COVID University New York

COVID University New York (CVNY) aims to uplift the voices of communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and preserve the stories of these vulnerable groups in a historical record. We talk to students, staff, and faculty at the City University of New York community and dive into everything from death and essential workers to protests and theater. CVNY will serve as an archive and a way to remember the experiences of people whose stories won’t make headlines. CVNY is a co-production of Racecar Radio and the Gotham Center for New York City History. Share your story with us at: coviduniversity@racecarradio.com

Episodes

9. The Residents

Leaving home to move on to a college campus is all about new connections – living with roommates, going to classes, joining clubs, playing sports, socializing, dating… all of which, of course, are either severely curtailed or banned outright under COVID protocols. So what is it like to live in a dorm right now? In … Continued

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Day 298 (Thursday, January 7), Naz

Naz had already taken on a huge responsibility when she moved in with her very elderly mother and became her caregiver. Then COVID hit, and the merely challenging became almost overwhelming. She dug deep, though, into her faith and her own strength, and found ways to not only push through but even see the blessings in the time … Continued

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8. The Vaccine

It’s 2021, and we finally have several viable vaccines for COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean the pandemic is over. They need to be manufactured, they need to be distributed… and even then very real cultural obstacles exist to vaccinating enough of the population to allow social distancing to end. In this episode, we hear from … Continued

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Episode 8: Futuristic Washing Machine, Adolescent Rain

Former manager Maura Boning stops by to spend some quality time with Leopold, who remains her biggest fan, and Caesar displays his penchants for anagrams and renaissance drama. No doubt, somewhere, Gustav is filming.  Our cover model for this episode is Ginger Lee Belle. Photograph by Jeff Laub

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Day 295 (Monday, January 4), Sofia

Mosaic NYC is a small neighborhood church that decided to open a food pantry last April, with the idea that it might help a few hundred neighbors who were suffering in the economic wake of COVID-19. Now, 9 months later, they are serving 2,000 families every week and the need continues to grow. We talk to Sofia, who … Continued

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Day 275 (Tuesday, December 15), Carletha

Carletha knows how to work, there’s no question about that, and she’s been working very hard this year. Her job at an assisted living facility has been overfull of challenges and loss, her family is busting the seams of their apartment as they struggle with health challenges, and somehow she finds time to volunteer with … Continued

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Meet the Host

  • Char Adams

    Char Adams is a race and identity journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Teen Vogue, PEOPLE Magazine, and more. She is the digital editor of SUM, CUNY’s official website for research, books, and art works. 

    She is a Philly native who enjoys community organizing and watching reruns of Seinfeld.

Episodes

9. The Residents

Leaving home to move on to a college campus is all about new connections – living with roommates, going to classes, joining clubs, playing sports, socializing, dating… all of which, of course, are either severely curtailed or banned outright under COVID protocols. So what is it like to live in a dorm right now? In … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 298 (Thursday, January 7), Naz

Naz had already taken on a huge responsibility when she moved in with her very elderly mother and became her caregiver. Then COVID hit, and the merely challenging became almost overwhelming. She dug deep, though, into her faith and her own strength, and found ways to not only push through but even see the blessings in the time … Continued

LISTEN →

8. The Vaccine

It’s 2021, and we finally have several viable vaccines for COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean the pandemic is over. They need to be manufactured, they need to be distributed… and even then very real cultural obstacles exist to vaccinating enough of the population to allow social distancing to end. In this episode, we hear from … Continued

LISTEN →

Episode 8: Futuristic Washing Machine, Adolescent Rain

Former manager Maura Boning stops by to spend some quality time with Leopold, who remains her biggest fan, and Caesar displays his penchants for anagrams and renaissance drama. No doubt, somewhere, Gustav is filming.  Our cover model for this episode is Ginger Lee Belle. Photograph by Jeff Laub

LISTEN →

Day 295 (Monday, January 4), Sofia

Mosaic NYC is a small neighborhood church that decided to open a food pantry last April, with the idea that it might help a few hundred neighbors who were suffering in the economic wake of COVID-19. Now, 9 months later, they are serving 2,000 families every week and the need continues to grow. We talk to Sofia, who … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 275 (Tuesday, December 15), Carletha

Carletha knows how to work, there’s no question about that, and she’s been working very hard this year. Her job at an assisted living facility has been overfull of challenges and loss, her family is busting the seams of their apartment as they struggle with health challenges, and somehow she finds time to volunteer with … Continued

LISTEN →