Our Week in Politics & Culture: Horse Cancellation and More CDC Jokes

Sometimes it feels like the end is near. Bleak news might make us feel that way—news, say, about the violence in Israel and Palestine this week. If the end isn’t near, we’re wrapped in an endless cycle of violence and bogus media narratives that ignore context.

But not all endings are bad, of course. This week also marked the end of our masked era, at least for vaccinated people, at least for now. No amount of corny Twitter jokes or artist interviews or My Octopus Teacher reviews can take that away from us. We wouldn’t want them to, anyway—but that didn’t stop us this week. Check out our slate of content and remember that no matter what Republicans say, the Capitol Riot happened and it was bad. (We know you know, just…we’ll get to that).


This week on Art Uncovered Kimberly speaks with Allison Maria Rodriguez, a first generation Cuban-American artist working predominately in video installation. Throughout the conversation they speak about Allison’s relationship to her family and heritage, and the connections she makes between the personal, ecological and environmental.

On Book Talk, Kory speaks with Genevieve Gannon about The Mothers: A Novel, an emotional family drama about two couples, one baby, and an unimaginable choice. Inspired by a real-life case of an IVF laboratory mix-up.

On Radio Dispatch, Jesse Myerson is back to discuss organizing under Biden, and John and MJ discuss the Israeli violence towards Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

On this week’s BreakThru Radio Weekly, J. McVay speaks with Emily Smith, as we continue our series of recurring segments in which we meet the people behind what we do here at BTRtoday. Emily produces Ladies Skate Only, BTR Top 10, The Alt-Country Show, and Roadside Assistance. Later in the episode, Jacqueline Soller and Charles Hinshaw discuss the film ‘My Octopus Teacher,’ which recently won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Plus a live performance from Juliet Quick, recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.


When Audie visited the Philippines almost 30 years after he had left for the United States, he was shocked to see the poor quality of life of those living below the poverty line in his hometown of Naic. On this week’s 1st Person, Audie discusses founding a nonprofit called Team With Love in order to help those in need.

On Video Dispatch, MJ Knefel explains that while access to the COVID-19 vaccine has improved, the structure of US healthcare is a hurdle still to be overcome. Also that treatment of those who have not yet been vaccinated, especially in media coverage, is slowing the path to herd immunity and doing more harm to the country’s most vulnerable communities.


Former Obama speechwriter David Litt dunked on a Newsmax anchor over the network’s election fraud lies. Was it a little forced? Sure. Did it come off as disingenuous and rude? Absolutely. But that’s the entire point.

Earlier this week, famed horse trainer Bob Baffert proved that the term “cancel culture” is officially meaningless.

The Republican Party’s anti-democratic turn didn’t start with Liz Cheney. It won’t end with her either.

Likening the Trump supporters entering the Capitol on Jan. 6 to tourists is similar to calling a turd in your cereal part of a nutritious breakfast.

The latest CDC guidance says you can go back to doing the things you normally do. For Twitter, that’s making more CDC jokes.

Other Politics & Pop Culture News …

Writing for The Week, Ryan Cooper explains why the Republican theory of unemployment is classic Marx.

More than 120 former U.S. military leaders signed an open letter pushing election fraud lies.

Noreen Malone explains why so many liberals supported the Iraq War.

Jesse David Fox writes about watching John Mulaney’s first live comedy show since checking out of rehab.