CUBA IN FOCUS
The last Thursday of every month, 8:00pm-9:00pm
Hosted by: Sally OBrien - Executive producer, script writer, editor and engineer
One-hour news magazine on events and news,discussions, about Cuba, US/Cuba policy and culture “not commonly found in the corporate media”.
This program has been on the air since 1991.
Sally O'Brien is a progressive journalist and media activist. Her journalistic career began in 1980 in the WBAI News Department. She has served as street reporter, Associate News Director, Interim Public Affairs Director, and Executive Producer of several programs at WBAI and currently serves as Associate Weekend News Director, Co-Producing/Anchoring The WBAI Sunday News. She also designed & ran a News Department at WOMR-FM in Provincetown, Mass.
In 2008, along with Jennifer Wager, Sally Produced and Directed the documentary “Against The Silence: Families of The Cuban Five Speak Out”. She has written for The Nation, The Guardian, The City Sun, and The Advocate, among others. She served as an audio engineer with UN Radio for 18 years and, as a substitute producer, reported weekly to Associated Press "Special Edition" and Maryknoll Radio "Voices of Our World". Other credits include working with the Peoples Video Network on a monthly cable program "Activist News."
A longtime activist & organizer, Sally does media work on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal and other US political prisoners, The Jericho Movement for Amnesty & Recognition of U.S. Political Prisoners; and the Justice Committee of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights working with victims of police violence. Sally does media work on various Cuban and Puerto Rican issues.
Margaret Gilpin – From 1970 to the1990s, she was president of U.S.-Cuba Health Exchange (U.S.C.H.E.), which spearheaded medical and scientific interchange between Cuba and the U.S. She authored many articles about the Cuban health-care system and seminal articles about the Cuban family-medicine program. In the '90s, she turned to documentary film making. Her best-known documentary, "Mariposas en el Andamio/Buttterflies on the Scaffold," (1996) looks at drag and being gay in Cuba.
Jane Franklin – lecturer/Historian/Author/ “Cuba And The United States: A Chronological History”
Jennifer Wager – Filmmaker (Venezuela Rising and “Against The Silence”) and professor of advanced media studies at Essex Community College in Newark, NJ
Bernie Dwyer – Irish Filmmaker ("Mission Against Terror: Case of the Cuban 5" and “The Day Diplomacy Died”) and Journalist (Radio Havana Cuba).
Fred Nguyen – Engineer, Videographer and News Reporter with the WBAI Sunday News.
Barbara Day – Former WBAI News Director/and Current Associate Weekend News Director on The WBAI Sunday News. Kilplinger Fellow-Journalism -Ohio State University/ journalist and Professor at BMCC/NYC.