Recent interview with Jeremy Wirth

A friend of mine since high school, Jeremy Wirth, a very talented photographer and videographer, began the Let It Grow podcast to connect people in our community in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. He gave me a call and we had an extended interview with his cohost Rion Naus, where we talked about social distancing, scientific literacy, and staying informed and safe during this crisis. March 20 seems like an eternity ago already, but seeing as I had traveled to New York and back with my wife just a few weeks prior, I was taking the quarantine process very seriously. It’s an over-the-phone interview, of course, so the audio isn’t ideal, but give it a listen if you’d like to understand my approach to news consumption and some of my commentary on how government responded to the crisis.

Published by Joe Payne

Joe Payne is a lifelong resident of the Santa Maria Valley who teaches music, performs, and tunes pianos ( He's also a seasoned journalist who shares his own reporting and opinion on matters local and national (

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