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The Colonial City of Santo Domingo

Watch on YouTube After Christopher Columbus's arrival on the island in 1492, Santo Domingo became the site of the first cathedral, hospital, customs house and university in the Americas. This colonial town, founded in 1498, was laid out on a grid pattern that became the model for almost all town planners in the New World. This short documentary from UNESCO offers a good introduction. Runtime: 3 min.

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Harnessing the Dominican Republic’s Sustainable Energy Resources

on A detailed look at the country’s current electricity system and the role of sustainable power in the future. By Mark Konold, M...

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Expressive Colors

A marine fisheries biologist explains the range of colors exhibited by the brilliantly colored dolphinfish aka mahi-mahi and dorado. By Don Hammond.

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The subversive power of calypso music

Its bouncy beats and tuneful melodies often serve up serious, even subversive, messages. The music demands more careful listening. By Benjamin Ramm.

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How to Merengue | Basic Steps

Learn some basic merengue moves to get you out on the dance floor.


The Sounds of the Caribbean

A hand-picked collection of Caribbean tracks. The perfect mood-setting soundtrack.

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Songlines of Humpback Whales

Humpback whales travel in an unending cycle of migration over vast distances, from the equator to the polar regions. Hear their magnificent songs, com...

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Merengue, Dominican Music and Dominican Identity

In a story described as "stranger than fiction," merengue emerged as an Afro-European folk tradition in the Dominican Republic in the 19th century, bu...

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Rum Cocktails

An expert review of how to make 5 of the best rum-based cocktails: mojito, daiquiri, mai tai, el presidente and rum swizzle. Runtime: 8 min.