The Hingham ‘Cast is a hyper local, weekly podcast that looks at the pandemic through the lens of one small town: Hingham, Massachusetts. Hosted by award-winning broadcast journalist Ally Donnelly, The Hingham 'Cast explores how to build better communities through meaningful conversations. We talk about our health, our kids, our schools, our money, our jobs, our relationships, joys and struggles. Even as the pandemic keeps us apart, there is a real opportunity to come together. Through intimacy and empathy, we get to know our neighbors and what drives them. Nothing is off the table. We'll explore everything from race, religion, sexuality and politics, to eating, drinking, binging and how to leave that puppy you swore you'd never get. Join us!
Self Harm: When Kids Cut
Danielle was just 12 when she started cutting. She said, at first, it was an accident, but it quickly became deliberate. She says when the physical pain came, the emotional pain felt like it was bleeding out of her. It's called self harm or self injury and affects 1 in 5 adolescents. Experts say cutting can start for any number of reasons from a child suffering anxiety to a serious mental disorder. The number of kids getting emergency care for mental health issues like self harm are on the rise in the pandemic, according to the CDC, prompting our conversation. Ally talks with Danielle and Barry Walsh, Ph.D. from Open Sky Community Services in Worcester, MA. He shares why kids cut, what parents should look for and how to get help.
Real Estate Boom: Tight Supply, Soaring Demand
Open houses canceled before they'd begun. Buyers snatching up houses sight unseen. Inspections waived. Cash offers a hundred thousand dollars over asking with little-before-used escalation clauses. It's a pandemic-fueled real estate boom that's driven up prices and made it a kill or be killed seller's market. But what could it mean for the fabric of a small town?
Where Hurt, Hunger & Hope Collide
Paul Deane had hit bottom. He was addicted to heroin, had just lost his wife after she overdosed and was struggling to be a father to their four sons. The Weymouth man says he drove his life into the ground and shares how therapists at a Quincy non profit helped him put the pieces back together. Interfaith Social Services is many things to many people and houses the largest food pantry on Boston's South Shore. Executive Director Rick Doane explains why hunger and struggles with mental health are inextricably entwined and how the public can help.
Surviving Screens & Getting Your Kid Back
Ally talks with Cindy and Eliza Farina. Eliza is a 7th grader who says in the height of the pandemic, her screen time reached as high as 16 hours a day. How accurate that is, mom Cindy doesn't know, but says shutting down devices can get ugly. With light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, how do we get our kids back from the clutches of screens? Penn State Psychologist Meghan Owenz says S.P.O.I.L. them. She maps out how socializing, play, outside time, independent work and literacy can help reverse the negative effects of devices.
Back to School (Take 2)
Ally sits down with her 9-year-old daughter Lucy to hear what it was like to go back to school after so many months remote and hybrid. She also checks in with Tony Keady, Principal of East Elementary School in Hingham on bringing the kids back not only physically, but emotionally and what their focus will be in the months ahead and as they prepare for the next school year.
Thousands of families across the country have welcomed new pets into their lives during the pandemic. With everyone home, there is always someone to walk, feed and scratch the ears of this newest family member. But as life inches back to some level of new normal, what will that mean for your "pandemic pet?" Dr. Trish Cairns, co-chief of staff at Norwell Veterinary Hospital joins Ally to share the steps she says you should be taking "yesterday" to help your pet adjust to more time alone.