Program 590: Heart of Haiti; Arctic Refuge

Release Date: 01-11-2020


On the 10th anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, journalist Catherine Porter tells Rick how the rescue of a 2-year-old girl brought hope to a desperate country — and changed her life, too. Plus, adventure traveler Christopher Solomon tells us what a recent trip to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge showed him about the forces battling over the largest wilderness refuge in the US.


  • New York Times Canada Bureau chief Catherine Porter, author of "A Girl Named Lovely" (Simon & Schuster)
  • Adventure travel journalist Christopher Solomon

Additional Info

  • Catherine Porter writes about her experiences covering the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and how a little girl named Lovely entered her life, in her book "A Girl Named Lovely."
  • Catherine is the Canada Bureau Chief for the New York Times. She was a columnist and feature writer for the Toronto Star when she first reported on the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
  • Catherine notes that Partners in Health is a non-governmental organization whose work she observed in Haiti.
  • Christopher Solomon writes about his discoveries in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge in a feature story for the New York Times, which includes photographs from the journey. Chris also writes on environmental topics as an editor at large for Outside magazine.
  • Chris Solomon's Arctic kayaking trip was outfitted by Arctic Wild.
  • The Alaska Public Media newsroom has done extensive coverage on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and efforts to grant oil development leases within its borders.

Program Extras

More with Chris Solomon - Wilderness adventure writer Chris Solomon and Rick discuss the risks that result from thawing permafrost, and Chris describes a moment he and his tripmates realized their trip to the Arctic Refuge was worth all the effort it required. (runs 3:32)