TV/radio briefs: Conan in Cuba, Atlanta Press Club radio panel

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Conan O'Brien is airing his Cuba special Wednesday, March 4 at 11 p.m. on TBS. CREDIT: TBS Conan O’Brien is airing his Cuba special Wednesday, March 4 at 11 p.m. on TBS. CREDIT: TBS

By RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com, originally filed Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TBS’s Conan O’Brien was inspired to be the first American talk-show host to do a show from Cuba soon after Pres. Obama was lifting restrictions to travel there. Jack Paar visited the country before the embargo in the early 1960s, which inspired O’Brien, who has a deep respect for late-night history.

He has been getting a lot of press for doing this, more press than he’s gotten in a good long time. So from that perspective, this is a good thing.

He also has said in interviews that he worked hard to ensure that the joke was on him, not on the Cuban people. He wanted them to laugh at his idiocy. They didn’t recognize him, he said, since they don’t get TBS. But…

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