Our Week in Politics & Culture: COVID Updates & MAGA Hammocks

We all need love. As February winds down and brings us closer to a full year of COVID-19 quarantine, that much is clear. We’ve all been beaten down to one degree or another, dealt with the pain of not being able to connect with friends and family, or mourning loved ones we’ve lost. There’s hope, but as the U.S. surpasses the grim total of 500,000 COVID deaths, where might it come from? Well, love stories are a good place to start. Maybe even an interview about determination or personal stories about travel or self-discovery. And even if it’s not necessarily hopeful, you can still laugh at the dumb stuff people are buying at CPAC. We’ve got all that plus treatises on Joe Biden, Joe Manchin, and every other Joe in between.

Podcasts

This week on Art Uncovered Kimberly speaks with Brianna Harlan, a multi-disciplinary artist who works conceptually in multiform, socially and self-engaged art.  In the episode Kimberly and Brianna speak about Brianna’s need to confront, though art engagement, how systems violently condition our identity and how that influences the quality of life, health and habits.

On Book Talk, Kory chats with Carmen Kissel-Verrier about The Butcher Shop Girl, a compelling memoir of resilience and persistence that captures the vivacious spirit of a small-town girl determined to succeed by any means necessary.

On this month’s Nights Of Our Lives, we don’t love snow but we do love love. At least that’s what we claim during our round-table discussion. We hope, you love this month’s show, since our theme is, well, love. We explore love in all its facets: near death experiences, Humvees, and “the one who got away.” Here’s looking at you, kid.

Radio Dispatch provides a late winter, extremely-over-it COVID-19 roundup. Plus, lessons from the communist party in Alabama in the 1930s.

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, J.McVay and Jacquelline Soller discuss Nomadland, Chloé Zhao’s gorgeous new docudrama starring Frances McDormand, and how it resonates today.Plus we also revisit a couple of installments of our ‘1st Person’ storytelling series in which people describe their lives on the road, and hear live performances from Jonas Carping and Hoorsees, both recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.

Video

On this week’s 1st Person, when Penny was sick in the hospital, she asked Ollie not to tell her family out of worry that the news would hurt her ailing and elderly mother. But after Penny passed away, Ollie traveled to New Mexico to meet with Penny’s mother and talk to her about Penny’s final years. During this trip, Ollie learns about serendipity and how it can be found.

On Video Dispatch, John Knefel comments on the most recent grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic as the United States passes 500,000 deaths due to the novel coronavirus.

Editorial

The Biden administration appears to be fighting harder for a cabinet nominee than meaningful economic relief. Is Neera Tanden really worth it?

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin isn’t some moderating force in the Democratic Party. He’s an impediment to progress.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson played dumb about the most prominent conspiracy theory in American politics today.

From Trump tees to MAGA hammocks, this year’s CPAC attendees have plenty of quality merch to choose from.

Tasked with a clear mandate from more than 81 million people who voted for him, Biden & co. are clanging one open layup after another.

Other Politics & Culture News …

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been under fire for good reason lately, as The Week‘s national correspondent Ryan Cooper details in an opinion piece calling for him to resign.

The Biden administration released an intelligence report Friday implicating Saudi prince Muhammad bin Salman in the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khasoggi.

Stemming from election fraud claims, Republicans are taking their voter suppression efforts to new extremes in states across the country.

For Current Affairs, Aisling McCrea writes about how society’s urge to EXPLAIN everything has created generations of people who are skilled at noticing the tiniest trees yet unable to imagine the existence of forests.

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