Black History Month: Remembering Sidney Poitier

Black History Month: Remembering Sidney Poitier

Posted by on Feb 16, 2022 in Top Stories | No Comments

Iconic actor Sidney Poitier passed away on January 6, 2022, at the age of 94. Poitier broke down barriers for actors of color by playing roles that, for the first time, didn’t demean or diminish people of color. Instead, Poitier played leading roles, portraying characters who were strong and brave and dignified. He was also […]

Black History Month: Harry T. Moore

Black History Month: Harry T. Moore

When you think about leaders of the civil rights movement,  the first names that come to mind may be Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, or John Lewis. But they didn’t fight that fight alone. This week, btw takes a look at another civil rights leader whose contributions are just as important. […]

Black History Month: Imani Perry’s “South to America”

Black History Month: Imani Perry’s “South to America”

Posted by on Feb 2, 2022 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

During the racial and social protests of the past two years, many Americans have tried to learn more about the complicated social, racial, and economic systems that have shaped our nation’s history and present. A new book by Imani Perry examines the history of southern culture and history in the United States. It is called […]

A History of the “Old Farmers Almanac”

A History of the “Old Farmers Almanac”

Posted by on Nov 19, 2021 in Top Stories | No Comments

Grab your coat, and get your hat! With winter approaching in North America, The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a cold and long winter. Have you heard of The Old Farmer’s Almanac? This week btw will examine the history of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and why it serves as a reliable reference for weather. The Almanac’s […]

First Native American Nominated to National Parks Service

First Native American Nominated to National Parks Service

Posted by on Nov 11, 2021 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

The National Park Service was formed more than a century ago by President Woodrow Wilson. It protected the thirty-five national parks and monuments that existed at that time in 1916. Today, the National Parks Service oversees more than four hundred locations totaling 85 million acres in all fifty states. Now, for the first time, President […]

Remembering 9/11, Twenty Years Later

Remembering 9/11, Twenty Years Later

Posted by on Sep 8, 2021 in Top Stories | No Comments

Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, millions of Americans were going about their business on a regular Tuesday. That morning fourteen members of the terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The terrorists deliberately crashed two of the planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City causing the […]

The Story of the Afghan Girls Robotics Team

The Story of the Afghan Girls Robotics Team

Posted by on Sep 1, 2021 in People and Culture, Top Stories, World | No Comments

In 2017, the Afghan girl’s robotics team made headlines worldwide when they won a silver medal at the first Global Challenge international robotics competition in Washington, D.C. Now, with Afghanistan under Taliban control, the girls have managed to flee the country to safety. Here, btw takes a closer look at their story. Making Their Mark […]

Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre

Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre

Posted by on Jun 2, 2021 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

One hundred years ago, one of the U.S.’s worst incidents of race-based violence occurred: the Tulsa Race Massacre. There were no memorials to those lost. Evidence of the riot was removed from newspapers and police logs. Now, however, a new lawsuit in Oklahoma is seeking reparations for the massacre. Here, btw takes a closer look. […]

AAPI Heritage Month: Senator Mazie Hirono

AAPI Heritage Month: Senator Mazie Hirono

Posted by on May 18, 2021 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month: a time to recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the AAPI community. While Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing demographic group in the United States, they remain drastically underrepresented in all levels of government, including Congress. This week btw gets to know a […]

Profiles in Women’s History: Mary Allen Wilkes

Profiles in Women’s History: Mary Allen Wilkes

Posted by on Mar 17, 2021 in Top Stories | No Comments

March is Women’s History Month–a great time to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of women. This week btw takes a closer look at the life and achievements of one remarkable woman: Mary Allen Wilkes. Who Is She? Mary Allen Wilkes is best known for helping to develop and write the system software for LINC. LINC […]