America and Cuba: After The Thaw

America and Cuba: After The Thaw

President Obama's announcement to begin normalizing relations with Cuba marks the most significant change in US policy toward the island nation in a half century. But as America looks to make it easier to travel to the country and establish more economic ties, what does that mean for the average Cuban or Cuban American?

In this special edition, America Abroad teams up with Latino USA for an in-depth look at the long and complex history between the US and Cuba and explores how this historic policy shift will affect everyone from families living in both countries, to human rights activists, business owners, even poets. We'll hear stories from Havana and Miami, and a wide range of perspectives and personal narratives.

How Underground Technology is Revolutionizing Cuba

In Cuba, electronic communication can be tricky for people on the island trying to reach the outside world. It's not only daunting — but can be dangerous. Despite those obstacles, Cubans have found ingenious ways to make their voices heard.

The Pros and Cons of US/Cuba Normalization

President's Obama December 17th announcement on Cuba marked the beginning of a new era between the two countries. But there's a wide range opinions of what that era will look like.

One family, two sides: Debating the new US policy on Cuba over dinner

The US-Cuba thaw hasn't divided only public opinion — it's also creating debates of a far more personal nature.

Cuban cooperatives present a new economic model

Over the last few years, the Cuban government has been experimenting with turning state enterprises into cooperatives and letting the workers own and run them. The cooperatives are seen by some as a way of opening the country up to capitalism and privatization while maintaining some of the revolution’s collectivist ideals. And so far, Cubans seem to like them.

There's hope in Cuba that the 'corrupt' US baseball pipeline could vanish

Cuban baseball players looking to come to the US have to jump through serious hoops to get here. But changes in US-Cuba relations may finally fix that.