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Facebook Mood Experiment Angers Users

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Help students understand the controversy over Facebook's psychological study of user behavior with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from July 2, 2014. Many Facebook users were upset by news that the social media network manipulated incoming content for hundreds of thousands of people without telling them. The manipulation was conducted for a study -- published in a respected scientific journal -- measuring how attitudes were affected by either positive or negative posts.

Economist Studies Why People Cheat

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Is cheating wrong? Are some types of cheating worse than others? NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to a behavioral economist about what influences cheating.

Tech Giants Call for Tighter Limits on Government Surveillance

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This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 10th, 2013.

Eight prominent American tech companies sent an open letter to President Obama and Congress expressing concern about the way the U.S. government collects data online.

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.

Program Helps Low-Income Students Discover A Path to Top Colleges

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Share with your class how a collaborative program with Ivy League schools are turning the dream of college into a reality among the nation’s low-income students with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from September 12th, 2013. With rising student debt and soaring college costs that can top $50,000 a year, high-achieving students from low-income households rarely dream of applying to the nation’s top colleges, but one initiative is trying to change that.

Tough Job Market Hurting Older Workers

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NewsHour Economics Correspondent Paul Solman looks at the challenges older workers face trying to secure a job, let alone retire, amid the downturn.

For Some, Finding Work Proves Extra Difficult

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NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to laid-off business executives and ex convicts, two groups of people for whom job opportunities are especially slim in today's economic climate.

Recession Changes Shopping Habits

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As part of an ongoing series NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman asks the question, what will this slump in buying do to the economy and the workers that depend on it?

Freelancers Struggle in Changing Economy

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NewsHour Economics Correspondent Paul Solman talks to freelance organizers and workers about why they have made the choices they have and how they plan to survive in the economic downturn.

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.

Obama Moves to Allow Americans to Extend Canceled Health Plans

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This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 15th, 2013.

President Obama moved to keep his promise and put out a political firestorm by allowing people to keep their recently canceled health care plans for at least one year.

Proposed Law Would Make Crowdfunding Easier

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Discover how a law could help people invest in startup companies with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from December 7, 2014.

City OKs Radical Plan to Keep Families in Their Homes

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Help students understand the concept of eminent domain with this PBS NewsHour video and educational materials from September 20th, 2013.