On Tuesday, July 18th, WPBT2 will air a special travel program produced by Chicago PBS affiliate WTTW – Weekend in Havana. The program gives viewers an inside look at modern day travel to Cuba – an island nation largely cut off from the United States for more than half a century.
For decades, generations of Cubans have fled the island seeking refuge in the U.S., bringing with them their distinctive culture and helping make South Florida what it is today. But recent policy shifts by both former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump have divided South Florida’s Cuban community on what is the best course of action for Cuba and the Cuban people.
As an accompaniment to Weekend in Havana, WPBT2 has brought together an eclectic mix of voices from South Florida’s Cuban diaspora to share their thoughts on travel to the island nation and the future of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.
Sebastian A. Arcos, M.A., Associate Director, Cuban Research Institute, FIU
Joe Cardona, Filmmaker/Writer (Flight of Pedro Pan, Major League Cuban)
Ninoska Pérez Castellón, Journalist & Host, Radio Mambi 710 AM
Luis De Prada, Grad Student, Barry University
Elsie Miranda, D.Min., Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Barry University