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Since the US and Cuba renewed diplomatic relations a year ago, a new wave of migrants has been leaving the island. We hear about conditions there and how they're determined by the policies of the US and the Castro regime.

Later on the program, American labor unions have admitted blacks and Hispanics for decades, but often whites get more work, bigger pensions and greater access to the Middle Class. Now courts are ordering back pay. 

Photo: Day Donaldson

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Gideon Brower
Jenny Hamel

FIFA Bans Blatter and Platini 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Two of world soccer's most powerful figures, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, were barred from the sport today for the next eight years. Responding to the ban by the independent ethics committee of FIFA, Blatter questioned the suspension but vowed to fight – both for himself and for FIFA. Gabriele Marcotti, senior writer for ESPN, joins us from London.

Guests:
Gabriele Marcotti, ESPN (@marcotti)

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Report on the Inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup Bidding Process (Garcia report)

The US and Cuba: What's Changed and What Hasn't? 35 MIN, 13 SEC

It's been a year since the US and Cuba re-opened diplomatic relations after 54 years of estrangement. Embassies have re-opened and there's been modest economic improvement, but the US trade embargo remains in place, and the Castro regime still tramples on political dissidents. Hardliners insist the Obama Administration lost the chance to demand concessions. White House aides say nobody expected sudden improvement. We hear what's different and what's the same in a conversation with a disappointed exile — and to a child of exiles with different ideas about Cuba's future.

Guests:
Anthony DePalma, Seton Hall University (@depalman)
Ricardo Herrero, Cuba Now (@ric23)
Jaime Suchlicki, University of Miami

More:
DePalma on the price of change in Castro's Cuba
Cuba Now on Cuban-American support for normalization
University of Miami's Cuba Transition Project
Suchlicki's on maintaining trade embargo until Raul Castro makes changes

Minority Union Workers Get Back Pay after Years of Discrimination 8 MIN, 21 SEC

After decades of litigation over policies of racial discrimination, the practice still exists in some major American labor unions. Local 28 of the Sheet Metal Workers in New York City advertises “Opportunity, Diversity and Middle Class Careers.”  But pictures of blacks, whites and Hispanics working closely together obscure a “stark racial divide,”  according to Rachel Swarns of the New York Times in a story about a legal case first filed by the Justice Department 44 years ago.

Guests:
Rachel Swarns, New York Times (@rachelswarns)

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