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In Punta Santiago, It’s A Microcosm Of A Battered Puerto Rico

Angelina Arroyo sprays her driveway down during a hot afternoon in Punta Santiago. Her husband had a heart attack shortly after the hurricane last year and passed away soon after. Photo by Jesse Costa for WBUR

A middle-aged woman sat over a pail of water, a blue umbrella shielding her from the scorching sun. Surrounded by a wreckage of branches and twisted metal sheets, Angelina Arroyo Rivera salvaged what remained of her belongings — some silverware and some plastic containers, a blue tarp, a red purse, a white blouse.

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Traveling Along America’s ‘Forgotten Border’

Author Porter Fox in the Boundary Waters. Photo by Sara Fox

The northern border, and the unique landscape of the Northern United States that surrounds the border, is the subject of Porter Fox’s new book: Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border. In it, Fox details his own travels along our Northern border, a trip he made on foot, by boat and by car along the winding, often remote, U.S.-Canada border, starting in the state where he grew up, Maine.

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Remembering The 1938 Hurricane, 80 Years Later

Central Bridge washout. Photo courtesy of the Rhode Island State Archives

In the afternoon of September 21, 1938 without warning, winds more than 100 miles an hour whipped the region and tidal waves about 30 feet high destroyed homes and cottages. Hundreds of people lost their lives, and when it was all over, millions of dollars worth of damage was left behind.

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A Year Later, Puerto Ricans Face Death In The Wake Of Maria

A house in Guaynabo, which was completely leveled by Hurricane Maria, still sits in ruin one year after the storm. Photo by Jesse Costa for WBUR

Candido Reyes and Luz María Muñiz found love late in life — she in her 50s, he in his 60s — but at least they had found what some people never find. He told her he loved her more than God, and he believed it to the point that he apologized for it in his prayers.

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