Our Week in Politics & Culture: Yard Signs, Filmmakers, & Suburb Talk

America is on fire. No, that’s not hyperbole—the West Coast is literally burning as you read this and likely will be for some time. It’d be an apt metaphor for how all of America feels right now if it weren’t actively taking and destroying peoples lives—oh, wait, that actually makes it pretty spot on.

Things might seem bleak and hopeless, but there’s always bright spots and good things to turn to. Like filmmakers and authors discussing their latest releases, comedians shooting the shit, conversations about political hope, and memes. Always memes. We have all that and more for you this week.


On Art Uncovered, Kimberly speaks with Matt Hulse about his recent feature length film Sound of the Future and his award winning photo series.

Nancy Jooyoun Kim joins Book Talk to discuss her debut novel The Last Story of Mina Lee, told through the intimate lens of a mother and daughter who have struggled all their lives to understand each other.

On this week’s Radio Dispatch, John and Molly talk about the tale of two recessions, the law and order backlash that hasn’t happened, and everyone’s new favorite topic—the suburbs.

BreakThru Radio Weekly features Matt Ruby interviewing fellow comedian and podcast Paul Ossinger whose show Crazy Money explores the psychology of money. J. McVay and Jacqueline Soller discuss the new movie Buoyancy, available now via Kino Lorber’s virtual cinema, Kino Marquee. Plus hear live performances from Oginalii and HaStyle Rhymes, recorded exclusively for BTRtoday.


On 1st Person, Megan shares the hardships of growing up with a mother who wants to be more like a friend than a parent and gives advice on how those suffering with addiction and the people who care about them can get help.

On Video Dispatch, John Knefel comments on some recent reactions of Joe Biden on the campaign trail and suggests that his attempts to win over affluent white voters may cause him to lose the support of other key voting groups.


Is the world just a little too much right now? Yeah, we get it. On the bright side, memes are better than ever—and the new Leonardo DiCaprio ones might be our favorite.

Donald Trump is a lot of things—namely, a liar. This week he made it seem like he laments the United States’ military industrial complex despite constantly fueling it. Why do media members take his words at face value?

As the election gets closer, people will continue checking polls every few minutes. Some people are looking for predictors in other places, though—like front lawns.

Turns out Trump knew about the severity of COVID-19 and still misled the American people for months. Bob Woodward’s interview was revelatory and damning, but it basically confirmed information that’s been available since April.

As countries like France commit to paying furloughed workers salaries through next summer, the United States continues fumbling and failing to give its people the economic relief they desperately need. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care about your own people.

Other Politics & Culture News …

At least 17 people have died in Oregon and California as wildfires continue to burn millions of acres across the West Coast.

Slate’s What’s Next TBD explains how the migration due to climate change, sure to be the largest movement of humans in history, has already begun.

The NFL season kicks off this weekend. On Defector, Barry Petchesky writes about how the NFL has co-opted protests for racial justice and sanitized their language and messaging enough to make it “glib and feeble.”

Ana Marie Cox’s Election Diary on Popula delves into Trump’s latest defense against his alleged rape of E. Jean Carroll and whether anger is the first emotion to be sacrificed in a repressive regime.

In New York, the MTA will start issuing $50 fines to riders who don’t wear masks on subways and buses.