Candy for a Cause

Candy for a Cause

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in People and Culture | No Comments

Between Valentine’s Day and Girl Scout cookies, this time of year can mean one thing to many people: chocolate. Scientists are beginning to figure out what Girl Scouts and lovers have always known, which is that aside from being delicious, chocolate also can be a great way to get people to pay attention. Chocolate with […]

Bidding Farewell to John Glenn

Bidding Farewell to John Glenn

John Glenn, the American astronaut and former senator, died December 8 at age 95. Last weekend, roughly 2,500 mourners–among them, Vice President Joe Biden–gathered at Ohio State University to pay tribute to the hero. A funeral procession through the center of Columbus carried Glenn’s casket past thousands more mourners, including Ohio Governor John Kasich, who […]

Freebird!

Freebird!

Thanksgiving has been observed by some of America’s earliest leaders. In recent years, the president has received a turkey from a farmer who raises turkeys, but instead of eating the turkey, the president sets it free. This tradition is a fun way the president celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday. Bush Starts the Tradition In the past, […]

UPDATED! National Museum of African-American History and Culture

UPDATED! National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in People and Culture | No Comments

UPDATE! Watch this video showing President Obama’s speech at the opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. *** Original post *** This coming September 24, a new portion of the Smithsonian Institution will open on the National Mall. Named the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, this new wing of the Smithsonian […]

Understanding the Hajj

Understanding the Hajj

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in People and Culture, World | No Comments

Every year, devout Muslims who are able undertake the pilgrimage to the Islamic faith’s holiest city–Mekkah in Saudi Arabia. As one of the cornerstones of Islam, every Muslim is expected to fulfilll this journey at least once in their lifetime. The pilgrimage is known as hajj. This year’s hajj began this past weekend. It is expected that approximately two million […]

Pokemon Go, Go, Go!!!

Pokemon Go, Go, Go!!!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in People and Culture | No Comments

Summer is a great time to get swept up in the latest cultural phenomenon. Surely, 2016 will be known as the summer people came together to hunt Pokemon. Given the sheer numbers of people playing, btw assumes a large number of our readers already know what we’re talking about. But, in case you don’t yet […]

What So Proudly We Hail: A Look at Independence Day

What So Proudly We Hail: A Look at Independence Day

So you probably celebrated the recent July 4th by engaging in one of the following activities—wearing red, white and/or blue; consuming vast amounts of cookout food; and, of course, fireworks. You know the general reason for the day, but btw is going to help out by filling in some more of the details. Celebration of […]

Art in a Modern World

Art in a Modern World

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in People and Culture | No Comments

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 […]

Monotasking: One Thing at a Time

Monotasking: One Thing at a Time

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in People and Culture, Top Stories | No Comments

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 […]

Happy 100, National Parks!

Happy 100, National Parks!

Last year, more than 305 million people visited a national park or monument across the U.S. Made up of a collective 84 million acres, they are the National Park Service (NPS), a federal agency tasked with both preserving the land and making it accessible to visitors. In honor of its 100 years, we take a […]