Isolated Together

Isolated Together

We’ll be looking at every conceivable angle related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath -- that includes the serious stuff, and the stuff we can laugh at. One day we might talk to health care workers and people who have recovered from the virus and their families, and look at the health care system and its struggles. The next day, we might dig up tips and tricks for being creative in a world without toilet paper, or mayonnaise.We’re gonna explore the problems with testing, and we’ll be interviewing epidemiologists, virologists, biostatisticians, public health experts, and regular folks like you and me. How do you keep your hands moisturized after washing them 30 times a day?We also want to take a critical look at media coverage of this pandemic, as well as the impact of social media misinformation and disinformation. Clear, accurate, and contextual information is more important now than ever before.Isolated Together is a production of the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio, and is hosted by David DesRoches, director of community programming.

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June 4, 2020 57 min

In this episode, we listen to and discuss three audio narratives created by students Tess Adams, Casey Urso, and Maggie Smith. These stories were created for their Art of the Audio Narrative Class, which is taught by Professor Ken Cormier, an associate professor of English and director of the creative writing program at Quinnipiac University. You can hear all these podcasts at TheBenjySection.com

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In this episode, guest host Vince Contrucci interviews Luis Chavez-Brumell from the New Haven Free Public Library. They talk about the different services the library’s offering and what they’re doing differently these days. 

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In this episode of Isolated Together, host David DesRoches interviews rising sophomore Frank Scott, who's majoring in Film, TV and Media Arts. Frank was one of the actors in the production of the play Rage, an adaptation from Stephen King’s first novel, which is about a school shooting.

Frank plays a character named Ted Jones, an "All-American" boy, who isn't afraid to show his cockiness but also his moral authority...

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For episode 9 of Isolated Together, guest host Vince Contrucci interviews Carlos Collazo, Executive Director of the Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club. They talk about how his team transitioned the Club’s services to a virtual space -- which is no small feat for an organization that helps hundreds of families every year. 

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Credit Unions and banks are considered essential services. But what happens when someone walks into a branch wearing a mask? Or, how do people cash checks if a bank branch isn't open, or they don't have the technology to deposit it remotely? Are there creative solutions that we should be thinking about to make financial transactions -- either between people or between a person and a business -- easier?

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For Episode 7 of Isolated Together, guest host Vince Contrucci interviews Chris Cole, executive director of A Place to Nourish Your Health, in New Haven, also known as APNH, a nonprofit that provides culturally competent care for people living with HIV, substance use, mental illness and related conditions. They’ll talk more about what culturally competent care actually is, and what that looks like during the pandemic.

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Mental Health Connecticut has been working with people who are homeless and those experiencing mental health challenges for over a century. Now they've had to change how they do everything. No more in-home services. Some of their clients experienced stress from social isolation before the pandemic, now things have gotten worse. How are they dealing with it?

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In this episode, Quinnipiac University's Vince Contrucci interviews John Brooks, the chief development officer at Columbus House, which is an organization that works with people who are homeless or housing insecure to provide them short- and long-term shelter. Which, as you’ll hear in the episode, is no easy thing, when you have social distancing requirements and everything else happening.

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If you’re a parent of a school-aged child, this episode is for you. If you’re a parent of a child with a disability, this episode is especially for you. It’s been a real challenge to work from home and also teach your kids - and this is even harder for parents who are essential workers. How are they able to teach their kids if they themselves aren’t at home? Many parents also can't afford someone to come to their house to teach...

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Catherine Tillery is a nurse practitioner in the Intensive Care Unit at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. She's also a single mother, and she had to make the tough choice to send her kids to their dad's during the pandemic. Catherine usually enjoys being there for families as their loved ones reach the end of their lives, guiding them during this difficult time. But the pandemic has changed everything. Now, her relat...

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This episode explores how being physically isolated can impact aging adults, and novel ways to combat loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic. Host David DesRoches speaks with Erica Michalowski, AARP Connecticut’s community outreach and education director; Tia Murphy, AARP Connecticut's volunteer state president; and Nicholas Nicholson, associate professor of nursing at Quinnipiac University.

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 The coronavirus has upended life as we know it. But information on the virus and its impact seems to change constantly, and contradictory reporting is everywhere. How can people cut through the noise and learn what’s true? And should we be OK with not knowing much about the virus yet, and trusting that in time, we’ll know enough to be able to implement solutions to allow life to return back to normal? In this episode, host David D...

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March 31, 2020 2 min

These are some strange and trying times, for sure. The entire planet has been turned upside down. In just a few weeks, life as we’ve known it has irreversibly changed. Events like this don’t happen often. Not even once in a lifetime. Maybe once every hundred years. 

This is Isolated Together: a podcast covering our struggles and triumphs against the coronavirus, brought to you by Quinnipiac University and hosted by David DesRoches. 

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