Cornelia Vertenstein, a Holocaust survivor, is still teaching piano lessons over FaceTime from her Denver home.
John BranchPlease meet Dr. Cornelia Vertenstein of Denver. She teaches 30 kids, 7 days a week at her home. Getting to know her the past couple of weeks, I learned that she has quite the back story. And she was NOT going to let the coronavirus stop the recital.
A shipboard entertainer is among those who have been quarantined for weeks on a cruise ship near Barbados. Stuck in his deluxe cabin, he has an audience of one.
John BranchThere’s a certain cruel absurdity to being a cruise-ship singer and schmoozer, quarantined alone in the Caribbean. Meet Ryan Driscoll, an entertainer with no audience. Stay for his shower performance.
The pace of coronavirus testing in the United States has seen a meteoric rise in the past week. But the country still lags in tests relative to its population, despite having the world’s most reported coronavirus cases.
John BranchYou can debate the level of testing, or look at the graphics here and understand it.
At a church down the hill from a disaster, Sunday played out in small moments: a low-flying helicopter, a note slipped to the pastor, a driver looking for nine clients who never arrived.
John BranchIt was a quiet, cloudy Sunday morning at a little church on the edge of suburbia when a global news story fell tragically out of the sky, almost at the doorstep. I was fascinated by this and went to see Pastor Bob.
After a three-year hiatus, the pot-smoking, Dana White-antagonizing Everyman returns for a (co-)main event.
John Branch“Nate Diaz was stoned in an ice bath.” That, and the rest of my story about UFC’s most interesting man on the day of his return after a three-year absence. Are you surprised, m-fers? Thanks for reading.