Our Week in Politics & Culture: Sopranos Fashion, Movie Reviews, & Blue MAGA

We need a vaccine. Fortunately, things are moving in the right direction, even as COVID-19 continues to spread uncontrolled across the country. As we inch every closer toward normalcy (or whatever “normalcy” is after all this), we’ve got you covered with vaccine updates, as well as plenty of content to get you through another busy week, including artist interviews, movie reviews, personal stories, and because it’s still 2020, dumb political grifts.

Podcasts

This week on Art Uncovered, Kimberly spoke with Massachusetts based artist Ashley Eliza Williams, whose interdisciplinary work explores new ways of interacting with nature and each other.

On Book Talk, Michael Riedel presents the drama behind every Broadway mega-hit or shocking flop, bringing readers into high-stakes premieres, fraught rehearsals, tough contract negotiations, intense Tony Award battles, and more. From the bitter feuds to the surprising collaborations, all the intrigue of a revolutionary era in the Theater District is packed into Singular Sensation.

On Radio Dispatch, the Knefels discuss the head of Operation Warp Speed saying that most Americans could be vaccinated by May. Plus, Modern Monetary Theory.

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, J.McVay and Jacquelline Soller discuss Small Axe: Mangrove and The Trial of the Chicago 7, both out now on Amazon Prime and Netflix, respectively. Plus a live performance from Jerry David Decicca, recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.

Video

Cassie moved to Georgia from Pennsylvania and has lived in the state for over 10 years. She witnessed the growing diversity of her city and how the efforts of people like Stacey Abrams gave voice to its citizens, which led to the state turning blue in the 2020 US presidential election for the first time in nearly 30 years. Cassie shares on 1st Person that, despite this win for democracy, it is not a time to relax. The country must work towards being anti-racist, from one’s self to our government leaders, before it can properly heal.

On Video Dispatch, John Knefel describes the narrative being pushed by the conservative media now that it is no longer possible to claim that Donald Trump is the rightful victor in the 2020 presidential election.

Editorial

Need some winter fashion advice? Look no further than The Sopranos.

Most political ads are full of falsehood, but Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler’s latest ad is peak bullsh*t.

“Defund the Police” has proven to be an effective slogan, but Barack Obama ironically deems it too catchy to get anything done.

Three former presidents have committed to taking the COVID-19 vaccine publicly to build trust, but the best path to herd immunity might still be paying people to take the vaccine.

Realistically, it was only a matter of time before we got a literal Blue MAGA. The hats have arrived.

Other Politics & Culture News …

Writing for The Baseline Scenario, James Kwak asks: why are Democrats throwing away their leverage with the budget?

Activist and revolutionary socialist Fred Hampton was assassinated by the FBI 51 years ago this week. Read Michael McCanne’s story for Jacobin about how poor whites in Chicago united with the Black Panthers to fight racism and capitalism.

Luke O’Brien writes about the weird feelings that accompany someone going viral for their defiant COVID-19 posts after actually dying of the disease.

For those disappointed in Joe Biden’s early cabinet picks, David Dayen points out a potential bright spot.

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