Behind the Mask

Join Tomas Rodriguez as he uncovers the latest news developments in Europe and the world for student-run media at SUNY Oswego. What started off with Rodriguez serving as a foreign correspondent for WTOP-10 based out ...more

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September 18, 2021 00:18:32
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Baye Massene Diallo of Senegal Explains Curfews, Process of Arriving in the U.S.

At first, residents of Senegal were hesitant to wear their face masks until the government threatened to penalize those who didn't comply. Throughout the pandemic, the nation has never reached the point of lockdown, although they have declared a series of curfews along with state of emergency conditions. ...

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September 11, 2021 00:18:36
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Clarissa Karki of Nepal explains recession, government penalties

Resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Nepal faced an economic recession, which resulted in many losing their jobs as well as shortages in food and supplies. Nepal's situation led officials to improvise penalties for those who skipped mandatory quarantine as only the border shared with China was closed. That was not the case for the border shared with India. All that and more on this episode of "Behind the Mask." ...

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September 04, 2021 00:18:20
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Jay Holder shares Tokyo 2020 Olympic experience amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The opening episode for the podcast's second season features Jay Holder, a 2005 graduate of SUNY Oswego who served as the deputy venue media manager at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Holder shares what the process of acclimating to a Games setting was like amid COVID-19 restrictions and a state of emergency declared for Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures. ...

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May 01, 2021 00:21:13
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Episode 10: Nirdishtha Sapkota of Nepal explains government restrictions, relations with neighboring India throughout the pandemic.

During this episode of "Behind the Mask," Tomas meets with Nirdishtha Sapkota to discuss her native country of Nepal. During the pandemic, Nepal has relied on India heavily as it relates to receiving medical supplies and other essential goods. Nepal has also recently enforced a 15-day lockdown in an effort to stymie the spread of the newer Indian COVID-19 mutations. Nirdishtha also breaks down the pandemic on a personal level, and how she is coping with things this semester. She also talks about her family and how they are dealing with national lockdowns in Nepal. All that and more, on episode 10 of "Behind the Mask." ...

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April 10, 2021 00:19:00
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Episode 9: Wataru Yatabe of Japan explains COVID-19 restrictions, government ahead of postponed Olympics

Just three months shy of hosting the postponed summer Olympics, Japan experienced an increasing number of coronavirus cases. As a result, Japan is reportedly placing Tokyo among other prefectures under a 'quasi-emergency state' to slow the spread of the virus ahead of the games. The pandemic has also impacted the retail industry, as they now have to close by 9 p.m. whereas pre-COVID they remained open until 4 a.m. ...

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April 08, 2021 00:20:30
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Episode 8: Chamanka Gamage of Sri Lanka discusses economic crisis and good samaritan efforts

Sri Lanka currently faces an unprecedented economic crisis due to a heavy reliance on global trade and tourism that has slowed due to the pandemic. This has led thousands to lose their jobs. Despite the situation, people like Chamanka, who is involved with several NGOs, have offered to help underprivileged people by providing food and other essential needs throughout the pandemic.    ...

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