April 15, 2020, was close to the apex of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, which was then its epicenter. On that day, a crew of New Yorker writers talked with individuals throughout the metropolis, in each circumstance and stroll of life, to type a portrait of a metropolis in disaster. A gaggle station supervisor for the subway talks about protecting the transit system working for individuals who can’t dwell with out it; a respiratory therapist copes with break-time conversations about demise and dying; a graduating class of medical college students will get up the braveness to confront the worst disaster in generations; and a new mom talks about giving start on a day marked by tragedy for thus many households. The hour contains contributions from writers together with William Finnegan, Helen Rosner, Jia Tolentino, Kelefa Sanneh, and Adam Gopnik, who says, “One never knows whether to applaud the human insistence on continuing with some form of normal life, or look aghast at the human insistence on continuing with some form of normal life. That’s the mystery of the pandemic.”
This episode initially aired on April 24, 2020.