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In May, Jordan Grafman (Northwestern University) joined the show to discuss his study on the cognitive roots of religious fundamentalism and his belief that the debate of belief systems will determine humanity's future.
The 2nd of our 2-part review of 2017. Jacqueline Soller on ‘Mudbound.’ Performances from three of the best BTR Live Studio sessions of the year.
We revisit our May 2017 interview with Ryan Devereaux, and our political year in review. Photo courtesy of Neflix via Wikimedia Commons
In May, Darren Samuelsohn (Politico) joined the show to discuss covering the White House, the palace intrigue surrounding the early days on the Trump administration, and the unpredictability of the president.
We revisit our May 2017 interview with Alyona Minkovski, and we continue our Best of 2017 culture round up. Alyona Minkovski, via Twitter
A look back at some of the best of books and interviews of 2017.
In March, world renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs joined the show to discuss his new book, the importance of sustainable development, and his faith in younger generations.
We revisit our May 2017 interview with Sarah Jaffe, and more Best of 2017 culture round ups. Sarah Jaffe, via Twitter  
In August, Adam Johnson (FAIR Media Watch, L.A.Times, Alternet) joined the show to discuss the lack of context surrounding American media coverage of North Korea and how major news organizations never portray the United States as a military aggressor.
Brave the holiday season with our intrepid storytellers as they share tales of past holiday woes and triumphs!
We revisit our June 2017 interview with Chepe, and we start our Best of 2017 culture round-ups. photo by scattered1 via Wikimedia Commons
Hillel O’Leary is a New York based sculptor and installation artist whose work deals with ideas surrounding place, time, and belonging.
Back in August, Shea Serrano (Basketball (and Other Things), The Rap Yearbook, The Ringer) joined the show to discuss the process of writing a book, using Twitter as a tool, and more.
The day, sir? Well, it’s Christmas day! We revisit our two annual holiday recordings from vintage Radio Dispatch era.
A look back at the best of our 2017 photoblogs
From November through January, you can’t escape Christmas music. It seems like hell until you embrace the music of the season.
Julie Kliegman joins the show to discuss her piece about mental health access for college athletes.
The 1st of our 2-part review of 2017. Charles Hinshaw and Joe Virgillito on ‘The Disaster Artist.’ Performances from two of the best BTR Live Studio sessions of the year.
We revisit our May 2017 interview with Rick Rowley, and listener mail on the worst Christmas songs.    Photo courtesy of Frontline
In Part IV, Tanner relates her obligations to her team to that of work, and discusses the importance of normalizing mental health conversations and treatment for student athletes.
We revisit our April 2017 interview with Peter Frase, and listener mail on family members with bad politics influencing your kids.    Peter Frase, via Twitter
It’s holiday season and this week on Book Talk, Host Kory French takes a historical and cultural look at the history and structure of Christmas and Santa Clause through historical publications.
In Part III, Tanner discusses the difficulty of talking about problems with friends, how her goals shifted, and universal frustrations among student athletes.
We revisit our February 2017 interview with Todd Miller, and a look at the Atlantic article about Mike Pence’s devotion to Trump.    Todd Miller, via Twitter
Breaking down the weirdness of the most common holiday customs
In Part II, Tanner talks about the added stressors of college and the mental health apparatus that was available to her at Quinnipiac University.
We revisit our February 2017 interview with Cora Currier. Also, how conservative media feeds into Trump’s paranoia and frenzies. Cora Currier, via Twitter
Kristyna and Marek Milde are Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artists and curators, originally from Prague, Czech Republic, working together as a collaborative tandem since 2011.
In Part I, Tanner discusses her packed schedule as a student athlete and the pressure to put volleyball above school.
There's still time to grab great holiday gifts this week at the Union Square Holiday Market
We revisit our January 2017 interview with Jeff Sharlet, and listener mail.   
It's the content gift that keeps on giving.
In Part II, Ellen Hahn discusses the economic motivation for strong smoking laws and the progress of smoking research and legislation in the United States.
Matt Ruby interview Adam Strauss about his one-person show, ‘The Mushroom Cure.’ Jacqueline Soller on ‘I, Tonya.’ And a preview of The Ghost Of Paul Revere’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s our Holiday Show Kickoff and we revisit our January 2017 interview with Lane Moore on her show Tinder Live, and listener mail.      Lane Moore, via Twitter  
Ellen Hahn joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring the link between strong anti-smoking laws and lung cancer rates.
Doug Jones wins in Alabama, and a celebratory pile of listener mail. Doug Jones Photo courtesy of Digital Campaign Manager Doug Jones for Senate via Wikimedia Commons
Sam Gosling joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the connection between weather and personality.
A young boy and his family’s backstory brings the internet on a roller coaster about bullying and racism, the New York Times’ style guide is unbearable in its efforts at neutrality, and Trump’s…
David reminisces about his grandfather, who raised him for most of his life and recently passed away. He shares how his grandfather influenced him and some of the moments which meant the most in their…
In Part II, Dr. Steve Billet discusses the enormity of the Trump-Russia saga and how strong, loud presidential opposition could be America's new norm, no matter who's in the Oval Office.
It’s the day of the special election in Alabama and we look at the discourse around evangelicals and Trump, a Washington Post story looks in detail at how the tax plan abandoned the middle class,…
Laura Krasnow is a New York- based artist whose work blurs the lines between art, science and technology. Via the medium of photography she constructs recollections of time and placeforcing the viewer…
For the final time in 2017, Dr. Steve Billet joins the show to discuss the wild year in politics, rethinking American exceptionalism, and how recent sexual assault and harassment allegations could end up empowering women in politics.
Roy Moore thinks America was great during slavery, and listener responses to some of our recent discussions.      photo courtesy of United States Congress via Wikimedia Commons
The Manhattan neighborhood is a blast of holiday cheer every winter.
Stephen Gilman joins the show to discuss his recent studying exploring the transmission of mental illness to children of people who have suffered childhood trauma of their own.
Matt Ruby interviews Steve Pestana about the influential party known as ‘Shout!’ that took place in New York City between 1997 and 2006. Charles Hinshaw on ‘The Shape Of Water.’ John Knefel on how the FBI isn’t your friend. Sneak preview of Becca Mancari’s BTR Live Studio session.
Jesse Myerson is here to talk about how the GOP will use the tax bill to further cut Social Security and Medicare, and new info on Flynn’s side projects as National Security Advisor, and thoughts on…
In Part II, Jacob Vigil discusses motivations for medical cannabis as a pain treatment and further research required to broadly accept it.
It’s MGG Thursday and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk about the Time Person of the Year cover story and the firing of Sam Seder. Also, Trump is about to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s…
NASA prepared us for every eventuality on Mars, but they never prepared us for what could go wrong on Earth.
Jacob Vigil joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring medical cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain patients instead of prescription opioids.
MSNBC fires Sam Seder after a smear campaign by Mike Cernovich, Robert Mueller subpoenas Deutsche Bank, and more on the tax plan.    Robert S. Mueller III Photo by Federal Bureau of…
Through home furnishings and polo shirts, the former cable news king continues to battle the forces of “happy holidays”
In this episode, a runner named Rich, who was at the Javits Center while attending the New York City Marathon Expo ahead of the annual race, shares his running history and his future goals as well as…
Mara Faccio joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring the effects of distracted driving, specifically relating to smartphone applications and games like Pokemon GO.
Mike Ludwig joins us to discuss the looming vote on net neutrality, and Congress passed the horrifying tax bill in the middle of the night on Friday.      Mike Ludwig, via Twitter
Maria de Los Angeles is a New York-based artist who was born in Mexico and immigrated to Santa Rosa California in 2000. Her work is inspired by both personal experience and the the larger political conversations surrounding migration.
Fellow BTRtoday staff writer Taia Handlin joins the show to discuss Geraldo Rivera's unsightly tweets and weird behavior over the years.
The story behind the greatest bad movie ever is as great as advertised
It’s a special JAMJAM Monday and Jesse Myerson is here to talk about the tax bill and the Republican’s language around it. Also, John is in the studio, and Flynn is pleading guilty!      Jesse Myerson, via Twitter.
Joe provides a recap of some of the worst political hypocrisy of the week, including senators Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz.
Torah Talk with Matt Ruby & Charles Gould. Jacqueline Soller on ‘Call Me By Your Name.’ Molly Knefel on consequences for secual harassment. Pinact’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s an MGG Friday and Melissa Gira Grant is here to discuss her latest story on a deadly Vice sting in New York City. Also, John is in the studio to catch up on the tax plan.     Melissa…
M. Beatrice Magnani joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring the causes of earthquakes in Texas using seismic reflection imaging.
Matt Lauer is fired from the Today show after allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior, Trump retweets far-right nationalists, and listener mail. Matt Lauer photo by David Shankbone…
The gay porn parody of Justice League is the film Justice League should be.
A major Latino writer’s intimate but healing journey through addiction, human desire and broken love.
Holli-Anne Passmore joins the show to discuss her study on the positive psychological effects of observing and spending time in nature.
The Washington Post doesn’t fall for a sting operation by James O’Keefe’s organization, updates on net neutrality, and listener mail. Mick Mulvaney photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of…
In this episode, Luciana describes how she felt before and after the scariest roller coaster ride in her life and shares her philosophy for trying new things. 1st Person is presented by Urban…
The experience of watching great American cities grovel for Amazon's interest has been less than prime.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the FCC's potential rollbacks of net neutrality, Roy Moore's chances in Alabama, North Korea's new designation as a state sponsor of terrorism and more.
De Blasio took the stage of the up and coming New York venue to strike down anti-nightlife law with racist roots.
Teaching children? Nightmarish. Your first time as an S&M mistress? Definitely nightmarish. Especially when you wince at inflicting pain on others. Not listening to this month’s Nights of Our Lives show? The most nightmarish of all! So tune in and freak out.
Kenny is back to talk about the colonization of Palestine and the lesser known history of the region before 1948. Also, John is in the studio!
After buying Jet.com, the big box store had to rollback some of its prude self-image.
Melani De Guzman is an LA-born, Brooklyn-based professional dance artist. She holds a BFA in Performing Arts and Sociology from  Loyola Marymount University where she studied under Lillian…
Tho Pham joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring Twitter bot activity, including Russian Twitter bots, before the Brexit vote and 2016 American presidential election.
Tired of factory-produced, soul-less gift options? Make it a holiday to remember with handmade artisanal products from craft fairs.
Historian Peter Cole joins us to discuss the new book he co-edited, Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW. Also, John is in the studio to talk about a NYT op ed on why leftists should care about the Russia investigation.
Eric Jones joins the show to discuss the evolution of Black Friday, the effect of online sales, and how perceptions of the shopping holiday have shifted over the years.
Jacqueline Soller and Charles Hinshaw on Thor: Rangarok, Novitiate, and Roman J Israel, Esq. Sneak preview of Silver Torches’ BTR Live Studio session.
John is in the studio to discuss a long piece at The Cut looks at women’s rage in a post Weinstein era, and listener mail on gun control.
Rich Hanley returns to discuss the connection between football and Thanksgiving and how football mirrors America, including its current state of political turmoil.
Happy Thanksgiving! John is in the studio and we’re talking about Bill Clinton and Joe Biden’s bad histories, and listener mail on impeachment, bikes, and hope.
Preview the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with a visit to the Inflation Celebration
Don’t eat like a dummy. Make the most of the holiday with our guide to good grub.
A story of faith and fraud in post–Civil War America, told through the lens of a photographer who claimed he could capture images of the dead.
Ken Johnson discusses the mobility of Millennials and whether the generation will learn to save better than previous ones.
Frontline’s Jezza Neumann joins us to discuss his updated Frontline documentary “Poor Kids,” about child poverty in the United States. Also, John is in the studio to discuss the latest…
In this episode, Michael describes how and why he started to use drugs, what life was like through his years of continued use and how things are going now that he is clean. 1st Person is presented by…
Ken Johnson joins the show to discuss his recent study that found that home ownership doesn't necessarily correlate to greater wealth, upending a long-held notion about the American dream.
John is in the studio to talk about the incredibly dangerous economics behind the tax plan, Trump’s racism towards black athletes, and listener mail.     Ron Johnson photo courtesy of US…
Delilah Jones is a mixed media collage artist, photographer and poet from Queens, New York. Delilah received a BFA in Photography in 2009 from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Since…
Emily LaFrance joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring the link between cannabis use and creativity.
WFMU has sported Charles Manson on a Newark, NJ billboard since September.
If Lynch decides to respond to Trump, rest assured it'll be short and simple.
A radio host accuses Al Franken of groping and harassment in 2006, a New York Times story details the amount of civilians killed in Iraq, and listener mail.
Adrian Solgaard joins the show to discuss his creative background, the trials of starting a company from scratch, and Solgaard Design's newest products.
Kate Willett and Matt Ruby on Louis CK’s fall from grace. Charles Hinshaw on ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’ Molly Knefel on the linger effects of the infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape; Sneak preview of Jane Weaver’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk about how the rigged system is the key to building political solidarity. Also, Morning John on the latest Roy Moore allegations and the tax bill.
Confronting your racist Uncle Jerry is uncomfortable and downright scary. The conversation can go a thousand ways and most of them are terrible. But listening to him sympathize with Nazis is equally…
Gary King joins the show to discuss his recent study measuring the impact of news media and Twitter discussion, including the surprising power of small media outlets.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to catch up on all the news about abusive men since last week. Also, listener mail updates on Rebecca Black, and the countdown to Thanksgiving…
Stephen Davis joins the show to discuss his forthcoming biography of Stevie Nicks, including the artist's cultural resurgence and ongoing relevance in pop culture and rock n' roll.
The internet was confused over the choice, given that Shelton has neither the physique nor the face for the level of panty-dropping one would expect from the world’s sexiest man.
More allegations and corroboration against Roy Moore, education civil rights activists band together to try to combat Betsy Devos’s dismantling of the Office of Civil Rights, and listener…
In this episode, Cupcake shares a piece of advice a stranger gave her many years ago and how it has impacted her life over the years. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in…
Pascal Wallisch joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the correlation between psychopathy and genres of music, and the importance of looking into how psychopaths view the world.
We spend the hour on last week’s reporting on Roy Moore and Louis CK. Louis CK photo by Spc. Elayseah Woodard-Hinton courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Like his pseudo-feminist bits, the comedian's apology is meaningless.
Vicki Khuzami is a New York-based artist whose work explores socio-psychological taboos from a veuyeristic perspective by use of the dollhouse. Vicki received her BFA from SUNY New Paltz and has…
Sorin Adam Matei joins the show to discuss his recent book that explores Wikipedia's evolution as an organization, and where most of the site's edits and content comes from.
Morning John on how Harvey Weinstein tried to cover up the women making accusations against him, and a whole lot of listener mail.
Comic Arts Brooklyn is an annual festival put on by the fine folks from Desert Island, the Williamsburg destination for comic lovers of all ages. This year, the free event was brought to Pratt…
Chelsea White visits Avocaderia, the world's first avocado bar, located inside Industry City Food Hall in Brooklyn, New York. Co-owner Francesco Brachetti talks about the inspiration behind Avocaderia…
As momos secure their rightful place in the international dumpling pantheon, the Tibetan dish is taking on new flavors and taking over as the world’s favorite dumpling.
On the Weekly Rundown, Joe discusses the Democratic victories, the further Trumpification of Fox News, and getting blocked by Verrit on Twitter.
Matt Ruby interview Myq Kaplan about his experience with ayahuasca. Jacqueline Soller on ‘Lady Bird.’ Sneak preview of KRISTEENYOUNG’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to bask in the victories from Election Day 2017. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
Marcel Bonn-Miller joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring mislabeled CBD extracts sold online and the lack of federal regulation surrounding marijuana products.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to discuss the fact that we actually had a good election day! Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter.
In Garden of the Lost and Abandoned, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu recounts the important and heartening mission of Gladys Kalibbala—a Ugandan “orphan sleuth” who has dedicated her life to reconnecting lost children with their families.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the impact of the 2017 elections, Russia-related indictments, the rigging of the Democratic primary, and more.
Another mass shooting in Texas, Morning John on the Paradise Papers, and what happens when a business start-up expands into education. Photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of…
Raised in the Midwest, Pat compares his upbringing to that of his children, who have been raised in New York City, while also reflecting on what it is like to work as a teacher in New York. 1st…
Michael Betz discusses the policy recommendations put forth in the report, as well as other states and policies to emulate.
John joins us to catch up on Donna Brazile’s book detailing corruption in the DNC, and listener thoughts on a DemEnter versus a DemExit.
No mouth-breathers allowed! Songs picked from both seasons, plus songs they should've included.
Meryl Meisler is a New York-based documentary photographer whose work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, Dia Art Foundation, MASS MoCA, the New Museum for…
Michael Betz joins the show to discuss the report he co-authored on Ohio's opiate crisis, including the economic factors that have played a role in it.
John joins us to catch up on everything else that happened in the Trump administration last week.   
Spectators urged marathoners to finish with creative and clever signs.
Dean Falk joins the show to discuss her recent study that found modern humanity is no less violent than our ancient ancestors, and that spreading a "feel good" notion to the contrary is troubling.
Rena Karefa-Johnson and Matt Ruby on Mueller’s recent progress and retiring Republicans. Jacqueline Soller ton The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. John Knefel on the solvable opioid crisis. Sneak preview of Versing’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to discuss candy socialism, and our response to terrorist violence. Also, Morning John on Trump’s call for the death penalty for the Lower Manhattan…
Rich Hanley returns to discuss the evolution of NFL protesting, the league's lower television ratings, and Colin Kaepernick's football future.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk the Stripper Strike and Don Jr’s not understanding socialism, and Morning John on Trump’s response to the attack in New York. Melissa…
A new collection of stories, including some that have never before been seen, from the New York Times best selling author of the Silo trilogy
Eric Schumacher discusses how his study could potentially change the way daydreaming and mind wandering are perceived.
Since we recorded yesterday, one billion things happened with the Mueller investigation, including a George Papadopoulos bombshell, and New York City responds to a violent incident in a school with a…
With local Palestinian artists being arrested and banned from traveling, international rock stars are urging their peers to stay away from Israel.
In light of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, Stephanie reflects on U.S. gun issues and compares how similar issues have been handled in her home country of Australia. 1st Person is…
Looking ahead to some of the more notable movies being released in theaters in November.
The 44th annual Village Halloween Parade took to the streets of NYC on Tuesday, October 31st, celebrating the wild, the wacky, and of course, the terrifyingly creepy creativity of the city.
Eric Schumacher joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the link between daydreaming and creativity.
Developmental psychologist Melissa Sage Dumont joins us to discuss the origins and political development of the IQ test, Morning John on the indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and Anthony…
Zac Hacmon is an Israeli-born artist whose sculptures represent structures that explores the relationship between the human body and architecture. Zac studied at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design…
BTRtoday Editor-in-Chief Adam Bulger joins the show to discuss Joe's Halloween candy rankings, from leaving out Kit Kats to crowning Twix.
We see too many stories of men violently wronging women. And too often their abuse is explained or absolved by their backstories
It’s a special JAMJAM Mondays and Jesse Myerson is here to round up all the Republican apologist and revisionism of the last few weeks. Also, Morning John on the tax plan, and checking in on school…
The social media giant is changing the way it presents information.
In Part II, Matt Bruenig discusses some of PPP's current projects and response to the think tank's launch.
Jonah Levy on on the NYC Office of Nightlife and “Night Mayor.” Charles Hinshaw on ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).’ Molly Knefel on the Harvey Weinstein story. Sneak preview of Faith Healer’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s a special Friday Frontline episode where we speak with director Michael Kirk about his new two-part Frontline documentary “Putin’s Revenge.” Also, Morning John on Geogroup, George HW and…
This Halloween season, you don’t want to miss these spook-tacular events.
Matt Bruenig joins the show to discuss the difficulties of starting a think tank, the crowdfunding business model, and where a progressive think thank fits into the D.C. environment.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk Jeff Flake and Jane Doe. Also, listeners and Morning John weigh in on Flake and the supposed fissures in the Republican party. Melissa…
The memoir of a woman who leaves her faith and her marriage and sets out to navigate the terrifying, liberating terrain of a newly mapless world
Sean Sullivan joins the show to discuss why playoff baseball is so much better, the grind of following a full 162-game season, and the potential bright future for the New York Yankees.
Rest in peace to one of the world's first rock 'n' rollers, Fats Domino.
Mike Ludwig is back to talk about what the federal government is and isn’t doing to support opioid users in prison. Also, catching up on the rest of the Me Too listener thoughts.    Mike…
In this episode, Kristina talks about making the choice between studying culture and media rather than music, which she loves, due to career opportunities. 1st Person is presented by Urban…
Sean Sullivan joins the show to discuss the upcoming World Series, working in sports television, and baseball's growing regionality.
Can’t stand how you look? Neither can we. Stand how you look. Hahaha. Oh my [wipes away tear], that’s a great joke. But honestly, none of us like how we look either. We all have Body Issues.
Valerie Adams-Bass joins us to discuss the Youth Act conference coming up at the University of Virginia, Morning John on General Kelly’s military coup language, and listener mail. Sgt. La David…
Carlie Trosclair a Missouri-based  installation artist whose site sensitive installations create new topographies and narratives that highlight structural and decorative shifts that evolve over a…
John Briney joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring drug use among surveyed youth.
Each year, the New York City's canines don their best and most creative costumes for a fun-filled Halloween celebration at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. On Saturday, October 21, 2017,…
Reuben Safire joins us to discuss the devastating fires in California, and John is in the studio to catch up on John Kelly’s comments defending Trump. Reuben Safire, via Twitter
On the weekly rundown, Joe discusses his favorite podcaster's hiatus and why hatred among countrymen is the biggest problem America faces today.
Twitter Moments with Matt Ruby. Jacqueline Soller on ‘The Florida Project.’ John Knefel on Trump’s ability as a dealmaker. Sneak preview of Zuli’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Friday and Jesse Myerson is here to talk Me Too, Morning John on Trump supporters distrust of the media, and listener mail. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
The account @TrumpNewYorker spins Trump's social media lunacy into cartoon caption gold.
Michael Siegel joins the show to discuss his newly published study exploring the link between weak concealed carry laws and higher homicide rates.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk Ivanka’s punk phase, ICE spinning who they target for deportation, and what men could do after Me Too. Also, Morning John on Muslim Ban…
James O'Malley joins the show to discuss his creation of the New Yorker Trump Bot (@TrumpNewYorker) on Twitter.
We’re joined by Olivier Sarbil, director of tonight’s Frontline documentary, “Mosul.” Also, Morning John, and more listener mail on Me Too. Photo credit: Courtesy of Frontline.
In this episode, Jialu, an international student in Canada, shares what it has been like to leave her home country and move across the world for her education. 1st Person is presented by Urban…
Dr. Steve Billet joins the show to discuss Trump's comments on the Iran nuclear agreement, the administration's heavy rhetoric with North Korea and growing fear and dissension within the Republican Party.
Morning John on Trump’s executive order attacking healthcare subsidies, Mayim Bialik writes a victim-blaming New York Times op-ed, women, trans, and nonbinary people post “me too” on social media to convey the magnitude of sexual assault and harassment. Mayim Bialik Photo by N4chavez courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Becky Davis is a Rhode Island-based interdisciplinary artist whose practice incorporates the collecting of images, documents and oral narratives. Becky earned her BFA from Columbus State university in 2006 and her MFA from Lesley university in 2017. She has exhibited work across the nation and attended art programs at Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine, UC Davis in California and a paper making workshop with Master Hoshino in Japan. All videos courtesy of the artist  
Levi Boxell joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the internet's role in political polarization.
We catch up on the Buzzfeed story detailing how Milo launders hate into the mainstream, and the Vanity Fair story on how Trump hates everyone in the White House.      Photo by Shal Farley courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Taking up a full city block in Times Square, Gulliver’s Gate is an interactive exhibit of scale model miniatures representing recognizable structures from all around the world as a cohesive set meant to allow discovery through comparison and contrast. The BreakThruTV team visited the attraction soon after its opening to find out more about it. Music featured in this episode: "The Plane" by Los Angeles Police Department
If you thought vinyl collectors are over the top, prepare yourself for some next-level high-fidelity vision-questers.
When Rick and Morty fans stormed fast food joints in search of sauce, Mickey D’s employees experienced the full depravity of nostalgia capitalism.
Taia Handlin joins Joe to discuss Sheriff Steve Prator's racist remarks and the Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce debacle.
Torah Talk with Matt Ruby & Charles Gould. Jacqueline Soller and Charles Hinshaw on ‘Blade Runner 2049.’ Molly Knefel on Trump’s attack on birth control mandates. Sloppy Heads’ BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to answer questions about his money talk, and problematize the phrase “wasting taxpayer dollars.” Also, John is in the studio to talk more on Weinstein fallout, Ben Affleck, Bret Stephens, and the Vanity Fair article on how Trump hates everyone in the White House. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
As stories of sexual abuse teach us again and again, we look to any woman to take the fall.
Ai Weiwei's latest exhibition will be on view at more than 300 sites across New York City until February, 2018.
Katy Collin discusses why Americans should care about the independence referendum in Catalonia.
Ronan Farrow follows up the New York Times reporting on Harvey Weinstein with detailed accounts from 13 women. Also, New York DA Cy Vance knew about it. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Oddisee meet traditional verse in this urgent collection of poems by Pushcart Prize winner and NAACP Image Award finalist Marcus Wicker.
Katy Collin joins the show to discuss the independence referendum in Catalonia and how it fits into the wave of separatism (and indirectly, populism) sweeping Europe.
Frontline’s James Jacoby joins us to discuss his new documentary War on the EPA, the Trump administration rolls back the birth control mandate, and Trump’s feud with Bob Corker isn’t what you think it is.
In this episode, Phoebe shares some of the ups and downs she's faced while pursuing a singing career and recounts her most recent audition, which was for The Voice.   Music featured in this episode: “Capture” by Eternal Summers
War isn’t LARPing and the armed forces should know better.
In Part II, David Broockman says it's overkill to assume no persuasion works and says the wealth of new ideas in political science will change future campaigns.
Ryan Devereaux joins us to discuss his story on migrants smuggled over the border in a big rig truck, and how they were used to prosecute the driver then faced deportation themselves. Also, Morning John on Syria, and a listener update on the historic civil rights picture from Little Rock.
BTRtoday visited the 2017 New York Comic Con at the Javits Center in Midtown
Christina Massey a NY-based mixed media artist whose work explores her interest in the preservation of our planet.
David Broockman joins the show to discuss his recent study about the persuasiveness--or lack thereof--of political campaigning.
We’re joined by Kenny, host of The Movements podcast, who tells us what the Spanish Civil War can teach us about revolution, reform, and fighting fascism. Also, catching up on listener mail.
Dan Lane joins the show to discuss his recent study on slacktivism and whether posting online has any positive correlation with real world activism.
Matt Ruby interviews comedian Kate Willett. Jacqueline Soller on ‘American Made.’ John Knefel on Roy Moore as the future of the GOP. Hyukoh’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk about a leftist vision of gun regulation. Also, Molly has a piece in Teen Vogue about racial disparities in youth incarceration, and Morning John on Rex Tillerson calling Trump a moron.
Social worker and punk fan Sheridan Allen created Punk Talks to help give people in the music industry access to free mental health care.
Michael Siegel joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring intimate partner violence firearm laws and homicide rates, and where domestic violence fits into the gun control debate.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk about the Propublica reporting on Manhattan DA Cy Vance dropping a criminal investigation into the Trumps after getting a donation from their lawyer. Also, Morning John on the House’s 20-week abortion ban and the phone line for snitching on undocumented people.     Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter.
Before it became a lumbering monster fighting for the rights of mass shooters, the NRA had different, saner goals.
Joel Penney joins the show to discuss the importance of virality for political campaigns, the role of memes in politics, and whether Donald Trump's Twitter usage will change how future campaigns are run.
Frontline’s Jane McMullen joins us to discuss her new documentary, “North Korea’s Deadly Dictator.” Also, Morning John on the historic mass shooting in Las Vegas, and a brief look at the Children’s Health Insurance Program that Congress just let expire.    Frontline courtesy of PBS
In this episode, ​Vanessa recounts the most dangerous thing she has ever done, traveling down the "Death Road" in Bolivia by bike. She shares what the experience was like and gives advice for people who might be looking to face their fears. ​ Music featured in this episode: "Black Cherry" by Las Rosas
Joe revisits an interview with Stanford University's David Studdert, who conducted a study on handgun sales in the state of California following mass shootings. He also discusses the resistance to gun registries and the gun feedback loop.
Reporter John Diedrich joins us to discuss the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s investigation of safety violations at plants in Wisconsin. Also, Morning John on Trump’s approach to Puerto Rico and North Korea, and the largest mass shooting in modern American history has just happened in Las Vegas. Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan. photo by Melvin Alfredo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Jessica Angel is a New York-based artist whose large scale installations are inspired by astronomy, architecture and the underlying structural patterns between these varying fields.
Dr. Steve Billet joins the show to discuss the reaction to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the NRA's lobbying influence, the role of gun manufacturers, and more.
Jeff Abbott joins us to discuss Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’ blatant corruption and the popular uprising against it. Also, Morning John on the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico, and looking at Finland’s response to school shootings. Jeff Abbott, via Twitter  
In Part II, David Wayne tells us why The Political Compass is completely anonymous, how it differs from common personality tests, the importance of a personal political assessment, and more.
Shalewa & Matt on #TakeAKnee, race, Trump, etc. Charles Hinshaw on ‘Battle Of The Sexes.’ Molly Knefel on what Kaepernick started. Siv Jacobsen’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and it’s time for another Theory with Jesse segment, this time, on money! Also, Morning John on the Republicans proposed tax cuts. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
David Wayne joins the show to discuss The Political Compass, why "left" and "right" are economic terms, how American political discussion is different from that in other democracies, and more.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk about what Gary Younge calls “the depths of American bigotry.” Also, Morning John on the primary election of Roy Moore and the death of Graham Cassidy.    Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Heffner is dead at 91. Let's not give him too much credit.
Joe fits in a weekly rundown episode to discuss Donald Trump's battle with the NFL, the patriotism of anthem-kneeling protests, and how the president is intentionally dividing the country along its most significant institutions.
Raquel Salas Rivera joins us to discuss the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Also, Morning John on Muslim Ban 3.0 and Trump’s attack on black NFL players, and listener mail on Puerto Rico. Flag of Puerto Rico
In this episode, Faith shares the most outrageous thing she’s done to impress someone -- shaving her head -- and what she learned from the experience.   Music featured in this episode: "Hype" by Sad13
In Part II, Dave Rand discusses the difficulties in keeping up with fake news, Facebook's potential solutions, and how much onus is on people consuming media.
The end of summer signals the beginning of school. For this month we gave our performers, as homework, the task of sharing with us their best Back to School stories. What they told us runs the gamut from being the star reporter at the college paper to passing out in Health class at the mention of the word "vagina" to heartbreak in the dorm. Enjoy!
John is in the studio to talk about the implications of Trump’s speech to the UN, and listener mail. photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Straight men rarely talking to each other about porn isn’t one of those mysteries. In general, they watch it alone and cover their tracks when they’re done. I talked with three brave straight men about their porn and masturbation habits. Before anyone gets on me about choosing only straight men: they may rule the world but there are plenty of ways sex negativity affects hetero dudes as well. I write about the continuum of human sexuality and it’s nice to let a straight dude say “I like sex stuff, I masturbate, I’m not a creep and I have quirks like everyone else.” Peter, 47 Peter watches about five to eight hours of porn a week, often loading several of those hours on a lazy Saturday afternoon. He reads erotic and looks at images on DeviantArt and Instagram. He watches some video but doesn’t like the inevitable spam and also says “some of it gets a little too intense.” What do you look for in porn? Keywords, fetishes? “Um… I like… [to himself] aw what the hell. I like kinky stuff. Tasteful kinky but kinky.” What does “tasteful kinky” mean? “Um. Imma try to answer than honestly. I’m into like, light bondage stuff. Not like, crazy latex and really nutsy stuff but a little tying up, a little light flogging, spanking, stuff like that. Would I want that printed on a shirt I wore everyday or would I want my boss to know that? [No] Male or female dominant? Or something more gender fluid? Male dominant. You mentioned Instagram and DeviantArt: what about Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit? No, I don’t get into that. Years ago I got into a dirty chat-type thing through Craigslist. It sounds so dated now but that was how people connected around like, 2007, 2005. How often do you masturbate without porn/consume porn without masturbating? I never consume porn without masturbating, or at least trying to. I can masturbate without porn. What about watching or talking about porn with a partner? Yeah I’ve done that. Do you talk to anyone about your porn and masturbation interests? I’ve told friends. You’re far more apt to talk about your real-life sex life than you are about what interests you in porn. But you get that. I’ve gotten there with a bunch of buddies and they’ve told me back. It’s just not a natural topic of conversation. <strong I think it has but only because the accessibility has changed. I remember Playboy. Your brother’s Playboy was your intro to porn. The internet just blew everything up. I don’t know to what extent the internet conditioned my preferences or my preferences were there and I sought them out online. My general proclivity for mild bondage has been there since puberty. The thing with the internet is fetishes get so specific. It would be tougher if you were into furries and you’re in Oklahoma before the internet. What the hell did you do? Go out to your farm? Right. The internet just exploded the options. You can find exactly what you’re into. Has that diversity in porn created new kinks for you/helped you discover ones you didn’t know you had? It validated my kink. When I was 16, I had no way of knowing if anyone else was into this. Because the vast majority of porn you came across was just plain vanilla two people fucking. VHS, Playboy, Penthouse, it was just people copulating. That’s not really kink. Do you ever feel guilt? Because of a partner, because of society, religion, etc.? Ha, yeah. None of the above on the reasons, it's more a feeling of stepping outside yourself and seeing what you're doing. There's always the danger, I think, of porn supplanting real human relationships. When I feel that way I'll generally go on a porn fast for a few weeks or so. John, 55 John consumes porn in various forms almost every day. He watches video and occasionally views cam girls. Having been separated from his wife for a few months, he has “reverted to bachelor masturbation habits.” For him, masturbation to orgasm is about sleep and relaxation while porn is “a treat, like sitting down to a favorite TV show.” So mostly video? Mostly video. The idea of buying a magazine now seems so archaic. How different were your porn habits when you weren’t separated? My wife and I used to watch porn together but it’s not really her thing. I never wanted it to be a secret from her but I masturbated less for the idea of saving myself for her, for sex. I used it to calm myself. And when she’s not here I feel freer to watch a whole half-hour, a whole scene from beginning to end. The porn thing is just a nice way of having genre fiction or something, at the end of the day. Is there a difference in the porn you consume and the kind of sex you have? Kinks you only exercise through porn and masturbation? Yeah. I only started watching video porn about 20 years ago. I’ve had a kind of Joy of Sex set of practices. Finding things like Kink.com opened me up to kinks that I wouldn’t have thought really possible. I’ll dip into BDSM stuff on Kink.com that’s at the outer range of any possibility [to enact]. Is Kink.com your go-to for porn video? It’s one pull. My go-to now is Chaturbate, the cam site. So if I just want to see naked bodies, naked women, I can go there. The performers are in various states of their performance and it’s often not … I’m often not even masturbating to that, I just want to see boobs. Or I wanna see someone naked. Or a beautiful smile. It’s nice not to be as distracted by desire as I was in my teens and early 20s. But when I wanna feel like I have a sexuality, that I’ve forgotten all day long, I just hop onto one of those sites and go ‘oh yeah, there’s some wonderful breasts.’ And I just get this warm feeling. Do you ever interact with the cam girls? I haven’t on that site. I’m one of the grays, one of the freeloaders. And I feel a little bad about that. But I think that’s true of a lot of us. I’ve paid for a few things and I guess I would pay for more if I felt a little wealthier. But I do think that’s significant. I’m basically freeloading. If it’s something like xHamster or PornTube, it’s freeloading off someone else’s flavor. Unless they posted it themselves, as some do to promote their sites. I got off the point, what was the point? Do you interact with the girls? Oh yeah. So I’ve tried that back in the days of phone sex and on cam sites once or twice. I guess I didn’t find it as thrilling as it seemed like it might be. And it was expensive. So the combination of those two things didn’t outweigh [the guilt]. Do you have favorite keywords or fetishes? Let’s see… yeah. Gosh this is personal. Feel free to just say yes or no I know. I’m really happy to have a frank conversation. I like when the single camera actress tells you how to jerk off. Either hospitably or in a fem-dom way. There’s a whole string of fem-dom videos where she starts off by saying ‘I own you’ and takes off in that direction, in some sort of humiliatrix way. That’s definitely one of those things that, in my personal life, I’ve never experienced. I fantasize about it but it’s not something I’m really interested in exploring. Do you use sites like Twitter, Tumblr or Reddit? I follow some people on Instagram who are sexy. Who have a sexy, feminist sensibility. This is not so much a sexual response but I like when they post a hot photo of themselves. So I dip into that. That’s about her [his emphasis] desire and I piggyback on that. It’s funny, when I look at media like porn stars’ Twitter feeds I always feel kind of dirty. Because it’s so public? I think so, because of the stigma. Back when you had to buy a magazine, you felt a little dirty. Like you were going to be exposed. And while there’s some transgressive piece of that that’s exciting, ultimately it’s not what I want. Looking at still images to masturbate to or get aroused by seems kinda... I don’t know. There are probably a lot of reasons why it’s not as effective or arousing. There’s maybe more objectification because you’re looking at the boobs and there’s less action, less agency on the part of the woman. Then I start thinking about the lighting. Which is another delight to online porn: watching the production values increase over the decades. You’ve mentioned guilt - do you ever talk about porn/fantasies/masturbation with friends? A little bit, not so much. I do talk about it a little bit on a more intellectual level. I make a strong defense of porn in my personal life [as opposed to] the pearl clutching. Viewing porn as a labor issue, I come out of that school of feminism that responded very much to Andrea Dworkin and the concerns raised about the treatment and exploitation of women. But I’m probably more of the Gen X, Susie Bright, sex positive camp. The pro-sex response [to porn] is very complex but that’s the culture I feel most comfortable with. So occasionally I have passionate conversations about why I think people need representations of sexual behaviors but I don’t usually get into my own habits. David: 66, straight David lives alone and doesn’t go to PornHub. What are your porn sources and what would you consider porn? When I discovered the internet, I investigated what was going on and found I wasn’t really interested in some porn. What I was more interested in was erotic art. Or just nudism. Naturalism and nudity. I’m not interested in the nudist thing of just full-frontal, mostly white people tanning on the beach somewhere. That doesn’t interest me. Before calling you, I looked up pornography, to find out what we’re talking about. That led me to ‘obscene,’ which I find really interesting. In my old Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary, there are three definitions for obscene. One is ‘offensive to modesty or decency,’ two is ‘causing or intended to cause sexual excitement or lust,’ and three is ‘‘abominable, disgusting and repulsive.’ I try to avoid the ‘abominable, disgusting and repulsive’ and I enjoy, a bit, the ‘causing sexual excitement.’ I’m not going there for modesty, I’m going there to see the human form. I do that when I’m able, lately every two or three days. What would you consider abominable, disgusting and repulsive? Porn in which the people in view are doing it for the camera [as opposed for themselves and their own pleasure]. There’s a fascination in porn with copulation that just goes on and on. It’s really interesting to me that these men don’t release until they’re out of the vagina. It’s not orgasmic. What I’m interested in is lovemaking between people, not what you might call fornication. Do you look at drawings, photos or both? I’ve looked at portraits. I haven’t seen much in the way of drawings, that would be a neat thing. I’ve been limited to Flickr, I think it’s called. I was in Sweden in 1968 at what was billed as the First International Exhibit of Erotic Art. That was a lot of fun. What about videos? Have you found any in the nature of what you’re talking about? I have not. I think it might be somewhat more available in actual movies. I used to have a limited data thing [he couldn’t stream easily]. I could do that now if I was sophisticated but I’m not very sophisticated. Do you masturbate to any of it or is it just for the art value? For the art value, though I do enjoy arousal. I’m not very good at saving but I saved, at one point, maybe about 12 pictures. If I look at enough of them, it’s a very deep arousal. But that’s not what you initially go to it for? Well, sometimes I’m looking for that. I haven’t been with a partner since 2003. Ejaculation is supposedly helpful for the prostate and whatnot. You mentioned the obscene aspects: do you ever feel guilt when you look at videos, or any of the material you look at? There are some photos where they’re obviously on nude beaches, taking pictures without consent. They make a thing of being able to take pictures of people without being up front. I don’t like that. It’s essentially theft. I don’t like that at all. I also feel disgust because it doesn’t seem to be for a woman’s pleasure. Is that an aspect that’s important to you? Absolutely. But I don’t see much of it. There’s another reason, which is that porn seems to be infiltrated a lot with viruses. Some of them are set up where there’s a whole array of pictures and if you click on them, you really don’t know where you’re going. And I don’t like that at all. I also don’t like the advertising that goes with it. I don’t like the lead-ins where someone says ‘I’m a mile away, do you wanna fuck me?’ That’s ridiculous.
Bat-Ami Rivlin is an Israeli-born multi-media artist who lives and works in New York City. Bat-Ami’s politically-charged work “scrutinizes the pivotal moments when barriers between bodies, things, and spaces break down or intersect in unexpected ways.”
Dave Rand joins the show to discuss his recent study about the effects of fact checking and verifying news articles on social media sites like Facebook.
John is in the studio to talk Tom Price and his private planes, Success Academy claims that it’s not subject to Freedom of Information Law requests, and catching up on a whole lot of listener mail. Photo courtesy of District office of Tom Price via Wikimedia Commons    
Even if those around you believe it, you're still the weirdo wearing a shirt about porn.
“I know a lot of people think they know what it’s like to grow up in the hood. Like maybe they watched a couple of seasons of The Wire and they got the shit all figured out. But TV doesn’t tell the whole story.” Rabbit is an unflinching memoir of cinematic scope and unexpected humor.
On the Weekly Rundown, Joe discusses his faux-cover letter for Infowars and James Damore's dumb Twitter poll.
Rena & Matt on Sean Spicer’s appearance and Issa Rae’s comments at the Emmys. Charles Hinshaw on ‘mother!’ John Knefel on BernieCare For All. gobbinjr’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and we’re spending the whole show on healthcare. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
Mia Costa joins the show to discuss her recent study on how voters perceived their Congressional representatives based on gender and party.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk police repression in St. Louis and Georiga tech, the erasure of American colonies during climate change disasters, and a listener’s turf war with a TERF.      Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Carryl Baldwin joins the show to discuss her recent study about daydreaming while driving and why it's so easy to lose focus behind the wheel.
Mychal Denzel Smith joins us to discuss what white liberals get wrong about identity politics. Also, Morning John on the police brutality in St. Louis and the police murder of a Georgia Tech LGBTQIA activist.     Mychal Denzel Smith, via Twitter
In this episode, Ayanda shares what it was like to find out that some of her friends were Trump supporters. She explains what Donald Trump represents to her and the effect of his presidency on her life and relationships with others.   Music featured in this episode: "Walk Don’t Run" by CHIMNEY
Mary Kosuth joins the show to discuss her research on microplastics in tap water and her involvement with the Orb Media investigation.
It’s a special edition of JAMJAM Tuesdays, talking about Medicare for All and combatting the worst of automation under capitalism. Also, Morning John on the Cassidy Graham bill, and the Emmys were a celebration of escapism.    Jesse Myerson, via Twitter.
Jeannette LaPointe is a New York-based artist who lives and works in New York’s Hudson Valley. She received her BFA in photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2017. Her series of work titled Heart Street, a photographic exploration of the residents of a rehabilitation home in Kingston, NY, was recently exhibited at the Samual Dorsky Museum of Art. She has also shown at the Troy Center of Photography outside of Albany and Artbar in Kingston, New York. She is a recipient of the Traverso scholarship grant from SUNY New Paltz in 2017. All images courtesy of the artist       
Elena and Joe recap their time at This Is Real, an immersive horror experience in New York City.
It’s a special edition of MGG Mondays with Melissa Gira Grant, talking Facebook targeting anti-Semites, more ICE agents in NYC courts, and Chelsea getting invited then disinvited to Harvard. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR’s acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and race.
Joe discusses the White House's reaction to Jemele Hill's tweets and why it's problematic for the administration to dictate political speech.
This week, we’re joined by contributor Matt Ruby to discuss four Twitter Moments trending at the time of recording: 1. Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls for firing of ESPN's Jemele Hill 2. One…
Mike Ludwig joins us to talk about his story on how the New Orleans charter system impacts poor residents. Also, the White House suggests that a black ESPN commenter should be fired for criticizing the president, and two tech guys want to replace bodegas with an app. Mike Ludwig, via Twitter
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss President Trump's handling of Hurricanes Harvey & Irma, response to the White House's DACA decision, talk of tax reform, and more.
John is in the studio to talk listener mail on the opioid crisis, and a policy in Britain that punishes families for having more than two kids. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge Photo by Tsai project courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Chris Tyree joins the show to discuss Orb Media's investigation into micro plastics in the drinking water of more than a dozen countries across the globe.
John is in the studio for a review of the new book Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook. Antifa International photo by Pepa01 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
In this episode, Daniel talks about the most difficult time he's experienced: his drug dealing arrest. He shares what led him to dealing drugs, how dealing changed him, and what's been happening in his life since getting arrested.   Music featured in this episode: "Tompkinsville" by Dustin Lovelis
Taia and Joe discuss their recent articles about the girl who called an InfoWars reporter "a f*king idiot" and the guy who played a piano in public to get his ex back.
We speak with Steve James, director of the new Frontline documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.” Also, Morning John breaks down the corporate media narrative that Trump is an independent pragmatist, and listener mail. Frontline photo via PBS.org
Alison Kudlow is a New York-based artist whose multi-displinary practice explores how materiality impacts our experience of light.
Todd McElroy joins the show to discuss his study exploring the correlation between thinking and physical activity.
John is in the studio to discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates’ essay “The First White President.” Also, what’s going on with Trump and Pelosi and Schumer, and listener mail.    Ta-Nehisi Coates photo by Eduardo Montes-Bradley courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
A reminder at how odd America was after the Twin Towers attacks
The Doughnut Project is a shop in NYC’s West Village that makes much more than your original glazed doughnut -- though they have that too -- by bringing together what may seem like unlikely flavor combinations atop super fresh yeast doughnuts. Chelsea White tries her hand at her own made-up game, “Dough-WHAAAT,” and attempts to guess the doughnut flavor after a blind taste-test. Music featured in this episode: "Modern Age" by Sonny & The Sunsets // "Balloon Game" by Kevin MacLeod Check out a doughnut making tutorial with Chelsea here!
Francis Shen joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring minority mens rea in an effort to reduce racial bias in courtrooms.
Matt Ruby and Rabbi Avram Mlotek on Judaism today. Molly Knefel on “both sides” talk; sneak peek of Domino Kirke’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here, and John is in the studio, to talk BDS, DACA, Irma, and austerity. Also, NYC school grants free lunch to all, and a poll finds that Republicans fear the so-called “changing face” of the nation. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
When Whedon made Buffy, she was a radical female figure. Whedon, too, became a feminist icon. The world has since changed. But he hasn’t evolved.
In Part II, Mimi Tang discusses the optimism surrounding immunotherapy treatments for food allergies and the type of impact her trial's results could have.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk DACA, climate refugees, and finding the weaknesses in the system. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Mimi Tang joins the show to discuss her recent study on immunotherapy for children with peanut allergies, which yielded encouragingly positive results.
Jeff Sessions has announced that DACA will be rescinded in 6 months. DACA Protest photo by Fibonacci Blue courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
In this episode, Frank proves that he’s the most badass 72 year old in New York by sharing tales of his adventures as a New York City cab driver before running out to meet his much younger girlfriend.   Music featured in this episode: "Aphasia" by The Budos Band
William Cheung joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring how climate change could shrink multiple species of fish by 20 to 30 percent.
Caroline Nagy joins us to discuss flood insurance policy, and John is in the studio to talk about Molly’s essay on how we talk about Nazis and bullies.      Photo by Bill Koplitz courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Resa Blatman is an interdisciplinary Massachusetts-based artist whose work considers issues of climate change and its effect on our landscape and natural resources. She stated that her work “inhabits the terrain between the poetry of art and nature, and the future of climate dystopia.” Resa received her MFA from Boston University in 2006 and her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1995. She has had solo exhibitions at the Wright Art Center Gallery at the Delta State University in Mississippi, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Georgia and the Hollister Gallery at Babson College in Massachusetts. And she has also participated in group shows at Spartanburg Art Museum in South Carolina, Chen Art Gallery at Central Connecticut State University and Gauntlet Gallery in San Fransisco. And she has upcoming shows at the Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City, the University of New Hampshire Museum of Art and the University Gallery at Western Illinois University. She was an artist in resident at the Vermont Studio Center and the Arctic Circle Residency in Svalbard Norway. All images courtesy of the artist Bleached Coral 1, 2017. Arylic, colored pencil and pen on board. 20 in x 30 in Bleached Coral 3, 2017. Arylic, colored pencil and pen on board. 15 in x 20 in Fading Reef, 2017. Acrylic, colored pencil, and pen on Mylar. 96 in x 101.25 in Dispersant, 2017. Oil on hand-cut Mylar. 112 in x 96 in x 8in Dispersant, 2017. Oil on hand-cut Mylar. 112 in x 96 in x 8in Tempest (detail), 2013. Oil and glitter on layered, laser-cut panels. 42 in x 100 in x 3 in The Fall, 2012. Oil, beads, glitter, glue, and graphite on DiBond aluminum panels. 72 in x 156 in
Jeff Leisawitz joins the show to discuss his new book "Not F*ing Around: The No Bullshit Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground."
Ryan Schleeter joins us to discuss climate justice and Hurricane Harvey. Also, listeners weigh in on our discussion about how adults talk about kids. Photo by Planet A. courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
A captivating debut about wealth, envy, and secrets: the story of five women whose lives are dramatically changed by the downfall of a financial titan.
Fellow BTRtoday staff writer Taia Handlin joins Joe to discuss their recent pieces for the site having to do with enjoyable but sexist entertainment personalities.
Jacqueline Soller & Charles Hinshaw on upcoming fall movies, thoughts on summer movies seen, and Star Wars. Molly Knefel on natural disasters as political disasters; sneak peek of Sad12’s BTR Live Studio session.
Rich Hanley returns to discuss the biggest NFL storylines heading into the 2017 season, from CTE studies to anthem protests.
We’ve heard this story before: super famous comedian is hilarious but is rumored to do some disgusting/reprehensible/criminal thing offstage. It remains unconfirmed, but eventually, enough people corroborate the story that we’re forced to pay attention.
Jochen Brocks joins the show to discuss his recently published study that solves the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth.
In this episode, Susan reflects on what she feels is the most adventurous thing she has ever done: traveling alone. She shares what was special about the trip and why she valued the time to herself. Music featured in the episode: "Boji" by Twinsmith
Hollywood doesn’t know how to change it up. It’s more than franchise burnout: it’s trope burnout, actor burnout, anger and disenchantment at the lack of casting diversity. Moviegoers aren’t inspired and it shows.
Justin Ortagus discusses the integration of technology in higher education and findings that surprised him in his recent study.
On Saturday, August 26, eight award-winning crews from across the United States and Canada competed in New York City’s largest annual break dance tournament at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The competition’s lead judge was Rock Steady Crew president legend Richard “Crazy Legs” Colón and Grandmixer DXT DJed. Photographer Jeanette D. Moses was there.
Furen Dai is a Chinese born artist who currently lives and works in Boston. She spent years as a professional translator before deciding to pursue an art career that is inspired by cultural history and linguistics. She explores these disciplines via the medium of video, sound, sculpture, painting and collaboration. Dai received a Bachelor in Russian Language studies from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 2010. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurial Management from Boston University. Since then she has received her Masters of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in 2016. Past exhibitions include the 13th Athens Digital Arts Festival (Athens, Greece), The Feminist Opposition curated by Jessica Hong at Hera Gallery (Wakefield, RI), Now & After ’16 International Video Art Festival (Moscow, Russia), Intangible Threads at The Front Space (Rollinsford, NH), Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival at Talbot Rice Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Up/Rooted curated by María Magdalena Campos Pons at Brookline Arts Center (Brookline, MA). She has an upcoming show next month Gallery@Spencer Lofts (Chelsea, MA) and a residency at Elsewhere Museum (Greensboro, NC). Furen Dai was a recipient of the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Fellowship for her OMI Art Residency in upstate New York in 2017. All videos courtesy of Furen Dai
Justin Ortagus joins the show to discuss his recent study looking into the IT productivity paradox in higher education - the idea that more technology doesn't necessarily lead to more productivity for institutions.
Hell on earth is only one click of a mouse away in acclaimed writer Benjamin Percy’s terrifying new horror novel.
Two men have a mission to make the most of wasted grain. They call the bars “a Trojan horse for the base ingredient.” The future, they say, is beer flour.
Justin Goldsmith joins Joe to talk all things Game of Thrones Season 7, including favorite moments, fair criticisms, and season finale predictions.
Rena Karefa-Johnson & Matt Ruby on Charlottesville aftermath; Jackie Soller on ‘Logan Lucky,’ directed by Steven Soderbergh; sneak peek of Amy O’s BTR Live Studio session.
W. Fitzhugh Brundage returns to discuss recent developments in the removal of Confederate statues and monuments nationwide.
Take a peek into the Pandora’s box of rock ‘n’ roll with the Fat White Family zine by Alec Castillo & Sacha Lecca.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss a wild week in politics, including Steve Bannon's White House departure, Trump's response to Charlottesville, the plan for the continued Afghanistan war.
In this episode, Robert shares the most difficult experience he ever went through: being kicked out of his house by his parents. He talks about what led up to that point, how he handled the situation, and how that experience has shaped him as a person.   Music featured in the episode: "Open Your Eyes" by STRFKR
Angela Coppola joins the show to discuss her upcoming study linking self compassion and positive body image to certain health behaviors.
Bob Marley. Michael Jackson. Jason Mraz. We heard it all this weekend during our search for the most fun, funky and soulful New York City subway performers. Below are the stories and images of our featured underground artists. Mikaiel Troxler “I’m poverty stricken. I perform in subways because it allows me to make money while spending time with my incredible kids,” says Traxler, seen below with his children   Stylez Enuff Dance Crew "It's more challenging to be a subway performer. For larger venues, people buy tickets, so there is an expectation that they will stay and watch the whole performance. Underground, you have to listen to people's energy and improvise in order to hold their attention," says D'amini, seen below (in gray and black) with his Stylez Enuff partner Jerry (green and red) at the Delancey/Essex subway station.   Dennis Roberson "I started performing original guitar music down here about three years ago, after my industry (advertising) switched to computer ads. I hit a crossroad and decided to pursue my art through music. It has been the best decision of my life," said Roberson, seen below at the 14th St/Union Square subway station.   Manuelson “I perform in the subway in order to promote my teaching business. I teach guitar to Spanish kids and adults,” said Manuelson, an immigrant from El Salvador seen here playing Incan Pan Pipes at the Delancey/Essex subway station.   Yi Zhuo Yu Yi Zhuo Yu, a member of the Street Musical Club, is seen performing below at the Grand Street subway station.Yu plays the er-hu, a two-stringed Chinese instrument commonly known in the west as the "Chinese Violin."   Mystic One and Prince Usula "I know when the trains are coming and going. I can feel it. That is how I control the energy of the people around me. This power of my mind is where my name, Mystic One, comes from,” said Mystic One, pictured on the left below alongside Prince Usula as the duo performs Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” at the West 4th Street subway station.
Jaanika Peerna is an Estonian-born artist living and working primarily in New York since 1998 as well as in Berlin and Tallinn. Her work encompasses drawing, video, installation and performance, often dealing with the theme of transitions in light, air, water and other natural phenomena. She is often involved in collaborative projects working with dancers and musicians. She has exhibited her work extensively in the entire New York metropolitan area as well as in Berlin, Paris, Tallinn, Helsinki, Venice, Moscow, Dubai, Sydney, and Cologne. Her work is in numerous private collections in the US and Europe and has been acquired by French National Art collection in Paris. Her work is represented in the United States by ARC Fine Art in Connecticut, and Galerie Ulf Larsson in Cologne. She is a member artist at Artist Pension Trust and was awarded the FID Grand Prize in 2016 for her work in drawing. All images courtesy of the artist  
Ian Wallace joins the show to discuss his recent study on osteoarthritis, which found that ancient hunter-gatherers had healthier joints than modern Americans.
The Doughnut Project is a shop in NYC’s West Village that makes much more than your original glazed doughnut -- though they have that too -- by bringing together what may seem like unlikely flavor combinations atop super fresh yeast doughnuts. Chelsea White visited the shop for a tutorial on making doughnuts and to sample some of the finished product -- one of the staples of their menu: The Everything Doughnut. Music featured in this episode: "Judy French" by White Reaper // "Special Girl" by The History Of Apple Pie // "Slash/Burn" by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down // "Wool In The Wash" by Crying
In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women — a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947— are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
Joe addresses rumors of Donald Trump's resignation, the wave of Confederate statue takedowns, and why he thinks Trump's campaign slogan isn't working in a more conscious America.
Jonah Levy on the effort to repeal NYC’s Cabaret Law; Charles Hinshaw on ‘Detroit,’ directed by Kathryn Bigelow; sneak peak of Bonelang’s BTR Live Studio session.
Mario Weick joins the show to discuss his recent study on self-perceived intuition.
Competing journalistic investigations are getting to the bottom of the question “who even likes boobs anymore?”
In Part II, Adam Johnson talks about the media's tendency to frame the United States in a benevolent light and the cultish ideology surrounding American war.
Sarah Jaffe joins us to discuss the violence in Charlottesville, Just John takes a close look at Steve Bannon, and more listener mail in response to the Nazi violence over the weekend.   Sarah Jaffe, via Twitter
Music festivals are supposed to be fun. But there bumps in the festival road—especially for a girl. Here are seven of the biggest ones.
In this episode, Latishe reminisces about a relationship that started purely based on physical attraction and how, during that time, she realized how important it is to be true to yourself. She also offers advice for those who might be trying to change themselves to make someone else happy.   Music featured in the episode: "Sunsetz" by Cigarettes After Sex
In part one, Adam Johnson discusses the media portrayals of North Korea and their lack of context, including selective memory about the destruction of the Korean War.
We spend the hour on the Nazi violence in Charlottesville over the weekend. Antifascist Resistance photo by Ahmadi courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Ben Godward is a NY-based artist who works primarily in sculpture and public works of art. He received his MFA in sculpture from the university at Albany in 2007 and his BFA in sculpture at Alfred University in 2004. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at spaces such as The Front in New Orleans, Reservoir Art Space in Queens, Slag Gallery in Brooklyn, Volta 11 in Basel Switzerland and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. He was a resident at the Socrates Sculpture Park and received a fellowship from the International Sculpture Center, I-Park and Jerome Foundation. He has permanent sculptures installed at the Stevens Institute of Technology and the Hyperallergic headquarters in Brooklyn. All images courtesy of the artist  
Sapna Cheryan joins the show to discuss her recent study that found Asian Americans who are heavier are perceived to be more American, the impact of her research in our current social climate, and much more.
Yesterday's festival was a celebration of the poet's story as well as the broader Asian culture with musical performances, storytelling and games.
John is in the studio, Manafort’s house was raided, Republicans say they would support postponing the election if Trump suggested it, and New York City moves to dismiss 644,000 warrants for minor offenses. Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson photo by Jbberk courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Madeline Kenney is a singer-songwriter based in Oakland, California. Her debut album, Night Night At The First Landing, which was produced by Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bear, is out on September 1 from Company Records. We met up with her in Brooklyn’s McGolrick Park in Greenpoint for this solo performance of her recently released single, “Rita.”
Dukes's gripping historical novel tells the tale of a desperate Albanian woman who will do whatever it takes to keep her independence and seize control of her future...even if it means swearing to remain a virgin for her entire life.
Joe rambles on about Trump's threats to North Korea, America's unstable moral position on nukes, and John Carney's Statue of Liberty meltdown.
Rena Karefa-Johnson on anti-choice Dem candidates and DOJ targeting affirmative action; Jacqueline Soller on ‘Good Time’ starring Robert Pattinson; John Knefel on white resentment in the White House; sneak peak of Re-TROS BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here in the studio to explain markets before, during and after capitalism. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
Lilo Stainton joins the show to discuss the GOP's failure to repeal Obamacare, the possibility of bipartisan cooperation, increased public interest in healthcare, and more.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here with Molly and John to talk North Korea, Google, and Congress. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Author Shea Serrano joins the show to discuss making a living as a writer, The Rap Yearbook being turned into a miniseries, his new book Basketball (and Other Things), and more.
John is in the studio to talk how climate change is already impacting the United States, de Blasio proposes a millionaires tax to fund the MTA, and a check in on the left conflict around Kamala Harris. Copenhagen Climate Summit Photo by Marc Kjerland courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Is the search engine's fight against fake news damaging the legitimate small digital press?
In this episode, Eòghan shares his reasons for teaching Gaelic, the native language of Scotland. He also reflects on his experience as an educator and what he’s learned over the years.   Music featured in the episode: "Ones Who Love You" by Alvvays
Addressing yourself by name can help control stressful emotions like fear, anger and sadness. But you risk being judged as a loon or a narcissist if you try it in public.
Jason Moser joins the show to discuss his recent study that found referring to yourself in the third person can help control stressful emotions.
Two different stories look at public school closures and what happens to the kids who rely on so called “failing schools,” and Morning John what to watch for during the August recess. No Child Left Behind Act photo by US Federal Government courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Thanks to the first large-scale study examining the full array of American sexual behavior, we know that-Americans are going far beyond vaginal and anal penetration.
Aryana Londir is a Pheonix-based abstract artist who uses textiles, found objects and paint to explore the relationship between urban life and its implications on humanity. Her work has been exhibited in numerous spaces across the country, such as: Schweinfurth Art Center in New York, Contemporary Art Quilts in MA, Nicolet Art Gallery in Wisconsin, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Colorado, North Bank Artists Gallery in Washington, Stanford Art Spaces at Stanford University in California, and the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix. And she is a recipient of the AZ Commission On the Arts Grant and the Pilchuck Glass School Grant. All images courtesy of the artist
Rich Hanley joins the show to discuss MSNBC's primetime ratings triumph, Fox News's ties to the Trump administration, the future of football broadcasting rights, and much more.
As a way to celebrate the end of last week's hot, humid and wet weather, BTRtoday indulged in the food of Smorgasburg in Williamsburg.
Anna Lekas Miller joins us to discuss her reporting on families living in Mosul in the aftermath of ISIS. Also, catching up on listener mail.
Hasidic men throwing Molotov cocktails. A man on fire running into the Church Ave G train stop. A bunch of hipsters running rampant. Oh yeah, this is going to be an over-the-top action film.
Elbow doesn’t sacrifice functionality for form. It improves upon unreliable ‘80s era tape players.
Doctors tend to the needs of their patients, but patients give meaning to the lives of their doctors. So it is for Cullen Brodie, a twice-divorced California nephrologist, and Ennis Willoughby, a troubled cross-dresser whose life is saved by a rare heart and kidney transplant.
Megan Zuelsdorff joins the show to discuss her recent study that explores the impact of stress on aging brains.
This week, we return to a topic from a previous episode: Lafayette, Louisiana. Lafayette is a large town or a small city, not quite urban and not quite rural, right in the heart of the Southwest…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk strategies for pushing reproductive rights as an uncompromised part of the Democratic platform. Also, Morning John on the new anti-immigration proposal.
A summer that includes both Bigelow and Jenkins, two ceiling-shattering female directors, seems like the summer audiences realize the future of film is female. But it won’t be.
Adrian Raftery joins the show to discuss his recent study that project the planet has little chance of meeting the goals set forth in the Kyoto Protocol or Paris Climate Agreement.
Eli Roth and Bruce Willis have made the perfect movie for whiny old white men with their remake of Death Wish.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk criticism of Kamala Harris from the left, the erasure of critical left voices from women of color, and how calls for sisterhood sometimes only go one way. Also, Morning John on the Trump White House’s idea to go after affirmative action.
Tim McGuine joins the show to discuss his recent study about the prevalence of lower extremity injuries among young athletes who specialize in a single sport.
Christian Bowe of the Democratic Socialists of America joins us to discuss their upcoming convention, membership growth, and what it means for the organization today and historically. Also, Morning John says goodbye to the Mooch and hello to more potential obstruction from Donald Trump. Democratic Socialists of America Logo Photo by Chris Engelsma courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Encouraging former convicts to rebuild their lives by weed seems antithetical to American values. But if it works, it would be a huge leap forward for racial justice.
In this episode, Regina recalls how she used to dress up in costumes when she was younger, including one particular occasion when, while dressed as a tiger, her mother thought she was lost.   Music featured in the episode: "Sometimes" by The Obsessives
Donald Trump is taking his role as America’s first reality show president seriously. The White House has turned into political Chopped. Sean Spicer lost in the appetizer round, while Reince Priebus was bounced after a bland entree. Not even the sweet, Long Island ice tea sorbet of Anthony Scaramucci could satisfy the president. While he’s got a keen eye for entertainment and talentless hacks, Trump’s taste in food is trash. Be it his preference for well done steak, Trump Tower taco bowls or private jet fast food binges, America deserves better from its commander-in-chief. We deserve an administration that equally represents our undying obsession for celebrity and our overwhelming love for food. With that in mind, I give you the presidential cabinet re-stocked with celebrity chefs. They may be just as politically incompetent, but hey, at least they can cook. President Guy Fieri He’s a walking meme with a haircut no other man his age would wear or even conceive of. He’s the first and only mayor of Flavortown, USA. And his ad libs are legendary, perfect to throw in after signing a key piece of legislation. Immigration ban? “Wow.” Spiking tariffs on Chinese trade? “That’s what I’m talkin’ about.” Repealing healthcare for untold millions of Americans? “Now that’s gangster.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phe-zdJ3h5c Like Trump, Fieri is a dry-rubbed meat slab of American excess. He’s personally finished every dish he’s been filmed preparing. Throw some flames on Air Force One and strap in--it’s gonna be one hell of a term. Vice President Paula Deen Swap homophobia for racism and we might have a perfect match. Deen and Mike Pence share snow white hair, a dead look in their eyes, and voices that make me wish I got some more sleep. But instead of gay conversion therapy, Deen’s quest to destroy the fabric of American morality will be through butter. Fry me up some cheesecake and let’s start breakin’ some legislative deadlocks, y’all. Secretary of State Gordon Ramsay Rex Tillerson reportedly struggles with eye contact while Ramsay, well, doesn’t. But sending the king of kitchen rage to negotiate with world leaders? The number of “fuck offs” would be too many to count. Give it a month before Ramsay yells “that’s pathetic!” and spits on an international trade agreement or squeezes Emmanuel Macron’s head between two pieces of bread to make an idiot sandwich. Secretary of Defense Emeril Lagasse James “Mad Dog” Mattis may keep other people awake at night, but Emeril’s sure to kick our national defense up a notch. Here’s how a dicey situation might go down in Secretary Lagasse’s office: General: Sir, we’ve confirmed a small group ISIS fighters are in the region, but there’s... Emeril: BAM! General: ...a large number of civilians in the... Emeril: BAM! General: ...area. I’m talking a lot, like two or three… Emeril: BAM! General: ...hundred. I suggest we... Emeril: BAM! General: ..wait for more info-- Emeril: BAM! BAM! BAM! General: OK, light ‘em up. If only we’d been this callous toward civilian life sooner, America would be so much safer. Oh, wait… Communications Director Mario Batali A sweet-talking Italian from New York? Check. If Batali’s smart, he’ll use Eataly to cater press briefings to keep the fake news media journalists happy. Based on TV and online videos, he’s the nicest person on the face of the Earth. Decent chance he’ll break from Anthony Scaramucci’s current strategy of using a morning talk show as a therapy session. Attorney General Bobby Flay No one’s quite racist enough to fill Jeff Sessions’ pointy-toed elf shoes, but the idea of settling legal disputes Iron Chef-style was too good to pass up. Special Advisor to the President Anthony Bourdain Bourdain is attractive, woke and supremely well-traveled. Steve Bannon is racist, scared of brown people, and looks like this. They don’t exactly match up, but we couldn’t help inserting a little rationality in the administration.
BTRtoday Editor-in-Chief Adam Bulger joins the show to discuss his forthcoming piece on Tim Faust and progressive views on healthcare.
John is in the studio, and we catch up on the healthcare vote.   Public Option Photo by Nanci Pelosi courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Gretchen Schere is New York-based artist whose work with paint and collage re-creates interior spaces that speak to our subconscious dreams. She received her MFA from Hunter College in 2006 and her BFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003. Her work has been included in exhibitions in the following New York galleries: Art 3, Equity, Firework, the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She has been an artist in resident at the Vermont Studio Center, Governor’s Island Art Fair and Skowhegan. Her work has reviewed in publications such as: the New York TImes, Art F City and XLR8R Magazine. All images courtesy of the artist Middleton, IN, 2013 oil on canvas 18 x 14 inches Chicago Interior, 2013 oil on canvas 18 x 14 inches Untitled, Light Blue Interior, 2013 oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches Drawing Room, 2013 oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches Untitled, Mint Green Interior, 2013 oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches Untitled, Music Room, 2013 oil on canvas 12 x 16 inches Manderley Library, 2014 oil on canvas 14 x 12 inches What the Mirror Sees, 2014 oil on panel 16 x 20 inches Keeping Time, 2014 oil on panel 16 x 20 inches Still Life with Porters Dress, 2013 oil on canvas 16 x 20 inchesStill Life with Coffee Cup and Duck Foot, 2013 oil on canvas 24 x 20 inches Still Life with Clown Nose, 2013 oil on canvas 18 x 14 inches
Terry Clower joins the show to discuss WalletHub's recent ranking of the best- and worst-run cities in the United States.
Builders at the Rockaway's sandcastle competition put their creativity to the test.
Molly is back and we’re catching up on everything. Reince Priebus photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The End is a Brooklyn coffee shop, known for whimsical atmosphere and Instagram-worthy creations, inspired by its sister store, Montauk Juice Factory, on the east end of Long Island. One of The End's most popular drinks is the Unicorn Latte which is made with a variety of ingredients, including blue-green algae and unicorn dust. Chelsea White sat down with co-owner of the shop, Madi Murphy, to talk about the magic of the Unicorn Latte and experience it for herself. Music featured in the episode: "The River" by Ladyhawke // "I Was Born (A Unicorn)" by The Unicorns
Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.
Joe discusses the tumultuous week with the Trump administration, including the transgender military ban, failed healthcare vote, and Scaramucci antics.
This week, contributor Matt Ruby speaks with Christopher Kelley, a university lecturer and a self-proclaimed Buddhist “psychonaut,” or “mind explorer,” who holds a doctorate in Religion from…
The GOP healthcare bill collapses in the Senate, Scaramucci’s profanity laden tirade to a New Yorker reporter, and the House advances a bill to pay for Trump’s wall. Donald Trump photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the healthcare vote, Trump's treatment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and how the transgender military ban doubles as a political distraction.
Trump issues a bizarre new ban on trans people serving in the military, the current state of the Senate’s healthcare bill, Senators Susan Collins and Jack Reed have a hot mic moment, and North Korea could be as close as a year away from a nuclear missile that could reach the United States. Photo by Ronald Reagan and the American Medical Association courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Breathing life into anime and video game characters takes craft, dedication and passion. But all that hustle doesn't guarantee a living wage.
Celinda Lake joins the show to discuss her firm's recent report which projects 40 million fewer Americans will vote in 2018 elections.
This episode originally aired on July 5, 2017 Mychal Denzel Smith joins us to celebrate the one year anniversary of his book, “Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education.” Radio Dispatch Live Photo by Gideon Oliver    
In this episode, Mary talks about how a trip to New York led to a change in goals and a career in fashion. She also shares some insight for anyone who wants to move to New York City.   Music featured in the episode: "Baby, I Hope So" by Miniboone
Marc Meredith joins the podcast to discuss the results of his 2016 study on double voting in U.S. presidential elections and the larger national conversation about voter fraud.
The future of the ACA is left in doubt with the Senate's vote.
Dads, for better or worse we all have one. I guess for better, because if we didn't have one who else would tell us that we are failures? Besides basically everyone else. Anyhoo--this month's show features everything from the world's most supportive and loving father to a dad who climbs the highest peak in each state to father figures and misprized love. Enjoy and you know what? Give good ole dad a call afterwards.
Morning John on the catastrophic news cycle of this past weekend, and catching up on listener mail. Jeff Sessions photo courtesy of The United States Congress via Wikimedia Commons
Daniel Lanzilotta is an environmental artist who repurposes plastic waste, detritus, rubbish, fragments of litter, trash, flotsam and jetsam into works of art. Daniel is also a private chef who advocates for naturally grown foods. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon in 1984 and has been interviewed across the media, including by networks such as Channel 12 News, Fox 61 and the Norwalk Daily Voice. He has recently had exhibitions at spaces such as  Green County Art Council in the Catskills, Creativity Caravan in Montclair NJ, Scrap Gallery in Cathedral City. And he currently has work up at Compass Realty in Brooklyn and the Westport Library. All images courtesy of the artist
Marty West joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the effects of test-based retention of 3rd graders in Florida.
Imagine a Reddit comment stretched to 300 pages and you’ll have a good idea of how Ready Player One plays out as a book. The movie trailer is just excruciating.
John is in the studio to talk about his new theory of Lost, what we have learned about the Don Jr. meeting, and healthcare updates. Demonstration Outside Trump Tower, New York Photo by Anthony Albright courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Could Speakerhat be the final nail in the wearable tech coffin or the launch of a bold new era?
Pet obesity rates have skyrocketed over the past decade, up 160 to 170 percent in dogs and cats. The reasons may surprise you.
As the song says, get your kicks on Route 66! Dubbed “The Mother Road” by John Steinbeck, this iconic highway has inspired generations of Americans to take to the open road and go traveling.
Joe tackles Sean Spicer's surprise resignation, Trump's New York Times interview, presidential pardons, and how Trump might end up impeaching himself.
Jeff Nazareno on K-pop and KCON; Charles Hinshaw on 'War For The Planet of the Apes' and 'Lady Macbeth;' preview of Brian Hill and the Noh Starrs on BTR Live Studio; Molly Knefel on Dept of Ed and "men's rights"
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk about how a land tax could fund the New York City MTA. Also, John on the Times Trump interview. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
When California Polytechnic State University student Kyle Wiens dropped his Apple iBook G3 and the operating system slowed to a crawl, he decided to fix it. Coming from a long line of tinkerers, Wiens was confident he could do it. But when he searched the internet for the laptop’s manual, he came up empty handed. “I looked for the manual online and couldn’t find it. In fact, I could find very little on how to do it myself. Eventually, I fixed it, but it was a lot harder than it needed to be,” recalled Wiens. Wiens thought it wasn’t right that Apple didn’t have any information on how to repair their products. He came away from the experience convinced that repair manuals should be free and accessible to everyone. Thus iFixit, a site dedicated to making home repair possible, was born. The site now boasts almost 30,000 free repair manuals and it’s evolved into a movement pitting consumers against manufacturer copyright laws in a fight for the right to repair. Companies claim that releasing repair manuals violates copyright laws, but repair advocates like Wiens believe ownership passes to the consumer upon purchase. “Repairing is environmentally friendly, economical and fun,” says Wiens, “Companies want to use copyright law or even planned obsolescence – that is, engineer their products to give out after a certain number of years – but consumers should have the right to decide to repair their purchases, rather than re-buy.” Every third Wednesday in Manhattan, the Fixers’ Collective exercises their right to repair. Hosted by Hack Manhattan, the group invites members of the public to bring their broken appliances and electronics in for a free fix. Composed of amateur tinkerers as well as professional engineers, the room at Hack Manhattan buzzes with energy as members peel back the outer shells on items like a broken coffee maker, a laptop that isn’t holding a charge, and a 1980s drum machine picked up at a flea market. Tarek Omar, a hacker who runs a pop-up repair and refurbish shop in flea markets, tinkers with the circuit board on the drum machine. Its owner, Nico DePierro, an electronic music artist, likes to fix things, too. “The more time I spend with an object the more connected I feel to it,” DePierro says. “I can easily get a functional one of these [drum machines] from eBay for ten bucks, but this is better.” Omar, meanwhile, suggests that DePierro replace the power source with a new one that will enable the device to connect to a USB port. He likes to refurbish objects with new uses as well as repair them. Companies like Apple, Toshiba and John Deere, however, often make it difficult, if not illegal, to repair and refurbish their products. Under current copyright laws and licensing agreements, they have a case, “If you read the fine print,” Omar says, “You’ll find that it’s illegal. It’s illegal to open something up and figure out how it works. It’s considered their property.” Manufacturers argue that the workings of their products are “trade secrets,” but Gay Gordon-Byrne, a repair advocate leading the charge on the Right to Repair Act, thinks they just want a monopoly on aftermarket repairs. “Apple was willing to let us pass Right to Repair legislation as long as they could claim their glass as proprietary,” she says. The glass! Well, it turns out, they make about a billion a year replacing broken screens.” The Right to Repair Act, up for consideration in 12 states, would require manufacturers to provide owners and private businesses with fair access to service information, security updates and replacement parts, is up for consideration in 12 different states. The State of New York stands to be the first state to pass the Right to Repair Act A8192 and S618, sponsored by Joseph D. Morelle and Phil Boyle, respectively. A leading supporter of the bill, Wiens sees massive repercussions for consumers and small businesses should it fail to pass, “If Right to Repair doesn’t pass, Apple could have the power to shut down independently owned cell phone repair shops, even shoe repair shops could be impacted – repair touches everything!” As smart appliances infiltrate homes, the need to update standing copyright laws is even more urgent. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, breaking protection over a device’s programming is a breach of copyright. The law was created to prevent copying of DVD’s, but manufacturers now use it to claim proprietary rights over the software that comes with thermostats, tractors, and even baby monitors. Lyle Gore, a member of the Board of Directors for UNEDA – an alliance for network equipment dealers, explains, “Imagine if you sell a house with a smart refrigerator in it to new owners. Now they own the refrigerator. But the manufacturer says they have to re-buy the license to the software in that refrigerator.” That’s why the law firm Jochum, Shore, and Trossevin created the YODA bill, or the You Own Devices Act. It’s modest legislation that would amend the DMC Act to transfer proprietary rights to device software to the owners of the device. It might not seem like much, but both YODA and the Right to Repair Act have profound implications for consumers, companies, the environment and our culture. Without the Right to Repair, consumers and companies face the prospect of replacing electronics and appliances every few years. According to the iFixit site, Americans alone generate 3.4 million tons of e-waste per year. Meanwhile, millions of people go without access to technology like smartphones. A repair movement could reduce waste, provide people with low-cost access to repaired electronics, and create jobs in developing countries. Finally, fixing just feels good. As Rabbi Daniel Klein of the Fixers’ Collective quipped, “My mother taught me to tinker. Why replace something when you can open it up, look inside and find out how it works?”
Dan Ikenson discusses NAFTA renegotiations, the status of the TPP, and the potential consequences of Trump's presidency in terms of America's global leadership.
The Juice will soon be loose again, just in time for Americans to be inundated with more of our favorite (allegedly) murderous running back. It’s been nine years since he was put away and the world’s changed plenty, but America can’t get enough of O.J. Both the FX drama and ESPN mega-documentary about him won Emmys, and Vegas sports books are looking to profit off his parole hearing. In this new media landscape where Twitter can’t make money and Facebook is for old people, there’s no end to what O.J. might do next. Here are a few possibilities and their odds to boot: Twitch Streamer (100-to-1) I would watch old O.J. Simpson figure out how to play video games for hours on end. Especially Grand Theft Auto. YouTube Personality (50-to-1) Picture O.J., smartphone horizontal on his car dashboard, ranting about news stories that ticked him off. Tacking on an over/under of eight times he tells young black men to “pull their damn pants up” for extra betting fun. Netflix Series (20-to-1) The streaming service isn’t above shoveling nostalgic crap into subscribers’ laps (see: Fuller House). But since “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” is already on Netflix, he’d have to go in a different direction. How about an animated series about opening a juicery in Brooklyn? I’ve got pitches, Juice—let’s talk. Syndicated Column (14-to-1) It’s like writing a book, but requires less work and thought. If David Brooks can write about how poor people don’t know salami, surely O.J. can crank out some interesting anecdotes about spaghetti and lasagna dinners in prison. Maybe he can even pick up a crime beat to advise convicted felons on how he would’ve done it. Book Deal (6-to-1) This one’s a no-brainer. O.J. could get into the grisliest details of his prison sentence, like his service as softball commissioner. Hell, maybe he can parlay that into a job with the MLB. Nothing puts heads in the pages or butts in the seats like the Juice. Original Podcast (5-to-2) If you don’t think the “If I Did It” podcast would leapfrog “Serial” and “This American Life” within its first week, you haven’t been paying attention. Reality TV Show (2-to-1) Who are we kidding? O.J.’s post-prison life is made-for-reality TV. It can be kitschy—Who Wants to Marry a Murderer? has a nice ring to it—or simple. Get a bunch of cameras to follow him around Kardashian-style. In fact, stick him in the time slot right before Keeping Up With the Kardashians and E! has its next five years of primetime locked up (pun 1,000 percent intended). Seacrest out.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk about ICE targeting immigrant women in Queens sex trafficking courts. Also, John checks in on the 8th person in the Don Jr. meeting. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
The average number of tobacco incidents per movie has reached near-historic highs.
Dan Ikenson returns to discuss President Trump's impact on America's global trade and overall leadership.
Morning John on the tentative death of the Senate healthcare bill, school based health clinics face budget cuts in New York City, and catching up on listener mail. Mitch McConnell Photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
In this episode, Tomi talks about turning 21 and shares why she thinks that milestone birthday is overrated and which birthday she is looking forward to instead.   Music featured in the episode: "Concorde" by Incan Abraham
It's not the SATs. Look for love with people smart enough to look stuff up.
Joe continues his conversation with Dr. Stanton Glantz about the importance of making smoking restricted content in movies, and why arguments of artistic integrity don't exactly hold up.
We’re joined by Matthew O’Neill, director of the new documentary from Frontline and the New York Times “Life on Parole.” Also, Reality Winner and the lack of support for whistleblowers. Frontline, via Twitter
Danilda Izquierdo is a New York-based photographer and artist who explores ideas related to social perception and feminity. Danilda received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Marketing from Baruch College and an Associates Degree in Commercial Photography from LaGuardia Collage. All images courtesy of the artist  
Dr. Stanton Glantz joins the show to discuss the influence of smoking in movies, the recent rise in tobacco incidents in youth rated films, and how changing the ratings could help.
It took the show over a decade to do for women what it did for non-straight men. BBC doesn’t deserve applause or gratitude for that.
Our legal eagle correspondent Summer is here to talk the basics of knowing your rights when interacting with the police. Also, fantastic listener mail! Photo by Achim Schleuning courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
In Fucking Innocent, John Andrew Fredrick examines Anderson's three earliest films and discusses each individually and as the burgeoning of the art of one of the most talented of American directors.
If you’re broke and boring, $3 essentials are exciting. Today, $9 juices and $14 artisanal jars of almond butter are the norm. Millennials want specialized products, and they’re willing to pay dearly. That said, minimalist aesthetics are trending, and back-to-basics lifestyle items shouldn’t break the bank. Enter Brandless; the non-brand brand you never knew you needed. This startup launched on July 11 with groceries, toiletries and household supplies on sale for $3 or under. Think of it like a dollar store that actually stocks practical necessities instead of aisle after aisle of dusty Mexican candies. In the place of a hodgepodge assortment of knick knacks, it provides a highly stylized, curated collection of things people actually need. Like flour, granola, soap and salad plates. In a piece for Medium, Brandless co-founder Tina Sharkey wrote that she and co-founder Ido Leffler believe the modern market is deeply flawed and that prices and production methods make consumers feel disconnected from their purchases. She writes: “Your values have value and people should not be priced out of them. That’s why it’s time for a different kind of company. One that’s in direct and authentic relationship with its community.” If that sounds like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo, that’s probably because it is. Sure, capitalism is evil, but Brandless isn’t selling inexpensive goods out of kindness. They’re doing it for the same reason anybody starts a business. To make money. The question is whether or not they can do so with such low prices. Richard Feinberg, Professor of Consumer Sciences and Retailing at Purdue University, thinks that Brandless’ approach could work if they follow simple economic rules: keep their costs low and their profit margins high. But to do so they’ll have to significantly outsell their competitors. Which might prove difficult. Feinberg estimated that brands matter to between half and 75 percent of the market. That’s why shelves are full of brands and brands spend millions for advertisements. "Consumers will spend more for brand names because brand names mean something,” he says. But Feinberg added that about a third of the brands on those shelves don’t have enough brand loyalty to matter and that’s the corner of the market that Brandless is aiming for. For many young people, brand names aren’t all that important. Feinberg says, “Loyalty is lower for millennials than boomers and other segments.” Bingo. Avid millennial online shopper Miles wasn’t sold on the idea of Brandless at first. “It doesn’t sound appealing to me, it seems a little gimmicky,” he says. Miles mused that they must be selling kitchen staples in smaller quantities in order to hit that $3 price point. But after looking at the website, Miles changed his tone. “16 oz. of salsa for three bucks? Actually that’s a pretty good deal. I’m into that.”
Joe discusses Donald Trump Jr.'s Russian lawyer meeting, the continued bashing of Hillary Clinton, and the hypocrisy of Trump surrogates.
This week, we welcome back contributors Oriana Leckert and Matt Ruby to discuss the revelations that Donald Trump Jr. may have met with Russians in hopes of helping his father’s campaign for…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk climate change and having children, male birth control, and updates on the AHCA. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
Pete Currie joins the show to discuss his recent findings and pioneering research in the area of stem cells and replacement organs.
As with a lot of porn, the story titillates a number of different sexual proclivities, including interracial play, cuckold humiliation and concentration aids moonlighting as masturbatory devices.
It’s MGG Thursdays and the Donald Trump Jr. news continues to escalate at an alarming pace.    Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Dr. Kirk Breuninger joins the show to discuss Banfield Pet Hospital's State of Pet Health 2017 Report and why obesity rates are on the rise among American pets.
The New York Times reports on an email that informed Don Jr. that Russia had compromising information on Hillary, the conservative Manhattan Institute admits that investing more money in schools shows improved outcomes, and David Brooks still works for the New York Times. Donald Trump Jr. Photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
In this episode, Henry recalls how he used to fight with his sister when he was younger and how one such fight led to the cops knocking on his front door. He shares how he felt in that moment and how his relationship with his sister has evolved over time.   Music featured in the episode: "Laissez Les Lazy" by Sweet Crude
BTRtoday's own Elena Childers joins the show to discuss her crazy weekend traveling with Stuyedeyed for Send It Week.
Donald Trump Jr. gives a remarkably incriminating statement to the New York Times about a meeting with a Russian lawyer, protesters meet the KKK in Charlottesville, and listener mail. Donald Trump, Jr. Photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
In honor of 7/11, we present a collection of the oddest news stories to involve 7-Elevens.
Ventiko is a conceptual artist who constructs photographic narratives and public interventions that speak to the idea of performed identity. Venitko’s works have been exhibited and experienced internationally including at the Korean International Art Fair (Seoul, Korea), Sluice London, Busan (Seoul, Korea), Photo L.A., UNTLD BCN (Barcelona, SP), Select Art Fair (Miami and NYC), Satellite Art Fair (Miami), Coohaus (Chelsea, NY), Shirin Gallery (Chelsea, NY), Casa Quien (Santo Domingo, DR), Performatorio (DR), Project for Empty Space, (NJ), the M.O.M.A. (NY) and TATE Modern (London, UK). She has been featured in Interview Magazine, Quiet Lunch, Korea Monthly Photo, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Vulture, Gothamist, T Magazine, Frieze Magazine, The Creator’s Project, The L Magazine, Artnet News, Beautiful Decay, Vogue Italia and most recently on NBC Channel 4. All images courtesy of the artist
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss expectations and potential outcomes from the G20 summit, as well as President Trump's ongoing war with the media.
John is in the studio to catch us up on North Korea, listeners weigh in on IPAs, and listeners respond to Chepe’s interview on post-carceral solutions.  Goses Photo by Danibelami courtesy of Wikimedia Commons  
We didn’t get a female president and our birth control might be snatched away but at least we got a comic book consolation prize.
The Film Forum's look at grimy New York '70s cinema unearths a lost treasure: Pacino when he could act.
Joe discusses CNN's reaction to Trump's wrestling gif tweet, the glut of information available nowadays, and why we as individuals are responsible for cutting through it.
We take a break from our usual format to explore a topic in a different way… In April of this year, during the same weekend of its annual Festival International -- a yearly celebration of…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here, and John is also here! We’re catching up on everything after a week of not looking at the news much. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
The latest from the Wachowskis, the sisters behind The Matrix, is not a bastion of racial and sexual diversity despite its reputation.
Dr. Patricia Conrod joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring the link between marijuana use and psychotic-like experiences in adolescents.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant joins us to discuss journalism under Trump. Also, we’re back from the Fourth of July and catching up on what happened over the holiday. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Dr. Natasha Karp joins the show to discuss her recent study on sexual dimorphism, or the under-representation of women in medical research studies and trials.
BTR celebrated America’s independence at Jones Beach yesterday, followed by a firework show at MetLife Stadium. Click the video at the bottom of the page to watch the firework finale!      
Mychal Denzel Smith joins us to celebrate the one year anniversary of his book, “Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education.” Radio Dispatch Live Photo by Gideon Oliver
Christie and company had a whale of a time on the beach outside the governor’s summer mansion. The image of the combative and disliked governor spread through social media and was hilariously repurposed in a stream of ‘shopped images.
In this episode, Ashley recounts her experience of moving to New York City and getting involved in a serious relationship very quickly -- maybe too quickly? She also shares what she learned from that relationship and how it affected her work as an artist.   Music featured in the episode: "You Are A Star" by Ty Richards
Thalia Gonzalez joins the show to discuss the groundbreaking new study "Girlhood Interrupted," how perceptions of black girls differ starkly from those of their white peers, and how this problem can be acknowledged and solved.
John’s in the studio again, to catch up on exceptional listener mail, musicians, and maybe nuclear war. Jewish Voices For Peace Photo by Joe Mabel courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
Mary Elizabeth Peterson is an American abstract artist based between North Carolina and Connecticut, whose work is inspired largely by plant and marine life, and water and ecological circumstances. Mary Elization is a graduate of The University of Connecticut and The Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington DC. She is a juried member of the elite Silvermine Art Guild and has received an artist residency grant from The Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been written about widely in print and digital publications and is held in private and corporate collections worldwide. All images courtesy of the artist           
Dr. Michael Cusimano joins the show to discuss his recent study on concussion protocols during the 2014 World Cup and the prevalence of head injuries in soccer.
John’s in the studio to catch up on Trump’s battle with Joe and Mika and the potential role of the National Enquirer, the travel ban, and listener mail. Photo by World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
826NYC is a non-profit organization which operates out of the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company. Established in 2004, 826NYC aims to help students ages 6 to 18 years old to improve their writing skills with after-school programs and workshops while also offering community programming. BTRtoday met some of the staff from 826NYC to hear about their mission, getting involved, and what they love most about the program Music featured in the episode: "A Moment Allowed" by The Real Tuesday Weld // "Need" by WhoMadeWho
A definitive list of the best grilling foods available for your Fourth of July barbecue.
The NRA's new ad is scary and strange: what's behind it?
Joe discusses the outrage over Donald Trump's recent tweets, why his base loves it, and why ignoring the president's Twitter feed might be the best way to deal with it.
This week, we welcome back contributors Shalewa Sharpe and Matt Ruby to discuss John McEnroe’s recent controversial comments on Serena Williams and the place of feminism in comedy. Also, Charles…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson joins us to talk Democratic strategy after Georgia 06, more on the AHCA, and Trump’s fear of women.        Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
Since the election, we’ve seen attacks on reproductive health, attacks on immigration rights, attacks on racial minorities and Muslims both here and abroad. America is not well and Americans are hurting.
The new Twin Peaks is an 18-hour experimental film that makes Game of Thrones seem as mundane as The Big Bang Theory.
Dr. Charis Kubrin joins the show to discuss her recent report exploring the link between immigration and crime, why crime rates are lower in immigrant communities, and why immigrants are persistently blamed for crime in America.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant joins us to discuss more about pride, capitalism, and police. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Dr. Filippo Menczer joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the spread of fake news on social media websites, the difficulty of problematic bots, and how people can educate themselves against low-quality information.
Chepe joins us to discuss alternatives to policing and John on the SCOTUS travel ban decision and the ACHA CBO score.     Travel Ban Protest at JFK Photo by Rhododendrites courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
In this episode, Lea shares the story of a relationship that stemmed from a moment where she was acting like someone other than herself. She also offers her advice for anyone that is unsure of how they should act in a situation with a new crush.   Music featured in the episode: "Winners" by Delicate Steve
Mark Andermann joins the show to discuss his recent study about the neural pathways that determine how people respond to pictures of food and other food cues.
Moms, a necessary evil? Or are they more than that? Like, possibly, the best spouse you could ever ask for?? We answer these questions and more (so many more) in this month's Nights of Our Lives as we hear stories about moms who never hugged their daughter to moms who gave their son a trophy for being the best son ever (awwwwww). Enjoy!
John calls in to talk more about the details of the AHCA and exactly how it will screw people, and Molly reads listener mail on the importance of naming and centering people with disabilities as we discuss the bill. Photo by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
With rising audiences searching for unique shopping experiences, retail spaces like the Canal Street Market evolve to survive.
Margaret-Inga Urías is a New York based artist who works across the disciplines of drawing, photography, installation and sculpture. Her work—which is rooted in scientific research—considers how entire worlds come from and return to dust, a substance that she believes could tell the story of everything that has ever existed. Margaret received her BA from Columbia University in 2001 and an MS from Pratt Institute in 2004. She has exhibited at the Bronx Museum of Art, String Room Gallery in Aurora, NY, City Without Walls Gallery and Visual Arts Center, which were both in New Jersey. She has been an artist in residence at Saltonstal Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, NY and the Artist in the Marketplace Program at the Bronx Museum.  She is a recipient of the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship. And her most recent of work titled "Return to Me" is now on view at the Equity Gallery in NYC. All images courtesy of the artist Equity Gallery, Installation View Ink on Paper Drawings 30x22” each, unframed Return to Me: Section 07, Part 01, 2015 30” x 22” ink on paper Return to Me: Section 09, Part 01, 2015 30” x 22” Ink on paper Return to Me: Section 10, Part 01.02, 2016 19.75” x 19.75” Ink on paper Return to Me: Section 10, Part 01.01, 2017 19.75” x 19.75” Ink on paper Return to Me: Section 10, Part 01.01, 2017 19.75” x 19.75” Ink on paper Return to Me: Section 10, Part 01, 2015 30” x 22” Ink on paper Return to Me: Section 10, Part 03, 2015 30” x 22” Ink on paper Return To Me, Ghosts of Catastrophe: No.05, 2016 22.047˝ x 14.173˝ Engraving on Clear Glass Return to Me: From Rock and Cloud, 2016 6” x 6” ea. Ink on paper Return To Me, Untitled Wall Drawing, 2016 223” x 89” Acrylic on wall Return To Me, Untitled Wall Drawing, Installation view through gallery, 2016 223” x 89” Acrylic on wall Return To Me, Untitled Wall Drawing, Installation view through gallery, 2016 397” x 121” Acrylic on wall Return To Me, Untitled Wall Drawing,Gallery installation view, 2017 148” x 102.75” Laser CAD-Cut Vinyl Return To Me, Untitled Wall Drawing,Gallery installation view, 2017 148” x 102.75” Laser CAD-Cut Vinyl Reminders & Remainders No.02, 2014 24x48” Hand-engraved Acrylic panel, mirror, plexiglass, glass Reminders & Remainders No.03, 2015 72x48”x14” Hand-engraved Acrylic panels, glass, charcoal dust, rock fragments Return to Me, Ghosts of Catastrophe: No.02 (A History of Everything That Ever Existed), 2017 (7) 4.3˝ x 2.4˝ x .75˝ ea. Engravings on Clear Glass Return to Me, Ghosts of Catastrophe: No.02 (A History of Everything That Ever Existed), 2017 (7) 4.3˝ x 2.4˝ x .75˝ ea. Engravings on Clear Glass Return to Me, Ghosts of Catastrophe: No.03, 2016 23.62” x 15.75” Engraving on Black Glass Return to Me, Ghosts of Catastrophe: No.06, 2017 23.62” x 15.75” Engraving on White Glass
BTRtoday's Taia Handlin joins the show to discuss the encouragement of Pride and discords within the LGBT community. Then, BTR's Kimberly Ruth calls in to talk about her experience photographing the New York Pride March.
In celebration of Alison Brie's new Netflix show GLOW, we look at what the former cast of Community's been up to.
Jamie Bartlett joins us to discuss his new book, Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World. Also, John has more fury on the AHCA. Photo courtesy of YOMOSA Entertainment.
Tens of thousands lined the streets of Manhattan on Sunday for the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March. The first march was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those lost to illness, violence and neglect.  
A gripping novel about two sisters who are left homeless by their mother’s death and the lengths the fierce older sister will go to protect her beloved young charge.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the special election results, criticism of Nancy Pelosi, the new AHCA, and the removal of cameras from press briefings.
This week, we welcome back contributor Matt Ruby, along with new contributor Charles Gould, to discuss Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and friction in the relationship between Facebook and media…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk Jon Ossoff, the AHCA, and why the MTA sucks and so does Cuomo. Plus, Morning John on why bipartisanship is meaningless.
Pavel Goldstein joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the effect of touch in synchronizing body functions between romantic partners.
John checks in on Trump, North Korea and Otto Warmbier, and Jon Ossoff’s loss in Georgia 06. Plus, catching up on listener mail.      Photo by Anupamtree courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Dr. Wei Luo joins the show to discuss his recent study calculating the amount of water need to carve the ancient network of valleys on Mars.
Melissa Gira Grant joins us for a special MGG Wednesday, talking ICE in court, healthcare, and more Pride. Also, Morning John checks in. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
There have been about 153 mass shootings this year alone. America's love of guns is destroying us.
In this episode, Jeffrey shares the story of how he was arrested and jailed in China before the 2008 Olympics. He recounts the events leading up to his arrest and the lie he invented during interrogation. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Ephemeron" by Com Truise
Arif Razvi of Hello Alvin discusses the future of telehealth and making healthcare more appealing to younger generations.
Attacks on Muslims in the US and the UK, a check in on the status of the AHCA in the Senate, and listener mail catch up.       Philando Castile Protest Photo by Fibonacci Blue courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Seldon Yuan is a NY-based artist who received his BHA from Carnegie Mellon University and his MFA from Hunter College. He has published a book of poetry entitled "morning, afternoon, evenings" and performed his poetry across the US and Paris. His art has been exhibited nationally and internationally in various galleries and venues including the Museum of Modern Art, International Center of Photography, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Arario Gallery, Rare Gallery, La Generale in Paris, Gallerie 69 in Oslo, Norway, Around Space in Shanghai and the Museum of New Art in Detroit. He has completed residencies at Chashama North, Bowery Poetry Club, and Naropa University. He has completed a commission for Socrates Sculpture Park in New York for their Emerging Artist Fellowship and was included in the 2013 Bronx Museum of Art AIM Biennial. All images courtesy of the artist Untitled (yes), 2016, Ink on paper. 50x38 inches. Untitled (so sorry), 2016, Ink on paper. 50x38 inches. Untitled (everything is fine), 2016, Ink on paper. 50x38 inches. Behind the brush 2006, mirror and cut paper, 35 x 35 x 4 inches Text reads: behind the brush  we could not have seen one another  then was only sky we had to leave  wondering among other things  where birds came from  where birds go to camouflaged by our leaving thoughts  we saw only ourselves alone  envying stones  we were saddened by logs as arms cradled down back  until our branches touched by chance  there was never chance we are trees  we have always been together Untitled (clock, towel) 2015, embroidered towel. 78 years, the average American Life Untitled (plant, clock) 2012, live plant, dimensions variable Conceived as a meditation on time and its linear and non-linear aspects, the numbers one through twelve are cut into a live plant in a circle to resemble a clock while the two flowering stems resemble a clock's hour and minute hands. As the leaves move in accordance to the position of the sun, so does the order of the hours. Untitled (plant, clock) 2012, live plant, dimensions variable Untitled (plant, clock) 2012, live plant, dimensions variable
BTRtoday's Editor-in-Chief Adam Bulger joins the show to discuss his Father's Day, what the holiday means to him, and the shameful masculinity of hiding in man caves.
Shakespeare in the Park theatergoers are mostly unimpressed by Trump supporter protesters.
John is in the studio to talk about the latest drama in the White House and Trump’s deflection on Afghanistan. Photo by Brandon Butterworth courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
When Katie Doyle sets out for the Hamptons, she is hoping for summer employment, new friends for her young son, and a chance to explore a new love affair with a dazzling investor. What she finds is a strange cocktail of classes, where society’s one-percenters vacation alongside local, hard-working people who’ve lived in the Hamptons for generations.
Dr. Marino Bruce joins the show to discuss his recent study that suggests attending church or religious services could help you live longer, and the impact spiritual health can have on physical health.
This week, we welcome back contributors Oriana Leckert and Matt Ruby to discuss the ongoing hearings in the Senate Intelligence Committee on possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign,…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk about the aftermath of the shooting in Virginia, the UK election, and the apartment fire in London. Also, John on the Washington Post report that Trump is being investigated for obstruction of justice.    
A new fetish involving people getting pierced and suspended comes to Brooklyn.
Tasseli McKay joins the show to discuss her study exploring the rise in anti-LGBT bullying and harassment.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk Pride and the Babadook, Morning John on Sessions’ testimony, and a special Morning Jake with Jake Bolton on the post-election latest in the UK.    
I used an app to tally how much the network’s men dominate conversations. Big shocker: it’s a lot.
Matthew Barr discusses his belief in moderation and discipline with video games, and why his study focused primarily on multiplayer games.
John is in the studio to talk about what the hell is going on in Washington this week, and a special Just John on Jared Kushner’s other real estate empire. ACHA Photo by Dan Scavino courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
It seems ridiculous to juxtapose a movie monster with gay rights. But maybe it’s not as ridiculous as it seems.
In this episode, Yvonne recounts the two scariest moments in her life, which both took place while traveling in different countries and how the situations were resolved. She also offers her point of view as a woman traveling alone and what those experiences have given her. Music featured in the episode: "Mars" The Olympians
WittyThumbs offers advice for daters. But maybe swipe left on this app.
Matthew Barr joins the show to discuss his paper on how video games can help develop educational skills like communication, adaptability, and resourcefulness.
The Fox News superstar has moved to NBC but she’s intent on showing she’s still a conservative lunatic.
John is in the studio to talk about how Trump is changing the postWorld War II geopolitical landscape, and Rueben Safire joins us to talk about the current and past context around Assange and Wikileaks. Photo credit: Twitter (@RSafire)
Nick Mehedin is a New York based photographer whose work explores ideas of home, patriotism, travel, space and labor. Nick received his BFA in photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2015 and has since had work published in Aint Bad Magazine, Fraction Magazine, Obscura Land, Fotografia Magazine, Business Insider and Juxtapoz Magazine. His photographs have been shown in exhibitions at Aesthesia Studios in Los Angeles, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. All images courtesy of artist Nick Mehedin, Halfway Home Nick Mehedin, Halfway Home Nick Mehedin, Halfway Home Nick Mehedin, Halfway Home Nick Mehedin, Isla Mujeres Nick Mehedin, Isla Mujeres Nick Mehedin, Isla Mujeres Nick Mehedin, Isla Mujeres Nick Mehedin, Isla Mujeres Nick Mehedin, Of Nothing Nick Mehedin, Of Nothing Nick Mehedin, Of Nothing Nick Mehedin, Of Nothing Nick Mehedin, Of Nothing Nick Mehedin, Of Nothing
John Cluverius joins the show to discuss his findings into why contacting your representatives might not be worth it.
Laura Goldfarb reports live from Bonnaroo.
Melissa Dumont joins us to discuss developmental psychology, gender and sexuality, and intelligence. Also, John checks in on the Comey hearing, and Labour has historic gains in the British election. Melissa Dumont Photo credit: Twitter (@melissadoom)
While fitness trackers accurately measure heart rates, their calorie estimates are far less reliable.
What is Improvisational Theater? Can it be taught and learned? What are some of the “Bibles” of Improv? Today on Book Talk I speak with two professional performers and instructors in New York on Improv Theater.
Hillary Abraham joins the show to discuss MIT's recent report on declining interest in self-driving cars.
This week BTR visits barbershops in the Lower East Side of New York City. Barbershops, which were once places of social interaction and public discourse, have declined in social importance due to social media and competition with full-service salons. BTR honors their social importance by featuring portraits of some of the profession's trained workers. Nao, Massimo Salon, 179 Orchard St. Chi, Bianchi Salon, 151 Allen St. Salon Orchard, 189 Orchard St. Allen St. Cut and Shave, 127 Allen St. José, Well Connected, 66 Rivington St. Massimo, Massimo Salon, 179 Orchard St.  
This week, we welcome back contributors Ester Steinberg and Matt Ruby to discuss the ongoing issue of so-called “Fake News”. Also, Charles Hinshaw returns to discuss the new movie, Wonder Woman,…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk liberalism, comedy, and integration. Also, listener mail!
Dr. Robert Liu discusses the role of optogenetics in his study and the difference between pair bonding in voles and love in human beings.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk news consumption, distraction, and reliability. Also, John checks in on the attack in Iran. Photo credit: Twitter (@melissagira)
Dr. Robert Liu joins the show to discuss his recent study on the brain chemistry of monogamous voles.
We check in with Jake Bolton on the latest in the increasingly higher stakes British election, John checks in on Trump’s slippery slope, and the beginnings of an integration plan are proposed in New York City.    Photo credit: Twitter (@JakeBolton)
In this episode, Jose recounts the time he was robbed in Arkansas while on a trip. He shares what he was feeling in the moment and what he learned from that experience. Music featured in the episode: "Equal Powers" by Violents and Monica Martin
BTRtoday's own Taia Handlin joins the show to discuss the lace shorts for men, the logistics of a romper, and whether recent social media men's fashion trends are coopting gender bending styles and culture.
Trump attacks London’s Muslim mayor in the wake of new terrorist attacks there, Bill Maher continues to be a racist, John on the torture report, and listener mail.     Photo by JJARichardson courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The fabulous new lace shorts do what RompHim wants to: challenge gender fashion expectations in men’s fashion.
Rachael Dunville is a Missouri-based fine art photographer whose work explores the photographic encounter as a serious, seductive, and often complicated human exchange. Rachael received her BFA from Missouri State University and her MFA from School of Visual Artst in New York. Her work has been widely exhibited, including a solo exhibition of the Show Me State series at Michael Mazzeo Gallery in New York City. All images courtesy of the artist Rachael Dunville, Carolyn Rachael Dunville, Carolyn Rachael Dunville, Carolyn Rachael Dunville, Carolyn Rachael Dunville, Carolyn Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State Rachael Dunville, Show Me State
Joe discusses President Trump's reactions to the weekend's terror attack in London and how we might think about treating his Twitter feed going forward.
John’s in the studio to talk about the broader implications of Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, plus red-baiting in Brooklyn schools, and listener mail. People's Climate March 2017 Photo by Dcpeopleandeventsof2017 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons  
Mixing Yoga with the ego-freeing buzz from beer, makes the practice transformative and fun—but maybe a little messy.
What can you do if you want to keep their personal information on you personal social media page private when entering the United States? A new app helps keep personal info protected from border guards.
A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood — an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture.