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America Amplified: Life, Community, and COVID-19

13 EpisodesProduced by WABEWebsite

Public radio stations across the country team up each week and invite Americans to share their diverse experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. The call-in show provides insight into how communities are responding to this crisis and charting a new future.

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How are we finding community during a pandemic?

May 31st, 2020

49:25

The stay-at-home orders to curb the coronavirus pandemic have canceled sports, closed museums and moved church services online. These are all places where we have traditionally found community, and people have had to …

Examining the future of health care

May 31st, 2020

49:13

The coronavirus pandemic’s impact on our health care system may be seen in more ways than in how we manage people with COVID-19. Since March, routine …

Our cancelled summer plans and the economic impact

May 24th, 2020

48:54

With the cancellation of long-standing festivals, new rules at theme parks, and concerns over traveling, this summer will be like no other in recent …

The pandemic's unequal toll on communities of color

May 24th, 2020

49:23

A virus doesn’t discriminate, so why is it that communities of color have been more vulnerable to COVID-19? Hosts Rose Scott of WABE in Atlanta and …

Why the tension over face masks runs deeper than politics

May 17th, 2020

50:17

Though the CDC now recommends everyone wear a cloth mask in public, it has changed its stance in the past. Hosts Mina Kim of KQED in San Francisco and Marty Moss-Coane of WHYY in Philadelphia peel back the complicated …

Is there a way out of the unemployment crisis?

May 17th, 2020

49:45

One of the most destructive effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been on jobs. Nationally, more than 36 million people have applied for unemployment benefits. Hosts Marty Moss-Coane of WHYY in Philadelphia and Mina …

Can we provide effective mental health care during the pandemic?

May 10th, 2020

49:38

In rural and already vulnerable regions of the country, mental health issues are challenging an already stressed health care system -- but also …

Is the U.S. food supply chain in trouble?

May 10th, 2020

49:25

Hosts Gemma Gaudette of Boise State Public Radio and Charity Nebbe of Iowa Public Radio take an inside look at the pandemic’s impact on our food system. For instance, what to do with all the turkeys? And pork farmers …

What has the pandemic taught us about how we care for our seniors?

May 3rd, 2020

50:17

In Massachusetts, half of all COVID-19 deaths have occurred among nursing home residents, according to the AARP — and that’s just one of the many …

Are we ready to reopen more businesses right now?

May 3rd, 2020

50:15

It’s May, and that means more states across America will begin lifting stay-at-home restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Are we, as a nation, ready for this? Hosts Brian Ellison of …

What's it like to be an "essential worker" while others are sheltering?

April 26th, 2020

47:04

Rose Scott of Atlanta’s WABE and Mina Kim of San Francisco’s KQED get a better understanding of what life is like for the workers who have been defined as “essential.” These workers have been living with the fear of …

Will K-12 school closures widen the education gap in America?

April 25th, 2020

47:35

Mina Kim of San Francisco’s KQED and Rose Scott of Atlanta’s WABE explore what the nationwide school closures say about the future of our country’s …

Introducing "America Amplified: Life, Community, and COVID-19"

April 18th, 2020

1:21

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the daily realities of how we work, interact, and function as a society. In many ways, it feels like we’re farther apart than ever. To make sense of it all, public radio stations across …

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