The Feeling of Liberty
In 1980, the Cuban government opened its doors, allowing citizens to leave the country in what would become a mass exodus. The country's economy had suffered a serious downturn, and political unrest and mass incarceration was making aspects of governance untenable.
The first wave of emigrants came when the Peruvian embassy allowed Cubans to exit under its banner.
That's when Pedro Martinez and his friend decided to make the journey to Havana, and attempt to leave the country. Unfortunately, things got very complicated.
In this edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Pedro's daughters Natalia and Elvia ask him about his decision to leave the country, and the troubles he encountered along the way.
Monty Alexander discovered jazz at a Nat King Cole concert and played his first New York gig at Sinatra’s old haunt called “Jilly’s.” Alexander offers fresh, inventive readings on “Sweet Lorraine,” “Come Fly with Me,” and more – with vocalists James DeFrances and Allan Harris. Wendell Pierce hosts.
It has been said that in riding a horse, we borrow freedom. This is especially true for riders at an Odessa farm that uses gentle giants to foster physical and emotional growth. WUSF intern Tessa Wiseman took a trip to the farm to meet the team of humans and horses behind the healing.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to add new regulations to additional tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, pipe tobacco and cigars.
The proposed regulations are not going down well in Tampa's Ybor City, which has been rolling out cigars since 1886.
In a town that was built on cigar manufacturing, J.C. Newman Cigars is the last one left in a place that once boasted 150 cigar factories. The owners worry the regulations from the FDA would close the last cigar manufacturer in the "Cigar City."