As Jay says at the outset of this episode, there is a lot to follow in the world: ISIS, the American presidential election, and so on. But Venezuela is not to be ignored: It is a fascinating, appalling story. A state is failing before our eyes. And it was once a prosperous, pleasant state. Now hunger, robbery, and murder are routine life.

vZplNTrx_400x400The correspondent of the Associated Press in Venezuela is Hannah Dreier. She is Jay’s guest on this “Q&A.” She has seen a great deal and knows a great deal. She reports the eye-popping facts.

Here is just one: It’s mango season now. So hungry people are climbing trees, to get them. Dreier knows of at least twelve deaths. People who have died from this tree-climbing and mango-seeking.

For an especially arresting dispatch from Dreier, go here. (Jay reads part of it at the beginning of the show.)

At the end of the podcast, Jay says that plenty of us have opinions – but fewer of us have facts. Hannah Dreier is a valuable resource in this important, ghastly story.


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There are 3 comments.

  1. I Walton Member

    Read the recommended dispatch. No need to say more.

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    • July 15, 2016, at 4:25 PM PDT
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  2. Trinity Waters Inactive

    I Walton:Read the recommended dispatch. No need to say more.

    You are so correct.

    Sad and unnecessary state of affairs in Caracas. I used to travel there on business, and it always had a whiff of third-worldishness to it, but life at the Intercontinental’s poolside restaurant was grand and business was good. Can’t image what that building is like now.

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    • July 15, 2016, at 8:23 PM PDT
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  3. EEM Member

    Brave woman.

    • #3
    • July 17, 2016, at 8:34 AM PDT
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