The effort to restore full diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba will impact the baseball world as much as any. The possibilities and pitfalls are endless if major league teams can access one of the sport's richest talent pools and rabid fans.
Cuba had relied on Venezuela to prop up its economy. But with that support uncertain, the Castro brothers appear to have decided to come in from the cold.
The US is the biggest financial donor to Ebola-infected countries in West Africa. But the largest number of healthcare workers deployed in the field hail from an island nation with a cash-strapped communist government.
Could a willingness to read more widely and deeply make Americans more open to each other, more willing to embrace difference?