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On Zika, conspiracy and colonialism in the Facebook age.


The age of anxiety, the permanent state of crisis - but here in Puerto Rico, at least we've got the beach. We may be colonized and afflicted with disease ridden mosquitoes, but we can throw ourselves in the slowly rising, warming sea water. And as long as we don't have our brains removed by German physiologists, then maybe we'll be able to jump out of the pot.

Live from San Juan, Dave Buchen adds Facebook Zika conspiracy theories to the list of tropical afflictions facing the island already under attack from rising water, infectious mosquitoes and deadly hedge fund managers, and explains how Puerto Rico's colonial past (and present) breeds both conspiratorial anxiety and actual conspiracies - from mysterious disappearances of insecticide to less mysterious medical tests on unknowing citizens in the 20th century.

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Dave Buchen

Dave Buchen has been living in Puerto Rico since the previous century. There he home-schools his two kids and makes theater with Theater Oobleck and El Teatro Barbaro, and plays music with La Banda Municipal de Makula Barun.


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