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New America Now: A Cuba Special

New America Media, Audio, New America Now Radio Posted: Dec 19, 2008


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    In January 2009 Cuba will commemorate 50 years of the revolution. Sandip looks at different aspects of Cuban life: business, politics and culture.


  • Long before Fidel Castro, the name that symbolized Cuba was Bacardi. The family behind the rum has been part of Cuba's history from when the Spanish ruled the island. NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten looks at that story in his book Bacardi And The Long Fight For Cuba


  • When Castro seized power Eisenhower was in the White House. Castro is certainly the great survivor. But can Cuba survive Castro? Louis Nevaer has reported extensively from Cuba and the author of NAFTA'S Second Decade: Assessing Opportunities in the Mexican and Canadian Markets. (His stories on Cuba are listed below)


  • As a journalist Dan Fesperman has reported from many war zones. But instead of just reporting the news, he also uses them as a setting for novels. In The Prisoner of Guantanamo, Fesperman goes into the surreal world of the US prison camp in Cuba.



  • Cuban music has proved irresistible to musicians who wanted to explore Latin jazz. For most of Wayne Wallace's life, growing up in San Francisco, Cuba has been off limits to Americans, but this composer, arranger, trombonist, keyboardist and singer still found a way into Cuba and her music.



  • Let's get talking!
    What do you think about Louis Nevaer's thoughts on Cuba's future?

    What gesture do you think a President Obama should make around Cuba?

    Are you a Cuban jazz fan- if so, why?


    We'd love to hear from you about Cuba or any other story you hear on New America Now.

    We'll read your emails on our next show, which will be Jan.9, 2009! Happy holidays everyone!
    Email us at radio@newamericamedia.org

    Related Articles:

    Obama Effect Highlights Racism in Cuba

    Blacks in Cuba: Forgotten and Far from Power

    Can Afro Cuba Survive After Fidel?



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