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A stunning portrait of an Appalachian community where cell service and WiFi are restricted by law, the people who call it home, and the enduring human quest for quiet.
This week Kimberly spoke to Paula Pedrosa, a self-taught photographer and visual artist who has a degree in biology and visual communication and a masters degree in tropical ecology. Throughout the conversation, they talk about the influence of science on Paula's visual work and ideas such as the boundaries between the natural and artificial in nature and the interweaving of science and imagination. All images courtesy of the artist
Lots of great music came out in the first half of the year, so we’re getting together to talk about our favorites. Plus music by Will Stratton.
In Katie Crouch's thrilling novel ‘Embassy Wife,’ two women abroad search for the truth about their husbands—and their country.
This week Kimberly spoke with Lucia Love, a Brooklyn-based based artist whose illustrative, character-driven paintings comically depict doomsday landscapes that are uncanny in their similarities to today’s world. Lucia is also the cohost of the Art and Labor podcast and they are involved in the collaborative project Constructing the Real, a free online school that focuses in art theory art history and more. All images courtesy of the artist
It’s been a while since a Marvel movie has been in theaters, and one of the original stars of the MCU should probably have had her own movie sooner. Plus music by niecesandnephews.
In the uneasy peace following World War I, nurse Bess Crawford runs into trouble and treachery in Ireland—in this twelfth book in the ‘New York Times’ bestselling mystery series.
This week Kimberly spoke with Flora Wilds, an artist who recently received her MFA from the San Fransisco Art Institute. Throughout the conversation Kimberly and Flora talk about Flora’s interest in using re-cycled and used materials as a way to talk critique commodity culture and to avoid buying new. They also talk about her interest in the labor of looking, searching, curating and collecting. All images courtesy of the artist
A throwback noir film from Steven Soderbergh. An unearthed look at a cultural festival that was effectively disappeared from history until now. Plus music by Wes Tirey.
Thoughts, books, and writing on the sordid legacy of the Canadian Indigenous Residential School System.
This week Kimberly spoke with Francesca Della Benatta, an Italian-born artist who currently lives and works in Mexico City. Throughout the conversation they speak about Francesca's trajectory from working in the movie industry to becoming a full-time sculpture who works mostly in bronze. Images courtesy of the artist
Sport Illustrated’s Julie Kliegman on trans athlete bans going into effect across the country. Also, A24 and Hulu’s ‘False Positive.’ Plus music by Gracie and Rachel and Talay.
This week Kimberly spoke with Ashley Lyon, a New York-based artist who uses clay to create objects that reflect on motherhood. Throughout the conversation they talk about Ashely's experience of being an artist and a mother and the poetic relationships she builds between abstraction and personal narrative. All images courtesy of the artist
Madeline Peltz on the right wing media ecosystem of conspiracies and misinfino. Also, Hulu’s ‘Plan B’. Plus music by Sarah Osborne and Milly.
The incredible World War II saga of the Jewish refugees who fought in Britain’s most secretive special-forces unit—but whose story has gone untold until now.
This week Kimberly spoke with Texas-based artist Bonny Leibowitz about the installation work she produced during COVID and her experiments with alternative spaces. All images courtesy of the artist  
‘In The Heights’ transposes the staged depiction of Washington Heights to the big screen. Stories from the pandemic and protests. Plus music by Alex Lleo and Ifeanyi Elswith.
A lively exploration of the mathematics, physics, and neuroscience that underlie music in a way that readers without scientific background can follow.
This week Kimberly spoke with Justyna Kisielewicz, a Polish-born artist who currently lives in the United States. Throughout the conversation, they talk about Justyna's view of America in comparison to Poland and her journey of moving to the states to be a full-time artist. All images courtesy of the artist
Ryan Cooper on the GOP threat to democracy. Also, Magnet Releasing’s new film, ‘Censor.’ Plus music by Golden Alphabet and Phantom Wave.
A clear assessment from a Washington insider on how democracy works, why it doesn’t, and why fixing it is easier than we think.
This week Kimberly spoke with William Chan, a New York based artist and United States War Veteran, whose work includes performance interventions and photography. Throughout the conversation we talk about William’s ideologies surrounding communication, compassion, American politics and laughter. All images and documentation courtesy of William Chan.  
Robin Marty on a SCOTUS case that could change reproductive rights in America. Also, Paramount Pictures’ ‘A Quiet Place Part II.’ Plus music by Willa Amai and The Planes.
What is happening in Tulsa? A renaissance perhaps? Great books podcast, a surging music scene, and re-telling history with honesty.
This week Kimberly spoke with Chicago-based artist and designer Lola Dement Myers. Throughout the conversation they spoke about the construction of LOLA world, a platform for presenting LOLA'S digital identity as well as Lola's interest in organization, design and documentation. All images courtesy of the artist
We round up our moist-highly anticipated movies that will be out between Memorial and Labor Days. Plus music by Endearments.
A list of books to read around Memorial Day. Plus a list of archived Book Talk Interviews to listen to on Memorial Day Weekend.
This week Kimberly speaks with Caroline Falby about her interactive animation installation The Animation of Mortality. Video documentation courtesy of the artist. 
Dr. Celine Gounder explains what’s behind so-called vaccine hesitancy and how to boost vaccine confidence. Also, New Line Cinema’s ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead.’ Plus music by Michael Cormier.
A frustratingly sentimental depiction of adolescence and American counterculture.
This week Kimberly spoke with Christalena Hughmanick is a New York-based artist who recently returned from residency at the SÍM residency is Reykjavík, Iceland. Throughout the conversation they talk about the performative social engagement work she produced while abroad as well as her interest in language and desire. All images courtesy of the artist A Consideration (of Volcanic Nature) from Christalena Hughmanick on Vimeo.
Meet Emily Smith, a longtime producer and host at BTRtoday. Plus music by Juliet Quick.
What if you gave birth to someone else’s child? An emotional family drama about two couples, one baby, and an unimaginable choice. Inspired by a real-life case of an IVF laboratory mix-up.
This week Kimberly spoke with Allison Maria Rodriguez, a first generation Cuban-American artist working predominately in video installation. Throughout the conversation they speak about Allison’s relationship to her family and heritage, and the connections she makes between the personal, ecological and environmental. All documentation courtesy of the artist Wish You Were Here: Greetings from the Galápagos” at the Boston Children’s Museum “In the Presence of Absence – José María & Ike” (video still) In the Presence of Absence video installation documentation Fitchburg Art Museum, Feb – Sept. 2020 (photo by Charles Sternaimolo) Subversive Dreams - Allison Maria Rodriguez from Emerson Contemporary on Vimeo.
Meet Bryan Bruchman, a longtime producer and host at BTRtoday. Plus music by Sasha and the Valentines and GracieSouz.
A dark narrative and brutal account of opiate addiction and inquisition into the pursuit of happiness.
Julia Kwon is a Korean American artist working with textiles. Her work explores the objectification of Asiatic female bodies and the complexities of constructing identity within the context of globalism, cultural hybridity and intersectionality. Throughout the conversation we talk about Julia’s face mask project titled Unapologetically Asian. For additional resources on how to help Asian communities, click here All images courtesy of the artist
An examination of hate crimes against Asian Americans. A devastating film about the massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian War. Plus music by A Day Without Love.
A propulsive, scorching modern gothic, ‘Yes, Daddy’ follows an ambitious young man who is lured by an older, successful playwright into a dizzying world of wealth and an idyllic Hamptons home where things take a nightmarish turn.
This week Kimberly spoke with New York-based artist Visakh Menon about his interest in digital aesthetics and its relationship to traditional painting and drawing. All images courtesy of the artist Interference Acrylic and paint markers on paper 24x18" each | 2018 Interference Acrylic and paint markers on paper 24x36" | 2015 Interference Acrylic and paint markers on paper 24x36" | 2015 Interference Acrylic and paint markers on paper 24x18" each | 2018 Interference Acrylic and paint markers on paper 24x18" (each) | 2018 Interference Acrylic and paint markers on paper 24" | 2018 Interference (detail) Acrylic and paint markers on paper 24" | 2018 Interference Acrylic and paint markers on paper 36x24" | 2017-2018 Interference (detail) Acrylic and paint markers on paper 36x24" | 2017-2018
Our favorite films, performances, and more of 2020. Plus music by A Very Special Episode and Beau Jennings.
Listen in as I talk to a decade-long friend of mine about his fascinating first-hand, raw account of what it is like to battle Depression and come out the other side.
This week Kimberly spoke with Hudson Valley-based artist Lorrie Fredette about her project “Spaces for Thinking,” a blog that showcases the sketchbooks of artists. Throughout the conversation Kimberly and Lorrie talk about privacy, intimacy and exploration through the relationship of the artist and their sketchbook. All images courtesy of Spaces for Thinking Iain Machell @iainmachell Amy Talluto @talluts   Rebecca Hellard @rebeccahellard   Beth Humphrey @studiobeth   Mandolyn Wilson Rosen @mandolyn_rosen   Shanti Grumbine @shantigrumbine   Echo Goff @echoingcave   John Owens @country_bear_jamboree   Yura Adams @yuradams   Jennifer Hicks @msjenniferhicks   Katie Grove @katiegrovestudios   Megan Porpeglia @meganporpeglia Kate Collyer @kdcollyer
Manny Nomikos on the roles of identity and the pandemic in his music. Plus a discussion of the Paul Greengrass/Tom Hanks movie, ‘New of the World.’ And music by Veronica Bianqui & LAPÊCHE.
A symphony of contemporary New York through the magnificent words of its people―from the best-selling author of ‘Londoners.’
Sarah E. Jenkins is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who works in stop motion animation, drawing and social practice. Her work is inspired by labor, women’s work and post-industrial landscapes. All videos courtesy of the artist
Two Academy Award nominated dramas centered on difficult family drama. Plus music from The Black Black and E. Woods.
The renowned biographer’s definitive portrait of a literary titan.
This week Kimberly spoke with Augustine Boyce Cummings, a new York-based artist who works with sculpture, painting, drawing and assemblages. During the conversation, Kimberly and Boyce spoke about Boyce's project titled An American Dream, a massive multi-media installation that was exhibited in an abandoned school building in Grand Rapids Michigan. All images courtesy of the artist
Christopher Nolan’s latest is a confounding, yet impressive, big screen spectacle. Plus music from Faith & Majesty and Pearl Charles.
Inspired by the true World War II history of the few bookshops to survive the Blitz, ‘The Last Bookshop in London’ is a timeless story of wartime loss, love and the enduring power of literature.
This week Kimberly spoke with Chip McCall, a New York-based artist whose playful sculptures explore ideas of capitalism and object functionality. Throughout the conversation Kimberly and Chip speak about online identities, Chip's repurposing of household products and the role humor and language play in his work. All images courtesy of the artist I'd eat the whole damn child just to taste the thing it came out Of Dense with sunspots and a hairline that makes no definitive Conclusion Well if I can't be president, I guess I'll get my d*ck sucked by a snake Excited about the McRib coming back
A somewhat unprecedented director's cut… for better or worse. Plus music from Sunny War.
Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, & the Perilous Birth of the British Empire.
This week Kimberly spoke with New York-based artist Audrey Ryan about the collection of intimate paintings depicting members of the punk, hard core BDSM communities that are currently on view at Field Projects in NYC. All images courtesy of the artist
The president makes progress. A governor descends further into scandal. The Oscar-nominated film, ‘Another Round.’ Plus music from Bartees Strange and Mala Vista.
“To remove them from the market, however distasteful they may be, is censorship, pure and simple,” one says. Another opines, “The guardians of Dr. Seuss’s literary legacy made the right call.”
This week Kimberly spoke with New York based artist Madeleine Fia Matson about her process of making plein air paintings while in residence at LMCC's artist residency initiative in response to COVID-19. All images courtesy of the artist
Researcher Mikey Biddlestone on a conspiracy theory aimed at an icon. Regina King’s film, One Night in Miami...’ Plus music from Soul Honey Records.
A heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.
Parker Thornton is an artist and writer who lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She earned her BA in English Literature and Studio Art from Oglethorpe University in 2013 and her MFA in Photography from Georgia State University in 2020. Her practice ranges from lens-based media to sculpture, writing, and performance. She has exhibited work nationally at Whitespace, Historic Oakland Cemetery, and SOUP Experimental. Parker was the 2020 winner of the Andrew M. West Scholarship at Georgia State University. In 2019, she was an artist in residence at Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. That year she was also granted a scholarship to attend Anderson Ranch Art Center, and won Best in Show at Day and Night Projects. All images courtesy of the artist Skinned Boulder. Latex, moss, camel hair, 2019. Body Of. Rendered animal fat, birdseed. 5” x 4” x 9”. 2020. Defrosting a Chicken. Archival inkjet print. 13" x 19". 2019. Skinned Tree (Flesh side, detail). Latex, ivy. 2019. Skinned Tree (Bark side, detail). Latex. 2019.
Journalist Ryan Cooper on NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent troubles. Lee Isaac Chung’s film, ‘Minari.’ Plus music from T.V.O.D. and Kaz Mirblouk.
I often wonder if we are living the wrong life in the wrong country.
This week Kimberly spoke with Lesley Wamsley, a New York artist whose observation-based paintings work to document life in the present moment. Throughout the conversation, they spoke about Lesley's desire to document life through painting and the benefits that allowing herself to paint en plein air had on her art and life. Images courtesy of the artist
Chloé Zhao’s gorgeous new docudrama resonates today. Plus stories of traveling the road. Also, music from Jonas Carping and Hoorsees.
The Butcher Shop Girl’ is a compelling memoir of resilience and persistence that captures the vivacious spirit of a small-town girl determined to succeed by any means necessary.
This week Kimberly speaks with Brianna Harlan, a multi-disciplinary artist who works conceptually in multiform, socially and self-engaged art.  In the episode Kimberly and Brianna speak about Brianna's need to confront, though art engagement, how systems violently condition our identity and how that influences the quality of life, health and habits. They also speak about Brianna's projects Black Love Blooms, Black Girl Telephone and Creative in the Grey. All images courtesy of the artist
In this episode, Joe Virgillito and Charles Hinshaw to discuss the new movie 'Judas and the Black Messiah' directed by Shaka King and starring Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield. Later in the show, Charles speaks with Jacqueline Soller about 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis. Plus we’ll hear live performances from OK Cowgirl and Lindsay Reamer, both recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.
From acclaimed spy novelist Paul Vidich comes a taut new thriller following the attempted exfiltration of a KGB officer from the ever-changing—and always dangerous—USSR in the mid-1980s.
This week Kimberly spoke with Berlin-based artist Rubén González Escudero, whose work examines the complexity of urban spaces, social and cultural structures and how they interact. Throughout the conversation they talk about Rubén's relationship with Berlin as well as the hometown of his mother in Spain. All videos courtesy of the artist Eadem mutata resurgo from Rubén González Escudero on Vimeo. Walking around (Excerpt) from Rubén González Escudero on Vimeo.
Joe Biden has a plan, but is it enough? Trump needs to be held to account, but will he be? Plus music by Thick and Bruisey Peets.
A brilliant and novel examination of how Abraham Lincoln mastered the art of leadership.
This week Kimberly spoke with Maxim Ryazanksy about his portrait series Artist Portraits: Volume 1 (2015-2020)  All images courtesy of Maxim Ryazansky Nicasio Fernandez, 2017 Stephanie Slate, 2015 Shona McAndrew, 2018 Doreen Garner, 2016 Mitchell Cooper, 2017 Elliot Purse, 2019 Baseera Khan, 2017 Adrienne Gaither, 2017 Margaret Cross, 2016 Ashton Ogbomoneu, 2018
Revisiting previous topics: free college, misinformation, immersive moviegoing, prediction markets, and polling. Plus music from Hollyy.
A debut collection from an extraordinary new talent, a vivid portrayal of the men and women of modern China and its diaspora.
This week Kimberly spoke with Adam Chau, a ceramic designer who investigates the hybridization of handcraft and digital technology. Throughout the conversation they speak about the techniques Adam uses to insert hand-crafted elements into digital processes and they also reflect on the effects of digital culture on society. All images courtesy of Adam Chau  
The 4th installment of Steven McQueen’s series. A long-delayed revenge film. Plus music by Tommy Sherrod and MC WhiteOwl.
Pike Logan must divert two world powers from engaging in a major conflict that could ignite a war in this pulse-pounding thriller from New York Times bestselling author and former Special Forces officer Brad Taylor.
Hall W Rockefeller is an artists writer who holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in the history of art. She is the founder of "Less Than Half" and "50 Women Project," works of art writing honoring the life and work of women artists
Trump slinks away as his impeachment trial looms. Biden hits the ground runnings with executive orders and a pandemic plan. Plus music by The Electric Grandmother and Comfy.
This spare, graceful narrative chronicles the flux of parenthood, marriage, and the day-to-day practice of love. As challenging as it is vulnerable, as furious as it is tender, as touching as it is darkly comic, Peter Ho Davies’ new novel is an unprecedented depiction of fatherhood.
Hyun Jung Ahn is a Korean painter who creates work that investigates personal connection through enigmatic, abstract forms. Ahn earned her first MFA from Duk-Sung Women’s University, Seoul in 2013 and she received her second MFA in painting and drawing from Pratt Institute in 2017. Ahn’s work has been exhibited internationally in Seoul, Tuscany, Miami, San Francisco, and New York City. She participated in residencies including Studio in Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and Vermont Studio Center. Ahn currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. All images courtesy of the artist
A big screen spectacle on our TVs. The 3rd In Steve McQueen’s remarkable series.. Plus music by Sanya N’Kanta.
"There’s nothing like a Black salesman on a mission."
This week Kimberly spoke with NY-based artist, curator and MFA candidate SiSi Chen. Throughout the conversation they spoke about SiSi's new role as the director of Trestle Gallery and her task of fundraising in order to keep the gallery doors open. They also about the work she is producing for her thesis project at Hunter College and also about her programs efforts to decolonize their MFA program. All images courtesy of the artist
Certain election defeat for Trump fueled armed insurrection. Meanwhile, Dems will now hold both chambers of Congress along with the White House. Plus music by Erin Frisy and Gold Connections.
I’m not giving anything away. You need to tune in to listen to clips from my Top Five interviews of 2020!
This week Kimberly spoke with Sheilah Restack, an Ohio-based artist whose work explores the intersection of photography, sculpture and human relationships. She also collaborates on video work with her wife, Dani Restack. Sheilah is currently an associate professor of studio art at Denison University and has attended residencies at MacDowell, Banff Center for the Arts, and Struts and Faucet Media Center, among others. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including countries such as New Zealand, Germany, Newfoundland, Romania, South Korea, Portugal and Spain, among others. All images and videos courtesy of the artist Installation view Hold Hold Spill at Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA. Curated by Suzanne L’heureux. July 17-August 23, 2020. Back view Hold House Walking prints on fiber photo paper, plexi, water, wild dill from Headlands, yellow acetate, plant material, angle iron, rock, rubber bands, plexi, thread, 30 x 50 x 60”, 2020 Hold Rose Photogram on RC paper, 4 x 5 glassplate negatives of historical events (snowflake letter from Jeffry inside the negatives), rein, angle iron, plexi and metal clips, 40 x 24 x 4”, 2019 Detail Rabbit Felt blanket, fiber walking prints, acetate, note on FGT paper, chalk line, cement wedge, thread. 32 x 52 x 6,5”, 2020
2020 In Review! We revisit our chat about the 2011 movie, ‘Contagion’ from way back in March. Plus music by Lisel, Activity, Shamir, Felicia Douglass… and Allison Langerak and Wyatt Tuzo.