Our Week in Politics & Culture: Vaccine Memes & Resilient New Yorkers

Sometimes you need a break from it all. The pandemic is a serious issue, but not everything needs to be serious all the time. Maybe that’s why a bunch of Twitter users ran with a new joke format mocking CDC guidelines. Or maybe it’s why Fox News decided not to actually cover the protests following Daunte Wright’s murder, instead having two knuckleheads shout past each other about it. It’s more of a break from hinged reality than a general break, but that counts.

We’ve got our usual slate of artist interviews, news coverage, media criticism, and even a first-person haunting story. So dive right in in and see what you missed this week on BTRtoday.


This week on Art Uncovered, Kimberly chats with Sarah E. Jenkins,an interdisciplinary artist and educator who works in stop motion animation, drawing and social practice. Her work is inspired by labor, women’s work and post-industrial landscapes.

On Book Talk, Kory speaks with author Craig Taylor about New Yorkers: A City and Its People in Our Time. In the first twenty years of the twenty-first century, New York City has been convulsed by terrorist attack, blackout, hurricane, recession, social injustice, and pandemic. New Yorkers weaves the voices of some of the city’s best talkers into an indelible portrait of New York in our time – and a powerful hymn to the vitality and resilience of its people.

This week’s Radio Dispatch features discussion about more awful bills attacking trans people and more awful things that Matt Gaetz did.

On BreakThru Radio Weekly, Manny Nomikos joins J. McVay to discuss how both the pandemic and his bi-racial identity—along with his Korean and Greek cultural backgrounds—have all played a part in the musical project known as Ilithios that he’s pursued over the course of the last year. Then, Charles Hinshaw joins J. McVay to discuss the film News of the World directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel. Plus live performances from Veronica Bianqui and LAPÊCHE, both recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.


On this week’s 1st Person, Eddie shares the unsettling experience of visiting a psychic on a lark only to be told that a dark entity was following him. Soon after, strange events occurred at his apartment, from unexplained sounds in the middle of the night to objects disappearing only to be found in unlikely places.

While COVID-19 forced most K-12 schools across the country to adopt some alternative method of instruction over the last year, many are hopeful for the fall and what that means for in-person instruction. On Video Dispatch, MJ Knefel addresses the fact that in many ways, schools operating in the same way they did before the pandemic is not desirable.


Framing necessary emergency spending as “expansion of government” isn’t just dumb, it’s disingenuous.

Daunte Wright’s murder was the product of a deeply racist system with bigotry baked into the simplest interactions, even traffic stops.

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has released its latest video exposing liberal media hypocrisy. And just like the rest of his sting operations, it’s totally listless.

Fox loves purposely stoking arguments on air while ignoring actual facts and news. The dumber and louder, the better.

Vaccinations come with more CDC guidelines. Just make sure you go over all of them.

Other Politics & Culture News …

Chicago released bodycam footage of the police killing 13-year-old Adam Toledo.

From David Dayen and The Prospect, the Save Our Stages $16.5 billion grant program to music venues, museums, and theaters hasn’t given out a dollar, 4 months after passage.

Former South Carolina governor and UN ambassador Nikki Haley says she would support Donald Trump if he ran for the presidency in 2024.

A new study found that the Tyrannosaurus rex populated once clocked in at 2.5 billion.


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