Our Week in Politics & Culture: True Crime and Annoying Campaign Emails

Election season is heating up. Candidates are giving interviews, ramping up their annoying campaign emails, and comedians are…offering to host debates on their podcasts? Yeah, sounds about right. We’ve got that covered plus the Democrats confusing campaign strategy, true crime stories, photography, racist police, and plenty more.


On Art Uncovered, Kimberly talks with Stephanie Land, a Brooklyn-based artist whose practice is built upon a traditional photography background and developed through an acquired printmaking process.

This week’s Book Talk features an interview with Mitzi Szereto and her new book The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns—a collection of non-fiction accounts by international writers and experts on small town true crime shows readers that the real monsters aren’t hiding in the woods, they’re inside our towns.

On Radio Dispatch, John & Molly discuss NYC teachers’ refusal to enter school buildings with less than a week until students were set to enter school. John also shares his recent story on the overlap between the police and racist vigilante groups.

On this week’s BreakThru Radio Weekly, J. McVay and associate producer Joe Virgillito catch up on politics news, Democrats’ campaign platform, new Oscar rules, and more. Plus, a live at-home performance from Xanthe Alexis.


This week’s 1st Person features a personal story from Stephanie about an arrest during her senior year of high school. She talks about how second chances can change lives and how they should be extended to everyone without bias.

On Video Dispatch, John Knefel explains that the increasingly militant language being used by Donald Trump and his administration combined with the strained environment in the United States will almost certainly lead to more violence in the coming months.


Donald Trump isn’t even trying to hide his fascism anymore, as his interview on Fox News last weekend proved.

If you thought Trump’s bloodthirsty desire for political retribution was bad, his incessant annoying campaign emails might be even worse. (They’re not, ut it’s closer than you’d think.)

Forget Joe Rogan, who offered to host a presidential debate on his podcast. No one needs four hours of that crap. But these are the comedians (past and present) we’d love to see moderate a debate between Trump and Joe Biden.

After a big-time polling bump and an even bigger fundraising day, it’s clear that Jaime Harrison has a real shot to beat Senator Lindsay Graham in South Carolina.

Despite a two-year-old video clip making the rounds, you do not, by any means, gotta hand it to Tucker Carlson for “agreeing” with Democratic Socialism. He doesn’t.

Other Politics & Culture News …

First reported by Vice’s Carter Sherman, a whistleblower alleges there are mass hysterectomies being performed on detainees at an ICE facility in Georgia.

Vanity Fair published a long piece exploring Jared Kushner’s decision to let the markets decide PPE pricing during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it was “not the role of the federal government” to lead the response.

Writing for The Week, Bonnie Kristian posits that Joe Biden’s decision not to execute door-to-door campaigning is puzzling and could easily come back to bite him.

The New Republic‘s Osita Nwanevu wrote about the wild war-gaming Democrats are doing to prepare themselves if Trump is unwilling to concede—and that maybe they should just focus on beating him.