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Oil and Water (2003)

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This program features two case studies that examine the interaction between humans and natural resources: Egypt: Gift of the Nile

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High
Professional
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00:29
Oil and Water

Productivity: Can We Get More For Less? (2012)

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In the 1970s, businesses struggled with rising energy costs, newly imposed environmental regulations, and inflation that contributed to the slowing of productivity. By 1980, a new group of economists called "supply-siders" were calling for government deregulation to spur productivity, amidst great objections from Democrats and some economic experts.

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High
Length: 
00:29
Productivity: Can We Get More For Less?

Federal Deficits: Can We Live With Them? (2012)

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During WWII, our national debt had more than quadrupled, so government encouraged citizens to buy war bonds and federal stamps to pay some of it off. In 1960 President Eisenhower achieved a surplus and reduced the debt, a feat not repeated until the 1990s.

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High
Length: 
00:28
Federal Deficits: Can We Live With Them?

Monetary Policy: How Well Does it Work? (2012)

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Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volker pushed us through two deep recessions using monetary policy and increased interest rates to combat inflation in the 1980s. His successor Alan Greenspan used a different tactic in the early 1990s and 2000s: flood the market with liquidity to prevent freezing.

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High
Length: 
00:29
Monetary Policy: How Well Does it Work?

Stabilization Policy: Are We Still In Control? (2012)

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Between 1982 and 1985, the Fed tightened the money supply to combat inflation, despite rising unemployment. Also in the 1980s, U.S. citizens began to feel the debilitating effects foreign trade would have on job loss. Paul Volker's monetary policy in the mid-1980s was designed to quell inflation once and for all.

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High
Length: 
00:29
Stabilization Policy: Are We Still In Control?

International Trade: For Whose Benefit? (2012)

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The U.S. auto industry lost a lot of mileage in 1973 with the rise of the more efficient Japanese imports. In the 1970s, the "trigger/price mechanism" was developed in order to differentiate between fair and unfair trade practices.

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High
Length: 
00:29
International Trade: For Whose Benefit?

Exchange Rates: What in the World is a Dollar Worth? (2012)

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By 1925 Great Britain went off the gold standard, managing to increase exports and lessen imports. The U.S. market was flooded with British goods and U.S. industry suffered. In July, 1944 world economic leaders met in Bretton Woods, NH for a "new world economic order" and soon the dollar became the new standard.

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High
Length: 
00:29
Exchange Rates: What in the World is a Dollar Worth?

Ancient Roman Economy

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The success of the Roman economy is to a large degree beholden to its vast empire. While farming was the backbone of the Roman economy, trade played an important role, too. Learn about Roman mills, shops, construction, mining, currency, and taxation. Also explored are the roles of women and slaves in the Roman economy. Highly informative, with a wealth of primary source images.

Ancient Roman Economy

Inequality for All (2013)

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A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, INEQUALITY FOR ALL features Robert Reich-professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member-as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. The film is an intimate portrait of a man whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves.

Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
01:30
Inequality for All

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