Puerto Rico Recovery, Learning To Be Alone

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Puerto Rico is recovering from the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria. We find out what residents are dealing with and discuss the response from the White House. We also talk with a guest who says that before being with others, it’s important to learn how to be comfortably alone.

Featured in this Show

  • The Latest In Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico has been hit by two major hurricanes so far this season–Hurricane Irma three weeks ago and Hurricane Maria last week. The entire territory is still without power, and food, water, and fuel are in short supply. President Donald Trump declared the American territory a disaster area last week. We talk to an expert in political science and Latino/a studies about Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts and how this disaster will affect the territory’s relationship with the United States.

  • Why Learning To Be Alone Can Make You A Better Person

    It’s no secret that most of us are probably way more plugged in than ever before. The digital world manages to link us to one another, but it also manages to consume us. A historian talks to us about solitude, and how famous philosophers, writers, and thinkers believed it could make us better people.

    How comfortable are you being alone? Is it something you crave, or something you dread? If it’s hard for you, what help do you need to embrace it?

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Veronica Rueckert Host
  • Amanda Magnus Producer
  • Haleema Shah Producer
  • Charles Venator-Santiago Guest
  • Jennifer Stitt Guest

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