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"WPR Reports" features in-depth investigations from Wisconsin Public Radio. The current season, "Uprooted," retraces the experiences of the nearly 15,000 Cuban refugees who were sent to Wisconsin's Fort McCoy after the Mariel Boatlift in 1980 and examines the lives of those who have made Wisconsin home. It debuts in October 2022.

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"WPR Reports" features in-depth investigations from Wisconsin Public Radio. The current season, "Uprooted," retraces the experiences of the nearly 15,000 Cuban refugees who were sent to Wisconsin's Fort McCoy after the Mariel Boatlift in 1980 and examines the lives of those who have made Wisconsin home. It debuts in October 2022.

    Uprooted: From Cuba to Oktoberfest

    Uprooted: From Cuba to Oktoberfest

    Enrique More has roots in La Crosse. He's been a part of the city's music scene for decades, most notably playing with Mr. Blink. Wisconsin is his home. But it didn't feel much like home when he first got here, when he was one of a handful of Cubans to settle in La Crosse after arriving in 1980 as part of the Mariel Boatlift.

    Uprooted: Youth Lost to a Revolution

    Uprooted: Youth Lost to a Revolution

    When Fidel Castro took control of Cuba in 1959, some feared the shift to communism and left almost right away. Decades later, the changes brought on by the revolution would also lead to almost 15,000 Cuban refugees coming to Wisconsin as part of the Mariel Boatlift of 1980.

    Uprooted: Failed Dreams and Embassy Breaks

    Uprooted: Failed Dreams and Embassy Breaks

    The Cuban revolution promised people a better life: free health care, schools and subsidized housing for everyone. But this came at a cost - and some weren't willing to pay the price. So they began leaving the country in the 1960s, and it all came to a head in 1980.

    Uprooted: The Mariel Boatlift

    Uprooted: The Mariel Boatlift

    People who left Cuba to come to the United States as part of the Mariel Boatlift in 1980 share their experiences of traveling across the sea and their first memories stepping ashore in Florida.

    Uprooted: A New Home at Fort McCoy

    Uprooted: A New Home at Fort McCoy

    Fort McCoy was one of four U.S. military installations that housed Cuban refugees after the Mariel Boatlift in 1980. Almost 15,000 Cubans lived there that summer and fall while waiting to connect with family members or find sponsors.

    Uprooted: Becoming a Wisconsinite

    Uprooted: Becoming a Wisconsinite

    The Cubans who immigrated to the United States during the Mariel Boatlift have left Fort McCoy. Some found homes in Wisconsin and got jobs. Some started families. But first, they had to find sponsors.

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56 Ratings

HeatherAnita ,

IF Democracy is essential to our Constitution this is essential to hear

…especially for republicans to hear what was done in their, under their political name if governing in a democracy is to be maintained.

midwestBlue ,

12.9

how can those gop jerks do non-disclosures on government business. how is that even legal? gov docs are public records and we the citizens are entitled to see these. can you please explain why the WI gop deviants got away with this?

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Great reporting and fun to listen to

Just an awesome podcast that everyone should listen to

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