Our Week in Politics & Culture: Bogus Travel and Bad Presidents

Do presidents deserve a holiday? Maybe some of them. Others, like those who were impeached for a second time following their incitement of a deadly riot at the nation’s Capitol, probably not. No word on how your acquittal should be celebrated, though—maybe a trip to beautiful Cancun while your constituents freeze? Ted Cruz knows a great hotel …

Political scandals aside, we’ve also got our regular slate of podcasts and articles—artist and author interviews, movie reviews, first person stories, and (more) political commentary this week on BTRtoday.


On this week’s Art Uncovered Kimberly speaks with Berlin-based artist Rubén González Escudero, whose work examines the complexity of urban spaces, social and cultural structures and how they interact. Throughout the conversation they talk about Rubén’s relationship with Berlin as well as the hometown of his mother in Spain.

On Book Talk, Kory is joined by acclaimed spy novelist Paul Vidich to discuss The Mercenary, a taut new thriller following the attempted exfiltration of a KGB officer.

On this week’s Radio Dispatch, the Knefels discuss Trump’s second impeachment trial (and acquittal), the CDC’s new guidance for school reopening, and offer another vaccine roundup.

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, Joe Virgillito and Charles Hinshaw to discuss the new movie Judas and the Black Messiah directed by Shaka King and starring Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield. Then, Charles is joined by Jacquelline Soller to talk about Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis. Plus live performances from OK Cowgirl and Lindsay Reamer, both recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.


On 1st Person, Joe discusses the difficulties of officiating the wedding of close friends and gives advice on how to overcome any pressure one might have while taking on a big role for the first time.

On Video Dispatch, John Knefel comments on the power behind the presidency for a person who is willing to unambiguously break the law following Donald Trump’s acquittal in his second impeachment trial.


In honor of Presidents Day, we put together a quick list of some of the worst presidents in American history (besides Donald Trump).

A new POLITICO poll confirms what we already knew about Trump’s staying power and influence in the Republican Party.

Geography doesn’t dictate morality or intent. But during the energy crisis in Texas, some liberals are showing how prone they are to reducing state populations to what color they voted for.

Before it was confirmed, Twitter tried figuring out if Ted Cruz tried ducking to Mexico during his state’s massive energy crisis. Naturally, jokes ensued.

A $15 minimum wage is the kind of broadly popular policy Democrats should embrace with open arms. But Joe Biden doesn’t want to.

Other Politics & Culture News …

A source leaked Heidi Cruz’s text messages to the New York Times detailing the family’s plans for a trip to Cancun.

For TNR, Alex Pareen writes about how Rush Limbaugh’s rise in conservative media was a product of the 1990s.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Dems have called for an investigation in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s mishandling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.