Queens Memory Project: Intersection

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On this episode of Queens Memory Project, we hear from two first responders who work in Queens, New York. Diana Wilson has been an EMT for 17 years, and Rob Semple started as a firefighter shortly after the pandemic began.

As Black folks, they share their experiences of working in a pandemic that disproportionately affects Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Americans, and discuss issues like finding emotional support while cut off from loved ones, first responders’ lack of hazard pay, and the movement for Black lives. With guest host Sam Riddell we learn about all this and more from two individuals who put their lives on the line every single day, working against the storm of Covid-19.

This work was originally featured in the 2021 Web Showcase, a new way of celebrating all eleven Third Coast/RHDF Competition winners with in-depth materials, including comments from the judges. Plus, our first-ever list of finalists in each category.

Full Credits

Intersection as produced by Sam Riddell, Theresa Gaffney, Syreeta Gates, Giulia Hjort, and Jo-Ann Wong, produced and edited by Anna Williams, with composer Elias Ravin and pre-recording mixer Briana Stodden. The community coordinator & host of Queens Memory Project director is Meral Agish, and the director & founder is Natalie Milbrodt. The executive producer is Jordan Gass-Pooré.

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Sam Riddell

Sam Riddell (she/her) is a podcast producer and documentary videographer from Queens, New York.

Jordan Gass-Pooré

Jordan Gass-Pooré (@jgasspoore) is an award-winning podcast producer and investigative journalist with more than a decade of journalism experience.

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