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Buildings in Jacmel, Haiti, that were destroyed by the January earthquake, photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock, USA

Jul. 26, 2010

Long before the earthquake, Haiti struggled with its reputation as an impoverished nation dependent on foreign aid, "cursed," or "unfixable."  Historian Alyssa Sepinwall unravels the colonial legacies and interventionist blunders that led to these popular but misleading characterizations. Then, we hear how Haiti is doing today from Mona Purdy of Share Your Soles, who just returned from her second trip to Haiti since January.