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J. McVay and contributor Matt Ruby discuss President Trump’s controversial recent summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Also, J. McVay and Jacqueline Soller discuss the recently released movie, Eighth Grade, directed by Bo Burnham and starring Elsie Fisher. Along the way, we’ll also hear from a woman named Kelsie about her first love; and we’ll take an exclusive early listen to a performance by Brooklyn band, Powersnap, from an episode of BTR Live Studio set to be released next week. Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu. 00:00 - Intro 01:08 - START /// Trump-Putin Summit w/ Matt Ruby & J. McVay 03:50 - Whataboutism / Trump could hardly be a better stooge for Putin 06:52 - Getting away with demonstrable lies 08:55 - Has a line been crossed… or, once again, no, not so much? 12:37 - Reversing statements, then reversing reversals and doubling down 18:30 - Are US-Russian relations worse now than ever? / Trump’s self-centeredness and lack of “emotional permanence” 23:17 - Trump blames both US and Russia for bad relations / Trump’s auto-reaction to being perceived as illegitimate 27:33 - Putin asked about Russian meddling in election, but Trump answers first / “NO COLLUSION!” 30:57 - Putin says we shouldn’t trust each other 33:19 - Putin’s “incredible deal” for Mueller’s team 36:46 - Does Putin have compromising material on Trump? 40:40 - Putin’s low cost/high payoff meddling / How is the “pee tape” worse than other things? 45:50 - At what point does the GOP finally have enough of this? 46:48 - Maria Butina, Russian spy and gun rights activist /// END 48:49 - 1st Person: Kelsie // Remembering Her First Love 54:40 - Movie Review: ‘Eighth Grade’ w/ Jacqueline Soller 56:26 - Movie Review: ‘Eighth Grade’ w/ J. McVay 57:05 - Movie Chat: Jacqueline Soller + J. McVay (spoiler alert) 72:54 - "Pink Diamonds" (BTR Live Studio, 2018) - Powersnap 76:30 - Outro / Credits 77:22 - Finish.

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