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The week before Thanksgiving 2020, Alana’s father started feeling ill. He soon discovered that he was positive for COVID-19. Not long after, the other members of Alana’s family also came down with the virus. Alana shares the hardships that her family went through while ailing and confined within their home.
Jen shares the details of her personal experience with a COVID-19 infection.
Dena works as a sexual health educator in New York City. She recounts a time when a student came to her for counseling on how to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
Eddie shares the unsettling experience of visiting a psychic on a lark only to be told that a dark entity was following him. Soon after, strange events occurred at his apartment, from unexplained sounds in the middle of the night to objects disappearing only to be found in unlikely places.
As the number of Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 continues to rise, there is still a lot of media focus on vaccine hesitancy, and the communities who won’t be getting the vaccine right away. MJ Knefel comments on why access to vaccines, and removing barriers to medical care, should be a more pressing issue.
Ashley is an elementary school art teacher at a New York City public school in an underserved area. She shares the difficulties she faced while teaching students remotely after the city locked down during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Remarking on the recent increase in coronavirus cases, even as the number of Americans getting COVID-19 vaccinations continues to rise, MJ Knefel explains why it's incorrect to place blame on individual behavior in areas where infection rates are high.
After researching the benefits of veganism, Milagros decided to transition to a vegan diet. What she didn’t expect was a negative reaction from her family – especially her mother. Since meat is a central part of Peruvian cuisine and food is at the heart of every social event, Milagros’s mother worried that her daughter’s exclusion of animal products would also mean her exclusion at family gatherings.
Ben details his experience of contracting the coronavirus back in late February/early March of 2020, before lockdowns shut NYC down. He also shares how the city and local indie rock scene he’s a part of reacted to the pandemic.
When she was eleven, a tumultuous age when the need to fit in is strong due to a lack of self-confidence, Courtney befriended the “cool kids” at the local pool. When her neighborhood friends, who did not fit the ideals of coolness, asked to play with Courtney and her clique, she actively excluded them in fear that she would be rejected by the popular crowd. Years later, she still regrets her actions and shares how the experience taught her to never compromise who she is just to be accepted.
While working at a summer camp, Jeff invented a game that became popular amongst the kids. Upsetting the “bros” in charge of sports at the camp was an unexpected benefit.
When Penny was sick in the hospital, she asked Ollie not to tell her family out of worry that the news would hurt her ailing and elderly mother. But after Penny passed away, Ollie traveled to New Mexico to meet with Penny’s mother and talk to her about Penny’s final years. During this trip, Ollie learns about serendipity and how it can be found.
Joe discusses the difficulties of officiating the wedding of close friends and gives advice on how to overcome any pressure one might have while taking on a big role for the first time.
Growing up, Morgan always thought that their family was made up of just them, their mother, and their father. But when their mother passed away, they received a message from their mother’s half-sister — one that neither Morgan nor their father even knew existed — which unlocked a part of their mother’s life that they never could have imagined. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Kisses" by Lomelda
Val recalls the trauma of having bed bugs and roommates who placed the blame on her. She discusses the measures she took to rid herself of the pests, and how she exterminated the bed bugs, too. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "These Are The Days, My Friend" by It Could Be Franky
Despite experiencing traumatic events, Jennifer has always brushed them off. It was only when Jennifer finally spoke about what happened to her that she realized they affected her a lot more than she thought.
Maggie shares some of the ups and downs of parenting during the pandemic and acknowledges that even while their family’s basic needs were always met, there has been a lot to balance over the last 10 months.
Stephen detais his experience of contracting the coronavirus back in late February/early March of 2020, before lockdowns shut NYC down. He also shares how the busy Brooklyn music scene he’s a part of may have helped to spread it among his friends before people knew how serious the pandemic would turn out to be–and perhaps already was, in retrospect–along with his thoughts on the response to the crisis and how, while hard to live through, it’s confirmed why he loves the city. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Featherweight" by Fleet Foxes