Coronavirus / COVID-19 in coastal North Carolina

Series produced by Working Narratives

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This is series of interviews with locals in coastal North Carolina who have been impacted by COVID-19.

The Working Narratives team interviewed everyone from local business owners to nurses to elderly people in quarantine to find out how the coastal Carolina community is being impacted by coronavirus. We asked community members how their experience with hurricanes has and has not prepared them to handle the effects of COVID-19.


16 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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The mayor of Atlantic Beach, Trace Cooper, is preparing for a summer unlike he’s ever seen before. Cooper speaks to how the pandemic could disrupt ...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2020
  • Length: 02:46
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Chris Lamoreaux is a grocery store clerk. Because he shares a home with his mother who has an auto-immune disease, Lamoreaux now self-quarantines i...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2020
  • Length: 01:27
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Fast food is deemed essential. But fast food employees don't receive the same benefits as other essential workers for putting their health at risk.

  • Added: Apr 20, 2020
  • Length: 04:01
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Jeff Mills, 72, talks about how the coronavirus pandemic compares with the HIV/AIDS outbreak in the 1980's and his life experiences as an activist.

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Apr 09, 2020
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Le'Shawna Brunson-Smith says the stimulus bill won't be much of a help making up for the incoming she's losing during the coronavirus.

Bought by WAMC Northeast Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 08, 2020
  • Length: 01:54
  • Purchases: 1
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Michael Turner, 42, is a math teacher at West Carteret High School in Morehead City, North Carolina. He runs the food pantry which supplements free...

Bought by WOUB and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Apr 02, 2020
  • Length: 03:23
  • Purchases: 2
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Diana Tootle, 58, lives in Morehead City, North Carolina. Tootle speaks to the intersection between Hurricane Florence and COVID-19 in her historic...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Mar 29, 2020
  • Length: 02:22
  • Purchases: 1
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Melvin Dunn, 41, is a shrimper in Beaufort, North Carolina. Dunn lost a shrimp season with Hurricane Dorian last September and now faces further im...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Mar 29, 2020
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
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James (Jim) Wall is 75 and living in quarantine with his step-grandchildren. Here's what he has to say.

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Mar 24, 2020
  • Length: 01:45
  • Purchases: 1
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Yasmine is a single mother living in coastal North Carolina. Since her restaurant closed, she's been out of work - but she's making the most of her...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2020
  • Length: 02:32
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Chris Lamoreaux speaks to toilet paper mayhem and other patterns happening in this small-town grocery store during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Mar 24, 2020
  • Length: 01:31
  • Purchases: 1
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Emmanuel (Manny) Ngardinga (Gar-din-ga) is stressed about the changes to his school schedule as a result of coronavirus.

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Mar 24, 2020
  • Length: 03:06
  • Purchases: 1
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Bonnie Weeks, 36, is a labor and delivery nurse working at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, North Carolina, which is currently on semi-l...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and WAMC Northeast Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 24, 2020
  • Length: 02:49
  • Purchases: 2
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Best discusses how his work with the film industry in Wilmington, North Carolina is impacted by coronavirus.

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Mar 23, 2020
  • Length: 01:05
  • Purchases: 1
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David at the Intergroup office in Wilmington, North Carolina describes how COVID-19 is affecting Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the area.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., and WOUB


  • Added: Mar 23, 2020
  • Length: 04:54
  • Purchases: 3
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Marsha Corbett talks about how coronavirus is impacting her life and her small business - the restaurant Nippy's Soul Food in Wilmington, North Car...

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Mar 22, 2020
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 1