Welcome to Third Eye Weekly, a current events podcast hosted by BTR’s Matthew DeMello and Jennifer Smith focusing on under-reported news, indie music, the spoken word, and radical conversation to keep you informed.
It’s Authenticity Week on BTR! On today’s show, Jonathan Mitchell is the producer and director of The Truth, an award winning podcast that makes “movies for your ears.” In lieu of expository dialogue a la radio dramas of yesteryear, The Truth blends natural sound with audio production techniques to add ambiance to their complex narratives. Mitchell talks to BTR’s Jordan Reisman about his past in public radio and how the podcast came to be.
For more, check out The Truth’s website here.
And later, Jody Stephens of the legendary Memphis power pop quartet, Big Star, joins us to talk about a new documentary out on the band that was released last month, Nothing Can Hurt Me. On today’s Third Eye, Jody talks about the true nature of the band’s ‘cult’ in the ‘70s and his wariness of giving the group such a pretentious name.
You can rent Nothing Can Hurt Me and purchase the soundtrack on iTunes now.
The Week in Independent News:
“White House rejects calls for US boycott of Sochi Winter Olympics” (Aug. 8, The Guardian)
“New Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites” (Aug. 8, ProPublica)
“How Unpaid Interns Aren’t Protected Against Sexual Harassment” (Aug 9, ProPublica)
“Asia’s largest retailer joins safety pact” (Aug. 8, Al Jazeera)
“Iran’s leader reaches out of U.S., vows to resolve nuclear row” (Aug 08, The Daily Star)
“Clear Channel Yanks Ads for Women’s Health Center” (Aug 2, Free Press)
“Clear Channel pulls ads for women’s health clinic, calls them “indecent” (July 25, Salon)
The Week in Under-Reported News in the Mainstream Media:
“NYPD Agrees to Purge Stop-and-Frisk Data” (Aug 7, The Wall Street Journal)
“NYPD to purge stop-and-frisk database of names” (Aug 7, The Chicago Tribune)
“Undercover footage reveals more crazy “crisis pregnancy center” lies” (Aug. 7, Salon)
“Mortgage closing costs are on the way up” (Aug 5, USA TODAY)
“Marine demoted over video showing troops urinating on Taliban bodies” (Aug. 8, The Los Angeles Times)
“Hundreds of tons of radioactive water pouring from Fukushima nuclear plant” (Aug. 7, The Telegraph)
“Pump and pray: Tepco might have to pour water on Fukushima wreckage forever” (Aug. 7, RT)
“Fukushima’s Radioactive Water Leak: What You Should Know” (Aug. 7, National Geographic)
“Brazil Army Must Recognize Same-Sex Civil Union” (Aug. 9, ABC News)
“U.S., other envoys meet with detained Muslim Bortherhood official in Egypt” (Aug 5, The Washington Post)
So without further ado…
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J. McVay presents his ‘Films of the Decade’ list. Plus some favorite 1st Person segments and BTR Live Studios performances. And we hear a couple of artists J interviewed earlier this year. | listen