Our Week in Politics & Culture: Convention Hijinks, Back to School, & Bestsellers

News moves fast these days—too fast to keep up. And just in case you didn’t get your fill of the Republican National Convention, Democrats’ rightward shift, or Showtime’s new James Comey trailer, fear not. We’ve got all that plus killer interviews with artists and authors, back to school stories, new movie reviews, and more.


This week on Art Uncovered, Kimberly speaks with Philippa Tapada, a New York based attorney who talks about her experience of leaving the art field to pursue a career in law.

As summer winds down, Nights of Our Lives thinks about the start of school. And although school will look different this year, some things never change: like productions of Romeo and Juliet run amok or spring band trips that turn into scenes of a crime or open mic nights that don’t end as disastrously as feared. Listen to this month’s storytellers tell their Back to School stories.

On Book Talk, New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman discusses My Life as a Villainess, her latest collection of new and previously published nonfiction essays. From her childhood and school years to her newspaper career to her experiences as a novelist, Lippman finds universal touchstones in an unusual life that has as many twists as her award-winning crime fiction.

This week’s Radio Dispatch covers the conventions, as John and Molly round up the DNC and offer their initial thoughts on the RNC.

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, contributor Matt Ruby speaks with Doctors Tamantha 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. 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. Plus music from Shamir and Space Sluts.


On this week’s 1st Person, Devon discovers that the old man who hangs outside the local grocery store with a jug of wine in his lap has more than meets the eye. She shares how she learned to not make assumptions about others and that everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt.

On Video Dispatch, John Knefel warns that the Biden/Harris strategy to appeal to Republican voters with a lack of policy specifics will make it difficult to govern should they win the election in November.


Showtime’s new trailer for the series based on former FBI director James Comey’s book The Comey Rule proves we don’t need his side of the story.

Kimberly Guilfoyle screamed into the void, Twitter joked, and the RNC’s opening night exceeded even its worst dystopian expectations.

Militia murdering protestors provided stark relief to Melania Trump and the putrefied stink of the RNC’s second night.

In his RNC speech, Pence played his familiar role for the serious politician. In reality, he’s one of the most demonstrably useless officials in the White House.

Donald Trump is trying to run the same campaign he did four years ago—but this time around it’s a cheap, pathetic imitation.

Other Politics & Culture News…

Led by the Milwaukee Bucks, NBA players boycotted Thursday and Friday’s scheduled games in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc. Several other teams and sports leagues followed suit, including the WNBA, MLB, and MLS.

Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who shot two protestors in Kenosha, is facing multiple homicide charges. The Guardian’s Poppy Noor wrote about the variance in American media coverage of the shooting, including the way some outlets and pundits have tried to humanize Rittenhouse.

The New York Times reported on Black homeowners facing discrimination in home appraisals. One couple’s home appraisal increased by more than 40 percent after removing photographs with Black family members.

Postal workers attest to continued “serious” problems, including backlogged mail, even after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy vowed to halt changes to the USPS.