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: 65+ but no vaccine in sight
The Newsday editorial board asked eligible older Long Islanders for their stories trying to obtain a vaccine --and we got more than 500. This episode captures the voicemails left by seniors about the frustrations and anxiety of searching for unavailable vaccines from Jones Beach to upstate SUNY Potsdam, in Episode 39 of Newsday Opinion’s “Life Under Coronavirus” podcast.
Life Under Coronavirus: A conversation with the first vaccinated nurse
Sandra Lindsay, director of nursing for critical care at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, received the shot heard around the world in December. The Port Washington nurse spoke to Newsday Opinion for Episode 38 of "Life Under Coronavirus" about her newfound celebrity, her expectations for the second shot, and the challenges ahead while the world gets vaccinated.
Life Under Coronavirus: In Long Island COVID-19 ICUs
Long Island COVID-19 ICUs were sites of suffering patients and hard-at-work doctors and nurses this autumn, as hospitals in the region prepared for the coming surge. That included new treatments and methods like proning, turning sedated patients on their stomachs to help them breathe.
Life Under Coronavirus: Rail yard spread
Back in the spring, Long Island Rail Road employee Ken Finegan and other Ronkonkoma Rail Yard workers were infected by the coronavirus -- before full precautions were in place to prevent the spread of the disease. Episode 36 of “Life Under Coronavirus” looks at how hard COVID-19 is to trace and how quickly it can spread without strict safeguards, a warning for coming months.
“I'll tell you the truth, being this sick, this is no joke,” says Finegan. “This is the real deal. I've never been this sick before in my life.”
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.”
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.
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!
Very interesting discussion of Long Island and national politics. Great narration -- strong voice, very thoughtful.
Look forward to the rest of the program.
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.