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“Morning Show” Explores Politics of Mourning, Buddhism on Uncertainty

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“Morning Show” Explores Politics of
Mourning, Buddhism on Uncertainty

On “The Morning Show” on Thursday, June 4th, host Mary Jacobsen will talk with Professor of History Micki McElya about our nation’s failure so far to adequately, publicly mourn the ever growing number of Americans who have died from COVID-19, and who often seem reduced to mere statistics.
The author of the Pulitzer Prize nominated book, “The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery,” McElya will talk about how national mourning after a disaster or war unites us.
When we grieve together after great loss, McElya has written, “History catches its breath,” and out of many, “we become one.” When that doesn’t happen, we can become fragmented and rudderless.
Jacobsen also will talk with Buddhist teacher Matthew Daniell of the Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport, who will discuss the importance of learning to embrace uncertainty.
Even during extraordinarily uncertain times such as the ongoing pandemic, embracing uncertainty enables us to cultivate inner calm. That calm, explains Daniell, can in turn help us to tap previously unknown depths of resourcefulness.
“The Morning Show” will stream live on Thursday at 9 AM on PortMedia’s YouTube channel (click on the YouTube icon at, and will also broadcast on Channel 9. After broadcast, the show is available for viewing on the YouTube Playlist for “The Morning Show.”
Each show will also air on WJOP (FM 96.3) on Friday at 8 a.m. and the following Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Wednesday at 3 p.m., and will be available as a podcast on the Sound Cloud (click on the cloud icon at and scroll down).

For more information contact:
Mary Jacobsen
(978)255- 7523
Sarah Hayden
Executive Director
Greater Newburyport Community Media Hub, Inc.

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