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Shored Up: West Coast Labor Dispute
Feb 27, 2015

Shored Up: West Coast Labor Dispute

It is easy to take for granted how our goods make their way to us. That is, until something happens that grinds the process to a halt. This happened all along the West Coast as a nine-month old dispute involving dockworkers and shipping companies caused a major disruption in international trade. The ordeal recently ended […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Feb 25, 2015

Stuff YOU Should Know

Let’s Hear it for the Best Boy! Even if you didn’t watch the Oscars telecast this year, you were likely aware of the contenders. But how much do you know about who does what behind the scenes of a movie? In addition to screenwriters, costumers, and set designers, there is a whole army of movie […]

Examining the European Debt Crisis
Feb 20, 2015

Examining the European Debt Crisis

The overall economy of Europe is in big trouble. For the past three years, the European countries bound together by economics have been engaged in ongoing talks over the best way to solve current problems and devise solutions for the future. To understand what is happening, btw brings you a big-picture view. The Brief History […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Feb 17, 2015

Stuff YOU Should Know

Grammy Recap The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) is an organization made up more than 20,000 music-industry professionals. Each year, it presents awards for excellence in the recording industry. The 57th annual Grammys (named for the gramophone, which is the first device to play records), were held in Los Angeles earlier this […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Feb 13, 2015

Stuff YOU Should Know

Another Attempt at Peace in Russia For the past year, btw has brought you stories about the conflict in Russia regarding its relationship with the neighboring Ukraine. The most recent effort to halt the ongoing violence is a series of peace talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Francois […]

Great African American Biographies
Feb 11, 2015

Great African American Biographies

To commemorate Black History Month, btw offers our annual snapshot of some of our most influential and culturally significant African American men and women. W.E.B. Du Bois William Edward Burghardt DuBois is a figure commonly remembered in Black History Month recognitions. However, he remains a difficult person to categorize in just one area. He was […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Feb 6, 2015

Stuff YOU Should Know

Events of Selma in Graphic Novel Current United States Representative John Lewis of Georgia has released the second in a graphic novel trilogy called March. The first volume, published in 2013, depicts the events also explored in the current film Selma. The story is a behind-the-scenes look at the intimate details of the milestone moments […]

The Great Vaccination Debate
Feb 5, 2015

The Great Vaccination Debate

Last month, we brought you news of the recent resurgence of measles after more than a decade of being considered “eliminated” in 2000. This week, we dig deeper into the growing concern over the spread of the disease and look at both sides of the larger vaccination debate. A Brief History of Vaccination Smallpox, a highly […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Jan 30, 2015

Stuff YOU Should Know

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Dies Abdullah bin Abhulaziz Al Saud, who was Saudi Arabia’s reigning king since 2005 (and de-facto leader since 1995), died on January 23. Aged 90, Abdullah had been diagnosed with lung cancer and died in the hospital shortly after being admitted for pneumonia. Leaders from more than ten countries, including President […]

Just a Movie: How Accurate Do Films Need to Be?
Jan 28, 2015

Just a Movie: How Accurate Do Films Need to Be?

Four of the eight nominees for the Academy Award for Best Picture this year are considered “biopics” (short for biographic pictures): American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Selma, and The Theory of Everything. All four have been subjected to some level of scrutiny for how the films have portrayed their subject matter and its level of […]