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How Will Robots Affect Your Career Options?

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Find out how artificial intelligence could impact the future workforce with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from May 20, 2015.

Montana Mosaic: Montana Industry - The Tourism Years

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A booming national post-WWII economy created a large American middle class with the means and desire to travel. With Montana’s wide open spaces, clean air, lovely mountains, camping, hunting and skiing, tourism became increasingly important to the state’s economy. Federal government investments in highways and in defense (particularly Cold War era missile silos) also dramatically impacted the state’s economy….and brought more visitors.

Experiment Highlights Effects of Poor Neighborhoods

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Hear about the factors that contribute to upward mobility with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from September 1, 2015.

New Teachers Face Increasing Instability

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Find out why finding a job as a teacher is harder than ever with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from July 22, 2015.

Newspapers in the Digital Age

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the.News reporter Antonio Neves explores changes in the newspaper business. He investigates how stories are covered and delivered and what changes in economic models are necessary to secure newspapers' continued existence. Explore how the newspaper industry has adapted to stay relevant within the Digital Age by becoming information portals and utilizing social media.

Poverty Rates Surge in American Suburbs

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This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on January 13, 2014.

When President Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" fifty years ago, images of the American poor focused on the inner-city and rural poor. What is the state of American poverty today? Megan Thompson reports on the less visible but growing number of poor in America's suburbs.

Prison Town, USA: Economic Decision Making

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This lesson plan is designed to be used in conjunction with the film Prison Town, USA, which tells the story of a small town (Susanville, California) that tries to resuscitate its economy by hosting a prison. This lesson explores factors that influence economic decision making at both the individual and community levels.

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.