The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now

“The Way We Live Now” is a new daily show hosted by Dani Shapiro, in which she has a searching, intimate conversation with an assortment of guests from every walk of life and corner of the globe. How do we live now, when we’re all isolated in our own homes? We can’t gather. We can’t hold each other close. We can’t break bread. Whether we’re alone or with our families, our routines have been upended. What’s that like? We’re longing for connection, and to know how it is inside each other’s lives. Dani will speak with a NYC nurse, a senator, a teacher, a movie star, a chef with a small restaurant who cooks take-out each day, a college student who won’t wear a cap and gown, a high school student stuck at home with her parents, a patient undergoing cancer treatment, a postmistress, a university president, a rabbi, a minister, a yoga teacher, a meditation expert, and so many more. Every one of us is navigating our lives in our own way, and a rich tapestry of voices will be a comfort and a source of connection, in just fifteen minutes a day.... Show More

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July 3, 2020 12 min

Today we hear from a caller who was once on life support about how the experience shifted her entire world view; Kendra, a listener who finds comfort in the little moments she shares with her nine-year-old daughter; and a woman with bipolar II disorder who has come up with her own strategy for managing her days in quarantine. To share your story—and to connect with others about how they’re living now—visit our Facebook group: https...

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July 2, 2020 12 min

The host of this podcast looks back on the intimate, thought-provoking conversations she’s had over the past 57 episodes, and describes the way she’s living now.

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July 1, 2020 19 min

The founder of a beloved East Coast retreat center misses the magic that happens when we gather together in person to learn, or to celebrate, or to mourn.

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June 30, 2020 23 min

An E.R. doctor describes an unsettling decrease in emergency room visits, and wonders just how many patients in need of urgent care are avoiding the hospital due to fears of COVID.

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June 29, 2020 23 min

A creative writing teacher, author, lawyer, and activist — balancing multiple careers, a son with special needs, a teenage daughter, and a husband — unwinds at the end of the day by driving around with no destination in mind.

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June 26, 2020 11 min

Today we hear from Mary, who has to watch her sister battle brain cancer from afar; Carol, a childcare center director who’s now fighting to keep her industry afloat; and Greg, who recently underwent stem cell treatment for lymphoma. To share your story—and to potentially be featured on an upcoming episode—leave us a voicemail at 909-713-8995.

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June 25, 2020 19 min

A psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher discusses the hard truths many of us are being forced to confront while our busy lives are on hold.

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June 24, 2020 18 min

A writer and musician feels resentful of the growing carelessness she sees in public spaces, knowing that her parents—both nurses—continue to put their lives on the line every day.

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June 23, 2020 24 min

A psychiatrist and medical anthropologist, who became his wife’s primary caregiver after she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, shares what he’s learned about the transformative experience of caring for those who are too ill to take care of themselves.

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June 22, 2020 20 min

A yoga teacher learns to get comfortable with the discomfort of knowing that we live in an unpredictable, uncontrollable world.

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June 19, 2020 9 min

Today we hear from Alicia, an English teacher who got a grim preview of life during lockdown during video chats with her students in China; Tanya, a school food services director in Paradise, CA, which is still recovering from the devastating wildfire that swept through in 2018; and Gail, who recently took on the strange, heartbreaking task of planning a Zoom funeral for her mother. To share your story—and to potentially be feature...

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June 18, 2020 22 min

A breast cancer surgeon is back in the O.R., operating on patients who had to put off major procedures during lockdown.

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June 17, 2020 27 min

The obituary editor for The Boston Globe fields requests from grieving families dealing with a unique kind of pain right now: the understanding that they can’t say a proper goodbye to their loved ones.

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June 16, 2020 26 min

A woman new to organizing decides to hold a small protest in her Connecticut town—and is moved to tears when she sees how many people show up to march alongside her.

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June 15, 2020 19 min

A farmer in Connecticut is stunned—and grateful—to see his business booming as his customers embrace a slower pace of life.

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June 12, 2020 10 min

Today we hear from Kristen, a new mom who has real reservations about the world she’ll be raising her daughter in; Danica, a mental health professional who can’t keep up with the demand for her services; and Julie, an artist questioning whether she really wants to go back to the way things were. To share your story—and to potentially be featured on an upcoming episode—leave us a voicemail at 909-713-8995.

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June 11, 2020 23 min

A Nashville-based singer-songwriter reimagines her live performances, and celebrates the little things with her 10-year-old, who has autism.

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June 10, 2020 19 min

An author and anti-racism activist hopes the commitment to change persists once everyone heads back to their workplaces, schools, and houses of worship.

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June 9, 2020 23 min

A documentary filmmaker with a rare neurological disorder draws strength from a community of people who know what it’s like to live with chronic illness.

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June 8, 2020 22 min

A single writer who had just started dating for the first time since her divorce navigates a new, promising relationship.

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