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Did Someone Say Philosophical? | PBS Idea Channel

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In this short episode, Mike responds to Michael from VSauce's philosophical question: Are the bacteria and skin cells that live on your body "You?"

Can Video Games Become the Next Great Spectator Sport? | PBS Idea Channel

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As our South Korean friends can confirm, video games can most definitely be a spectator sport. But will they ever catch on in a huge way in the USA? Pro leagues already exist. To know if they'll ever reach the levels of March Madness and Superbowl Sunday, we need to take a closer look at traditional sports spectatorship to figure out the real reason we watch. It's more than just winning and losing: there are characters, rivalries, histories, and a host of other background information that coalesce into an amazing story, and we're dying to know the ending. Could eSports ever achieve this level of storytelling? Watch the episode to find out and tell us what you think!

What Do Hot Sauce Labels Say About America? | PBS Idea Channel

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Peppers are the essence of hot sauce, and hot sauce is the essence of spicy. You might be a hot sauce lover, but how much thought have you given to their labels? If you've ever taken a second to examine them, you might notice some patterns and similarities amongst them. What does this say about Americans' attitude towards hot sauces, or even towards food in general? 

What do MP3s and Magic Spells Have in Common? | PBS Idea Channel

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The MP3 seems to be everyone's favorite musical file format. But, there's something you might not know about the Mp3 - it has a lot in common with the magic spell! Both spells and music were born from a freely available folk culture but are now sold as commercial goods. There are thousands of artists and witches trying to figure out how to make a living in an age where their products can be infinitely copied. And with commercialization, the morality and legality of sharing these once open cultural products has become quite complicated. How should we, as responsible consumers, handle this new digital age? 

Does Pop Culture Need To Be "Popular"? | PBS Idea Channel

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What is "Popular Culture?" Despite what the term may lead you to think, it is not just media that is numerically popular! Tom Waits most certainly is part of popular culture, regardless of his lack of billboard hits. So what are the qualifications for "Pop Culture?" And where does the internet come into play in all this? 

What is a tweet worth? #ALSIceBucketChallenge | PBS Idea Channel

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By now, everyone online knows about the Ice Bucket Challenge. While it has been incredibly successful in terms of dollars raised, lots of the videos failed to mention donations, and many people questioned the value of the campaign. Are these videos "slacktivism," helping only superficially with a cause? What value do our social posts really have? 

Is Google Knowledge? | PBS Idea Channel

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"Google it" seems to be the quick and easy answer for every question we could possibly ask, but is finding facts the same thing as knowing? Having billions of facts at the tips of your typing fingertips may not necessarily be making us any smarter. Some people even think it's making us stupid and lazy. Whatever way we process the vast sea of data available, the question remains: is the act of googling the same as knowledge? What the episode to find out, and tell us what you think!

Water Pollution Investigation

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Water pollution is the contamination of water resources by harmful wastes or toxins. This type of pollution can be dangerous to animals and plant populations in and around lakes, rivers, polluted groundwater areas or oceans, and can pose major problems for humans as well. Explore the detrimental effects of plastic waste pollution on the San Francisco Bay—specifically, mercury contamination, with this resource group from QUEST.

Fort Buford: Splendid Isolation | Part 5

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One of the first buildings built at the fort was the “guard house.” This was similar to a jail and was for soldiers who broke the rules. Minor offenses were punishable by hard labor, while the guard house was for perpetrators of major crimes.  The types of crimes provide a window into fort life.

Indian Police | Medicine Woman

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Joseph La Fleche recognized in 1856 that the flood of alcohol coming onto the reservation would have a terrible effect on his people. He banned liquor and even started the first Native American Police force to try to stem the flood.

History of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) | Move to Include

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990. The ADA has made a great impact in the lives of people with disabilities. The accommodations have increased inclusion and accessibility in the community and help everyone. At the Museum of disAbility History in Buffalo, New York we meet staff members Israel Cruz & Doug Platt to discuss the outcomes.

Visit the Move to Include collection for additional resources.

Indian Pride, Health: Part 2

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 Dr. Charles Grim, Director of Indian Health Services in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, discusses the history of the Indian Health Services department and American Indian health care, including traditional practices, diabetes, and tele-medicine.

Going to College: Inclusion in Higher Education | Move to Include

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There are college options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These programs connect students to the community and larger world. The continued education increases learning and skill building, social contact and better job opportunities for students. Professor Martha Mock from the University of Rochester Institute for Innovative Transition and one of the students are featured. Visit the Move to Include collection for additional resources.

Transitions to Independent Living | Move to Include

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There are options for people with intellectual disabilities to live on their own. Assisted living programs help connect adults to housing in the community and assist them in skill building to promote independence. Cori Piels describes her transition and goals for living on her own. Professor Martha Mock, Director of Institute for Innovative Transitions at the University of Rochester, discusses opportunities for people with disabilities to live independently.

Visit the Move to Include collection for additional resources.

Indian Pride, Health: Part 1

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JuniKae Randall introduction, discussion of health in Indian country including HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and other health care issues featuring Harold "Gus" Frank, chairman of the Forest County Potawatomi, Wisconsin; Lily Cummings, Pawnee Nation, Oklahoma; Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Senate Indian Affairs Committee; Mitchell Cypress, chairman of the Seminole Tribe, Florida; and Hollis Chough of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa, Arizona.

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