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The “Been There, Done That: Pandemic Podcast” is dedicated to talking to Real-Life Experts on how they are getting through the current Covid19 time while it is filled with unexpected changes, challenges & feelings of helplessness. Those “experts” are everyday people like you and me because, as the conversations reveal, our past personal experiences may have prepared us for this moment more than we realize.

Episodes

Listen to the first episode in this series about how to survive a global pandemic by tapping in to previous moments in our lives that felt as foreign and as challenging as these moments today. 

This first introductory story is from our podcast host Felicia Perez. 

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Listen to Rose share her story about how she is translating survival skills learned during times of unemployment to times of uncertainty today. 

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Listen to Patrick share the importance of getting outside while also not jeopardizing needs of others during this time.

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Listen to Dr. Georgescu share her insight and guidance on what tangible actions we can start taking to support our mental health during this time.

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Listen to Dante share his story about traveling to Washington State during the early days of the pandemic and what it means to work AND live home with your loved ones.

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Listen to Michaela share about what it’s like to be a 19 year old college sophomore dance major who also happens to be living under the extreme stress of a chronic health condition during a global pandemic. Moving to online classes?! That’s the least of her worries.

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Listen to Jamie talk about the kinds of effects a global pandemic can have on local public library access and how to safely and successfully try new things in this time.

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Listen to PaKou share the effects of daily family life shifting from high gear, to then low gear and then a screeching halt. And how we can leverage our past experiences walking through grief to empower us in this moment.

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Listen to Matt (former IVAW Co-Director and Iraq War Vet) explain what it was like to work in the food industry while living in NY during a pandemic.

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Listen to Eva share what it’s like to be a 10 year old, in the 5th Grade, coming back to a completely unfamiliar school setting that now only taking place online. 

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Listen to Historian and Professor Dr. Emily Hobson reflect on teaching during this pandemic and what AIDS history can tell us about Covid19.

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Listen to LJ share what direction action organizing looks like during a global pandemic.

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Listen to Ivy share insight on what “anticipated grief” can teach us right now and what it’s like for introverts having to work from home during this time.

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Listen to Patrick P share what it’s like to currently be a school custodian during this time and what it means to have already survived a previous health epidemic once before.

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Listen to Erin share how one food-based artist in Los Angeles is coping during this time while also having a family member who is currently a first responder during a global pandemic.

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Listen to Dr. Oda share insights on her current research on WWII Postwar Japanese American Resettlement, how it is connected to a possible post pandemic future and its relationship to the process of reconciliation.

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Listen to Sara share how recent life changes at work seemed to have unintentionally prepared her for this current pandemic moment, the power of local community gestures of kindness and what it’s like to be apart from loved ones in this time of great uncertainty.

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Listen to Cris share how this time reminds him of his early days living in the U.S., when he was a young person who had just migrated from Chile. Sit in on a discussion about how the narrow framing of stories in this time is informing the larger health narrative being developed at the moment.

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Listen to Rebecca connect last year’s historic Los Angeles teacher’s strike to the current pandemic community care and her amazing advice that this is no longer a time to take no for an answer and to instead deeply lean in to imagining what is needed and possible.

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Listen to Jennifer share what it is like to be finishing medical school and starting a medical residency in the middle of a global pandemic. How is this time transforming medical schools overall? What are the long term effects of this time on our medical system and our personal health outside of contracting Covid19? What does it mean when doctors and teachers are both lacking the day to day resources needed to do their jobs successfully?

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Listen to Danielle share how the 2020 pandemic has changed the day to day landscape of her hometown in Massachusetts & her day to day relationship to work and her local co-working community. 

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Listen to Kimi share how the necessities of this current pandemic are intricately connected to the ongoing needs of everyday people leading up this moment. And listen to one of the sweetest stories of the time, featuring her family’s recent "virtual road trip" that took place while sitting in the car as it was parked in the driveway.

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Listen to Angela share just how direct action organizers may be best prepared for this current pandemic moment and how leaning in to uncertainty may just be the thing that serves us best right now.

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Listen to Susan share how her experiences as a Civil Rights and Anti War activist, along with her recent teaching in the men’s local prison have shown her how deeply important love and connection are to getting through this time.

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Listen to Tori share what it’s like to be a “cancer mom” shuttling your 4-year-old back and forth to life saving treatments while living in NY in the middle of a global pandemic. It’s a deeply moving story about what it means to truly lean into a, “no going back,” way of life.

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Listen to Elana share the effects of a global pandemic on things like in-person trainings, conferences, and gatherings. What are folks doing instead? What kinds of event planning issues remain even when things go “virtual”? And what can we learn fantastic worlds in comics and superhero narratives that can serve us doing this time?

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Listen to Sophie shed light on what it means to be a leader or in a leadership position during a health crisis and how challenging it is to find comfort right now if your family members live in other countries miles away.

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Listen to Lena give very personal insight on how we can support those around us who struggle with depression during this global pandemic time. She shares her own personal acts of courage and vulnerability to inspire us to remember to be gentle with ourselves and with those around us.

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Listen to Olivia & Clark share what it’s like to be a Girl Scout Troop Leader, a substitute teacher, a classroom aide, a community volunteer and someone getting ready to move to Washington state for graduate school--all in the middle of a global pandemic. It’s a conversation about feelings, maturity, and what those two things really have in common.

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Listen to Harley share what it likes to be an active high school student during the Covid19 pandemic. Hear her insight on how “learning remotely” doesn’t always translate well across subject matters and different learning styles. And discover what the most powerful resource is to get through unnatural disasters.

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Listen to Marianna explain what it feels like to warn family members living in another country, who haven’t begun to prepare for the pandemic. And hear about the current incredible work to safely transport folks who are suddenly being released from jail in LA County.

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Listen to the host of "Been There, Done That: A Pandemic Podcast," Felicia Perez conclude Season I and give us a sneak peak in to what the rest of the seasons will be like. 

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Listen to the "Been There, Done That" podcast host, Felicia Perez give us a brief introduction to that what Season 2 will be all about; consumption and development during a global pandemic. 

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Listen to Rose share how we are marking the time, during the pandemic, with projects and events. Who are we without others? What happens when you decide to give up caffeine during a global pandemic?

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Listen to Patrick J share his insight from an anthropologist's perspective and learn about the impact of "shelter in place" on all of us because we are social animals.

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Listen to clinical psychologist Dr. Georgescu share thoughts on forgetting vs not remembering and how to continue to stay grounded in this moment by controlling what you put in to your body and how you use it during this time.

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Listen to Dante discuss new traveler policies that will change how we act and dress for future air travel, how the political left and right are framing the global pandemic in current narratives and the importance of mutual aid right now.

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Listen to Michaela update up us on what it's been like to "shelter in place" for almost 6 weeks while being a 2nd year dance major in college. She'll talk about the long and short term effects of living life such a strict schedule and you'll hear about how to keep a daily dairy with using your Spotify account.

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Listen to Jamie share how she's adapted so social isolation by deciding to make and eat specific familial food to stay connected to family, culture and personal memories.

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Listen to PaKou share insight on how consumption habits can form and change over time being influenced by migrant status, class status, health status and on. It's a deep conversation about the difference between efficiency and effectiveness. And best of all learn about the true power of pinwheels!

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