Program 471: Cuba on the Line; Trespassing Across America
Release Date: 01-14-2017
Two Americans who've made their living in Cuba shed light on the influence Americans have there, then author Ken Ilgunas describes the 1700-mile trek he made on foot from Alberta to Texas in hopes of getting a local perspective on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
- Brin-Jonathan Butler, author of "The Domino Diaries" (Picador)
- Christopher P Baker, Cuba tour guide and author of Cuba guidebooks for Moon and National Geographic Traveler
- Ken Ilgunas, author of "Trespassing Across America" and "Walden on Wheels" (Blue Rider Press)
- Brin-Jonathan Butler's website includes links to his blog postings, his book "The Domino Diaries," and videos of his interviews with famous Cuban boxers.
- "The Domino Diaries" is published by Picador-MacMillan.
- Brin-Jonathan Butler's documentary "Split Decision" is about Cuban boxing legand Guillermo Rigondeaux and the decisions Cuban boxers have had to make about their lives and careers.
- The New York Times wrote a profile about Brin in December 2016.
- Christopher P Baker posts blog updates from Cuba on his website.
- Rick spoke with Chris in the middle of one of the National Geographic Expeditions tours he leads in Cuba.
- Chris wrote "Mi Moto Fidel" after his first motorcycle excursion, to research the length of Cuba for the "Moon Cuba" handbook, published by Moon Travel Guides. His other guidebooks include National Geographic Traveler Cuba.
- Chris' motorcycle tours of Cuba are organized through Moto Discovery.
- It's commonly expected that Miguel Diaz Canel will eventually become the next head of state of Cuba.
- Ken Ilgunas' website. His book, "Trespassing Across America" is published by Penguin-Random House, and will be released in paperback February 7. A review by the Los Angeles Times includes photos from Ken's trip.
- Wikipedia discusses the controversies with the Keystone XL pipeline, and TransCanada-Keystone XL maps the proposed route extension through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.
- Ken notes that the organization 350.org continues to campaign against a number of fossil fuel pipeline proposals as a way to combat the effects of climate change.
More with Ken Ilgunas - Rick and a listener in Massachusetts talk with Ken Ilgunas, author of "Trespassing Across America," about how he still hitch hikes legally across America. (runs 1:53)