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Two dual-enrolled University of Georgia students and some of their peers have created a talk show to inform the public about the COVID-19 pandemic and other pressing public issues. 

Rising Oconee County High School senior Alex Benoit and Cedar Shoals High school senior Will Fang, who met through the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program, brainstormed “The Finch Podcast” to discuss topics like the pandemic amidst a media atmosphere of limited perspectives and misinformation. 

For the main series of episodes, the duo have interviewed local and international professionals who work in medicine, psychology, economics, history and government about the implications of the pandemic. Fang, a computer science major, elaborated that tackling discussions of COVID-19 in this way has changed his own perspective.

“If you asked me three months ago If I’d be sitting with a philosophy professor, I’d say you’re crazy,” Fang said. “It’s led to some incredible personal enrichment, and it’s really opened my worldview.” 

Benoit, a microbiology major, said the podcast has helped him think through how people in the science field tend to discount the humanities.

“Prior to this podcast, I had this negative point of view about the humanities,” Benoit said. “It’s just made me realize that pretty much every profession is important. We need people like historians and people in the social sciences and writers.” 

For more on this story, see the July 2 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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