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The Check-In: Documenting Crisis

KBIA host Janet Saidi is ready to take calls.

Over the course of a couple of months, the entire world went from business as usual to this strange, new reality — one full of layoffs, isolation and uncertainty. One where children don’t go to school and lovers are separated. It’s a world where people are dying at the hands of an invisible enemy.

As we focus on just getting through each day right now, it’s easy to miss the context - that we’re living through an extraordinary and historic time. One that our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will one day ask us about — maybe they’ll ask us how we persisted through something so devastating. And one day historians will ask the same questions - and to find out the historians will go to our documents: our letters, our emails, our texts and our tweets - all of which are documenting crisis.

Our guests: Laura Jolly and Sean Rost from the State Historical Society of Missouri.

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Kristofor left KBIA in fall of 2021
Janet Saidi is a producer and professor at KBIA and the Missouri School of Journalism.
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