Saturday, March 27, 2010

PBS Frontline - The Quake (Haiti)

The excellent PBS program Frontline is broadcasting a show this Tuesday on The Quake (the one in Haiti).

The trailer:

Online materials will also become available on March 30, and I hope I can stream the program online from Germany.

On Jan. 12, 2010, one of the most devastating earthquakes in recorded history leveled the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. Those responsible for handling the catastrophe, including the Haitian government and the United Nations, were among the victims. FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith (The Storm, Obama’s War) bears witness to the scale of the disaster and takes viewers on a searing and intimate journey into the camps, hospitals and broken neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince. Featuring never-before-seen footage of the moments after the earthquake and interviews with top officials from Port-au-Prince to Washington, The Quake, airing Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), ultimately asks, how will the world respond?


  1. one thing i see in the haitian disaster is the opportunity to restructure the nation ( as the fuedal system in europe changed with the plague, so can this be a "clean slate" for haiti to restructure economically and socially).also why isnt anyone helping haitians learn to a. use their tarps to "make" water(dig a hole, stretch tarp across, put pot under and weight with stone), b. move into hillsides and find food in the countryside, c. boil water and other survival techniques? it seems that there are methods that can be shown to ease dependance on relief workers. when haiti gets back on its feet a bit a move back to agricultural parctices should be encouraged as they are in prime area for season round food. resisting monoculture crops and learning sustainable farm practices can turn this country into a paradise!

  2. You can watch the entire FRONTLINE episode "The Quake" here:

    Click on the FRONTLINE icon.


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