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The Power of Expression | Girls on the Wall Film Module

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This module takes a look at a drama therapy program at a juvenile detention center for girls in Illinois. Viewers watch as the girls struggle to make sense of their own stories and how they can be used collectively to tell a transformative narrative.

OnStage In America: HONKY Full Episode

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Skymax Shoes, an urban company catering to African American kids, decides to use its street cred to sell its products to rich white kids. After a young African American is killed for his pair of trendy Skymax basketball shoes, sales of the shoe triple among well-off white teens. In the wake of the murder, the new white CEO sees only dollar signs and plans to use racial attitudes to sell even more shoes. The black shoe designer blames the company's ghetto-themed ad campaign and vows revenge on its creator. The white copywriter who designed the ad is so tormented by guilt that he seeks help from a therapist who, to his dismay, turns out to be black. Drug firms rush to make a pill for racism, careers are ruined, wedding plans are up-ended, and hypocrisy is unmasked in this satirical view of race relations in contemporary America.

OnStage In America: HONKY | Your People, My People

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Skymax Shoes is a shoe company catering to African American kids. The new CEO, a white man, tells his chief designer, a black man, about how he plans to use racial attitudes to sell shoes. His attitudes are so callous and insulting that he infuriates his designer and drives him to quit.

OnStage In America: HONKY | Therapy

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The white copywriter, tormented by guilt over the consequences that could have come from his ad, goes to a therapist who turns out to be black. Extremely uncomfortable in her presence, he struggles to justify himself but only makes matters worse.

How Does Steven Universe Expand Our Ideas of Family? | PBS Idea Channel

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We love Steven Universe, but what makes it so great? Is it more than just a story of mismatched characters trying to save the world? Could Steven Universe really be about family and how it's impossible to define it universally? What else, or who else, can we call family? Are fandoms family? Can things be family? 

How Is Technology Changing TV Narrative? | PBS Idea Channel

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Watching our favorite TV shows is one of the most fundamental ways we entertain ourselves. For most of TV history, these stories were simple and episodic: you could watch one episode when it aired, and it was a self-contained story. However, now that we have the ability to find the whole back- catalogue of a show online, is it changing the way TV show are created? Not only can people catch up without waiting for a DVD release, but entire seasons are also released and consumed in a single weekend. How might that be changing the types of stories we're being told?

Are the Titans from Attack on Titan Evil? | PBS Idea Channel

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The titans, from the anime series "Attack on Titan," are most definitely the bad guys. But can we call them evil? If you're unfamiliar, the titans are huge beings that devour humans, but their motivation is a little unclear. Is it just hunger? Do they hate humans? Are they just dumb? And with all this doubt, what's the use in the label of evil anyway? Nietzsche, Kant, and Jung all weigh in, but you should probably watch the episode and find out! Tell us what you think!

OnStage In America: HONKY | What Black People Talk About

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The black shoe designer visits his sister, the therapist, and vents his anger about the new CEO of his company and the company's mercenary attitudes toward race. In the process, his own authenticity as African American is brought into question.

OnStage In America: HONKY | White Guilt

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The young white copywriter and his white girlfriend discuss their wedding plans and get drawn into a discussion of their privileged status in America and America's attitudes toward others in the world. The copywriter is riddled by guilt, but his girlfriend refuses to feel guilty or share his tortured feelings.

OnStage In America: HONKY | Looking for Something

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The black shoe designer is confronted on the subway by two teenagers from the ghetto who offer him drugs. The kids, projections of his own prejudices, force him to search his conscience and resolve his own conflicted attitudes toward race. In the end, he returns to his white girlfriend.

Is YouTube Making Us Smarter? | PBS Idea Channel

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Did you know there's a place where you can learn just about anything you'd like? It's true! It's called YouTube! Sure, YouTube has hundreds of thousands of hours of deliciously time-wasting content, but it's much more than just a black hole of pet videos and funny clips. If you know where to go, YouTube has some of the best educational content on the planet! Although watching Kahn Academy all day might be a bit dry, the creativity of YouTube creators has allowed "education" to be transformed in a variety of amazing and engaging ways. YouTube probably won't replace schools anytime soon, but it's a pretty awesome alternative. 

As Long as I Remember: American Veteranos | PTSD and Art as Therapy: Media Gallery

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AS LONG AS I REMEMBER: AMERICAN VETERANOS examines the steep personal toll and enduring legacy of the Vietnam War on three artists from south Texas: visual artist Juan Farias, author Michael Rodriguez and actor/poet Eduardo Garza. Through the personal histories and experiences of these Chicano veterans, the film reveals the important role art plays in sorting their memories, celebrating their culture, and treating the long-term impact of their military experience including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Through these film clips and lesson plan, students will understand what PTSD is and about its prevalence in the general population, especially among combat veterans. They will also discuss how the specific social and political experiences of Latino veterans interviewed in AS LONG AS I REMEMBER: AMERICAN VETERANOS contributed to their experience of PTSD, and the benefit of art-based therapy in Vietnam Veterans' lives and the lives of veterans of modern warfare.

AS LONG AS I REMEMBER: PTSD AND ART THERAPY EDUCATOR GUIDE AND LESSON PLAN

Adopting Sustainable Food Practices

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This video segment adapted from United Tribes Technical College looks at how the traditional subsistence practices of indigenous people were once sustainable, unlike today's lifestyles. Most foods are now produced and transported using methods that can damage the environment and contribute to climate change.

Hot Jobs: Investigate Illness as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist | Science Matters

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How do you track a disease? How do you determine if a blood sample contains a virus or a bacteria that could make millions of people sick? What type of information would you need to know to stop a disease from spreading?  Watch this Science Matters video to learn more about Clinical Laboratory Science and see if being an “illness investigator” is the right career path for you.

Scientists Develop Ebola-fighting Robots

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Dive into the technology scientists are developing to fight viruses with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from March 26, 2015.

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