Cuba

GLOBE TREKKER
Tough Trains: Cuba’s Sugar Railroads

 

Cuba was one of the first countries in the world to build a railway, back in 1837. At the time, Cuba was the world’s largest sugar producer, and its early railways were designed not with passengers in mind, but to transport sugarcane to the mills, and refined sugar to the ports. Trekker Ian Wright goes on an eye-opening and hair-raising train journey across this Caribbean island.

 

Joshua Bell’s Seasons of Cuba

 

Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell leads a LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER event with the Chamber Orchestra of Havana, composed of some of Cuba’s most accomplished classical musicians. Bell performs a range of selections, from Vivaldi classics to Piazzolla tangos and more, building a bridge between Cubans and American artists.

 

Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound

 

Learn how two musical geniuses, producers Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall, created the first black-owned record label in Florida. Explore the early days of 1960s soul music in Miami, the pioneers of that era and their lasting contributions to the broader American musical landscape.

 

FRONTLINE
Out of Gitmo

 

Produced in collaboration with NPR, FRONTLINE presents the dramatic story of a Gitmo detainee released from the controversial U.S. prison after 14 years, and the struggle over freeing prisoners once deemed international terrorists. Also in this hour, FRONTLINE works with Retro Report to explore the untold history of the Guantanamo Bay prison.

 

SOUNDSTAGE
Jon Secada

 

Latin superstar Jon Secada, who began his three-decade career with Gloria and Emilio Estefan, returns to his Havana roots for SOUNDSTAGE with a thrilling tribute to Cuban legend Benny Moré. Secada also performs hits from throughout his own career.

 

JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness

 

For many, President Lyndon Baines Johnson is chiefly remembered for escalating the United States military involvement in Vietnam. But 50 years ago, he engineered two of the most important laws Congress ever passed, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This special examines how LBJ transformed America.

 

The Fidel Castro Tapes

 

In 1959, Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba. He has been one of the most controversial figures in the world ever since. This is the story of the Cuban dictator’s turbulent career, told in part through media reports, rare images and recordings.

 

SACRED JOURNEYS WITH BRUCE FEILER
Osun–Osogbo

 

Join host Bruce Feiler on an unprecedented journey to the world’s most meaningful landscapes and rigorous religious pilgrimages. Feiler and contemporary sojourners trek to sacred sites visited annually by hundreds of millions of pilgrims. Each episode follows a modern-day pilgrim on a private spiritual journey. The series presents a comprehensive picture of the practice of pilgrimage in its varied expressions around the globe, over thousands of years.

 

Osun–Osogbo
Tues., Dec. 30, 9:00 pm
Host Bruce Feiler travels to Nigeria with a group of African American pilgrims who are attending an annual festival in honor of the Yoruba Goddess Osun as a way to reconnect with their cultural and spiritual roots.  This indigenous African faith, sometimes called Orisa Devotion, was first carried to the Americas during the Transatlantic Slave Trade where it evolved and spread to become one of the ten largest religions in the world with upward of 100 million practitioners.  It is most widely practiced in the Caribbean and Brazil, but after being forced underground during slavery, it is now growing in popularity across the U.S.A., especially in African American and Cuban neighborhoods.

 

In company with pilgrims from Miami, New York and Boston, Bruce Feiler visits the last remaining Yoruba sacred grove in Nigeria, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the Osun Festival attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims and visitors from across Africa and around the world.  As two young American pilgrims are initiated as priestesses to the goddess Osun, a Miami-based priest reveals that it’s music and dance that brings most African Americans back to a faith where culture, art and spirituality are inextricably mixed.