Podcasts and Broadcasts

Columbia Muslims Celebrate Ramadan Despite Coronavirus

Hina Syed has volunteered at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri (ICCM) for the entirety of her 14 years in this community—teaching youth and providing food for the needy. Each Ramadan, she looked forward to organizing and cooking shared meals for single Muslims in Columbia. “What we used to do is we would bring food to the Mosque, and there would be a set up for dinner, breaking of the fast,” she said. The meal is called Iftar, and in Columbia, it’s a shared celebration at the mosque.

Vulnerable Populations Face Higher Risk, Fewer Personal Care Attendants Due to COVID-19

For hundreds of elderly and disabled residents in Missouri, personal care attendants, or PCAs, are a lifeline that stave off isolation and help them stay out of nursing homes. The field was already facing a shortage of workers before the COVID-19 pandemic began, but now, things are even worse. PCAs are a lifeline for their clients, according to Melinda Cardone, the executive director of Independent Living Resource Center in Jefferson City.

Elderly in Columbia Dodge COVID-19 by Staying at Home

Columbia issued its stay-at-home order on March 24, but 67-year-old Michael Harach started self-isolating much sooner than that. “When we started getting cases in St. Louis, I stopped going to public places except for the grocery store,” Harach said. The CDC cites a very high fatality rate from COVID-19 for the elderly, ranging from 10 to 27 percent for those 85 years or older, and 3 to 11 percent for those aged 65 to 84. Harach doesn’t like those odds.

At Missouri's Flagship Campus, Students Struggle To Get By

On any given weekday, University of Missouri student Jack Hale is working six to eight hours and dashing to class in between. “I wake up a little after five and I do not stop until 11 p.m. most days,” Hale says. Between a full load of classes and two jobs taking up nearly 40 hours a week, he barely gets enough sleep. “My body is just so accustomed to getting like, five or six hours, sometimes less, that when I sleep a normal amount, it does not do me any good,” he says.

When Police Kill

When police kill civilians, the victims are often people of color. So, when Arizona Republic reporters Uriel Garcia and Bree Burkitt decided to investigate police shootings in their state, they knew their sources should be as diverse as their community. On this week’s episode, we’ll go behind the reporting to learn how they tallied police shootings, identified sources, and used data and documents to show the true scope of the problem. EPISODE NOTES: bit.ly/2ms5dFy