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Intersection: Puerto Rico, One Year On From Hurricane Maria

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This week marks a year since Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico. The death toll in the aftermath of the storm sparked public outrage- and denial from the Trump administration.

An investigation from the news website Quartz, the Associated Press and Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism explores the stories behind the numbers- interviewing hundreds of family members of victims and reviewing the testimony of many more.

The investigation shows how lack of medical care after the storm contributed to the deaths of hundreds of Puerto Ricans with treatable ailments.

Journalist Ana Campoy joins Intersection to explain how the investigation was carried out and what can be learned from how Puerto Rican and Federal authorities responded to the disaster. 

Then- a conversation with UCF professor Fernando Rivera about his research hub established in the aftermath of the hurricane.

Rivera is focused on what the influx of evacuees has meant for the Puerto Rican community in Central Florida, and how this community responded to the disaster.

And Journalist Maria Padilla is writing a book based on oral histories of evacuees who left Puerto Rico and relocated to Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. She joins Intersection to explain how she and co-author Nancy Rosado are recording those stories and what they say about the impact of the storm on the island and the Puerto Rican diaspora. 

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »