One of BTRtoday’s longest running daily shows came to and end this year. Hosting The Daily Beat was fun, informative and always entertaining. It also meant talking to smart people about interesting topics—or just ranting about whatever dumb thing Ben Shapiro tweeted about the day before. Still, we squeezed a bunch of good interviews into 2019. Here are the best of the bunch.
Nardini authored a study exploring whether constantly taking pictures with our phone ruins our enjoyment of whatever we’re experiencing. Turns out it totally does and we should probably all cut it out.
Way back in February, Bernie Sanders gave a response to Trump’s State of the Union address and was subsequently called a racist. Ryan Cooper joined the show to discuss constant accusations of racism (and sexism) leveled against Sanders and why they’re absurd.
Zelizer, a Princeton professor and CNN contributor, joined the show to discuss his new book (co-authored with fellow Princeton prof. and Twitter-famous historian Kevin Kruse). He provides terrific insight on media’s partisan shift over the past 40 years, writing about modern American history, and the role of a historian in 2019.
In this episode, Sean Sullivan provides a spot-on prediction of why then-NBA free agents Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant would choose to sign with the Brooklyn Nets over the New York Knicks. You can also hear the dull, panging Knicks sorrow underneath Joe’s every word.
Emilia Petrarca is a fashion writer for New York Magazine. She’s also the creator of perhaps the greatest Instagram account ever—Sopranos Style. She joined the show to discuss creating the account, documenting Sopranos fashion and interacting with the show’s still-rabid fanbase.