In artist Michael Madsen’s new documentary, The Visit, he tackles one of the biggest questions of all: What would happen if intelligent life from another world landed on Earth? The film begins with the arrival of an alien craft on Earth and proceeds as a thought experiment. We see real scientists, military officials, and a member of the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs discuss and act out how they might respond to an actual encounter with intelligent beings from space.
The Visit is the second in a trilogy of films that explores big ideas surrounding human-kind and civilization. Michael’s first, Into Eternity, tells the story of an underground nuclear waste repository being built to last 100,000 years. The final film, Odyssey, will focus on the philosophical questions of inter-generational space travel.Playlist
Ben made long walks a part of his quarantine routine once conditions in New York City were safe enough for that activity. On one of those walks, he was faced with a split-second decision to abandon all the caution he’d previously practiced (and which he discussed in a previous episode of 1st… | watch
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Joyful Noise Recordings is an Indianapolis-based eclectic indie label begun in 2003 by Karl Hofstetter. In this episode, we'll hear a ton of great music from the label's releases, along with an interview with Karl where we cover the label's beginnings, the importance of physical art objects, and how… | listen
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LA-based singer songwriter Willa Amai is a superb young talent and the protegée to legendary songwriter Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes). With extensive critical praise ahead of the release of her debut record, it’s no surprise that Amai delivers a stunning solo performance here for BTR Live Studio at… | watch