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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.

    Lunar New Year Special: CHINA: Reporting the Coronavirus crisis Wuhan and beyond. Re-release I S2 Ep29

    Lunar New Year Special: CHINA: Reporting the Coronavirus crisis Wuhan and beyond. Re-release I S2 Ep29

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

    Lunar New Year Special: HONG KONG: 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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    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
    NEWMARKET: Altars at home/Youtube Church/Free School Meals Crisis/Christmas For One?

    NEWMARKET: Altars at home/Youtube Church/Free School Meals Crisis/Christmas For One?

    Day 138 and we speak to Father Max in front of his makeshift altar that he has set up at home in his study in Newmarket, England
    I was so affected by this episode, this quiet man and the obvious care he had for his community and his town and the very difficult circumstances people were dealing with. Its full of both hope and hardship and shows a very human side to religious work.
    * Technological wizardry and old school prayer - how to combine the two and make it work?   
    * The Free School Meals programme in the UK stopping exposed huge cracks in our systems, what that meant for so many vulnerable young families and what was done to help.
    * The support we all need, even priests (!) at this time as we navigate an uncertain world.
    * what does this all mean for Christmas...something many have their eye on right now.
    This episode was recorded on 28 July 2020
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    PARIS FRANCE: Health v Politics in the Pandemic/Alone Adventures/France without Kisses

    PARIS FRANCE: Health v Politics in the Pandemic/Alone Adventures/France without Kisses

    Day 110 and we speak to David under the eaves in his apartment in Paris, France. 
    France, as has many parts of Europe, just this week gone back into strict lockdown as Winter approaches and at this sad time we revisit the heavy lockdown that Paris experienced bordering one of the worst affected countries, Italy, at the beginning of the pandemic.
    * we talk about the changes to French society, owning Paris streets and skipping those kisses! 
    * Living alone during the Pandemic: David talks beautifully about choosing to move in with his best friend and making the lockdown an adventure together - and the delicious food resulted! 
    * as an American who is long time France resident he speaks very movingly about wrestling with trying to explain to his French friends how differently this is playing out in the US..and how it has become a political issue not one of public health. Something so pertinent on the eve of the election! 
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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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