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For the first time since the US embargo of 1961, there's now a direct flight from New York to Havana. We hear what the relaxation of diplomatic restrictions will mean for American tourists and for the communist island 90 miles from American shores.

Also, a nonviolent handover as Nigeria elects a new president. On today's Talking Point: has the Internet ruined April Fool's Day?

Photo: Gerry Balding

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Katie Cooper
Evan George

Nigeria Elects a New President 6 MIN, 30 SEC

For the first time in history, Africa's largest country is undergoing a peaceful transition of power. President Goodluck Jonathan has conceded defeat in a democratic election, and Muhammadu Buhari says all the people of Nigeria have won. Heidi Vogt is there for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Heidi Vogt, Wall Street Journal (@HeidiVogt)

Will American Tourists Spoil Cuba? 35 MIN, 25 SEC

Next week, the Presidents of the US and Cuba will meet for the first time since Fidel Castro's revolution of 1959. The US embargo is still on, but there's now an opening for American tourists who want to see Cuba before it becomes "Americanized." Historic buildings and old cars create nostalgia for life in the 50's — but when average wages are $20 a month they also illustrate poverty and decay. Is Havana a museum piece that's about to be "spoiled," or the capital of a desperate nation hungry for change?

Guests:
Karl Vick, Time Magazine (@karl_vick)
Tom Popper, Insight Cuba (@insightcuba)
Natalia Martinez, Roots of Hope (@RootsofHope)
Carlos Alzugaray, former Cuban diplomat and political analyst (@zuky43)

More:
Vick's cover story on Cuba
Ryan Kearney on worry that the US will spoil Cuba is fetishizing poverty

Why the Internet Ruined April Fool's Day 7 MIN, 57 SEC

USA Today was one of several news outlets to report on the so-called "selfie-shoe" -- and then had to clarify how it fell for a corporate stunt on April Fool's Day. HBO's John Oliver thinks April Fools' Day awful and encouraged his Last Week Tonight audience to take the Last Week Tonight No-Prank Pledge.

Sharing Oliver's opinion is Megan Garber, staff writer for the Atlantic, who says April Fool's Day has been ruined by the Internet. 

Guests:
Megan Garber, The Atlantic (@megangarber)

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