01/11/13 - WBUR - Cuba At The Crossroads
Cuba is only 90 miles away from Florida, but for most Americans it might
as well be another planet. The socialist nation has been off-limits to us
since the U.S. trade embargo was imposed 50 years ago.
But things are changing. On Monday, the Cuban government ends a pair
of long-reviled travel restrictions, making it easier for Cubans to leave
their country. And in 2011, President Obama authorized tightly regulated
people-to-people cultural tours, allowing more Americans to go to Cuba.
WBUR's Andrea Shea had the rare chance to travel there recently on a
people-to-people cultural tour with Michelle Wojcik, a Boston gallery
owner who, despite the embargo, is able to deal exclusively in Cuban art.
Starting Monday, we'll hear her reports on the serious changes happening
in Cuba, profiling the country's artists who are at the forefront of a new
economy, on air at 90.9 FM and here at wbur.org. In this visual preview
of her series "Cuba Opens, Through Art" Shea guides us through some of her
favorite moments of her trip.
(All photos and reporting by Andrea Shea / WBUR).
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