Conan becomes first talk show host to film in Cuba since 1959

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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Conan O'Brien poses in the press room at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
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NEW YORK (KTRK) -- Conan O'Brien is about to be a part of history. He is now the first late night talk show host to film an episode in Cuba since the trade embargo began in 1962.

A news release from the show says the TBS host spent "multiple days taking in the sights, sounds and culture of the country. The trip gives the 'Conan' audience a rare glimpse into the daily life of a country not often seen by American viewers."

TBS says O'Brien is taking advantage of President Barack Obama's efforts to improve relations with the island country. In December, President Obama announced the US was working to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.

The last time a talk show host filmed in Cuba was in February 1959. That's when Jack Paar interviewed Fidel Castro for "The Tonight Show." Paar's interview came just one month after Ed Sullivan's infamous interview with the former Cuban leader.

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O'Brien's show on Cuba will air March 4 at 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.