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Bouki and the Cocaine, Ben Fountain on Haiti

Jake Nussbaum hosts author Ben Fountain, who reads an excerpt from Bouki and the Cocaine, his short story about the drug trade and corruption in Haiti. Fountain goes on to discuss his fascination with the transparent mechanisms of raw power in the country, and the complications and responsibilities of an outsider and artist traveling to, writing on, and experiencing Haiti.

Ben Fountain went to Haiti in 1991 for reasons unknown, and has been returning ever since. He is the author of the short story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, and a novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. His work has received the National Book Critics' Circle Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award. He has lived for the past thirty years in the belly of the beast, otherwise known as Dallas, Texas.


Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak


Radyo Shak was the independent broadcast voice of the Ghetto Biennale lakou 2015. Based in a shack in the Grand Rue Atis-Resistans compound of Port-au-Prince, Clocktower Radio's Radyo Shak broadcast Haiti's biennale happenings, from December 10-21, 2015. Radyo Shak Program Director Richard Fleming and Radyo Shak Project Director Jake Nussbaum hosted freeform radio in the bidonville, including Rara bands, interviews with locals, artists and writers, project updates, and Haitian revolutionary history over FM radio, Internet radio, and analog broadcast amplified through speakers and PA. The Kreyòl language programming from the Radyo Shak is available here: Geto Byenal: Radyo Shak (Kreyòl) In addition to the recordings archived here that were collected onsite during the biennale, Clocktower's Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak series includes additional material gathered from Haitian musicians, DJ sets, record labels, expats, artists, and more, to give our listeners a complete audio landscape of Haiti in the world today.