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Gator Farm | America's Heartland

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Cattle, horses, or pigs are usually what you think of when you think of livestock. Well, in Florida this farm raises Alligators. Take a look at this unique niche farm and how they operate. 

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport | Fast Forward

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There’s a lot to know about Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Sure it’s the busiest airport in the world. And yes, it’s within a 2-hour flight of 80% of the U.S. population. But perhaps the most important characteristic of this “airport city” is that it’s the biggest employer in the state with 58,000 jobs!

Food, Inc.: The Dollar Menu

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In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. In this clip, a family compares the cost of eating fast food to healthier options at the grocery store. Students should discuss the economics of the food industry and how the cost of foods affects their choices.

Georgia Olive Farms | Fast Forward

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It’s a little known fact that Georgia farms grew olives back in the 1800’s. But it’s becoming a much better known fact that this crop is making a comeback. Thanks to people like State Representative and farmer Jason Shaw, we learn why our state’s climate is so hospitable to the olive, creating a whole new industry. And while we’re visiting the southern side of the state, we take a ride on the Georgia Grown Trail to learn a little about agritourism.

Which Comes First, Hydrogen-Powered Cars or the Fueling Stations?

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Learn about the cars of tomorrow and hydrogen power with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from May 21, 2014. After spending more than a decade and billions of dollars on developing zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, carmakers are planning to release their models in California. But despite the state’s large demand for cars and tough air quality standards, California lacks a network of fueling stations.

Nascar Goes Green

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Discover how NASCAR has joined the environmental initiative and lowered their energy consumption. Analyze the cost and benefits of companies which have joined the green initiative. Teachers can use the accompanying lesson plan, "A Piece of the Energy Pie: Evaluating Incentives for Going Green," to have students conduct a cost-benefit analysis of green businesses.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Solar Energy Debate in Nevada Heats Up | PBS NewsHour

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Hear why solar energy has become a hot topic in sunny Nevada with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from February 27, 2016.

Do You Choose To Have Your Privacy Invaded By Using Tech? | PBS Idea Channel

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The recent Heartbleed bug was, for many, just another reminder that our information will never be secure on the internet. We feel vulnerable and hopeless in the face of a long string of privacy concerns, and many argue that this is an inevitable result of technology. But since our culture has wholly jumped on the digital bandwagon, do we as individuals truly choose to sacrifice our privacy? Or maybe the better question is, how much do we even choose to use technology? 

Global Transportation | Humanity From Space

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Humanity's ability to easily traverse the globe is a modern wonder of our interconnected society. After thousands of years of innovation in transportation technology, we are connected like never before.

Energy for a Developing World

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In this video, meet an entrepreneur who is bringing solar energy to Bangladesh. Since 1976, Muhammad Yunus has been dedicated to fighting poverty and empowering women in Bangladesh and the world. He recognizes the importance of energy as a factor in economic growth for the poor people of Bangladesh. In 1996, Yunus started Grameen Shakti, a not-for-profit company, to promote, develop and popularize renewable energy technologies in remote areas of Bangladesh. By focusing on solar, biogas, and other forms of renewable energy, Grameen Shakti sees a future where rural households will have access to reliable, environmentally friendly energy at affordable costs.

Trade Routes | Humanity From Space

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The international trading network connects us to everything our modern society consumes. With origins in China's Silk Roads, international trade has been a driving factor in connecting civilizations.

POV | Good Fortune: Lessons in International Development

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In this lesson, students will watch video clips and read interviews with experts that will help them examine different approaches to international aid and development and begin to identify which approaches are most effective. The lesson features excerpts from the film Good Fortune, which presents the viewpoints of two Kenyans who resist development projects intended to improve quality of life in their country.

Leadership on Climate Change: Can America Summon the Political Will?

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From FRONTLINE Heat, this video examines whether or not government leaders can summon the political will to address climate change.

What's the Value of a Life? | Braincraft

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How do scientists—and doctors—measure the value of a life?

Rolling Thunder River Company | Fast Forward

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We go to McCaysville to meet a group a people who claim their jobs are better than a vacation. They’re river guides at Rolling Thunder River Company, a white water rafting company where the employees, surprisingly, still use math to do those jobs. They also use a host of certifications to ensure customer safety. Oh, and being an Eagle Scout doesn't hurt either.

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