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COVID39

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Mark Millien

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Twenty years after Covid-19 brought the world to a standstill, a man and a woman who were quarantined together as kids question the validity of their current romantic relationship. They salvage audio recordings left by their parents during the pandemic, our present, to come to terms with their trauma. This is a fictional audio drama that points out the humanity of our fateful present and examines the future we are helping to create for our children.

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Dr. Estrum offers Randi and Shane a revelatory solution to a painful problem. Cast Dr. Estrum Melissa Thomas Randi Halle Millien Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Q Tone [Query] Tone 4.wavbypatchenof freesound.org Q Tone [Response] Tone 3.wavbypatchen of freesound.org Music Nostalgia and Discovery This Fight - Cinematic Piano - Part 1 by RealNorth of looperman.com This Fight - Cinematic Piano Loop - Part 2 by RealNorth of looperman.com Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Glossary drifting: term used to describe when one is using the Q to communicate across its platforms. Q: slang for the quantumnet; a technology that uses discreet qubits of transitory particles to hold almost limitless amounts of data and transmit them at near light speed using the bones of the internet as infrastructure. Run: a nickname Shane uses for Run. tabs: all social media forms have been aggregated into a single hosting n...

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ERandi and Shane listen to the first letter, from Shane’s father. Cast Randi Halle Millien Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Cheers My bourbon by Me of Me Music Desmond’s First Letter PG-Sunshining by PaulGuanez of looperman.com Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Special thank you to Puppy Pals for keeping our eldest dead-eyed and limp enough for us to get this podcast out. Glossary IRIS: Independent Retinal Immersive Scanner; a passive laser suite integrated into various bits of everyday tech that interprets your eye’s movements and translates them into digital action. Effective for drifting on the Q, inputing textual commands, communicating wordlessly and interacting with eleventh generation tech in an almost seamless way. It would appear like telepathy to people of today. vam: slang for videogram. #covid39 #covid19 #coronavirus #quarantine #rona #quarantinechronicles #covidchronicles #coron...

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ERandi reads a letter from her mother and confronts Shane about something he’s been hiding. Doctor’s PhotoCastRandi Halle MillienShane Mark MillienSFX and Music ContributorsSFXQ Tone [Query]Tone 4.wav by patchen of freesound.orgQ Tone [Response]Tone 3.wav by patchen of freesound.orgMusicHelen’s First LetterSad Boy by Sizeoff of looperman.comCreated by Mark and Halle MillienCover Art by Halle MillienWritten, Directed and Produced by Mark MillienGlossary-American Political PartiesBlack Party the coalition that concerns the rights of people of color specifically.Condemnics an offshoot of the religious right who traffic in conspiracy theories concerning the what and how of COVID-19.Democrats the center left establishment.Green Party environmentally centered and extremely powerful.Jurists an offshoot of the mainstream right that considers the rule of law to be sacrosanct with literal originalist dogma with no variation.Loyalists an offshoot of the GOP that considers Donald Trump to be ...

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Chapter 4

Shane faces an unexpected reckoning.Philly MasksCastRandi Halle MillienShane Mark MillienSFX and Music ContributorsSFXQ Tone [Query]Tone 4.wav by patchen of freesound.orgQ Tone [Response]Tone 3.wav by patchen of freesound.orgMusicFrank’s LetterSelf Destruct Smooth Pitch Rise by MixxCustomSounds of looperman.comDillzedd Classic Boombap Drums 420 by DillzeddProd of looperman.comCreated by Mark and Halle MillienCover Art by Halle MillienWritten, Directed and Produced by Mark MillienGlossarydings, nudges, hits or tinkles: social media communication jargon of the future, ya dig.spiked: salty, mad, pissed.Frank’s Letter:What up Fam! Oh man, this is such a cool idea. I’m blown right now. On some ol time capsule shit. So check it. I know that you all have turned out great. Your mommas and daddys are some of the best people I’ve ever known and they take the raising of y’all so serious. So much so, in fact, that I’m sure they started off with some real down and depressing shit about what’s going on right now. It’s not their fault. They aren’t like, negative people or anything. But they also got their hands full with y’all and they want to make sure that you know the real and blah blah blah, but yo! I’d be remiss if I didn’t share with you a couple of important things about the ‘Rona. One. I miss the shit out of y’all. It’s not like I would’ve necessarily been there right now anyway. My next trip to Dallas wasn’t planned until the summer. But the fact that I CAN’T get to y’all, and that the summer trip is now highly questionable, definitely has me feeling a kind a way. I love you all so much. Not having kids myself, I get to spoil y’all, and then leave your parents to deal with you. But truth is you’ve all always been such incredible kids. I don’t believe half the stories your parents tell me about y’all fucking up shit. I can say fucking up shit to you now cuz you grown. This is Incredible. Trippy shit man. So. Two. Gas prices are down. I don’t gotta drag my black ass into work. I’m collecting a check (allegedly, I aint seen no money yet), I’ve got all my bills and mortgage deferred, I’ve been catching up on all my Hulu and Netflix and Disney + like a champ. Rick and Morty is on hiatus. But watching the old episodes in my drawers in the middle of a weekday with some brown is a fucking great way to ease the time. Taking meetings in my drawers. Not having to change out of my drawers. All things drawers related have upticked. Three. Ya boy DJ Nice been killing the gram with his sets. I can now say I’ve sweated my ass off in the club with Michele Obama! What a world! My only emergencies have been running out of liquor. But I’ve got a fresh set of masks that I ordered from this joint in Philly so I’m always prepared to make my next run cuz that home delivery situation is cool and all but sometimes you run out and what am I gonna do, wait til tomorrow, when I still got daylight? That’s a no. Four. I ain’t got no kids! Five. Well. Huh. I will say that I miss sex. I wasn’t dating anybody serious when the apocalypse landed so when they shut this shit down I was solo. But honestly it’s not just the sex. It’s the contact. Like, I haven’t hugged anyone in weeks. Y’all know how I do. I bring it in. That part is tough, I can’t lie. But this flattening the curve shit is real. It’s showing results. Dumbasses are still out here dumbassing but it feels like if we can keep our heads this will be over and we might get basketball back! I’m not gonna spend a lot of time talking about it here cuz I wanna keep this positive but if the Rona robs my boy Bron of a chip, YO! Salty doesn’t begin to cover it. Anyway. I’ll leave you with this, my beautiful kings and queens. The world has thrown our people every sort of raggedy hand it could despite our royal lineage, and at every turn we rise. If your not up on your Maya Angelou, shame on you. Do that shit. So if you are ever down or not feeling at your best, remember who you are and where you come from. Yo

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ERandi and Shane speak plainly about their inequities. The First Evergreens Cast Randi Halle Millen Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Q Tone [Query] Tone 4.wav by patchen of freesound.org Q Tone [Response] Tone 3.wav by patchen of freesound.org Music Mara’s Letter Shooting Star - Emotional Loop by 8thdiamond of looperman.com Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Glossary blue hour: the elderly, infirm or predisposed are allotted certain windows of activity typically during four a.m. and 7 a.m. in most cities. This can include the obese, smokers, chronic drinkers, those who do not log a certain amount of exercise, etc. There has been evidence of people of color being given blue designations without merit by medical professionals either engaging in bias or systemic discrimination. A blue found out during sequester is at risk of being detained or involuntarily quarantined. evergreen: a person who is considered genetically immune to historical pathogens due to vaccinations or novel ones due to inoculation. Evergreens typically only need to see a physician for a hazard status once a year or so. These individuals exist in a rarefied economic and social space in global culture. green hour: the time allotted for people who have been seen by a medical professional within the last thirty days and deemed free of any viral impediment. They are given sway to roam as they wish. haztag: an informal term for the irradiated tattoo that designates your sequester or evergreen status. It lasts for thirty days. The tattoo is embedded with a doctor’s signature code as well as an accompanying code that may allow someone travel dispensations during their sequester, typically tied to one’s employer. Anyone detained without a tattoo is risking immediate quarantine and potential jail. M.I.C: Municipal Integrated Corpsman. Tasked and equipped with assessing the medical threat of a person or group of persons. They are equipped with field tests for a variety of pathogens, body armor, advanced first aid, and both lethal and non-lethal armaments. They are military medics that have been sanctioned to operate within local governments with a great degree of autonomy. Derogatively referred to as “zombies” or “mikes”. orange hour: the time of day when hazard level individuals are allowed out into society. In most cities, this is between midnight and four a.m. sequester: the color-coded system that calls for people of various health or age dynamics to cede social spaces to others. Being outdoors outside of your hours is reason enough to be stopped by the police and M.I.Cs. Sequester is broken up between blue, green and orange hours. Mara’s Letter: From the very beginning, no one has been taking this seriously enough. Macro or micro. The ineptitude of the national response is criminal. They just released that more people have died from the virus in the U.S. than in any other country in the world. More than India. More than China. And we had the benefit of warnings, guidelines, the world’s largest economy, most accomplished epidemiologists. Granted, you can’t trust the numbers coming out of China. But they are going back to work. Their athletes are competing again, broadcasting to the world that they’ve put the worst behind them while for us, that’s still coming. And yeah, they failed us. People should go to jail for this. But I’ve seen the same juvenile lack of acceptance here in our own home. I’ve made it a point to never speak ill of your father in your presence. That has had its own set of consequences. It’s hard for us to be in the same room these days. I look at him and I’m not proud of the thoughts I have, of the way I feel. The house, the cars, most of the credit cards, are all in my name. I’m the one responsible for everything. So when it came time to call everyone and tell them we can’t pay you, I had to make those calls. They won’t speak to him, even as an autho

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Chapter 6

EDr. Estrum offers something that changes everything. Cast Dr. Estrum Melissa Thomas Randi Halle Millien Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Q Tone [Query] Tone 4.wav by patchen of freesound.org Q Tone [Response] Tone 3.wav by patchen of freesound.org Music The Offer Simple Trap Piano by AnxiousBeats of looperman.com Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Special thanks to a therapist friend of mine for providing some mock therapy that constituted Dr. Estrum’s dialogue in this episode. He had some criticisms about episode one so I was like I got another therapy joint so why not put your feelings where your mouth at fool and he was like I aint doing shit so bet and it was kind of him to do so, so thank you, you can go back to playing rocket league with strangers online now. The quarantine looks different for each of us, I’m just saying. No judgment. #covid39 #covid19 #coronavirus #quarantine #rona #quarantinechronicles #covidchronicles #coronachronicles #quibi

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Chapter 7

ERandi and Shane share misgivings and Shane reveals family is in town. Young Gifted & Black https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1181626 Black Enterprise Cast Randi Halle Millien Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Q Tone [Query] Tone 4.wavbypatchenof freesound.org Q Tone [Response] Tone 3.wavbypatchen of freesound.org Music Helen’s Second Letter Epic Strings by Rowan30000 of looperman.com Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Glossary Jude Philips: Shane’s older brother, who would eventually wind up fostering Shane in high school. outers: slick silicate lined garments worn over normal clothes that are designed to repel liquids, oils and dirt as well as to be sterilized quickly in a residential or commercial sanitizer. Also called slickers. specs: slang for qnet spectators. #covid39 #covid19 #coronavirus #quarantine #rona #quarantinechronicles #covidchronicles #coronachronicles #quibi #generationc #ninasimone #younggiftedandblack #speakyoshit #kizzmekiacorbett

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Chapter 8

EThere's a knock at the door. Cast Randi Halle Millien Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Q Tone [Query] Tone 4.wavbypatchenof freesound.org Q Tone [Response] Tone 3.wavbypatchen of freesound.org Music Desmond’s Letter Playground Strings Main by ChrisNeal of looperman.com Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Glossary chipwhich: an ice cream sandwich, with two chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream and chocolate chips in between. This is not an artifact of the near future. It is a thing of the now, but apparently not everyone calls them chipwhichs so consider yourself clarified. #covid39 #covid19 #coronavirus #quarantine #rona #quarantinechronicles #covidchronicles #coronachronicles #quibi #generationc #netflix #groupmoviewatch

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Chapter 8

Chapter 9

ERandi and Shane plot next steps after realizing they may be in danger. Freedom of the Nihilists Cast Randi Halle Millien Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Q Tone [Query] Tone 4.wavbypatchenof freesound.org Q Tone [Response] Tone 3.wavbypatchen of freesound.org Music Mara’s Letter Theme: FallOut - 93cave Type Pad - Prod 93CAVE by 093cave of looperman.com Photographer: Joshua A. Bickel @joshuabickel Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Thanks to Joshua A. Bickel of the Dispatch for providing such a striking image of our times at great risk to himself. Glossary pod: like an airbnb but suited to standards of sterility that make it considered safe for travelers to trust. undefended: has replaced the term unarmed in the vernacular. zeen: digital articles on the Q. zombie: a slang term for M.I.C.s, who are basically commando medics (more detailed description in a previous glossary). Mara’s Letter: There isn’t much in the way of hope these days. There are people in Michigan and Ohio today storming governor’s offices, demanding that their governments reopen. In Ohio, the pictures and interviews don’t seem real. They can’t be. Some guy going on about not being able to buy lawn fertilizer? A woman whining about not going to the hair salon? Michigan has the fourth most cases in the states, and the third highest death rate. 1,921 dead. That’s 57% of all the people that have died in China. Allegedly. And just as efforts to slow this thing down seem to be working, these people want to rush headlong into an unknown that could decimate them. They’re out here screaming for the freedom to die so that they can go back to the jobs that don’t pay them enough. For the freedom to kill others by carrying this contagion asymptomatically to their fathers and mothers, grandparents and the ailing. People keep dying and it doesn’t seem to matter. When children started getting slaughtered in schools routinely, we saw that they cared more about these freedoms than they did their own sons and daughters. I told myself then it was because they couldn’t imagine it happening to them. But as the bullets flew in classrooms all over the country and shooting drills became standard in daycare centers, that rationalization began to evaporate. It was only a couple of years ago that I learned it was against the law for the government to sponsor a study on statistical domestic gun deaths. The law was decades old. I understood then that none of this was an accident. That death wasn’t an antidote to greed. In some cases it was an accelerant. The Senate Intelligence Chairman sold more than a million dollars in stock after receiving briefings about the virus’ impact and then told the public that the country was more prepared than any other to deal with the threat. He made money off of every single person who died alone in a room full of masks and plastic. And yet, I am still surprised. It may be because I grew up pampered. We were poor growing up, but racism had ebbed into the subtlety of sledgehammers instead of the bloodlust tied to nooses. Redlining had refined itself into gerrymandering. But the police remained. Brutal and efficient. When you read this, I can think of only one thing that will carry my hopes with you in words tight enough to hold onto you. The world will not love you my sons, cops least of all. Trust them with nothing. Only money will set you free, and even then, it is a poor man’s freedom. #covid39 #covid19 #coronavirus #quarantine #rona #quarantinechronicles #covidchronicles #coronachronicles #quibi #generationc #supportlocaljournalism

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Chapter 10

EJude is missing and Shane isn’t waiting. Exploiting the Virus for Hate Our Brothers and Sisters https://www.instagram.com/p/B_EqdscJJIk/?igshid=184nmhjzy4clj Cast Randi Halle Millien Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Q Tone [Query] Tone 4.wavbypatchenof freesound.org Q Tone [Response] Tone 3.wavbypatchen of freesound.org Voice Cloak Q Hack Droid CommunicationsbyLiamG_SFX Music Auntie Tommy’s Letter Theme Moonrocks And Pianos 145 Bpm by Wphil of looperman.com Part 2 Moonrock Pad 145 Bpm by Wphilof looperman.com Part 3 Moonrock Ambient Glockenspiel by Wphil of looperman.com Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Thank you to Stephen Senne of the AP and the combination of real people that are encapsulated in Auntie TOMMY (Keet, Bam and Toms). Glossary nilled: turned off. percoms: personal communication devices. Auntie Tommy’s Letter: Hey babies. Yo mamas and daddies told me about this archive shit and I was blown away. It’s not like me to trust the government to do much right, but hoarding information is something they have excelled at to an Olympic like level so let me be on the record for all of them MAGA fucks running the government right now...your days is numbered my G. Oh I wish I was recording this on November 4th. That should be a new holiday. As a matter of fact it should just replace the Fourth of July altogether. Raggedy ass racist ass holiday. Firework deez nutz. I’m not at all happy with the choice in front of us, but it’s a choice and as black people we have to be happy for that. I have no illusions that you will have to make similar choices. Your adulthood will inherit the fight that we inherited, but I hope you are more woke to the consequences of apathy and fatigue than my sisdren and breddren of today. I’d call them niggaz lazy if it wasn’t racist. Black people can be racist. Don’t forget that. You’ll hear that racism is a function of power, so at best black people can be prejudice. That’s true and not true at the same time. When it comes to other communities of color, black people can set the tone and frame the narrative for how those people are treated or at least enhance it exponentially. Right now we have a rise of Asian hate crimes going on because of the virus. It started in China so these dumbass rednecks thinks that means that Americans of Asian ancestry are plague carriers. Dumb shits. But dumb shits carry real consequences, as our current federal government puts on display for the world everyday. Joke I heard that I hope is less relevant when you read this. “What borders stupidity? Canada and Mexico.” Gotta laugh to keep from crying. Stupidity can be a pathway to power because ignorance is seductive. It removes responsibility, so anything becomes possible. In my worst nightmares I imagined a global threat with incompetence at its head, but I confess these mofos surprised me. What’s really clear to me though is the economic frustration nonsense. These people will be happy to die broke, as long as they can claim a win over all of the people they feel threatened by. The elites, which just mean people who have carved out a future for themselves that doesn’t include being buried where you were born. The coloreds, all the coloreds, because they aren’t real Americans. We’re just all people they’ve tolerated and should be thankful for what we have, no matter how little, because they were generous to share it with us in the first place. And lastly, the godless. I heard someone in a documentary say once that if the Bible told them that 2+2=5 then they would adjust their whole world view to support that. He meant it, with everything, and it helped me understand that these people can’t be reasoned with. You can only wait for their bones to become brittle and that their hate doesn’t fertilize a new crop of misanthropes. The FBI killed a man a few weeks ago who had been planning a mass kill event. He was linked to white su

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Dr. Estrum offers Randi and Shane a revelatory solution to a painful problem. Cast Dr. Estrum Melissa Thomas Randi Halle Millien Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Q Tone [Query] Tone 4.wavbypatchenof freesound.org Q Tone [Response] Tone 3.wavbypatchen of freesound.org Music Nostalgia and Discovery This Fight - Cinematic Piano - Part 1 by RealNorth of looperman.com This Fight - Cinematic Piano Loop - Part 2 by RealNorth of looperman.com Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Glossary drifting: term used to describe when one is using the Q to communicate across its platforms. Q: slang for the quantumnet; a technology that uses discreet qubits of transitory particles to hold almost limitless amounts of data and transmit them at near light speed using the bones of the internet as infrastructure. Run: a nickname Shane uses for Run. tabs: all social media forms have been aggregated into a single hosting n...

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ERandi and Shane listen to the first letter, from Shane’s father. Cast Randi Halle Millien Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Cheers My bourbon by Me of Me Music Desmond’s First Letter PG-Sunshining by PaulGuanez of looperman.com Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Special thank you to Puppy Pals for keeping our eldest dead-eyed and limp enough for us to get this podcast out. Glossary IRIS: Independent Retinal Immersive Scanner; a passive laser suite integrated into various bits of everyday tech that interprets your eye’s movements and translates them into digital action. Effective for drifting on the Q, inputing textual commands, communicating wordlessly and interacting with eleventh generation tech in an almost seamless way. It would appear like telepathy to people of today. vam: slang for videogram. #covid39 #covid19 #coronavirus #quarantine #rona #quarantinechronicles #covidchronicles #coron...

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ERandi reads a letter from her mother and confronts Shane about something he’s been hiding. Doctor’s PhotoCastRandi Halle MillienShane Mark MillienSFX and Music ContributorsSFXQ Tone [Query]Tone 4.wav by patchen of freesound.orgQ Tone [Response]Tone 3.wav by patchen of freesound.orgMusicHelen’s First LetterSad Boy by Sizeoff of looperman.comCreated by Mark and Halle MillienCover Art by Halle MillienWritten, Directed and Produced by Mark MillienGlossary-American Political PartiesBlack Party the coalition that concerns the rights of people of color specifically.Condemnics an offshoot of the religious right who traffic in conspiracy theories concerning the what and how of COVID-19.Democrats the center left establishment.Green Party environmentally centered and extremely powerful.Jurists an offshoot of the mainstream right that considers the rule of law to be sacrosanct with literal originalist dogma with no variation.Loyalists an offshoot of the GOP that considers Donald Trump to be ...

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Shane faces an unexpected reckoning.Philly MasksCastRandi Halle MillienShane Mark MillienSFX and Music ContributorsSFXQ Tone [Query]Tone 4.wav by patchen of freesound.orgQ Tone [Response]Tone 3.wav by patchen of freesound.orgMusicFrank’s LetterSelf Destruct Smooth Pitch Rise by MixxCustomSounds of looperman.comDillzedd Classic Boombap Drums 420 by DillzeddProd of looperman.comCreated by Mark and Halle MillienCover Art by Halle MillienWritten, Directed and Produced by Mark MillienGlossarydings, nudges, hits or tinkles: social media communication jargon of the future, ya dig.spiked: salty, mad, pissed.Frank’s Letter:What up Fam! Oh man, this is such a cool idea. I’m blown right now. On some ol time capsule shit. So check it. I know that you all have turned out great. Your mommas and daddys are some of the best people I’ve ever known and they take the raising of y’all so serious. So much so, in fact, that I’m sure they started off with some real down and depressing shit about what’s going on right now. It’s not their fault. They aren’t like, negative people or anything. But they also got their hands full with y’all and they want to make sure that you know the real and blah blah blah, but yo! I’d be remiss if I didn’t share with you a couple of important things about the ‘Rona. One. I miss the shit out of y’all. It’s not like I would’ve necessarily been there right now anyway. My next trip to Dallas wasn’t planned until the summer. But the fact that I CAN’T get to y’all, and that the summer trip is now highly questionable, definitely has me feeling a kind a way. I love you all so much. Not having kids myself, I get to spoil y’all, and then leave your parents to deal with you. But truth is you’ve all always been such incredible kids. I don’t believe half the stories your parents tell me about y’all fucking up shit. I can say fucking up shit to you now cuz you grown. This is Incredible. Trippy shit man. So. Two. Gas prices are down. I don’t gotta drag my black ass into work. I’m collecting a check (allegedly, I aint seen no money yet), I’ve got all my bills and mortgage deferred, I’ve been catching up on all my Hulu and Netflix and Disney + like a champ. Rick and Morty is on hiatus. But watching the old episodes in my drawers in the middle of a weekday with some brown is a fucking great way to ease the time. Taking meetings in my drawers. Not having to change out of my drawers. All things drawers related have upticked. Three. Ya boy DJ Nice been killing the gram with his sets. I can now say I’ve sweated my ass off in the club with Michele Obama! What a world! My only emergencies have been running out of liquor. But I’ve got a fresh set of masks that I ordered from this joint in Philly so I’m always prepared to make my next run cuz that home delivery situation is cool and all but sometimes you run out and what am I gonna do, wait til tomorrow, when I still got daylight? That’s a no. Four. I ain’t got no kids! Five. Well. Huh. I will say that I miss sex. I wasn’t dating anybody serious when the apocalypse landed so when they shut this shit down I was solo. But honestly it’s not just the sex. It’s the contact. Like, I haven’t hugged anyone in weeks. Y’all know how I do. I bring it in. That part is tough, I can’t lie. But this flattening the curve shit is real. It’s showing results. Dumbasses are still out here dumbassing but it feels like if we can keep our heads this will be over and we might get basketball back! I’m not gonna spend a lot of time talking about it here cuz I wanna keep this positive but if the Rona robs my boy Bron of a chip, YO! Salty doesn’t begin to cover it. Anyway. I’ll leave you with this, my beautiful kings and queens. The world has thrown our people every sort of raggedy hand it could despite our royal lineage, and at every turn we rise. If your not up on your Maya Angelou, shame on you. Do that shit. So if you are ever down or not feeling at your best, remember who you are and where you come from. Yo

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ERandi and Shane speak plainly about their inequities. The First Evergreens Cast Randi Halle Millen Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Q Tone [Query] Tone 4.wav by patchen of freesound.org Q Tone [Response] Tone 3.wav by patchen of freesound.org Music Mara’s Letter Shooting Star - Emotional Loop by 8thdiamond of looperman.com Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Glossary blue hour: the elderly, infirm or predisposed are allotted certain windows of activity typically during four a.m. and 7 a.m. in most cities. This can include the obese, smokers, chronic drinkers, those who do not log a certain amount of exercise, etc. There has been evidence of people of color being given blue designations without merit by medical professionals either engaging in bias or systemic discrimination. A blue found out during sequester is at risk of being detained or involuntarily quarantined. evergreen: a person who is considered genetically immune to historical pathogens due to vaccinations or novel ones due to inoculation. Evergreens typically only need to see a physician for a hazard status once a year or so. These individuals exist in a rarefied economic and social space in global culture. green hour: the time allotted for people who have been seen by a medical professional within the last thirty days and deemed free of any viral impediment. They are given sway to roam as they wish. haztag: an informal term for the irradiated tattoo that designates your sequester or evergreen status. It lasts for thirty days. The tattoo is embedded with a doctor’s signature code as well as an accompanying code that may allow someone travel dispensations during their sequester, typically tied to one’s employer. Anyone detained without a tattoo is risking immediate quarantine and potential jail. M.I.C: Municipal Integrated Corpsman. Tasked and equipped with assessing the medical threat of a person or group of persons. They are equipped with field tests for a variety of pathogens, body armor, advanced first aid, and both lethal and non-lethal armaments. They are military medics that have been sanctioned to operate within local governments with a great degree of autonomy. Derogatively referred to as “zombies” or “mikes”. orange hour: the time of day when hazard level individuals are allowed out into society. In most cities, this is between midnight and four a.m. sequester: the color-coded system that calls for people of various health or age dynamics to cede social spaces to others. Being outdoors outside of your hours is reason enough to be stopped by the police and M.I.Cs. Sequester is broken up between blue, green and orange hours. Mara’s Letter: From the very beginning, no one has been taking this seriously enough. Macro or micro. The ineptitude of the national response is criminal. They just released that more people have died from the virus in the U.S. than in any other country in the world. More than India. More than China. And we had the benefit of warnings, guidelines, the world’s largest economy, most accomplished epidemiologists. Granted, you can’t trust the numbers coming out of China. But they are going back to work. Their athletes are competing again, broadcasting to the world that they’ve put the worst behind them while for us, that’s still coming. And yeah, they failed us. People should go to jail for this. But I’ve seen the same juvenile lack of acceptance here in our own home. I’ve made it a point to never speak ill of your father in your presence. That has had its own set of consequences. It’s hard for us to be in the same room these days. I look at him and I’m not proud of the thoughts I have, of the way I feel. The house, the cars, most of the credit cards, are all in my name. I’m the one responsible for everything. So when it came time to call everyone and tell them we can’t pay you, I had to make those calls. They won’t speak to him, even as an autho

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EDr. Estrum offers something that changes everything. Cast Dr. Estrum Melissa Thomas Randi Halle Millien Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Q Tone [Query] Tone 4.wav by patchen of freesound.org Q Tone [Response] Tone 3.wav by patchen of freesound.org Music The Offer Simple Trap Piano by AnxiousBeats of looperman.com Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Special thanks to a therapist friend of mine for providing some mock therapy that constituted Dr. Estrum’s dialogue in this episode. He had some criticisms about episode one so I was like I got another therapy joint so why not put your feelings where your mouth at fool and he was like I aint doing shit so bet and it was kind of him to do so, so thank you, you can go back to playing rocket league with strangers online now. The quarantine looks different for each of us, I’m just saying. No judgment. #covid39 #covid19 #coronavirus #quarantine #rona #quarantinechronicles #covidchronicles #coronachronicles #quibi

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ERandi and Shane share misgivings and Shane reveals family is in town. Young Gifted & Black https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1181626 Black Enterprise Cast Randi Halle Millien Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Q Tone [Query] Tone 4.wavbypatchenof freesound.org Q Tone [Response] Tone 3.wavbypatchen of freesound.org Music Helen’s Second Letter Epic Strings by Rowan30000 of looperman.com Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Glossary Jude Philips: Shane’s older brother, who would eventually wind up fostering Shane in high school. outers: slick silicate lined garments worn over normal clothes that are designed to repel liquids, oils and dirt as well as to be sterilized quickly in a residential or commercial sanitizer. Also called slickers. specs: slang for qnet spectators. #covid39 #covid19 #coronavirus #quarantine #rona #quarantinechronicles #covidchronicles #coronachronicles #quibi #generationc #ninasimone #younggiftedandblack #speakyoshit #kizzmekiacorbett

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EThere's a knock at the door. Cast Randi Halle Millien Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Q Tone [Query] Tone 4.wavbypatchenof freesound.org Q Tone [Response] Tone 3.wavbypatchen of freesound.org Music Desmond’s Letter Playground Strings Main by ChrisNeal of looperman.com Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Glossary chipwhich: an ice cream sandwich, with two chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream and chocolate chips in between. This is not an artifact of the near future. It is a thing of the now, but apparently not everyone calls them chipwhichs so consider yourself clarified. #covid39 #covid19 #coronavirus #quarantine #rona #quarantinechronicles #covidchronicles #coronachronicles #quibi #generationc #netflix #groupmoviewatch

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ERandi and Shane plot next steps after realizing they may be in danger. Freedom of the Nihilists Cast Randi Halle Millien Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Q Tone [Query] Tone 4.wavbypatchenof freesound.org Q Tone [Response] Tone 3.wavbypatchen of freesound.org Music Mara’s Letter Theme: FallOut - 93cave Type Pad - Prod 93CAVE by 093cave of looperman.com Photographer: Joshua A. Bickel @joshuabickel Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Thanks to Joshua A. Bickel of the Dispatch for providing such a striking image of our times at great risk to himself. Glossary pod: like an airbnb but suited to standards of sterility that make it considered safe for travelers to trust. undefended: has replaced the term unarmed in the vernacular. zeen: digital articles on the Q. zombie: a slang term for M.I.C.s, who are basically commando medics (more detailed description in a previous glossary). Mara’s Letter: There isn’t much in the way of hope these days. There are people in Michigan and Ohio today storming governor’s offices, demanding that their governments reopen. In Ohio, the pictures and interviews don’t seem real. They can’t be. Some guy going on about not being able to buy lawn fertilizer? A woman whining about not going to the hair salon? Michigan has the fourth most cases in the states, and the third highest death rate. 1,921 dead. That’s 57% of all the people that have died in China. Allegedly. And just as efforts to slow this thing down seem to be working, these people want to rush headlong into an unknown that could decimate them. They’re out here screaming for the freedom to die so that they can go back to the jobs that don’t pay them enough. For the freedom to kill others by carrying this contagion asymptomatically to their fathers and mothers, grandparents and the ailing. People keep dying and it doesn’t seem to matter. When children started getting slaughtered in schools routinely, we saw that they cared more about these freedoms than they did their own sons and daughters. I told myself then it was because they couldn’t imagine it happening to them. But as the bullets flew in classrooms all over the country and shooting drills became standard in daycare centers, that rationalization began to evaporate. It was only a couple of years ago that I learned it was against the law for the government to sponsor a study on statistical domestic gun deaths. The law was decades old. I understood then that none of this was an accident. That death wasn’t an antidote to greed. In some cases it was an accelerant. The Senate Intelligence Chairman sold more than a million dollars in stock after receiving briefings about the virus’ impact and then told the public that the country was more prepared than any other to deal with the threat. He made money off of every single person who died alone in a room full of masks and plastic. And yet, I am still surprised. It may be because I grew up pampered. We were poor growing up, but racism had ebbed into the subtlety of sledgehammers instead of the bloodlust tied to nooses. Redlining had refined itself into gerrymandering. But the police remained. Brutal and efficient. When you read this, I can think of only one thing that will carry my hopes with you in words tight enough to hold onto you. The world will not love you my sons, cops least of all. Trust them with nothing. Only money will set you free, and even then, it is a poor man’s freedom. #covid39 #covid19 #coronavirus #quarantine #rona #quarantinechronicles #covidchronicles #coronachronicles #quibi #generationc #supportlocaljournalism

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EJude is missing and Shane isn’t waiting. Exploiting the Virus for Hate Our Brothers and Sisters https://www.instagram.com/p/B_EqdscJJIk/?igshid=184nmhjzy4clj Cast Randi Halle Millien Shane Mark Millien SFX and Music Contributors SFX Q Tone [Query] Tone 4.wavbypatchenof freesound.org Q Tone [Response] Tone 3.wavbypatchen of freesound.org Voice Cloak Q Hack Droid CommunicationsbyLiamG_SFX Music Auntie Tommy’s Letter Theme Moonrocks And Pianos 145 Bpm by Wphil of looperman.com Part 2 Moonrock Pad 145 Bpm by Wphilof looperman.com Part 3 Moonrock Ambient Glockenspiel by Wphil of looperman.com Created by Mark and Halle Millien Cover Art by Halle Millien Written, Directed and Produced by Mark Millien Thank you to Stephen Senne of the AP and the combination of real people that are encapsulated in Auntie TOMMY (Keet, Bam and Toms). Glossary nilled: turned off. percoms: personal communication devices. Auntie Tommy’s Letter: Hey babies. Yo mamas and daddies told me about this archive shit and I was blown away. It’s not like me to trust the government to do much right, but hoarding information is something they have excelled at to an Olympic like level so let me be on the record for all of them MAGA fucks running the government right now...your days is numbered my G. Oh I wish I was recording this on November 4th. That should be a new holiday. As a matter of fact it should just replace the Fourth of July altogether. Raggedy ass racist ass holiday. Firework deez nutz. I’m not at all happy with the choice in front of us, but it’s a choice and as black people we have to be happy for that. I have no illusions that you will have to make similar choices. Your adulthood will inherit the fight that we inherited, but I hope you are more woke to the consequences of apathy and fatigue than my sisdren and breddren of today. I’d call them niggaz lazy if it wasn’t racist. Black people can be racist. Don’t forget that. You’ll hear that racism is a function of power, so at best black people can be prejudice. That’s true and not true at the same time. When it comes to other communities of color, black people can set the tone and frame the narrative for how those people are treated or at least enhance it exponentially. Right now we have a rise of Asian hate crimes going on because of the virus. It started in China so these dumbass rednecks thinks that means that Americans of Asian ancestry are plague carriers. Dumb shits. But dumb shits carry real consequences, as our current federal government puts on display for the world everyday. Joke I heard that I hope is less relevant when you read this. “What borders stupidity? Canada and Mexico.” Gotta laugh to keep from crying. Stupidity can be a pathway to power because ignorance is seductive. It removes responsibility, so anything becomes possible. In my worst nightmares I imagined a global threat with incompetence at its head, but I confess these mofos surprised me. What’s really clear to me though is the economic frustration nonsense. These people will be happy to die broke, as long as they can claim a win over all of the people they feel threatened by. The elites, which just mean people who have carved out a future for themselves that doesn’t include being buried where you were born. The coloreds, all the coloreds, because they aren’t real Americans. We’re just all people they’ve tolerated and should be thankful for what we have, no matter how little, because they were generous to share it with us in the first place. And lastly, the godless. I heard someone in a documentary say once that if the Bible told them that 2+2=5 then they would adjust their whole world view to support that. He meant it, with everything, and it helped me understand that these people can’t be reasoned with. You can only wait for their bones to become brittle and that their hate doesn’t fertilize a new crop of misanthropes. The FBI killed a man a few weeks ago who had been planning a mass kill event. He was linked to white su

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