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Stuff YOU Should Know
May 20, 2016

Stuff YOU Should Know

New Brazilian Leadership Last month, btw brought you a story of significant conflict within Brazil’s government. Since then, President Dilma Rousseff has been “suspended” from office and faces trial for impeachment. Michel Temer was installed in her place. In a speech he gave during a ceremony introducing his ministers (equivalent to our cabinet), he said, […]

Art in a Modern World
May 19, 2016

Art in a Modern World

Continuing what has turned into a theme in the past few weeks—life in a digital world—btw looks at how “old institutions” are shifting operations in a modern world. Our lens this week is the re-opening of the newly renovated/expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), which many are saying, “push the boundaries of what […]

Your Brain in a Digital World
May 12, 2016

Your Brain in a Digital World

Last week, btw brought you a story about what happens to the brain when you do more than one thing at a time. This week we go further, looking at the ways your brain responds to some of the things you are likely to be engaged in every day. Your Brain on Music Listening to […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
May 11, 2016

Stuff YOU Should Know

Captain America: Civil War The Marvel Cinematic Universe released another wildly successful movie earlier this month. With a budget of around $250 million, Captain America: Civil War kicked off the (now) official start of the summer movie season and brought in over $675.8 million. The show pits The Avenger characters against one another in an epic […]

Monotasking: One Thing at a Time
May 6, 2016

Monotasking: One Thing at a Time

How often do you start reading something—an article, a story for school, an email—and jump to something else—another article, a text, or your Instagram? Some people call this multitasking while others say it’s distraction. Long before everyone became equipped with devices, the world was becoming increasingly busy. Consistent attempt at making things “easier”—two cars instead of […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
May 5, 2016

Stuff YOU Should Know

Survivalist Real Estate Being prepared for wide-spread calamity—nuclear war, social unrest, climate change, disruptions in our utility grids, perceived Constitutional threats—is not a new concept. But changes in our culture tend to trigger recurrent surges of interest and create demand for a kind of “survivalist real estate.” The Cold War, especially the Cuban Missile Crisis, […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Apr 29, 2016

Stuff YOU Should Know

Prince Dies If you are on social media, or simply paying attention at all in the past couple of weeks, you are likely quite aware that the musician named Prince died. Tributes to the musician in the shape of massive dance parties across the country, cover songs by famous musicians on tours, and clips of the […]

City-wide Eco-Efforts
Apr 29, 2016

City-wide Eco-Efforts

Two years ago, btw brought you some facts about the history of Earth Day. This year, we recognize the holiday with a look at the efforts of some cities across the country toward becoming more environmentally conscious while keeping costs (to both businesses and taxpayers) reasonable. San Francisco, California As a large coastal city, San […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Apr 25, 2016

Stuff YOU Should Know

Celebrating Jackie Robinson As baseball season ramps up into full gear, Major League Baseball celebrated the 69th anniversary of legendary player Jackie Robinson’s first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Since 2004, on April 15, every current player in the league substitutes his own number for Robinson’s (42). Beyond his talent, his legacy is important because […]

Explaining the Panama Papers
Apr 22, 2016

Explaining the Panama Papers

Earlier this month, confidential files from a law firm called Mossack Fonseca were made public. The documents, collectively called “the Panama Papers,” were leaked by an anonymous source to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), who shared them with various news organizations. This week, btw breaks down the basics, offers a comparison of other […]