20 episodes

Transmission is a podcast about life at the heart of an epidemic. As the nation copes with the unfolding Coronavirus pandemic, hear what it’s like in the Pacific Northwest, at the vanguard of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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    • 4.9 • 101 Ratings

Transmission is a podcast about life at the heart of an epidemic. As the nation copes with the unfolding Coronavirus pandemic, hear what it’s like in the Pacific Northwest, at the vanguard of the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Episode 31: The Long Winter

    Episode 31: The Long Winter

    Emergencies do something to our brains. A few months after a catastrophe, people find themselves more irritable and less able to concentrate. Rates of depression and anxiety rise. Same with substance use and suicide. This has been observed in disaster after disaster. In fact there are three distinct phases: the honeymoon phase, the disillusionment phase and the recovery phase. People who lived through Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 know what all of this feels like.

    • 36 min
    Episode 30: Words Matter

    Episode 30: Words Matter

    Living during a global pandemic is inherently stressful. Stress can negatively impact how we make decisions. “And so when people are feeling that stress, then cortisol floods their brain, and it really impairs people's ability to process information," says Meredith Li-Vollmer, a risk communicator at Public Health — Seattle & King County.

    • 12 min
    Episode 29: The Slow Vaccine Rollout

    Episode 29: The Slow Vaccine Rollout

    It’s been about one month since the first coronavirus vaccine arrived in Washington state. Residents, some of them in tears, watched a nurse receive the first injection. This event was supposed to herald the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic. But, since then, the vaccine rollout has progressed more slowly than some had hoped. More than 600,000 doses have arrived in Washington, but only about a third of those have been administered.

    • 14 min
    Episode 28: Socially Distanced Santa

    Episode 28: Socially Distanced Santa

    The beard is real. The suit is red. And he's separated from his guests by several feet and plexiglass. We meet Santas intent on creating memories, even in a pandemic. Note: This episode is especially appealing to those who appreciate the sounds of squealing children.

    • 8 min
    Episode 27: Making the Rent

    Episode 27: Making the Rent

    The coronavirus pandemic is testing our society’s safety net in ways we never imagined. There are millions of people across the country and thousands in Washington state who are unable to keep up with their rent.

    • 35 min
    Episode 26: The COVID College Experience

    Episode 26: The COVID College Experience

    College, in the minds of many incoming freshmen, is about so much more than education. It’s supposed to be a formative experience that creates lifelong memories and lifelong friendships, an adventure that sets the stage for the rest of your life. But what if your freshman year coincides with a pandemic?

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

J. Barshop ,

Deeply substantial and amazingly practical

It’s obvious Will and the KNKX team put extraordinary effort in covering salient topics and finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world - the insights they bring to bear is still mind-blowing Every. Single. Time.

No matter the subject, you’re guaranteed to gain something from every episode - can’t recommend Transmission‬ enough 🙌

Ice Cream! ,

Brilliant, moving, fascinating podcast

I admire the care the team is taking with this. Reporters are some of the best, and the people they talk to obviously trust them, much appreciated in these times.

Bluesky09 ,

A reluctance overcome

I was reluctant to transition to Transmission because its predecessor, Outsiders, WAS SO GOOD. However, I invested the emotional energy to give this podcast a chance. I am so glad I did. I can’t believe how the landscape of Coronavirus has been traversed. The choice of stories to tell stands out. While I want the world to rid itself of Covid-19 NOW, I also appreciate the attention the Transmission team pays to its subjects.

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