Cuba

Miami Stories Project
8:10 am
Fri May 17, 2013

After Bay Of Pigs And Pedro Pan Campground, Cuban Exiles Build Family In Miami

Credit Wikipedia Commons

Our family came from Havana, a beautiful city that some have called a tropical paradise.

My brothers and I came to Miami on a Pan American flight and were taken to a campground that the Pedro Pan organizers had set up in Kendall, near where Town & Country Mall now stands. We were there for about two weeks before being sent to Albuquerque, N.M., where we were taken in by the family of Dr. Eugene Purtell.
 

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Documentary
3:18 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

The Life and Death Of Cuba's Largest Counterculture Music Festival

Filmmaker Diddier Santos

In 1998, the cultural climate in Cuba wasn't exactly conducive to artistic freedom.  While a thriving underground music scene did exist, official radio and television channels were notoriously selective, only airing artists who echoed the Communist Party line.

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Medicine
8:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Cancer Patients Turn To Scorpion Venom From Cuba

A doctor applies a mild electric shock to a blue scorpion to extract its venom.
Credit Noah Friedman-Rudovsky

The following is a brief excerpt from a new feature article written by Jean Friedman-Rudovsky. The article appears today in the three South Florida county editions of the New Times. The excerpt below is reprinted with permission. Read the entire article by picking up the current issue at a local newsstand or by clicking on the link to the New Times website at the end of the excerpt.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

What You Don’t Know About the Cuban Revolution

Joan Mellen
http://joanmellen.com

    

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Politics
12:22 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Miami's Pitbull Responds In Kind After Jay-Z Raps About Cuba

Miami artist and rapper Pitbull
Credit Wikipedia

Cuban American musician Pitbull has come out with his own song about Cuba just days after rapper Jay-Z released an "Open Letter" about a controversial trip to the communist island with wife Beyonce.

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Personal Essay
8:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

After Yoani Sanchez: What Changes Linger In The Miami Air?

Author Daniel Rivero with prominent Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez during her recent visit to the Miami Herald's editorial board
Credit Patricia Sagastume / WLRN

Seven or eight years ago, during a sociology class at Miami-Dade College, the professor asked us to write a sociological history of our lives. It was the first time I thought long and hard about my life in the scheme of history, about the chain of events that brought me to my life in Miami as a Cuban-American.

For people of my generation, you simply could not avoid getting a crash course on Cuban politics and the dream of a free Cuba.  The reason we are here. We are here because of him. Because of Fidel.

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Cuba
1:09 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Jay-Z Stirs Passions About Cuba With New Song

Rapper Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce paid a recent trip to Cuba despite a longstanding trade embargo by the United States.
Credit Vanity Fair

Back from his recent trip to Havana, rapper Jay-Z quickly released a new song, Open Letter, in which he not only addresses controversy about the trip but speaks his mind in a way that is likely to stir up some of the deep passions Americans have toward Cuba and the communist island's tumultuous relationship with the United States.

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Life in Cuba
7:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Yoani Sanchez on Cuba-US Relations, Her Future And Life After The Castro Brothers

Sanchez says she would want exiled Cubans living in Miami to participate in the formation of the new government in Cuba after the Castro regime ends.
Credit Terence Shepherd

Famed Cuban blogger and dissident Yoani Sanchez visited The Miami Herald editorial board Monday morning. We spoke to her in our studios with translation by WLRN's Patricia Sagastume.

Sanchez discussed the way people in Cuba perceive Miami, how she hopes to change things in Cuba through her blogging and the future for Cuba after the Castro regime ends.

You can read full coverage of her visit at miamiherald.com.

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Yoani Sanchez
8:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Miami Is Final Stop On Cuban Blogger's World Tour

Yoani Sanchez
Credit Yoani Sanchez

Inspiring millions of virtual fans with heartfelt dispatches and persistent calls for greater political freedom, blogger Yoani Sanchez is the most visible symbol of both sweeping change inside Cuba and the modern power of social media to crack some of the world's most closed societies.

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South Florida Journalism
1:26 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

What These Eyes Have Seen: Reporter Reflects On Four Decades at Miami Herald

Former Miami Herald reporter John Dorschner recently retired after nearly 43 years at the paper.
Credit Twitter @MiamiHealthcare

After nearly 43 years, John Dorschner has left The Miami Herald, and he will be sorely missed around here.

John's wry manner, and his considerable chops, both in reporting and in voice, have made him the perfect newspaper-to-radio journalist since we began the WLRN-Miami Herald News cooperation a decade ago.

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Latin America
3:19 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Cubans Wonder If Aid Will Still Flow Following Death Of Chavez

Cuba's Fidel Castro was a mentor to Hugo Chavez, and the Venezuelan leader provided oil and other assistance to Cuba. The two men met in Havana in June 2011 when Chavez went for cancer treatment.
Granma AP

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 11:49 am

The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is an especially tough blow for Cuba, whose feeble state-run economy has been propped up for more than a decade with Venezuelan oil shipments and other subsidies.

The Castro government has declared three days of mourning, calling Chavez "a son" of Cuba, but privately Cubans are quietly fretting about the potential loss of billions in trade and the threat of a new economic crisis.

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Aired 3/7/13 on WLRN Channel 17
10:09 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Music! Life! Culture! Cuba!


Music! Life! Culture!  Join us as find out what los sones means to the people and music of Cuba!  "Los Cien Sones de Cuba," Tonight at 8pm on WLRN Channel 17!

Venezuela
6:43 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Venezuelan Government Releases Photos Of Chávez In Cuba, Says He's On Breathing Tube

A handout picture made available Friday by the Venezuelan Ministry of Communications and Information shows Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his daughters Rosa Virginia (right) and Maria Gabriela reading an edition of Cuban daily Granma, as he recovers from cancer surgery. It was reportedly taken on Thursday.
EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 1:34 pm

The Venezuelan government has released photographs of ailing President Hugo Chávez, who has not made a public appearance since he left for Cuba in December.

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Documentary Airing This Week
4:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Cuba's Secret Side: How To Order A Pizza In Havana

Filmmaker Karin Muller spent three months filming in Cuba clandestinely-- and was detained over a dozen times

Airing Sunday, February 10 and February 17 at 2:00pm on WLRN channel 17

Filmmaker and author Karin Muller had always heard the argument over Cuba, but was never satisfied with what she learned.

According to some it is a tropical paradise, and according to others it is a police state that people are dying to escape from.

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Session 2013
9:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Legislators Want To Deny Licenses To U. S. Graduates Of Free Cuban Medical School

HEADED FOR THE BLACK LIST: The Latin American School of Medicine is the world's largest medical school. Republicans in the Florida Legislature want to make sure that American graduates of the Cuban school cannot get Florida medical licenses.
Credit Toronto Star

American medical students who get their diplomas in Cuba could forget about practicing in Florida if legislative bills filed by two Hialeah Republicans are passed this session.

State Rep. Manny Diaz Jr. said Americans who overlook human and civil rights abuses just to get a cheap medical degree lack the "moral clarity to serve patients in Florida."

The Senate bill, SB 456, was filed by State Sen. Rene Garcia.

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