Our Week in Politics & Culture: It's March Again

Has a whole year really gone by since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic? Seems crazy, but the calendar says March, so here we are. Congressional legislation makes for confusing fights, but arguments over who and what are canceled are even more confusing (and much dumber). Naturally, we wrote a little about both. We’ve also got our regular slate of interviews, discussions about anti-trans bigotry and corrupt, deviant governors (*cough* Cuomo *cough*), and even inventing a new game to tick off some bros. In other words, we’ve got it all this week. Dive right in—it won’t be March forever (we hope).

Podcasts

This week on Art Uncovered Kimberly spoke with Lesley Wamsley, a New York artist whose observation-based paintings work to document life in the present moment. Throughout the conversation, they spoke about Lesley’s desire to document life through painting and the benefits that allowing herself to paint en plein air had on her art and life.

On Book Talk, Kory interviews Patricia Engel about Infinite Country—the story of two countries and one mixed-status family—for whom every triumph is stitched with regret, and every dream pursued bears the weight of a dream deferred.

This week on Radio Dispatch, the Knefels spend the hour on the latest round of anti-trans bigotry.

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, Joe Virgillito speaks with The Week‘s Ryan Cooper about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent scandals. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay discuss the new film Minari, written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung. Plus live performances from T.V.O.D. and Kaz Mirblouk, both recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.

Video

While working at a summer camp, Jeff invented a game that became popular amongst the kids. Upsetting the “bros” in charge of sports at the camp was an unexpected benefit. More on this week’s 1st Person.

On Video Dispatch Molly Knefel shares her thoughts on the Biden Administration’s plans to reopen K-12 schools across the country and why returning to the pre-COVID status quo should be avoided.

Editorial

Is it really March again? Or has it just been March all along? We’re not entirely sure.

Trump can’t muster the same enthusiasm as he did years ago, but the GOP is still happy to do it for him.

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over yet, and states rushing to reopen now feels a bit like starting your end zone dance at the 20-yard line.

With Trump gone, the right has intensified in a culture war that exists mostly in their own minds. Condolences to your favorite children’s programming.

Workers relying on unemployment insurance should end up with more money over time with the Dems latest compromise. Still, the question begs: Why can’t we demand more?

Other Politics & Culture News …

Writing for The Guardian, Derecka Purnell explains that the police reforms being pushed in the wake of protests over George Floyd’s death wouldn’t have actually saved George Floyd’s life.

In TNR, Alex Yablon writes that deficit hawks still run the show and make moderate Democrats cower in the face of large legislation.

For Blue Tent, Eoin Higgins writes about how Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is using his power as Budget Committee chairman to fight for the working class.

Amid his ongoing scandals, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s book sales have stalled almost completely.

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