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The Way We Live Now

“The Way We Live Now” is a new daily show hosted by Dani Shapiro, in which she has a searching, intimate conversation with an assortment of guests from every walk of life and corner of the globe. How do we live now, when we’re all isolated in our own homes? We can’t gather. We can’t hold each other close. We can’t break bread. Whether we’re alone or with our families, our routines have been upended. What’s that like? We’re longing for connection, and to know how it is inside each other’s lives. Dani will speak with a NYC nurse, a senator, a teacher, a movie star, a chef with a small restaurant who cooks take-out each day, a college student who won’t wear a cap and gown, a high school student stuck at home with her parents, a patient undergoing cancer treatment, a postmistress, a university president, a rabbi, a minister, a yoga teacher, a meditation expert, and so many more. Every one of us is navigating our lives in our own way, and a rich tapestry of voices will be a comfort and a source of connection, in just fifteen minutes a day.

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Ep. 06: Claire

A therapist and grief counselor, sheltering in place with five kids, one baby, two dogs, two cats, and a husband, shares her thoughts on the “tsunami of grief” we are living through, from the quietest spot she can find — her parked car. (For more from Claire Bidwell Smith, check out her book Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief, available in paperback May 5 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

19mins

21 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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Ep. 04: Alicia

A jazz singer in New Orleans misses having an audience — and worries about keeping a roof over her head now that her shows have moved online. (To listen to recent performances from Alicia Renee, a.k.a. Blue Eyes, visit her Facebook page Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

17mins

17 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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Ep. 12: Eileen

A nurse in NYC is haunted by the fact that her COVID patients have to suffer without loved ones by their side. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

23mins

29 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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Ep. 27: Elissa

A writer shelters in place with the very person she spent years trying to distance herself from: her 84-year-old mother, Rita. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

20mins

20 May 2020

Rank #4

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Ep. 08: Anne

A bestselling author, now sober for more than three decades, resolves not to let her inner critic — a.k.a. “the cranky b*tch upstairs” — have the final word when old feelings of shame resurface during quarantine. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

20mins

23 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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Ep. 07: David

A rabbi explains why learning to sit with life’s big questions and being comfortable not knowing are infinitely more important than the answers themselves. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

17mins

22 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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Ep. 26: Randall

A psychiatrist specializing in addiction talks about the unique challenges people in recovery are facing — and shares some advice for anyone worried that their coping mechanisms are doing more harm than good. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

18mins

19 May 2020

Rank #7

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Ep. 13: Jacob

A college sophomore, back under his parents’ roof after his semester abroad is cut short, celebrates his 21st birthday in quarantine Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

12mins

30 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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Ep. 05: Chris

A senator finds solace in the small acts of kindness he sees happening in his community — and hopes that we’ll all be better friends, neighbors, and citizens when this is over. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

13mins

20 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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Ep. 11: Nick

A comedian contemplates his overgrown beard, his overgrown backyard, and what happens when we all take a break from keeping up appearances.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

22mins

28 Apr 2020

Rank #10

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Ep. 03: Jamie

A movie star (and self-described “hugger”) tries to embrace new ways of connecting. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

18mins

16 Apr 2020

Rank #11

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Ep. 18: Gabby

A motivational speaker gives herself — and us — permission to “rage on the page.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

18mins

7 May 2020

Rank #12

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Ep. 15: Zeke

A bioethicist predicts we’ll all emerge from this with a newfound appreciation of our offscreen connections. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

12mins

4 May 2020

Rank #13

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Ep. 25: Lindsey

An indie rock star, accustomed to life on the road, now finds herself writing songs for her new album from her childhood bedroom. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

16mins

18 May 2020

Rank #14

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Ep. 14: Friday Listener Stories

On today’s episode, we hear from a caller sheltering in place with her 94-year-old mother; Amanda, who just lost her partner to breast cancer; and Melinda, who gave birth to her second child last month. To share your story—and potentially be featured on an upcoming episode—leave us a voicemail at 909-713-8995. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

9mins

1 May 2020

Rank #15

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Ep. 16: Melissa

A food writer and cookbook author can’t sell her husband or daughter on her favorite comfort dish: soupy cabbage with cheese. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

16mins

5 May 2020

Rank #16

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Ep. 22: Michael

A university president tries to plan for an uncertain future — and considers ways to make his campus safe enough to welcome students back in the fall. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

22mins

13 May 2020

Rank #17

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Ep. 23: Gabe

A fourth-year medical student graduates early to join his colleagues on the frontlines of New York City’s pandemic response. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

19mins

14 May 2020

Rank #18

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Ep. 28: Brandon

An Alabama-based chef puzzles over the theft of his restaurant’s 18-foot barbecue rig, taken just days after his city’s stay-at-home order began. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

18mins

21 May 2020

Rank #19

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Ep. 10: Esmé

A novelist and essayist living with late-stage Lyme and schizoaffective disorder opens up about Twitter, trauma, and trying to make art in the face of both her chronic illness and the troubling reality we now find ourselves in. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

18mins

27 Apr 2020

Rank #20