Ep 177 // The VoiceLove Project / ‘Mr. Jones’

00:00 Intro
01:18 START /// Matt Ruby chats w/ Doctors Tamatha Fenster & Marc Schiffman of the VoiceLove Project / background on their work at beginning of pandemic
09:30 How the “walkie-talkie” works to allow COVID-19 patients to be in better touch w/ loved ones
15:07 Benefits of this communication method for patients, loved ones, and health workers
19:30 Overarching issues around connecting patients to others during “fragile moments”
22:00 VoiceLove’s potential ongoing relevance after pandemic
27:06 The experience of being a doctor during the pandemic
29:35 The politics of healthcare
35:20 How to approach anti-science/anti-vaccine opinions
37:10 Wrapping up + how to learn more and support VoiceLove /// END
37:35 “On My Own” (BTR Live Studio, 2020) Shamir
42:50 Movie Review: Jacqueline Soller on ‘Mr. Jones’
44:05 Movie Chat: Jacqueline Soller & J. McVay [SPOILER ALERT]
73:00 "Touch Me (COVID)" (BTR Live Studio, 2020) Space Sluts
78:00 Outro/credits
78:46 Finish.

Contributor Matt Ruby speaks with Doctors Tamatha Fenster and Marc Schiffman, of the VoiceLove Project, about their development of a low-cost method of putting isolated COVID-19 patients in better touch with their loved ones using walkie-talkies made for kids. If you’d like to support VoiceLove, find the campaign on GoFundMe.

Also, Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay discuss the new movie, ‘Mr. Jones,’ directed by Agnieszka Holland and starring James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, and Peter Sarsgaard–out now from Samuel Goldwyn Films.

And we also hear live performances from Shamir and Space Sluts, both recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: J. McVay
  • Contributor on Politics & Culture: Matt Ruby
  • Contributor on Movies: Jacqueline Soller
  • Composer/Editor: Hansdale Hsu

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…
Reg. Contributors Jacqueline Soller Matt Ruby