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Dateline Havana: The Future Of Cuba


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Cuba had a long history of segregation and racism before 1959. The revolutionary government ended the old system of segregation but racism remains a problem in Cuba. On the 50th anniversary of the Cuba Revolution, we look at how Cuba brought about equality for symphony musicians. We’ll also look at Cuba’s efforts to feed itself through the world’s largest organic farming experiment. This program was written and produced by Reese Erlich. His recent book is Dateline Havana: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Future of Cuba.


Louis Aragu, son of the founder of The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba; Yvonne Fernandez, The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba bassoon player; Esteban Morales, University of Havana sociologist and professor; Dr. Devyn Spence, Cuban race relations author; Lester Benavides, violin and viola player; Eliades Ochoa, Buena Vista Social Club guitar player; “Rochy” Rosa Maria Amemeiro, singer, guitarist and composer; Bill Martinez, Cuban musicians’ attorney; Lázaro Valdés, Bamboleo founder and leader; Humberto Hernandez, Havana fruit vendor; Raul Ruiz, Cuban Ministry of Agriculture official; Santiago Yanez, Agricultural Ministry official; Jose Casimiro, Cuban farmer; Fernando Funes, Government agronomist promoting organic techniques.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Producer: Reese Erlich
Producer: Andrew Stelzer
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Associate Director: Khanh Pham
Interns: Keisha Thomas and Asma Mohseni

Thank you to all of our voiceover talent: David Dudley, Ramesh Kathanadhi, Rob Arnow, Charles Ball, Paola Laverde, Luz Ruiz, Douglas Graves, Donald Tetto, Khanh Pham and Andrew Stelzer

For more information:

Dateline Havana: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Future of Cuba
book by Reese Erlich
PoliPointPress – Sausalito, CA

Esteban Miguel Morales Dominguez
Centro de Estudios sobre Estados Unidos
University of Havana


Buena Vista Social Club

“Rochy” Rosa Maria Amemeiro, singer, guitarist and composer

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba

Additional information:

Havana’s Popular Gardens: Sustainable Urban Agriculture

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

US Women and Cuba Collaboration – Seattle, WA

Superpower Principles: U.S. Terrorism Against Cuba
Essays by Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, William Blum, Nadine Gordimer, Michael Parenti, Leonard Weinglass, Gianna Mina, James Petras, Ricardo Alarcon, and others
Edited by Salim Lamrani
Common Courage Press, 2005

Socialism and Democracy Journal
# 44 (Volume 21, No. 2)
Commentary: Peter Roman and Hobart A. Spalding,
Response to a Misinformed “Left” Critique of Cuba
#38 (Volume 19, No. 2)
The Lawmaking Process in Cuba: Debating the Bill on Agricultural Cooperatives
Socialism and Democracy – Somerville, MA

The Cuban Revolution: 50 Years On
By Saul Landau
Left Turn Magazine October 01, 2008
Left Turn – New York, NY

The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5

Music by:

Concierto de Piano No 1, Allegro non troppo, cut 4, The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
Concierto de Piano No 1, by Villa Lobos, The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
Siboney, by Eliades Ochoa
Mi Cafetal, by Eliades Ochoa
Dudas, by Rochy
Todo lo Bonito, by Bamboleo

Author: Radio Project

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