Our Week in Politics & Culture: Gaetzgate & Big Boat Unstuck

So much is changing, yet so much remains the same. Vaccinations against COVID-19 continue and travel restrictions have been lifted, but millions are still being infected by the virus. Joe Biden’s presidency has been extremely popular thus far, but his proposed immigration plan leaves much to be desired. And even as life “gets back to normal,” Republicans are pushing voter suppression bills and anti-trans legislation left and right (and still manufacturing moral panics, by the way). We’ve got more on all that, plus our slate of artist and author interviews, movie discussions, and memes about the dearly departed big boat.

Podcasts

This week on Art Uncovered Kimberly speaks with Chip McCall, a New York-based artist whose playful sculptures explore ideas of capitalism and object functionality. Throughout the conversation Kimberly and Chip speak about online identities, Chip’s repurposing of household products and the role humor and language play in his work.

On Book Talk, Kory is joined by Madeline Martin to discuss The Last Bookshop. Inspired by the true World War II history of the few bookshops to survive the Blitz, The Last Bookshop in London is a timeless story of wartime loss, love and the enduring power of literature.

On Radio Dispatch, the Kenfels discuss how Lil Nas X sparked a 90s style satanic panic and a check in on border and immigration policy under Biden.

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, J.McVay, Charles Hinshaw, and Jacquelline Soller discuss Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s cofounding blockbuster that was delayed for months due to COVID-19, as well as the significance of getting back to the movies. Plus live performances from Faith & Majesty and Pearl Charles, both recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.

Video

On 1st Person: After researching the benefits of veganism, Milagros decided to transition to a vegan diet. What she didn’t expect was a negative reaction from her family – especially her mother. Since meat is a central part of Peruvian cuisine and food is at the heart of every social event, Milagros’s mother worried that her daughter’s exclusion of animal products would also mean her exclusion at family gatherings.

Remarking on the recent increase in coronavirus cases, even as the number of Americans getting COVID-19 vaccinations continues to rise, MJ Knefel explains on Radio Dispatch why it’s incorrect to place blame on individual behavior in areas where infection rates are high.

Editorial

The Ever Given getting stuck in the Suez Canal was a disaster for global trade, but it was fun (online) while it lasted.

Donald Trump took the mic at a Mar-a-Lago wedding last weekend and the results were fantastic.

Conservative media outrage is predictable, but by invoking Satan, Lil Nas X managed to break their brains almost entirely.

Earlier this week, Matt Gaetz was rumored to be considering resigning to take a job with Newsmax. But that was before…

…a sex trafficking investigation came to light. But in attempting to defend himself, did Gaetz implicate Fox News host Tucker Carlson on live TV?

Other Politics & Pop Culture News …

Earlier this week the Arkansas passed a bill denying trans youth gender-affirming care, in what is being called the most extreme anti-trans law to ever pass through a state legislature.

The CDC released guidance saying that fully vaccinated people can travel.

Virginia recently became the first state to abolish the death penalty, which could pave the way for other states to do the same.

James Parker writes that Ken Burns’ newest biography Hemingway dramatizes one of the great revolutions in the history of American literature.

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