Our Week in Politics & Culture: Marvel's Back & More Taxes Please

What’s the only thing more inevitable than right wing media anti-vax nonsense? Marvel movies, of course. Black Widow is out and we’ve got the in-depth review you’ve been looking for. Plus our regular slate of interviews, political talk, and yeah, right wing media B.S. Explore artists using recycled materials, critically acclaimed authors, and memes we know you’re tired of but can’t helping looking at. You know the ones we’re talking about.


On this week’s Art Uncovered, Kimberly spoke with Flora Wilds, an artist who recently received her MFA from the San Fransisco Art Institute. Throughout the conversation Kimberly and Flora talk about Flora’s interest in using re-cycled and used materials as a way to talk critique commodity culture and to avoid buying new. They also talk about her interest in the labor of looking, searching, curating and collecting.

On Book Talk, Kory chats with Charles Todd about An Irish Hostage. In the uneasy peace following World War I, nurse Bess Crawford runs into trouble and treachery in Ireland—in this 12th book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series.

On this week’s Radio Dispatch, the Knefels discuss the history of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, more thoughts on summer school, and how voting restrictions could change the Democratic Party.

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, Charles Hinshaw reviews the film and he, J. McVay, and Jacqueline Soller discuss Black Widow, directed by Cate Shortland and stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz. Originally scheduled to come out in May of 2020, it was delayed because of the pandemic. Now it’s out in theaters, making it the first movie released by Marvel Studios since July of 2019. Plus a live performance from niecesandnephews, recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.


When Lee was attending grad school in Upstate New York, it was hard for him to find friends since most of his colleagues lived far from campus. After visiting a local gaming club, Lee got into a card game that connected him to a community that he is still part of today. More on this week’s 1st Person.

Following the recent profile of Lil Nas X in The New York Times Magazine, MJ Knefel comments on the pop star’s impact on the visibility and celebration of queer people beyond the realm of heteronormativity. More on Video Dispatch.


The latest meme craze will make you appreciate those closest to you. But not as much as Vin Diesel.

Megyn Kelly is back in her sweet spot, tacitly agreeing with right wing media narratives if not full-throatedly endorsing them.

The more reasonable your objections to the vaccine, the better. But unreasonable objections work just as well when you’re okay with mass human suffering and death.

Navigator Research’s latest polling reiterates the obvious political sentiment that Americans want to tax the rich—and why Democrats need to remember that, now and in 2022.

“If the vaccine’s so good, why do they have to push it?” wonders anchor on cable news network spewing bogus narratives on a daily basis.

Other Politics & Culture News …

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer says he’s undecided on his retirement plans despite calls from progressive groups for him to retire.

Judd Legum and Tesnim Zekeria explore the obscure foundation funding the “Critical Race Theory” hysteria.

As COVID-19 cases rise, there’s growing concern around the Tokyo Olympics, which already have extreme restrictions on fan attendance.

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton says that former President Donald Trump’s response to General Milley’s comments about a fearing a potential coup are “juvenile.”