For the first time in over 50 years a Castro will not be running the Cuban government. Miguel Díaz-Canel has been sworn in as Cuba’s new president. What will the transition mean for Cuba, for rapprochement with the U.S. and for politics in Florida? We’ll hear that relations with the U.S. might have been much different.
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Lisa Howard was a well known TV news anchor well before Barbara Walters. What’s not so well known was her “relationship” with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. In the early 1960s she single-handedly established a backchannel communications between Havana and the White House and in doing so changed the course of the Cold War. We’ll hear the untold story of honorable diplomacy between Cuba and the United States.
Lisa Howard and Fidel Castro at dinner. Photo courtesy of National Security Archive, Lisa Howard Collection.
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