Tyler Cowen on rethinking how the U.S. treats Puerto Rico.

Can Hurricane Maria Be a Wake-Up Call to Fix the U.S.–Puerto Rico Relationship?

Can Hurricane Maria Be a Wake-Up Call to Fix the U.S.–Puerto Rico Relationship?

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Sept. 27 2017 7:44 PM

It’s Time to Rethink Puerto Rico

Being a territory helped Puerto Rico. Just not enough.

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People clean up after Hurricane Maria on Friday in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Listen to Episode 837 of Slate’s The Gist:

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It’s time for Vexillology Corner: Last month, the city of Pocatello, Idaho, presented a new city flag to replace their previous one, known for being one of the ugliest flags in the United States. But what makes a flag ugly? Vexillologist Ted Kaye describes Pocatello’s new flag and reminds us why a kid should be able to draw it. Kaye is the author of Good Flag, Bad Flag.

In the Spiel, a brief word from economist Tyler Cowen, who summarizes the grim outlook for Puerto Rico.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.