This week, we speak with Jeff Nazareno about his recent experience attending KCON New York, a convention celebrating K-pop music and other elements of South Korean culture; he also discusses some things that trouble him about some people’s reactions to the event and the evolving place of K-pop in America and its mainstream pop culture. Also, Charles Hinshaw returns to discuss two new movies: War For The Planet Of The Apes, directed by Matt Reeves and starring Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson; and Lady Macbeth, directed by William Oldroyd and starring Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, and Naomi Ackie. And along the way, Radio Dispatch’s Molly Knefel explains recent statements from the Department of Education which appear to support so-called “men’s rights”; a woman named Tomi tells us about turning 21 and why she thinks that milestone birthday is overrated; and we’ll take an exclusive early listen to a performance by Brian Hill and the Noh Starrs from an episode of BTR Live Studio set to be released next week.
Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.
Mentioned in the episode:
“KCON Returns to New York” // BTRtoday
“Op-Ed: Racism Keeps America From Embracing K-Pop Awesomeness” // BTRtoday
A short film featuring NYC artist and musician Joanna Sternberg. | watch