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Six Months After Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles to Rebuild

March 20, 2018: Six months ago, in the waning hours of September 20th, Hurricane Maria made landfall in the southeast of Puerto Rico. Winds peaking at more than 150 miles per hour tore through the island, leaving a trail of wreckage that continues to be felt today. Things have improved, but more than 100,000 are still in the dark, thousands of small businesses have yet to reopen, and hundreds of thousands of people have left the island, many for good. The Takeaway looks at the 3,500 Puerto Ricans still living in temporary housing as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Plus, we discuss a massive new study that finds racial inequality persists even among the most privileged African-American families; the proposed "right to repair" law in California that has major tech companies up in arms; 'overlooked' Harlem Renaissance author Nella Larsen who is now getting an obituary in The New York Times; and comedian Aparna Nancherla whose lifelong anxiety has prepared her for this political moment.

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