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Modern Society

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Modern Society is on the verge of change. At the beginning of the 21st Century the world is facing completely new challenges. Faith in a brighter future is endangered, however. The welfare state is almost at a breaking point, the population is aging and the dependency ration is declining.

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Middle
High
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Social Studies
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60 min.
Modern Society

Faces of the Oil Patch | Howard Klug (Major Problems)

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Hear Williston, North Dakota city commissioner Howard Klug who explains that the city has two major problems: employees and infrastructure. There simply aren’t enough people to fill open service industry positions and positions with the city government. The documentary film "Faces of the Oil Patch" describes the new visage of the oil patch, the areas in and around Williston, Watford City, Tioga, Stanley, New Town, Parshall, and Fort Berthold;in the words of the people who live and work in these communities. The narratives and video are woven together with visual images captured by noted still photographer Wayne Gudmundson to show everyday life and the changing vernacular landscape of northwestern North Dakota.

How Could 3D Printed Guns Affect Gun Laws? | Above the Noise

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In the United States, the gun debate has been raging for decades. Gun rights advocates think there are enough -- or maybe too many -- laws restricting their second amendment right to bear arms. Those wanting more gun control believe that to protect people’s safety, we need the government to regulate who can have a gun. But what happens when technology is one step ahead of the laws? That’s the case with 3-D printed guns. It’s always been legal for adults to make their own guns at home, but traditionally, that required specialized tools and a lot of skill. 3-D printing, however, is changing that, making it significantly easier to make a gun from scratch. This has sparked both interest from gun enthusiasts and concerns about public safety. Host Shirin Ghaffary explores how 3-D printed guns are affecting the gun debate in the United States.

Teachable Moment: Who is Salmon P. Chase? | Fast Forward

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Learn more about Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury from 1861 to 1864.

Flying Cheap: The Crash of Continental Flight 3407

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In Feb 2009, Continental Flight 3407 crashed outside of Buffalo, N.Y., killing 50 people. The flight was operated by Colgan Air, a regional airline that flies routes under contract for US Airways, United and Continental. The crash and subsequent investigation revealed a little-known trend in the airline industry: Major airlines have outsourced more of their flights to obscure regional carriers.

In this video chapter from FRONTLINE  Flying Cheap, correspondent Miles O'Brien explores this trend and examines some of the many factors that may have contributed to the accident.

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.

Be Kind Online

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How do we act when we are on the Internet? Here are some good manners for when we are on the Internet. Use good words, not rude or bad words. Be patient with others. Sometimes others are beginners and are just learning how to use the Internet.

How Widespread Is Student Homelessness? | Above the Noise

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Student homelessness in the US is a tricky thing to quantify. HUD -- the federal government's Department of Housing and Urban Development -- controls most of the money used to help the homeless. But, that agency misses about 4 in 5 homeless students. Why? It’s all about how you define the term “homeless”. According to HUD, you’re only considered homeless if you’re living in a shelter or living on the streets. But according to the Department of Education, about 80% of the 1.3 million homeless students living in the US are couch surfing, living in motels, or doubling up with family or friends. These students aren’t eligible for HUD money, so increasingly, it’s up to schools to provide help. Host Myles Bess explores how homeless students get the help they need when different federal agencies use competing definitions to define who’s homeless.

Heidi Williams, Economist | MacArthur Fellows Program

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In this interview, 2015 MacArthur Fellow Heidi Williams explains her interest in innovation in health care and the unexpected role that patent regulation plays in scientific research. Williams’s work combines empirical observations and custom-designed data collection methods that offer new insights on technological changes in health care. Her creative approach and interdisciplinary understanding of regulatory law, biological science, and medical research, have allowed Williams to trace the interplay between institutions, market behavior, and public policy. This resource is part of the MacArthur Fellows Program Collection.

Is Your Social Status Making You Sick? | Above the Noise

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Financial inequality has been in the news a lot recently. It was the rallying cry for the Occupy Wall Street movement that began back in 2011, and it was at the center of Bernie Sanders’ campaign when he ran for president. This inequality creates what is typically called a social status ladder, with rich people at the top and poorer people toward the bottom. Research shows that your position on the ladder is actually one of the most powerful predictors of health. But it’s so much more than just how much money you have or how fancy your education is. It’s how you feel you compare to other people -- your subjective social status. We’ve scoured the research, looking at human and animal studies, to find out how your subjective social status actually affects your health.

Career Connections | Fiscal Analyst

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Ohio University budget director Chad Mitchell shares what a fiscal analyst does and explains how to prepare for a career in finance.

Wetlands: The Drain Game | Issues

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In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, farmers and developers would like to gain more acreage on their lands. In order to accomplish this they drain many sloughs or water sources. This not only effects their land, but effects the land downstream, leaving some unfarmable.

Wetlands: The Drain Game | What Can Be Done

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Although it may take many years and much work, through the process of conservation and restoration the people of Canada can get their wetlands back. The legislation can help by passing laws and providing incentives.

Wetlands: The Drain Game | Economic Impact

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Farmers have slowly drained the wetlands on their lands, over the last 35 years, as the equipment has gotten bigger. Farming tends to be done is straight rows and small patches of wetlands on land makes it difficult to do this. It effects wildlife and where the water is stored.

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