On a special episode #36, Michael and Elliott welcome guest Nathaniel Villegas, for a discussion of Cuba and its history in the wake of President Obama’s historic visit to the island nation last week. Recalling Cuba’s history in the 20th century from independence, the Batista regime, to Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution, Nathaniel shares insight into Castro’s goals and how they have changed, and the various points of contention with the United States beginning in the 1960s and throughout the Cold War. Later Canada’s relations with Cuba, notably under PM PE Trudeau and a brief overview of Gitmo. What needs to happen for this thawing of relations with US to continue? Michael, Elliott and Nathaniel share their views and hope for better compromise from both sides.