Puerto Rico is facing the biggest local government bankruptcy ever filed in the United States. The territory is currently 72 billion dollars in debt. Public employees are currently owed more than 50 billion dollars in pensions. And it's Puerto Rican residents who are feeling the impacts of the debt crisis. We look at how the government is preparing to restructure its financial obligations. Plus, a conversation with the mayor of Miami about building a resilient city; a look at the newly-created school safety commission that won't discuss the role of guns in school safety; a review of what it means to be a female rocker in a male-dominated field; and a discussion about Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in light of a new documentary about his life.
Residents of Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood say climate gentrification is already happening. The idea — developers looking to buy homes in mostly black, working-class communities to hedge their portfolios against threatened beachfront properties — is deeply concerning to community activists. Residents worry that the feverish interest in their community's real estate will lead to a surge in prices, driving out longtime residents. More on this, plus a conversation with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his father's assassination; and we consider the removal of the swimsuit competition from the Miss America pageant with a former Miss America.
We spoke with two high school students about the prospects of violence they face in their communities due to the prevalence of firearms. After the Parkland shooting, where 17 were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, much of the national attention was devoted to these high-profile massacres. But smaller instances of violence occur every day. Next, a conversation with Senator Jeff Merkley about his visit to a migrant detention center that went viral; and discussion with one woman attempting to break the link between incarceration and trauma.
A tour of Miami Beach reveals the elevated roads, expensive pumping systems, and other measures the city has taken to mitigate the effects of climate change so far. Southern Florida is the economic driver of the state, and while sea-level rise is a threat to the region, the state's coastline remains a hotbed of tourism and development. In a special reporting trip to Miami, The Takeaway brings you live to the front lines of climate change and urban resilience. Plus, we hear from a graduating student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; a report on the unfolding chaos in Guatemala where a volcanic eruption has killed dozens; and an examination of the Supreme Court's decision today to side with Masterpiece Cakeshop.