Special Programming: Public Affairs on 02/18/10

Air date: 
Thu, 02/18/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00pm
Short Description: 
Tune in all day Thursday for in-depth coverage on Haiti

February 18th from 9 am to 10 pm

On Tuesday, January 12th, the nation of Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake which destroyed much of the capital city and surrounding areas. The earthquake hit after decades of structural adjustment programs imposed by the International Monetary Fund, which privatized much of the nation's infrastructure, and in the wake of two centuries of abuse of the Haitian people by its former colonizers, a decades-long US occupation, and US-supported military dictatorships. We will examine the history of Haiti, as well as the culture and music of the Haitian people. This will be a fundraiser for grassroots efforts to help the Haitian people rebuild -- not with charity, but with solidarity.


9 am – LIVE – Presswatch: Theresa Mitchell explores the impact of trade policy on Haitian politics with Brian Concannon, head of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

9:30 – LIVE - Fight the Empire – Host Per Fagering looks back at Haitian history from the time of Columbus, to the Haitian revolution and beyond.

10 – LIVE - Air Cascadia – focus on the treatment of Haitians in the Dominican Republic

10:20 LIVE Interview with a representative of the Haitian-led relief effort HACAOT

10:30 LIVE interview with Jesse Hagopian: Castastrophe in Haiti – An Unnatural Disaster

11:00 Linda Olson-Osterlund hosts LIVE Interview with Kathy Carlson, a local nurse who is doing relief work in Port au Prince

11:30 Paul Farmer speaks on history and analysis of the situation in Haiti up until 1994

12:00 Live music: Anne Feeney

12:30 Haitian Music with host Charlie Rooney

2:00 Firefly hosts a Haitian music special

4:00 Democracy Now – partial, + DN! Special on Haiti

5:00 News from Haiti produced by the KBOO News team

5:30 KBOO special reports on Haiti and relief efforts

6:00 Interview with Stuart Liederman on environmental issues in Haiti and the issue of environmental refugees

6:30 The US Crucifixion of Haiti

7:00 KBOO’s Anjeanette Brown interviews Anne Christine D’Adeskey on women in Haiti

7:30 Hardknock interview on the current situation on the ground in Haiti

8:00 – 10:00 Paula and Keller host a Haitian music special

More info on the Haitian-led organizations we will be supporting:

Konbit pou Aiti (Working together for Haiti) - Working together for Haiti is a Haitian-American not-for-profit organization focused on building sustainable livelihoods for the communities in southeast Haiti (Creole name is Konbit pou Aiti). 

Our Soil - a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting soil resources, empowering communities and transforming wastes into resources in Haiti

Honor and Respect Foundation - The Honor and Respect Foundation was created to raise awareness and financial support for Haitian grassroots groups based in poor communities dedicated to achieving social justice, universal education, participatory democracy and economic self-sufficiency.

HACAOT -  advocates for and educates the Haitian community and all members of the Caribbean community on civil and human rights issues such as race, nationality, labor, immigration housing and finance.


An awesome day of solidarity!

I had the good fortune to be at KBOO for 12 hours of the 13 hour special.  I am greatly heartened by the generous support raised for Haiti, and by the great volunteers and staff of KBOO who worked together to make it happen.

The outpouring of support has been awesome. 

Thanks to all who helped and / or contributed money today.

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