Matthew Billy

Matthew Billy is a Columnist at Grit Daily. He is an award-winning podcaster in radio/podcasting since 2003 -- first at 90.7 WFUV with iconic on-air personalities Vin Scelsa and Pete Fornatale, and then at Sirius XM Satellite Radio. In 2016 his latest podcast, Between the Liner Notes, won the Newhouse School of Public Communications' Mirror Award for Best Single Story – Radio, Television, Cable or Online Broadcast Media for its episode about the founding of MTV.

What can brands learn from interactions with disenfranchised felons?

Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” just hit a lot closer to home. At a CNN Town Hall on April 22nd, a Harvard student asked Bernie Sanders if he thought that terrible people like the Boston Marathon Bomber should have the right to vote. When Sanders responded “Yes, even terrible people” the statement immediately stirred up controversy. People from both sides of the aisle were quick to voice their criticism. But the student’s question may have neglected a more pressing issue....

In a 30-year wake-up call, museums learn they, too, aren’t exempt from public scrutiny

On April 7th, 1990, dozens of Cincinnati police officers stormed into the Contemporary Arts Center and shut it down. This was the opening day of The Perfect Moment, an exhibition of 175 photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe. Earlier that day, a grand jury indicted the Contemporary Arts Center and its director for pandering obscene photographs.  Mapplethorpe had recently died from a tragic and long-fought battle with AIDS. To celebrate his life’s work, six museums organized a tour...

Bleeped Podcast: Mar-a-Lago neighbor pits eminent domain law against city’s tax base

Despite being only eight miles from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Largo resort, Riviera Beach is the poorest city in Palm Beach County, Florida. Crime is high, incomes are comparatively low, and most buildings could use a fresh coat of paint. But that doesn’t mean Riviera Beach doesn’t have its charm. Many families have lived there for generations. In the 19th century, immigrants from the Bahamas — called Conchs — recognized the potential of Riviera Beach’s pristine waterfront and settled in the area....

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