Uprooted: A Special Series By Wisconsin Public Radio

WPR Reports: Uprooted

Cuban In Wisconsin


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In 1980, there was an exodus of Cubans who left their homes for the United States as part of the Mariel Boatlift. This includes almost 15,000 Cuban refugees who were sent to Fort McCoy in Sparta, Wisconsin. In this podcast, Cubans who remained in the area share untold stories about their early lives, moving to Wisconsin, and what life has been like since they've been living here in limbo.


Executive Producer and Co-Host — Maureen McCollum

Producer and Co-Host — Omar Granados

Technical Director and Producer — Brad Kolberg

Editor — Brady Carlson

Music Direction and Composition — Karl Christenson

Production Assistance — Hannah Haynes

Art Direction — Grace Lorenz

Marketing Specialist — Judith Heise

Digital Editor — Alyssa Allemand

Digital Project Managers — Alyssa Allemand and David Hyland

Digital Design — Amanda Starich, Anna Rueden and Jane Jiumaleh

Photography — Angela Major

Archival Photos — University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's Murphy Library Special Collections

Translations — Swits

Special thanks to Adam Friedrich, Peter Bryant, and NPR’s Research, Archives and Data Strategy team.

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