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'Breaking Bad' Star Bryan Cranston Steps into LBJ’s Shoes on Broadway

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Actor Bryan Cranston is best known for his role on the hit AMC drama, Breaking Bad. But he also played President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway show, All the Way. Help students analyze the arts with this PBS NewsHour video and educational materials from May 5, 2014.  For further background and materials to support student understanding of the issue see the Teacher’s Guide, Student Handout, and Informational Text in Support Materials.

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.

Saving Syrian Culture Under Siege

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Learn about efforts to protect Syria's cultural heritage with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from May 19, 2015.

Graffiti Artists Take to the Streets of Brazil to Combat Violence Against Women

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Brazilian street artists used the spotlight of the World Cup to highlight a problem close to home - domestic abuse. Use this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource to let your students explore this story from July 15, 2014.

Censorship Still Apparent as Cuba Forges Place in the Art World

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Explore the challenges facing Cuban artists with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from June 30, 2015.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Brings Back Beloved Characters and Record Ticket Sales | PBS NewsHour

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Discuss the factors that make the "Star Wars" franchise such a success with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from December 17, 2015.

Will Development Overshadow Myanmar’s Rich Cultural History?

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Let students learn about the culture of Myanmar and its attempts at modernization with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resources from April 17, 2014. There is no urban landscape like Myanmar’s Yangon city in the world. Largely isolated from the rest of the world for decades, Myanmar's capital city has been frozen in time, filled with temples and grand buildings from the colonial era. But as the country embraces a more open society, how will it manage to preserve its past while building its future? For further background and materials to support student understanding of the issue see the Teacher’s Guide, Student Handout, and Informational Text in Support Materials below.

Talk with Your Students about Aretha Franklin: They All Know the Queen of Soul | PBS NewsHour

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Read the summary below, first. Then watch the video and answer the discussion questions in our support materials. 

Teaching tip: To help students follow along, have them read the story's transcript. To learn more about Aretha Franklin's life, read this story and check back for updates in the coming days.

Summary:

On August 16, 2018, legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ died of cancer at her home in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 76. Over the course of a seven-decade music career, Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and had 17 top hits with songs like Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Say a Little Prayer. Franklin fought for civil rights throughout her life and was given an award by Martin Luther King in 1968. She sang at King’s funeral just two months later. In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In November 2015, NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill (who passed away in November 2016) interviewed Franklin after an event at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. Franklin had just been awarded the “Portrait of a Nation” prize. 

August 16, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

Chinese Artist Creates New Terra-Cotta Army

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In the 1970s, Chinese farmers discovered hundreds of warrior statues made of terra cotta in an ancient burial chamber that had been around for thousands of years. Those so-called "terra-cotta warriors" have toured the world's museums and fascinated anthropologists for decades, and now a Chinese artist is crafting a new army of terra-cotta warriors for future generations to unearth. Video and teacher's guide from PBS NewsHour Extra.

3D Technology Rebuilds Artifacts Destroyed by ISIS

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Learn about the 3D solution to ancient artifacts stolen and destroyed by ISIS with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from August 23, 2015.

The Re-Creation of the Globe Theater

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Learn about the re-creation of Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London and consider how architecture can affect the craft of performance.

Picasso, Matisse Masterpieces Uncovered in Munich after 70 Years in Hiding

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This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 7th, 2013.

A trove of art valued at $1.4 billion were recovered after being hidden in a Munich apartment for more than 70 years. 

'Theater of War' Brings Hope to Wounded Soldiers

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A new concept that uses acting and the theater to help unlock the inner grief and suffering that many soldiers bring back from war zones is catching on.

Consumers Speak Up on Net Neutrality

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Discover how the net neutrality debate could affect consumers with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from September 15, 2014.

Scientists Develop Ebola-fighting Robots

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Dive into the technology scientists are developing to fight viruses with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from March 26, 2015.

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