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Stories of COVID™

"[Listening to] Stories of COVID has been really helpful in reminding me to be ok with the [ups and downs] — literally daily affirmations." - one of our listeners We are living history. Join me in learning what this paradigm shift means in the past, present, and future, for a book for future generations. Veronica Kirin is an anthropologist, author, and entrepreneur who studies paradigm shifts. Her first book, Stories of Elders, documents the high-tech revolution through interviews with those that lived it. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stories-of-covid/support

Stories of COVID™

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Nivi’s story centers around the moment she received the call that both of her parents contracted COVID-19, and would be hospitalized.  They were thousands of miles away in India, while she remained in the USA, managing their care across time zones as best as she could.  Interviewed 17 June 2021. Learn more about leaving a story for future generations at https://storiesofcovid.co

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Justin and his family moved abroad to Spain, and found themselves in lockdown soon after their arrival.  This prompted a second move to Portugal in order to take advantage of open spaces and tapped into their creativity by inventing games and finding new ways to connect with family back home by using technology.  Interviewed 10 June 2021. Learn more about leaving a story for future generations at https://storiesofcovid.co

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Victoria lives in New York City, and witnessed first hand the transformation from bustling metropolis to a city in lockdown.  While jarring at first, she quickly took advantage of all the opportunities technology provided us to connect, learn, and create during this new era.  Interviewed 8 June 2021. Learn more about leaving a story for future generations at https://storiesofcovid.co

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Garrett is an aerospace engineer, living alone during the pandemic.  While business was booming, his successes were difficult to fully realize while he was so far from the people that meant the most to him.  Interviewed 27 May 2021. Learn more about leaving a story for future generations at https://storiesofcovid.co

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Brian is a microbiologist living in the UK, working towards his PhD.  His interview focuses on his time in the lab, where he was part of one of the first cohorts working diligently on processing COVID-19 test results.  Interviewed 26 May 2021. Learn more about leaving a story for future generations at https://storiesofcovid.co

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Bethany is a physical therapist, and found herself on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 at the hospital where she works.  She describes her increased anxiety, mental health struggles, and how the ever-changing regulations and guidelines impacted her work and her life during the pandemic.  Interviewed 25 May 2021. Learn more about leaving a story for future generations at https://storiesofcovid.co

A note from Bethany (CW: eating disorders):

"Along with my anxiety and bipolar type 2, I have been in recovery for bulimia for a few years.  It's something that I have struggled with since 10 years old.  Despite the high anxiety, stress, and isolation of the pandemic, I was able to stay in recovery with the help of my wife, family, friends, and medical support team.  With the stress levels high at work, the increased isolation, and increased risk for bulimic behaviors due to less socialization, the risk for relapsing was high.  Yet, despite that, I was and am able to stay in recovery.  Being able to keep appointments with my counselor, dietician, and psychiatrist via telehealth was vital to keep me strong in recovery.  Communication with my family and friends in any way allowed me to stay healthy.  Without them, it wouldn't have been possible.  Now I know I can stay in recovery because if I can do it through a pandemic, I can do it at any point."

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Michael had started off 2020 with some exciting adventures planned in March.  He first ventured to the UK with family, where everything was still open and bustling.  He capped his travels off with a remote backcountry expedition in the Rocky Mountains, and returned to a world that looked completely different.  Interviewed 19 May 2021. Learn more about leaving a story for future generations at https://storiesofcovid.co

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Alina lives in Jersey City, and recounts the moment when the hospital ship Comfort made its way into the New York City harbor.  The arrival brought a feeling of hope that was just what she and so many New Yorkers were needing.  Interviewed 18 May 2021. Learn more about leaving a story for future generations at https://storiesofcovid.co

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Alejandro lives in Queens, NY, not far from where the cases in NYC boomed in March 2020.  He talks about the evolution of his feelings around the pandemic, what it was like to have contracted COVID-19, and the deep feelings of love he felt for his family who cared for him.  Interviewed 18 May 2021. Learn more about leaving a story for future generations at https://storiesofcovid.co

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Every ten episodes I publish a bonus episode highlighting the final messages participants leave for future generations, as the purpose of this book is to both document this era for posterity and to share the lessons we've learned so they aren't lost.  These bonus episodes are heartfelt and tender, as participants think to the future and send their hopes to those we'll never meet.

Participants included in this episode are:

Alberto Martucci

Waldeman von Frenckell

Laurel Phillips

Finnian Burnett

Dino

Matthew Boonstra

Gigi

Alecia Vogel

Claire E. Brown

Suzanne Kibby

Learn more about the project and sign up for an interview at https://storiesofcovid.co

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