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Stonewall Uprising: "Curing" Homosexuality

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In the decades leading up to the 1969 Stonewall riots, doctors would “treat” people to reduce their homosexual urges. These treatments ranged from aversive conditioning to lobotomies to insitutionalization. Video from American Experience: “Stonewall Uprising.”

Stonewall Uprising: The "Dangers" of Homosexuality

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A 1966 news story featured Detective John Sorenson, Dade County Morals and Juvenile Squad, as he lectures Florida teenagers on how homosexuality can ruin your life. Video from American Experience: “Stonewall Uprising.”

League of Denial: The NFL Plays Defense

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Discover the strategies that the National Football League used to avoid admitting that playing professional football can cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in this media gallery from FRONTLINE: League of Denial. After a study commissioned by the NFL showed a higher-than-expected prevalence of brain disorders among football players, the league’s spokesman claimed that the study’s design was flawed, and its commissioner would not acknowledge before Congress that concussions hurt pro football players. And even after a large financial settlement awarded former NFL players hundreds of millions of dollars, the league made no admission of guilt. For background, watch Introduction to CTE and review How CTE Affects the Brain. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE Collection.

James Baldwin

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Learn about James Baldwin, the man, writer, culture critic, and activist, in this video from First Person. In the accompanying activities, students use archival footage, speeches, and passages from his most famous works to learn about the intersectionality that defined and influenced Baldwin’s career.

For more resources like this, see the rest of the Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators collection.

Out in the Night - The Second Telling: The News

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This clip focuses on the way various media sources reported the events on the night of the arrest in 2006.

Historical Document Research | History Detectives

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History Detective Tukufu Zuberi investigates a letter which indicates that thirty years before John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln, Booth’s father threatened to kill another sitting president, Andrew Jackson. The letter to Jackson reads, “You damn’d old scoundrel… …I will cut your throat whilst you are sleeping.” It’s signed “Junius Brutus Booth.” The writer insists Jackson pardon two men who were sentenced to death. Why did the fate of these two men enrage such fury? Was the Booth letter a hoax? Or does assassination run in the Booth blood?

Natural History Artifacts (Clip 2) | Exploring Monticello

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In this segment from Exploring Monticello, we learn about the natural history artifacts that are on display at Monticello.

Exploring Monticello takes students into Thomas Jefferson’s home, a virtual laboratory for all kinds of ideas. Thomas Jefferson is best known for authoring the Declaration of Independence and becoming the third President of the United States, but he also had a great love for innovations which made him one of America’s first great scientists.  This LIVE interactive streaming field trip gives students the opportunity to experience scientific discovery within the context of history, and to consider the creative process inherent in making something new and innovative.

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.

Earth System: Drought and Air Quality

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Droughts claim more victims each year than any other natural disaster. Depending on where it occurs and how long it persists, the cost of a drought can run into the billions of dollars. Droughts cause more than economic hardship, however. As this video segment adapted from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center demonstrates, droughts have a complex web of impacts that also affect us socially and environmentally.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Galileo on the Moon

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Galileo used thought experiments to test many assumptions, including the notion that heavy objects fall more quickly than lighter objects when they are dropped. Lacking access to either a vacuum chamber or a planetary body that has no atmosphere, he nevertheless correctly predicted that all falling objects would accelerate at the same rate in the absence of air resistance. In this video segment from NASA, astronaut David Scott demonstrates the correctness of Galileo's prediction.

Animal Shelter Photographer

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In this video segment from WILD TV, meet Joyce Faye, an animal photographer. She visits animal shelters in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area to photograph the homeless animals awaiting adoption. There are 26,000 dogs picked up every year in Albuquerque. Faye volunteers her time and expertise taking photographs of the dogs and cats and displays them on her web site. She hopes that people will rescue an animal from the shelter and make it a pet. Faye encourages us to do what we can to make the world a better place. Even small gestures make a difference.

Generations of Healing | Medicine Woman

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450 square miles. 1,200 patients, Indian and white. One doctor. In the years after medical school, Doctor Susan La Flesche is saving those she can save and comforting those she cannot.

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.

The Total Eclipse of the Heartland

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“Go away clouds!” was the chant of the day at Homestead National Monument. The 2017 total solar eclipse played hide-and-seek with an enormous crowd. This 360 video captures the moment of the eclipse and the huge expectations of the crowd. Bill Nye, CEO of the Planetary Society, and Dr. Amy Mainzer, a NASA jet propulsion Astrophysicist narrate the exciting moments from the stage. (This video will be edited with other locations from throughout Nebraska, including Alliance, Gibbon and Lincoln, giving viewers a full 360 experience throughout the state.)

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