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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.


How are we finding community during a pandemic?

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 turn to other ways of creating that sense of communal experience. Hosts Brian Ellison of KCUR of Kansas City and Maiken Scott of WHYY in Philadelphia explore how different groups are still finding that connection during the pandemic. How are these groups adapting? How do they plan to move forward, as localities ease restrictions on gatherings? What are our long-term concerns? Guests include: The Rev. Alyn E. Waller, Senior Pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia; Kaitlin Abdelrahman, organizer with On Call Halal, which delivered meals to hospital staff in Kansas City to break the daily fasts required during Ramadan; Mariya Dostzadah Goodbrake, executive director of Global FC, which works with refugee youth in Kansas City to provide access to soccer opportunities; Dr. Joi Lewis, who works on the ground to create healing space to address trauma and grief in Minneapolis; and Boi Boy, Kansas City artist and drag performer.

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