Social Studies

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Cow Power

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In this the.News segment, Reporter Stacey Delikat investigates how one Vermont farm is using cow manure to lower its energy bills. She explains that cow manure can be an efficient and effective way to generate sustainable energy and provide economic stability to farming operations.

Commercial Space Exploration

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In this the.News segment, Antonio Neves reports on the Phezu Space Company, a privately-held outer space repair shop, to address the pros and cons of commercialized space exploration. He addresses what space exploration stands to gain, as well as the possible dangers of the privatization of space exploration.

Newspapers in the Digital Age

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the.News reporter Antonio Neves explores changes in the newspaper business. He investigates how stories are covered and delivered and what changes in economic models are necessary to secure newspapers' continued existence. Explore how the newspaper industry has adapted to stay relevant within the Digital Age by becoming information portals and utilizing social media.

Broadband Expansion

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Correspondent Eileen Wu reports on the FCC’s 2010 broadband plan and the potential impact on new technology and communication. Explore how technological advances have changed the world and the effect the Internet has on political movements. Examine the Federal Communication Commission's National Broadband Plan and the potential impact on new technology and communications.

the.dollar: iPhone Launch

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Follow the.News correspondent Stacy Delikat as she reports on the hype, impact and possible outcomes of the the iphone prior to its release. Learn how Apple's stock and the public perception of the company can play a role in the market economy.

Dollars & Votes: 2012 Election

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the.News Correspondent Thai da Silva investigates the fundraising landscape during the 2012 Presidential election in light of the most recent Supreme Court actions. Using the supporting language arts lesson plan, students will study campaign fundraising, analyze the development and influence of Super PACs and explain how Super PACS use rhetorical devices and persuasive appeals to persuade American citizens to vote for the candidates that the Super PACs are supporting. In the social studies lesson plan, students will complete activities to help understand the significance and impact of the 2012 Supreme Court Decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.