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Squatters: Intruders or Innovators (ENCORE)

SquatersRobert Neuwirth, author of “Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World”, estimates that more than a billion people—that’s 1 in 7–are squatters.  This week, we visit squats in Venezuela and the Philippines. We find out why squatters aren’t just tolerated, but are crucial to the growth of major cities and national economies.


Robert Neuwirth, author of “Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World”; Filomena Cinco, Barangay captain of Estero de San Miguel; Luz Sudueste, Urban Poor Associates organizer, William Gonzalez, Gladys Flores, Jacqueline Calderon and Yolimar Noriega, Toree David residents; Andres Antillano,Universidad Central de Venezuela professor & activist for squatters’ rights
Host: Andrew Stelzer
Producers: Andrew Stelzer, Laura Flynn, George Lavender, Jasmin Lopez
Contributing Producers: Andrew Rosati, Aurora Almendral
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor: Kwan Booth
Organizational Volunteers: Barbara Barnett


Spectacled Cobra by Simon Mathewson

Night Creeper by Hellenica

Haven by Lee Rosevere

Pensacola Twilight by Lee Rosevere

Grand Caravan by Blue Dot Sessions

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