jail in New York City. It's the 8th death at the facility this year. 

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9-8-8 is America's New Mental Health Hotline

Thursday, July 14, 2022

The federally mandated hotline is set to go live on July 16, but is it ready? We hear about its potential, and the challenges facing it.

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The Great Salt Lake is Slowly Shrinking

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Poor water management and a growing population is drying up Utah's Great Salt Lake, which could have health impacts on the local area as toxic dust is kicked up from the dried lake bed.

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Keeping Score: Part 4

Thursday, June 30, 2022

After the Jaguars compete in the city championship, students and coaches ask: was it all worth it?

Instead of Roe: The Case that Could Have Defined Abortion Law

Friday, June 24, 2022

In 1970, Captain Susan Struck challenged an Air Force rule banning pregnant women, or women with children, from serving. Her story has important lessons for reproductive freedom today. 

Keeping Score: Part 3

Thursday, June 23, 2022

What does it mean to lead a team in an anti-racist way?

Keeping Score: Part 2

Thursday, June 16, 2022

How did the schools in the John Jay building become divided in the first place?

Keeping Score: Part 1

Thursday, June 09, 2022

Two sports programs – rivals under a single roof – are set to merge. Students ask what it will take for the building to live up to its new motto: “We Are One.”

Sports and Integration in Brooklyn

Thursday, June 09, 2022

How things went when the athletic programs in one large school building in Park Slope, Brooklyn merged, and issues of equity were brought to the surface.

Keeping Score: How a divided Brooklyn public school campus is trying to unite through sports

Thursday, June 09, 2022

It's been a pivotal year at the John Jay Educational Campus. 

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The Meaning of La Brega

Friday, February 25, 2022

Defining la brega and what its ubiquity among boricuas really means.

'La Brega' in Puerto Rico

Friday, February 25, 2022

How la brega illustrates the Puerto Rican experience. 

The Good Life Begins In Levittown

Friday, February 25, 2022

How a suburb sits at the border between the American dream and a Puerto Rican one.

8. Snow In The Tropics

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Futuro Media Group
WNYC Studios
In this special holiday episode: during the early 1950s, the children of Puerto Rico were invited to an icy winter spectacle. What did it mean?

8. Nieve en el trópico

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Futuro Media Group
WNYC Studios
En este episodio navideño: durante cuatro años seguidos, los niños de Puerto Rico fueron invitados a un espectáculo de invierno. ¿Qué significaba?

CDC Cuts Recommended Quarantine Time as US COVID Infections Reach an All-Time High 2021-12-29

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Is the policy change about jobs and the economy, or about public health?