Our Week in Politics & Culture: Music Math & Mascot Love

Do empty gestures make a difference? It’s fair to ask in the wake of Congress making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Acknowledgement is big, but does it hold up with all the context surrounding it, namely Republicans attacking Critical Race Theory? We dive into that, as well as our usual slate of artist and author interviews, movie reviews, and a special bunch of 1st Person stories. Oh yeah, and dumb right wing media B.S. Can’t forget that.


This week on Art Uncovered, Kimberly spoke with Justyna Kisielewicz, a Polish-born artist who currently lives in the United States. Throughout the conversation, they talk about Justyna’s view of America in comparison to Poland and her journey of moving to the states to be a full-time artist.

On Book Talk, Kory interviews David Sulzer about Music, Math and Mind. Written for musicians and music lovers with any level of science and math proficiency, including none, it demystifies how music works while testifying to its beauty and wonder.

On Radio Dispatch, the Knefels dive into the Critical Race Theory thing, and discuss MJ having top surgery.

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, J. McVay and Jacquleine Soller discuss In The Heights, directed by Jon M. Chu. Based on the Tony award-winning stage musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It’s now in theaters and is available to watch on HBO Max until July 11th. We also have 1st Person stories from a few people the BTRtv team has spoken to in recent months about their experiences either during the pandemic or Black Lives Matter protests. Plus live performances from Alex Lleo and Ifeanyi Elswith, both recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.


On this week’s 1st Person, when Francisco first started working in auto insurance, a claim crossed his path that remains the wildest he’s ever heard. Despite dealing with several claims a day, it still amazes him how many different ways people can get into auto accidents.

On Video Dispatch, MJ Knefel explains why multiple states attempting to ban teaching Critical Race Theory is problematic for education, and why the power of Republicans at the state and local level must not be underestimated.


Dave Rubin has been doing the same “left the left” shtick for years, and it sounds like audiences are wise to it.

Does anyone truly believe Greene got anything from visiting the Holocaust Museum? Or that she would’ve apologized at all if she weren’t forced to?

Abandoning the investigation into Trump’s meeting with Putin in 2018 is the latest example of Dems letting the former POTUS off scot-free.

Congress acted swiftly to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, but with laws attempting to ban critical race theory in states across the country, its newfound status feels hollow.

On National Mascot Day, we shared our favorite furry (and downright weird) friends from around the world of sports.

Other Politics & Culture News …

MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, is donating a total of $2.7 billion to a number of different causes and organizations.

For Slate, Sofia Andrade explains the colorism controversy surrounding In The Heights.

Nicolas Cage stars as a truffle hunter who searches for his pig after she is kidnapped in the first trailer for PIG, out July 16.