My usual evening TV viewing Monday through Friday at 7pm is the PBS Newshour, and this past Friday was no different.
But it was SO different.
Every Friday evening, about mid-way through the program, Newshour host Judy Woodruff interviews New York Times columnist David Brooks (below, top) and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart (below, bottom) about current hot topics.
Woodruff asks good questions, Brooks and Capehart give thoughtful answers, and that evening I was expecting the same.
What I wasn’t expecting was this:
Brooks and Capehart were in the studio with Woodruff.
Sitting at the same table.
Not wearing masks.
IN THE STUDIO!
“THEY’RE IN THE STUDIO! ALL THREE OF THEM, TOGETHER! DO YOU SEE THAT?” I shouted to my husband.
Since he was sitting five feet away from me, he did, indeed see that.
It was the FIRST in-studio news interview I’d seen in…how long?
I simply sat and stared. I could hardly believe what I was seeing. I barely heard what they were saying.
I was transfixed.
It was, I realized, a real, true sign that we are on the road to recovery.
It looked so normal.
And normal looked so, so…