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TV
12:19 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Conan Goes to Cuba

Conan O'Brien is the first American television host to visit Cuba since Jack Paar did it in 1959.
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In his white suit and hat, the six-foot-four red-headed television host Conan O'Brien was anything but inconspicuous as he walked the streets of Havana. 

The trip took place in mid-February but aired last night. 

Conan's clips include: a visit to a rum museum, rumba dance lessons and a jam session with a salsa band. It was all in the goofy, awkward and self-deprecating humor that Conan O'Brien fans expect.

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Tres Lindas Cubanas
1:39 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Miami Twins Use Cigar Line To Talk About Afro-Cuban Experience

Twin sisters, Yvonne Rodriguez,left, and Yvette Rodriguez, right, explore race in Cuban Culture with their cigar line Tres Lindas Cubanas Cigars.
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Yvette Rodriguez is enjoying one of her cigars with a glass of bourbon inside Brickell Cigar Co. just on the edge of Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood where she grew up.

Brickell Cigar was the first store to carry the boutique cigar line she started with her twin sister, Yvonne, two years ago, Tres Lindas Cubanas Cigars.

Yvette runs down the names of the company’s three signature smokes.

“La Negrita, La Mulata and our Clarita,” she says pointing to the boxes along a brick-red wall.  

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News
1:33 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Why Some South Florida Lawmakers Remain Opposed To Normalized Relations With Cuba

Movement toward ending the trade embargo with Cuba is continuing since the release of Alan Gross in December.
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Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recently brought a handful of Democrats with her to Cuba – a trip she calls a sign of “friendship” between the U.S. and the island nation that remains under a congressionally mandated embargo.

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Culture
4:52 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

An American Dream, A Cuban Soul: Poet Richard Blanco Finds 'Home'

Poet Richard Blanco says that appearing at President Obama's second inauguration made him feel as if, for the first time, he "had a place at the American table."
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It's said that every writer spends his or her entire life working on a single poem or one story. Figuratively, of course, this means that writers are each possessed by a certain obsession. As such, their entire body of work, in one way or another, is generally an attempt to dimension some part of that obsession, ask questions about it, answer them and then ask many new questions.

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Politics
10:44 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Florida Roundup: Miami-Dade Schools And Vaccinations

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On the Florida Roundup we discuss the week's news with the area's top journalists.

Immigration Ruling

Pres. Obama's immigration reform plans were blocked after a federal judge put an order to halt the process. This hold has affected families in South Florida.

Schools 

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Politics
7:43 am
Wed February 18, 2015

U.S. And Cuba Will Hold Second Round Of Normalization Talks In Washington

A Cuban and U.S. flag wave from the balcony of the Hotel Saratoga where a U.S. Congressional delegation is staying in Havana, Cuba, on Monday.
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Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 2:56 am

The United States and Cuba will hold a second round of talks aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations in Washington, next week.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki made the announcement during her daily press conference on Tuesday.

Reuters reports:

"The sides held historic negotiations in Havana last month and the next round is seen by U.S. officials as critical to fleshing out details on re-establishing ties.

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U.S.-Cuba Relations
6:56 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

New Cuban Import Rules Are Historic – But No Cigar

A private Cuban vendor in Havana.
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The United States hasn’t imported a thing from communist Cuba in 53 years. Today the Obama Administration set out the rules for changing that. 

But you won’t see any of Cuba’s famous cigars arriving at PortMiami just yet.

The new trade regulations, announced by the State Department, are President Obama’s latest step toward normalizing relations with Cuba. They allow independent Cuban entrepreneurs to export goods and services to the U.S. – something that hasn’t happened since Washington established a trade embargo against Cuba in 1962.

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Politics
1:25 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Florida Roundup: 6 Questions About U.S.-Cuba Policy Changes

Will diplomatic changes lead to a democratization on the island? Will the Cuban Adjustment Act be affected by the new policy? Panelists discuss these questions during the Florida Roundup.
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Despite the president's diplomatic-restoration plans with Cuba moving through three days of Congressional hearings on Capitol Hill, discussions continue among South Floridians about parts of the policy. Whether changes to policy will influence change on the communist island is still up in the air. 

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Politics
11:56 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Florida Roundup: Diplomacy And Immigration

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  On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's top stories with journalists.

U.S. AND CUBA DIPLOMACY

U.S. lawmakers gathered on Capitol Hill to discuss the renewed diplomatic relations with the communist island going forward. Despite the move to normalize relations, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Miami Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voiced concerns about making concessions without progress in Cuba.

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Newscast
6:50 am
Fri February 6, 2015

February 6, 2015: Congressional Hearings On Normalizing Relations With Cuba End

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Politics
5:00 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

New Cuba Policy Faces Attacks On Capitol Hill But Still Moving Ahead

Miami Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen speaks at a House Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing on human rights transgressions in Cuba.
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Today concluded three days of U.S. congressional hearings on President Obama’s plan to restore diplomatic relations with communist Cuba. The administration faced tough skepticism – at times some outright hostility – but the new policy came out largely unscathed.

Senate and House committee members from both parties questioned President Obama’s efforts to normalize Cuba relations. Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio warned Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson the policy change “will not be effective” in democratizing Cuba.

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The Two-Way
3:20 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Polls Show Cuban-American Views On U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Nuanced

Men play chess at the Maximo Gomez Domino park in Little Havana in Miami, where political opinions are shifting.
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Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 12:07 pm

With news that the United States will work toward re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and easing the embargo, there is already talk about the reaction in the Cuban-American community.

In political terms, this is a major voting bloc in the hugely important swing state of Florida.

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Cuba
2:02 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Cuban Relatives Bring Differing Views To The Dinner Table

Chris Alvarez's entryway displays framed copies of essential American documents.
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Polls have shown most Cuban exiles who fled the island in the '60s and '70s oppose lifting the embargo and don't believe rekindling diplomatic relationships is a smart, or permissible, political move.

But professor Jorge Duany, head of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University, says it's different for younger Cuban-Americans.

"In many cases," he says, "they're willing to try a different way to relate to Cuba."

Chris Alvarez, 31, and Arianna Mendez, 22, are dating. They each relate differently to the island of their ancestors.

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Newscast
7:03 am
Fri January 30, 2015

January 30, 2015: Congress Looks To Derail President Obama's Cuba Plan

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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News
6:26 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Senators Move To Eliminate Cuba Travel Ban – But Do They Have The Votes?

Cuban taxis wait for tourists in front of Havana's Grand Theater.
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As President Obama moves ahead to normalize relations with communist Cuba, Congress is weighing in with its own measures. The first big bill was introduced today in the Senate – a measure to eliminate the Cuba travel ban – but its passage is hardly certain.

The legislation would end all restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba, which have been in place since 1963. Right now Americans can legally visit the island for certain reasons like cultural exchanges. But tourism remains prohibited.

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