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Hurricane ready: What we can learn from Cuba’s storm resilience

Hurricane ready: What we can learn from Cuba’s storm resilience

In the quiet hour of 4 a.m., University of Havana meteorology professor Armando Caymares was working alone at his desk when he was jolted by a…
Even after most have left, an effort to keep Chinatown alive

Even after most have left, an effort to keep Chinatown alive

Shugui Luo sits underneath the moderate spring sun, scanning passersby from the porch of Tien Tan, the local Chinese restaurant he works for, located on the…
No joke: In Cuba, comedy is a tool for survival

No joke: In Cuba, comedy is a tool for survival

On the unassuming calle Galiano in Centro Havana, hundreds of people are impatiently waiting before the doors of the Teatro América. from all corners of Havana.…
Protecting Cuban roots, organically

Protecting Cuban roots, organically

At Organoponico Vivero Alamar farm just outside of Havana, where rows of fruits and vegetables soak up the early spring sun on a recent Wednesday, a…
60 years later, Cuban children remember when they were forced to leave

60 years later, Cuban children remember when they were forced to leave

They remember being ushered away from their parents with dozens of other children. They remember the room of glass that made a few feet feel like…
Boston’s own little (tiny) Havana

Boston’s own little (tiny) Havana

Phil Chiampa and his wife Toni Lyn have been coming to El Oriental de Cuba for decades, but they worried they may have lost “the best…
Hip hop artists find a new beat in Cuba

Hip hop artists find a new beat in Cuba

Hip hop music was born in the United States but Cubans have always loved a good beat. Now young artists are trying to create their own…
Art Hour: A look at famed Cuban art space FAC, through the night.

Art Hour: A look at famed Cuban art space FAC, through the night.

Art Hour: A look at famed Cuban art space FAC, through the night. Photo by Joshua Qualls Havana is known for its art and culture. But…
Young Cuban-Americans watch as dramatic change takes hold of the island

Young Cuban-Americans watch as dramatic change takes hold of the island

As they prepared for bed, “Breaking News” flashed across the TV: “Fidel Castro has died at 90.” Isabella Prio, a second-generation Cuban-American, was at her Miami…
Evangelicals surge in Communist Cuba

Evangelicals surge in Communist Cuba

John Wesley rides his horse through the Cuban countryside, beneath tall palm trees and mountains so green they look purple. He holds the reins in one…
Scientists navigate Cuban-US strife through collaborative research

Scientists navigate Cuban-US strife through collaborative research

Laura Weber looks fondly at a gallon-sized tank filled with test tubes and adorned with weathered security clearance forms. This tank, called a dry shipper, had…
Cuban doctors go back to their roots for plant-based remedies

Cuban doctors go back to their roots for plant-based remedies

Just off of Avenida 23, one of Havana’s busiest streets, lies a small shop, its storefront minimally decorated like most others in communist Cuba. The interior…
The Afro of Cuban music

The Afro of Cuban music

African influences are often lost when listening to Latin music. Cuban rhythms would be empty of the clave and the drums without the creativity, imagination and…
How the sounds of Cuba's reefs could save the world's corals

How the sounds of Cuba's reefs could save the world's corals

As climate change worsens, the world’s coral reefs continue to fail at staggering rates. But in Cuba, years of strict environmental regulations have given these ecosystems…
Cuban-Americans send millions to vulnerable islanders in need

Cuban-Americans send millions to vulnerable islanders in need

The days of riding bicycles through Cuban neighborhoods abruptly ended for Consuelo Isaacson when her family had to leave their home in the midst of the…