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This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they would be able to forgo unnecessary shopping for a whole year and buy only the necessities. People share whether or not they believe they would be up to the challenge and what might stand in their way.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people about their holiday fiascos. From tree malfunctions to travel delays and gift issues, people share their stories and fails from past holidays.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks with people about self esteem. People share where they believe self esteem comes from and what they do personally to build their own self esteem.
No longer requiring a physical card or certificate, e-gift cards allow a purchaser to email their gift directly to its recipient. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether or not they think e-gift cards are a good gift and whether they plan to give any themselves.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether their Thanksgiving is more "family fun" or "family feud." People share what their holiday is usually like, and why it may fall into one category or the other.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether their Thanksgiving is more "family fun" or "family feud." People share what their holiday is usually like, and why it may fall into one category or the other.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they would be able to forgo unnecessary shopping for a whole year and buy only the necessities. People share whether or not they believe they would be up to the challenge and what might stand in their way.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser speaks with people about what it’s like for baby boomers and millennials to work together. People share their thoughts on what it’s like to work with someone from a different generation
The November Project is a fitness movement that was started in Boston, Massachusetts, as a way to encourage all people to get active and support others in their quest for a healthy lifestyle. The movement has spread across North America and focuses on accountability, positive reinforcement and giving back to the community. One branch of the group offers free fitness classes in exchange for hugging every person in the class. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they would be willing to hug a group of strangers for a free fitness class.
Anti-Social Week - Social media does have its benefits.
A recent blog post on Forever Ashley suggests that it is never okay to share your feelings if you have a crush on a married man. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they believe it’s okay to be honest about the crush and under what circumstances it may become a problem.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks with people about intuition. People share stories of times they did or did not trust their instincts and how the situation worked out.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they have a backup partner lined up in the event that their current relationship ends. People share whether or not they have, or have ever had, a backup relationship and why.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they believe Major League Baseball games should be shorter. People share their opinions on the lengths of the game and why or why not they support limiting game time.
Many websites where people can offer services -- such as those for actors, models, etc. -- include warnings for their users about potential scams. Sarah Fraser asks people whether they think these warnings are necessary of if common sense should prevail.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks whether looks matter when it comes to work and life in general. People discuss which aspects of life looks may or may not be important for and whether they, themselves, have ever been judged on their looks.
After an apparently massive breach in online security, hundreds of nude photos, including those of several celebrities, were leaked online. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if, since the leak, they are more careful about the photos they keep on their phones.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people how they can tell whether they are settling in a relationship or at work. People share what signifies settling to them and offer suggestions on how to avoid it.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they “pay-it-forward” because they want to or because they feel guilted into it.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people in Washington, DC, whether they think it’s appropriate for celebrities to use crowdfunding to help produce their projects.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they think advising others to do what they love is realistic advice. People share their thoughts on the advice and whether or not they are happy in their own current situations.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether or not they ever hide their spending habits. People share what purchases they hide the most and who they hide their spending from.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, movie theater attendance is down 20 percent this summer. BTR Pulse’s Sarah Fraser asks people whether or not they see movies in the theater, what they like about the experience, and whether they think there is a way to encourage higher attendance.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people what one word they would, given the opportunity, like to remove from the common vocabulary and why.
Rising in popularity this year, social media prenups are designed to protect the parties involved from embarrassing or unflattering social media posts either during the marriage or in the case of a break up. Often a clause in a larger prenuptial agreement, depending on the financial status of the couple, a violation can result in a hefty fine for the offending party. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they would consider signing such an agreement.
What have you done at work that should have gotten you fired? This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people to share their tales of dirty little workplace secrets and close calls.
With FIFA’s World Cup in full swing it’s hard to deny that soccer seems to be everywhere at the moment. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they’re watching the games, whether they think soccer is rising in popularity in the U.S., and whether it has any chance of ever surpassing more traditionally “American” sports such as baseball, football, basketball, or hockey.
With FIFA’s World Cup in full swing it’s hard to deny that soccer seems to be everywhere at the moment. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they’re watching the games, whether they think soccer is rising in popularity in the U.S., and whether it has any chance of ever surpassing more traditionally “American” sports such as baseball, football, basketball, or hockey.
Google recently made headlines after announcing that they are planning to put their driverless cars to the test in California and lawmakers in the UK are already beginning to address a future that includes cars without human drivers. With driver error being one of the most common reasons for collisions in the United States, cars that drive themselves may soon be a welcome transportation alternative. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they would ever ride in a driverless car.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people to share the moment that defined their personal entrance into adulthood.
With all the software and apps out there for improving photos these days, it may be hard to imagine sharing one without tweaking it at least a little, but do edited photos represent the real you? This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they enhance or edit their photos before putting them online and how far is too far when it comes to altering physical appearance in photos.
It's graduation and commencement season again -- the time of year when speakers, both well-known and less so, deliver speeches to students as they prepare to move on in their lives and pursuits. Sometimes the advice offered is great, while other times... not so much. BTR Pulse's Sarah Fraser speaks with people about what makes an effective graduation speech and then hands them the mic to deliver their own words of wisdom to the class of 2014.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum recently opened near the site of the World Trade Center and the events that took place there on September 11, 2001. Included as part of the museum, a gift shop also opened, selling various merchandise connected to the museum as well as the NYPD, FDNY, and other organizations associated with the tragedy. Some people, including family members of the victims, have expressed disappointment over this monetization, so this week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people what they think of the gift shop.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks to people about whether online reviews of businesses should be allowed anonymity.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser speaks to people about how they’re celebrating Mother’s Day and how they’ve celebrated it in the past, including failed gift attempts. People also share special messages to their own mothers.
On Friday, April 25, 2014, football players at Northwestern University cast secret ballots about whether they would become the first college athletes in the country to form a union. While the results of this vote may not be known for some time due to legal disputes, it added fuel to ongoing conversations in college sports about the rights of players. BTR Pulse’s Sarah Fraser spoke with people on the street, as well as with sports business reporter and author Kristi A. Dosh, about whether they think college athletes should be able to unionize.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks with people about open relationships. People share their thoughts on commitment, communication and in what circumstances an open relationship can possibly work. Sarah also speaks with Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, co-authors of Partners In Passion, who comment on successful open relationships.
These days, parents have more outlets for showing off pictures of their kids beyond the wallet-sized class photos of yesteryear. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people how much say children should have in how they are featured on their parents' social media accounts.
[blip]video2[/blip] This week on BTR Pulse, we ask whether tipping should be abolished. People share their opinions on tipping, raising the minimum wage, and whether they would still tip even if it was no longer necessary.
​What's the right thing to do with a gift from your significant other after you break up? This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser hits the streets to ask people what they do with gifts that were given to them by their exes, the last gift they got rid of, and things they received from exes but held on to.
Designed to warn people that potentially sensitive or graphic material may follow, trigger warnings are being used more frequently than in past years. Especially popular at certain colleges and universities, some students have gone as far as demanding trigger warnings when topics are covered that may make them uncomfortable. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks to people about trigger warnings and if they believe they are a good idea.
Lean In, an organization founded by Sheryl Sandberg to encourage the empowerment of women, has partnered with the Girl Scouts of America and over a dozen other partners in a campaign to “ban ‘bossy.’” The campaign suggests that assertive young girls are labeled as “bossy,” while boys with the same qualities are considered leaders, and that the negative title makes females less interested in leadership roles. #banbossy, which is now trending across social media, has the support of many celebrities and media outlets, but has been criticized by others as a failure to teach children, specifically girls, how to ignore hurtful name calling. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people in New York what they think of the campaign.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people to share their job interview horror stories. She wants to know about what went wrong, how people recovered when the interviews went awry, and also shares a story of her own.
Amid a yearlong downward media spiral, Alec Baldwin recently spoke out in an op-ed piece for New York Magazine, addressing accusations of his alleged homophobia, his history with New York paparazzi, and his now happy, adult life, among other topics. He ended by sharing that he is done with public life and, with that, also perhaps done with New York. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people what they thought of Baldwin's piece and how they feel about his potentially leaving New York.
February 2014 Made Us Believe! Made Us Cry! Made Us Angry! Made Us Wonder! WHAT Is Going On In Kiev? WHY Did Philip Seymour Hoffman Leave Us So Soon? WHO Cares About The Olympics? These Questions Will Be Thought Through And Answered With The Comic Adroitness Of One Of Those Fake Arrows Through The Head! Watch & Believe Chaz Mannenheim’s MONTH IN REVIEW: February 2014!!!
It's Obsolete Week at BTR, so we've been focusing on things that are no longer useful or will be phased out due to technological advancements. BTR Pulse’s Sarah Fraser hits the streets to ask people what they think will soon be obsolete.
If you’ve been stalling on whether to get a dating site subscription, think again.
CVS Caremark, the largest drugstore chain in the country by sales, recently announced they plan to discontinue sale of tobacco products by October. BTR Pulse’s Sarah Fraser asks people what they think of the decision.
On this week's episode of BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if it's possible to be dumped in a nice way. Along the way, she shares a text from a former suitor and gets peoples' opinions on whether it qualifies as a nice way to dump someone.
A recent survey commissioned by ChristanMingle.com and JDate.com and reported on by the Daily Mail, revealed that about 70% of singles who meet for the first time are unable to tell whether they are on a date or simply “hanging out.” BTR Pulse's Sara Fraser spoke to people at Grand Central Terminal about whether they could define the difference between a date and hanging out.
A great debate took place on Twitter when Chicago chef Grant Achatz criticized a couple for bringing their eight month old infant to his triple-Michelin-starred restaurant. The online dialogue unveiled an array of opinions about whether or not young children should be allowed in fine dining establishments. For childless fine diners, a screaming child can upset a costly experience, but for parents, such a ban could deprive children of a valuable lesson in etiquette. BTR Pulse's Sarah Fraser spoke with people on the streets about whether children should or should not be banned from fine dining establishments. She also spoke with former restaurateur Michael Vuick, who once banned children from his establishment, McDain’s in Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Awards season is upon us. The Golden Globes have come and gone, the various guilds are busy honoring their own, the critics associations have spoken, and the Academy Award nominations have been announced. Yet, despite the multitude of occasions, many nominees still have seemingly little of interest to say. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people what they think of acceptance speeches at awards shows and what they would say if they ever won an award themselves.
Recently, the United States Marine Corps mandated that female marines be able to complete the same three pull-ups that male marines must complete in order to meet the Corps’ standard physical fitness requirements. However, after 55 percent of the female recruits failed the pull-up test, the Corps silently waved the requirement until 2015. Instead, female marines would be allowed the option of a 15-second minimum flexed-arm hang from a bar, commonly known in school gym classes as "the girl pull up." BTR Pulse's Sara Fraser spoke to people on the streets of New York about the Marine Corps’ attempt to equalize the training of the sexes.
Soon after taking office at the beginning of the year, New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, announced he would be seeking to ban the horse-drawn carriages known for carrying tourists around Central Park. BTR Pulse’s Sarah Fraser spoke with people in New York about the possible end of what some consider an institution and others consider animal rights abuse.
As we leave behind 2012 and begin 2013, we ask people in New York City about any new year’s resolutions they may be considering and whether they think making resolutions actually helps people to make their desired changes.