The Big Shut-In

Stories from quarantine. The "social distancing" of the Covid-19 outbreak is something none of us were really prepared for... and so how are we coping with it? Conversations with people in a variety of situations, told in real time as the epidemic unfolds. Have a story to share? Write us: thebigshutin@racecarradio.com

Episodes

Day 125 (Friday, July 17), Candace

We’re back with new episodes after a short hiatus, starting with the conversation from July, where we checked in with Candace, our correspondent in Raleigh, North Carolina. After several months of forced unemployment, she found returning to restaurant business to be dangerous, exhausting, and ultimately untenable. Connect with the show by following us on Facebook … Continued

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3. The Caregivers

Nursing homes were some of the first and hardest-hit centers of COVID-19 infection, and have remained extremely challenging places to live and work in the face of the pandemic. Queensboro Community College nursing students Adam Kern and Kristen Rodriguez have been on the front lines of this battle for months now, caring for the residents … Continued

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2. The Protesters

Protesters marched for weeks following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. The demonstrations sparked a national conversation about the role of police in society — and protesting in the middle of a pandemic. All this and more in my conversation with community organizer, and incoming Graduate Center student, Shadley and Brooklyn … Continued

LISTEN →

1: The Memorializers

More than 160,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the country, with over 32,000 of those fatalities in New York. There’s no way to measure the emotional and financial toll so much death has taken on the nation. But THE CITY, a nonprofit news organization covering New York, is dedicated to honoring the thousands who … Continued

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Day 122 (Tuesday, July 14), Joshua S.

Yes, Georgia is a mess right now… and so is the criminal justice system. Courts are closed, people are sitting in jails waiting for trial, and no one knows how to move forward. All this and more in my conversation with Joshua Schiffer, Esq. of ChancoSchiffer, P.C., a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer in Atlanta.

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Day 108 (Tuesday, June 30), Lindsey S.

School is out for summer here in NYC (whatever that means), and so we checked in again with 4th grade teacher Lindsey, who has a lot to say about remote learning past and future.

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Day 101 (Tuesday, June 23), Michael M

With the country a crazy patchwork of inconsistent policies and ever-shifting amounts of fear and concern, photographer Michael is doing something most of are still far from attempting – traveling for work. What’s it like to fly in coronaland? Stay in hotels? Visit offices? Let’s find out.    

LISTEN →

Day 96 (Thursday, June 18th), Angie

During a very strange and confusing week, where things seem to be improving here in New York and also going to heck just about everywhere else, we check in again with our very first guest, Angie – a graphic designer and mother of two who isn’t much more sure of where she stands at three … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 82 (Thursday, June 4th), Naomi

Solidarity, surrealism, solace, and the betting odds on a second American Civil War, as we check in again with Wisconsin college professor Naomi, who has been finding a new way through the COVID crisis by attending Black Lives Matter protests.

LISTEN →

Day 80 (Tuesday, June 2), Collin

Collin Lyle Howard is a singer and actor here in New York, and the explosion of the Black Lives Matter movement have inspired him to find himself in another way – as an activist.

LISTEN →

Day 79 (Monday, June 1), Daniel W.

Over the course of a weekend, everything changed again. Tragic violence brought simmering anger to a rolling boil, and many who had been self-quarantined were now hitting the streets to march and protest. I turn to one of my one of my closest friends to try to work it all through.

LISTEN →

Day 67 (Wednesday, May 20), Kaliq

There’s been a lot of support for doctors and nurses as they care for those who are entering the hospital with COVID-19… but far fewer are talking about those who care the worst cases as they leave. Let’s hear from Kaliq, a technician at the office of the New York City Medical Examiner, one of … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 66 (Tuesday, May 19), Megan H.

Even for a supermom like Megan Harper (of Red Tricycle, Tiny Beans, and the instagram feed @GirlGoneChildinNYC) being on lockdown with a husband and three kids in a one-bedroom apartment is a lot. Really a lot. An awful lot. A lot.

LISTEN →

Day 59 (Tuesday, May 12), Ann

Ann and her family all had COVID-19, and even though the cases were mild, it was still a scary, frustrating experience… and one that held on for weeks and weeks.  

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Day 54 (Thursday, May 7), Joe A.

Joe Apfelbaum of Ajax Union is entering the second month of lockdown with in a fighting stance – he’s going to save his family, save his business, and if you let him, maybe even save you. Have a story to tell? Write me at TheBigShutIn@RacecarRadio.com  

LISTEN →

Day 39 (Wednesday, April 22nd), Patrick S.

Today I spoke to Patrick Sasso of Loop 7, who, despite the hit his business has taken, is finding real causes for optimism in all this – in the way we care for each other, and in the resiliency of our fellow New Yorkers. Have a story to tell? Write me at TheBigShutIn@RacecarRadio.com  

LISTEN →

The Big Shut-In – Day 35 (Saturday, April 18th)

In this episode of our sister podcast “The Big Shut-In”, Dan and David check in with each other from the depths of quarantine. You can hear more conversations like this at https://racecarradio.com/thebigshutin

LISTEN →

Day 35 (Saturday, April 18th), Daniel L.

Dan London and I have made podcasts together before – there’s a bunch of them over under “London’s New York” on this same network… tonight we talked about changing plans, modified expectations, and the nature of national identity in the time of COVID.  

LISTEN →

Day 32 (Thursday, April 16th), Lindsay P.

Lindsay Heather Pearce is a fiercely talented singer and actress who worked for years before getting her big break – the lead part in one of the biggest shows on Broadway. Unfortunately, the world had other plans. You can hear a bit of Lindsay singing during her time in quarantine in Manhattan by clicking here.  … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 28 (Sunday, April 12th), Matt

For many of us, the only thing more frustrating than the constraints of quarantine have been the difficulties of accessing real help from the government. The severely overtaxed unemployment system is a dysfunctional mess, and other assistance is thin on the ground. I talked to my friend and colleague Matt – a successful freelance videographer … Continued

LISTEN →

Meet the Host

  • David Hoffman

    David is the founder and Creative Director of CitizenRacecar, and the Executive Producer of Racecar Radio.

    He lives in Queens with his wife and two kids, where he enjoys reading, cooking, birdwatching, 60’s soul music, and BBC detective shows.

Episodes

Day 125 (Friday, July 17), Candace

We’re back with new episodes after a short hiatus, starting with the conversation from July, where we checked in with Candace, our correspondent in Raleigh, North Carolina. After several months of forced unemployment, she found returning to restaurant business to be dangerous, exhausting, and ultimately untenable. Connect with the show by following us on Facebook … Continued

LISTEN →

3. The Caregivers

Nursing homes were some of the first and hardest-hit centers of COVID-19 infection, and have remained extremely challenging places to live and work in the face of the pandemic. Queensboro Community College nursing students Adam Kern and Kristen Rodriguez have been on the front lines of this battle for months now, caring for the residents … Continued

LISTEN →

2. The Protesters

Protesters marched for weeks following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. The demonstrations sparked a national conversation about the role of police in society — and protesting in the middle of a pandemic. All this and more in my conversation with community organizer, and incoming Graduate Center student, Shadley and Brooklyn … Continued

LISTEN →

1: The Memorializers

More than 160,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the country, with over 32,000 of those fatalities in New York. There’s no way to measure the emotional and financial toll so much death has taken on the nation. But THE CITY, a nonprofit news organization covering New York, is dedicated to honoring the thousands who … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 122 (Tuesday, July 14), Joshua S.

Yes, Georgia is a mess right now… and so is the criminal justice system. Courts are closed, people are sitting in jails waiting for trial, and no one knows how to move forward. All this and more in my conversation with Joshua Schiffer, Esq. of ChancoSchiffer, P.C., a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer in Atlanta.

LISTEN →

Day 108 (Tuesday, June 30), Lindsey S.

School is out for summer here in NYC (whatever that means), and so we checked in again with 4th grade teacher Lindsey, who has a lot to say about remote learning past and future.

LISTEN →

Day 101 (Tuesday, June 23), Michael M

With the country a crazy patchwork of inconsistent policies and ever-shifting amounts of fear and concern, photographer Michael is doing something most of are still far from attempting – traveling for work. What’s it like to fly in coronaland? Stay in hotels? Visit offices? Let’s find out.    

LISTEN →

Day 96 (Thursday, June 18th), Angie

During a very strange and confusing week, where things seem to be improving here in New York and also going to heck just about everywhere else, we check in again with our very first guest, Angie – a graphic designer and mother of two who isn’t much more sure of where she stands at three … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 82 (Thursday, June 4th), Naomi

Solidarity, surrealism, solace, and the betting odds on a second American Civil War, as we check in again with Wisconsin college professor Naomi, who has been finding a new way through the COVID crisis by attending Black Lives Matter protests.

LISTEN →

Day 80 (Tuesday, June 2), Collin

Collin Lyle Howard is a singer and actor here in New York, and the explosion of the Black Lives Matter movement have inspired him to find himself in another way – as an activist.

LISTEN →

Day 79 (Monday, June 1), Daniel W.

Over the course of a weekend, everything changed again. Tragic violence brought simmering anger to a rolling boil, and many who had been self-quarantined were now hitting the streets to march and protest. I turn to one of my one of my closest friends to try to work it all through.

LISTEN →

Day 67 (Wednesday, May 20), Kaliq

There’s been a lot of support for doctors and nurses as they care for those who are entering the hospital with COVID-19… but far fewer are talking about those who care the worst cases as they leave. Let’s hear from Kaliq, a technician at the office of the New York City Medical Examiner, one of … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 66 (Tuesday, May 19), Megan H.

Even for a supermom like Megan Harper (of Red Tricycle, Tiny Beans, and the instagram feed @GirlGoneChildinNYC) being on lockdown with a husband and three kids in a one-bedroom apartment is a lot. Really a lot. An awful lot. A lot.

LISTEN →

Day 59 (Tuesday, May 12), Ann

Ann and her family all had COVID-19, and even though the cases were mild, it was still a scary, frustrating experience… and one that held on for weeks and weeks.  

LISTEN →

Day 54 (Thursday, May 7), Joe A.

Joe Apfelbaum of Ajax Union is entering the second month of lockdown with in a fighting stance – he’s going to save his family, save his business, and if you let him, maybe even save you. Have a story to tell? Write me at TheBigShutIn@RacecarRadio.com  

LISTEN →

Day 39 (Wednesday, April 22nd), Patrick S.

Today I spoke to Patrick Sasso of Loop 7, who, despite the hit his business has taken, is finding real causes for optimism in all this – in the way we care for each other, and in the resiliency of our fellow New Yorkers. Have a story to tell? Write me at TheBigShutIn@RacecarRadio.com  

LISTEN →

The Big Shut-In – Day 35 (Saturday, April 18th)

In this episode of our sister podcast “The Big Shut-In”, Dan and David check in with each other from the depths of quarantine. You can hear more conversations like this at https://racecarradio.com/thebigshutin

LISTEN →

Day 35 (Saturday, April 18th), Daniel L.

Dan London and I have made podcasts together before – there’s a bunch of them over under “London’s New York” on this same network… tonight we talked about changing plans, modified expectations, and the nature of national identity in the time of COVID.  

LISTEN →

Day 32 (Thursday, April 16th), Lindsay P.

Lindsay Heather Pearce is a fiercely talented singer and actress who worked for years before getting her big break – the lead part in one of the biggest shows on Broadway. Unfortunately, the world had other plans. You can hear a bit of Lindsay singing during her time in quarantine in Manhattan by clicking here.  … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 28 (Sunday, April 12th), Matt

For many of us, the only thing more frustrating than the constraints of quarantine have been the difficulties of accessing real help from the government. The severely overtaxed unemployment system is a dysfunctional mess, and other assistance is thin on the ground. I talked to my friend and colleague Matt – a successful freelance videographer … Continued

LISTEN →