A documentary about the Buena Vista Social Club helped put Cuban music on the map. But the US embargo made touring in the US tricky. Now that relations between the two countries have thawed, BVSC will play at the White House on Thursday.
The hostility between John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro's Cuba is legendary. But newly-released documents show that Kennedy had plans to reconcile with Cuba — plans scuttled when he was assassinated. PRI's The World takes this look back at "The World that Was."
Cuban hopes for high-speed Internet connections remain on hold, stalled by outdated infrastructure and authorities worried about losing their grip on power. But Cubans still find plenty of ways to work around their scant online connections.
"There's a palpable excitement here," says author Peter Kornbluh from Havana, as word broke of US-Cuban talks to normalize relations. "This is a new dawn ... and I think everybody here has realized that almost immediately."