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Singing The Pandemic Blues

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After a year when it was hard not to get the blues, something to sing about: Host Leoneda Inge checks in on some older blues and gospel musicians whose health and income struggled with venues closed and gatherings prohibited. And, she talks with Tim Duffy and Brittany Anderson of The Music Maker Relief Foundation about finding ways to support unique artists during an unprecedented time. Plus, an exclusive performance of "Blues Don't Care About You" by Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen.

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Leoneda Inge is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.
Rebecca Martinez produces podcasts at WUNC. She’s been at the station since 2013, when she produced Morning Edition and reported for newscasts and radio features. Rebecca also serves on WUNC’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Committee.