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Welcome to Coexisting! Audio stories of those currently sheltering at home due to Coronavirus all over the world.
Part information, part human story archive but mainly trying to get an uplifting bent on this insane situation we find ourselves in.We have people from from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, United States Australia, UK, Portugal, Iceland, France, Italy and Taiwan so far and the list keeps growing.

Coexisting Lara Lightbody

    • Documentary
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Welcome to Coexisting! Audio stories of those currently sheltering at home due to Coronavirus all over the world.
Part information, part human story archive but mainly trying to get an uplifting bent on this insane situation we find ourselves in.We have people from from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, United States Australia, UK, Portugal, Iceland, France, Italy and Taiwan so far and the list keeps growing.

    ZIMBABWE: On writing and loving, protest and crackdowns

    ZIMBABWE: On writing and loving, protest and crackdowns

    Day 134 and we speak to poet Togara Muzanenhamo at his writing desk in Harare, Zimbabwe.
    We spoke at an incredibly tense time in Zimbabwe and covered what was happening out on the street, but also how Togara was carving out space during the crisis to write.
    Including at the end of the episode a beautiful quiet and transporting reading of one of his works that he had written during lockdown - an extract from long form poem, Sundogs.
    * Zimbabwe's economy in collapse and the very real danger of a pandemic in this context, with healthcare workers striking to protest Government corruption
    * a new wave of protests were taking place as we spoke sparked by the arrest of a prominent journalist and activist and it was suspected that the Government was using Covid to implement a crackdown on protestors and to put a curfew in place
    * we speak about working within a crisis and how to create a refuge in writing when the world is going mad around you
    * the surprising new intimacy created during this time
    This episode was recorded on 10 August 2020
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    Guest Insights
    Togara read from his poem, Sundogs, that he has been working on during lockdown.
    It details the 1910-12 Japanese Antarctic Expedition lead by Lieutenant Nobu Shirase. Sundogs will appear in Togara's  collection of poems ‘Virga’ published by Carcanet Press in August 2021. Virga retells stories of the twentieth century using the weather and the memory of the wind.
    Read more of Togara's work here: 
    https://www.poetryinternational.org/pi/poet/10960/en/tile
    And listen to Togara reading more of his work:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taKJyLC67rc&ab_channel=poetryinternational
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    VIETNAM Lunar NY Special:How has Vietnam become such a virus success story with not one single death from Coronavirus? Re-release

    VIETNAM Lunar NY Special:How has Vietnam become such a virus success story with not one single death from Coronavirus? Re-release

    Its Lunar New Year and the Year of the Ox!
    As a love letter to those that celebrate this beautiful holiday a re-release of our Vietnam episode to celebrate the lunar new year or Tết
     - a shortened form of Tết Nguyên Đán meaning "Festival of the First Morning of the First Day"
    We spoke to Creighton at his desk in a dark noisy night in the capital Ho Chi Minh City.
    A fascinating episode from back in June 2020 where we discussed how despite proximity to China, Vietnam, a densely populated country of 97 million and a developing infrastructure has been a success story - with only 300 cases of
    Coronavirus and not a single death.
    Figures that to this day remain EXTREMELY low and could so easily have gone the other way.
    We talk about why and how Vietnam has handled things so well, what is different in the attitude in America
    We were just at the beginning of the year that was to be, but Creighton spoke movingly and with great thought about how to put self-care at the very centre to help you cope with the personal and professional upheaval so many are going
    through.
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    • 14 min
    CHINA Lunar NY Special: the Coronavirus crisis Wuhan and beyond. Re-release

    CHINA Lunar NY Special: the Coronavirus crisis Wuhan and beyond. Re-release

    Its Lunar New Year and the Year of the Ox!
    As a love letter to those that celebrate this beautiful holiday a re-release of one of our very first episodes in China all about the unique Chinese New Year that was 2020.
    With wonderful journalist Bec, who reported through the very beginning of the Covid crisis.
    Insight from her travels near Wuhan back in Chinese New Year 2020.
    The unique challenges of working with kids at home, feelings working mums everywhere will recognise!
    The fascinating controls that were put in place in parts of China to control the spread of the virus and what happened when tables were turned and badly affected China became badly affected America.
    🌏 LOCAL LINGO? 🌍 
    In this episode Bec talks about WeChat. What is WeChat? 
    WeChat is THE app in China, an equivalent in hybrid of Whatsapp, FB messenger and Instagram- its a VERY widely adopted app used for messaging, payments, sharing photos - you name it, its done by WeChat.
    Bec Kanthor is a radio and print journalist based in China for the last 17 years. She was CBS News Beijing asst. producer in the years leading up to the 2008 Olympics and her work has appeared on PRI's The World, Scientific American, CBC Radio, CNN, CBS, ABC News, BBC and ESPN.
    She also works with her husband, folk-rock musician Liu Jian producing China’s first international children’s music festival ‘Hand in Hand’ touring musicians through 20 cities across China www.handinhandchina.com
    You can find Bec here:
    Twitter: @rebeccakanthor
    linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccakanthor
    and listen to some of her recent work at:
    https://www.pri.org/programs/the-world
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    • 14 min
    HONG KONG Lunar NY Special: East-West contrast/Building resilience. Re-release

    HONG KONG Lunar NY Special: East-West contrast/Building resilience. Re-release

    Its Lunar New Year and the Year of the Ox!
    As a love letter to those that celebrate a re-release of one of our very first episodes set in Hong Kong.
    Very early in the world's Covid journey, but already almost three months into lockdown in parts of Asia where it began end January 2020.
    We talk about the stark differences between people's approach to Coronavirus in 'West' and 'East'. resilience among students graduating during Covid And the miles of untouched nature in Hong Kong, where 40% of its land mass is national parkland - just a step away from the seething metropolis of central Hong Kong. *********
    Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and has a population density of 17,311 people per sq.m/6,659 people per sq.km which makes it Coronavirus very low infection figures all the more incredible.
    Read more about the why here:
    https://www.vox.com/2020/5/18/21262273/coronavirus-hong-kong-masks-deaths-new-york
    This episode was recorded on 16 April 2020.

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    • 15 min
    DORSET: 2021 Ask the Expert: Covid Vaccines/Pandemic Planning/Public Health vs Politics

    DORSET: 2021 Ask the Expert: Covid Vaccines/Pandemic Planning/Public Health vs Politics

    Though unplanned it was exactly 9 months to the day that lockdown began in the UK that I spoke to Dr Michael Head, Senior Research Fellow in Global Health at the University of Southampton at his home in Dorset on 16 December 2020.
    Expert in Global Health, frequent Media commentator on Covid-19 he was someone I had been tracking down for some time ever since I spotted him on Linkedin with his Covid microbe toy.
    We cover:
    * What it was like to watch the creep of Covid across the world for the academics.
    * What did the UK Govt response look like from a public health expert.
    *Pandemic planning and the ill-fated Cygnus experiment back in 2016.
    * Vaccines! The who, what, where, how, why. What are the candidates and what are their limitations? Incredibly informative and down to the week spot on on when the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine would get approval.  
    * The damage done by anti vaxxers and what it means to be vaccine hesitant.
    * What his predictions are for 2021 and can we be optimistic?
    * what does this all mean for Christmas in the UK ...and how other countries have approached similar large scale celebrations (clue=fascinating and quite differently).
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    Speaker Bio
    Dr Michael Head is a Senior Research Fellow in Global Health at the University of Southampton.
    He previously spent 11 years at UCL in the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and the Farr Institute for Health Informatics. He has research interests in research investments analyses, global health, health systems and digital health, with a public health focus on neglected tropical diseases (including scabies and onchocerciasis) and pneumonia. He has communicated extensively with the UK and international media around the COVID-19 outbreak.
    Michael graduated from his PhD by published works (Amsterdam Institute in Global Health, University of Amsterdam) in May 2016, and he completed postgraduate study in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Portsmouth.
    Michael has numerous interests across global health, and predominantly focusing on infectious diseases. He co-created and leads on the Research Investments in Global Health study (ResIn). This project systematically maps the global landscape of research funding, comparing levels of investment with burden of disease, and giving valuable insight to policymakers, funders and researchers on areas of research strength, knowledge gaps and future priorities. He has been invited to present findings at the World Health Organisation (Geneva), Wellcome Trust (London) and to the European Commission in Brussels. ResIn has received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and has published numerous papers and reports, including across (for example) Lancet and BMJ journals.
    He is also leading on Neglected Tropical Disease research, covering scabies and onchocerciasis. Research links are predominantly in West Africa, particularly Ghana and emerging links with Togo, but also east Africa (Kenya and Ethiopia) and in South-East Asia (Papua New Guinea) and South America (Brazil).
    Michael also has research interests in pneumonia, is part of the 'Every Breath Counts' coalition and awarded the title of 'Pneumonia Fighter 2018' by global advocacy group Just Actions.
    Alongside his Covid-19 media work, Michael is exceptionally skilled in science communication has given many public talks on vaccination and anti-vaccination activists.
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    • 32 min
    FAREWELL 2020: what have we learnt

    FAREWELL 2020: what have we learnt

    A close out episode of a momentous year bringing back some familiar voices.

    • 3 min

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All In It Together

A moment in time for each individual voice. From across the globe, this collection of stories captures a moment in each persons life. While set apart by geography, culture and country and personal approach to COVID-19, it shows that we really were/are all in it together. Despite the backdrop of a pandemic these are uplifting and personal stories that make us feel connected at time of ultimate distance.

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I have really enjoyed listening to the various different stories shared from around the world all related to lock-down experiences. It is nice to know that the feelings I have are shared by others in different countries. Beautifully done!

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