Our Week in Politics & Culture: Debates, Disease, and Disarray

Trump’s got COVID, another debate happened, and the election is in less than a month. Just another average week here at BTR. We’ve got that all covered, plus lessons from dead philosophers, a pandemic-inspired traveling art exhibit, and (more) corny campaign merch.


This week on Art Uncovered, Kimberly speaks with the members of Collective View—a New York based group of female identified art professionals and their current traveling exhibition titled Private View. The exhibition, which travels between the homes of each participant, was conceived during the COVID-19 lockdown as a way to visually highlight the importance of art and connection in times of forced social distancing.

New York Times bestselling author Eric Weiner joins Kory on Book Talk to discuss his new book Socrates Express and riding the great rails of this Earth in search of life lessons from dead philosophers.

On Radio Dispatch, John and Molly dive into the presidential debate and Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, J.McVay and Joe Virgillito begin a series of episodes counting down to the end of the already-in-progress election, discussing the major events of the last couple of weeks, from RBG’s death to Trump’s taxes to the first presidential debate. Plus a live performance from Cartalk, recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.


This week’s 1st Person features Jen, who befriended a cop who often visited her local bar. He used his power to grant her favors, which made him feel entitled to assault her. Jen shares why she doesn’t trust the police and believes that they use their power and privilege to only benefit themselves and their own.

On Video Dispatch, John Knefel explains how Donald Trump’s failure to shut down white supremacist groups during the first presidential debate serves to mobilize those same groups leading up to Election Day.


Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis and hospital stay last weekend was the height of absurdity, laying bare his administration’s commitment to obscuring the truth and playing down a deadly virus.

With the president’s infection, there really isn’t a good reason to hold any more debates this election season. Well, aside from entertainment…

…and just in case you’re a sicko, we made a drinking game for this week’s vice presidential debate. It’s kind of our thing, and it went pretty well, fly and all.

Wait, did you say fly? The bug that captured national attention inspired one of the corniest (and most metaphorical) piece of campaign merchandise ever created.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have received criticism for dodging questions about court packing. But their noncommittal is actually a savvy play, at least for now.

Other Politics and Culture News …

Business Insider reports that the “fragile alliance” between progressive Democrats and the Biden campaign will likely fracture quickly if he’s elected.

Biden has overtaken Trump in Ohio polls and leads in Nevada by about 6 points, according to a new New York Times/Siena poll released this week.

Writing for The New Republic, Emma Roller explores how Wisconsin became a bastion of white supremacy designed to keep Republicans in power in perpetuity.

Early voting has begun in many states and turnout looks high, including record-breaking numbers in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County.

The New York Times reported Friday that Trump may have financed his 2016 presidential campaign with a secret loan that “potentially exceeded legal limits.”