The Mask Podcast shares first hand stories from people risking their lives on the frontlines to those working hard behind the scenes, all fighting with the same goal: To save lives and end the Covid-19 pandemic. We speak with first responders, medical professionals, scientists, and many more to learn what it’s really like to face this invisible enemy. Most interviews are anonymous, allowing them to fully share their whole story without any professional consequences. By sharing these personal and uncensored stories, we hope to inspire our listeners to effect positive change during this horrible epidemic, now and in the future. This podcast, created by Academy Award winning filmmakers Damon Russell and Andrew Napier, also serves as a living diary of this unprecedented time. Do you have a story to share or know someone you think we need to interview? Please email us at: contact@TheMaskPodcast.com
Visit www.TheMaskPodcast.com for more info and links to all our podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more.
Directed & Edited by: Andrew Napier & Damon Russell.
Producer & Co-director: Andrea Hall.
Associate Producer & Assistant Editor: Hal Duncan.
Associate Producer & Web Designer: Foster Douglas.
Original Music: Darren Morze.
Graphics: Napier, Russell & Amanda Tannen.
Created & Executive Produced by Damon Russell & Andrew Napier.
Production Company: DNA Podcasts, Inc.
© Copyright 2020 The Mask Podcast & DNA Podcasts Inc.
Ep 1: "LAST PERSON ON EARTH" Dr. Karen, Physician - NYC
On our premiere episode we discuss with Dr. Karen Nielsen, a Manhattan based physician, on what it’s like to be in New York City, the United States epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak, during the peak of their battle. We hear in great detail what it is like for someone experiencing the Coronavirus & what things one can do at home to help if you get it. This interview was conducted & directed by Andrew Napier on May 2nd, 2020. Learn more at TheMaskPodcast.com, about Napier at: AndrewNapier.com & Nielsen at: KarenNielsen.net
Note: This podcast & is not official medical advice. Consult with your doctor before doing anything contained in this podcast. The makers of The Mask Podcast & Karen Nielsen, D.O. are not responsible for any actions taken based on this podcast.
Ep 2: "DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND" Sgt. Andre - South Eastern City, U.S.
Police Sergeant Andre is working in a South Eastern City hit hard by Covid-19. It's a city with an already high crime rate, now worsened by the Coronavirus. Sgt. Andre especially worries about the consequences of kids not being in school, and left to their own devices in the now very over crowded projects. He has to adjust to these changes and deal with the virus and the effect it has on the city, his job, and his life. This is the first of two interviews with Sgt. Andre, with the second being released later on. Interview conducted on March 26th, 2020. Directed & Edited by Andrew Napier & Damon Russell, Produced by Andrea Hall, and "The Mask Podcast" is Created & Executive Produced by Russell & Napier. More info at: www.MaskPodcast.com
Ep 3: "TOO MANY, TOO FAST" Michelle, ICU Nurse - Southern City, U.S.
Through an interview conducted on March 24th, 2020 with ICU Nurse Michelle, we look back to see what the state of the Covid-19 pandemic was at that time in America. Specifically, where Michelle works in a busy inner-city hospital in the Southern United States. We hear her first hand account of the arrival of the virus in her hospital and how it changed everything, effecting her job, life, and family. She expresses both her fears and hopes, including the hope that the Coronavirus would soon be gone because if anything were to get worse they knew they were not prepared. Interview conducted by Damon Russell. “Too Many, Too Fast” was directed & edited by Andrew Napier & Damon Russell, produced by Andrea Hall, and The Mask Podcast is created & executive produced by Russell & Napier. More info at: www.MaskPodcast.com
Ep 4: "THIS IS NOT PERMANENT" Dr. B, Internal Medicine Hospitalist - LA
Internal Medicine Hospitalist Dr. B works for a large hospital in Los Angeles. We speak with her first at the beginning of April as the virus was just hitting Southern California and once again in late May as the first wave was winding down. Directed by Andrea Hall & Damon Russell, produced by Andrea Hall, edited by Damon Russell, created & executive Produced by Andrew Napier & Russell. More info at: www.MaskPodcast.com
I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew back when he was student at the University of Wisconsin and even then he had a passion for telling stories that people needed to hear. Over a decade later he is still making sure that those who need to be heard are getting a platform to tell their stories. Keep up the good work 😇
Exited for more episodes!
Wonderful start to the podcast. In a time where so many of us are still trying to socially distance, I think many of us are feeling isolated. By focusing on individual people and sharing their stories, you feel more connected to humanity and our shared experiences. The interviewing style works well; he doesn’t steer away from the difficult, distressing aspects, but his gentle, calm manner keeps it from being overwhelming to listen to.
I feel like right now it’s easy to get bogged down by CoVID related news and the onslaught of daily statistics. I’ve been looking for media that I can engage with that covers the pandemic, because I don’t want to go through this period of our history in denial, just pretending it doesn’t exist. However, stress-scrolling the news isn’t exactly good for one’s anxiety levels either.
I think this podcast is the answer. Keep up the great work!
Great! Very excited to continue learning from what sounds like an incredible variety of guests. The interview style was very empathetic and humanistic, which is so important when media reporting can sometimes inadvertently make lives feel like statistics.