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One Year Of Pandemic, One Year Of Life & Loss

Sara Plourde

Here in New Hampshire, a year of living under a pandemic forced businesses to shutter or workplaces to operate remotely, brought in school closures and hybrid education models as a way to continue student learning, and saw stories of frontline workers rising to unbelievable challenges. We’ve seen community gatherings canceled or reimagined, and the hugely personal cost of family members, friends, or people in our communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While vaccines offer hope for a return to normalcy, NHPR is looking back on this unique time in the history of our state, through both your stories, our journalism, and special programs from other public media partners. See below for the ways NHPR is marking the milestone of one year of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • NHPR’s COVID-19 Remembrance Project – NHPR is gathering photos and stories of people that have been lost to the pandemic. Stories and images will be shared on the NHPR website. You can share the story of a loved one or someone you know the following ways:

  • Email your thoughts on a special someone, and the way they impacted your life and their communities by sending an email to:

  • Share the same thoughts, but via a voice memo:
    • Record your voice on your phone or computer using an app such as Voice Recorder (Windows), Voice Memos, or QuickTime Player (Mac).
    • Save the voice recording as an audio file (such as an MP3 file).
    • Follow the directions in the form above to upload your audio file.
    • If you don't have a Google account, attach your audio file in an email to

  • LIVE SPECIAL BROADCAST: Join NHPR on Sunday, March 14, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a LIVE call-in special The United States of Anxiety. Hosted by WNYC’s Kai Wright, the broadcast will delve into the impacts COVID-19 has had on our lives, including the unfathomable loss of more than 500,000 people in our nation, and the constant stress on our healthcare system. To mark this moment, we invite listeners to join host Kai Wright and special guests for a live call-in show to look back and remember those we’ve lost and look forward to what we’ve learned.

Joining Kai will be:  
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Gregory Porter lost his brother, Lloyd Porter, a café owner in Brooklyn. He’ll join Kai to reflect on his brother’s loss from COVID-19, and the music and songs that he’s produced over the past year. Author Dean Spade will talk about the history of mutual aid with contemporary challenges and he’ll take calls with Kai.

Listeners can email voice memos to to share their stories and ask questions. Tune in to NHPR, or listen via livestream at on Sunday evening.

  • SPECIAL PROGRAM: Join NHPR on Wednesday, March 17, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a BBC News special Conversations: Resilience During a Year of the Pandemic. Host Nuala McGovern hears from people whose actions and lives have followed an extraordinary path during the year of the pandemic.

Two daughters and a father in the US discuss their lives after losing their mother, and wife, to the virus. She died while the father was in a coma after contracting the virus. Guests around the world will also discuss how they have coped with bereavement due to the virus. Doctors and nurses in various countries will share how they have got through a year on the medical frontline. Vaccine researchers will talk to those who have volunteered to administer the COVID-19 jab. And supermarket workers, teachers and bus drivers will also reflect on their year working amid the virus.

Aytaj Ismayilova is NHPR’s digital membership associate. She worked as a marketing intern for CatchFire creative agency and as a public relations intern for a local Concord communications agency Louis Karno & Co Communication.

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