CORONAVIRUS IN THE DELTA
This limited-run podcast series follows people living through the Covid-19 pandemic in the Mississippi Delta, including nurses, doctors, blues musicians, prison inmates, pastors and athletes. It offers an intimate and deeply human narrative of a health crisis that's been mostly told through statistics and public-health policy.
Coronavirus in the Delta gives the perspective of rural America and shows how people in the region are experiencing and responding to an unprecedented moment.
In early April, a storm hit Greenville, Mississippi. It started when two pastors and the mayor clashed over how to do church during a pandemic. Then Fox News got involved.
How do you self-isolate when your home is a single room that you share with 107 men? That's what inmates at Mississippi's infamous Parchman prison have been wondering for six weeks. They've watched the number of coronavirus cases tick up in the counties around them, and with it, their fear.
The doctors and nurses at Greenwood Leflore Hospital braced for the pandemic, sectioning off their ICU and preparing for an influx of patients. Then the virus struck one of their own.
In the middle of a pandemic, with so many people suffering alone, it seemed an appropriate time to hear from a Delta blues singer. Enter Watermelon Slim.
As the coronavirus swept into the Mississippi Delta, a judge in the small city of Indianola decided to release every inmate she had in jail. That is, every inmate except one.
College football is practically a religion in Mississippi. And for the players, it's life. As Covid-19 upended their world, the teammates at Delta State struggled to find structure and purpose for an off-season like no other.
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