What the @!*$ am I supposed to do during quarantine?

by Zoey Knox and Izzi Bavis

During this awkward time where motivation has seemingly ceased to exist, Zoey Knox and Izzi Bavis have come to the rescue. After long hours of doing nothing and losing themselves on the internet, the pair has compiled a list of things to do while upholding your social duty of staying inside and away from others.  


WSUM Staff’s Top Ten Albums for Quarantine

Izzi listens to Harry Styles, so I listen to Harry Styles. — Zoey

DJ Maseo (De La Soul) Boiler Room London DJ Set

I absolutely love this DJ set. It combines funk, R&B and hip hop into this mesmerizing, hour long set. I have rewatched/listened to this dozens of times. I have found some of my favorite songs in this mix including “Walk On By” by Dionne Warwick and “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross. I highly recommend you just sit back and listen. — Izzi

The records at the back of your collection

I’m going to level with you: I love my small but mighty record collection, but it gets rather neglected during the busy school year. Now that I’ve been spending the majority of my time in my apartment’s living room within sight of my records, they’ve been getting some of the love they deserve. Right now, Twin Peaks’ Sweet ’17 Singles, Big Thief’s U.F.O.F., Best Coast’s Crazy for You and Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life are in heavy rotation.  — Zoey

Up First Podcast by NPR

Not to be corny, but this podcast slaps. This is what I listen to when I prepare breakfast in the morning. Up First helps me process all that is going on and makes it easier to go through each day. I recommend listening this to stay up to date with what is going on in our country and world.  — Izzi


You already know. If you don’t: 91.7FM or wsum.org. (Hit “Listen Now.”)


WSUM’s Blog

You are already doing this. WSUM has been cranking out more content since the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic and it’s important to support each other in this time of confusion. Plus the content is fun and easy to read, perfect to lose yourself in! — Izzi

The “Modern Love” column in the New York Times

I’m a huge hopeless romantic and I always find myself stuck on the “Modern Love” column. There are sad stories that have made me cry over my breakfast, there are the silly stories that I wish I came up with and there are the romantic, wishful thinking stories that make me smile. There’s a little bit for everyone, even podcasts to listen to and a tv series to watch! — Izzi 

Creative Quest

In an attempt to amp up my own creative output during this period of quarantine, I turned to one of my favorite all-around creatives, Questlove. In Creative Quest, Questlove explores his creative process and the creative processes of people he admires to give advice on how to harness one’s own creative energies and ease creative anxieties. Stay tuned to see if it works. — Zoey

Milwaukee Film Newsletters

Reading the Milwaukee Film newsletter makes me feel like the cultured adult I pretend to be. If I could only view movies at the Oriental Theater for the rest of my life, that would be ideal. In reality, I support Milwaukee Film when I can, but most of the time I make lists of the movies they’re showing so I can watch them fifteen months later on Netflix for free.* The newsletters are helpful for this. — Zoey

*Netflix is not free but watching Netflix on your parent’s account is. Support local businesses when you can!


Tiny Desk Contest Entries

We all know and love NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts, but there’s something special about the Tiny Desk Contest. Filmed at artists’ own tiny desks in their homes, offices or wherever else they can think of to play, these are the favorite contest entries from each week, chosen by NPR Music staff. Did I get distracted while writing this and watch the entirety of Linda Diaz’s submission? Absolutely. — Zoey

Seattle Aquarium Live Sea Otter and Harbor Seal Cameras

The Seattle Aquarium is fantastic and sea otters are adorable. Have this browser window open next to the one where you’re writing your fourth group paper of the semester. — Zoey

Cowboy Bebop

I have been talking a lot about this show, but truly it has become one of my favorite tv series. The show follows the adventures of a group of bounty hunters in the future. There are robots, fighting, love, death, friendship, space racing, aliens and hyper space. Everything you could need in a show right now. — Izzi 


Okay hear me out. Twilight is fantastic. Did I just rewatch the first movie on Saturday night? Yes. Did I post on Reddit to try and spark a discussion about the series? Yes. Will I forever love the series? Yes.  — Izzi

Gossip Girl

If you need a little drama in your life because the only people you are allowed to interact with are your roommates or parents, Gossip Girl is your best bet. This show boasts a healthy dose of late-2000s nostalgia, tiny cell phones and chunky jewelry included. Plus, the plot is so damn complicated that you probably don’t remember anything from when you watched it seven years ago. The only downside is feeling jealous when the characters are allowed to go places / do things / hang out with their friends. Do the right thing: stay home and watch this. — Zoey


Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad on Twitter)

Hanif Abdurraqib is an incredible author and poet (see They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us) with an incredible Twitter presence. Follow for book and music recommendations, NBA hot takes, risotto recipes and pictures of his rescue dog, Wendy. — Zoey

CJ Harvey (@cjharvey2 on Instagram)

I have a special place in my heart for music photographers, and CJ Harvey is my favorite. Her Instagram is the place to go if you’re missing live shows a little bit extra this week, and her stories often feature tour throwbacks, nature walks or short cooking tutorials. Hers is the calming social media presence you deserve. — Zoey

Zoey on Twitter

Her content is to die for. — Izzi

Thanks Iz! — Zoey


Lol follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. — Izzi 

Stay safe, listen to good music and wash your hands! See you soon.