Odessa, Half 2: Friday Evening Lights
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Odessa is a four-part audio documentary sequence about one West Texas highschool reopening through the pandemic — and the lecturers, college students and nurses affected within the course of.
For the previous six months, The New York Instances has documented college students’ return to class at Odessa Excessive Faculty from afar, utilizing Google hangouts, audio diaries, cellphone calls and FaceTime excursions. And because the nation continues to debate how finest to reopen faculties, Odessa is the story of what occurred in a college district that was amongst those who went first.
Take heed to Odessa: Half 2
In 1988, a highschool soccer crew in Odessa, Texas, was so good that it grew to become the inspiration for a e-book, film and, finally, the tv sequence “Friday Evening Lights.” And within the a long time since, as West Texas has weathered the unsettling undulations of the oil trade, soccer has remained regular.
So after the pandemic hit, the city did what it might to verify the season wasn’t disrupted. And at Odessa Excessive Faculty, the place the soccer crew struggles to compete in opposition to native rivals, the members of their award profitable marching band have been relieved they might hold enjoying.
Partially two of Odessa, we observe what occurred when the season opened — and the way the college weighed the choice to start out in opposition to the attainable dangers to college students’ psychological and bodily well being.
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Odessa was produced by Annie Brown, Sindhu Gnanasambandan and Soraya Shockley; with assist from Mitch Borden and Diana Nguyen; edited by Liz O. Baylen and Lisa Tobin; engineered by Chris Wooden; authentic compositions by Dan Powell and Marion Lozano; and fact-checking by Ben Phelan. Particular because of Larissa Anderson, Clifford J. Levy, Dana Goldstein, Kate Taylor, Clifford Krauss, Apoorva Mandavilli, Ken Belson, Nora Keller, Lauren Jackson and Laura Kim.
Particular because of the workers and college students of the Ector County Unbiased Faculty District.
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