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a portrait of a pandemic

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis schools have closed early, families have lost loved ones and over 38 million people have filed for unemployment. To answer the challenges here at home, Omaha Public Schools is participating in the UDSA Emergency Food Distribution program. KIOS’s Joshua LaBure talked with some of the staff at OPS.

  • Millions of Americans haven’t been able to pay their rent since the pandemic started spreading throughout the world and Nebraska has been no exception. As Governor Ricketts allows temporary rent protections to expire on June 1st, many fear we will see a huge influx of non-payment evictions in Omaha. Joshua LaBure of KIOS discusses this with the Omaha Legal Aid of Nebraska's managing attorny, Scott Mertz. 

A Portiat of a Pandemic: Homeless in a Pandemic, part two

May 21, 2020
Joshua LaBure

In this installment of A Portrait of a Pandemic, we continue with our portraits of those in and surrounding the homeless community of Omaha. Last week we heard from Daryl and his experience of homelessness in a pandemic. Today, KIOS’s Emily Chen-Newton brings us Devon Lee, volunteer coordinator at the The Stephen Center, an emergency housing and addiction recovery campus in Omaha.

To contact the HERO Addiction Recovery Program: 402-715-5440

 

 In this edition of “a portrait of a pandemic” KIOS’s Joshua LaBure brings us a conversation with Eric Rede of United Food and Commercial Workers Union explaining what he hears from those actually working in the factories continuing to operate during the pandemic

  

 It’s been a while since we’ve been able to go to our local barber shop or salon to get a trim, color or just some conversation with our barber or hair dressers and it can be frustrating or disorienting. But how do the small business owners, the barbers and stylists feel about getting back to something resembling normal? Are we acting too fast? Joshua LaBure of KIOS discussed this with the owners of a local barber shop.

 

 

Special thanks to The Surly Chap Barbers.

Joshua LaBure

“Stay home” became a nationwide mantra in early 2020, but for the thousands of homeless men and women in America this is more complicated. As shelters across the country do their best to social distance within their facilities, still countless individuals sleep outside every night. The voices and stories of these individuals are not often heard as part of the pandemic landscape. So, in this edition of a portrait of a pandemic, we feature Daryl and his story of living homeless in a pandemic.

  Because of Covid-19 the movie industry is on hold. Film productions have shuttered, movie theaters are closed and that has affected artists and theaters here in Omaha.  Joshua Allen LaBure speaks with a local filmmaker and the non-profit movie theatre Film Streams about how Covid-19 is affecting the cinema landscape.

Special thanks to Film Streams & filmmaker, Nik Fackler.