Our Week in Politics: Boring Biden & Plein Painting

Spring is here, and not a moment too soon. It’s still cold here in the Northeast, but that isn’t stopping people from getting outside and enjoying the first warm weather they’ve felt in months. Hopefully with masks, though, as the CDC and various health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, still advise. His tiff with Sen. Rand Paul made headlines, but mostly because of how dumb the anti-mask argument sounds coming from a guy who infected a bunch of people. There’s not much other news, because apparently Joe Biden is too boring to cover, but we managed to find plenty to talk and write about this week. Check out our lineup of artist interviews, film reviews, political updates, and even more information on the psychology behind the Helen Keller TikTok hoax. It may not be real, but COVID-19 still is. Don’t be like Rand Paul.

Podcasts

This week on Art Uncovered, Kimberly speaks with New York based artist Madeleine Fia Matson about her process of making plein air paintings while in residence at LMCC‘s artist residency initiative in response to COVID-19.

On Book Talk, Kory discusses the recent decision by the estate of Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel to pull six of his books because of crude portrayals, which created quite a debate. Some say the action represents the worst of cancel culture, while others praise the decision because they believe the depictions promote racial insensitivity.

Cora Currier joins Radio Dispatch to discuss the new Lux Magazine, a new magazine of feminism for the masses. Also, Molly takes a closer look at the barrage of bills targeting trans athletes, and a good old fashioned listener mail!

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, J.McVay and Joe Virgillito discuss the recent progress made by the Biden administration and the latest developments in the multiple scandals swirling around New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Then, J.McVay and Charles Hinshaw discuss the film Another Round, directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Mads Mikkelsen. Plus live performances from both Bartees Strange and Mala Vista, recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.

Video

On 1st Person, Ben details his experience of contracting the coronavirus back in late February/early March of 2020, before lockdowns shut NYC down. He also shares how the city and local indie rock scene he’s a part of reacted to the pandemic.

On Video Dispatch, as details continue to surface in multiple scandals involving New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Molly Knefel comments on his actions over the last year and his current decline in popularity.

Editorial

Trump has built up a network of media leeches willing to refer to even his bowel movements as presidential. The results are as hilarious as they are pathetic.

Biden’s openness to filibuster reform is a good sign for progressives and shows their impact on the administration.

For conservative outrage media types like Dan Bongino, Biden’s boringness is his greatest sin.

There’s arguably no worse person to debate the merits of masks than Rand Paul, but the Kentucky senator tried it with Dr. Anthony Fauci anyway.

The Helen Keller TikTok hoax possesses the toxicity of a traditional conspiracy theory even if it doesn’t quite fit the definition.

Other Politics & Culture News …

According to The Daily Beast, the Biden administration has asked several staffers to resign due to past marijuana use even though most were told by transition officials that it would be overlooked.

In energy-producing states, some lawmakers are introducing legislation that would force states to stop investing in companies that use sustainable strategies to make financial decisions.

According to new Morning Consult poll data, 79 percent of Americans approve of direct stimulus relief checks.

POLITICO reported earlier this week about things White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain discussed with progressive politicians behind closed doors, including the feeling that he agrees the $15 minimum wage debate should be a priority going forward.

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