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8:21 am
Mon October 6, 2014

The Baby Doc Divide: Why South Florida's Haitians Disagree On Duvalier

Notre Dame d'Haiti church in Little Haiti, where Miami's Haitian community discussed Baby Doc Duvalier's death over the weekend.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

From Stalin in Russia to Pinochet in Chile, there’s at least one thing we’ve learned about dictators: Despite the terrible things they often do, people’s memories of them can be fond as well as frightening.

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier – who ruled from 1971 to 1986 and died on Saturday in Portu-au-Prince at age 63 from a heart attack brought on in part by a tarantula bite – was no exception.

 WLRN spent the weekend listening to the divided opinion on Baby Doc in Miami’s Haitian community.

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Newscast
6:56 am
Mon October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014: Local Reaction To Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier's Death Mixed

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Commentary
6:11 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Baby Doc Duvalier May Have Finally Helped Haiti – By Dying At The Right Time

Jean Claude Duvalier during an interview in Laboule, outside Port au Prince, Haiti, on April 16, 2011.
Credit Andres Martinez Casares / For the Miami Herald

Even for a fiend as monumentally corrupt as he was, the first words out of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s mouth upon his return to Haiti in 2011 were shamelessly dishonest.

“I came back to help my country,” Baby Doc said after ending 25 years in exile in France.

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Haiti
11:34 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Haitian Prison Break Highlights Larger Justice Dysfunction

Accused Haitian kidnapper Clifford Brandt
Credit Haitian National Police

  The prison breakout in Haiti last weekend was one of the impoverished country’s worst. More than 300 inmates escaped – and many are alleged violent offenders. But the getaway highlights larger problems.

The recently built penitentiary in Croix-des-Bouquets, outside Port-au-Prince, was funded by Canada and was hailed as a modern facility. But the breakout may well have had more to do with Haiti’s justice culture than with its jail security.

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The Florida Roundup
10:59 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The Florida Roundup: Taking The "Affordable" Out Of The Affordable Care Act?

Health insurance subsidies are on shaky ground after two contradictory court rulings.
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This week on the Florida Roundup, we're exploring why subsidies to help nearly a million Floridians buy health insurance are on shaky ground.

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Latin America Report
6:35 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Why Chikungunya – And The Mosquitoes – Are Overwhelming Haiti

MOMS VS MOSQUITOES: Haitian mothers and children await treatment for chikungunya symptoms in a PAHO information campaign
Credit PanAmerican Health Organization

The case of Marie Therese Lindor helps explain why chikungunya is spreading so widely and rapidly through Haiti.

As she’s done so many times before, Lindor traveled from New York earlier this year to visit relatives in Haiti. But in May, about a week before she was due to return, she got sick.

Really sick.

“The fever lasted for four days,” Lindor says. “I sat down and couldn’t get up. My body and all of my bones hurt. The second day I was bedridden. I needed help to bathe.”

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Celebrated Miami-Based Haitian Author Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat
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06/05/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents features an interview by literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with celebrated Miami-based Haitian author, Edwidge Danticat.  She edited a sequel to her 2011 collection of stories entitled Haiti Noir 2. Also, as we await the start of the

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Topical Currents
12:33 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Author Roxane Gay Discusses Her Debut Novel

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05/19/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents features an interview with writer and author, Roxane Gay.  Literary contributor, Ariel Gonzalez speaks with her about her debut novel, An Untamed State. As the child of Haitian immigrants wh

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Heritage
7:11 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Large Paintings And Metal Sculptures Are One Artist's Haitian Tradition

Mirrors are startegically placed into the "puzzle" to show the observer the art works behind them.

Philippe Dodard can't remember the first time he came to Miami. He lives in Haiti and has always come to visit one family member or another.

"What is interesting about Miami is every time I come back, I see something new," says Dodard. "And now I see that the culture is getting more and more alive everywhere."

By "culture," he means Miami's Haitian Heritage Museum, Haitian Compass Festival, and Haitian Heritage Month in May.

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The Santa Maria
11:48 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Have They Found The Ship That Found The New World?

A diver inspects the remnants of what may be the Santa Maria.
Credit Brandon Clifford (courtesy)

Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World in 1492 on a ship called the Santa Maria. The vessel ran aground that Christmas Eve, off Haiti’s north shore near what is now Cap Haitien. Using historical records, underwater archeologist Barry Clifford says he recently located remnants of the ship.

The job of confirming the blockbuster find falls to Charles Beeker, the director of Indiana University’s underwater science program. Beeker says the evidence he’s seen so far, including wrought iron guns, is strong.

Hear an interview with Charles Beeker here:

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Papa Machete
7:50 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Deadly Grace: New Film Documents Haitian Machete Fencing

Credit Papa Machete / Courtesy

The Haitian Revolution in 1791 was the first (and only) successful slave rebellion against a crushing colonist regime. And the revolt didn’t only result in a new state, it was also achieved with the edge of a machete.

The short film “Papa Machete” opens somberly, telling how Haitians developed a martial art called Tire Machèt during that bloody, turbulent period. A versatile agricultural tool in dense tropical climates, the machete makes a valuable weapon.

When Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, a local writer who developed “Papa Machete,” first read about it, he was floored.

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News
7:13 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Haitian Women Of Miami Celebrate 21 Years Of Advocacy

Haitian flag painted by Serge Toussaint on a Little Haiti convenience store.
Credit Creative Commons via Serge Toussaint

Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami (FANM), also known as the Haitian Women of Miami, will celebrate its 21st anniversary on Saturday. The organization, founded by Marleine Bastien, continues to be an influential organization within the Haitian community in Miami. Its work, though, includes advocacy efforts on behalf of Haitians far beyond Miami.

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The Caribbean
3:10 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Haitian Judges Greenlight Duvalier Atrocity Charges

Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier at a hearing last year.
Credit Milo Milfort / IPS

After last Thursday's new court decision against him – a ruling that he can be tried for crimes against humanity –  is Baby Doc discovering that you can’t go home again?

When Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier made his stunning return to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years in exile, he probably figured the country was in such a shambles that it wouldn’t have the time, energy or resources to bother with him.

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Links
8:14 am
Wed January 22, 2014

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories Jan. 13 -17

Electronic cigarettes are available to minors in Florida.
Credit Chloe Herring / WLRN

In this week's top stories: We examine the popularity of electronic cigarettes, the woes of commuting on I-95, single-sex classrooms in the state and Haiti's new, young cardinal.

What's With All The Hype And Hope For Electronic Cigarettes?: Use of electronic cigarettes  is gaining popularity. Health officials and legislators are concerned the lack of information about and regulation of e-cigarettes will lead more individuals to consume them, especially minors.

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Earthquake
8:49 am
Mon January 20, 2014

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Haiti

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that a 3.3 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti about 6 miles southwest of Carrefour at 1:56 a.m. this morning.

A USGS map shows that there have been tremors near the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the last few days. 

About two weeks ago, there was a 5.1 magnitude earthquake between Key West and Cuba.

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