"My Dearest Fidel:" Lisa Howard's efforts at Cuban diplomacy

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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.

Credits

Guest:
Peter Kornbluh - National Security Archive - @peterkornbluh

Host:
Warren Olney

Producer:
Andrea Brody