The Response:How Puerto Ricans are restoring power to the people through Mutual Aid  
Series: Title: Sub-title:
The Response  How Puerto Ricans are restoring power to the people through Mutual Aid   After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a group of activists formed a community kitchen that has grown into an island-wide movement 
Producer: Program type: Broadcast Restrictions:
Tom Llewellyn  Documentaries  For non-profit use only. 
Summary: Featured speakers/guests:
In this second episode of our new radio documentary series The Response, we shine a spotlight on Puerto Rico. When Hurricane Maria slammed into the island about a year ago, it resulted in thousands of deaths and knocked out power for almost an entire year. The result was what many consider to be the worst disaster in the United States.

Further, the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria exacerbated the ongoing debt crisis that has been crippling the country's public services for years; a crisis that has forced many communities on the island abandon hope that the government will ever come to their assistance. And so when Hurricane Maria hit, it wasn't a surprise to many of these already-abandoned communities when the official response was often nowhere to be seen.

This conversation has been told before by many mainstream news outlets. What you might not have heard, however, is the story of the grassroots response that arose after Maria. In the midst of all the austerity and hurricane-driven chaos, a quiet revolution has been slowly taking place on the island. What began as an impromptu community kitchen meant to help feed survivors in the town of Caguas has since grown into an island-wide network of mutual aid centers with the ultimate aim of restoring power, both electric and civic, to the people. We'll hear from many of those involved in these centers and find out why they are growing so quickly and what they are doing to begin addressing both the acute and chronic disasters that Puerto Ricans are facing today.

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Notes: Credits:
The Response is a podcast documentary series exploring the remarkable communities that arise in the aftermath of natural disasters. Spanning the globe, each episode takes a deep dive into a unique location to uncover the extraordinary stories that are hidden just beneath the surface of everyday life.  Executive Producer/Host: Tom Llewellyn
Producer/Writer: Robert Raymond
Field Producer: Juan Carlos Davila
Music: Vladi (feat. Skew.One) and Papel Machete 
Society and Culture | Homelessness | Climate Change | Anarchism | Capitalism | Neoliberalism | United States  
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Transcript, Announcer Script Location Recorded Release Date Language
View Script  Puerto Rico, California  10-09-2018  English 
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  320Kbps mp3 (66.32MB) Stereo 


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