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Lauren Hawker
In the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday, December 14th, a familiar debate began about the causes of the tragedy. At an interfaith vigil held two days later, President Obama pledged to use his office to make an effort to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. We asked people in New York what they thought of the President’s remarks and about what they think can be done.
On November 26, 2012, TBWA/Chiat/Day hosted a launch party for photographer Rose Hartman's new book, Incomparable Women Of Style. Before the event, BreakThruTV's Lauren Hawker spoke with Rose about the book and her career, during which she has photographed a number of celebrities, models, and fashionistas -- Jacqueline Onassis, Kate Moss, Bianca Jagger, Naomi Campbell, and Lauren Hutton among them -- and been a fixture at such famed hot spots as Studio 54.
The holiday season is upon us, so, this week on BTR Pulse, we speak to people about their favorite holiday traditions and how this festive time affects them. We also ask how the current state of the economy may impact and alter their usual traditions.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, BTR Pulse takes to the streets to ask people in New York what they are thankful for this year and how they will be celebrating.
As the East Coast continued its recovery from Superstorm Sandy, we visited the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook which was devastated by flood waters. With many residents without power -- including those in Red Hook Houses, the largest public housing development Brooklyn -- and both big and small business forced to shut down, the Red Hook Initiative organized hundreds of volunteers to work together with FEMA and other local groups to help out the ravaged community. BTR Pulse spoke with everyone from small business owners to government officials on the scene.
Hurricane Sandy may have postponed the season opener of the Nets at the recently opened Barclays Center, delaying the newly Brooklyn-based team’s first match-up against the New York Knicks, but that doesn’t mean local basketball fans don’t already have opinions about the surely looming inter-Borough rivalry. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asks people which side they’ll be taking as Brooklyn gets it’s first major sports franchise since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles.
On October 25th, Force Meme Productions hosted the Fourth Annual HallowMEME Costume Party at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Celebrating online culture, the event features partygoers dressed IRL as their favorite internet memes and personalities. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with Forced Meme’s Andrea Rosen and other partygoers, including the winner of the evening’s costume contest.
We talk to the photographer behind PopSpotsNYC, a site that celebrates of pop album cover photos taken in NYC.
Ever since Ronald Reagan asked voters to consider, “Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?,” during his 1984 campaign for reelection and they answered by returning him to the White House in a landslide, the question has been a benchmark for voters to consider every presidential election cycle. Given the shaky state of the country when President Obama took office in 2008, we decided to ask people their thoughts about this quadrennial concern as they consider whether to give him another term or turn to his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.
Ever since Ronald Reagan asked voters to consider, “Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?,” during his 1984 campaign for reelection and they answered by returning him to the White House in a landslide, the question has been a benchmark for voters to consider every presidential election cycle. Given the shaky state of the country when President Obama took office in 2008, we decided to ask people their thoughts about this quadrennial concern as they consider whether to give him another term or turn to his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.
After nine years of development and countless court battles, the Barclays Center opened last Friday night in downtown Brooklyn. The 19,000 seat center will be the new home of the Brooklyn Nets, but also comes with high expectations and controversies. We asked residents and passersby their thoughts on the new arena.
With 120 leaders in New York for The United Nations General Assembly this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's arrival is causing a stir. The controversial leader, who has spoken publicly about ending the state of Israel and suggested that 9/11 was an inside job, is staying at the iconic Warwick Hotel. We caught up with protesters -- including Nathan Carleton, communications director for United Against Nuclear Iran -- outside the hotel as Ahmadinejad arrived.
iPhone fever is at an all time high with the release of the latest smartphone from Apple. Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours -- more than double the amount of its predecessor, the 4S. Making up two-thirds of the company's profits, the iPhone is Apple's best selling product and has helped it to become the most valuable company in the world. This week on BTR Pulse, we visit Apple specialty store TekServe to find out more about this latest iPhone and ask people in New York about their use and thoughts on smartphones.
September 6-13 is Fashion Week in NYC. Over the coming days, designers, models, and fashionistas from across the world will invade the Big Apple to celebrate Fashion Week. This yearly September showcase will include endless runway shows and high profile parties with designers presenting what's hot for Spring 2013 at Lincoln Center as well as other venues throughout the City. In anticipation, we asked New Yorkers about what the week-long spectacle means to them.
Renowned for its inspirational coaches, cool music, and full body workouts, SoulCycle has built a cult-like following. Founded in 2006, the revolutionary indoor cycling class has taken spinning to another level. This week on BreakThruTV, Lauren Hawker visits SoulCycle’s Tribeca studio to catch up with instructor Chad Stringfellow, aka “String,” to learn about and take part in the intense, action-packed 60 minute class.
ideo2lip] On August 6th, 2012, NASA’s Curiosity Rover landed on Mars after a 352 million mile journey. The 2.5 billion dollar mission will help determine whether Mars has ever been capable of supporting life and will also study the geology and climate by collecting samples of rock, soil and air. Two-thirds of missions destined for the red planet have previously failed, which makes this successful journey that began two years ago even more exciting. This week on BTR Pulse, we ask people their thoughts on this latest space exploration.
With the drama of the London Summer Olympics in full swing and winning performances from superstar athletes such as swimmer Michael Phelps and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, we asked people to share their favorite Olympic moments and other thoughts on the number one sporting event in the world.
In light of the latest national tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, and recent shootings in New York City, second amendment rights and current gun laws have once again ignited intense debate and scrutiny. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people their thoughts -- including Jackie Rowe-Adams, Co-Founder of Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. (Stop Another Violent End).
On July 12th, BTR Pulse attended the first installment of 106.7 Lite FM’s “Broadway in Bryant Park.” The lunchtime series, now in its twelfth year, showcases performances by the casts of some of Broadway’s hottest shows, such as Stomp, Phantom Of The Opera, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, War Horse and Porgy And Bess. Performances run every Thursday at 12:30 through August 16th.
After five years of marriage, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise have called it quits, bringing much speculation from the media about the role that Scientology may have played in their split. Since its inception in the 1950s, The Church of Scientology has often faced intense media scrutiny as one of the most controversial religious movements. This week on BTR Pulse Lauren Hawker asks people their thoughts about the Church.
Duncan Bird is Creative Director at the Cloudbreak Group, the creative agency who has worked with the New York Yankees to develop a fragrance line with the iconic baseball team’s brand. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with Duncan about his experiences in branding and with the development and marketing of the Yankees fragrance, specifically.
We celebrate Food Week with a few recipes handed down to our staff from generations of great chefs.
Rodney King was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool on June 17, 2012, at age 47. His beating by LA police in 1991, infamously caught on videotape, sparked a controversial trial and riots which exposed continuing racial tensions at the time. After King’s death, Reverend Al Sharpton said the beating "made America focus on the presence of profiling and police misconduct." This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people about their memories of Rodney King and whether they think the issues surrounding those events have changed since then.
Through the entire month of May, Madison Square Eats has been indulging the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue with array of specialty foods. With over 25 vendors -- including Asia Dog, Red Hook Lobster Pound and and Hong Kong Street Cart -- this foodie’s dream serves up a number of signature dishes all in one location. This week, on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker speaks to vendors and patrons at this outdoor food haven.
Memorial Day weekend — full of cookouts and beach openings — marks the unofficial launch of summer. With vacations and getaways right around the corner and on peoples’ minds, BTR Pulse host Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers about their plans for the season.
With The Avengers setting record numbers in theaters worldwide — poising it to be one of the blockbuster hits of the summer — and with more Marvel Comics films on the way, we hit the popular New York City comic book store Forbidden Planet to ask folks what they find most appealing about the "Superhero" story and what superpowers they wish they had.
On Tuesday, May 1st, the New Museum store hosted a launch party for CNNCTD+100, a project that spotlights the cross-pollination of downtown New York City's fashion, music, art and culture. Each of the 100 audio/visual pieces has an accompanying Playbutton, a wearable pin and mp3 player. BreakThruTV's Lauren Hawker attended the event and spoke to its co-founders and contributors like iconic designer Maripol and actress Paz de la Huerta.
At this year's Coachella, the late Tupac Shakur was brought back to life as a hologram to perform alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Video of the concert has become an instant sensation, helping to push the possibility of a “virtual tour” in the near future. On this week's BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers what they think of the late rapper's resurrection and who they would like to see represented as a hologram.
With the success in recent years of film franchises such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and most recently Hunger Games, BTR Pulse host Lauren Hawker hits the streets and parks of New York City to ask people their thoughts on adaptations of novels to films and whether they prefer one medium over the other.
Now in its 11th year, the Affordable Art Fair brought new and emerging art to New York City that even the most cash-strapped art lover can enjoy. The four-day event — which travels around the world to cities like London, Singapore and Brussels — aims to demystify the art-buying experience by presenting it as welcoming, fun, and most importantly: economical. BreakThruTV attended the affair and spoke to artists about their work.
Basketball has long been considered by many as the “city’s game” because it only requires a pair of sneakers, a ball and hoop. In New York City, West 4th Street is home to one of the most famous outdoor courts. “The Cage,” as it’s called by many players, is a whole other world in itself — with its own rules, culture and style of play. On this week’s episode of BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker speaks to a number of players at the court about the legendary spot.
Recently, national attention was brought to the alleged practice of employers asking job applicants for their Facebook passwords in order to determine whether the individual has an appropriate social media identity. In response, Senators Charles Schumer (NY) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether the practice violates federal Law. This week on BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers their thoughts on the controversial topic.
With businesses large and small closing up shop due to the fluctuating economy, many wonder whether it’s pragmatic to go the entrepreneurial route and start one. On this week’s BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers what businesses they’d want to create — if they’d even be willing to take the risk — and how they would fund them.
On Sunday night, March 25th, Mad Men returned for its fifth season. Despite a 17-month hiatus, the heavily anticipated premiere set off feverish excitement on both Facebook and Twitter, with talk of viewing parties and martinis. Since its inception, the AMC drama — which depicts the cutthroat advertising world of New York City in the 1960s — has inspired everything from clothing lines and cookbooks to internet crazes like #Draping. This week, BTR Pulse host Lauren Hawker speaks with Mad Men fans.
On the night of March 21, 2012, New Yorkers rallied in Union Square for the “Million Hoodie March,” demanding the arrest of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin. Due to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Zimmerman could claim self-defense and go un-charged, despite the fact that he has admitted to shooting the unarmed 17-year-old. BreakThruRadioTV’s Lauren Hawker was at the event and spoke to some of the attendees, many of whom were wearing hoodies and holding bags of Skittles as a tribute to Martin.
The Student Loan Forgiveness Act — proposed by Michigan Representative Hansen Clarke (D) — aims to pardon outstanding student loan debt for Americans who have made payments equal to 10% of their discretionary income for 10 years. Theoretically, this bill would give borrowers something of a second chance, allowing them to use their money for investments and purchases, which, in turn, would create new jobs. On this week’s BTR Pulse, we asked young New Yorkers their thoughts on the bill, and whether they believe their college education was worth it.
On March 3rd, 2012, the New Leaders Council hosted its first “Northeast Conversation” at Baruch College in New York City. During the event — which was meant to be a discussion about the future of the progressive movement and related issues — a number of political figures and experts spoke and took questions from the group’s membership. BTR correspondent Matt DeMello spoke with a few of those members throughout the day.
The recent incident of an American soldier killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan has raised questions regarding the effect of combat on our individual soldiers and whether our involvement in Afghanistan was warranted or should continue. For this week’s BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers their thoughts.
The idea that a mandate for coverage of contraception in health insurance plans may violate religious liberties has recently been debated in the legislature and has become a topic in the GOP presidential primaries. And the public debate of the issue has become inflammatory, as evidenced by controversial remarks made by Rush Limbaugh. BTR Pulse host Lauren Hawker hit the streets of NYC to see what people think of the issue.
As increasingly tragic stories of cyberbullying make the headlines — most notably the Tyler Clementi story and the subsequent trial of his roommate, Dharun Rhavi — the line between simple online expression and malicious online attacks may seem blurrier than ever. On this week's BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers their thoughts on cyberbullying, the privacy and censorship concerns surrounding it, and whether it's preventable.
With the 84th Academy Awards just days away, BTR Pulse's Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers for their thoughts and opinions on the film industry’s biggest night. From their favorite flicks to the politics behind the nominations, the locals weigh in.
The last bits of confetti from the Lunar New Year celebration have fallen and the Year of the Dragon is now in full swing. BreakThruRadioTV’s Lauren Hawker heads downtown to explore New York City’s Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), and interviews Assistant Curator Ryan Wong about the festivities, as well as the surrounding Chinatown neighborhood’s history and ever-changing face.
With Super Bowl XLVI this Sunday, BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker hit the streets of New York City to discuss the New York Giants and New England Patriots rematch, gauge people’s thoughts on who will win, and see how local bars and patrons plan to celebrate one of the year’s biggest sporting events.
Before President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 24th, BTR Pulse host Lauren Hawker asked New Yorkers what issues they hoped he would discuss. We look back at the speech today to see whether their expectations were met.
From Italian dishes to hot noodle soups, New York City's neighborhoods — such as Chelsea, Tribeca, Chinatown and the East Village — have an endless breadth of food options and cuisines. On this episode of BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker asks folks where they go for the city's best grub.
From our schools and public transportation system, to environmental concerns and rising rent prices, BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers what they would change if they had Mayor Bloomberg’s job.
With 2011 left behind and a new year upon us, BTR Pulse host Lauren Hawker heads down to New York City's Greenwich Village to ask people what they predict for 2012. From politics and the presidential election to the Super Bowl and celebrity divorces, she gauges their guesses.

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