Writer David Shields talks about his book War Is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict. In the book, David presents a selection of New York Times front-page conflict images to make the case that war photographs — as seen in the Grey Lady — are aestheticizing the horrors of war. Whether you agree with David’s thesis or not, the book poses important questions about the purpose of war photography, the authority of big media institutions, and our relationship to violent images in a photo-saturated culture.
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
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
The trailer for Tony Soprano's origin story is here, and it's in the best hands it could possibly be. | read