Bill Tressler is an intern at BTR and also an all-around cool guy.
Bill joined the BTR team in March of 2015. He's a graduate of SUNY Albany, where he got his start writing snarky blogs and providing Pink Floyd lyrics in place of actual answers on numerous philosophy exams. He is a news junky and is particularly interested in science that he doesn't fully understand, but will nonetheless attempt to discuss at length.
Bill is also an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy novels, and has been known to sink hundreds of hours into RPGs when the mood strikes him. He loves video games and stand-up comedy, is indifferent to superhero movies, and actively dislikes advocates of political correctness, though he does appreciate the overall empathy that our society has developed in recent years.
Bill can be reached via his Facebook and Twitter accounts (see above), where you can find him posting a combination of indignant social commentary and irreverent jokes.
Pop Week - It’s 2015, the age of the internet, and the average person has never experienced a better chance of being heard. With public platforms like Twitter, Change.org, Kickstarter and the like, the individual has arguably never been more empowered to impart change on the world, no matter the scale.
Stress Week - There’s a way to calm the angry ocean of the mind that many of us may have written off or never considered: it’s called Zen meditation, and it’s becoming a big part of daily life at companies around the country.
Open Week - For the past three and a half years, politicians in the know have lived in fear of Politwoops, a website dedicated to cataloging all of the groan-worthy and regrettable tweets that they can’t help but generate every so often. Back in June, however, that agreement came to an unexpected end.
NASA astronauts have successfully grown and eaten a batch of lettuce grown in space. The science of food in space is a constantly evolving field, and one such advancement has just recently made headlines. As you read this, the crew of the International Space Station are picking their meals from a selection of food that includes scrambled eggs, shrimp cocktail, beef tips with mushroom, pudding, and chocolate chip cookies.
Labor Week - Last month, workers in New York City saw the passing of an historic bill: legislation mandating that all fast food chains raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour. The measure will roll out over the next few years.
School Week - In an age when the cost of a college degree continues to soar, many Americans seek to pursue education in non-traditional ways. Enrolling in privately owned for-profit schools has become a rather alluring option. However, the for-profit school system is under fire for swindling students and taxpayers out of billions.
Kazu Makino, best known as the lead singer of indie rock legends Blonde Redhead, recently released her debut solo record. In this intimate session, Kazu joins us along with Darian Thomas for a selection of stripped-down performances from the dreamy album. | watch
Lisel is the solo project of LA-based experimental musician Eliza Bagg (fans of Pavo Pavo may be familiar with her from her time spent in that band). With an eclectic musical background spanning the… | watch