Cuba

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now we'd like to take a minute to consider how Castro influenced the country in one particular way - its music. To do that, we're joined by NPR contributor Betto Arcos. Betto, thanks so much for joining us. BETTO ARCOS, BYLINE: My pleasure to be with you, Michel. MARTIN: So let's get to the late '60s and early '70s after Castro had been in power not for very long. What did the music sound like then? What was...

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Two years ago, President Obama began softening U.S. relations with Cuba, and earlier this year, more travel restrictions were eased , allowing educational travel to the island nation which had been cut off from America for six decades. Matt Dunne, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, saw an opportunity for him, and his students. “I’ve always wanted to go to Cuba. And I thought this would be a great way to go, and introduce some of my very favorite students to this beautiful...

As of Monday, U.S. citizens who travel to Cuba will no longer be limited to bringing back goods worth up to $400 — including $100 worth of tobacco and alcohol. President Obama ordered the changes, which also clear the way for Cuban-origin pharmaceuticals to gain U.S. regulatory approval. Instead of those special quotas, normal limits on Americans' importation of foreign products for personal use will apply. The changes are meant to "open up space for Cubans to improve their livelihood," said...

The cast album of the Broadway musical On Your Feet will be released tomorrow. The show uses the music of Grammy winners  Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan to tell their life stories. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson catches up with Gloria Estefan backstage after a performance to talk about the show and her thoughts on U.S. overtures towards Cuba. Her father spent two years as a political prisoner in that country. Related:  Gloria Estefan Puts Her Spin On The Standards Interview Highlights:...

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This week on Fronteras : · As oil prices crash companies fight for survival in the fossil fuel rich Permian basin of West Texas and New Mexico. · A look back at Texas’ decades-long pursuit of doing business with Cuba. · Dolores Huerta helped start the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez. Now she’s working to increase voter registration and says Texas has a history to overcome · How some Albuquerque students are learning about health insurance by producing podcasts.

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