Our Week in Politics & Culture: Reproductive Rights & Filibuster Fallacies

Memorial Day made it a short week, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get back into some routines. Yeah, publishing awesome artist interviews is a part of that. So are movie reviews, current events, and even food rankings. Some of the routines are a little more frustrating, though. Joe Biden letting the public option fall by the wayside, for instance. Or Kyrsten Sinema using completely warped logic to defend keeping the filibuster in place. It’s the same old story with Democrats, which means writing and talking about it is part of our routine too. And in case that’s too heavy, we’ve got some Irish Matt LeBlanc memes and Trump’s dead blog to lighten the mood.


This week on Art Uncovered Kimberly spoke with Chicago-based artist and designer Lola Dement Myers. Throughout the conversation they spoke about the construction of LOLA world, a platform for presenting LOLA’S digital identity as well as Lola’s interest in organization, design and documentation.

On this week’s Book Talk, Kory asks: what is happening in Tulsa? A renaissance perhaps?A great podcast series he can’t get enough of called “The Great Online Books Podcast”; A new rap album called “Fire in Little Africa”; A new Indie album called, “I’m Still Here”; And a 100-year commemoration of a race massacre that has gone unnoticed for too long.

On Radio Dispatch, the Knefels discuss Biden not fighting for a public option and a new cop memoir from a leading liberal.

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, Joe Virgillito speaks with author Robin Marty about the United States Supreme Court taking up a case out of Mississippi that could dramatically change the future of reproductive rights in the country. Later in the episode, J. McVay and Charles Hinshaw discuss A Quiet Place Part II directed by John Krasinski. It opened over the Memorial Day weekend to the biggest box office gross of any movie since February 2019, before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus live performances from Willa Amai and The Planes, recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.


In college, during the early days of YouTube, Amanda tried her hand at vlogging. With the support of her influencer friend, she gained thousands of followers and became a YouTube partner. On this week’s 1st Person, she shares what the platform was like back then and considers returning to her channel after abandoning it years ago to pursue a career in journalism.

Despite the weaknesses and inequalities in the American healthcare system, especially those exposed through the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden’s newly released budget did not include a public option for the Affordable Care Act. Nor has his administration given much attention to health care since he has taken office, despite promises made on the campaign trail. On Video Dispatch, MJ Knefel describes why affordable healthcare must become a priority.


The unofficial start of summer comes with a litany of official summer treats. We ranked the best Memorial Day foods.

It seems like the fake controversies can’t get dumber with the right, but it always does. The latest offender? Vice President Kamala Harris’ Twitter.

It turns out pretty much every single Irish person knows someone who looks and dresses like Matt LeBlanc in the Friends reunion. Naturally, the memes kept on rolling.

Donald Trump’s blog became an outlet—not for him, but for the people who still want to see what he has to say, whether it’s to exalt, condemn, or clown it. And now it’s dead.

Kyrsten Sinema’s justification for not abolishing the filibuster is a heaping pile of rhetorical bullshit.

Other Politics & Pop Culture News …

Mike Pence says he’s spoken with Donald Trump several times since they left office, and says he doesn’t think he and the president will “ever see eye to eye” about Jan. 6. Go figure.

The Guardian reports on documents revealing Buckingham Palace banned ethnic minorities from office roles and the Queen’s exemption from race and sexual discrimination laws.

Writing for Slate, Claire O. Finkelstein and Richard W. Painter ask: why is Merrick Garland’s Justice Department covering for Trump?

For The Nation, John Nichols writes that Republicans are going beyond voter suppression in Texas, now writing laws to make it easier to cancel results that go against them.