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Members Of A Facebook Group Howl Together In The Evenings Worldwide

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

More than half a million people around the world have found a new outlet for their pandemic-related stress - howling.

(SOUNDBITE OF HOWLING)

CHANG: That's thanks to a Facebook group called Go Outside and Howl at 8 p.m. Shelsea Ochoa and Brice Maiurro are the group's creators.

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BRICE MAIURRO: There's no wrong way to howl.

SHELSEA OCHOA: Just howl however you feel.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: From Oshkosh, Wisc., we're howling at the moon.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: Tonight I'm howling for grandparents everywhere.

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MAIURRO: One style of howl is the passionate, loud and sharp and bright. (Howling).

OCHOA: A wolf chicken howl.

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MAIURRO: And also the I-might-have-been-raised-by-wolves-because-I'm-so-good-at-howling howl.

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OCHOA: A very timid howl - like, I-hope-this-is-OK-with-everyone howl.

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OCHOA: Some people, I feel like I can hear the pain in their howls.

MAIURRO: Yeah, there's longing in a lot of howling.

OCHOA: And grieving.

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MAIURRO: People howl for lost loved ones.

OCHOA: About domestic violence.

MAIURRO: And of course frontline workers, health care workers.

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OCHOA: The reason that wolves howl is to stay connected and when they're looking for each other.

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OCHOA: I think that's totally on point with the reason why people are drawn to howling, too. It's to feel less lonely.

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OCHOA: So come outside at 8 o'clock and howl.

MAIURRO: Or howl right now if you want to.

(SOUNDBITE OF HOWLING)

CHANG: That moment was produced by NPR's Abby Wendle. (Howling).

(SOUNDBITE OF SOUND NOMADEN AND MSP SONG, "SNOWFLAKE") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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