Six Feet Apart Podcast

University of Toronto Laidlaw Scholars discuss COVID-19's impact on Black Lives Matter, Education, Essential Workers, and other aspects of society.

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Although we may be in isolation, our world is developing at a faster pace than ever before. This is the perfect time for students to sit down and reflect on how various parts of their lives and the lives of others are changing throughout quarantine. On Six Feet Apart, we do just that. Join Joelle Weir, Ahmed Khaldoon, Cassandra Minot, and myself as we analyze a different topic and talk to students, experts, and individuals with unique lived experiences every other week. 

You can listen to our podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud

Episode 1: Do Black Lives Matter During a Pandemic? In this episode, we talk to BLM activists from Kenya, Australia, and the United States to understand how protests have unfolded internationally and how the unequal impact of COVID-19 on racial minorities highlights the need for change. 

Episode 2: (Dis)Connected: Education During Covid-19 (Parts 1 & 2) In this two-part episode, we first explore the impact of COVID-19 on K-12 schools through the eyes of teachers and administrators. We switch gears to higher education in the second part and get a chance to hear from Dawn Geronimo Terkla, an Associate Provost of Tufts University.

Episode 3: Essential Now & Essential Always In our most recent episode, we compare the experiences of essential workers through interviews with food service employees and a front-line healthcare worker. Further, we discuss Canada's call to action for asylum seekers and immigrants to work on the front-lines and contemplate these workers' unequal treatment.

We've really enjoyed creating this podcast and it would mean a lot to us if you all checked it out! For more information, follow us on Instagram (@6ix_feet_apart) or send us an email (6ixfeetapartpodcast@gmail.com). 

Lucy Stark

University of Toronto Student, University of Toronto Laidlaw Scholars Programme

I am a Lester B Pearson Scholar entering my second year at the University of Toronto as a history and economics double major. My Laidlaw project surrounds "Housing First" programs in cities across the world, including cities in Canada, the United States, and Finland. Through this project, I hope to discover what factors are most essential for successfully housing chronically homeless persons. Beyond this project, I am involved in the University of Toronto Moot Team, I write for two student papers, and I have a passion for documentary filmmaking.

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Go to the profile of Joelle Weir
11 months ago

It's been a really fun project to do and it definitely makes you think about the resilience and range many people have shown through this pandemic. There's been a lot of hardship and confusion but also growth and creativity. Thus, I think human beings are very gifted in terms of making the most out of almost any situation.

Also, this project has really shown me what it means to be a leader and how that role can be very fluid among a group of likeminded individuals. 

* And I look forward to meeting my co-hosts in person!😆

Go to the profile of Ahmed Aldarraji
11 months ago

This project has been great and has taught me a multitude of things. It has really widened my perspective on the issues that people are facing during this pandemic. There's a lot of work that needs to be done to tackle these issues, and hopefully by taking the first step to identify them we are on the right path to fix them.

All in all it has been lots of fun to make this project and I am also excited to meet my co-hosts in person!