Musician and thinker Judson McKinney navigates the Corona Pandemic from Nashville to his home state South Carolina, interviewing his fellow Americans during the biggest outbreak since the Spanish flu of 1918. He talks to small business owners, homeless men on sidewalks, pretty women on vacation, singer-songwriters on Skype, and hell, anyone with an opinion about the pandemic. This is an alternative podcast in the spirit of 90s MTV. Not for the politically correct. The PANDEMIC Podcast with Judson is a highly musical and provocative podcast for the current pandemic and cultural paradigm shift - PANDEMIC STRIKES!
Mayor Cooper Coverup
Judson is back in Nashville. He discovers a breaking news story from Fox 17 that Mayor Cooper's office of Nashville hid the true numbers of coronavirus cases from bars and restaurants from the public. When he tries to look into the matter more closely for himself, Judson is met with recurring obstacles to the information. The most popular article on Google News becomes unavailable to click on - when Judson clicks on the link Fox gives him an "our apologies but we cannot locate the article" message. In the middle of going forward and backward in the browser Judson is interrupted by a Fact-checking sheet in real time that pops up on his screen - assuring him that the story that people are looking up is "fake news." Judson calls Fox to let them know their breaking news article is missing. The next day he searches again, only to find that the article has been replaced with a new article declaring "Cooper: Nashville hiding information about COVID clusters in bars is 'fake news.'"
Flashbacks Part IV - Charleston
Judson flashes back to Charleston in June. He meets Tom who has come down from Massachusetts on a road trip doing photography. He says there are not many masks down here - but then we are transported into present tense Nashville. Masks are everywhere, and so is rain from Hurricane Laura. Judson then encounters three women from New Orleans who inform him about Levees (why Hurricane Katrina was so bad). We then arrive back into the Flashback, where Judson is walking King Street after a recent riot. Stores are boarded up and windows have been smashed, but folks are out on the street enjoying the evening. Judson stops and speaks with a private security guard at one of the bars on King Street and hears his story. The Episode ends in in Nashville with Judson recalling a Po’ Boy he had in New Orleans with the ladies from Louisiana.
Flashbacks Part III - Daytona
The episode begins with Judson still in Orlando, ready to take off for Daytona late at night. Judson arrives in Daytona, podcasts at the laundromat, and connects with Bridgette, who has come to Daytona with her manager for business and to enjoy the beach. Bridgette discusses the end times and her belief in God. They go to the beach and sing the song "Tennessee Whiskey." Judson ventures out at night on the streets of Daytona to speak with Alex from New York, who has come to Florida to enjoy himself and get a way from the "overblown" response. Next, Judson heads to a bar where he speaks with a lady who wants her job title to remain anonymous, but who is familiar with the workings of the healthcare system.
Flashbacks Part II - Orlando
These are Flashbacks. Part II. Judson arrives in Orlando, Florida to speak with Tim at his apartment. Tim works at Universal Studios, Florida, and they discuss "working at a theme park in a pandemic," as well as movies, Harrison Ford, and the reality of life in Orlando. The Episode ends with Judson playing the Indiana Jones theme song on guitar and whistle.
Flashbacks Part I - Politickin'
These are Flashbacks. Part I. Judson passes through Darien, Georgia en route to Orlando, Florida. It is Election Day in McIntosh County and the candidates are out politickin'. Judson stops and talks to them, while also visiting Fort King George. The episode ends with a reflection from Thomas Jefferson on cities.
Asheville, North Carolina
Judson is stops in Asheville, North Carolina en route to Nashville. He walks through downtown, and discovers that the Zebulon Vance Monument has been covered up in in Pack Square. Judson takes time to find out more about the history of Zebulon Vance, the former governor of North Carolina. A snippet of the original song "Makeshift Operator" is played, followed by a short quote by Thomas Wolfe that Judson finds on an uncovered angel monument next to the art museum.