February 19th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, Goodbye Fidel, Steven Erlanger leaves Israel, Street Racing, letters, eavesdropping.
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February 19th Show

Fidel Castro this morning announced in a statement to the Communist Party daily Granma that he is stepping down as President of Cuba. His power will be handed over to his brother, Raul. Guests in our first hour talk about how Cubans have reacted to the announcement and what's next for Cuba after Castro. Following that, we'll find out what's next for Steven Erlanger. Erlanger is leaving his post as Jerusalem Bureau Chief for The New York Times in a few weeks.

Over the weekend, street racing made headlines when eight spectators were killed on a stretch of highway in Maryland. Sheila Howard is a paramedic and was one of the first on the scene of the crash. She will join us in our second hour. We will also discuss the history of street racing and talk with a former racer who is now part of an organization that is working to evolve street racing into motorsports racing. Later in that hour, we'll read from your emails and blog comments. Then we will be joined by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik about the stories her readers share of eavesdropping: overheard quotes about love, sex and relationships.