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We are taking ourselves to the outskirts of consciousness by looking at research that attempts to collect near death experiences from around the world.
We talk about how to say cool shit in Yiddish, smoking in films, why pot is weird for your dreams, and review the awesome new horror flick “The Witch.”
This week is Karma Week. We speak with a psychology professor and a marketer on the rippling effect of small acts of kindness and karma.
We’ve all heard the age-old saying, “what goes around comes around,” but does it ring true? For “Karma Week” at BTRtoday, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in NYC’s Madison Square Park about whether or not karma has ever affected them or the choices they’ve made. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Honey Tiger Eyes” by Ducktails Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
We talk about Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris, a Pokemon Go! movie, how synthetic marijuana might cause the zombie apocalypse, and review the new political doc “Weiner.”
It’s Cool Week here on BTRtoday and we are chatting with a movie director and an AI researcher to learn about their fascinating journeying to creating a computer algorithm that develops entire screen plays for film.
Skydiving, wild parties, embarking on distant adventures… for “Cool Week” at BTRtoday, Zach Schepis talks to people in New York City about the coolest things they’ve ever done. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “My Real Name” by Genevieve Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
We’ll chat with a viticulture extraordinaire on the delicate task of building vineyards with a mission for greater environmental awareness and a filmmaker who’s developed a manual for maintaining life on the open road.
Beginning this October, New Yorkers will have to pay for the convenience of plastic bags when they do their shopping. In an effort to curb pollution and encourage a greener lifestyle, plastic bags will cost five cents each. For “Sustainable Week” at BTRtoday, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people for their opinions about this new fee. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Salt Water” by Brazos Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
This week we talk about Teen USA dropping their swim suit contest, legalized marijuana developments in California, and review the Season 6 finale of “Game of Thrones.”
We’ll discuss the implications of cyber security and cyber criminals that prowl the deep-web, and take a closer look at if karma actually exists.
Conversations can quickly turn awkward due to the sting of an unexpected comment or just a complete loss for words. For “Conversation Week” at BTRtoday, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in NYC to divulge their handy tricks and skills for maneuvering out of those uncomfortable moments. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “How The Ranks Was Won” by Brazos Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
We talk about Jim Carrey making a horror movie, weed legalization in Massachusetts, and review the terrible new romantic comedy “How To Be Single.”
New York City is thought of by many as the greatest city in the world, but that distinction comes with some baggage in the form of myths — some good, some bad. For “Myth Week” at BTRtoday, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in Manhattan about which NYC myths they think to be untrue. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Could It Ever Get Better?” by These Shaky Isles Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
We talk about Chinese cinema taking over America, a new Pokemon that looks like Donald Trump, and review the Charlie Kauffman animated oddity “Anomalisa.”
We’re going to take a closer look at emerging technologies that can be hacked to be more cost efficient, along with how one organization is breaking down barriers for the LGBT community to integrate with coding groups.
Cyber warfare and government security breaches by foreign or potentially hostile players are an ever-growing concern, but we wondered what information the average citizen would be interested in if they were given open access to their own government’s network. For “Hack Week” at BTRtoday, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York what information they’d seek out if given the opportunity. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Look At Orion!” by Bibio Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
This week we talk about that time Meryl Streep pretended to be Donald Trump and review the psychological thriller “10 Cloverfield Lane.”
We will be investigating into the political complexity and myths of the Affordable Care Act, as well as learn about a third party candidate and the pricy game of running for US presidency.
As part of “Affordable Week” at BTRtoday, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York City about their favorite free activities for the summer amid the seemingly always-rising cost of living in the city. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Too Much Space Man” by Diane Coffee Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
We talk film and marijuana news, how North Korea endorsed Donald Trump, and review the new Coen brothers flick “Hail, Caesar!”
We could all use a new way of looking at the world, so today’s guests are here to show us some vantage points that range from the very small to the vast and interconnected.
For “Perspective Week” at BTRtoday Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people about a time in their lives when they wish they were able to change how they saw a certain situation. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Needs” by Baio Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
We review the new Marvel superhero flick “Captain America: Civil War.”
BTRtoday talks with the creator of New Jersey’s “Bernie Man Festival,” a weekend event aimed at culling together a variety of musical performances, arts, and cultural events to promote presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
We are looking at the fairly intricate and technical philosophies, as well as the advancing technologies that help reveal even the most minute of Egyptian mummies.
Donald Trump talks a mighty game, but is he really trying to compensate for something much smaller? For “Tiny Week” at BTRtoday, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of New York City whether or not they think the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States is well-qualified… and well-endowed. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Penis Glove” by The Adventures of the Silver Spaceman Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
On our first episode of the BTRtoday’s new stoner movie podcast, we talk about how Pixar is trying to save the clownfish, why Ben Carson definitely smokes weed, and review the cult classic “The Big Lebowski.”
On writing songs about oppression in taxis and why inspiration is a fickle bitch.
If you could travel through space, where in the universe would you go? For “Space Week” at BTRtoday, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of New York City which interstellar regions and far away planets they might venture to if given the opportunity. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Electric Love” by He’s My Brother She’s My Sister Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
This week we review the new drama Almost Paris, directed by Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival!
On the spirit of creation and singing beauty through the darkness of loss.
This week is island week, and we’re going to take a look at how seemingly independent, isolated phenomenon are really surrounded by a number of waves of influence.
Stranded on a desert island, alone, and without a means to escape… what would you choose to bring with you? Whether it’s books or vodka, for “Island Week” at BTR, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of New York City what comforts they would bring to their tropical isolation. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Merchants of Soul” by Spoon Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Our third week of Tribeca Film Festival coverage brings us a review of the harrowing short film “Curve” and interviews with the cast and crew!
This week is Break Week and we are looking into the brain and the fascinating ways that it can break us from reality.
For “Break Week” at BTR, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York City what they would do if they could take a break from all the responsibilities in their busy lives. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Pocket Change” by Lettuce Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
It’s our second Tribeca featured film! We review the documentary “Bugs,” which talks about the world of edible insects and interview the makers of the film to hear about what this strange future may hold.
On the small victories of perseverance and making music for yourself.
For all the weirdos out there, all the people who don’t quite fit inside any predetermined box, this week’s podcast is for you.
Our first episode where we cover the Tribeca Film Festival! We review “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” and interview cast members Jessica Biel, Jason Sudeikus, Maisie Williams, and director Bill Purple.
Let’s all take a step back from the rush, inhale a deep breath, and concentrate our minds on the ways in which we can better focus and center both our bodies and minds.
Amongst the overlapping currents of political slandering and entertainment media, it can be hard to keep track of the issues that matter most. For “Focus Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City whether our culture has lost focus in addressing the pertinent issues of our time. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Needs” by Baio Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
We talk about what to expect next week for the Tribeca Film Festival and review the eccentric new drama “The Lobster.”
We are looking at the inhumane treatment of animals in the Western world, where many of us view them as nothing more than “bodies” to be raised for the slaughter.
Is our culture helping or hindering the acceptance of more diverse body images? For “Body Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people on the streets of New York City if they truly see a positive body movement underway. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “How” by Daughter Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
We review the visually stunning and harrowing new black and white film “Embrace of the Serpent.”
Roger Poulin of the Burnt Seeds talks songwriting in abandoned factories and intergalactic nebula surfing through rock and roll.
We are looking at the redeeming work of saving animals from shelters and how we can benefit more than we realize from rescuing animals.
We’ve all faced moments in our lives when we were forced to atone for mistakes. For “Redemption Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people on the streets of New York City about decisions that have righted wrongs and healed relationships. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Factory Flaws” by Young Galaxy Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
This week we review the riveting British artificial intelligence flick “Ex Machina”.
Today we’re going to take a look at some of the epidemics facing us today, and what we can do to fight them together.
An epidemic is the rampant outbreak of anything from a disease to a cultural phenomenon. For “Epidemic Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in NYC what they consider to be the greatest epidemic facing our world. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “One Day” by The Child Of Lov (Featuring Damon Albarn) Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
We review the new sci-fi thriller “Coherence” and talk about some of the greatest characters in movie history!
What are some of the ways that we can sustain a natural and ongoing dialogue, to form communities of knowledge outside of institutions?
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Is it possible to live a natural lifestyle in a teeming metropolis? For “Natural Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people on the streets of New York City how they find holistic balance in one of the busiest industrial epicenters of the world. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Born Tight” by Man Man
We talk the greatest movie characters of all time and review the hilarious new Marvel hit “Deadpool.”
We will be looking into the essentials that cause America’s drug shortages and demystifying what food additives mean for our health.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Can you capture your personality in one word? For “Essence Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people on the streets of New York City about the core of their personalities and how the world has helped to shape their characters. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Planting Flowers” by Shadow In The Cracks
We review the harrowing Netflix original documentary “Virunga.”
On cocaine-fueled adventures in Miami and songwriting in the beautiful isolation of Upstate New York.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! What does it take to build a happy community? For “Community Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz take to the streets to learn about what people want their communities to aspire to. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Owl (Featuring Doom)” by The Child Of Lov
We recap the 2016 Oscars and review the Academy Award-winning film “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.
We learn about the creative human process of dreaming by speaking with neuroscientists and dreamwork teachers.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Vivid, recurring dreams can considerably impact our lives. For “Dream Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz speak to people about the most memorable dreams of their lives, and whether any significance lies within the subconscious. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Dreams” by Jessica Pratt
Jennifer Dumpert is a writer, lecturer, and workshop leader who teaches an experience-based form of dream work that promotes exploration of consciousness and subconscious boundaries. She shares some of her projects with BTR, including mapping cities as dreamscapes and ingesting dream-stimulating oneirogens.
We talk about the greatest characters in film and review the new drama “The Danish Girl” starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, and Amber Heard.
On learning to play the drums from a cop and the primordial nature of songwriting.
We take a look at how to combat the negative news cycle and instituting change after the disastrous Dupont chemical pollution scandal.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Humor relaxes tension and brings about happiness during the day. As part of “Positivity Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz take to the streets to learn about what makes people laugh. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Waiting” by Black Lips
In many parts of Southeast Asia, dog meat is on the menu. With a massive trade network that misappropriates, abuses, and routinely murders millions of canines, a handful of humanitarian organizations and vigilantes have decided to fight back.
We share some of the best fictional characters from the big screen and review the new Danny Boyle drama “Steve Jobs” starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan, and Jeff Daniels.
With the help of our guests, we look at the movement to end big soda companies and the ideas that can evolve American Universities.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Revolutionary ideas don’t have to change the entire political climate to be important and impacting. As part of “Revolution Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz talk to people in New York City about their own involvement in movements and the revolutions, no matter how small, that they hope to lead in the future. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Everywhere I’m Local” by Har Mar Superstar
We review the new Academy Award nominated drama “Brooklyn” and share some of the most memorable characters in film.
On the art of songwriting through heartbreak and making it big on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Today we’re going to hone in on a couple of specific issues, those being how Americans view changing perspectives in fitness trends and wellbeing.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Sometimes a simple smile or giving up of one’s seat can completely change someone else’s day. As part of “Change Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz hit the streets to learn about how people create small changes to make large impacts on the daily lives of others. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Holdin’ On” by Good Field
BTR talks with the lead researcher of a two-and-a-half year study which investigated how safe Americans believe their personal information really is in the digital age.
We talk about Leonardo DiCaprio’s best roles (while crossing our fingers for his Oscar win!) and review the new drama “Room.”
This week we speak with a Swedish photographer on his trip to North Korea and a plastic surgeon on America’s obsession with youth.
The existence of parallel universes is a theory in physics that allows us to open our minds to what could be possible in another similar realm. As part of “Parallel Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz asked people in NYC about their visions of a parallel universe and what their place might be in an alternate world. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Don’t Make Me Hit You” by Har Mar Superstar
BTR talks with an American biologist who has been working with Cuban scientists to fight lung cancer and relations thaw between the two countries, can we come closer to winning the fight?
We talk about the top ten films with non-linear story lines and review the new Oscar-contender “Spotlight”
On the importance of bass, the Long Island hardcore scene, and writing songs while driving.
We’ve got two interesting interviews on some of the greatest launches of communication that transcends borders and perceived limitations.
It’s “Launch Week” at BTR, as we celebrate the unveiling of our new website and mobile app. That means big changes and, in that spirit, BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz take to the streets of New York City to ask people about big changes in their own lives. Ideas from eating healthier to living more fulfilling lives are discussed as people imagine the best changes they can make for themselves. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Do It” by Good Field
More of BTR’s talk with the executive director of Clowns Without Borders–an organization dedicated to offering humor as a means of psychological support to communities who have suffered from trauma.
BTR talks with the executive director of Clowns Without Borders–an organization dedicated to offering humor as a means of psychological support to communities who have suffered from trauma.
We talk about the longest movies Hollywood has ever produced and review the Oscar nominated film The Big Short
We investigate the international pharmacopoeia and the American hunt for a viable lung cancer vaccine from Cuba.
Nobody knows what the future might hold or what changes could uproot everything we know. BTR ‘s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz take to the streets of Manhattan to ask people what aspects of our society they think are built to last.
Part two of BTR’s talk with the cofounder of the first church in the country to offer ancient and controversial psychedelic experiences to the public.
BTR talks with the co-founder of the first church in the country to offer ancient and controversial psychedelic experiences to the public.
We review the new Quentin Tarantino movie ‘The Hateful Eight!’
BTR chats with Hypercolor on the art of spontaneous experimentation, years of collaboration, and the benefits of a serene studio environment.
We speak with two creative individuals who are finding unconventional sources of inspiration: Trinity De Guzman and Ellen Bass.
Inspirations for our creative endeavors usually come from a particular muse or event. BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz take to the streets to ask people about their greatest sources of inspiration and creativity.
We provide a list of the best movies to work out to and review the new epic JJ Abrams-helmed installment ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
In her new book “Just Keep Rowing,” the first woman to solo row across the Atlantic Ocean reflects on lessons learned for each of the 70 days it took her to cross.
What does it take to tackle the seemingly insurmountable, the physically audacious feats that we watch others accomplish with awe and wonder?
BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis recently visited the Javits Center in New York City to speak with marathon runners, health-product representatives, and the general public about their top fitness goals for the year.
We talk about some essential mindless flicks to rein in the New Year and review the new 007 extravaganza ‘Spectre’

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