April 15, 2020, was near the apex of the COVID-19 pandemic in Unusual York Metropolis, which was then its epicenter. On that day, a crew of Unusual Yorker writers talked with of us all over the city, in each circumstance and walk of lifestyles, to impact a portrait of a city in disaster. A staff station manager for the subway talks about maintaining the transit plot operating for of us who can’t are living with out it; a respiratory therapist copes with break-time conversations about death and demise; a graduating class of medical college students gets up the courage to confront the worst disaster in generations; and a contemporary mother talks about giving starting up on a day marked by tragedy for so many families. The hour involves contributions from writers including William Finnegan, Helen Rosner, Jia Tolentino, Kelefa Sanneh, and Adam Gopnik, who says, “One by no means is aware of whether to applaud the human insistence on persevering with with some impact of normal lifestyles, or glance aghast at the human insistence on persevering with with some impact of normal lifestyles. That’s the thriller of the pandemic.”
This episode originally aired on April 24, 2020.