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ENCORE: One Year Into The Pandemic, A Look At How Our Dreams Have Changed


This interview originally aired June 30, 2020.

Your eyes close, and you’re asleep. Suddenly you’re out in public without a mask on. Or, you’re wearing a mask, but no one around you is and they’re getting way too close to you. 

These are a couple of common dreams that Harvard Medical School Psychology professor Deirdre Barrett says many people experienced in the first phase of coronavirus anxiety.  

Barrett has spent her career studying the way trauma shows up in dreams and her new book, “Pandemic Dreams” recounts these dreams and others as fear about the virus changed over time. 

Barrett joins Idaho Matters to talk more about how our dreams have mapped our collective anxieties about the coronavirus. 

You can find her book online

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!