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Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm (Encore)

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Three years after Hurricane Maria hit, Puerto Ricans are still reeling from its effects and aftereffects. We bring you a Haymarket Books talk by Marisol LeBrón, Yarimar Bonilla, and Molly Crabapple, on a collection of essays called “Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm” which discusses the legacy of Maria, and also community organizing in the face of government abandonment. This event includes the premier of the new short film: “Aftershocks of Disaster,” directed by Juan C. Dávila, and produced by Yarimar Bonilla.

The concept of “aftershocks” is used in the context of earthquakes to describe the jolts felt after the initial quake, but no disaster is a singular event. Aftershocks of Disaster examines the lasting effects of hurricane Maria, not just the effects of the wind or the rain, but delving into the failure of the state and the incredible organizing done by everyday people in order to rebuild and support one another.

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  • Yarimar Bonilla, Co-Editor of Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm. She is a political anthropologist specializing in questions of sovereignty, citizenship, and race across the Americas.
  • Marisol LeBrón, Co-Editor of Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Molly Crabapple,  Artist and Writer whose inspirations include Diego Rivera and Goya’s The Disasters of War. She is the author of Brothers of the Gun, an illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham.


  • Host: Salima Hamirani

Making Contact Staff:

  • Staff Producers: Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani
  • Executive Director: Sonya Green
  • Director of Production Initiatives and Distribution: Lisa Rudman
  • Production Assistant: Emily Rose Thorne

Music Credit:

Frequency Decree -Festoon– Dubbed– 2019

Lobo Loco – Inside Your Body– Habitable Spheres– 2018

Xylo- Ziko – Phase 2 – Phase 2– 2018

Broke For Free -Summer Spliffs -Petal – 2014



Author: Radio Project

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