It’s Radio Dispatch Best of 2018 and we’re revisiting our interview with Molly Crabapple on her book, Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian Civil War. Also, our Foreign Policy Year in Review.
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J. McVay shares his 10 favorite films of 2018. He also revisits a few documentaries from the Tribeca Film Festival that really deserve distribution and looks ahead to some films out in 2019 he and his colleagues caught at the festivals this year.
It’s Radio Dispatch Best of 2018 and we’re revisiting our interview with Bryce Covert on Medicaid work requirements, which have only gotten worse since we spoke to her in May. Also, Trump escalates the drone war.
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It’s Radio Dispatch Best of 2018 and we revisit our interview with Meagan Day on the Workplace Democracy Act. Also, New York City public housing resisted tests showing that children are exposed to elevated levels of lead paint.
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J. McVay and Jackie Soller on Pawel Pawlikowski’s movie, ‘Cold War.’ Plus some favorite 1st Person segments and BTR Live Studios performances. And we revisit our discussion of ‘Phantom Thread,’ our first movie review of 2018.
It’s Radio Dispatch Best of 2018 and we’re revisiting our interview with Alexis Goldstein on Medicaid work requirements. Also, it’s our annual discussion of the communism of It’s a Wonderful Life, and…
It’s Radio Dispatch Best of 2018 and we’re revisiting our interview with Charlotte Shane about the bizarre framing of the incel phenomenon. Also, tech companies are compiling data on kids from before they’re born.
Aisling McCrea joins the show to discuss her recent piece for Current Affairs discussing self care and how its framed as an individual problem rather than taking societal pressures and stressors into context.
What happens when members of the media identify more with each other than oppressed communities, the Republican Party has no ability to learn from its midterm losses, and the bizarre vote outcomes in North Carolina.
Catching up on two stories of ICE human rights violations, and a long story shows how Trump’s secretary of labor essentially covered up a massive sex abuse scandal when he should have been prosecuting…
John Bolton hasn’t listen to Khashoggi tape. World on track for catastrophic climate change. Manafort met with Assange. And Dogs aren’t exceptional? Also, J. McVay & Charles Hinshaw on ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ & a preview of Bilge Rat’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Trump reaffirms his support for Saudi Arabia despite the CIA’s conclusion that MBS had Jamal Khashoggi killed, and a New York Times story reveals that Trump wanted the Justice Department to prosecute his political enemies.
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Matt Ruby chats w/ Luisa Díez about her anthropological view of comedy. Jacqueline & J on the new movie, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?.’ And a sneak preview of The Underhill Family Orchestra’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Ted Alexandro joins us to discuss his new comedy special, “Senior Class of Earth.” Also, all hell broke loose on Wednesday, Trump fired Sessions, and the White House puts out lies about a journalist who challenged Trump.
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Danish artist Anna Borgman and German artist Candy Link have been working together since 2011 to create public sculptures that explore notions of place, space, and human’s relationship with history and situation.
Favorite performances, directors, and more from the 2018 New York Film Festival. Thoughts on streaming services’ potential effects on movie making and movie going. A sneak preview of Jane Church’s BTR Live Studio session.
‘No Cameras Allowed: My Career as an Outlaw Rock and Roll Photographer’ tells the story, in words and photos, of how Julian David Stone, entirely by sneaking his equipment into concerts, amassed an incredible archive of over ten thousand rock and roll photos
Favorite films from the 2018 New York Film Festival. Charles Hinshaw and J. McVay on mid90s.’ John Knefel on Mitch McConnell’s targeting of the poor. A sneak preview of The Duke of Surl’s BTR Live Studio session.
Xavier Persad joins the show to discuss the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, measuring LGBTQ inclusive policies, laws, and accommodations in more than 500 cities across the United States.
The Today show does free advertising for a white nationalist group, Mitch McConnell said he will go after Social Security to fix the deficit, and Trump calls MBS another case of “guilty until proven innocent.”
Jesse Myerson on climate change and the right wing response to Medicare for All, and Molly on reports that the children of deported parents are getting adopted by US citizens.
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A piercingly raw debut story collection from a young writer with an explosive voice; a treacherously surreal, and, at times, heartbreakingly satirical look at what it’s like to be young and black in America
The FBI supplemental investigation has been delivered, Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow report that several witnesses couldn’t get in touch with the FBI, pundits wonder whether the fight to hold Kavanaugh accountable gave the GOP a boost.
In 1928, less than a dozen American women had a pilot’s license, making the few women who flew airplanes true radicals. ‘Fly Girls’ tells that story, their story.
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Dr. Steve Billet returns to offer reactions to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony yesterday, as well as perspective on the political reality of the proceedings.
Alexis Goldstein joins us to discuss the show of solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford from the Holton Arms school, and Morning John on the second and third allegations against Kavanaugh.
Alexis Goldstein, via Twitter
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss today’s bizarre news about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the potential significance of his firing, and an update on the most recent allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Sally Tamarkin joins us to discuss the oppressive narratives around food and fitness, Morning John on the last 24 hours worth of updates about Dr. Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, and thoughts on Muppet sexuality.
A story at The Appeal looks closely at how use of force in the Columbus police department is concentrated in a small number of well regarded officers, and authors George Joseph and Ethan Corey join us to discuss.
Elena Childers joins Joe to discuss sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh now that his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has identified herself and wants to testify before Congress.
Joe discusses his appearance on Infowars and talks about the recent allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as well as Senator Diane Feinstein’s decision to handle the information internally.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss what he’s looking for heading into November’s midterm elections, the potential devastation of Hurricane Florence, and how 9/11 altered U.S. politics in the years that followed.
An anonymous administration official takes to the pages of the New York Times Op Ed section to describe a “quiet resistance” on the inside, Kamala Harris suggests that there’s something to be known about Brett Kavanaugh and the Mueller investigation, children separated from their parents at the border are in New York City and can’t start school, and listener mail.
Sarah Jaffe joins us to discuss how labor organizing is surviving and thriving despite attacks on collective bargaining, and celebrates a farewell to Rahm Emmanuel. Also, Morning John on the Woodward book, the Kavanaugh hearings, and the Massachusetts primary.
Sarah Jaffe, via Twitter
Rich Hanley returns to discuss how the national anthem protest storyline will continue during the 2018 NFL season, how the NFL made itself synonymous with the U.S. military, and Colin Kaepernick’s grievance against NFL owners.
Morning John joins us to discuss the Ron DeSantis’s racist remarks about his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum, Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon square off in their first gubernatorial debate, and John McCain’s legacy of school choice.
In Part II, Dr. Steve Billet discusses GW’s midterm polling data that favors Democrats, North Carolina’s bizarre redistricting situation, and if higher voter engagement can be counted as a positive of Trump’s presidency.
Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk about how victims of trafficking who apply for visas are now being referred to ICE for deportation, and how Michael Cohen’s plea deal highlights how badly Stormy Daniels was treated in the media
Jacobin’s Meagan Day joins us to discuss Medicare for All, pitching socialist ideas to a broader audience, and reasons for optimism on left. Also, both Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen are guilty of eight felonies and it all happened within about five minutes of each other.
When the husband of a Queen’s Park aide runs off to escape his gambling debts, private investigator Dan Sharp is hired to track him down. As the city’s political landscape verges on the bizarre — with a crack-using mayor and a major scandal looming — Dan finds himself pitted against a mysterious figure known for making or breaking the reputations of upcoming politicians
Protesters brought down a confederate statue at UNC, the Senate is increasingly disproportionate in its representation of the country, and education advocates are using state courts to seek desegregation and equitable funding.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held a meeting with constituents that was closed to the press and the pundits took the opportunity to lament socialist hyprocrisy. Also, Don McGahn cooperated with Mueller, and listener mail.
Maddy Rosenberg is a New York based multi media artist who spends several months each year in Europe to explore new places in order to broaden her idea base and gather new reference material for her work.
Jason Steinberg returns to discuss the International Sports and Music Project (ISMP), his nonprofit dedicated to creating sports and music opportunities to children in vulnerable communities around the world.
Unite The Right 2 & Covering White Supremacists w/ Rena Karefa-Johnson, Matt Ruby, & J. McVay. Winston Cook Wilson & J. on ‘We The Animals.’ Charles Hinshaw and J. on ‘BlacKkKlansman.’ A performance from Benjamin Jaffe’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Tango was an unlikely choice for Meghan Flaherty. A young woman living with the scars of past trauma, she was terrified of being touched and shied away from real passion. But by her late twenties, she knew something had to change. She dug up an old dream and tried on her dancing shoes
Carol Scavotto is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses interactive performance, collage, masks and drawing to question and address the individual’s response-ability regarding social, global and personal identity.
In celebration of The Simpsons thirtieth anniversary, the show’s longest-serving writer and producer offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history.
Alex Jones has been kicked off of Itunes, Facebook, and Spotify, the Trump administration escalates Iran sanctions and attacks on green card holders, Rick Gates definitely committed crimes, and listener mail.
Paris Martineau joins the show to discuss the timeline of Alex Jones’ bans from Facebook and YouTube, why tech companies didn’t do it sooner, and the reasons why Jones was the perfect far right pariah.
Kimberly picks the brain of a non-artist to understand his take on narrative structure in film and the preservation of memories. The two movies they discuss are Peter Greenaway’s Pillow Book and Christopher Nolan’s Momento.
More than 700 immigrant children remain in separated from their parents by the deadline for reunification, volunteers step up to care for new immigrants, and Michael Cohen says Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting in advance.
House conservatives move to impeach Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, Michael Cohen feels betrayed, the White House bans a CNN reporter, and new documents show Stormy Daniels was targeted by Columbus police.
In Part II, Maria Bustillos discusses why she decided to publish the interview as a Q&A, her thoughts after Bourdain’s death, and the responsibility and difficulty of handling his final public comments.
In a near future in which plummeting birth rates have ominous political and personal implications for women, a young man’s search for his missing sister leads him into a disturbing and desperate underworld, where bitter freedoms are bought at a terrible price.
This is the story of a professional British tree climber, cameraman and adventurer, who has made a career out of travelling the world, filming wildlife for the BBC and climbing trees with people like David Attenborough, Chris Packham and Helen Macdonald
Antriksh Bali is a composer, sound designer and music producer for film, video games and animations. Hailing from Delhi, India, he has been creating music for over a decade. Also being an accomplished…
Matt Ruby speaks with comedian Alingon Mitra. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Sorry To Bother You.’ John Knefel on the grim future for voting rights. A performance from Buck Meek’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Ryan Cooper joins us to discuss a leftist perspective on trade policy, policies that would help Democrats regain power from the Republicans, and infuriating centrism. Also, Cynthia Nixon declares herself a Democratic Socialist.
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In honor of the 50th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s death on June 6th, RFK: His Words for Our Times comes an inspiring collection of RFK’s most famous speeches, with substantial contextual narrative, and accompanied by introductory commentary from notable historians and public figures
Fellow BTRtoday staff writer Taia Handlin (@taiahandlin) joins the show to discuss bathroom greeting etiquette, the ‘House of Cards’ press tour, and why it’s worth making art without “Great Men” at the center of it.
J. McVay, Jacqueline Soller, and Charles Hinshaw on sequels to ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘Sicario,’ and ‘Jurassic World.’ John Knefel on the the need for radical measures by Dems in the upcoming fight over SCOTUS. A performance from The Rizzos’ upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Matt Ruby speaks with Selena Coppock about her book, feminism, politics, and more. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Leave No Trace.’ John Knefel on the Supreme Court’s recent decision on gerrymandering. A performance from Lanz’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
In Part II, Marilyn Haigh discusses the difficulties of reporting the family separation crisis due to lack of information, comparisons to Obama administration policies, and the emotional impact of covering this kind of story.
Marilyn Haigh joins the show to discuss the Texas Tribune’s coverage of the family separation crisis, from the difficulties of reporting to the DHS using separated children as bait for “voluntary deportation orders.”
Customs and Border Protection says that it will stop the criminal prosecution of migrants crossing the border with children, and a New York Times story looks how the middle and high school application…
‘Bulls**t or Legit’ w/ Matt Ruby & Rex Sorgatz. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Town.’ John Knefel on Trump’s Child Hostages. A performance from Trace Mountain’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Matt Ruby and J. McVay on Trump’s rebalancing of relationships with the G7 and North Korea. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Hereditary.’ John Knefel on the GOP’s war on voting. A performance from Yazan’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
In Part II, Mike Castellano and Luca Ranallo (aka The Soccer Guys) offer their World Cup predictions, including which favorites will disappoint, who will earn Golden Ball, which team will win the tournament, and much more.
Alex Press joins us to discuss why strikes work, and an explanation for lower millennial birthrates. Also, racist Corey Stewart wins his Virginia Senate primary, and more thoughts on Sessions’ decision to remove domestic violence as grounds for asylum.
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‘Bulls**t or Legit’ w/ Matt Ruby & Rex Sorgatz. Jacqueline Soller, Bryan Bruchman, and J. McVay on ‘Hearts Beat Loud.’ John Knefel on the enduring love of Republicans for Trump. A performance from Varsity’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
‘Can’t Help Myself’ is the extraordinary (and often hilarious) story of a single woman navigating her mercurial love life, and a moving and poignant portrait of an amazing community of big-hearted, love-seeking allies.
Sonjie Feliciano Solomon is an artist/designer based in Brooklyn, NY whose work explores ephemerality and transformation, light and shadow, structure and collapsibility, and the designed and the organic.
Matt Ruby speaks with Lubaina Choudhury, a natural healing expert. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story.’ John Knefel on the Trump administration rescinding TPS. A performance from NADINE’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Coming of age on the perilous frontier of revolutionary New York, Elizabeth Schuyler champions the fight for independence, and when she meets Alexander Hamilton she’s captivated by the young officer’s charisma and brilliance
Twitter Moments with Matt Ruby. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Deadpool 2.’ John Knefel on the Trump administration creating closer ties with Saudi Arabia and Israel. A performance from Oracle Room’s recent BTR Live Studio session.
Natalie Shure, writer and head of research at Adam Ruins Everything, joins us to discuss the short-comings of the ACA and the argument for Medicare for All. Also, data shows centrists hold the most authoritarian views, and Trump’s reaction to the NFL’s latest racist policy.
Death Doesn’t Bargain is the second historical fantasy title in New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Deadman’s Cross series. Where Deadmen tell their tales, and every soul is damned or redeemed by the final choices they make
Sean McElwee, co-founder of Data For Progress, joins us to discuss his proposal to abolish ICE, and what the primaries tell us about the current state of both political parties. Also, an article at The Intercept argues Chuck Schumer’s foreign policy is nearly indistinguishable from Trump.
Elizabeth Beavers, associate policy director at Indivisible, joins us to discuss the confirmation of Gina Haspel to run the CIA. Also, GL Johnson from DSA Pittsburgh discusses the big wins for socialists last Tuesday. Last but not least, Trump issues a new plan to defund Planned Parenthood.
Favorite performances, directors, and more from the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Charles Hinshaw and J. McVay on ‘Racer and the Jailbird.’ John Knefel on Trump’s reactionary foreign policy. A sneak preview from Language’s BTR Live Studio session.
Evan Williams, a reporter and producer for Frontline’s new documentary “Myanmar’s Killing Fields,” joins us to discuss the atrocities being carried out against the Rohingya. Also, Trump ends Temporary Protected Status, Gina Haspel offered to withdraw her CIA nomination, and Molly gave birth to the newest little scoocher baby.
Favorite films from the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Tully.’ John Knefel on Michelle Wolf’s WHCD performance. A sneak preview from Holly Miranda’s BTR Live Studio session.
Matt Ruby interviews comedian/writer Dan Shaki about his working on a sitcom with Nate Bargatze and Jerrod Carmichael. Jacqueline Soller on ‘Disobedience’ and ‘Duck Butter.’ Molly Knefel on Democratic jobs policy. A performance from Operator Music Band’s BTR Live Studio session.
Matt Ruby interviews Doc Kelley about FluxBuddha. Winston Cook-Wilson on ‘You Were Never Really Here’ and ‘A Quiet Place.’ Molly Knefel on liberal reactions to so-called “political correctness.” A performance from IDLES’ BTR Live Studio session.
CVT’s Scott Roehm joins the show to discuss his organization’s opposition of Gina Haspel’s nomination for CIA Director, citing her operational role in the intelligence agency’s now-defunct torture program.
“If not you, then who? If not now, then when? We need more women to speak up and make their voices heard. Young women have valuable experiences and perspectives. We need you in this fight.” Senator Elizabeth Warren