Cuba

Karel Cruz, principal dancer at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, ended up in Seattle after being rejected by the Cuban National Ballet for being too tall.
Pacific Northwest Ballet Photo/Angela Sterling

Seattle ballet dancer Karel Cruz remembers exactly how he felt when President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would begin to mend its relations with Cuba.

"It’s one of those things you don't think is ever going to happen," he says. He shakes his head, still a little overwhelmed. "You look to the sun and say, ‘Is this happening right now?’"

Cruz, 36, lives in Seattle now, but he was born in Holguin, Cuba.  His family moved across the island to the town of Pinar del Rio when he was 8-years-old.

Cuban artist Tania Bruguera had a plan to test just how tolerant Cuba had become of dissident voices.

She planned a performance at Havana's Revolution Square for Tuesday afternoon. She would provide a microphone and Cubans were encouraged to speak about their vision for the island.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro spoke to Bruguera on Monday and asked her why she was planning the performance.

David Hyde talks to Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about the announcement the U.S. made to normalize ties with Cuba.

A selection of Cuban cigars.
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Jeannie Yandel talks with Joe Arundel, general manager of Rain City Cigar in Georgetown, about why he won't be stocking Cuban cigars anytime soon -- and why nobody else in the U.S. will be either. 

Northwest farmers and orchardists are among the potential beneficiaries if the U.S. and Cuba normalize their relationship and the trade embargo ends.

KUOW Listeners Laud Relaxation Of Cuba Sanctions

Dec 17, 2014
A taxi in Cuba. To American eyes, it's a vintage model, but the picture was taken in 2009.
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We asked our listeners what they thought of President Barack Obama's plans to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. Our phone rang off the hook, and a lot of Cuban-Americans were excited about eased travel restrictions.