46 episodes

Hosted by Mark Chiusano, produced by Amanda Fiscina, edited by Rita Ciolli.

Season 3: Life Under Coronavirus - Long Island's Helpers
A look into how Long Islanders are meeting the challenge of COVID-19. Each episode features a Long Islander talking about his or her experience with coronavirus, with a focus on what people are doing to help. Join us to hear upbeat stories that show how LI is getting by under disease lockdown, an oral history for the period when this is all over.

Season 2: Newsday and Levittown -
Explore a paper’s crusade and the history of discrimination in Long Island’s foundational suburb. Newsday led the charge for Levittown, a model for post-war suburban living that provided homes for returning veterans. But Levittown was only open to some: whites-only clauses in early leases and discrimination from developer William Levitt prevented African American home-seekers from moving in. Newsday’s editorial board failed to fully address this legacy of discrimination at the time, including an editorial that said a racial issue in Levittown “did not exist.” This podcast investigates the why and the how of Newsday’s blinking when it came to Levittown.

Season 1: The Bellwether
Two Long Island congressional races, two paths for the country come November. Newsday Opinion's new podcast, The Bellwether, follows Pete King and Lee Zeldin and their Democratic challengers Liuba Grechen Shirley and Perry Gershon as they fight (tightly contested races) in swing districts east of New York City. Will a blue wave overwhelm Republicans on Election Day? These Long Island races have the answer.

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    • 4.8, 27 Ratings

Hosted by Mark Chiusano, produced by Amanda Fiscina, edited by Rita Ciolli.

Season 3: Life Under Coronavirus - Long Island's Helpers
A look into how Long Islanders are meeting the challenge of COVID-19. Each episode features a Long Islander talking about his or her experience with coronavirus, with a focus on what people are doing to help. Join us to hear upbeat stories that show how LI is getting by under disease lockdown, an oral history for the period when this is all over.

Season 2: Newsday and Levittown -
Explore a paper’s crusade and the history of discrimination in Long Island’s foundational suburb. Newsday led the charge for Levittown, a model for post-war suburban living that provided homes for returning veterans. But Levittown was only open to some: whites-only clauses in early leases and discrimination from developer William Levitt prevented African American home-seekers from moving in. Newsday’s editorial board failed to fully address this legacy of discrimination at the time, including an editorial that said a racial issue in Levittown “did not exist.” This podcast investigates the why and the how of Newsday’s blinking when it came to Levittown.

Season 1: The Bellwether
Two Long Island congressional races, two paths for the country come November. Newsday Opinion's new podcast, The Bellwether, follows Pete King and Lee Zeldin and their Democratic challengers Liuba Grechen Shirley and Perry Gershon as they fight (tightly contested races) in swing districts east of New York City. Will a blue wave overwhelm Republicans on Election Day? These Long Island races have the answer.

    Life Under Coronavirus: Jailed during the pandemic

    Life Under Coronavirus: Jailed during the pandemic

    During the height of coronavirus in New York, jails and prisons were struggling to keep the pandemic at bay. In Yaphank, a section of single cells was turned into a quarantine location--but that meant women there already were moved into a shared dorm. Latoya Rolle and Janean Villanueva were among them, and they talked about their experiences for Episode 35 of “Life Under Coronavirus.”
    That included berths close enough to sneeze on someone for some time, and a mounting list of limitations to visitors, programs, and movement as the jail tried to keep the virus away. In the spring, they reentered a locked-down world. “When I came home, I expected to do everything that I craved to do,” said Villanueva. “And due to COVID I can’t.”

    • 9 min
    Life Under Coronavirus: Teaching college

    Life Under Coronavirus: Teaching college

    College is going to look a lot different this fall on Long Island. Episode 34 of “Life Under Coronavirus” is a conversation with Theodore Koukounas, professor of mathematics at Suffolk County Community College, and Angela Jones, associate professor of sociology at Farmingdale State College, about the ins and outs of online classes, remote conversations on dense theoretical subjects, and why childcare means students (and professors) need flexibility during the semester. Most of all, the professors miss their students.
    “I'm looking forward to the day that we're all together again,” says Koukounas.

    • 8 min
    Life Under Coronavirus: The zoo during a pandemic

    Life Under Coronavirus: The zoo during a pandemic

    The Bronx Zoo announced this week that it will be reopening at the end of July. But for months, it has been not visitors but just animals and essential workers in the wide green expanse. And some of the animals notice the lack of people, says zoo director Jim Breheny.
    Episode 33 of “Life Under Coronavirus” is an interview with Breheny, who has worked at the zoo since age 14. The pandemic was a challenging time for the zoo, which stocked up on food and worked hard to keep workers and animals healthy. It also was home to some interesting sights, like bears and giraffes, and other animals suddenly interested in viewers.

    • 8 min
    Life Under Coronavirus: A COVID-19 survivor shares his battle

    Life Under Coronavirus: A COVID-19 survivor shares his battle

    Recovering from COVID-19 can be a slow process. Scott Krakower, a child psychiatrist and addiction specialist at Northwell, tested positive in April, and he’s still not back to work. Episode 32 of “Life Under Coronavirus” is an interview with Krakower, who talks about his battle with the illness, including coughing for nearly two months, dreading the long nights, and the terrible fear that he might get his young kids sick.

    • 9 min
    Life Under Coronavirus: Some normalcy at Nautical Mile

    Life Under Coronavirus: Some normalcy at Nautical Mile

    Navigating the pandemic on the Nautical Mile in Freeport -- it’s an ongoing process for patrons this summer. For Episode 31 of “Life Under Coronavirus,” Newsday Opinion spent an evening talking to bar-goers and visitors to the popular strip about their excitement to get out of the house and socialize a little. That means masks plus alcohol-filled “rainbows,” a wary eye on the more crowded bars, and the hope that things get more normal soon.

    • 7 min
    Life Under Coronavirus: Long Island's East End

    Life Under Coronavirus: Long Island's East End

    How is the other half living on Long Island’s East End? Lots of canceled events, and lots of eating. For Episode 30 of “Life Under Coronavirus,” we caught up with Joan Hamburg of WABC about what she’s seeing in the Hamptons, from delivery Blue Hill boxes to Sagaponack drive thru rosé.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Mfaynay ,

Politically Engaged LI

Finally a podcast geared exactly towards the politically curious Long Islanders out there! Such a convenient and smart resource for getting all the info I need on our upcoming elections and candidates. Thank you for shining a light on our “small” island. Kudos to Mark and Newsday!

Big Ton' ,

Helluva Pod

Very interesting discussion of Long Island and national politics. Great narration -- strong voice, very thoughtful.

Look forward to the rest of the program.

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Ground-reporting the 2018 midterms

The Bellwether tells stories from two suburban Republican-held congressional seats, how the Democrats are angling to win, and how the Republicans are bracing to hang on. It's the 2018 midterm elections from the local perspective, and in a region ripe for turnover, it's a must-follow for the month ahead.

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