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Geospatial Revolution | Political Aspects

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As geospatial technologies become more advanced, the information that is collected is used by a wider variety of groups, including political candidates and those involved in their campaigns. In this video clip from Penn State Public Broadcasting’s Geospatial Revolution project, the Obama campaign’s use of geospatial information systems (GIS) is briefly profiled.

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.

Prairie Churches | Expressions of Faith

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Learn about Vikur Lutheran Church in Mountain, North Dakota. A montage of northern plains churches illustrates NDSU History Professor Tom Isern’s assertion that we can learn from prairie churches about the people of the plains who built them.

Muslims in America | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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Since September 11th, Muslims across the nation have faced numerous new challenges and opportunities as they continue to define their community in America. One of the key challenges has been differentiating themselves from terrorists in the eyes of the government and the public. This video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly examines both the internal and external challenges facing American Muslims in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Islamic Celebrations | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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Muslims around the world end their month long observance of Ramadan with a celebration known as Eid Al-Fitr, the "Feast of Breaking the Fast." In this video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, members of the Islamic Center of Washington, DC discuss the religious and spiritual significance of these annual religious events.

Hajj: Part I | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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One of the five requirements or pillars of Islam is the pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, also known as the Hajj. The journey is taken by thousands of Americans each year. This video on the Hajj from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly begins with a look at one American Muslim preparing for his first trip to Mecca.

Minorities in Homogenous Communities | America by the Numbers

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Learn about the complexity of being a minority in a majority-Caucasian community, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Hear from Joshua "Hoss" Hoston, the only African American firefighter in his town. Find out how the demographic shifts in Northern Idaho since the 1990s have affected him and his family.

Schools and Diversity in a Changing America | America by the Numbers

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Coeur d'Alene is a majority-Caucasian community in northern Idaho. Find out how schools in the area have tackled issues of diversity, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Learn about the public middle school that uses education to promote tolerance, but has faced backlash from the community. You will also hear from teachers at a private Christian school who say they want to guard against a loss of religion in their classrooms.

Island of Warriors | America by the Numbers: Episode 2

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Learn about Pacific Islanders in the U.S. military and the medical service they get after returning home. In this episode, Maria Hinojosa visits Guam, a United States territory in the Pacific, to speak to some of the island's veterans. Pacific Islanders serve in disproportionally high numbers, at a rate three times higher than the rest of the country, and have suffered the highest casualty rates in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Explore why Guam's returning veterans say they can't get the healthcare they need.

Birmingham in Early 1963 | The March

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Examine the actions of the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, in this clip from The March. The nonviolent Birmingham protests leading up to the March on Washington were orchestrated by Martin Luther King Jr. in direct opposition to the local authorities often extreme anti-protest tactics. Despite these efforts by staunch segregationists like Birmingham Commissioner of Public Safety Eugene “Bull” Connor, the protests were able to continue due to the timely aid of young civil rights activists.

Healthcare for Guam's Veterans | America by the Numbers

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Learn about treatments the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is providing to support military veterans in Guam, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Many citizens of Guam say they are not getting the help they deserve, particularly in the field of mental health. This clip examines the resources and institutions available for Guamanian veterans.

Theodore Roosevelt and the Western Experience

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Theodore Roosevelt and the Western Experience examines the 26th president of the United States. TR or Teddy as he has come to be known, balanced his identity of an intellectual from the East with the frontiersman of the West. His love of nature as a boy carried on throughout his life, influencing policy decisions as president that we still see today.  

Immigration Debate

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Stacey Delikat reports from Arizona about their 2010 immigration law and the national debate that has ensued because of it. Explore the background, rationale, and implications of the 2010 Arizona immigration law. Understand the various positions taken in support of or opposition to the 2010 Arizona immigration law and critically evaluate the merits and legality of the law. Write creatively from various perspectives on the immigration issue.

The Effects of War: Roland Ada's Story | America by the Numbers

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Learn about the effects of war on the veterans in Guam, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Guam has the largest percentage of veterans in the United States and its territories, but ranked last in per capita spending on medical care by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In this clip, Iraq War Veteran Roland Ada explains how his past experiences in the war affect his daily life.

Guam Veterans Roundtable | America by the Numbers

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Find out why many of the citizens of Guam choose to serve in the military, and what their experiences mean to them, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Many veterans struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of their service. But after returning home, many Guamanian veterans say they struggle to get the healthcare they need from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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