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Striking a Balance Between New and Old in Havana

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Find out why the unique architecture of Havana may be threatened by new development with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from June 16, 2015.

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.

Is America on the Wane?

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NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman talks to Yale historian Paul Kennedy about the rise and fall of great economic powers like the United States.

Olympics Spur Protests Against Russia

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Help students understand the human rights issues surrounding the Sochi Olympic Games with this PBS NewsHour video from February 5, 2014. With the start of the 2014 Winter Games only days away, the president of the International Olympic Committee insisted that all countries respect the neutral, apolitical nature of the competition. That statement comes in the wake of international furor over a recently adopted Russian law that bans so-called gay propaganda. For a unit with four lesson plans on this topic please click here.

First Women Ever Graduate from Army Ranger School

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Find out why two women graduating from the U.S. Army Ranger School is significant with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from August 18, 2015. (Note: Students only need to watch the first 1:40 of the video)

Discovery of Catholic Artifact Raises Questions at Jamestown Settlement

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See what archaeologists uncovered at the historic Jamestown settlement with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from July 29, 2015. 

Indian American Comedian Discusses Humor and Race

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Explore how one comedian uses humor as a strategy to discuss race with this PBS NewsHour video and educational materials from July 31, 2014. In an interview with Hari Sreenivasan, comedian Hari Kondabolu discusses how he uses humor to tackle the topics of racism and colonialism in his standup act.

Why We Still Need Freedom Schools, 50 Years Later

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Update your students on the work that Freedom Schools are doing with this video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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.

Students Stick Around for Two Years of College at Innovative Brooklyn High School

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Inform students about a new trend in education: higher education in high school. At Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn, New York, students are expected to attend for six years, earning both a high school diploma and a two-year Associate’s degree. P-TECH, and other schools based on the same model, aim to give students from low-income families a head start on college with free, career-oriented coursework. For further background and materials to support student understanding of the issue, see the Teacher’s Guide, Student Handout, and Informational Text.

2014 World Cup Resources from the PBS NewsHour

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Use these resources from the PBS NewsHour to immerse your students in the 2014 World Cup. This collection includes videos, an article and a student guide.

Breaking Down the Iran Nuclear Talks

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Explain the latest from the U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from June 30, 2015.

U.S. Women’s Soccer Players Demand Equal Pay for Equal Play | PBS NewsHour

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Find out about the equal pay lawsuit filed by members of the U.S. women's soccer team with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from March 31, 2016.

Does Political Rhetoric Drive Anti-Muslim Fears? | PBS NewsHour

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Learn how recent political and world events have influenced life for Muslim Americans with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from December 8, 2015.

Tensions Rise Between U.S. and North Korea Over Nuclear Testing | PBS NewsHour

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Vice President Mike Pence visited the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea on April 17, 2017. The area is of high tension, because North Korea remains defiant in its development of nuclear weapons despite warnings from the United States and international community to abandon the program. At a press conference in Seoul, Pence announced that President Donald Trump has demonstrated his willingness to engage with enemies, like those in Syria and Afghanistan where the U.S. military has recently carried out bombings. “North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region,” Pence said.

April 18, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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