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Film Clip 3 | Mimi and Dona

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In this clip, all goes according to plan as Dona moves into an assisted living facility until it's time for Mimi to say goodbye and return home for the day.

Why Do We Sleep? | The Good Stuff

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In this episode, we look at how humans and animals sleep and try to figure out the science behind why we spend a third of our lives asleep. Why do we do it? How do animals like sharks and dolphins sleep? Do Animals dream?

Marcos Breton on 9/11 | Ken Burns & Lynn Novick: Baseball - The Tenth Inning

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Marcos Breton talks about how America needed to go back to the ballpark after 9/11.

What's the Value of a Life? | Braincraft

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How do scientists—and doctors—measure the value of a life?

Republican Health Care Bill Faces Opposition from within Party | PBS NewsHour

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Republican lawmakers introduced their replacement for former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) this week, but face opposition from both Democrats and members of their own party as they push to move the bill through committee and into the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote. 

March 10, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

How Gold Star Families Became a Political Issue | PBS NewsHour

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For the sake of time, we recommend stopping the video at 3m:23s.

President Donald Trump continues to face criticism for a condolence call to the Gold Star family of Sgt. La David Johnson, a Special Forces soldier recently killed in Niger. Gold Star Families are the relatives of US military members who died in battle. There was a time when a political leader would never politicize the death of a service member or question a grieving family, said Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report. “It’s a little bit like the customer’s always right. Right? The grieving family is always right in this case,” she said. Walter added this was no longer the case after Trump criticized the Khan family, a Gold Star family, after they spoke out against him at the Democratic National Convention.

October 25, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

How Widespread Is Student Homelessness? | Above the Noise

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Student homelessness in the US is a tricky thing to quantify. HUD -- the federal government's Department of Housing and Urban Development -- controls most of the money used to help the homeless. But, that agency misses about 4 in 5 homeless students. Why? It’s all about how you define the term “homeless”. According to HUD, you’re only considered homeless if you’re living in a shelter or living on the streets. But according to the Department of Education, about 80% of the 1.3 million homeless students living in the US are couch surfing, living in motels, or doubling up with family or friends. These students aren’t eligible for HUD money, so increasingly, it’s up to schools to provide help. Host Myles Bess explores how homeless students get the help they need when different federal agencies use competing definitions to define who’s homeless.

Should Sexting Be a Crime? | Above the Noise

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Numerous research surveys and school scandals indicate that teens are engaging in sexting, and as technology and trends rapidly change, it’s hard for parents, schools and the law to create rules around this behavior. Watch the latest Above the Noise video to help students discuss the tricky issue of sexting.

Fixing Juvie Justice: Part 2

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In this clip from Fixing Juvie Justice, explore the harsh truths of the juvenile detention system in the United States. The existing system seems to breed criminals instead of rehabilitating youth to be productive citizens. Rather than helping juveniles reform by providing them with an education and tools to be successful in society; youth offenders are being given harsh sentences and are meeting other youth offenders while incarcerated and educating each other on how to be more effective criminals.

Introduction to the Smoking Section

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New York Voices looks at the battle over fresh air in bars and restaurants. For reasons concerning public health, states all over the country are beginning to ban smoking in public places. For example, in 2003, New York State became the third state to stamp out cigarette smoking in virtually all businesses. Legislation ended smoking in certain restaurants, bars and other public places. Smokers describe when they began to smoke and why, how they feel about smoking and how they are viewed as smokers by others. Learn more about the controversy regarding banning smoking in The Smoking Section, another video in this series.

Heidi Williams, Economist | MacArthur Fellows Program

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In this interview, 2015 MacArthur Fellow Heidi Williams explains her interest in innovation in health care and the unexpected role that patent regulation plays in scientific research. Williams’s work combines empirical observations and custom-designed data collection methods that offer new insights on technological changes in health care. Her creative approach and interdisciplinary understanding of regulatory law, biological science, and medical research, have allowed Williams to trace the interplay between institutions, market behavior, and public policy. This resource is part of the MacArthur Fellows Program Collection.

The PREDICT Project | Spillover - Zika, Ebola & Beyond: Part 9

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See Jonna Mazet's innovative PREDICT Project in action. PREDICT is a worldwide effort to use animal surveillance to monitor viruses, proactively preventing and containing outbreaks of infectious disease by identitifying points of contamination early on.

Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan Face Desperate Conditions | PBS Newshour

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Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan are returning to flattened communities with no food, water or sanitation, as officials struggle to provide relief. This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 12th, 2013.

Secrets of Scotland Yard: Part 11

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In this segment of Secrets of Scotland Yard, learn about how Scotland Yard foiled a plot for a major armed robbery in 2000. The Yard used video surveillance to monitor the suspected gang's activity and were able to narrow down the target to the Millennium Diamond in the Millennial Dome by the River Thames. Watching crowds entering the Dome required the largest secret surveillance operation in the Flying Squad's history. The plan to defy the best criminal brains was complex and detailed, using all of the Flying Squad's detective techniques to apprehend the robbers.

What Other Countries Can Teach Us About Good Schools

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This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on September 25, 2013.

Despite increases in education spending and a decade of school reform, students in the United States still lag behind their peers in many other countries when it comes to math, science and reading skills.

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