Puerto Rico

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‘She is the evolution of reggaeton’: The rise of trans Puerto Rican artist Villano Antillano

Planet Hip Hop

Puerto Rican rapper Villano Antillano is a leading voice in a new generation of LGBTQ artists subverting traditional gender norms in reggaeton and reclaiming the political roots of the genre.

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Connecticut school district recruits Puerto Rican teachers to help meet bilingual needs

On Course
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Elvis Costello’s ‘Spanish Model’ brings back rock-and-roll classics to a Spanish-speaking audience

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Iconic distilleries turn to hand sanitizer production around the world

A woman is shown wearing a red shirt and walking with a crate next to a heavily damaged home.

Earth’s hottest decade on record marked by extreme storms, deadly wildfires

Climate Change
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‘Colonialism is scary as hell’: Puerto Rican activists in Chicago stage a haunted house


The spooky, interactive experience uses archival audio and video, as well as original art, to trace different periods in the history of Puerto Rico, from the 16th-century Spanish colonization through the United States takeover in 1898 and, finally, Hurricane Maria.

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Caribbean fish love catastrophic hurricanes


While hurricanes can be disastrous for people, river fish may be benefiting from them. See how Puerto Rico’s fish thrived after Hurricane Maria.

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Puerto Rico’s new land-use zoning map strikes a nerve with fed-up citizens


The proposed map could potentially speed up the development of — and radically transform — popular natural landscapes and historically protected urban architecture. It was rolled out in the midst of an unprecedented political uprising, which might have doomed the proposal to obscurity. Instead, it struck a nerve.

Puerto Ricans wait to get cash out of an ATM in San Juan ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian on Aug. 28, 2019.

In Puerto Rico, Hurricane Dorian’s tropical winds blow up fear and frustration among residents

The islands — still recovering, slowly and haltingly, from the catastrophic impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 — dodged a bullet, but the threat of a direct hit was enough to trigger the entire country into a state of anxious preparation and reflection.

Category-1 strength winds bend palm trees as Hurricane Dorian slams into St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands on Aug. 28, 2019.

Puerto Rico power grid official feels ‘prepared’ for Dorian as Trump slams ‘corrupt’ island

Natural disasters

Trump slammed “corrupt” politicians in Puerto Rico, which is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. As the island now faces Hurricane Dorian, a power grid official says they have ‘prepared on various fronts’ for the storm.