First Generation Episode One: Keeping Up With The Quizhpi's by Newmark J-School Audio Journalism published on 2020-12-12T04:46:12Z The summer before 18-year-old Dennis Quizhpi was getting ready to start his first semester at Cornell University was... an eventful summer to say the least. His hometown of Corona, Queens became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. His family lost their primary income for a few months, as the taco truck his dad owns needed to temporarily shut down due to the pandemic. And, his family also took on some pretty hard hitting conversations during quarantine. All the while Dennis is balancing this, his soon-to-be elite school journey is approaching. In this episode we’ll delve into the obstacles Dennis faced this summer, the discoveries he made along the way and how the love between him and his family has held them together. This episode was produced by Ariel Goodman and narrated by Lisa Salinas. A special thanks to the Quizhpi family to letting us into their lives and tell their story. And, a special thanks to our editor and professor Karen Shakerdge, Kalli Anderson and the whole narrative podcast class for their thoughtful feedback and support this semester.