Our Week in Politics & Culture: Pillows, Portraits, and Rescue Plans

The footballs season is finally over, but not without giving us one last night of memes. If you thought the Weeknd’s halftime show was wild, Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial has featured video that might shock you—but is anyone paying attention? Certainly not Fox News viewers. And it’s not clear when exactly activism becomes an extremely dumb trolling grift, but David Hogg is toeing the line. We’ve got all that plus artist and author interviews, stories about family identity, far right extremists in Congress, and more.

Podcasts

This week on Art Uncovered Kimberly spoke with Maxim Ryazanksy about his portrait series Artist Portraits: Volume 1 (2015-2020).

On Book Talk, Kory speaks with Michael J. Gerhardt about Lincoln’s Mentors, brilliant and novel examination of how Abraham Lincoln mastered the art of leadership.

This week’s Radio Dispatch takes a look at far right extremists in the federal government. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, and the rest of the freshman Congress–your questions, answered! Also, AOC’s accounting of her experience on January 6th.

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, J. McVay and Joe Virgillito discuss both the rescue plan Joe Biden has laid out for America to combat the various crises we still face and the 2nd impeachment trial for former president Donald Trump, which began this week. Later in the show, J. McVay and Charles Hinshaw discuss, ‘Soul,’ the latest animated film from Disney/Pixar. Plus music from artists Thick and Bruisey Peets, both recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.

Video

Growing up, Morgan always thought that their family was made up of just them, their mother, and their father. But when their mother passed away, they received a message from their mother’s half-sister—one that neither Morgan nor their father even knew existed—which unlocked a part of their mother’s life that they never could have imagined.

Following reporting on the treatment of immigrants by officers within the Department of Homeland Security, John Knefel shares his thoughts on what actions the Biden Administration should take to improve conditions for border and immigrant communities.

Editorial

Did you miss the Super Bowl halftime show? You know, the one with all the memes? Don’t worry, we got you.

Republicans were up in arms about mostly true tweets during Neera Tanden’s confirmation hearing.

David Hogg’s attempt to undermine the MyPillow guy comes off as nothing but a trolling grift.

Fox News refused to air House Democrats presenting evidence against Trump, but did feature a batshit conspiracy theory in prime time. The network is as anti-truth as ever.

A new POLITICO piece suggests Nikki Haley has a choice between reasonable Republicanism and Trumpism. But Haley’s made that choice already.

Other Politics & Culture News …

New from The City, the NYPD is still guarding Christopher Columbus statues on the taxpayer’s dime.

After being fired from Disney’s The Mandolorian for comparing today’s political climate to Nazi Germany (among other things), Gina Carano reportedly has a new project in the works with Ben Shapiro’s The Daily Wire.

The New York Times featured the story of Hasan Gokal, a Houston doctor who was fired for administering vaccines before they were set to expire.

The Ringer’s Julian Kimble describes Judas and the Black Messiah as a crowning moment for actors Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield.

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