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CUBA Diary of the Revolution by Deena Stryker 2016LUMPENPROLETARIAT—Independent journalist Deena Stryker has just published her memoirs of her experiences as a young journalist, who travelled to witness firsthand the Cuban Revolution in the early 1960s.

At a time when Americans were forbidden to travel to Cuba, Deena Stryker defied the state in order to interview the Cuban revolutionaries.  Evidently, the American ruling class, those Adam Smith called the masters of mankind, didn’t want us to see what a sincere socialist revolution looks like.  Fortunately for us, Deena Stryker listened to the better angels of her conscience, providing us, and all of humanity, a portrait of the Cuban revolutionaries hopes and aspirations in their own words, as to why they were compelled to participate in the Cuban Revolution.

Deena Stryker joined free speech radio’s Letters and Politics to discuss her memoirs, CUBA: A Diary of the Revolution, Inside the Cuban Revolution with Fidel, Raúl, Che, and Celia SánchezListen (and/or download) here. [1]

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[Broadcast summary from KPFA.org.]

LETTERS AND POLITICS—[30 AUG 2016]  With journalist and author Deena Stryker.   During the 1960’s Stryker traveled to Cuba and interviewed Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, Che Guevara, and Celia Sanchez.  Deena Stryker just published her diary from this period and it’s called Cuba: Diary of a Revolution, Inside the Cuban Revolution with Fidel, Raul, Che, and Celia Sanchez. We talked to Deena about Cuba today.

About the book:

It has been nearly five decades since Deena Stryker, then Boyer, journeyed to Cuba. Deena, a photojournalist went to revolutionary Cuba to both write and photograph the struggles, the trials and disagreements, the victories, and losses of the Cuban people. There she experienced the revolution first hand and enjoyed numerous conversations and powerful moments with its revolutionary leaders―Castro, Che, Celia, and a host of Revolutionaries. Deena’s observations, her conversations are poignant, insightful, and tremendously informative, as she sheds light on numerous personal moments― thoughts, motivations, fears, and dreams.

Learn more at LETTERS AND POLITICS.

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[Working draft transcript of actual radio broadcast by Messina for Lumpenproletariat and Letters and Politics.]

LETTERS AND POLITICS—[30 AUG 2016]  “This is Pacifica Radio‘s Letters and Politics.  On today’s show:  For the first time since 1961, U.S. commercial planes will travel to Cuba., starting this week.  Today, we’ll revisit history of the Cuban Revolution and speculate on its future with veteran journalist Deena Stryker.

“As a young reporter, Deena travelled to Cuba in the early ’60s and interviewed the likes of Fidel, and Raul CastroChe Guevara, and Celia Sanchez.  She has published her diary from this period.  It is called The Diary of the Revolution.  Deena Stryker joins us.  And we’ll also take your calls, next on Letters and Politics.  (c. 0:42)

“But, first the news.  (c. 0:59)

[KPFA News Headlines (read by Christina Anisted)(sp?)]  (c. 6:04)

MITCH JESERICH:  ” [SNIP]

[music break:  Cachao]

[Mitch Jeserich opens up the free speech radio phone lines]

[SNIP]

[SNIP]  (c. 59:59)

Learn more at LETTERS AND POLITICS.

[This transcript will be expanded as time constraints, and/or demand or resources, allow.]

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[1]  Terrestrial radio broadcast, 94.1 FM (KPFA, Berkeley, CA) with online simulcast and digital archiving:  Letters and Politics, this one-hour broadcast hosted by regular host Mitch Jeserich, Tuesday, 30 JUL 2016, 10:00 PDT.

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[30 AUG 2016]

[Last modified  22:47 PDT  1 SEP 2016]

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