This week, we have a bevy of follow-ups, as well as our weekly recs for what to watch, listen to, and read this weekend to stay grounded in this unsettling time.
We start with a look at the Coronavirus numbers. They're not great, particularly in Texas, where the governor's premature reopening and GOP aversion to basic public health measures is leading to an uptick in cases.
Here in Austin, we're in our fourth straight day of triple-digit numbers of new cases. Wear a mask, social distance, and stay home when possible, y'all!
Next, a special for our TX21 listeners as we dive back into Kerbey Lane-gate, and call out CEO Mason Ayer for fawning over our Austin-hating Congressman (and for having a sickeningly limited dessert menu).
Speaking of Austin, we discuss the Austin City Council's initial steps to hold the Austin Police Department accountable, which include some substantive changes, though we need to continue to hold our council members accountable, too.
We also take a look into the somewhat ignominious racial history of Sen. John Cornyn, in light of his recent resistance to renaming Fort Hood. To learn more about the scandal in Tulia, Texas we talk about today, check out Nate Blakeslee's book Tulia: Race, Cocaine and Corruption in a Small Texas Town, or this 2002 Austin Chronicle story by Lauri Apple.
Finally, Antoinette introduces us to White Nonsense Roundup. Check them out!
Our recs for the weekend?
Antoinette is in a Netflix situation at the moment, recommending Issa Rae's new comedy The Lovebirds and the series Derry Girls.
Lucas suggests everyone check out John Oliver's latest Last Week Tonight about the police; recommends reading (or listening to, given his recent audiobook binge) Isabel Wilkerson's marvelous history of the Great Migration, The Warmth of Other Suns; and watching Kusama: Infinity, about the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, currently streaming on Hulu.
This episode was recorded on Friday, June 12, 2020.