Puerto Rico’s $72 Billion Problem

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Tourists may flock to Puerto Rico for its tropical appeal, but its residents are fleeing. The island commonwealth is approximately $72 billion in debt. And that debt became a subject of last night’s Univision and Washington Post debate in Miami, when the Democratic candidates were asked if they would help Puerto Rico. What’s behind the island nation’s economic woes?

Credits

Guest:
Carlos Vargas - Hunter College of the City University of New York

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Laura Swisher