Just two weeks into 2021 and we’ve already got enough material for a few months. Donald Trump was impeached (again), right wing media tried ignoring their role in the Capitol Hill riot, and Joe Biden announced his intentions to crack down on domestic terrorism. That might not be a good thing, but do you know what is? Our content this week—interviews with artists, authors, political discussion, right wing media criticism, first person COVID-19 stories, and more.
On Art Uncovered, Kimberly spoke with NY-based artist, curator and MFA candidate SiSi Chen. Throughout the conversation they spoke about SiSi’s new role as the director of Trestle Gallery and her task of fundraising in order to keep the gallery doors open. They also about the work she is producing for her thesis project at Hunter College and also about her programs efforts to decolonize their MFA program.
On Book Talk, Kory interviews Mateo Askaripour about Black Buck, his crackling, satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone Black salesman at a mysterious, cult-like, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems.
This week’s Radio Dispatch dives into the fascist takeover of the Capitol building on Jan. 6.
On BreakThru Radio Weekly, J.McVay and Jacqueline Soller discuss Wonder Woman 1984 (available on HBO Max) and Red, White and Blue, the third film in filmmaker Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series (available on Amazon Prime). Plus a live performance from Sanya N’Kanta, recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.
On 1st Person, Stephen details his experience of contracting the coronavirus back in late February/early March of 2020 before lockdowns shut NYC down. He also shares how the busy Brooklyn music scene he’s a part of may have helped to spread it among his friends before people knew how serious the pandemic would turn out to be–and perhaps already was, in retrospect–along with his thoughts on the response to the crisis and how, while hard to live through, it’s confirmed why he loves the city.
On Video Dispatch, John Knefel explains why Biden’s reactionary suggestion to pass a new domestic terror law is unnecessary and how this law could do more harm than good.
Instead of acknowledging their role in last week’s violence, right wing media types like Jesse Watters are dying to move on.
Harrowing videos show how journalists and photographers wound up as targets of Trump insurrectionists last week.
Donald Trump’s (possible) final speech in Alamo, Texas sounded like the near final musings of a weak, broken president.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is setting the right tone on how to deal with seditious Republicans.
Ben Shapiro using POLITICO’s Playbook newsletter to demand neutral political standards is rich. When your own words and tactics are being used against you, it makes a lot more sense to throw up your hands and tell everybody to take it easy.
Other Politics & Pop Culture News …
On Tuesday, reports surfaced that Manhattan’s Vessel structure at Hudson Yards would be closing indefinitely due to a string a suicides—a dark symbol of our current moment.
The Ringer celebrated Wikipedia’s 20th anniversary by chronicling some of the database’s best wormholes.
Republicans lost the White House in 2020 and are clearly losing popular support. But as Matt Ford explains in The New Republic, that doesn’t mean they’ll stop trying to tilt the playing field in their favor for 2024.