51% #1604: COVID-19 Psychological First Aid; Climate Music Interprets Sea Level Rise | WAMC

51% #1604: COVID-19 Psychological First Aid; Climate Music Interprets Sea Level Rise

Apr 22, 2020

On this week’s 51%, a psychologist helps manage stress amid the COVID-19 crisis; a singer/songwriters shares her addiction problems; and music interprets sea level rise.

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz has put out a Psychological First Aid & Stress Management toolkit. The strategies are to help faculty, staff, students and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. I spoke with the director of the Institute, Dr. Amy Nitza. She says the toolkit, which appears as a 60-page PowerPoint presentation, is also in Spanish, with other languages to come. Just a warning that some listeners may find the discussion at the end of this interview about dying alone upsetting.

After bursting on the Twin Cities music scene as a teenager, singer songwriter Lydia Liza got a crash course in growing up. By her early 20s, she struggled with a serious addiction to alcohol. KFAI's Sheila Regan spoke with Liza about her process of finding sobriety. 

On a recent 51% show, #1597, we featured an interview with Fran Schulberg, executive producer at Climate Music Project, a San Francisco-based organization that links musicians with scientists to produce songs about climate change. Now, we’ll hear from a composer and a scientist who worked together on a Climate Music piece that interprets sea level rise data. The duo discussed the collaborative process of composing the song, entitled “What If We…”, with 51%’s Elizabeth LoGiudice.

The song “What if We?...” premiered in Washington, DC.  To learn more about Climate Music, listen to our interview with Executive Producer Fran Schulberg on show #1597. 

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Tina Renick for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio