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002_ Interview: it felt to big to panic

10 October, 2020 - 2 min read

002_ Interview: it felt to big to panic

Hey there, and thank you for tuning your dial to the first episode of _bandwidth: coast to coast.

I wanted to start this series by going backwards to another crisis that suddenly struck the states like a lightning bolt.

I didn’t want to talk about what got us there, or the immense shift in policy, legislature and culture that came from it, instead I want to focus on a human story.

We’ve all gone through this pandemic in one way or another, feeling the panic. Most of us experienced the palpable concern going to the grocery store the first time during lock down, or rolling down the streets and seeing all the stores closed.

The fear, the uncertainty.

Now, imagine losing your internet access, no television, no access to any information.

Can you imagine that? It’s hard for me.

I wanted to talk with someone that was there, on the ground, not far from where the twin towers fell. A story about what life was like, how it changed suddenly and what living through a moment that, in his words, felt to big to panic.

My good friend Rowan Hardin Price tells his story of what his life was like before the attack, how he lived for those days following, open acts of community, and horror, along with the lasting effect it’s had on him since.

Most episodes like this will be straight interviews, but since Rowan and I know another well and are prone to have very long philosophical and literary conversations, we started off by jumping through a thought on how most of what we take for granted today, really isn’t that old.

If you’re interested in jumping straight into the interview, it starts at about the ~40min mark.

-J.R.

This was an excerpt from the intro essay to _bandwidth: coast to coast

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