Episode //
Premiere Date: Series Info Culture Sponsor: AT&T
00:00 / 00:00
Next Show
Continuous Play
00:00 - Intro
01:35 - START /// Rikers Island (w/ Rena Karefa-Johnson & Matt Ruby)
07:58 - Rikers is closing. How big a step is that?
12:00 - Backsliding on previous attempts to lessen mass incarceration since Trump
18:27 - Moves to (partially) eliminate cash bail /// END
24:34 - START /// Oprah for President?
28:44 - Why was Oprah’s Golden Globes speech political?
34:42 - Possible negatives… and the many positives?
41:43 - What does she need to do to overcome skepticism? Can she win?
44:05 - 1st Person: Victoria // Wishing For More Personal Connection
48:28 - Movie Review: ‘Phantom Thread’ w/ Charles Hinshaw
50:35 - Movie Chat: ‘Phantom Thread’ (spoiler alert)
73:00 - John Knefel // Trump’s Domestic Crackdowns
75:50 - “Series Finale” (BTR Live Studio, 2018) - Pow Pow Family Band
80:02 - Outro / Credits
80:53 - Finish.

This week, Rena Karefa-Johnson and Matt Ruby join us to discuss developing plans to close the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City, as well as moves to eliminate bail for misdemeanors in the city and state — and how both relate to the wider topic of mass incarceration. We’ll also discuss the interest in Oprah Winfrey running for president after her recent speech at the Golden Globe award. We’re also joined by Charles Hinshaw to discuss the recently released movie, Phantom Thread, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, and Lesley Manville. Along the way, we’ll also hear from a woman named Victoria, who shared her thoughts on the ways people communicate these days and her desire for more personal connections; Radio Dispatch’s John Knefel shares his take on renewed efforts by the Trump administration to crackdown on marijuana possession and so-called “sanctuary cities;”; and we’ll take an exclusive early listen to a performance by Pow Pow Family Band from their upcoming session of BTR Live Studio.

Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.

Host // J. McVay
Location: NYC | Host Since: 2011
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and…
Musical Artists: Pow Pow Family Band


1/9/18 // Ivanka Trump Applauds Oprah And Nobody Wants It

She’s not allowed to say “Time’s Up” while she works for her dad. | read

1/8/18 // Golden Globes: Superficial Activism Plus Oprah

The awards show proved Hollywood hasn’t changed but feels really good about itself | read

5/17/17 // Melody Lee on #CLOSErikers

Melody Lee of the Katal Center joins the show to discuss the #CLOSErikers campaign and much needed criminal justice reforms in New York City. | listen

4/18/17 // Brandon Holmes on Closing Rikers Island

Brandon Holmes of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) joins the show to discuss the recent proposal to close Rikers Island, difficulties surrounding its closure, New York residents concerns, and de-carceration. | listen

1/12/18 // Ep 40 // Rikers Island / Oprah For President / ‘Phantom Thread’

Rena Karefa-Johnson and Matt Ruby on the closing of Rikers and Oprah for President. Charles Hinshaw on ‘Phantom Thread.’ John Knefel on Trump’s domestic crackdowns. Sneak preview of Pow Pow Family Band’s BTR Live Studio session. | listen

1/16/18 // "Scatter" by BIRDS

Look to the basements and tree houses of Brooklyn and you might find BIRDS, a psych-rock band originally formed around the songs of Duane Lauginiger. Lauginiger, along with bandmates Jess Rees, Tim… | watch