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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    • 4.8 • 2.2K 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
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

ClayVlay ,

So good

Heart shattering important listen. Well put together and lovingly produced.

Shazxmoney ,

Very moving podcast

The whole story is so relatable. Even if your parent doesn’t have Alzheimer’s, it still touches the heart. I thought Chris and his family to be very brave and their actions are a testament to the love they have for Papi. I was moved to tears and then laughter because of Chris’ great storytelling.
A wonderful podcast.

C Hofbeezy ,

Awesome podcast

It was moving and I also learned a lot. My grandpa is a white guy from New Jersey but spent most of his youth in Central America and is a professor in Chicano Studies. I am also white but was raised by a Guatemalan family so I have conversations in Spanish with words I don’t know and listening to the narrator is so true. From my grandpa, I have heard so many stories about the time he spent in Cuba (he’s 80). It was good to hear about the bad and hard things of life that actually happened there. I had only heard idealized and academic memories because he had the privilege of only meeting with che and fidel and talking about ideas. Never heard about the life of the people. Thank you for this really well done piece of art. Probably one of the best podcasts made to date. Would love to meet the creator some day. Thanks.

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