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Cuba and America: After the Thaw

President Obama’s announcement to begin normalizing relations with Cuba marks the most significant change in US policy toward the island nation in a half century. But as America looks to make it easier to travel to the country and establish more economic ties, what does that mean for the average Cuban or Cuban American?

In this special edition, America Abroad teams up with Latino USA for an in-depth look at the long and complex history between the US and Cuba and explores how this historic policy shift will affect everyone from families living in both countries, to human rights activists, business owners, even poets. We’ll hear stories from Havana and Miami, and a wide range of perspectives and personal narratives.

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IEEE Spectrum – Futurework

I produced segments A and C of this hour-long program on the Future of Work for IEEE Spectrum Radio.

Technological advances have put us on the edge of a new industrial revolution. The program explores how technology will redefine the culture of work. Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and Susan Hassler, editor in chief of IEEE Spectrum magazine, are joined by engineers, scientists, and futurists from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Rice University, and the Institute for the Future to give listeners insights into how technology will redefine work in the not too distant future.

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The Long Game

facebook_profile_180x180_mediumI recently finished work on another hour-long doc by producer Trey Key: The Long Game: Texas’ Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom.

For more than a half a century, citizens of the Lone Star State have had intense, emotional battles over what children should and shouldn’t be taught in public school classrooms.   While there have been fights over just about every academic subject, debates over history, evolution, God and country generate the most heat. In many ways, Texans are stuck.  Some believe teachers should lay out relevant facts before students and have them draw their own conclusions. Others believe there should be particular values —perhaps absolute values— added into the mix to help guide students.

Listen to the full doc below.

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