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.

Scattered WNYC Studios

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 1.9K 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.

    7. Bonus: Karen Kilgariff and the Shark

    7. 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
    6. The End

    6. 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
    5. The Ashes

    5. 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
    4. The Chunited States

    4. The Chunited States

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

    • 36 min
    3. The Cuckoo's Nest

    3. The Cuckoo's Nest

    Was it torture, or treatment? 

    • 26 min
    2. The Camp

    2. 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

4.9 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

Huntergreen cat ,

Lasting memory

This was so heartfelt. I love the music. For those that long to really know why parents act and do the things they do.. thank you. Nothing short of a gift. Recommend to all my friends.

AdriSiman ,

Heartfelt Storytelling

As a 1st generation Cuban American, I truly enjoyed hearing Chris walk us through his family journey. I found myself laughing and crying all at the same time in various occasions. A story of immigrants but above all a story of family and resilience, which many can relate to. Thank you Chris for sharing your family’s story in a genuine and hilarious way and honoring what many of our grandparents and parents went through.

LK1765MIASAC ,

Endearing, Heartfelt Story!

I’m new to podcasts....and this was a lovely start into being plugged in! Thank You, Chris, and your team for sharing a slice of your life w/listeners. So beautifully told...and engaging! Loved the storyline, pace, music and sound editing, too!

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