Social Studies

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Typhoid Mary: The Most Dangerous Woman in America (2004)

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In 1906 in America it was first discovered that humans could transmit typhoid fever. This is a dramatization of the outbreak and a profile of Irish cook Mary Mallon, known as 'Typhoid Mary'. Quarantined against her will, the story reveals the newfound power of health officials to protect the masses, often at the expense of personal liberties

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Middle
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01:00
Typhoid Mary: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America (1998)

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Seldom has society come full circle in the cycle of a disease- from illness, to epidemic, to cure. Polio is the 20th century's most notable exception. First appearing in the United States in 1916, the disease crippled tens of thousands of children every summer until it was finally eradicated by the Salk vaccine beginning in 1954.

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High
Length: 
01:30
A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America

Global Eating: Learning From Other Cultures (2003)

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What can we learn from other cultures about food and nutrition? Some countries share our love for food yet manage to avoid our epidemic of obesity. How do they do it? By studying how other cultures eat, we can gain some useful (and tasty) ideas to adapt to our own needs.

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Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:22
Global Eating: Learning From Other Cultures

Food: A Multicultural Feast (1998)

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One result of increased global trade and travel is that we all have multi-cultural stomachs. This video examines the multi-cultural origins of many foods and unearths a few surprises. Viewers learn chili isn't Mexican, spaghetti and meatballs is uniquely American, chop suey doesn't exist in China, and sauerkraut was a Chinese invention.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:20
Food: A Multicultural Feast

In Organic We Trust

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We can no longer stomach our food system. 78% of Americans eat some organic food, mostly because they think it's healthier. But is it everything it's cracked up to be?

This film examines the shortcomings of the certified organic industry. What does "certified organic" mean? Is organic food really better for us?

Our broken food system is harming human health, the environment, and our communities. "In Organic We Trust" looks beyond organic for real solutions.

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Middle
High
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01:21
In Organic We Trust

Farmageddon

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Americans' right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.

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Grade Level: 
High
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01:30
Farmageddon

League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis (2013)

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The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America's indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault as thousands of former players claim the league has covered up football's connection to long-term brain injuries.

Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
02:00
League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis