Category Archives: Podcasts
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Noah Butler, Evan McNally–
In this week’s politics podcast of The News Feed, Noah Butler and Evan McNally discuss the wildfires ravaging California. The Republican and Democratic presidential candidates have been taking sides on the wildfires, while also using the wildfires to criticize each other and their policies.
So far, 35 people have died in 2020 due to the wildfires. The LA Times reports that the past ten years of fires in California have been the most destructive on record. The current fire season in California is the most destructive season on record, having burned a total of 3.2 million acres with no signs of slowing down.
by Tahreem Alam, Bobby Trono–
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered many lifestyles and daily routines. After over 6 months of on-and-off community-wide scares, cities in the New River Valley are reopening gyms, workout spaces, among other indoor facilities. In addition, Virginia Tech students returned earlier this season to capacity limits within on-campus gym facilities.
However, with limited places to go and work out, Hokies are finding new and creative ways to stay active and healthy, while practicing social distancing. People have taken up online classes for workouts, yoga routines, and meditation sessions. Virginia Tech even introduced a new field house to accommodate students who want safer recreational options.
Thus, it seems like even under the new restrictions, Virginia Tech Hokies are still displaying their value of a healthy lifestyle and spirit for fitness.
by Bobby Trono, Sarah Wormald–
The performing arts world has drastically adapted in response to Covid-19. On a local level, Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts has moved all of its fall events online, except for the Progeny Film Festival which has physical and online options for viewing selected films.
Coronavirus complications have resulted in different creative ways for Virginia Tech artists to share their craft, one of which being an audio play called “The Cretans.” This audio drama surrounding ancient Greek myth will be presented online in three different parts early October.
Other online events include film screenings, artist lectures, and concerts that range from celebrating the 250th birthday of Beethoven to local ensemble performances.
The Moss Arts Center also has an online season with a variety of events that feature artists from their homes and performances through Zoom. However, the Moss Arts Center galleries will be open Sept. 10 for the public to view various art installations while proper protection and sanitation precautions are taken.
By: Rasha Aridi, Will Bower, Connor Brown
In this week’s podcast edition of The News Feed, three soon-to-be graduates, Rasha Aridi, Will Bower and Connor Brown, discuss the anxiety that surrounds the graduating class of 2020. Graduates will soon be entering an uncertain economy, as unemployment rates continue to skyrocket and industry leaders are left without a job. Beyond the stress brought on by the current economic crisis, graduates are feeling the emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. Without being able to walk at graduation, say goodbye to their universities, and enjoy their last moments with friends, graduating seniors are finishing their collegiate experience in a way that no one else in recent history has gone through.
By Kayleigh Toney and Sean Torney
COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our normal life including sports. It’s unclear when sports might make their comeback or if sports and sporting events will ever go back to normal. It could be a long time before we see fans allowed back in the stands. Until a vaccine is available there isn’t much confidence in a large gathering like a sporting event happening. There are many options and possibilities as to how sports can come back with all leagues attempting to find a solution. In this podcast, we discuss what we think might happen in the world of sports.
by Skyler Adkins, Christine O’Donnell–
As a result of the global pandemic, scientists and doctors are working diligently to try and find a cure for COVID-19. There are clinical trials taking place to allow doctors to study participants between the ages 18 and 55 and they are paid in order to incentivize people to help.
Major League Baseball is doing their part by participating in the largest nationwide COVID-19 study on antibodies. Out of the 30 MLB teams, 27 of them are involved in this study. The 10,000 participants range from players to stadium ushers who have all agreed to take blood tests in order to help doctors understand the infection rate and spread patterns of this novel coronavirus.
Scientists are also looking at HIV medications as a possible cure for the virus. An antiviral HIV medication known as Kaletra has emerged on the black market. According to doctors in China, this drug has showed promising signs to be a possible treatment for coronavirus.
by Dan Demski, Andrew Webb–
Due to Covid-19, the Major League Baseball season has been delayed. Opening day of the 2020 season was set for March 26 but because of health concerns for players, coaches and fans, the season was unable to start then.
In this podcast, we discuss a new plan by Major League Baseball to bring baseball back in the coming weeks. According to a CBS Sports article, The plan includes having three different sites where all games to be played. The sites would be professional and minor league facilities in Arizona, Texas and Florida. This would require all the divisions to be changed for the 2020 season. There are currently no set plans as far as a timetable for return.
by RJ Garza, Hannah Brown–
President Donald Trump has proposed a three-phase plan to reopening the nation following the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines for Trump’s plan give the authority to state governors to decide when it’s safe to reopen businesses despite his earlier comments of having “total authority” over the state government’s decisions.
The new plan will allow states to raise restrictions by May 1, which is when the federal government guidelines are projected to end. However, states that currently have an overwhelming amount of cases will likely plan to keep restrictions in place for a couple more weeks. State governors across the nation are working together to determine the best time to reopen businesses. States like California and New Jersey don’t currently have an end date for their stay-at-home orders and warn that some restrictions may extend until summer.
Among disagreements between the state and federal government, there have also been protests erupting around the nation against the shelter-in-place orders. Kentucky, Ohio, and New York are some of the states that have had protests pop up during the past week. Trump has defended these protestors while state governors continue to claim the federal government isn’t doing enough to help.
by Lilly Savin and Troy Clark —
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many sports have been forced to shut down operations until the disease subsides. Without the usual run of live programming available to stations such as ESPN, broadcasters have taken to some unusual, highly unique “sports” to fill the airwaves. You can catch marble runs, virtual car racing, and some other wacky events on all of the usual sports networks.
Indeed the sports media and event market is a large one in the United States, so filling this gap will be a challenge for even the most interesting of these new “sports.” It remains to be seen whether further cancellations will occur, which will present a greater challenge moving into the future.