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The Green Plantain - The Cuban Stories Project
27 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Cuban Stories: Episode 30 - No Oranges for You!
My sister Gloria, loved her adventures. In this episode you will hear how she got me to agree to go work at an orange packing house in Homestead, Florida. The adventure was not what we expected. I hope you enjoy this story.
17 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Cuban Stories: Episode 29 - Oh, so many Marias
Sometimes we think we know our family history and then we are surprised through technology. Intrigued? Listen to our incredible journey and friendship. Dos Cubanitas in the USA tied by a long-time family bond.
2 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Cuban Stories: Microburst 007 - Kissy Kissy Doll
In this Microburst, Mona Posinoff was telling me a story about her doll when she was a little girl. It is an endearing story. Perhaps you remember these dolls from the 1960s. Thanks for listening. You can also follow Mona on Soundcloud: Stories from A to Z with Mona P.
21 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Cuban Stories: Episode 28 - Brothers, a Pedro Pan Story
We welcome Betty Viamontes, a friend and author of the award Winning novel, Waiting on Zapote Street. Once again she has brought a gripping story to the pages of her latest book, Brothers: A Pedro Pan Story. In this episode, you will hear her reading from Chapter 15 - La Pecera, in English and Spanish. Thank you Betty!
36 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Cuban Stories: Episode 27 - Searching for our Cuban Roots
This episode is a shout out to Aileen Vega, a Cubanita who is a fellow podcaster. Like me, she loves geneology and researching our Cuban roots. She is the producer and host of CubanFamilyRoots and is the Director of Corporate Training and Continuing Education at Middlesex College in Edison New Jersey. Because of our love for geneology, we connected through social media, topic specific groups, and have become each other's fan. Her podcasts cover interesting topics like genetic geneology and how to navigate the technical gen platforms. One of my favorite podcasts covers the Irish in Cuba. In this episode I had the pleasure of having her as a guest. I hope you enjoy meeting Aileen.
13 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Cuban Stories: Episode 26 - El Ché - an Anti-Hero
This episode is a personal opinion piece and an SOS cry for my Cuba. Since July 2021, the world has seen videos and pictures of the force unleashed by the Communist regime on its population, the men and women who burst into the streets claiming justice. People who are hungry and are dying in a country where infrastructure has collapsed, and the government's response is to use violence against their own. We have also seen videos of how young men are forcibly dragged from their homes and drafted into a militia to knockout and contain their own. This ferocity hurts my soul, and I feel emotion strangling me; my throat seems to close, and my eyes swell. I can't help but add my voice to say, "Stop! Have pity of my people and the land that saw my birth. And cry against the myth of El Ché Guevara, known as El Ché, who was part and parcel of the revolution in Cuba."
28 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Cuban Stories: Microráfaga 006 - SOS Cuba - Cinco Puntos con Pepín
Cinco Puntos con Pepín - Esta Microráfaga fue grabada espontáneamente y la lanzamos en anticipación al episodio de la semana que viene para que Pepín nos de cinco puntos que pueden ayudarnos responder preguntas y disipar algunos mitos sobre Cuba y el presente régimen.
17 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Cuban Stories: Episode 25 - A Cuban Patriot Against Tyranny
Today’s episode is doubly special because we celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of this podcast series and share the story of Tomas and Luis Puig, father and son. This is a story of tangents, parallels, and possibilities. For me, it’s a Cuban-American story, an immigrant story that echoes so many others. So why is this story different? It’s different because it illustrates a historical view of Cuba during the first years of the Castro regime. For example, did you know that about 2000 Cuban CIA operatives worked to topple the government? A Cuban Patriot Against Tyranny is a story we should all hear to understand that many fought the then-nascent communist regime. We need to say their names so they are remembered. Because as a Cuban nation, we just didn’t give up. Luis Puig wrote about his family’s trials, and tribulations in an award-winning book recently published: Born Again - from Communism to American Submariner.
6 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Cuban Stories: Microráfaga 005 - Pepín, El Chef Hispano mas Querido
Esta Microráfaga es un extracto del Episodio 24 del Green Plantain. Esta historia trata sobre una amistad inesperada.
10 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Cuban Stories: Episode 24 - Pepín - The Most Loved Hispanic Chef
There are people in the world who make instant connections with others. You know what I'm talking about, you start conversing, and the sound of their voice is so familiar that you connect at an almost microscopic level, even over a cell phone. So stay tuned to hear about the renowned Chef Pepín, the most loved Hispanic chef.
3 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Cuban Stories: Microráfaga 004 - En el Tiempo del Cólera
Durante el siglo 19, el cólera se extendió por todo el mundo desde su reservorio original en el delta del Ganges en la India. El cólera ocurrió en Cuba en diferentes momentos. Aunque la enfermedad no logró entrar en América del Norte, durante el período objeto de examen se produjeron brotes graves en América del Sur (Argentina, 1886 y 1888; Chile, 1887 y 1888). http://health21magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/1954-Cholera-Studies.pdf En el tiempo del colera es una anécdota relatada por mi madre de ochenta años. Ella fue entrevistada por su sobrino, Fermín Rodriguez Tarrau en Venezuela en el 1988. Increíble comprender que ella estaba contando una historia ocurrida cien años atrás.
3 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Cuban Stories: Microburst 003 - How the British got their Accent
Microburst 003 is a short, candid, and informative conversation recorded in my kitchen during a friendly poker game with the kids – my Cuban-American life. This microburst is about how the British got their accent. I don’t want to spoil the story. I hope you like it as much as I do! For more information, checkout this website: http://www.britishaccent.co.uk/news/2013/06/how-did-the-british-accent-evolve/
15 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Cuban Stories: Episode 23 - Now I Swim - Ahora yo Nado
In the last episode, you heard about my unexpected anxiety attack and how I discovered I had fear of water and heights. Today’s episode illustrates a happy ending and that I’m no longer an “afraid of water” statistic. The entire story is available on Amazon in a book titled “Now I Swim - Ahora yo Nado.” Now I Swim - Ahora yo Nado is a celebration of my 17th swim anniversary!
5 minutes | May 28, 2021
Cuban Stories: Microburst 002 - Memorial Day
This Microburst of the Green Plantain features a conversation between my friend Mona Posinoff, producer and host of Stories from A-Z with Mona P., and my husband, Jon. You will learn about Memorial Day in the United States and its meaning. Specifically, you’ll hear how to best honor the memory of our fallen service members. You can find the entire candid and insightful interview about the military service of a paratrooper and Green Beret on Episode 22 of Stories from A-Z with mona P. In this episode, you will also hear about Jon serving in Vietnam, Mona’s life during the Vietnam war period in the United States, and a reflection about her father and World War II. You can copy the following podcast link https://soundcloud.com/user-567660286/episode-22-jon-mueller
16 minutes | May 18, 2021
Cuban Stories: Episode 22 - Fear of Water - Miedo al Agua
With this episode I’m sharing a very personal story, the first of two episodes. This episode gives you a glimpse of what it’s like to have an unexpected anxiety attack and discover you have a debilitating fear of water. Gallup polls have been conducted to take the pulse of how many people carry this fear. They all agree that about 60% of Americans have a fear of deep water, and 45% have a fear of water over their heads. What if you were born without having access to a body of water? What if you’ve tried to swim, but thought you weren’t born with the ability to do so? What if I tell you it’s never too late and that everyone is born with the ability to swim? Listen to this episode but don't miss the next one to find out that it's never too late to learn to swim.
6 minutes | May 7, 2021
Cuban Stories: Microráfaga 001 - Los Abuelos - Cuba y Las Canarias
Microráfagas del Green Plantain son conversaciones cortas, francas, a veces cómicas o satíricas que no han sido masterizadas. Esta conversación tomo lugar en Venezuela. Una entrevista conducida por mi primo hermano Fermín. Una conversación con sus tías Martina y Celia y su Tío Máximo Rodriguez sobre mis abuelos Sebastián Rodriguez Rodriguez y mi abuela Leandra Cárdenas y Rodriguez del Rey. También incluye información de Bartolo el primo hermano de Sebastián.
24 minutes | May 4, 2021
Cuban Stories: Episode 21 - Bobby Socks and Love - Calcetines Bobby y Amor
Bobby Socks and Love/Calcetines Bobby y Amor is the story of young love with a happy ending. When she visited Santa Clara, Cuba, in 1956, she was still wearing poodle skirts and bobby socks, and stole his heart.
17 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Cuban stories: Episode 20 - Green Life Rhythm - Un Ritmo de Vida Verde
In line with the theme of love, this Green Plantain episode features two men, their friendship, and their passion for their land - Cuba. One is an entrepreneur who owns a taxi service company in Santa Clara, and the other is a biologist who farms in the Escambray mountains. Meet Rolando Gonzalez a biologist who leases a finca - a farm in the Escambray mountains in Cuba. Learn about his local biosphere.
16 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Cuban Stories: Episode 19 - A Man of Stature
In line with the theme of love for community, you will hear the story of a Cubanito who gave his all to the community he lived in - San Felipe, Venezuela. This episode highlights how one man can change the course of many lives.
29 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Cuban Stories: Episode 18 - Playing with Fire
The city of Caracas, Venezuela, and the Village of Plandome, New York State have a man in common - un Cubanito. This week's episode of the Green Plantain features Alfredo (Al) Díaz and his love for community.
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