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Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

A gruesome humanitarian crisis is unfolding on Hispaniola, in the wake of renewed efforts and legislative support for the expulsion of potentially hundreds of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian extraction from the Dominican side of their shared island. Journalist and writer Joshua Jelly Schapiro has been covering this story for the New Yorker and has made many trips to both countries. In this discussion with Richard Fleming, he lays out much of the tortured history between the two neighboring nations and describes the situation on the ground based on his visit to the Dominican-Haitian border only two weeks before the interview.

The pair discuss why the fraught story is getting so little attention, and consider a variety of possible outcomes.

Joshua Jelly Schapiro is the author of the forthcoming book Island People, a portrait of the Caribbean's central role in modern world culture. You can read his writings for the New Yorker, Harper’s, and other publications at


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.