My New York publicist had arranged an interview for me with WLRN, South Florida’s popular National Public Radio affiliate, for this Tuesday (September 17) to talk about my new book, What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five.
Since I’m currently on a book tour in the northeastern US, the station arranged for me to go to affiliate WGBH in Boston to do the interview live from a studio there. All was set… Then, late last night, we got this email from WLRN:
“I’m sorry to say that Topical Currents host/exec prod, Joseph Cooper, has told me to cancel the interview with Stephen Kimber. After looking over the book and accompanying material… he feels that the topic is too ‘incendiary’ and fears a negative reaction from certain segments of the community.”
That email tells you everything you need to know — and more — about why it was impossible to find an unbiased jury in Miami to hear the case of the Cuban Five. And why it is even more important today — 15 years later, with four of the five still in American prisons — for Americans to learn the facts about this case.
Update: WLRN has apologized, and re-invited me to appear on another program on Friday, September 20 at 12 p.m. ET (1 pm AST). Here’s the story from the Miami Herald. And here’s a link to the live stream of the station’s broadcast. The program I’ll be appearing on, Florida Round Up, also has a web page with information about the program.Click here for reuse options!
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