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 337 (Thursday, February 15), Andrew

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday… but how fat will it be, in this extremely lean year? We check in with Andrew, a resident of New Orleans and a true believer in that city’s power to rise and overcome, to learn about how to party in a time of plague (and why).

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Day 324 (Tuesday, February 2), Rae

Rae was over the moon when she found her dream Ph.D. program in Tokyo Japan. Unfortunately, as the pandemic unfolded she found herself isolated in a tiny apartment in a strange city and unable to communicate with those around her for months on end.

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Day 315 (Sunday, January 24), Janet

Janet is a Korean-American mother of two navigating the expatriate life in Hong Kong, a not-quite-exactly-Chinese city struggling with the upheaval of massive political protests on top of COVID lockdowns. Stuck for more than a year in a tiny apartment with two small kids in a destabilized city where she doesn’t speak the language while … Continued

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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

  • 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 337 (Thursday, February 15), Andrew

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday… but how fat will it be, in this extremely lean year? We check in with Andrew, a resident of New Orleans and a true believer in that city’s power to rise and overcome, to learn about how to party in a time of plague (and why).

LISTEN →

Day 324 (Tuesday, February 2), Rae

Rae was over the moon when she found her dream Ph.D. program in Tokyo Japan. Unfortunately, as the pandemic unfolded she found herself isolated in a tiny apartment in a strange city and unable to communicate with those around her for months on end.

LISTEN →

Day 315 (Sunday, January 24), Janet

Janet is a Korean-American mother of two navigating the expatriate life in Hong Kong, a not-quite-exactly-Chinese city struggling with the upheaval of massive political protests on top of COVID lockdowns. Stuck for more than a year in a tiny apartment with two small kids in a destabilized city where she doesn’t speak the language while … Continued

LISTEN →

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 →