Heirs Of The Revolution: A Changing Cuba Cuba is always reinventing itself. Recently the communist government loosened restrictions on travel, real estate and businesses. But it remains a poor country in which dissent is little tolerated.
Special Series

Heirs Of The Revolution: A Changing Cuba

A fisherman walks the streets of Mariel, on Cuba's northwest coast. In the distance, construction is underway on the Port of Mariel, where the government is creating a special free-trade zone. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
David Gilkey/NPR

Cuba's Mariel Port: Once An Escape, Now A Window To The Future

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/325236967/325397625" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Cuban entrepreneur Barbara Fernandez Franco oversees two employees in the small living room of her home in Havana, the Cuban capital. Her boyfriend, Michel Perez Casanova (right), works in the tourism industry but also helps with her business. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
David Gilkey/NPR

Cuba's Budding Entrepreneurs Travel A Rocky Road Toward Success

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/324862512/325073912" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A man stands in line at Miami International airport to board a charter flight to Havana, Cuba. Travelers often fly to Cuba from the U.S. with piles of goods, despite a decades-long trade embargo. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
David Gilkey/NPR

With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/324898879/325073888" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript