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Ron Carlee / Travel To Cuba

Two departures: Ron Carlee talks about his tenure as Charlotte city manager and then flights from Charlotte to Cuba. We hear about what to expect upon arrival and about our evolving relationship with this old foe.

Part 1: Ron Carlee

Ron Carlee talks with Mike Collins about his tenure as Charlotte's city manager.

Ron Carlee arrived as an outsider and started putting out fires from the beginning, from dealing with a council divided over the streetcar to a mayor caught taking bribes. Now, Carlee has stepped down as Charlotte city manager. He talks about his turbulent tenure.

Ron Carlee
, former Charlotte city manager

Part Two: Travel To Cuba

Mike and guests discuss travel to Cuba from Charlotte.

Charlotte will soon be a gateway city for air travel to Cuba. It’s one of ten cities expected to launch nonstop service to Havana later this year. Visiting the former Cold War foe has mostly been off-limits to Americans, but those with family on the island have been allowed entrance. We hear about what to expect.

Cristina Bolling
, style and fashion reporter, The Charlotte Observer

Dr. Gregory Weeks, professor and chair, Department of Political Science and Public Administration