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January 4, 2021
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It's About Time

Over the last few weeks we have been delving into time. And you know, Einstein was right – time is relative. For many of us, since this pandemic started, time is like Groundhog Day – "Is today Wednesday or Thursday?” For some, say alone in their apartment, time is an albatross hanging upon their necks. And yet for the first responders among us, time is flying by, exhausting and heavy.

But this pandemic has bound us all together under one common and agonizing umbrella – grief. Philosopher Simon Critchley says grief is the only thing that can stop time. Grief, he says, makes us yearn for the ebb and flow of time to re-continue. 

A young man remembers the smell of wood he used to make a coffin with his ailing father. An African American mortician is overcome by the smell of death in his funeral home. A photographer captures the images of the 30 oldest living things in the world - photos that document both the adaptation and fragility inherent to surviving for tens of thousands of years.

We are fragile. We adapt. We grieve. And, not alone, we continue on.


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Reclaiming Time

He’s one of the most frenetically productive, wired guys on the planet, but digital media theorist Douglas Rushkoff is backing away from the clock.
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Alexander Rose on The Clock of the Long Now

Clock of the Long Now
Alexander Rose tells Anne Strainchamps about the Clock of the Long Now — an all mechanical clock being constructed in the high desert of Western Texas designed to run for ten thousand years.
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Putting The Mood Of COVID-19 To Music

Lisa Bielawa
With "Broadcast From Home," New York City composer and musician Lisa Bielawa hopes to set the thoughts and emotions of quarantine to music, in the voices of anyone willing to contribute a performance.
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Grief Is A Natural Response To The Pandemic. Here’s Why You Should Let Yourself Feel It.

Window man
David Kessler is one of the foremost experts on death and grieving. He’s written many books on the subject, and worked with Elizabeth Kubler Ross on famous five stages of grief. He recently added a sixth: finding meaning.
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'You Smell Death': Being A Mortician In A Community Ravaged By COVID-19

Tyrone  Muhammad
Tyrone Muhammad, also known as "Muhammad the Mortician," is the funeral director at Newark’s Peace and Glory Home for Funerals. He spent decades trying to stop the epidemic of gun violence in the black community he serves, but nothing prepared him for a pandemic.
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