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The Big Shut-In

Stories from quarantine. The “social distancing” of the Covid-19 outbreak is something none of us were really prepared for… and so how are we coping with it? Conversations with people in a variety of situations, told in real time as the epidemic unfolds.Have a story to share? Write us: thebigshutin@racecarradio.com

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Day 358 (Tuesday, March 9), Krista

Krista is Diné (also known as Navajo), and is a reporter for the Navajo Times, a daily newspaper out of Window Rock, Arizona. Her community was hit tremendously hard by COVID, and she’s struggled throughout with losing not only friends and family, but also the people she sees as the very cultural lifeblood of her tribe. The post Day 358 (Tuesday, March 9), Krista appeared first on RacecarRadio.

26mins

3 May 2021

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Day 337 (Thursday, February 15), Andrew

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday… but how fat will it be, in this extremely lean year? We check in with Andrew, a resident of New Orleans and a true believer in that city’s power to rise and overcome, to learn about how to party in a time of plague (and why). The post Day 337 (Thursday, February 15), Andrew appeared first on RacecarRadio.

38mins

14 Apr 2021

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Day 324 (Tuesday, February 2), Rae

Rae was over the moon when she found her dream Ph.D. program in Tokyo Japan. Unfortunately, as the pandemic unfolded she found herself isolated in a tiny apartment in a strange city and unable to communicate with those around her for months on end. The post Day 324 (Tuesday, February 2), Rae appeared first on RacecarRadio.

29mins

30 Mar 2021

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Day 315 (Sunday, January 24), Janet

Janet is a Korean-American mother of two navigating the expatriate life in Hong Kong, a not-quite-exactly-Chinese city struggling with the upheaval of massive political protests on top of COVID lockdowns. Stuck for more than a year in a tiny apartment with two small kids in a destabilized city where she doesn’t speak the language while she watches her native Los Angeles suffer from afar, is it any wonder she feels torn and crazed and disconnected? The post Day 315 (Sunday, January 24), Janet appeared first on RacecarRadio.

33mins

11 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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Day 298 (Thursday, January 7), Naz

Naz had already taken on a huge responsibility when she moved in with her very elderly mother and became her caregiver. Then COVID hit, and the merely challenging became almost overwhelming. She dug deep, though, into her faith and her own strength, and found ways to not only push through but even see the blessings in the time they had together.  The post Day 298 (Thursday, January 7), Naz appeared first on RacecarRadio.

34mins

11 Feb 2021

Rank #5

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Day 295 (Monday, January 4), Sofia

Mosaic NYC is a small neighborhood church that decided to open a food pantry last April, with the idea that it might help a few hundred neighbors who were suffering in the economic wake of COVID-19. Now, 9 months later, they are serving 2,000 families every week and the need continues to grow. We talk to Sofia, who has dedicated to herself to the project despite her own financial struggles.  You can support their efforts with a donation by going to https://mosaicchurchnyc.churchcenter.com/giving/to/mosaic-general and choosing the dropdown marked “COVID-19 Sunnyside/Woodside Food Distribution” The post Day 295 (Monday, January 4), Sofia appeared first on RacecarRadio.

28mins

26 Jan 2021

Rank #6

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Day 275 (Tuesday, December 15), Carletha

Carletha knows how to work, there’s no question about that, and she’s been working very hard this year. Her job at an assisted living facility has been overfull of challenges and loss, her family is busting the seams of their apartment as they struggle with health challenges, and somehow she finds time to volunteer with the Red Cross and donate food, money, and time to neighbors whose struggles are even greater than her own. The post Day 275 (Tuesday, December 15), Carletha appeared first on RacecarRadio.

38mins

12 Jan 2021

Rank #7

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Day 246 (Sunday, November 15), Daniel W.

So, we just had an election. Maybe you noticed? Post-game analysis and other topical musings with the always-astute Daniel J. White. The post Day 246 (Sunday, November 15), Daniel W. appeared first on RacecarRadio.

40mins

16 Dec 2020

Rank #8

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Day 187 (Thursday, September 17), Nicole

Nicole is a person of rare drive and resourcefulness… but with her small business on the rocks and children in open revolt, even she is finding that 2020 is a lot to take. Have a story you’d like to share? Find us on Facebook @TheBigShutIn, write us at TheBigShutIn@RacecarRadio.com The post Day 187 (Thursday, September 17), Nicole appeared first on RacecarRadio.

39mins

14 Nov 2020

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Day 179, (Wednesday, September 9th), and also Day 229, (Thursday, October 29th) – Paul B.

Checking in back in September with Paul Boschi, event producer extraordinaire (but with very little now to produce), and also an American abroad, to get his perspective on life in Europe and also on the sidelines. Also – there’s an election coming up. Maybe you heard? The post Day 179, (Wednesday, September 9th), and also Day 229, (Thursday, October 29th) – Paul B. appeared first on RacecarRadio.

38mins

31 Oct 2020

Rank #10