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Is Cryptocurrency the Future of Money? | Above the Noise

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There’s been a lot of hype recently about Bitcoin and other types of cryptocurrency. Since 2017, when its value skyrocketed and turned a bunch lucky folks into overnight millionaires, there’s been a lot of buzz about Bitcoin and other types of cryptocurrencies. Some believers think that cryptocurrencies could even replace traditional monetary systems. But a good number of skeptics say that this new type of digital cash is just a short-term fad that won’t last long. So, are they really the future of money, or just a lot of digital hype?

Family Sweet-Potato Farm | America's Heartland

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Modern farming is a complex industrial coordination of crop yields, processing, packing, shipping, and food-safety certification. Travel to Matthews Ridgeview Farms in Wynne, Arkansas, where 21st-century complexity is built on basic principles of quality product and family heritage.

From Rags to Riches: The Story of Alonzo Herndon | Georgia Stories

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Alonzo Herndon, a former slave born in 1858 in Social Circle, was ambitious. He sought to better himself and ultimately became a millionaire in Atlanta. After emancipation, he tried sharecropping but realized his path to success meant learning a trade. He learned barbering and eventually opened his own shop in Atlanta called the Crystal Palace. The barbershop served Atlanta's white elite. Through constant hard work and investments in Atlanta property, Herndon became the richest black man in America.

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.

The American Dream | Segment 2

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Thomas Watson grew up poor in Central New York State. He began his career working in sales with lessons learned.

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.

Career Profile: Educator & Agronomist Catherine Swoboda | Market to Market Classroom

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Learn about Catherine Swoboda, an agronomist who develops educational programming for the World Food Prize Foundation in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. She uses her strong background in agricultural science to motivate high school students and teachers in and around Iowa to further Norman Borlaug's mission to alleviate hunger around the world. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries. 

Career Profile: Entrepreneur Alex Poltorak | Market to Market Classroom

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Learn about Alex Poltorak, an agricultural business entrepreneur who founded Urban Canopy, a company that works with Chicago-area neighborhoods growing food in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries.

Career Profile: Food Security Advisor Adam Reinhart | Market to Market Classroom

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Adam Reinhart is an agriculture and food security advisor for the U.S. government's Office of Food for Peace in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries. 

Career Profile: Commodities Trader Jack Scoville | Market to Market Classroom

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Commodities Trader Jack Scoville places trades for others at the Chicago Board of Trade in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries.

Career Profile: Software Designer Chafik Barbar | Market to Market Classroom

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Learn about Chafik Barbar, a software designer who helped design a way for an agricultural businesses to evaluate the risks of the commodity market in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Technology to Barbar is “taking a real-life scenario and trying to convert it into a piece of software that solves somebody's problem.” Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries.

Career Profile: Weed Scientist Bob Hatzler | Market to Market Classroom

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Bob Hartzler is a weed scientist who works for the Extension Office at Iowa State University educating the public and students about weeds in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries.

Career Profile: Animal Scientist David Patterson | Market to Market Classroom

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David Patterson is an animal scientist researcher at the University of Missouri in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries. 

Career Profile: Farmer James Petersen | Market to Market Classroom

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James Petersen raises livestock, grows organic, conventional, and genetically modified crops on his family-run farm in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education, and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries.  

Career Profile: Strategy Leader, Biotech Affairs and Regulations Jim Gaffney | Market to Market Classroom

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Learn about what Jim Gaffney does as Strategy Leader, Biotech Affairs and Regulations, for DuPont Pioneer in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Gaffney helps to guide new agricultural products through the regulatory process and to bring them to market in the most efficent way possible. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries.

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