Background photo by Army Spc. Nathan Hammack, from

This week on Behind The Lens:

  • From schools to prisons, homes to businesses, there is nothing in our region that’s not impacted by the coronavirus. We’ll hear from Lens reporters, covering a community in crisis.
  • We get a situation report from infectious diseases physician MarkAlain Dery.
  • Author-historian John M. Barry talks about his research on the last great pandemic – how did society cope then?
  • And we’ll talk about the state of the news industry amid an economic catastrophe: Lens founding director Karen Gadbois and chief editor Charles Maldonado chime in.
  • Finally, we wrap up the hour with more great New Orleans music, this week by singer/songwriter Lynn Drury.

Behind The Lens is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher. We now broadcast the show on community radio stations 102.3 FM WHIV LP in Mid-City and 90.3 FM WAMF-LP in the Marigny. And we’re thrilled to link to the show from our new partners’ website,

Show theme and other production music by Tom Wright; additional music from Lynn Drury’s album “Come To My House” (2014-Old Shoe Productions) used with artist’s permission.