— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 5, 2015
As the long-standing United States embargo against Cuba comes to an end, prominent late night talk show host Conan O’Brien recently became the first American to tape a show in the isolated country since the Cold War era began. At a time when US-Cuba relations seem to be improving, Conan states the purpose of his visit was “to meet the people and try to make friends.”
Conan stressed that he didn’t want the show to be political; instead he decided to dedicate his trip to giving us a look into the fascinating Cuban culture that hasn’t been public to most Americans over the past 50 years. Highlights of his trip included taking Spanish lessons, visiting a rum museum and a cigar factory, joining a salsa band, learning to dance the rumba, and dining at an authentic Cuban family restaurant.
As Conan said goodbye to Cuba, he reflected:
I hope we’ll soon be able to begin mending the long broken relationship between our two countries. Despite the differences in our governments, at a human level there’s so much we share: laughter, music, the love of good food, and the sheer genius of rum in a box.
Watch the first four minutes of Conan O’Brien’s one-man mission to meet the Cuban people and make some friends. Share your thoughts using the #ConanCUBA hashtag.
Find out what Conan had to say about his visit to Cuba. Check out the full episode here…