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Fresh Direct to Honduras

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An informal delivery service from New York City to Honduras using old yellow school buses. Read the full description.

Default-piece-image-2 Latin Americans in the United States send over 20 billion dollars a year to their families back home. And that's just cash. They also send goods like furniture and appliances, and little things like food and toys. For the past 20 years, Hondurans in New York City have developed an informal delivery service transporting mostly used items in retired yellow school buses. The buses bring care packages to families far away, and allow recent immigrants to feel closer to home.

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Latin Americans in the United States send over 20 billion dollars a year to their families back home. And that's just cash. They also send goods like furniture and appliances, and little things like food and toys. For the past 20 years, Hondurans in New York City have developed an informal delivery service transporting mostly used items in retired yellow school buses. The buses bring care packages to families far away, and allow recent immigrants to feel closer to home.

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Review of Fresh Direct to Honduras

The piece was very interesting, and covered well several aspects of the bus trade across boarders. It seems only to lack a little bit of context regarding the prevalence of this practice in the rest of the country or at least the region. A little historical context as to the growth or decline of the practice over time. The anecdotal nature of the story was certainly a strong point and need not be altered, but it would benefit from just little bit of expansion that would also add depth.

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Review of Fresh Direct to Honduras

I like this piece a lot. It's a very interesting topic that I think most people outside of the Honduran immigrant community have little knowledge of, so I found it terribly fascinating. The piece was well-produced and there was good use of sound. The process of transporting the buses was explained very thoroughly in an easy-to-understand manner. I highly recommend this piece!

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Review of Fresh Direct to Honduras

Simply put this producer is good. How refreshing to hear a sound rich reporter piece. Sylvia Maria Gross has put together an engaging and highly listenable piece with a variety of sources and sounds. She handles the tranlation voice-overs quite well, better than I've heard on national shows. And it's a fascinating immigrant story detailing the physical connection families have to homelands by sending actual goods to loved ones they left behind. This piece also shows the disparity in the standard of living through the telling of the personal connection in shipping goods. This piece would work well on any news magazine show though perhaps it's longer than the usual reporter piece. Any station with immigrant communities, (and isn't that all of them really?), would do well to air this piece. I don't think this is a uniquely NYC feature. Most communities would have a connection to this piece.