Ana Goñi-Lessan is a member of the Houston Chronicle’s editorial board. She recently visited the neighborhood of Third Ward there in Houston where George Floyd grew up and spoke with some of his childhood friends. She tells us about that and the reaction of the neighborhood and the city more generally to Floyd’s murder and the resulting protests and police violence.
Also, Charles Hinshaw and J. McVay discuss the new movie, ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ directed by Spike Lee and starring Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. — out now on Netflix.
We’ll also revisit songs by Courtney Barnett and Shilpa Ray, from past sessions of BTR Live Studio, as Maia Macdonald says goodbye after hosting that podcast for 14 years.
Andre Green joins us to discuss the current inflection point we’re going through as a nation. He also shares his personal reaction and describes the reactions he’s witnessed locally in Massachusetts. | listen
George Floyd was murdered on Monday, May 25th. Protests followed, with police riots in response. | listen
Unite The Right 2 & Covering White Supremacists w/ Rena Karefa-Johnson, Matt Ruby, & J. McVay. Winston Cook Wilson & J. on ‘We The Animals.’ Charles Hinshaw and J. on ‘BlacKkKlansman.’ A performance from Benjamin Jaffe’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session. | listen
Aliah Sheffield is the singer/songwriter also known as Nikkie Aliah. Her song, “Earth is Ghetto,” recently went viral and she chatted with Nikkiesha about what led her to her viral moment, her musical inspirations, and what she hopes and plans to do next… oh, and tequila. This podcast is… | listen
Bartees Cox is a songwriter and producer who spent years playing in bands in Brooklyn before making the move to Washington, DC, where his solo project, Bartees Strange, took focus and grew - from an album of reinterpretations of The National’s music to his stunning full-length, genre-bending… | watch