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We discuss new movies, ‘Marriage Story’ and ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire.’ Plus a preview of Queen of Jeans’…
Follow writer Skip Rozin, as he goes from being single to a married father of four, and then joins those other New…
Brian Michael Dunn is a DC-based artist whose work explores notions of abstraction, popular culture and…
Matt Ruby talks with Arielle the Herbalist. Also, we review new movie, ‘Knives Out.’ Plus a preview of Arthur…
A remarkable true story of life, its extreme challenges and triumph over the ultimate heartbreak.
Emily Oliveira is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores notions of queer utopian futurity and femine labor. She is a…
Joe Virgillito talks with author & researcher John Cook about climate change communication. Also, we review new movie,…
J. Martin Strangeweather is a graduate of U.C. Irvine’s MFA program in English and fiction. He also holds degrees in…
Matt Ruby talks with comedian Seaton Smith. Also, we review new movie, ‘The Report.’ Plus a preview of Color…
‘Holding On To Nothing’ is a resonant song of the South, all whiskey, bluegrass, Dolly Parton, tobacco fields, and…
Giula Livi is a Baltimore-based artist who interposes objects of the everyday to distort our sense of space, explore our…
Meet Wayne Ski, longtime BTR producer and host. Also, we review new movie, ‘Motherless Brooklyn.’ Plus a preview of…
This unforgettable debut novel is a sweeping tale of forbidden love, profound loss, and the startling truth of the…
Jemila MacEwan is an interdisciplinary artist whose work seeks out an empathetic approach to humanities destructive…
We discuss Scorsese’s latest, ‘The Irishman.’ Plus a preview of Maneka’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
In the spirit of Evicted, Bait and Switch, and The Big Short, a shocking, heart-wrenching investigation into America’s…
Jane Szabo is a Los Angeles based fine art photographer, with an MFA from Art Center College of
Design in Pasadena,…
Favorite performances, directors, and more from the 2019 New York Film Festival. Also, we review new movie, ‘The…
From critically acclaimed ‘New York Times’ best-selling author Jami Attenberg comes a novel of family secrets:…
Jennifer Omaitz is visual artist and a 2019 Ohio Arts Council grantee. She lives and works in Kent, OH. 
Favorite films from the 2019 New York Film Festival. Also, we review new movie, ‘Joker.’ Plus a preview of Daughter…
A brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to…
Aubrey Roemer is a multi-disciplinary artist who is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology.
We wrap up our 20yr Film Retro series with our favorite films of 1999. Also, we review new movie, ‘Parasite.’ Plus a…
Best-selling author Tim O’Brien shares wisdom from a life in letters, lessons learned in wartime, and the challenges,…
Marina Dojchinov is an entrepreneur, journalist, gallerists and notable keynote speaker.
Meet Maia Macdonald, longtime BTR producer and host. Also, we review new movie, ‘Pain and Glory.’ Plus a preview of…
Four children live on an island that is the repository for all the world’s garbage. Garbage arrives, the children sort…
Heather Garland is a New York based artist who works primarily in painting and installation. Heather has had solo…
We look back on 1999 film ‘The Blair Witch Project.’ Also, we review new movie, ‘Ad Astra.’ Plus a preview of…
Lori Hepner is a Pittsburgh based new media artist working primarily in performative light painting, fine art…
Matt Ruby and Luisa Díez on controversial SNL hiring. J. McVay and Jacqueline Soller on ‘Hustlers.’ Plus a preview…
To save both democracy and a decent economy, here’s why it’s crucial that Americans elect a truly progressive…
Lindsey Guile is a New York-based artist whose work deals with the space between ourselves and the photographic…
We look back on 1999 film ‘The Iron Giant.’ Also, we review new movie, ‘Brittany Runs A Marathon.’ Plus a…
Does college still work? Is our system of higher education fair? And how can we help more young Americans achieve…
Stephen Eakin’s recent work explores the connection between objects and their associated meanings, and how the context…
We look back on 1999 film ‘The Matrix.’ Also, we review new movie, ‘Ready or Not.’ Plus a preview of Dub…
Books you may have missed. The Booker Prize. Books to check out.
Kirby Miles is a Tennessee-based artist who utilizes the term of biomythography to concoct feminine composites.
Our 2019 Fall Movie Preview. And a preview of Diane Coffee’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
We count down the 21 books high school students should be reading.
Max Colby is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work reframes traditional notions of domesticity, power, and gender through a…
Trump on Jewish Loyalty (and “The Squad”). WaP theater critic on Elizabeth Warren. HBO’s ‘Succession.’ New…
An insider’s view of life inside the CIA following 9/11, when all the old protocols were off … A revealing and…
Kiran has earned an Honors BA from St. Stephen’s College of Delhi University, a BFA from Lesley University’s Art…
We look back on 1999 film ‘American Movie.’ Also, we review new movie, Luce.’Plus a preview of Lapêche’s…
A mystery linking Manhattan circa 1991 to eastern Afghanistan in 2012, ‘Blue Hours’ tells of a life-changing…
Alex Paik is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work explores visual, material, and social interdependence through…
We discuss Tarantino’s latest, ‘Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.’ Plus a preview of Verdigrls’ upcoming BTR…
Katherine Mitchell DiRico uses drawing, sculpture, light, and sound elements to create multimedia installations that…
We look back on 1999 film ‘The Sixth Sense.’ Plus a preview of Dead Swords’ upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Three books that you should be reading in 2019. Crawdad’s, a Sixties summer, and seventy-two virgins.
Beatrice Glow is an interdisciplinary artist whose work highlights human interconnectivity while amplifying stories…
Matt Ruby and Joe Zimmerman on relationship attachment styles. J. McVay and Jacqueline Soller on ‘Spider-Man: Far From…
Rosbottom masterfully explores the crucial role played by the young people of France, many still in their teens, in…
Rachel Frank grew up near Big Bone Lick, Kentucky, the birthplace of American paleontology, where large mammoth and…
We look back on 1999 film ‘Fight Club.’ Also, we review new movie, ‘Midsommar.’ Plus a preview of Juan…
A middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman.
Carole Loeffler is a Philadelphia-based artist whose text work and found object based sculptures are a reaction to the…
Matt Ruby and Raanan Hershberg on silent meditation retreats (and comedy). J. McVay and Jacqueline Soller on new movie,…
A doorman at a posh apartment building gets lost in the mean New York City streets, battling his demons as he searches…
Jeremy Olson is an American artist working in painting, video, sculpture and photography. His references range from the…
Jackie and J discuss new movies, ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Toy Story 4.’ Plus a preview of Be Forest’s and Ames’…
On September 14, 1969, Private First Class Judy Talton celebrates her nineteenth birthday by secretly joining the campus…
Vanessa Albury is the Founding Artist and Director of Coral Projects, an artist-run, site-specific art exhibition…
We look back on 1999 film ‘American Beauty.’ Also, we review new movie,’Maiden.’ Plus a preview of Meg Myers’…
Rebel, seeker, traveler, observer, vagabond. Writer and poet Jim Christy has been called all these things and more.…
Jacqueline Bell Johnson is a California-based artist whose work explores the intersection of organic and architectural…
Jackie and J discuss new movies, ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ and ‘The Souvenir.’ Plus a preview of Divino Niño’s…
With hairpin twists and immense psychological acuity, Kelsey Rae Dimberg’s ‘Girl in the Rearview Mirror’ is as…
Mark Addison Smith is a New York-based artist whose design specialization is typographic storytelling that allows…
Jackie and J discuss new movies, ‘The Last Black Main San Francisco’ and ‘Wild Rose.’ Plus a preview of Dark…
Don and Rosie are back in Melbourne after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important…
Sophia Krupsha was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania in 1998. Her work explores local history, cultural identity and…
We wrap up our 10yr Film Retro series with our favorite films of 2009. Also, we review new movie,’Late Night.’ Plus…
In the Hamptons, no rules apply, especially in matters of money—and the heart…
Katy McCarthy is an artist based in Brooklyn and working primarily in video and sculpture. Her work laminates historical…
Candidate Profile: Kamala Harris. Also, we review new movie, ‘Brightburn’ and preview Jo Schornikow’s BTR Live…
‘Dear Scarlet’ is a poignant and deeply personal journey through the complexities of new motherhood, offering hope…
Sarah Walko is a multi-media artist whose work is inspired by literature and by the structure of storytelling
Our 2019 Summer Movie Preview. Review and Discussion of Olivia Wilde’s ‘Booksmart.’ And a preview of DAD’s…
The New York Times bestselling historical novelist delivers her biggest, boldest, and most ambitious novel yet—a…
Kirk Maynard is a mixed media artist and educator whose work focuses on the political undercurrents of culture and…
Our favorite performers, directos, and more from the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Discussion of new Swedish sci-fi film,…
What makes a child successful in life? What about raising a successful student? These questions and more answered in one…
Shaina Lynn is a New Orleans-born, LA-based actress, writer, poet, Afro-Futurist, and multimedia artist that demands the…
Our favorite films from the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and a preview of Thumpasaurus’ BTR Live Studio session.
When a young woman leaves her family—and the civilized world—to join an off-the-grid community headed by…
Jay Milder is an American artist and a figurative expressionist painter of the second generation New York School
Candidate Profile: Kirsten Gillibrand. Also, we review new movie, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and preview Strawberry…
A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet's Rise.
Artist Tattfoo Tan’s practice focuses on issues relating to ecology, sustainability and healthy living.
We look back on 2009 film ‘The Hangover.’ Also, we review new movie,’High Life.’ Plus a preview of Strawberry…
A poignant, dazzling debut novel about a woman who longs to be a mother and the captivating yet troubled child she and…
Althea Rao is an interdisciplinary artist who calls herself a cultural facilitator. She creates social engagement models…
We look back on 2009 film ‘Dogtooth.’ Also, we review new movie,‘Dogman.’ Plus a preview of Grandchildren’s…
They live a cloistered life, exotic to modern eyes, founded upon privilege and duty, ruled by byzantine and often…
Anh Thuy Nguyen's work consists of installation, sculpture and performance that allegorize the interpersonal affect…
Candidate Profile: Elizabeth Warren. Also, we review the new movie, ‘Shazam!’
A disarmingly funny, thought-provoking, and boldly revealing new book that shows us what it means to be human.
Sarah G. Sharp is an artist and curator whose interests include alternative social histories, language, place,…
We look back on 2009 film ‘Inglourious Basterds.’ Also, we review new movie, ‘The Beach Bum.’ Plus a preview of…
Jez Riley French is a UK-based sound artist who uses intuitive composition, field recording, improvisation and…
Matt Ruby interviews vocal transformation coach Maryn Azoff. Jacqueline Soller & J. McVay on new movie, ‘Us.’ Plus a…
The Hemingway Sisters of Cold River, Missouri are local legends. The sisters couldn’t be more different—or more…
Nora Byrne is an artist who was born and raised in New Hampshire, on a dirt road next to a river. Currently she lives…
We look back on 2009 film ‘The White Ribbon.’ Also, we review new movie, ‘Gloria Bell.’ Plus a preview of Field…
Digging down to the roots of our lived experience in the world, ‘Time To Tell’ takes us through a journey replete…
Ken Solomon is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work promotes pauses.
We look back on 2009 film ‘Precious.’ Also, we review new movie, ‘Captain Marvel.’ Plus a preview of Zenizen’s…
For the first time in almost ten years of Book Talk on BTRtoday, we hear from children. This week’s episode is…
Simone Couto is a United States-based interdisciplinary artist, poet, writer, curator, and educator, whose practice…
We look back on 2009 film ‘Avatar.’ Also, we review new movie, ‘Climax.’ Plus a preview of And The Kids’…
The 91st Academy Awards gave way to a wide-range of writing when it came to the Adapted Screenplay category. A string of…
MaryKate Maher is a sculptor from Brooklyn, New York. Her work addresses nature, not as a harmonious…
Michael Cohen testifies before Congress. The Academy Awards. Workism in the new religion. New movie, ‘Fighting With My…
The incredible story of how one woman managed to emerge from darkness, explore her haunted past, and heal herself from…
Priscilla Dobler is an interdisciplinary artist, born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico and raised in Tacoma, Washington by an…
We begin to look back on films from 10 years ago, with ‘The Hurt Locker.’ Also, we review new movie, ‘Birds of…
The story of a family. The story of an empire. The story of a nation.
This week Kimberly Speaks with Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco about his current project he did in collaboration with…
J. McVay is joined by contributors Kate Willett and Matt Ruby to discuss the plans offered so far by several high…
A vivid catalog of heartache, loneliness, love and joy, The Twenty-Ninth Year is an education in looking for home and…
Marco North is a filmmaker, photographer, author and musician based in Moscow, Russia.
J. McVay, Jacqueline, & Chuck discuss Netflix movies ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ & ‘Bird Box.’ Plus a preview of Vera…
It’s the Lunar New Year around the World today, and today we look at the genre and identity of Asian American…
Yasmeen Abdallah is a transdisciplinary artist, curator and educator focusing on socially-engaged issues and practices.
Netflix & Hulu’s competing Fyre Fest documentaries. ‘First Man,’ starring Ryan Gosling. Bedstudy’s BTR Live…
Keggie Carew has an unerring instinct for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, of putting her foot in it, and…
Julia Betts is a Pittsburgh- based artist whose work veers toward the intersection of sculpture, performance and…
J. McVay, Jacqueline Soller, and Charles Hinshaw discuss the just announced Oscar nominations, sharing their own…
Five must-read books on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Karine Falleni is a New York based artist whose practice is an inquiry into recording a visual trace of her physical…
New Gillette ad angers angry people. Pelosi effectively cancels the State of the Union. Another new Ghostbusters movie?…
From the author of The Water Dancers and Good Family, an exquisitely crafted novel, set in Ohio in the decades leading…
Molly Valentine Dierks explores the expanding field of sculpture through her work across media
We review and discuss ‘Vice’ and ‘Stan & Ollie.’ Plus a preview of The Sharp Shadows’ upcoming BTR Live Studio…
A look ahead at what to expect in January and the first half of 2019 in books, with a special feature on Aaron
Kylin is a multidisciplinary artist whose work employs ancient symbolism, ritualistic repetition, transformative…
We review and discuss ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse,’ ‘Aquaman,’ and ‘Mary Poppins Returns. Plus a…
'Learning to See’ is a historical novel about Dorothea Lange, the pioneering documentary photographer who captured…
Cari Freno is an artist living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Her work draws inspiration from the fields…

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