Although this podcast and article was released in 2012 for National Geographic, it still presents a fairly broad view on contemporary Cuba, it’s challenges, it’s black market, and mixed feelings about the future — all packaged in hope.

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(Photo Credit: a receptionist in Viñales. Photo by Paolo Pellegrin)

For those beginning to read on the islands modern day news — This article, (Cuba’s New Now), is considered Cuba 101 today, although lots more has transpired since the normalization talks began in Dec 2014.

Listen to this informative podcast interview with the author.