11 episodes

Personal diaries of life during the pandemic from essential workers to artists, and those on the front lines. People from all walks of life press record, and tell us how they’re getting through the challenges of life in this moment. Listeners are given a glimpse into their candid thoughts, moments of joy, and hopes for the future.

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Personal diaries of life during the pandemic from essential workers to artists, and those on the front lines. People from all walks of life press record, and tell us how they’re getting through the challenges of life in this moment. Listeners are given a glimpse into their candid thoughts, moments of joy, and hopes for the future.

    The Healing Power of Black Theatre

    The Healing Power of Black Theatre

    Sarah Bellamy is the Artistic Director of the Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her father, Lou Bellamy, started the Company back in 1976, as a place to create drama by, for, and about Black people. That mission has continued under Sarah’s leadership, gaining a new sense of urgency in the Twin Cities since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Sarah speaks about the history of Penumbra, its place in the community, and what she sees as the theatre of the future.
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    • 12 min
    The Joys & Challenges of Black Fatherhood

    The Joys & Challenges of Black Fatherhood

    Glen Henry loves everything about being a Black dad – and he’s eager to show others why. On his YouTube channel, Beleaf in Fatherhood, he turns the stuff of everyday life in the Henry household – with his wife, Yvette, and their four kids – into artful, loving, and insightful videos about Black fatherhood and Black family life. He doesn’t shy away from the difficult stuff, either – like the recent talk he and his wife had with their two oldest kids about race. Here, Glen talks about why he does what he does, his own loss of innocence, and what he hopes for the future of America. Glen’s seven-year-old son, Theo, joins the conversation, too, and tells us what he loves about being Black.
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    • 17 min
    This Time is Different

    This Time is Different

    As protests continue across the country, we hear from two leading activists about why they think this moment is different. Social justice leader Tamika D. Mallory calls it a collision of multiple pandemics. She has been traveling the country speaking with victims’ families and speaking at rallies, marches, and protests. She reflects on what it all means to her, especially as a mother to a 21-year-old son. For Trae tha Truth, a rapper and longtime community activist in Houston, this moment has hit too close to home because George Floyd was his friend. Trae opens up about how he wanted to honor George and his family in a march that drew tens of thousands of people. The Window production of Gimlet Projects. Our team includes: Catherine Anderson, Katelyn Bogucki, Rosie Guerin, Renita Jablonksi, Peter Leonard, Emma Munger, Abbie Ruzicka, Andrea B. Scott, Jamescia Thomas, Kerrianne Thomas, and Mathilde Urfalino. Special thanks to Dan Behar, Director and Designer Jorge Casanova, and Andrew Helms.
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    • 12 min
    No Room For Error

    No Room For Error

    While the pandemic continues, we’re now in the middle of another national crisis. The killing of George Floyd at the hands of police set off a new wave of protests against police violence and racism. In the midst of this moment, Black people are speaking up and out, and sharing their stories. In this episode, stories from host Xavier Jernigan along with two of his colleagues: Michael Polidore and Larissa Lamothe. The Window is a production of Gimlet Projects. Our team includes: Catherine Anderson, Katelyn Bogucki, Rosie Guerin, Renita Jablonksi, Peter Leonard, Emma Munger, Abbie Ruzicka, Andrea B. Scott, Jamescia Thomas, Kerrianne Thomas, and Mathilde Urfalino. Special thanks to Dan Behar. 
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    • 19 min
    Graduating into Uncertainty

    Graduating into Uncertainty

    Christine Tran is a senior at UCLA and she’s on track to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. This year, she’ll have to do so virtually. It’s a disappointing change of plans – she’s the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, and was eager to share her big moment on stage with them. Now, there’s little time to celebrate. With both of her parents out of work due to the pandemic, Christine’s job search has cranked into overdrive. Christine shares her plans for the future and offers her take on the lessons she hopes we can learn from the pandemic.
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    • 11 min
    Finding Purpose After Recovery From Covid-19

    Finding Purpose After Recovery From Covid-19

    Tiffany Pinckney was stunned when she tested positive for Covid-19. She was stunned again when she learned that her antibodies could help others recover from the disease. Tiffany’s name landed in news reports when she became one of the first survivors in the US to donate plasma in the effort to find treatments for Covid-19. She describes the progression of her illness, her fears as a mother of two, and how the experience has given her a new sense of purpose.
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    • 12 min

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