PRX special: A Sudden Loss — A memorial to lives lost to COVID-19

Singer-songwriter John Prine performs
Singer-songwriter John Prine performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., in June 2019.
Amy Harris | Invision | AP 2019

More than 120,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. Public radio hosts, past and present, read short eulogies of just some of these people lost to the coronavirus pandemic in the last several months.

Readers are Susan Stamberg, Noah Adams, Liane Hansen, Al Letson, Maria Martin, Neal Conan and Glynn Washington.

Music accents include songs by Eddie Vedder, “The Long Road,” Robbie Robertson, “Fallen Angel,” Joni Mitchell, “Both Sides Now,” Bruce Springsteen, “Missing,” Aretha Franklin, “Amazing Grace,” John Prine, “Summer's End / Boundless Love,” and U2, “Peace on Earth.”

A second hour is available at This special program is produced by longtime public radio reporter and producer Paul Ingles.

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