PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown Travels to Cuba for Five-Part Series “The Cuban Evolution”

WASHINGTON, DC (June 15, 2015) – At a moment of historic change between Washington and Havana, PBS NewsHour chief correspondent for arts and culture Jeffrey Brown recently traveled to Cuba to explore what the opening may mean for the island nation’s economy and political system, as well as its architecture, art scene, technological development and much more in NewsHour’s five-part series The Cuban Evolution, broadcasting each night this week (check local listings).

The first piece, also part of NewsHour’s Culture at Risk series, focuses on the promise and peril the thawing of relations holds for Cuba’s economy, as companies like Airbnb ramp up to accommodate a new influx of American tourists, the optimism many Cubans have for a better economy and also what risks the changes may hold for Cuba’s way of life. The second part, also Culture at Risk, looks at Havana’s crumbling buildings and infrastructure and how American development and tourism might help but also threaten its architecture and culture.

The third piece looks at the lack of internet access in Cuba and what the opening may portend for free speech and political reform. The fourth piece uses the Havana Biennial to examine the changing role for artists in Cuba and what it says about Cuba’s political system and society. The series concludes with a profile of an organic farm outside of Havana, exploring how the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 and the economic hardship that followed led Cuba to become a leader in organic farming, and how that too could change with an opening to the United States.

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