Summer is right around the corner, and this weekend marks the unofficial start. Some things never change—Marjorie Taylor-Green spewing antisemitic nonsense, Democrats capitulating to Republicans, legacy media calling for more police—but that doesn’t mean we can’t reflect on some of the better things that brought us here, like Memorial Day-themed reading (and listening) lists and summer movie previews. Even bad roommate stories are fair game. Just don’t bunk with Bernie Sanders—turns out that guy is a total tyrant when it comes to accommodations. You’ll see what we mean.
This week’s Book Talk features a review of the LA Times list of books you should read on Memorial Day Weekend. And then Kory revisits some of the great interviews he’s had with members of our U.S. armed forces, or authors who write about the experience of life in battle.
It’s difficult enough living with yourself! Imagine compounding that by living with other people! It can only be awful and the storytellers gathered for this month’s Nights Of Our Lives have lived the nightmare: from roommates who use your bed, to roommates who stay up way past your 9pm bedtime our storytellers have endured the worst of the worst. Come and commiserate!
On Radio Dispatch, the Knefels discuss The New York Times and Washington Post disagreeing with Pride’s decision to ban uniformed police, Emily Wilder’s firing from the AP for her past support of Palestinian rights, and how conservatives are trying to prevent solidarity between Black Americans and Palestinians.
After taking 2020 off from this sort of thing (for, you know, reasons), this week’s BreakThru Radio Weekly provides a 2021 Summer Movie Preview, featuring the movies being released from Memorial to Labor Day that we’re most excited to see. We also discuss our own recent ventures out to theaters post-vaccinations and our thoughts on the future of moviegoing as these releases hopefully attract people to venture away from streaming options — when safely possible, of course! Plus a live performance from Endearments, recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.
When Zach was in high school, he lost his friend Max to suicide. Years later, he got a stick-and-poke tattoo to honor Max. In addition to being commemorative, the tattoo serves as a reminder for Zach to appreciate those he cares about as well as cherish their times together. Zach explains on this week’s 1st Person.
Organizers of this year’s Pride events in New York City recently announced that uniformed police officers will be banned, sparking reactions from various media outlets. On Video Dispatch, MJ Knefel rejects the New York Times’ stance that cops should be welcomed at Pride festivities citing law enforcements’ historically brutal treatment of people in the LGBTQIA community and the spirit of Pride as a protest.
Joe Biden’s backing off student debt relief and slashing his infrastructure package. Progressives need to amp up the pressure on the administration
Marjorie Taylor-Greene’s politics and persona don’t go beyond spewing stupid, ignorant, reactionary bullshit.
Andrew Yang is treating the most prominent city in the world as a soft landing and cynically hoping his celebrity and silly viral clips win the day.
“Old man likes his hotel rooms chilly” isn’t exactly a bombshell, but as long as we keep rage clicking non-stories about Bernie Sanders, right wing media will treat it like one.
Dems might never have Congressional majorities again. It’s time Chuck Schumer & Co. started acting like it.
Other Politics & Culture News …
For The Week, Ryan Cooper explains how Republicans’ assault on democracy didn’t end on Jan. 6.
From HuffPo: Despite progressives calling for a firmer stance against Israel, Biden maintains there is “no shift” in the U.S.’s commitment to Israel’s security.
Slate‘s Mark Joseph Stern explains how Biden’s DOJ is walking into a trap set by Trump appointees.
The Ringer’s Claire McNear writes about the latest cringeworthy bit of millennial nostalgia destined for the big screen: Rugrats.