Sounds of a Pandemic
First place winner of the 2021 Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association's Eric Sevareid Awards Hard Feature Category. Produced by December 2020 College of Journalism and Mass Communications graduate Allie Snow.
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[00:00:00.160]What does a pandemic sound like?
[00:00:02.600]In Lincoln, Nebraska it's quieter.
[00:00:05.200]Human flow throughout the city has slowed.
[00:00:07.790]Unemployment has more than doubled.
[00:00:09.900]The coronavirus has permanently silenced
[00:00:12.680]181 Nebraska voices.
[00:00:16.240]Lincoln sounds like it has never sounded before.
[00:00:19.998]♪ I've got a right to sing the blues ♪
[00:00:22.790]Right now, we're having a very real,
[00:00:25.810]very unique and painful experience.
[00:00:28.940]Laura Deitchler plays music
[00:00:30.730]from her front porch every night at eight.
[00:00:32.900]Music can be unifying.
[00:00:35.030]Neighbors like Margaret Buck agree.
[00:00:37.060]I've met more of my neighbors.
[00:00:38.560]Music keeps some neighborhoods together.
[00:00:40.780]Elsewhere in Lincoln, people have joined a different chorus.
[00:00:43.830]I can't breathe!
[00:00:45.360]over the killing of African-American George Floyd
[00:00:48.010]by Minneapolis police.
[00:00:49.730]Saturday and Sunday, vandalism shattered peaceful protests.
[00:00:54.181]Someone just threw something.
[00:00:55.660]Violent minded agitators smashed windows,
[00:00:58.470]looted and burned businesses.
[00:00:59.870]Two nights of curfew followed.
[00:01:01.870]Here's police chief Jeff Bliemeister.
[00:01:04.210]I had absolutely no expectation
[00:01:06.230]that people in Lincoln would take these kinds of actions.
[00:01:09.080]People were just like, "Enough is enough."
[00:01:10.780]That's University of Nebraska Lincoln professor,
[00:01:14.870]You mourn it, but what's the action?
[00:01:16.700]What does the police killing
[00:01:18.140]of another unarmed black man mean?
[00:01:20.800]As a 22 year old black woman, I'm asking the question too.
[00:01:25.230]Agitators returned Sunday night.
[00:01:27.227]Black lives matter!
[00:01:29.030]Police reacted with tear gas and rubber bullets.
[00:01:32.190]Monday night, protestors ignored a curfew
[00:01:34.870]to march on the state Capitol for George Floyd memorial.
[00:01:38.080]They were met by Nebraska State Patrol major,
[00:01:41.503]No rubber bullets, no tear gas.
[00:01:44.020]Because I believe in what you are doing peacefully,
[00:01:46.620]I am going to kneel for nine minutes.
[00:01:49.195]This week, these are the sounds of the pandemic.
[00:01:52.495]♪ I've got a right to sing the blues ♪
[00:01:55.583]In Lincoln, I'm Allie Snow reporting.
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