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Radio Haiti Lives Web Project


A selection of recordings from the archives of Radio Haiti have been released as part of the newly-launched website, The site currently features over 50 digitized audio recordings from the Radio Haiti Archives, a brief history of Radio Haïti-Inter, and historical background on the major themes covered in the recording. More recordings will continue to be added, as well as interactive content, such as timelines and maps, which will contextualize the recordings in the larger picture of 20th century Haitian history. 

The clips have been selected and digitized from the Radio Haiti Archives, donated to Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library by Michéle Montas in April 2013. Over the course of several years, the entire donation will be digitized. The project will result in the preservation of the comprehensive archives of Radio Haïti-Inter, the voice of Haitian democracy from the station’s genesis in the 1960s to its closure in 2003.

Listen to Michéle Montas, Laurent Dubois, and Laura Wagner discuss the project on The State of Things

Michèle Montas

Journalist and Human Rights Activist

Michèle Montas is a journalist from Haiti and the former Spokesperson under UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Prior to her appointment, Montas headed the French unit of UN Radio. From 2003 to 2004, she served as the Spokesperson for UN General Assembly President Julian ...

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Laurent Dubois

Duke University

Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author ...

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