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Steamboats on the Red: A Monopoly Generates Competition, Manipulation, and Piracy

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In the Red River Valley, a monopoly developed in the steamboat trade, and two separate attempts were made to provide competition. The first ended when the competitors joined forces and returned the steamboat industry back to a monopoly; the second when the larger company sank their competitor’s boats. From 1859 to 1909, steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor.

Lavender Farming | Appalachian Innovators

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Learn how opportunities in lavender farming have impacted the economic future of southern West Virginia.

Job Seekers Face Long Searches in Tough Economy

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As part of his ongoing series on "Making Sense" of the economy, NewsHour Economics Correspondent Paul Solman visits a Manhattan job fair where many people have been out of work for as long as a year.

Economists Explain How They Missed Warnings

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Some of the nation's brightest economists failed to predict the 2008 foreclosure crisis and economic recession that followed. In this video, Economics Correspondent Paul Solman attends a conference of 10,000 economists and asks them why so few connected the dots in time to warn the public.

The Boettchers | Colorado Experience

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With a pioneering spirit and an entrepreneurial drive, Charles Boettcher became a leading businessman in Colorado, establishing The Great Western Sugar Company, Ideal Cement, and The Denver Tramway Company, before passing the business on to his son, Claude. Discover the rags-to-riches tale of one of Colorado’s most pioneering families, both in business and philanthropy.

Community Comes Together to Help Homeless Students and Families | PBS NewsHour

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Homelessness affects more than 1.3 million students in the United States, and school districts receive money from the federal government to help provide students in need with basic food, supplies, and transportation to school. A school district in Kansas City, Kansas, with over 1,000 homeless students, has further partnered with a nonprofit called Avenue of Life to brings students out of homelessness by supporting the entire family.

February 16, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

Shift in U.S. Policy Opens Cuba to American Tourists

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Find out why many people anticipate increased tourism in Cuba with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from June 15, 2015.

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