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 27 (Saturday, April 11th), Phil

Despite all the politics and abstract philosophy that’s creeping in to how most of the rest of the country is still talking about COVID-19, there’s an actual disease at work here, and it’s nasty business. Phil is my neighbor. He’s a doctor. He got very sick with this damned virus and lived to tell the … Continued

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Day 14 (Sunday, March 29th), Michael

Michael Shaw Fisher, a celebrated playwright in Los Angeles, is spending this lockdown clinging to his job with a moving company as he watches his entire creative community go into a tailspin. Have a story to share? Contact TheBigShutIn@RacecarRadio.com  

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Day 12 (Friday, March 27th), Candace

Candace, a rock and roller who was making a good living working in restaurants, moved from New York to North Carolina in search of a lower cost of living and reconnection with her family. Now she and her whole band are locked up together with no income. Difficulties abound, but optimism holds. Have a story … Continued

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Day 11 (Thursday, March 26th), Megan D.

With medical resources stretched beyond the breaking point, and hospitals barely able to keep up, what is it like to need medical care for some other reason? What in the world is it like for a New Yorker to have a BABY right now? I speak with expert NYC doula Megan Davidson about the unique challenges and hardships … Continued

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Day 9 (Tuesday, March 24th), Lara

Two friends, 2,700 miles, a cardboard box, and a house plant. Not all quarantines are created equal.

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Day 7 (Sunday, March 22nd), Naomi

It’s been a full week now, and emotions are running high. I speak to Naomi, a college professor in the Midwest whose concern for her family in lockdown is becoming anger at larger problems that she sees as its roots.

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Day 6 (Saturday, March 21st), Lindsey S.

The first week of whatever this is going to be is behind us… and however confused parents are about how to proceed, teachers are not much better off. I speak to Lindsey, a 4th Grade teacher in Brooklyn.

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Day 2 (Tuesday, March 17th), Quinn

Day two of family lockdown, and life is rapidly descending in to the surreal. I speak to Quinn, a carpenter and production manager who is also a neighbor in Queens.

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Day 1 (Monday, March 16th), Angie

It’s the first day of family quarantine, and emotions are running high. I speak to Angie, a graphic designer and mother of two who lives around the corner from me in Queens.

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The Punchline

…in which we take a little walk in the woods. Written by Peter Rivas Kleiner, Produced and with Sound Design by David Hoffman, Directed by Kerry Kastin, Original Music by Skin and Bones, Starring Eric Percival, Stephon Pettway, and Paul Guyet. (Originally published July 29th, 2013)

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Balloonjack!

…in which someone has lofty ambitions. Written by Scott Parson, Produced and with Sound Design and Original Music by David Hoffman, Directed by Kerry Kastin, Starring Ross Williams and Eric Percival with Rebecca Kopec. (Originally published July 22nd, 2013)

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Journey to the 46th Floor

…in which Alex explores new professional opportunities. Written by Kate Torgovnik, Produced and with Sound Design and Original Music by David Hoffman, Directed by Kerry Kastin, Starring Mary Linehan and featuring Melissa Carlile-Price, Alexandra Dixon, Paul Guyet, Zac Hoogendyk, Rebecca Kopec, Sierra Marcks, Eric Percival, and Stephon Pettway. (Originally Published July 15th, 2013)

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The Alligator

…in which Barry and Robin have a close call. Written by Maya Eva Gunst Rudolph, Produced and with Sound Design and Original Music by David Hoffman, Directed by Kerry Kastin, Starring Paul Guyet and Stephon Pettway with Melissa Carlile- Price and Sierra Marks. (Originally published July 1st, 2013)

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You Can Thank Me Later

…in which Bernie activates his master plan. Written by Ruben Carbajal Produced and Directed by Kerry Kastin Executive Produced and Sound Design by David Hoffman Starring Zac Hoogendyk and Eric Percival Winner of the 2019 Marion Thauer Brown Audio Scriptwriting Competition (Originally Published August 5, 2013)  

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The Vision

…in which Peter gets distracted. Written, Produced, and with Sound Design and Original Music by David Hoffman Directed by Kerry Kastin Starring Zac Hoogendyk Featuring Melissa Carlile-Price, Alexandra Dickson, Paul Guyet, Mary Linehan, Sierra Marcks, and Stephon Pettway Special Musical Guest – Kiran Ahluwalia – http://www.kiranmusic.com (Originally released July 8, 2013)  

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Episode 8: Two Ugly Buildings

We can learn a lot from great architecture, but what can we learn from architecture that is, frankly, disastrous? In today’s episode, Dan and David visit two miserable attempts at majesty: the David M. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building and the Surrogate’s Courthouse, both on the corner of Centre and Chambers Streets, downtown, and in the process … Continued

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Episode 12: Networking! Networking!

Every small business owner these days knows they need to be networking… or at least they know that they’ve been told so time and time again. But what does that mean? How does someone network effectively? Dave Bresler of Network! Network! joins us to discuss.

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Episode 11: Tax Time!

Yup, they’re inevitable… and this year, your small business tax returns are full of new rules and guidelines. We sit down with CPA Joe Romano of Romano & Associates to navigate some of the pitfalls and even find some opportunities. (This episode is sponsored by Audible, home of the worlds biggest selection of audio books, … Continued

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Episode 7: Brownstone Manhattan

What says New York City more than a street of Brownstones? It turns out, though, that this most beloved of city housing designs wasn’t always so beloved, and they sit right on the front line of one of the most fundamental debates in urban architecture. Today’s episode brought to you by Audible.

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Episode 10: Trans-Pacific Entrepreneurship

Sometime around the year 2000, journalist Larry Schuster decided he needed a new challenge, so he did something pretty extraordinary – pulling up stakes and relocating to Shanghai, China. In our conversation with Larry, we hear about the bumpy road that led to the founding of his successful small business, and along the way, learn … Continued

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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 27 (Saturday, April 11th), Phil

Despite all the politics and abstract philosophy that’s creeping in to how most of the rest of the country is still talking about COVID-19, there’s an actual disease at work here, and it’s nasty business. Phil is my neighbor. He’s a doctor. He got very sick with this damned virus and lived to tell the … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 14 (Sunday, March 29th), Michael

Michael Shaw Fisher, a celebrated playwright in Los Angeles, is spending this lockdown clinging to his job with a moving company as he watches his entire creative community go into a tailspin. Have a story to share? Contact TheBigShutIn@RacecarRadio.com  

LISTEN →

Day 12 (Friday, March 27th), Candace

Candace, a rock and roller who was making a good living working in restaurants, moved from New York to North Carolina in search of a lower cost of living and reconnection with her family. Now she and her whole band are locked up together with no income. Difficulties abound, but optimism holds. Have a story … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 11 (Thursday, March 26th), Megan D.

With medical resources stretched beyond the breaking point, and hospitals barely able to keep up, what is it like to need medical care for some other reason? What in the world is it like for a New Yorker to have a BABY right now? I speak with expert NYC doula Megan Davidson about the unique challenges and hardships … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 9 (Tuesday, March 24th), Lara

Two friends, 2,700 miles, a cardboard box, and a house plant. Not all quarantines are created equal.

LISTEN →

Day 7 (Sunday, March 22nd), Naomi

It’s been a full week now, and emotions are running high. I speak to Naomi, a college professor in the Midwest whose concern for her family in lockdown is becoming anger at larger problems that she sees as its roots.

LISTEN →

Day 6 (Saturday, March 21st), Lindsey S.

The first week of whatever this is going to be is behind us… and however confused parents are about how to proceed, teachers are not much better off. I speak to Lindsey, a 4th Grade teacher in Brooklyn.

LISTEN →

Day 2 (Tuesday, March 17th), Quinn

Day two of family lockdown, and life is rapidly descending in to the surreal. I speak to Quinn, a carpenter and production manager who is also a neighbor in Queens.

LISTEN →

Day 1 (Monday, March 16th), Angie

It’s the first day of family quarantine, and emotions are running high. I speak to Angie, a graphic designer and mother of two who lives around the corner from me in Queens.

LISTEN →

The Punchline

…in which we take a little walk in the woods. Written by Peter Rivas Kleiner, Produced and with Sound Design by David Hoffman, Directed by Kerry Kastin, Original Music by Skin and Bones, Starring Eric Percival, Stephon Pettway, and Paul Guyet. (Originally published July 29th, 2013)

LISTEN →

Balloonjack!

…in which someone has lofty ambitions. Written by Scott Parson, Produced and with Sound Design and Original Music by David Hoffman, Directed by Kerry Kastin, Starring Ross Williams and Eric Percival with Rebecca Kopec. (Originally published July 22nd, 2013)

LISTEN →

Journey to the 46th Floor

…in which Alex explores new professional opportunities. Written by Kate Torgovnik, Produced and with Sound Design and Original Music by David Hoffman, Directed by Kerry Kastin, Starring Mary Linehan and featuring Melissa Carlile-Price, Alexandra Dixon, Paul Guyet, Zac Hoogendyk, Rebecca Kopec, Sierra Marcks, Eric Percival, and Stephon Pettway. (Originally Published July 15th, 2013)

LISTEN →

The Alligator

…in which Barry and Robin have a close call. Written by Maya Eva Gunst Rudolph, Produced and with Sound Design and Original Music by David Hoffman, Directed by Kerry Kastin, Starring Paul Guyet and Stephon Pettway with Melissa Carlile- Price and Sierra Marks. (Originally published July 1st, 2013)

LISTEN →

You Can Thank Me Later

…in which Bernie activates his master plan. Written by Ruben Carbajal Produced and Directed by Kerry Kastin Executive Produced and Sound Design by David Hoffman Starring Zac Hoogendyk and Eric Percival Winner of the 2019 Marion Thauer Brown Audio Scriptwriting Competition (Originally Published August 5, 2013)  

LISTEN →

The Vision

…in which Peter gets distracted. Written, Produced, and with Sound Design and Original Music by David Hoffman Directed by Kerry Kastin Starring Zac Hoogendyk Featuring Melissa Carlile-Price, Alexandra Dickson, Paul Guyet, Mary Linehan, Sierra Marcks, and Stephon Pettway Special Musical Guest – Kiran Ahluwalia – http://www.kiranmusic.com (Originally released July 8, 2013)  

LISTEN →

Episode 8: Two Ugly Buildings

We can learn a lot from great architecture, but what can we learn from architecture that is, frankly, disastrous? In today’s episode, Dan and David visit two miserable attempts at majesty: the David M. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building and the Surrogate’s Courthouse, both on the corner of Centre and Chambers Streets, downtown, and in the process … Continued

LISTEN →

Episode 12: Networking! Networking!

Every small business owner these days knows they need to be networking… or at least they know that they’ve been told so time and time again. But what does that mean? How does someone network effectively? Dave Bresler of Network! Network! joins us to discuss.

LISTEN →

Episode 11: Tax Time!

Yup, they’re inevitable… and this year, your small business tax returns are full of new rules and guidelines. We sit down with CPA Joe Romano of Romano & Associates to navigate some of the pitfalls and even find some opportunities. (This episode is sponsored by Audible, home of the worlds biggest selection of audio books, … Continued

LISTEN →

Episode 7: Brownstone Manhattan

What says New York City more than a street of Brownstones? It turns out, though, that this most beloved of city housing designs wasn’t always so beloved, and they sit right on the front line of one of the most fundamental debates in urban architecture. Today’s episode brought to you by Audible.

LISTEN →

Episode 10: Trans-Pacific Entrepreneurship

Sometime around the year 2000, journalist Larry Schuster decided he needed a new challenge, so he did something pretty extraordinary – pulling up stakes and relocating to Shanghai, China. In our conversation with Larry, we hear about the bumpy road that led to the founding of his successful small business, and along the way, learn … Continued

LISTEN →