Tonight marks the 50th anniversary of Cuban Revolution

12/31/08 Robert Lorei
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Tonight marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

Dictator Fulgencio Batista fled Cuba in the early hours of Jan. 1, 1959, and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and his supporters took power. The revolution still has plenty of advocates, in Cuba and abroad. They point to achievements in health and education.

But relations between the U.S. and Cuba have never been the same. The U.S. imposes restrictions on trade with Cuba, while most countries around the world have normalized relations.

Joining us now to talk about Cuba, the embargo, conditions on the island and the future of U.S.-Cuban relations is reporter Reese Erlich who has been travelling to Cuba for 40 years and has reported for NPR, the CBC and several newspapers. His new book is Dateline Havana: The Real Story Of U.S. Policy And The Future Of Cuba.

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