The Distance features short, first-person stories from all over the world about how the pandemic is changing the way we live. Each episode is a dispatch about one or two people and a brief window into their life, right now. A podcast about uncertainty, distance--and human connection. From VICE Audio.
Sheltering Native Foster Youth During Shelter in Place
11:08In the midst of the pandemic, a new foster care model based on community living and known as a "children's village" has opened up to foster youth on the Cheyenne River Reservation. It's a collaboration between the tribe and an organization called Simply Smiles -- with members of the tribe leading the way by sharing traditional knowledge at a critical time. This story was reported with support from USC’s Center for Health Journalism. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Helping Others Sit With Death
11:30Alua Arthur is a death doula in Los Angeles, California, where she helps people prepare for death emotionally, spiritually, physically, and even logistically. She says the pandemic itself has a lot in common with the end-of-life experience. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Trans in El Salvador
7:21Bianka Rodriguez is a transgender woman and activist in El Salvador who says the pandemic has hit the trans community especially hard -- and that even government aid programs discriminate against trans people. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
From the Archive, Giving Thanks - Mothering a Newborn During Quarantine
12:16Tanzina Vega is a journalist, host of The Takeaway, and a new mother. She gave birth to her son at the end of January--and not long after found herself raising a newborn alone while in quarantine. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Saying Goodbye to Busking, For Now
15:11Natalia 'Saw Lady' Paruz had been busking in the New York City subway for over 20 years until the pandemic forced her out -- leaving her without a place to do what she loves most. This story was reported by Drew Schwartz. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Living Through Another Lockdown in Kashmir
9:06Rayan is a journalist in Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority territory, where a political lockdown imposed in August 2019 was starting to lift when COVID struck in March. We spoke with Rayan for a shorter dispatch back in April, and wanted to hear more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A Mental Health Crisis in Two Cities
12:16Jordan Danielle experienced a mental health crisis that started in Philadelphia--but because of the pandemic, it took her two hospital admissions, an unwanted hospital release, and a solo train ride across state lines to get the care she needed. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Flying to the US to Vote
6:56Gabriel is a US citizen who immigrated to Stockholm, Sweden with his wife and kids because he believes it gives his family better quality of life. But with so much at stake in the US election, he decides to return so he can vote in person. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
International Surrogacy During Lockdown
9:07Joel’s daughter was born through IVF to a surrogate mother in Ukraine, in the middle of the pandemic. Because of travel restrictions, Joel ended up flying to Belarus alone and walking over the border into Ukraine to be there for the birth. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Introducing VICE News Reports: Ep 1. Alternative Medicine, Politicized
34:23Introducing a new podcast, VICE News Reports. Episode 1: Alternative Medicine, Politicized.As India’s health professionals battle the spread of COVID-19, some political leaders claim traditional medicine systems can cure the coronavirus. VICE’s Senior Staff Writer Pallavi Pundir reports on how nationalistic furvor for traditional medicine, fake credentialed doctors, and misinformation are gaining momentum in India and making matters worse.New episodes of VICE News Reports drop every Thursdays. Subscribe, rate and review here: apple.co/vicenewsreportsAll the views, ideas, comments, opinions and statements expressed in this programme are solely those of the guest(s), speaker(s) and the host(s) and VICE Media Group does not subscribe to or endorse the same. None of the comments, dialogues etc. in the podcast are intended to offend anybody’s sentiments or derogate any profession, political party or person, institute, religion, caste, community, section(s) of society or belief of any nature whatsoever. VICE makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation as to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information featured in this podcast and any reliance on the information provided in this podcast is done at listeners’ own risk. The third-party materials or content of any third-party sources referenced in this podcast do not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of VICE. VICE assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of the content contained in third party materials referenced in this podcast or the compliance with applicable laws of such materials and shall not be liable and/or responsible for the same in any manner whatsoever. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.