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As the world watches the devastation from Haiti’s recent earthquake, we discuss how Haiti became so poor and so vulnerable to disaster. Author Jared Diamond compares Haiti to its neighbor, the Dominican Republic, to ask how two nations who share one island could develop so differently.

Guests:
Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at UCLA and author of "Guns, Germs and Steel," "Collapse" and the forthcoming book "Natural Experiments of History"
Jason Beaubien, Mexico City correspondent for NPR currently reporting from Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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