Our Week in Politics & Culture: FBI Investigations, Twitter Updates & Student Debt

Yeah, the world is still crazy. That’s why we’re keeping you on top of the news with current events and political opinion…but a little pop culture can’t hurt, right? From the author of Mindhunter to a brand new documentary to timeless social media complaining, there’s plenty to chose from this week.

Podcasts

On this week’s Art Uncovered Kimberly talks with Troels Heiredal about his recent solo exhibition “Looking Into Looking” at In the Gallery in Copenhagen. The exhibition, which was supported by Dreyers Fond, explored his examination of older work after finding out he is on the autistic spectrum.

On Book Talk, Kory features The Killer’s Shadow, the most recent book by iconic FBI criminal profiler and international bestselling authors of Mindhunter—John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. Engrossing, terrifying, and utterly essential given our nation’s rise in extremism and hate-filled rhetoric, ‘The Killer’s Shadow’ is an in-depth examination of Douglas’s chilling pursuit of, and eventual prison confrontation with Joseph Paul Franklin, a white nationalist serial killer and one of the most disturbing psychopaths he has ever encountered.

This week’s Radio Dispatch features John and Molly with a pandemic check-in, a coup check-in, and discussing the MAGA march last weekend.

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay discuss the recently released documentary, Dick Johnson Is Dead, directed by Kirsten Johnson and available on Netflix. Also, we hear a few ‘1st Person’ stories focused on healing and connecting…or reconnecting. Plus live performances from Foxanne and KIN, both recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.

Video

On this week’s 1st Person, Antonina explains that she took a break from her education to work on herself. Despite the lack of support she got at that time, she knew it was the right move for her. Now four years later, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Antonina decided she was ready to attend college and is glad she waited until she was in the right mindset to begin.

Although the MAGA march that brought thousands to the streets on Nov. 14, 2020 was not successful in garnering support for Donald Trump, John Knefel warns on Video Dispatch that the far right extremists responsible for the demonstration should not be so easily dismissed.

Editorial

Trump’s election challenges grow more pathetic by the day, but one thing is for certain—he’s gonna keep tweeting through it.

For some of the president’s supporters who can’t accept his loss, Fox News isn’t good enough. But there are plenty of other far right media outlets for them to turn to for exactly what they want to hear.

What started as a plea for widespread federal student debt relief has been whittled into a meager policy that won’t make a dent in the enormous debt bubble. If he wants to make an impact, Biden shouldn’t means test debt cancellation.

Biden also doesn’t want to investigate the Trump administration, but if America has any hope of warding off future (more competent) aspiring authoritarians, Trump should be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

As if there wasn’t enough upheaval in 2020, Twitter and Instagram changed up on us, too.

Other Politics & Culture News …

Erin Brockovich penned an op-ed for The Guardian expressing her disappointed in Joe Biden selecting a former DuPont chemical consultant for his EPA transition team.

According to the New York Times, Trump asked about options to strike Iran earlier this week.

GOP Senate runoff candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue reportedly referred to Trump as a “political burden” on a call with Republican donors earlier this week.

Writing for Sludge, Eleanor Bader explains how Campus Reform trains conservative students to monitor behavior of left-leaning professors and students, and rewards those students by fast-tracking them with jobs with conservative lawmakers, think tanks, and media outlets.

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