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Engineering the Jet Age

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Trace the emergence of the passenger jet from its military origins and learn about the obstacles and opportunities that Boeing’s president Bill Allen faced taking the company into the jet age, in this video from WGBH and The Documentary Group. After World War II, Boeing relied on sales of the B-47 bomber to keep the company afloat. This plane, which flew nearly 600 miles per hour at 35,000 feet, inspired Allen to conceive of a future in which commercial airline passengers would fly in jets. A decade after the close of World War II, Boeing delivered the 707. Within a year, more travelers were crossing the Atlantic by air than by sea. This resource is part of the Aerospace Engineering Collection.

Atomic Bomb

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The decision to drop the atomic bomb caused political, social, and environmental changes that had unintended consequences for years to come. World War II veterans account their experiences with the atomic bomb in this KACV educational unit. The group includes video interviews with three veterans and a lesson plan.

King Cotton and the Cotton Gin | Georgia Stories

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Today if you drive through Georgia in the summer, you will pass miles and miles of cotton fields. That was not always the case. It took one very small sized invention to make the difference – Eli Whitney’s cotton gin. With the debut of his invention in 1793, the history and economy of Georgia as well as that of the entire South was changed forever.

May 10, 2018 | News Quiz

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This episode features stories about Summer health, a name change for Boy Scouts, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Central American asylum seekers, science fighting food-borne illnesses, NASA's Mars InSight launch, the Golden Gate Bridge restoration, the Kentucky Derby, and more. News Quiz is KET's weekly 15-minute current events program for grades 4-8. The program consists of news segments, a current events quiz, opinion letters, and an FYI segment.

The French Family | The Homefront

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Learn about the challenges of the military lifestyle for kids in this clip from The Homefront. Army Colonel Jeffrey French, his wife Kathy, and their three children Kyle (20), Sarah (19) and Annemarie (13) are currently stationed at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA—their eleventh duty station. For the kids, these moves have meant leaving friends and changing schools frequently—as many as nine, in Kyle's case. While deployed to Afghanistan in 2009-2010, Jeff's unit suffered many casualties, and several of its soldiers were found guilty of war crimes. Despite this challenging period, the Frenches remain committed to the Army—particularly their son, Kyle, who is following in his father's footsteps and is now a third year cadet at West Point.

It Wasn't Called PTSD | Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades

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Iwo Jima was an unusual battle even by WWII’s tough standards. The 8-square mile island had nearly 100,000 combatants on it. In 36 days, 28,000 men died protecting or seizing this piece of volcanic rock…thousands of Japanese are still entombed there. Four out of every five men who fought on this island would either be killed or wounded. Battlefield ghosts stalk both American and Japanese survivors.  Although it was not called PTSD in 1945, it was just as destructive a condition. The men who fought on Iwo Jima describe how they coped after the war. And one fighter pilot describes the unexpected family event that brought him redemption. 

A Pellet of Poison | Medicine Woman

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The strange story of how the lives of two famous women—Marie Curie and Doctor Susan Picotte—intersected in 1915. In the autumn of 1915 on the Omaha Indian Reservation in Nebraska a small package arrived at the home of Doctor Susan Picotte. It contained a tiny pellet of radium sent by Madam Marie Curie to save the life of the first Native American doctor as she lay dying of cancer. 

February 1, 2018 | News Quiz

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This episode features stories about the upcoming Winter Olympics, the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Vice President Pence in the middle east, the recent tsunami warning, cloning, Amazon’s new store, snow in the desert, Fiona the hippo’s first birthday, and more. News Quiz is KET's weekly 15-minute current events program for grades 4-8. The program consists of news segments, a current events quiz, opinion letters, and an FYI segment.

January 18, 2018 | News Quiz

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This episode features stories about the recent flu outbreak, mudslides in California, North and South Korea talks, European avalanches, aquaponics in Jordan, the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, LEGOs, and more. News Quiz is KET's weekly 15-minute current events program for grades 4-8. The program consists of news segments, a current events quiz, opinion letters, and an FYI segment.

March 8, 2018 | News Quiz

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This episode features stories about plans to clean up debris in space, women's suffrage, expanded Chilean national parks, Disney's Hall of Presidents, Amazon's new Spheres, the Extreme Unicycling Championships, and more. News Quiz is KET's weekly 15-minute current events program for grades 4-8. The program consists of news segments, a current events quiz, opinion letters, and an FYI segment.

February 8, 2018 | News Quiz

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This episode features stories about the continued cleanup in Puerto Rico, a lunar trifecta, flooding in Paris, a Frida Kahlo exhibit, Nikola Tesla in Serbia, more 2018 Winter Olympics, Venice Carnival, the Puppy Bowl, and more. News Quiz is KET's weekly 15-minute current events program for grades 4-8. The program consists of news segments, a current events quiz, opinion letters, and an FYI segment.

The Unleashing of the Dragon: Hiroshima | Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail

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Learn about acute radiation sickness, in this clip from Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail. August 6, 1945. A Uranium bomb is dropped on the city of Hiroshima. People closest to the blast were instantly vaporized in the tremendous heat. Thos who were not killed in the initial blast and fire began to die in the coming weeks due to the radiation. Listen to Derek explain how Wilfred Burchett, was the first Western journalist to go into the city and document the suffering of 'acute radition sickness' for the world.

Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki | The Bomb

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Learn how the decision to use nuclear weapons happened in this clip from �The Bomb.� After years of massive effort, the bomb became a reality at the successful Trinity test but the fearsome effects of the bomb worried scientists. The Japanense were losing the war and refused to surrender. Watch to find out how President Harry Truman found himself responsible for ending the war and had to make the hard decision between droppping the bomb or continuing their military plan.

Thomas Jefferson and the Giant Moose | It's Okay to Be Smart

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America’s first great science battle wasn’t the space race or the atom bomb, it was fought between Thomas Jefferson, a French nobleman, and in the middle… a giant moose. Some people call Jefferson our only scientist-President, and T.J. himself said that “Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science, by rendering them my supreme delight.”

West Virginia | Three Rivers: The Bluestone, Gauley and New

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3 Rivers: the Bluestone, Gauley, and New documents the economic, social, and political impact of the rivers on Southern and Central West Virginia.  Included in Teachers Resources is a cross-curricular unit which addresses the West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives for 8th grade West Virginia Studies.  The video is divided into 4 chapters: Introduction, Bluestone, Gauley, and New.  Curriculum is available under the Resource tab by the content area.

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