The host of NPR’s All Things Considered, Robert Siegel, visited Cuba recently and was tentatively scheduled to begin airing a week-long series of reports tonight. Among the expected stories we expect to hear:
Building A Free (Housing) Market
One of the biggest reforms introduced by the Cuban government is the legalization of buying and selling property. Before November 2011, the government owned every piece of property on the island. The legalization gave birth to free market and as you might imagine, it’s full of chaos. All Things Considered visits with Yosuan Crespo, founder of Espacio Cuba, a full-fledged real estate agency in Havana, as he and his staff try to sell and buy property in Havana.
Baseball In Crisis
Cuban baseball is in crisis. The money problems that ail the rest of the island are also affecting their national pastime. All Things Considered profiles Frank Camilo Morejon, who’s making a name for himself as the catcher for the Havana Industriales, and goes to an Industriales game with Granma baseball beat writer Sigredo Barros.
The Life Of A Dissident Artist In Cuba
Tanya Bruguera is a daring performance artist who is intentionally pushing the boundaries of her government. In December she planned to provide a microphone and a speaker at Revolution Square and she instead ended up trapped in her apartment and then in jail. In Cuba, a dissident artist can end up stuck — on an island, without a passport, in legal limbo and under constant surveillance.
The Two Havanas
Karen Dubinsky, a historian at Queens University in Ontario, says that there has always been political debate in Cuba. We’ve just been looking in the wrong place. The debate, she says, happens in music. To tell the story of the two Havanas — the one where people look to the past in hope for the future and the one of a crumbling but beautiful tropical paradise — All Things Considered talks to two musicians: Carlos Varela, a troubadour, who has become one of the island’s most beloved protest singers, and Charanga Habanera, whose hits are about the lighter, more tropical side of Cuba
There is a new generation of Cubans who has grown up without Fidel Castro as a constant presence. If you speak to Cuba watchers, they all say one thing: They don’t care for politics and don’t have the same attachment to the revolution — and suspicion of the U.S. — that their elders do. All Things Considered spends a night on G Street, the gathering place of young hip Cubans on the island.
The Revolution’s Fraying Promise
The Revolution, there is no doubt, made gains in education and health, but another central part was to create an egalitarian society — meaning rid the island of oligarchs and for the first time close the gap between white and black. Cuba had lots of success on this front but by many measures that promise is fraying. All Things Considered explores that story through a neighborhood.
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