The Mask Podcast

Jul 02 2020 13 mins 1

The Mask Podcast shares first hand stories from people risking their lives on the frontlines to those working hard behind the scenes, all fighting with the same goal: To save lives and end the Covid-19 pandemic. We speak with first responders, medical professionals, scientists, and many more to learn what it’s really like to face this invisible enemy. Most interviews are anonymous, allowing them to fully share their whole story without any professional consequences. By sharing these personal and uncensored stories, we hope to inspire our listeners to effect positive change during this horrible epidemic, now and in the future. This podcast, created by Academy Award winning filmmakers Damon Russell and Andrew Napier, also serves as a living diary of this unprecedented time. Do you have a story to share or know someone you think we need to interview? Please email us at: [email protected] Visit for more info and links to all our podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more. Credits: Directed & Edited by: Andrew Napier & Damon Russell Producer & Co-director: Andrea Hall Associate Producer & Assistant Editor: Hal Duncan Associate Producer & Web Designer: Foster Douglas Original Music: Darren Morze Graphics: Napier, Russell & Amanda Tannen Created & Executive Produced by: Damon Russell & Andrew Napier Production Company: DNA Podcasts, Inc. About the "PodMakers": Andrew Napier: Damon Russel: Andrea Hall: Foster Douglas: Darren Morze: Hal Duncan: © Copyright 2020 The Mask Podcast & DNA Podcasts Inc.

Ep 1: "LAST PERSON ON EARTH" Dr. Karen, Physician - NYC
Jun 16 2020 22 mins  
On our premiere episode we discuss with Dr. Karen Nielsen, a Manhattan based physician, on what it’s like to be in New York City, the United States epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak, during the peak of their battle. We hear in great detail what it is like for someone experiencing the Coronavirus & what things one can do at home to help if you get it. This interview was conducted & directed by Andrew Napier on May 2nd, 2020. Learn more at, about Napier at: & Nielsen at: KarenNielsen.netNote: This podcast & is not official medical advice. Consult with your doctor before doing anything contained in this podcast. The makers of The Mask Podcast & Karen Nielsen, D.O. are not responsible for any actions taken based on this podcast.

Ep 2: "DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND" Sgt. Andre - South Eastern City, U.S.
Jun 29 2020 7 mins  
Police Sergeant Andre is working in a South Eastern City hit hard by Covid-19. It's a city with an already high crime rate, now worsened by the Coronavirus. Sgt. Andre especially worries about the consequences of kids not being in school, and left to their own devices in the now very over crowded projects. He has to adjust to these changes and deal with the virus and the effect it has on the city, his job, and his life. This is the first of two interviews with Sgt. Andre, with the second being released later on. Interview conducted on March 26th, 2020. Directed & Edited by Andrew Napier & Damon Russell, Produced by Andrea Hall, and "The Mask Podcast" is Created & Executive Produced by Russell & Napier. More info at:

Ep 3: "TOO MANY, TOO FAST" Michelle, ICU Nurse - Southern City, U.S.
Jul 02 2020 10 mins  
Through an interview conducted on March 24th, 2020 with ICU Nurse Michelle, we look back to see what the state of the Covid-19 pandemic was at that time in America. Specifically, where Michelle works in a busy inner-city hospital in the Southern United States. We hear her first hand account of the arrival of the virus in her hospital and how it changed everything, effecting her job, life, and family. She expresses both her fears and hopes, including the hope that the Coronavirus would soon be gone because if anything were to get worse they knew they were not prepared. Interview conducted by Damon Russell. “Too Many, Too Fast” was directed & edited by Andrew Napier & Damon Russell, produced by Andrea Hall, and The Mask Podcast is created & executive produced by Russell & Napier. More info at:

5 • 1 Ratings

John fenyes Jun 24 2020
Unique, powerful & a MUST LISTEN! In the fantastic 1st episode I discovered a moving, emotional & surprisingly entertaining show. Easily 1 of the best conducted interviews that I’ve heard in a long while & this is coming from an avid Podcast listener. The intimacy & openness that came across I found touching & unique. The show provides interesting & important content by sharing people’s personal stories in a way unlike any other Covid-19 focused show that I have heard.