Front Burner

A few moments of joy during the pandemic

Today, a mental break from COVID-19 to highlight acts of human kindness and weirdness brought on by the outbreak. From digital concerts and dance parties to the rise of marble racing.
A man plays guitar as part of a flashmob organised to raise morale during Italy's coronavirus crisis in Turin, Italy, March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca (Massimo Pinca/Reuters)
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Things are not great. But people still are. And some good is happening. For example: competitive marble racing has gone viral because of the void left by professional sports. Artists are livestreaming free concerts for fans. And in one of the countries hit hardest by COVID-19, people are taking to their balconies to sing songs in solidarity. So today on Front Burner, a mental break from our serious coronavirus coverage to hear stories that might bring some relief.