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Lasting Impacts of the Pandemic: Looking Back at the Covid Crisis & How It Will Affect Society


One year into the pandemic, we take stock of the effects this global crisis has had on individuals and society. We talk with an anthropologist and a sociologist about the changes that may alter the way we live in the future. And we ask listeners to offer their input and anecdotes about what they will remember most — and what they have learned during these unforgettable times.

This show is part of Maine Public’s special Deep Dive Coronavirus reporting series.


Nancy Riley, A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences, Bowdoin College

Kreg Ettenger, associate professor, department of anthropology, University of Maine; director, Maine Studies and Maine Folklife Center

Michael Socolow, associate professor, department of communication and journalism, University of Maine

Tilly Laskey, curator, Maine Historical Society


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.