America and Cuba: After the Thaw

February 04, 2015

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Vintage Postcard of Cruise from Miami to Havana

A vintage postcard depicting the S. S. Florida, passing thru channel at Miami, Florida, upon arrival from Havana, Cuba


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Vintage Postcard


Caption on back:

"P. & O. - S.S. Florida

The romantic overnight way to a Havana Holiday. Sailing from Miami, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and from Havana, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays."

In this special edition, America Abroad teams up with Latino USA for an in-depth look at the long and complex history between the US and Cuba and explores how this historic policy shift will affect everyone from families living in both countries, to human rights activists, business owners, even poets. We'll hear stories from Havana and Miami, and a wide range of perspectives and personal narratives.

Stories in this episode


Cuban cooperatives present a new economic model

Over the last few years, the Cuban government has been experimenting with turning state enterprises into cooperatives and letting the workers own and run them. They're seen by some as a way of opening the country up to capitalism and privatization while maintaining some of the revolution’s collectivist ideals. And so far, Cubans seem to like them.

Global Politics

No cigar just yet: Many obstacles remain before complete normalization with Cuba

President Barack Obama’s December 17 announcement that he would begin normalizing relations with Cuba sparked hot debate on both sides of the Florida Strait. It also began a political process that won’t end until a highly fractious Congress can agree on new legislation, not likely to happen any time soon. Among other obstacles is the long-questioned human rights record of the Castro regime. Independent watchdog organization Freedom House says Cuba falls just shy of its “worst of the worst list” for denying its citizens political rights and civil liberties.

How underground technology is revolutionizing Cuba

In Cuba, electronic communication can be tricky for people on the island trying to reach the outside world. It's not only daunting — but can be dangerous. Despite those obstacles, Cubans have found ingenious ways to make their voices heard.