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Neighbors: The Family Secret That Grandmother Was A Spy

Dec 26, 2018

After spending lots of time with family this week, maybe you found out something about a parent or grandparent that surprised you.

That's what happened to relatives of Sara McCall, an 80-year-old woman who started opening up about her Cuban heritage after her son died unexpectedly.

The surprise? McCall worked for the U.S. government at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base before the Cuban Missile Crisis. For a short period, she would ferry letters between U.S. officials and their contacts in Cuba.

"If they catch me, that's it," she remembers thinking. "I [can't] go to the base anymore, or they go and kill me, or they put me in jail."

This story is an excerpt of our full-length Neighbors episode, "My Grandma's A Spy." Listen to the excerpt above, or hear the full version on our website or on any podcasting app.