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FRONTLINE: The Vaccine War | The Growing Debate Over Vaccine Safety

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Examine the growing debate over childhood vaccines in this video excerpt from FRONTLINE: The Vaccine War. Vaccines have been touted as one of the most successful advances of modern medicine, yet an increasing number of parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children because of possible side effects. Learn about the debate among public health officials, doctors, and parents around vaccine safety, and hear differing perspectives on the benefits and risks of childhood vaccination, in this video segment from FRONTLINE.

Clamming

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Support your Health, Civics, and Science curriculum with this video that profiles a Long Island clammer who specializes in local distribution. Then, use the accompanying lesson plan, "The Edible Backyard: Discovering Food Traditions and Sources in Your Community," to have students embark on community-focused research projects to create a multimedia classroom exhibit around the theme of “Eating Local.”

Is Your Social Status Making You Sick? | Above the Noise

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Financial inequality has been in the news a lot recently. It was the rallying cry for the Occupy Wall Street movement that began back in 2011, and it was at the center of Bernie Sanders’ campaign when he ran for president. This inequality creates what is typically called a social status ladder, with rich people at the top and poorer people toward the bottom. Research shows that your position on the ladder is actually one of the most powerful predictors of health. But it’s so much more than just how much money you have or how fancy your education is. It’s how you feel you compare to other people -- your subjective social status. We’ve scoured the research, looking at human and animal studies, to find out how your subjective social status actually affects your health.

Links to the Past

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Examine the history of the Oakhurst Golf Club in White Sulphur Springs, WV from its creation in 1884 to the present and learn about how some golf equipment and rules have changed.

Generation Like: Promoting Movies

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Discover how marketing firms of movies like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire inspire social media users to promote products for them in this video from FRONTLINE: Generation Like. When promotion agency TVGla markets a movie, it employs social media to help build trust with consumers. In this way, TVGla gets kids to work for free, promoting films to their friends and followers. While marketing used to be a one-way conversation from the marketer to the consumer, today, the consumer does as much as the marketer to broadcast the message. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE Collection.

The Crisis Divides Rural Communities (14) | Farm Crisis

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Rural communities face deep rifts because of the farm crisis, especially between farmers and their lenders. This segment is part of the The Farm Crisis documentary, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

America Revealed | Energy Exchange

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Support your economics and mathematics curriculum with this video that examines the factors that impact the energy markets. Then, use the accompanying lesson plan, "Tracking Commodities: An Introduction to the Energy Markets," to introduce students to the economic concepts that drive the Mercantile Exchange and have them create infographics that examine the impact of current and historical events on oil prices.

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

Career Connections | Fiscal Analyst

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Ohio University budget director Chad Mitchell shares what a fiscal analyst does and explains how to prepare for a career in finance.

Wetlands: The Drain Game | Issues

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In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, farmers and developers would like to gain more acreage on their lands. In order to accomplish this they drain many sloughs or water sources. This not only effects their land, but effects the land downstream, leaving some unfarmable.

Ecotourism | Tourism in North Dakota

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Learn how ecotourism, or adventure tourism, is the new trend in vacationing. North Dakota is working to attract visitors to its wide open spaces and to encourage them to interact with North Dakotans in their everyday and recreational activities.

Ecotourism | If You Don't Build it, They Will Come

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Learn how North Dakota is using the new trend in vacationing, ecotourism (also called adventure tourism), to attract visitors to its wide open, natural spaces and to encourage them to interact with North Dakotans in their everyday and recreational activities.

Mining and the Economy | Wild Nevada

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How does mining in Nevada impact the economy and you? Learn about how mining has changed over the past 150 years in Nevada as told by Sean Pitt's, Museum Director of East Ely Railroad Depot. Learning the role mining has to Nevada's economy is fundamental to understanding Nevada's largest export industry. Over time, new technology has changed how minerals are mined. Students will have a better understanding of how mining in Nevada impacts their daily lives.

The Future of Energy - Fossil Fuels

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Fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) provide the energy that powers our lifestyles and our economy. Fossil fuels power everything from the planes in the sky to the cars on the road. They heat our homes and light up the night. They’re the bedrock we base our energy mix on. But they are a limited resource. Learn more about fossil fuels with this video from the Explore More: The Future of Energy series. 

The Future of Energy - Nuclear Power

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Nuclear power is one of the most recent achievements in the long history of harnessing energy, and one of the most controversial. A result of research originally done to produce the atomic bomb, nuclear energy takes advantage of the incredible potential energy within the atom in a productive instead of destructive way. As of 2011, nuclear energy provides nearly 20 percent of the electric power in the U.S. Learn more with this video from the Explore More: The Future of Energy series. 

Wetlands: The Drain Game | What Can Be Done

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Although it may take many years and much work, through the process of conservation and restoration the people of Canada can get their wetlands back. The legislation can help by passing laws and providing incentives.

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