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John Knefel comments on the outcomes of Operation Warp Speed, beyond that of the COVID-19 vaccine, including the power behind large scale public spending.
No politician or person better defined one of the most vile years in recent memory.
Alicia shares the story of how she began 2020 with an extended trip to Los Angeles to test the waters for a potential move from New York City only to be forced to cut the stay short once the COVID-19 pandemic began. She describes the eerie experience of rushing back to NYC to quarantine, as well as what she’s learned from the experience.
Despite an apparently strong market, John Knefel explains that the majority of Americans continue to suffer financially due to COVID-19.
The Texas Senator’s idiotic meme proves conservatives’ pandemic culture war will never end.
Melancholy from Seth Walker, Mike Montrey, Ryan Montreau. Plus The Motet and Brother’s Keeper.
A Pandemic check in, a coup check in, and the MAGA march over the weekend. Bruce Westerman getting a COVID-19 test Photo courtesy of United States Congress, Office of Bruce Westerman via Wikimedia Commons  
It's our second post election show and our first one with results. Joe Biden won! We'll talk about the wild week that just passed, and what might be to come in the next 2 months. Also, there's good news from Pfizer about their COVID vaccine! Photo courtesy of Steve Jurvetson via Wikimedia Commons
The votes are still being counted, but some results are certain and others are likely. Plus music from Sam Burton and Ganga Lee.
As cold weather closes in and COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the United States, John Knefel explains why, especially for conservatives, a vaccine will be the only possibility of life without coronavirus.
As the United States heads for a third wave of spiking coronavirus cases, John Knefel addresses why this may be the worst part of the pandemic so far. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
The president is shifting his plan to make coronavirus part of everyday life into hyperdrive.
We review the major election-related news of the week–and there’s plenty, of course. Plus music from Sad13.
​John Knefel  explains why even the best case scenario for the United States in 2021 is less than ideal.​
A roundup of last week’s vice presidential debate, and Trump keeps releasing videos to try to appeal to seniors. Vice-President Mike Pence posing with members of the Broward County, Florida SWAT team Photo courtesy of White House employee; cropped by Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons
More than 215,000 dead won’t stop the president’s awkward grandpa shuffle.
Biden and Harris shouldn’t go anywhere near the infected Trump campaign.
There was a presidential debate last Tuesday, and Trump has COVID. Photo courtesy of The White House via Wikimedia Commons
Even when we already expect it, the president manages to heighten the inanity every time.
The social media platform was in rare form as news, sympathy, and late night jokes poured in.
The New York Times publishes a trove of information about Trump’s tax returns, and Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. photo courtesy of Salud Carba via Wikimedia Commons
Like it or not, QAnon is a part of American politics now—and so is all the hysterical nonsense that comes with it.
As coronavirus cases rise both in the U.S. and globally, it must be considered that the reactionary approach by both state and federal governments will lead to even more preventable deaths.
No one is doing more to spread coronavirus than the president himself.
Donald Trump says he’s “up-played” the seriousness of the pandemic. Joe Biden needs to focus on winning. And we all need to worry about election result legitimacy. Plus music from Xanthe Alexis.
How can people trust or believe in a government that doesn’t help them in times of crisis?
Bob Woodward’s interview confirms information that’s been out there for awhile.
Monteagle is songwriter and composer Justin Giles Wilcox, who brought his full live band to perform for BTR Live Studio back in May 2018. The Brooklyn based musician recently invited us into his home for a solo acoustic performance of music from his recently released EP, A Colorful Moth. He caught up via video chat with Maia to discuss the EP, plans for the next full length album, Tennessee, Nintendo games, and more. A Colorful Moth is available now from Fire Talk Records. Watch our previous video for Monteagle’s “In Reality” and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
It feels like the end of the world, so why not listen to some good new tunes till it's all over?
The mecca of live music is at a standstill, but the artists within it are keeping its musical spirit alive.
All of your favorite cities or states have a different approach—some seem hopeful, while others seem outright ridiculous.
VoiceLove connects COVID-19 patients to loved ones in a low-cost way. New movie, ‘Mr. Jones.’ Plus music from Shamir and Space Sluts.
The Natvral is the newest project from rocker Kip Berman, who spent much of the past decade heading up The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. In the past few years, he has shifted gears to make music in a way that feels right for right now - free from expectations. The Natvral’s first EP Know Me More, was released by Kanine in 2018, followed by 2019’s cover of Dear Nora’s “You Looked Like A Portrait.” Kip recently invited us into his Princeton, NJ home for a performance of three songs, and a wide ranging phone conversation with Maia. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Harris is the VP, and more school updates. photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Kamala Harris via Wikimedia Commons
Sometimes politics are most effective from people you’ve never heard of.
The 6 month switcheroo from praising teachers to shaming them, the prognosis for winter, and the latest on the Washington pandemic response. Photo credit: By AugusteBlanqui - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Economist and author L. Randall Wray explains what’s needed to deal with the economic consequences of the pandemic.
It’s been a weird year in general -- and that includes for movies and movie lovers. We discuss some that have managed to be released so far that are worth a look.
As moratoriums on evictions end and expanded unemployment benefits expire, potential crisis looms as COVID-19 infection rates spike around the country, leaving many unable to work and now without protections. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
Looming disaster as some schools are still set to reopen in the fall, and DHS ties leftists to foreign powers. photo courtesy of BreaWycker via Wikimedia Commons
2020 has been rough, but at least we've still got some great musicians delivering some summertime tunes.
The GOP can’t get out of its own ideological way and now face the consequences of their own inaction.
John gives a rundown of the overlapping, looming crises the U.S. is currently dealing with, from people losing health insurance along with their jobs to homeowners and renters are having trouble covering bills to unemployment supplements expiring soon. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
Teachers unions in Florida sue Governor DeSantis over reopening schools, federal agents snatch and grab protesters in Portland, and Trump says he will send federal troops to more cities. photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Wikimedia Commons
The president’s first briefing since April was a weak, self-serving attempt at humility.
If it looks like little more than cynical ladder-climbing, that’s because it is.
Two cable news anchors discussed the president’s latest absurd photo in notably different ways.
This week we're listening to music by Kin4life, Delila Black, and Mackenzie Shivers. There's also some poetry in the mix, which discusses being Black in America and all the things we used to do during the summertime and took for granted pre-Coronavirus.
James Bluemel on the new Frontline documentary “Once Upon a Time in Iraq.” Also, 5.4 million Americans lost their health insurance, and Trump and DeVos threaten to defund school districts that won’t open. photo courtesy of Ben McLean via Wikimedia Commons
The president finally wore a mask and his supporters could hardly contain their sycophantic excitement.
This combination of visuals and audio will expand your mind to a level of self-comfort that's hard to obtain alone.
Journalists parroting anonymous White House sources causes more harm than good.
Most of the successful strategies put to the task have been implemented by women.
Kyle Forester - who has played in the bands Woods, Crystal Stilts, and Purple Mountains - joins us from his home in Queens for this episode of BTR Live Studio at Home hosted by Bryan B, where we discuss his new album, parenting in the time of COVID-19, and more. Hearts In Gardens is available now.
John Knefel comments on the rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the U.S. as states which have reopened must roll back their guidelines or change the way they are operating.
States that have reopened have now reclosed, and the absolute miss of pulling old movies and shows for racism rather than changing policy. photo courtesy of Charles E. Spirtos via Wikimedia Commons
John Knefel explains how the United States’ lack of coordinated coronavirus response is going to prolong the pandemic and its negative effects.
There’s no room for kids in the coronavirus policies, and states continue to see record numbers of new cases. photo courtesy of Usernet123u via Wikimedia Commons
He'll say the election was corrupt, illegal, and rigged against him—even if he wins.
Cities and states reopening too soon are more likely to worsen the spread of COVID-19.
Week 2 of the nationwide protest for Black lives.
The Beths are a rock band based in Auckland, New Zealand, founded by lead singer/songwriter Elizabeth Stokes and guitarist Jonathan Pearce. Blending cool, catchy riff rock with fun vocals -- from all four band members, no less -- the band has a likeably addictive sound. Jump Rope Gazers will be released July 10 from Carpark Records.
The Beths are a rock band based in Auckland, New Zealand, founded by lead singer/songwriter Elizabeth Stokes and guitarist Jonathan Pearce. Blending cool, catchy riff rock with fun vocals -- from all four band members, no less -- the band has a likeably addictive sound. Jonathan and Liz recently invited us in for a look at their makeshift home studio, and chatted with Maia about their new album, and what life may look like for the band this year. Jump Rope Gazers will be released July 10 from Carpark Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This week's episode is part one of a series of episodes highlighting the work of artists who are responding to COVID.
Responsibility chains, intent-behavior gaps, local validators, and incalculable loss… but also koalas and yogurt.
Monteagle is songwriter and composer Justin Giles Wilcox, who brought his full live band to perform for BTR Live Studio back in May 2018. The Brooklyn based musician recently invited us into his home for a solo acoustic performance of the song “In Reality,” from his recently released EP, A Colorful Moth. He caught up via video chat with Maia to discuss the EP, plans for the next full length album, Tennessee, Nintendo games, and more. A Colorful Moth is available now from Fire Talk Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Monteagle is songwriter and composer Justin Giles Wilcox, who brought his full live band to perform for BTR Live Studio back in May 2018. The Brooklyn based musician recently invited us into his home for a solo acoustic performance of several songs, including “In Reality,” from his recently released EP, A Colorful Moth. He caught up via video chat with Maia to discuss the EP, plans for the next full length album, Tennessee, Nintendo games, and more.
John Knefel comments on how the coronavirus pandemic was an opportunity for politicians, specifically Democrats, to address some of the much needed change in this country and how the opportunity has been squandered and any large scale change is unlikely.
A company has created a protective suit that includes a snap-in canister for drinking & vaping.
Don't let a little thing like a deadly pandemic ruin your fun in the sun with friends.
Movies that speak to the experience of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, music by Monteagle
The Natvral is the newest project from rocker Kip Berman, who spent much of past decade heading up The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. In the past few years, he has shifted gears to make music in a way that feels right for right now - free from expectations. The Natvral’s first EP Know Me More, was released by Kanine in 2018, followed by 2019’s cover of Dear Nora’s “You Looked Like A Portrait.” Kip recently invited us into his Princeton, NJ home for a performance of three songs, and a wide ranging phone conversation with Maia. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
John Knefel comments on the lack of coordination at the state and federal levels when it comes to coronavirus relief and how this will continue to be a problem in the coming months.
Why trust in institutions is low, and how to understand the Tara Reade accusation against Joe Biden. photo courtesy of WhoisJohnGalt via Wikimedia Commons
Shana Falana is one of our favorite dream-pop artists - currently based in Kingston, New York. Shana and Michael Amari explore darkness and light in their almost-meditative songs, which are illuminated by dazzling visual projections at live shows. During quarantine, Shana brought us into her home and daily life to give us a look at what’s happening in her world while live music isn’t happening. Music: "Go Higher" by Shana Falana Darkest Light is available now from Arrowhawk Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
More bikes on the road mean more accidents—here are some simple techniques & tricks to stay safe.
The ins and outs of what it’s like for two parents to raise children during the pandemic. Also, music by Shana Falana.
John Knefel comments on the current economic situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and how the lack of appropriate actions from the democrats early on will continue to affect poor and middle-class Americans. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
Where the country stands in terms of lifting public health measures, the Democrats can't quit austerity, and why the stock market is soaring -- at least for now. photo courtesy of  Thomas J. O'Halloran via Wikimedia Commons  
Not everything about pandemic parenting has to be a major life lesson, sometimes it’s about the little things.
Just 15 minutes a day has helped relieve stress and make me a better athlete, even under lockdown.
COVID-19 response bungling. Biden’s VP options. News/media roundup. ‘Driveways’ now on VOD. BTR Live Studio w/ Honey Cutt.
John Knefel comments on how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the inequalities that already existed between wealthy people and marginalized communities.
Jesse Myerson joins us to talk about rent strikes, and Hannah Cohen on the mental health crisis facing health care workers. Credited to the International Film Service, published by the New York Times via Wikimedia Commons
No lockdown for Sweden. US economy in decline. NY cancels primary. News/media roundup. Chris Hemsworth in ‘Extraction.’ Music by Marble Arch.
John Knefel addresses the anti lockdown protests that have been taking place across the country and who is really behind them.
New York cancels its primary and slashes the education budget, and new corroboration for the allegations against Joe Biden. photo courtesy of The White House via Wikimedia Commons
States are set to pull unemployment benefits from workers who fear contracting coronavirus.
A preview of the 2020 general election. New movie, Selah and the Spades. And a preview of True Dreams' BTR Live Studio session.
If Dems don’t force mail-in voting into the next coronavirus relief bill, they will have failed.
John Knefel explains that despite the Trump Administration’s efforts to downplay the spread and effect of COVID-19, the United States is still far behind in testing and without the answers to questions about the virus, many parts of the country will need to remain in lockdown. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
The responsibilities and pressures of parenting during an already anxious quarantine increase as my son’s mother gets sick.
John Knefel comments on the disparity between the ease of access for relief funding for large corporations as opposed to small businesses in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sanders is out and has endorsed Biden, millennials don’t stand a chance, and Corona updates. photo courtesy of Dan Keck via Wikimedia Commons
For this week’s show we put out a call on the internet for anybody interested to call and leave me a message “with your story of the music that’s helping you get thru the fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and isolation and maybe giving you hope right now.” I’ve also put together a playlist on Spotify featuring music by the artists who called in, along with the music they mentioned in their calls. For new music this week, we hear singles and album tracks from Golden Rules The Thumb, Zelma Stone, 2nd Grade, Levitation Room, Next Great American Novelist, A.O. Gerber, Laura Marling, None Of Your Concern, and Varsity - plus a bonus exclusive performance from Poingly (check out Poingly on MD back in October 2019). For more, check out the Greenway Records Weekly Jam playlist series and ZEBEDEE's live album, raising funds for The Mayor's Fund To Advance NYC.
Dr. Lynn Jiang, 1 of 2 doctors who began an Instagram account to document health workers on the frontline. Ryan Cooper on Gov. Cuomo. New gerrymander documentary ‘Slay The Dragon.’ And music by Parlor Walls.
Reflections on working from home, thinking of others unable to do the same, and the society that’s failed them.
The former chef, known for his visionary work marrying fine art with food and drink, shares what he’s been cooking during the pandemic.
Being both the parent and teacher for my six-year old becomes especially challenging during the “empty days” of quarantine life.
John Knefel comments on the Democrats' poor response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Today we sit in a patch of sun, listen to new music from Dirty Projectors, Ada Lea, Half Waif, Anna Burch, Why Bonnie, Locate S 1,  and Sorry, read reflections from the 1665 Plague, ponder my great grandmother's mincemeat recipe (tried November 1894), and remember the musicians we've lost so far to COVID-19.
Trump finally admits this is going to be very very bad, medical workers and other essential employees don't have protective equipment, and more reporting shows how much time was wasted in the US response. photo courtesy of NIAID via Wikimedia Commons
Memos confirm the administration has known about the virus’ potential impact since January. They'll spend the next several months lying about it.
Two NYC ER doctors created an Instagram account for healthcare workers to share stories and stay connected.
The smartest ways to stay safe and healthy while getting some valuable time outside.
This week we're kicking off the episode with a preview of the upcoming SAVAK album, Rotting Teeth In The Horse's Mouth, out April 10th from Ernest Jenning Record Company, complete with a conversation with one of the band's two primary songwriters, Michael "Jaws" Jaworski. We talk about the band's process in writing and recording, cover practice spaces in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, and address the uncertainty of releasing music in the midst of the current global health crisis. Later in the show, we check out new music from Citris, Blue Canopy, The Memories, Ada Lea, Dirty Projectors, Ellis, and Waxahatchee, plus a new Shannen Moser track from the Lame-O Records "Compilation For Isolation" - Don't Stand So Close To Me.
Matt Ruby on COVID-19. J. McVay and Jacqueline Soller on new movie, ‘Swallow.’ Plus a preview of Workman ong’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
I thought co-parenting a six-year old autistic boy as a newly separated dad would be a challenge, and then along came a global pandemic ...
John Knefel comments on how the Trump Administration's poor response to COVID-19 has impacted Americans and will continue to do so in the coming months.
The former VP isn’t changing his tune on universal healthcare, even as COVID-19 overwhelms America’s healthcare system.
We've learned more about the well-endowed man called "Wood" and, of course, found more top-notch memes.
A nutritionist shares tips on how to help prevent illness and promote overall health.
Joe Virgillito chats with Prof. Gerald Friedman about COVID-19 and the case for Medicare For All. J. McVay and Jacqueline Soller discuss 2011 movie, ‘Contagion.’ Plus a preview of Scoville Unit’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
For part 1 of our two-part episode featuring Bergamo, Italy-based label Wild Honey Records, we speak with owner Franz Barcella about the label, some of their releases, and the current state of the music industry and world with the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Sanders’ diatribe against Republicans helped keep important unemployment protections in the Senate’s coronavirus relief bill.
The Soderbergh-directed film is surging in popularity right now because it may be comforting to see a worse version of what we’re going through.
An economist and former Bernie Sanders advisor explains why universal healthcare is the answer to future public health crises.
Welcome to our new reality. On today's episode, I'm in conversation with my friend, colleague, and former bandmate Bryan Bruchman, wondering when we'll ever see each other again.
Our second coronavirus show, as more cities go on lockdown and Trump says we need to restart the economy. photo courtesy of The White House via Wikimedia Commons
SXSW may not have happened this year, but we can still revisit some of our favorite times at the fest from years past.
Yes, he was a porno star—he went by the name of "Wood" and now he's gone viral.
The president’s renewed coronavirus skepticism proves he and Congressional Republicans value profit more than human lives.
As COVID-19 keeps athletes inside, in-home cycling can provide some terrific workouts.
The presumptive Democratic nominee's last public appearance was Tuesday. Over the weekend, Twitter users openly wondered why.
This week, we’re doing things differently. We have calls from members of the indie music community calling in with their stories of how the COVID-19/Coronoavirus pandemic has affected them and their music, including Henderson Cole of The Alternative, Ciarra Fragale, Kyle Forester, Nehedar, The Planes, and the Brooklyn Drum Collective. Then, we check out brand new music from Worriers, Control Top, Thurlowood, Kyle Forester, Smokey Brights, Yumi Zouma, Activity, Pale Blue, Picture One, and Superorder.
Joe Virgillito is here to discuss the Democratic primaries and COVID-19. Also, we discuss new movie, Lost Girls.’ Plus a preview of Activity’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Part two of our Fox Food Records indie label feature begins with an extensive interview with label founder/owner James Smith (who also records as Good Good Blood), followed by another hour of music from the label's catalog. Check out part one of this feature here.
John Knefel comments on how the coronavirus has disrupted our economy and who will suffer most should the U.S. face another recession.
Means testing only adds inefficiency to coronavirus relief. And it gives GOPers like Mitt Romney a lane to the Dems’ left.
The coronavirus is a global pandemic rapidly impacting the United States. photo courtesy of Gideon Oliver
You'll probably just end up staring at your phone the entire time you're in quarantine, so why not these memes?
As the coronavirus closes venues, bars and cancels tours—as a fan, you can help.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as an athlete as COVID-19 takes hold of the United States.
Joe Virgillito is here to discuss why Sanders shouldn’t drop out, the effects of COVID-19 on current politics, and more. Also, we discuss new movie, ‘Onward.’ Plus a preview of Momma’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
We think laughter is a good thing at a scary and panicky time like this.
Though there are over 30K signatures on the petition, the festival is still very much on.