The Haiti Quake

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 08:10 PM

Alex here, on the evening shift. We're monitoring the after effects of the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, the strongest ever to hit the island nation. Right now phone communication with Port au Prince is still limited, but on the show tomorrow we're planning on checking in with reporters monitoring the story from Miami, and, as soon as we get communications, with reporters and aid workers in Haiti.

Our own Femi Oke will be spending the night with Haitian families gathered together here in New York as they wait to hear news of their loved ones. 

Lest we ignore other breaking news, we also have Clive Thompson coming on the show to explain why Google says it may be pulling out of China. Is that a victory for anti-censorship?


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Comments [4]


The interview was amazing, if way, way, too intense and made me cry that early in the morning.

I don't think the personal questions were a problem. They showed the courage of the volunteers and their strength, as well as the TRUE HUMAN impact of this tragedy.

Jan. 13 2010 09:59 AM
SJ from Brooklyn

I agree with Marta, the interview was intrusive. It was the kind of thing I expect from the New York Post, not why I subscribe to NPR. The appropriate way to deal with this would have been to connect the two, take kudos for reconnecting them and then allow them their privacy to grieve alone together off the air. Replaying the conversation ten minutes later and asking her about it was also unnecessary. I cringed.

Another appropriate response would be to have given listeners a way to provide support to Mallory and her organization.

The whole thing left me very disappointed in The Takeaway.

Jan. 13 2010 09:44 AM
Marta from Maplewood, NJ

I was listening to the Take Away a few minutes ago when the hosts were interviewing Mallory who lost a loved one in the quake. Niether of them gave the young woman who was clearly grieving their sympathy. No "we are sorry for your loss". Only stupid questions like "How do you handle losing a loved one and mobilizing aid?" That is the most stupid, useless, and uncaring question John Hockleberry could have asked. During the interview, I heard Celeste chuckle (maybe at herself but nonetheless....)! This is unforgiveable!!!!

Jan. 13 2010 07:17 AM

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