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Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an art podcast. When he's not working on Art Uncovered, Thomas works as photographer, retoucher, and audio editor and also plays guitar in the band Sleepies. He lives in Queens, New York, for now.

Latest Episodes

The Prison In Twelve Landscapes

This Week: Filmmaker and Geographer Brett Story discusses her new film The Prison in Twelve Landscapes.The documentary is screening at Anthology Film Archives November 4th to 1oth. 00:00 - BTR Today 00:44 - The Prison in Twelve Landscapes 02:54 - Geography 08:29 - 12 Landscapes 13:41 - St. Louis County 18:44 - Calls From Home 22:47 - Prison As Stimulus 26:18 - The Bus 31:00 - Reactions From Inmates 37:01 - Finish

-1 s2016 OCT 18
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The Prison In Twelve Landscapes

Cinema Travelers

This Week: Filmmakers Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya discuss their new documentary about Indian traveling cinemas. The film is called Cinema Travelers, and it's screening this week at the New York Film Festival. 00:00 - BTR Today 00:42 - Cinema Travelers 02:39 - Traveling Talkies 04:52 - Amit's Photographs 07:58 - Bapu's Cinema 10:33 - Mohammed's New Projector 12:48 - Moving Images 16:05 - Social Dramas, Action Movies and Porn 17:50 - Personal Cinema Histories 20:54 - Future of Traveling Cinema 22:22 - Prakesh 25:41 - End of an Era 31:05 - Finish

-1 s2016 OCT 11
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Cinema Travelers

Dawson City: Frozen in Time

This week: Filmmaker Bill Morrison discusses his new documentary Dawson City: Frozen in Time. The film is screening on October 4th at 9pm at Lincoln Center as part of the New York Film Festival. 00:00 - BTR Today 00:44 - Dawson City: Frozen Time 03:04 - Dawson Film Find 05:17 - Exploding Film 07:40 - Then and Now 10:33 - Rhyming News 14:19 - Black Sox 18:10 - Narrative Cues 21:29 - Archiving Cat Videos 24:54 - Film Without Dialogue 29:30 - Finish

-1 s2016 OCT 4
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Dawson City: Frozen in Time

Lynn Saville

This Week: Photographer Lynn Saville discusses her new book Dark City: Urban America at Night. 00:00 - BTR Today 00:54 - Lynn Saville 02:07 - Revealing at Night 04:52 - Archeology of Overnight 09:48 - Place vs Space 13:38 - Photos at Night 16:55 - Because the Night 20:14 - New Projects 25:29 - Finish

-1 s2016 SEP 27
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Lynn Saville

Michael Oriard

This Week: In honor of the start of football season, I wanted to feature an interview withMichael Oriard. Michael is a writer, cultural historian of football, and former offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs. He has written several books including King Football, Sporting with the Gods: The Rhetoric of Play and Game in American Literature, and Brand NFL: Making and Selling America's Favorite Sport.Earlier this year he publishedThe Head in Football: The History of Concussions and the Future of the Sport.I first got in touch with Michael in 2012 after reading his piece in Slate about the death of Steve Sabol. Sabol was the creative force behind NFL Films and is responsible for a lot of the technical, visual, and narrative innovations that shape the way we watch football today. 00:00 - BTR Today 00:41 - Michael Oriard 02:34 - Watching as a Player 03:19 - Visual language of Football 06:23 - Storytelling 10:15 - Highlights as Art 12:01 - Marketing 14:30 - NFL Films in context 20:16 - The Glory of Violence 25:48 - The Future 28:23 - Finish

-1 s2016 SEP 20
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Michael Oriard

Who Shot Sports

This Week: Author, curator and photography historian Gail Buckland talks about her new book and exhibition Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present. The show is on view now at the Brooklyn Museum through January 8th, 2017. 00:00 - BTR Today 00:55 - Who Shot Sports 01:51 - Expanding the Canon 04:55 - Early Sports Photos 07:39 - Sports and Fashion 11:25 - Women in Sports Photography 14:40 - Sports and Culture 19:09 - Not a Sports Fan 22:19 - Rock and Roll Sports 24:42 - Technology 28:01 - Finish

-1 s2016 SEP 13
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Who Shot Sports

McMansion Hell

This week: Writer Kate Wagner discusses her research and fascination with architecture's greatest monstrosity: The McMansion. Her website,McMansion Hell,provides comprehensive and hilarious analysis of what makes these garish homes so hideous and why they've come to look the way they do. Some of her annotated diagrams can be seen below as well as on mcmansionhell.com. 00:00 - BTR Today 00:46 - McMansion Hell 02:33 - McMansion Defined 04:57 - Designing a McMansion 07:48 - The Millennium House 10:08 - History of the McMansion 15:18 - Interiors 17:18 - Critique 19:12 - So What? 20:43 - It's Personal 22:48 - Responses 24:02 - Tony Soprano's House 30:12 - Finish

-1 s2016 SEP 6
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McMansion Hell

Molly Lamb

“The Wolves” from Ghost Stepping This Week: Photographer Molly Lamb discusses her work, growing up in the South, and how she uses photography to talk about ideas of home, loss and memory. Molly's latest exhibitionHome and Away opens at Rick Wester Fine Art on September 15th. “Mumble, Utter, Hum” from Ghost Stepping "Untitled 9" from Take Care of Your Sister "Untitled 9” from Let It Go "Untitled 17" from Take Care of Your Sister 00:00 - BTR Today 02:28 - Storytelling 04:03 - Family Origins 07:27 - Light as Language 10:37 - Watch the Light 12:18 - Reverberations 15:15 - Working With Objects 18:24 - Pictures of Pictures 21:36 - Changing Landscape 23:13 - Feel of the South 25:40 - Home 28:45 - Books and Exhibitions 32:58 - Finish

-1 s2016 AUG 30
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Molly Lamb

In Jackson Heights

This Week: Prolific documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman talks about his new filmIn Jackson Heights.The film is a portrait of the people, businesses,community institutions,and street life that make up Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in New York City. 00:00 - Intro 00:45 - Frederick Wiseman 03:10 - Jackson Heights 04:09 - The Neighborhood 05:42 - Shooting and Sound 10:35 - Editing Process 15:30 - Working With Subjects 18:09 - Humor 22:13 - Becoming A Filmmaker 26:32 - More Novelistic Than Journalistic 30:00 - Finish

-1 s2016 AUG 23
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In Jackson Heights

Reanimation Library

This Week: Andrew Beccone discusses The Reanimation Library, a collection of about twenty-five hundredoverlooked, forgotten, and discarded books he has collectedfrom thrift stores over the last fourteen years. The Library is currently in residence at the Queens Museum and is available to the public by appointment. Just email Andrew to schedule a visit. Image fromOrange Roofs, Golden Arches: The Architecture of American Chain Restaurants,Reanimation Library collection Image fromBody Hot Spots,Reanimation Library collection Image fromThe Space Shuttle Operators Manual,Reanimation Library collection Image fromThe Space Shuttle Operators Manual,Reanimation Library collection 00:00 - BTR Today 00:44 - Reanimation Library 02:20 - The Collector Gene 04:35 - The Dissonance 05:40 - Starting the Library 09:17 - Not a Freak Show 12:27 - Body Hot Spots 14:54 - Artists in the Library 18:59 - Future of Reanimation 23:21 - Finish

-1 s2016 AUG 16
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Reanimation Library

Latest Episodes

The Prison In Twelve Landscapes

This Week: Filmmaker and Geographer Brett Story discusses her new film The Prison in Twelve Landscapes.The documentary is screening at Anthology Film Archives November 4th to 1oth. 00:00 - BTR Today 00:44 - The Prison in Twelve Landscapes 02:54 - Geography 08:29 - 12 Landscapes 13:41 - St. Louis County 18:44 - Calls From Home 22:47 - Prison As Stimulus 26:18 - The Bus 31:00 - Reactions From Inmates 37:01 - Finish

-1 s2016 OCT 18
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The Prison In Twelve Landscapes

Cinema Travelers

This Week: Filmmakers Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya discuss their new documentary about Indian traveling cinemas. The film is called Cinema Travelers, and it's screening this week at the New York Film Festival. 00:00 - BTR Today 00:42 - Cinema Travelers 02:39 - Traveling Talkies 04:52 - Amit's Photographs 07:58 - Bapu's Cinema 10:33 - Mohammed's New Projector 12:48 - Moving Images 16:05 - Social Dramas, Action Movies and Porn 17:50 - Personal Cinema Histories 20:54 - Future of Traveling Cinema 22:22 - Prakesh 25:41 - End of an Era 31:05 - Finish

-1 s2016 OCT 11
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Cinema Travelers

Dawson City: Frozen in Time

This week: Filmmaker Bill Morrison discusses his new documentary Dawson City: Frozen in Time. The film is screening on October 4th at 9pm at Lincoln Center as part of the New York Film Festival. 00:00 - BTR Today 00:44 - Dawson City: Frozen Time 03:04 - Dawson Film Find 05:17 - Exploding Film 07:40 - Then and Now 10:33 - Rhyming News 14:19 - Black Sox 18:10 - Narrative Cues 21:29 - Archiving Cat Videos 24:54 - Film Without Dialogue 29:30 - Finish

-1 s2016 OCT 4
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Dawson City: Frozen in Time

Lynn Saville

This Week: Photographer Lynn Saville discusses her new book Dark City: Urban America at Night. 00:00 - BTR Today 00:54 - Lynn Saville 02:07 - Revealing at Night 04:52 - Archeology of Overnight 09:48 - Place vs Space 13:38 - Photos at Night 16:55 - Because the Night 20:14 - New Projects 25:29 - Finish

-1 s2016 SEP 27
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Lynn Saville

Michael Oriard

This Week: In honor of the start of football season, I wanted to feature an interview withMichael Oriard. Michael is a writer, cultural historian of football, and former offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs. He has written several books including King Football, Sporting with the Gods: The Rhetoric of Play and Game in American Literature, and Brand NFL: Making and Selling America's Favorite Sport.Earlier this year he publishedThe Head in Football: The History of Concussions and the Future of the Sport.I first got in touch with Michael in 2012 after reading his piece in Slate about the death of Steve Sabol. Sabol was the creative force behind NFL Films and is responsible for a lot of the technical, visual, and narrative innovations that shape the way we watch football today. 00:00 - BTR Today 00:41 - Michael Oriard 02:34 - Watching as a Player 03:19 - Visual language of Football 06:23 - Storytelling 10:15 - Highlights as Art 12:01 - Marketing 14:30 - NFL Films in context 20:16 - The Glory of Violence 25:48 - The Future 28:23 - Finish

-1 s2016 SEP 20
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Michael Oriard

Who Shot Sports

This Week: Author, curator and photography historian Gail Buckland talks about her new book and exhibition Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present. The show is on view now at the Brooklyn Museum through January 8th, 2017. 00:00 - BTR Today 00:55 - Who Shot Sports 01:51 - Expanding the Canon 04:55 - Early Sports Photos 07:39 - Sports and Fashion 11:25 - Women in Sports Photography 14:40 - Sports and Culture 19:09 - Not a Sports Fan 22:19 - Rock and Roll Sports 24:42 - Technology 28:01 - Finish

-1 s2016 SEP 13
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Who Shot Sports

McMansion Hell

This week: Writer Kate Wagner discusses her research and fascination with architecture's greatest monstrosity: The McMansion. Her website,McMansion Hell,provides comprehensive and hilarious analysis of what makes these garish homes so hideous and why they've come to look the way they do. Some of her annotated diagrams can be seen below as well as on mcmansionhell.com. 00:00 - BTR Today 00:46 - McMansion Hell 02:33 - McMansion Defined 04:57 - Designing a McMansion 07:48 - The Millennium House 10:08 - History of the McMansion 15:18 - Interiors 17:18 - Critique 19:12 - So What? 20:43 - It's Personal 22:48 - Responses 24:02 - Tony Soprano's House 30:12 - Finish

-1 s2016 SEP 6
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McMansion Hell

Molly Lamb

“The Wolves” from Ghost Stepping This Week: Photographer Molly Lamb discusses her work, growing up in the South, and how she uses photography to talk about ideas of home, loss and memory. Molly's latest exhibitionHome and Away opens at Rick Wester Fine Art on September 15th. “Mumble, Utter, Hum” from Ghost Stepping "Untitled 9" from Take Care of Your Sister "Untitled 9” from Let It Go "Untitled 17" from Take Care of Your Sister 00:00 - BTR Today 02:28 - Storytelling 04:03 - Family Origins 07:27 - Light as Language 10:37 - Watch the Light 12:18 - Reverberations 15:15 - Working With Objects 18:24 - Pictures of Pictures 21:36 - Changing Landscape 23:13 - Feel of the South 25:40 - Home 28:45 - Books and Exhibitions 32:58 - Finish

-1 s2016 AUG 30
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Molly Lamb

In Jackson Heights

This Week: Prolific documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman talks about his new filmIn Jackson Heights.The film is a portrait of the people, businesses,community institutions,and street life that make up Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in New York City. 00:00 - Intro 00:45 - Frederick Wiseman 03:10 - Jackson Heights 04:09 - The Neighborhood 05:42 - Shooting and Sound 10:35 - Editing Process 15:30 - Working With Subjects 18:09 - Humor 22:13 - Becoming A Filmmaker 26:32 - More Novelistic Than Journalistic 30:00 - Finish

-1 s2016 AUG 23
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In Jackson Heights

Reanimation Library

This Week: Andrew Beccone discusses The Reanimation Library, a collection of about twenty-five hundredoverlooked, forgotten, and discarded books he has collectedfrom thrift stores over the last fourteen years. The Library is currently in residence at the Queens Museum and is available to the public by appointment. Just email Andrew to schedule a visit. Image fromOrange Roofs, Golden Arches: The Architecture of American Chain Restaurants,Reanimation Library collection Image fromBody Hot Spots,Reanimation Library collection Image fromThe Space Shuttle Operators Manual,Reanimation Library collection Image fromThe Space Shuttle Operators Manual,Reanimation Library collection 00:00 - BTR Today 00:44 - Reanimation Library 02:20 - The Collector Gene 04:35 - The Dissonance 05:40 - Starting the Library 09:17 - Not a Freak Show 12:27 - Body Hot Spots 14:54 - Artists in the Library 18:59 - Future of Reanimation 23:21 - Finish

-1 s2016 AUG 16
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Reanimation Library