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About the Show

"The Number" is a podcast series produced by Panhandle PBS that focuses on the gaps in our society that have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, and what those challenges mean in our region.

Each episode is centered around a statistic at the heart of issues arising during the pandemic and beyond. The idea is to draw a line from the number to the listener, their friends, family, or neighborhoods to help make the realities of our current situation become more personal and meaningful, while also illuminating creative solutions that our community is undertaking to move forward.

Join Panhandle PBS Senior Content Producer Karen Welch and her guests every Tuesday for new episodes on your favorite podcast platform, and right here on


Follow the links below for full episodes and transcripts.

001: Rural Healthcare

Moore County (TX) Hospital District has cared for hundreds of people infected with COVID-19. What would happen if it and other rural hospitals didn’t exist?

003: Unemployment

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted employment in various industries both locally and across the nation. How are these industries dealing with public health standards?

005: Paycheck Protection Program Loans

How has the federal Paycheck Protection Program impacted Amarillo businesses?

002: Hunger

Thousands more people in the Texas Panhandle could find themselves without access to enough food this year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

004: Digital Divide

Thousands of households in Amarillo’s 79107 ZIP Code are without a computer or broadband internet access, and the statistics are similar in other areas of town.

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May Featured Underwriter


Amarillo College Foundation