Ep 149 // Meet BTR: Joe Virgillito / ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

Premiere DateFeb 14, 2020
00:00 Intro
01:27 START /// Meet BTR: Joe Virgillito
01:55 About Joe’s work at BTR
05:35 Getting into writing
08:00 Getting into audio
10:50 Writing and producing podcasts for BTR
12:22 Early memories of writing (learning from copying and imitating)
17:36 Why journalism as opposed to other forms of writing?
21:45 How has writing and producing daily content for so much of 2016 2020 affected your view of current politics?
28:35 Differences between working on a daily and weekly show
30:55 Plugs and recent or upcoming segments/articles (Twitter, political betting markets, etc)
36:28 Rooting for the Knicks and Mets /// END
38:55 1st Person: Brett // Growing Up Gay In The Catholic Community
43:15 Movie Review: Jacqueline Soller on ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’
44:54 Movie Chat w/ Jacqueline Soller & J. McVay (Spoiler Alert)
67:53 "Saving Face" (BTR Live Studio, 2020) Mustardmind
74:00 Outro / Credits
74:46 Finish.

J. McVay is joined by guest Joe Virgillito as we continue our recurring series of segments in which we meet the people behind what we do here at BTRtoday. Joe writes for BTRtoday’s editorial department, largely about politics. From August 2016 through October 2019, he was the host of a daily podcast here called The Daily Beat. He’s now an associate producer on and contributor to this podcast.

Later in the episode, we revisit J. McVay’s and Jacqueline Soller’s conversation about ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ written and directed by Céline Sciamma and starring Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel. The film opened briefly in December, but is only now beginning it’s wider theatrical run, courtesy of Neon.

And we’ll take an exclusive early listen to a performance by Brooklyn band Mustardmind, from their upcoming BTR Live Studio session.

Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.

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Joe Virgillito / illustration by Bryan Bruchman.

Joe Virgillito / illustration by Bryan Bruchman.

Host J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…
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