The Foreign Desk

Will Puerto Rico ever be the 51st state?

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7 October 2017

Episode 196

30 minutes


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Puerto Rico’s recent referendum on statehood saw 97 per cent vote in favour of joining the US. But it wasn’t legally binding and the devastation of Hurricane Maria has left the island with more pressing issues – and a newfound resentment for the country they voted to join. Will Puerto Rico ever become the 51st state and does anyone really want it to happen? Christopher Lord is joined by José Lopez, Brent Wilkes and Susanne Ramirez de Arellano.

7 October 2017

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