WNYC Studios
and
Futuro Studios present

 

“La Brega: Stories of the Puerto Rican Experience”: a seven-part podcast series

Boricua.com is very proud to offer this podcast series. This podcast series presents information and background on some of the most important issues and events in Puerto Rico, some sad, some glad and some con mucho orgullo. Each week we will be promoting a new episode. We really enjoyed listening and we hope you enjoy them as well.

WNYC Studios and Futuro Studios present “La Brega: Stories of the Puerto Rican Experience”: a seven-part podcast series.
Available in English and Spanish.

Un podcast de siete episodios que combina elementos narrativos y del periodismo investigativo para revelar y reflexionar sobre cómo “la brega” ha definido muchos aspectos de la vida en Puerto Rico.

Creado por un equipo de periodistas, productores, músicos y artistas boricuas; presentado por Alana Casanova-Burgess

 


Episode 3. An Encyclopedia of Betrayal

Photographer Chris Gregory-Rivera examines the legacy of the surveillance files known in Puerto Rico as las carpetas — produced from a decades-long secret government program aimed at fracturing the pro-independence movement. Gregory-Rivera looks at las carpetas through the story of one activist family, the traitor they believed was close to them, and the betrayal that holds more mystery than they realize.

Episode 3. Una enciclopedia de traición

il fotógrafo Chris Gregory-Rivera examina el legado de “Las Carpetas” — los archivos de vigilancia estatal producidos por un programa de gobierno secreto que buscaba fracturar al movimiento pro-independencia en Puerto Rico. Gregory-Rivera enfoca esta mirada a las carpetas en la familia de un activista y la revelación de una traición que encierra un misterio revelador. ¿Qué pasa cuando no bregamos con nuestra historia?


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Episode 2. Levittown, Where The Good Life Begins

Alana Casanova-Burgess traces back the story of the boom and bust of Levittown, a massive suburb that was founded on the idea of bringing the American middle-class lifestyle to Puerto Rico during a time of great change on the island. Casanova-Burgess (herself the granddaughter of an early Levittown resident) explores what the presence of a Levittown in Puerto Rico tells us about the promises of the American Dream in Puerto Rico.

Episode 2. Levittown, donde la buena vida comienza

Alana Casanova-Burgess traza la historia del crecimiento y eventual deterioro de Levittown, Toa Baja, un suburbio masivo que se fundó con la idea de traer el estilo de vida de la clase media estadounidense a Puerto Rico durante una época de gran transformación en la isla. Casanova-Burgess explora lo que el proyecto nos dice sobre nuestra historia y las promesas de vivir “el sueño americano” en Puerto Rico.


Episode 1. ¿Qué es la brega?

En este primer episodio, Alana Casanova-Burgess nos comparte un ejemplo para explicar que significa para los boricuas “bregar”. Para eso platica con Cheo Santiago, creador y mantenedor de la cuenta de redes sociales “Adopta un Hoyo” y con el escritor y profesor emérito de Princeton Arcadio Díaz Quiñones, quien hace unos veinte años escribió un ensayo muy influyente, “De Cómo y Cuándo Bregar”, donde usa la frase como un lente para entender mejor la experiencia boricua.
Entre hoyos, protestas y metáforas, Alana va encontrando cuanto se guarda en la brega, sus limitaciones y como la esperanza de un mejor Puerto Rico se asoma entre todo eso.

Episode 1. What is La brega?

In the first episode, host Alana Casanova-Burgess sets out to define la brega and to examine what it is. A brega implies a difficulty or challenge that for one reason or another cannot be solved or corrected. You just have to adapt. One such issue that is examined, is the potholes in Puerto Rico roads. This seemingly simple-to-fix issue is a real problem for Puerto Rican drivers and some of the solutions examined are not really solutions at all.  Amidst potholes, protests and metaphors, Alana finds all the meanings that lie within “la brega”, how it sometimes asks too much of boricuas, and how the word has an innate sense of hope. Enjoy this first episode by clicking the podcast link below.


Cast and Crew

Alana Casanova-Burgess, Host
Marlon Bishop, Executive Producer
Ezequiel Rodríguez Andino, Producer

For a full list of the cast and crew that worked on this project – Meet the Team


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