Our Week in Politics & Culture: Favorite Films & 4/20

We’re not above the occasional celebration. And during the week of potential the last illegal 4/2o, what’s not to celebrate? Well, lots, duh—there’s still plenty of dumb and bad stuff happening in the world. Derek Chauvin was found guilty, but police keep killing unarmed Black men and teenagers. Joe Biden’s approval ratings are sky high, but there are still Democrats working against him. And even though weed is more legal now than it’s ever been, there’s a long way to go to make the cannabis industry equitable for those most affected by marijuana criminalization.

It feels like there’s always some bad to take with the good. So aside from the stories above, we’ve added a little extra good this week—incredible artist and writer interviews, an Academy Award season movie roundup, and…bad political arguments. We couldn’t resist.


This week on Art Uncovered, Kimberly spoke with Hudson Valley-based artist Lorrie Fredette about her project “Spaces for Thinking,” a blog that showcases the sketchbooks of artists. Throughout the conversation Kimberly and Lorrie talk about privacy, intimacy and exploration through the relationship of the artist and their sketchbook.

On Book Talk, Kory speaks with friend and author Matthew J. O’Brien about “Hiding in Plain Sight,” a descriptive, real, and very raw essay on depression and healing from someone who survived the mental battle after a year-long fight, and who looks to help affect anyone going through the same struggle.

On Radio Dispatch, the Knefels cover the police killings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, Minneapolis public schools deciding to go remote in advance of the Derek Chauvin verdict, and the fact that 80 percent of seniors 65 and older have gotten their first COVID-19 vaccination shot.

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, J. McVay is joined by Jacqueline Soller and Charles Hinshaw to discuss this year’s Academy Award nominations ahead of the award show this Sunday. They also revisit 2020 in movies, sharing their favorite films, performances, and more along the way. Plus live performances from A Very Special Episode and Beau Jennings, both recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.


Dena works as a sexual health educator in New York City. On this week’s 1st Person, she recounts a time when a student came to her for counseling on how to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.

On Video Dispatch, MJ Kenfel explains why police reform is not the answer as there is not a policing model that will keep Black people safe.


As Biden’s approval ratings hover in the high 50s, Republicans are beginning to acknowledge that the president is too moderate to paint as radical.

As public sentiment has shifted on legal weed, policy has shifted along with it. But there’s still a ways to go.

After something this capturing and significant as the Derek Chauvin verdict, it’s only a matter of time until the bad stuff gets elevated.

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has no interest in listening to workers about the PRO Act, but she’s all ears for big business.

Republican arguments against D.C. statehood use words like constitutionality and compromise. But they’re as disingenuous as the people making them.

Other Politics & Culture News …

On Friday, Caitlyn Jenner announced she’s running for California governor.

Earlier this week, Mother Jones elevated a story by Samantha Michaels from October 2020 about why coroners often blame police killings on a made-up medical condition.

From the Daily Poster, Julia Rock writes about how state lawmakers in Colorado and Washington are grappling with how to create public health insurance alternatives in the face of industry opposition.

Robert Chapman boasted to a Bumble match about storming the U.S. Capitol, and the woman he matched with turned him in to the FBI.