“In late January, the mysterious viral pneumonia that had struck Liying’s hometown of Wuhan seemed like nothing more than a distant headline to most in her Connecticut community. Only her online chat groups of local Chinese-Americans, who were sourcing and organizing supplies to send to China, seemed to understand her fear. Even her husband didn’t get why a busy working mom spent so many late nights buying up masks and obsessing over the news.

But all that was about to change.

On this week’s episode of Rough Translation, the story of one couple sharing a home, yet separated by 5000 miles of understanding. We explore what that taught them about themselves, their marriage and why we all find it so difficult to measure the distance between ourselves and danger.”