9 episodes

The coronavirus pandemic has turned life on its head for all of us. Governors tell us to stay in our homes. The economy is reeling. And we feel anxious. Meet two Colorado Public Radio reporters who want to help.  Sam Brasch and May Ortega talk with guests and share ideas on how to cope with life during the pandemic, whether you live in Colorado or not. Sometimes serious, sometimes funny, At A Distance is a friendly and practical guide to living through a bizarre time.

At A Distance Colorado Public Radio

    • Mental Health
    • 4.6 • 56 Ratings

The coronavirus pandemic has turned life on its head for all of us. Governors tell us to stay in our homes. The economy is reeling. And we feel anxious. Meet two Colorado Public Radio reporters who want to help.  Sam Brasch and May Ortega talk with guests and share ideas on how to cope with life during the pandemic, whether you live in Colorado or not. Sometimes serious, sometimes funny, At A Distance is a friendly and practical guide to living through a bizarre time.

    Let's Get Together

    Let's Get Together

    Every state in the U.S. has partially reopened, but health officials are still worried about COVID-19. What does it all mean for summer soirees and backyard barbecues? May and Sam look for answers by dreaming up a socially distanced party of their own, with guidance from Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The doctor’s advice raises questions about the smartest way to hang out with friends and family, and sets up the big finale: Will May and Sam finally get to meet up in person?

    Email us: atadistance@cpr.org

    On Twitter: @mayvortega and @samuelbrasch

    • 16 min
    This Has Happened Before: Lessons From The 1918 Pandemic

    This Has Happened Before: Lessons From The 1918 Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult, but it’s hardly unprecedented. In 1918, the Spanish flu pandemic sickened or killed millions around the globe. In this episode, we look at the lessons of 1918: How did society change when it was all over? What hints might it offer to us as we think about what our world will look like in a few months or years? Monica Schoch-Spana, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, offers May and Sam a look back as well as some predictions.

    By the way: The team that makes At A Distance is thinking about what the future of this podcast should look like. So we’re asking listeners: What do you want to hear more of from At A Distance? What should we do less? What other changes to the show should we consider? Email us: atadistance@cpr.org.


    On Twitter: @mayvortega and @samuelbrasch

    • 16 min
    Feeling Uncertain Right Now? Here’s How To Handle It

    Feeling Uncertain Right Now? Here’s How To Handle It

    The lack of scientific clarity around COVID-19 has offered a perfect opening for conspiracy theories. May and Sam talk to a scientist monitoring those rumors online: Jevin West of the Center For An Informed Public at the University of Washington. He explains how accepting a certain level of uncertainty around the pandemic can help people resist easy answers and, over time, inch closer to the truth.

    On Twitter: @mayvortega and @samuelbrasch

    • 13 min
    Mindfulness Can Help Right Now (Even If You’re A Skeptic)

    Mindfulness Can Help Right Now (Even If You’re A Skeptic)

    Life during a pandemic can bring lots of anxiety and stress. One way to deal with those issues is to practice mindfulness – and that doesn’t necessarily look like what you might expect. May and Sam talk to a meditation instructor about how and why mindfulness can help alleviate some of your pandemic-induced anxiety and anger.

    Gina De La Chesnaye is a New York-based mindfulness instructor with Mind Oasis, an online meditation company in Denver.

    On Twitter: @mayvortega and @samuelbrasch

    • 17 min
    How Do You Grieve In A Pandemic?

    How Do You Grieve In A Pandemic?

    If you’ve lost someone close to you during this pandemic, your grief may feel different than what you expected. That’s totally normal. Tracy, a woman from Denver, lost her father to cancer just as stay-at-home orders took effect. Tracy says it’s been hard to grieve with the rest of her family, and she hasn’t been able to find the support she’d get from friends and coworkers in normal times. She's not out of options, though. At a time when everyone is up against some sort of loss, grief isn't just possible. It might be essential.

    Follow @mayvortega and @samuelbrasch on Twitter

    • 15 min
    One Solution To The Pandemic Economy? Online Puzzle Rooms

    One Solution To The Pandemic Economy? Online Puzzle Rooms

    James and Elyssa have a relationship built on games and puzzles, so they came up with a plan to turn their passion into a business called Paruzal. Then the pandemic hit -- and gave their idea a big boost. We tried out one of their audio escape rooms and asked them how they did it. Plus, some advice for the rest of us thinking about how to make some money as coronavirus throws the economy into turmoil.

    On Twitter: @CPRNews
    Share your story about pandemic life with us: atadistance@cpr.org

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Mandie Benitez ,

So refreshing

Their voices are very refreshing, I love listening to this two and their guests specially during this pandemic.

Rpt1985 ,

Helpful but not diverse

In the episode where the farmer drove to pick up farm workers in Mexico, the interview or segment never points out the egregious treatment of this farmer (making the workers sleep in the truck without stopping for many nights). Interested in why.

CourtSport43 ,

Thank you !

A reminder that we are not alone. Doing most of these into week 6. I’m grateful I can get outside for walks as that has been beautiful. Thanks Allison - 5 tips - and the hosts. Be well! I’d love a podcast about avoiding social media. :)

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