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 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  

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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  

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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.  

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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

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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

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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

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.

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.

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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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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 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 →

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 →

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

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 →