51 episodes

Welcome to the new normal.

For so many of us around the globe, our lives have been forever changed by the coronavirus. And we will never be the same.

On Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays for the foreseeable future, Neon Hum's Jonathan Hirsch will bring you stories of people who are far away...up close.

Stories of how each of us are learning to live through this pandemic.

Telescope Neon Hum Media

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    • 4.8 • 70 Ratings

Welcome to the new normal.

For so many of us around the globe, our lives have been forever changed by the coronavirus. And we will never be the same.

On Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays for the foreseeable future, Neon Hum's Jonathan Hirsch will bring you stories of people who are far away...up close.

Stories of how each of us are learning to live through this pandemic.

    Where Are They Now?

    Where Are They Now?

    It sometimes feels like we’re living in a time warp. Like we just went into lockdown. But it’s been four months – and the whole world is different now than it was then. After 50 episodes of Telescope, we’re checking back in with five people we spoke to this season, to see how they’re handling the new normal.

    Executive Producer: Jonathan Hirsch
    Managing Producer: John Asante
    Reporters: Catherine Saint Louis, Joanna Clay, Tanner Robbins, Carla Green & Jonathan Hirsch
    Producer: Carla Green
    Editors: Vikram Patel & Catherine Saint Louis
    Engineer: Scott Somerville
    Music by Matt McGinley & Blue Dot Sessions

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @neonhummedia. We want to stay connected with you during this unprecedented time in our history, so please don’t be shy. Share your stories with us. Our DMs are open. Email us your story. We’re also interested in hearing what life in isolation sounds like to you. We welcome your voice memo recordings. You can email them to pitches@neonhum.com. Also, you can join our Facebook group by searching for Telescope.
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    • 30 min
    Thank You Letter

    Thank You Letter

    Eleven-year-old Emerson Weber has something of a hobby: she loves to write letters. And one day, she decided to write one to the person who makes her hobby possible -- her mailman. And, to her surprise, that gesture went much, much further than she ever imagined.

    Executive Producer: Jonathan Hirsch
    Managing Producer: John Asante
    Reporter & Producer: Joanna Clay
    Editors: Vikram Patel & Catherine Saint Louis
    Engineer: Mark Bush
    Music by Matt McGinley & Blue Dot Sessions

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @neonhummedia. We want to stay connected with you during this unprecedented time in our history, so please don’t be shy. Share your stories with us. Our DMs are open. Email us your story. We’re also interested in hearing what life in isolation sounds like to you. We welcome your voice memo recordings. You can email them to pitches@neonhum.com. Also, you can join our Facebook group by searching for Telescope.
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    • 20 min
    A Good Death With Caitlin Doughty

    A Good Death With Caitlin Doughty

    Caitlin Doughty wants you to reconsider your relationship with death. She’s a funeral director and “Death Positivity” advocate in Los Angeles. And she believes that facing your own mortality can be transformative, even in the middle of a pandemic.

    Executive Producer: Jonathan Hirsch
    Managing Producer: John Asante
    Reporter & Producer: Tanner Robbins
    Editors: Vikram Patel & Catherine Saint Louis
    Engineer: Scott Somerville
    Music by Matt McGinley & Blue Dot Sessions

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @neonhummedia. We want to stay connected with you during this unprecedented time in our history, so please don’t be shy. Share your stories with us. Our DMs are open. Email us your story. We’re also interested in hearing what life in isolation sounds like to you. We welcome your voice memo recordings. You can email them to pitches@neonhum.com. Also, you can join our Facebook group by searching for Telescope.
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    • 25 min
    Predicting A Pandemic With Ed Yong

    Predicting A Pandemic With Ed Yong

    Science journalist Ed Yong covers the pandemic for The Atlantic. But he also saw it coming, writing a story two years ago predicting the issues that we’re seeing now in the U.S. He reflected on hindsight compared to what he sees now and how this pandemic might end.

    Executive Producer: Jonathan Hirsch
    Managing Producer: John Asante
    Producer: Joanna Clay
    Editors: Vikram Patel & Catherine Saint Louis
    Engineer: Scott Somerville
    Music by Matt McGinley & Blue Dot Sessions

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @neonhummedia. We want to stay connected with you during this unprecedented time in our history, so please don’t be shy. Share your stories with us. Our DMs are open. Email us your story. We’re also interested in hearing what life in isolation sounds like to you. We welcome your voice memo recordings. You can email them to pitches@neonhum.com. Also, you can join our Facebook group by searching for Telescope.
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    • 23 min
    The Show Must Go On

    The Show Must Go On

    As the pandemic shuttered stages across the country, playwright Qui Nguyen wanted to give schools a little bit of hope. He took his popular play, She Kills Monsters, and adapted it for video conferencing, with all new cues and ideas. The University of Pittsburgh had put on the play in 2018. They knew the show well. So they thought they’d try to revive it on Skype. How much could be different?

    Executive Producer: Jonathan Hirsch
    Managing Producer: John Asante
    Reporter & Producer: Kate Mishkin
    Editors: Nick White, Catherine Saint Louis & Vikram Patel
    Engineer: Mark Bush
    Music by Matt McGinley & Blue Dot Sessions

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @neonhummedia. We want to stay connected with you during this unprecedented time in our history, so please don’t be shy. Share your stories with us. Our DMs are open. Email us your story. We’re also interested in hearing what life in isolation sounds like to you. We welcome your voice memo recordings. You can email them to pitches@neonhum.com. Also, you can join our Facebook group by searching for Telescope.
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    • 21 min
    Shut Out

    Shut Out

    Something about these long hot days just feels off when there isn’t a baseball game on in the background. Games are about to start up again, but without any fans or most of the stadium staff. Today, we hear from a Dodger Stadium employee who has worked there every season for almost three decades -- until this year -- and what missing this season means for her and her family.

    Executive Producer: Jonathan Hirsch
    Managing Producer: John Asante
    Reporter & Producer: Hayley Fager
    Editors: Vikram Patel & Catherine Saint Louis
    Engineer: Scott Somerville
    Music by Matt McGinley & Blue Dot Sessions

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @neonhummedia. We want to stay connected with you during this unprecedented time in our history, so please don’t be shy. Share your stories with us. Our DMs are open. Email us your story. We’re also interested in hearing what life in isolation sounds like to you. We welcome your voice memo recordings. You can email them to pitches@neonhum.com. Also, you can join our Facebook group by searching for Telescope.
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

Matteo_Si ,

Like NPR for Millennials

Telescope shares truly heartwarming, educative and moving stories. It’s smart, it’s relevant, it’s funny. It’s like NPR but with a younger vibe. Keep an ear on this podcast, it’s going places.

shirlfrog ,

I love this podcast

So heartwarming and informative at the same time. Really wonderful to hear the stories of others who are going through this weird time as well. Great thoughtful interviews.

Loved the episode about the inflatable hot tubs, the deaf student, and baseball. But all the episodes have been well worth listening to.

harrylip ,

Wonderful

Beautifully produced and reported. Homeroom is one of the best episodes!

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