We Were Three

One night final fall, Rachel McKibbens obtained a textual content from her youthful brother, Peter. It learn: “I’ve been too distraught to let you know, however Dad handed away in the present day at 2:42 p.m.” She had no thought her father had even been sick. When she known as Peter, he advised her that their father had been dying at house for weeks. They each had contracted Covid.

Peter and their father had lived collectively a very long time and had been each unvaccinated; in the course of the pandemic, that they had come to worry vaccines.

Peter didn’t get their father to a hospital, didn’t name 911, didn’t inform Rachel what was occurring till it was too late. On the decision, she talked Peter into going to the hospital. However Peter checked out of the hospital in opposition to medical recommendation two days later whereas mendacity to Rachel that he was getting higher. Earlier than she may see him, Peter died, too. He was a wholesome 44-year-old. Rachel was floored by how a lot she didn’t learn about her father and brother’s final couple of months. What was her brother pondering whereas their father slowly died in entrance of him? What was he doing? Then Rachel made a discovery. She discovered a file of Peter’s final weeks and came upon precisely what occurred.

From Serial Productions and The New York Occasions comes We Have been Three: A narrative of lies, household, America and what Covid revealed, in addition to what it destroyed.

Sophie Allison is a 25-year-old artist based mostly in Nashville who releases critically acclaimed music underneath the moniker Soccer Mommy. Earlier this 12 months, Allison launched her third file, “Typically, Ceaselessly,” which was produced by Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Level By no means, who additionally scored “Uncut Gems” and produced the Weeknd’s “Daybreak FM.” Allison and her band, who’ve beforehand supported acts like Kacey Musgraves, Phoebe Bridgers, Paramore, Vampire Weekend and extra, are on a global tour for the rest of 2022.

Matt McGinley is a musician based mostly in New York, identified for his work with the band Gymnasium Class Heroes and as a contributing music producer for “This American Life.” Matt has composed music for a lot of Serial Productions reveals, together with “S-City” and “Good White Dad and mom.”

Reported by Nancy Updike
Produced by Jenelle Pifer and Nancy Updike
Edited by Julie Snyder
Edited with assist from Neil Drumming, Ira Glass, Jen Guerra, Chana Joffe-Walt and Sarah Koenig
Enhancing consulting by Kiese Laymon, Ivan Oransky and Sayre Quevedo
Truth-checking and analysis by Ben Phelan
Sound design and music supervision by Michael Comite
Supervising producer Ndeye Thioubou
Authentic rating by Sophie Allison of Soccer Mommy
Further authentic music by Matt McGinley

Particular due to Sam Dolnick, Anthony Almojera, Eslah Attar, Rana Awdish, Trevor Bedford, Taison Bell, Jordan Cohen, Kelly Doe, Danielle Elliot, Jeremy Faust, Lindsay Fischler, Jason Fujikuni, Tara Godvin, Dana Inexperienced, Desiree Ibekwe, Rachel Bender Ignacio, Lauren Jackson, Nina Lassam, Jeffrey Miranda, Anisha Muni, Megan Shepherd, Kristen Panthagani, Jason Salemi, Mark Shapiro, Julia Simon, Al-Amyn Sumar, Tim Trumble, Kimmy Tsai and Susan Wessling.

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