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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Title:
A Chicano View Of Cuba
Program #
1979-27
Theme:
Politics

Series:
Latin America
Host:
Armando Gutiérrez
Guest:
Pedro Rodríguez
Date:
Jun 7, 1979

A Chicano View of Cuba

Pedro Rodriguez, a Chicano muralist and professor, discusses his recent visit to Cuba. Rodriguez describes the gains Cubans have made in the areas of education, health and employment. He also talks about the effects of the embargo on the country and explains that all Cubans believe they can continue to survive the blockade but would like to normalize relations because of the many hardships that have resulted, including a shortage of medicines and vaccines. Rodriguez then discusses Cuban aid abroad, which includes, cultural, medical and technical as well as military aid. Rodriguez observed a heightened consciousness among Cuban workers who participate in parades, voting and other forms of civic engagement in large numbers. He describes the Cuban government system and the local committees that form its base. He also discusses Cuban literature and art and the ways in which it reflects the nation’s social consciousness. He mentions that many Cubans are familiar with minority struggles within the U.S. and feel no ill-will towards Americans. He suggests that Americans write to their politicians and encourage the government to end the blockade.

 

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