8 episodes

Chris Garcia’s dad had one dying wish: That his family scatter his ashes off the coast of Cuba. Chris’s mom? She doesn’t give a crap about dying wishes. She’s vowed to never go back to Cuba again. As Chris tries to do right by his dad, he sets out to uncover the truth about a man he barely knew. Scattered is produced by WNYC Studios, home of other great podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media and Nancy.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 2.1K Ratings

Chris Garcia’s dad had one dying wish: That his family scatter his ashes off the coast of Cuba. Chris’s mom? She doesn’t give a crap about dying wishes. She’s vowed to never go back to Cuba again. As Chris tries to do right by his dad, he sets out to uncover the truth about a man he barely knew. Scattered is produced by WNYC Studios, home of other great podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media and Nancy.

    Bonus: Karen Kilgariff and the Shark

    Bonus: Karen Kilgariff and the Shark

    Fellow comedian Karen Kilgariff (My Favorite Murder) and Chris Garcia are members of the same sad club: they both lost their parents to Alzheimer’s. Karen tells Chris about caring for her mom, her too-real stand-up set, and how Alzheimer's is like the movie Jaws.

    • 25 min
    The End

    The End

    Ana puts on her hot pink visor, Chris gets heatstroke, and the Garcias say goodbye.

    Follow @ScatteredPodcast for updates on the show, old photos of the fam back in Cuba, and more.

    Our theme song is "Please Won't Please" from This is How You Smile by Helado Negro.

    Additional song: "Cuando Salí de Cuba" performed by Celia Cruz. Courtesy of Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc. Written by Luis Aguilé. 

    Special thanks to Lillian Guerra, Rachel Hynson, Emily Botein, Celia Muller, Janna Freed, Tobin Low, the entire Death Sex and Money team, Mark Szuchman, and Carrie Kahn. Ernesto Chavez, Suzie Lechtenberg, Julia Longoria, Katie Bishop, Megan Cunnane, Soren Wheeler, Raymond Guillemette, Edward Lattimer, and Carmen Cusido.

    • 36 min
    The Ashes

    The Ashes

    Chris confronts the box in his closet.

    Follow @ScatteredPodcast for updates on the show, old photos of the fam back in Cuba, and more.

    Our theme song is "Please Won't Please" from This is How You Smile by Helado Negro.

    • 33 min
    The Chunited States

    The Chunited States

    Andres catches a break. Mr. Bible-Jesus is born. And an American dog drinks café con leche.

    • 36 min
    The Cuckoo's Nest

    The Cuckoo's Nest

    Was it torture, or treatment? 

    • 26 min
    The Camp

    The Camp

    When Andres asked the Cuban government for permission to leave the country in 1969, he got a letter with a set of instructions.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

z3kids ,

Reflections

My dad passed away in March, he had Alzheimer’s. I finished episode 1, but I’m all in. My mom passed away 7 years earlier so I don’t have her to go and ask questions of. Fortunately his sister is still living and so I find myself on many Sunday afternoons digging into our family history and his story. It feels like putting together a jigsaw puzzle that I know will be incomplete. Thank you for sharing your journey through this space.

Perlita E.T.G ,

The art of story telling at its best

What a beautiful tribute to your father.

BX Educator ,

Beautiful!

I love Chris’ story about his dad and his family’s love for each other! I’m Puerto Rican with family members who are Cuban and Mexican and the podcast feels like home: the struggle of our parents and grandparents that made our college educated privilege possible, the tensions between generations as we grow up, the fierce protective love of caring for our elders as they age, and the desire to honor them when they are no longer physically here, but always with us still. Thank you, Chris, for this gorgeous homage to Latinx families!

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