Economics

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.

Technology: How Companies Use Tech That Tracks You at Home and on the Road

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This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on January 24, 2014.

Smart gadgets collect user information so that they can adapt to individual habits and personal tastes. But as this technology becomes more pervasive -- embedded in automobiles, refrigerators, even fire alarms and thermostats -- many fear the ways that private companies could misuse private customer data.

Steamboats on the Red: A Monopoly Generates Competition, Manipulation, and Piracy

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In the Red River Valley, a monopoly developed in the steamboat trade, and two separate attempts were made to provide competition. The first ended when the competitors joined forces and returned the steamboat industry back to a monopoly; the second when the larger company sank their competitor’s boats. From 1859 to 1909, steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor.

Proposed Law Would Make Crowdfunding Easier

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Discover how a law could help people invest in startup companies with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from December 7, 2014.

Generation Like: Social Media and Self-Promotion

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Go behind the scenes to discover how a Hollywood celebrity uses millions of “likes” each month to promote his career and build it into something of value to other companies in this video from FRONTLINE: Generation Like. Ian Somerhalder is the star of the television series, The Vampire Diaries. Working with Oliver Luckett, head of the social media content publisher theAudience, Somerhalder reaches millions of people a month through content posted on channels like Facebook. Analyzing online activity, Luckett can tell how many people Somerhalder reaches every time he posts new content. He also can tell what kinds of products or brands Somerhalder’s followers like. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE Collection.

Global Economics: Is Ebola Fear Driving Up the Cost of Chocolate?

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Find out what effect Ebola has on global markets with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from October 28, 2014.

Surviving Year One | America by the Numbers: Episode 7

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Babies in Rochester, New York, are dying at a rate almost twice the national average. Learn about some of the possible social and economic reasons for that in this full episode of America by the Numbers. The United States ranks 56th lowest in the world for infant mortality, but studies have shown that mothers of color are more than twice as likely as white mothers to lose their babies before their first birthday. Explore some possible explanations for those findings, and witness the programs in Rochester working to reverse those disparities.

City OKs Radical Plan to Keep Families in Their Homes

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Help students understand the concept of eminent domain with this PBS NewsHour video and educational materials from September 20th, 2013. 

Infant Mortality and Toxic Stress | America by the Numbers

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Learn about the stresses faced by mothers in Rochester, New York, and the impact this has on infant mortality, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Despite the fact the United States spends more on healthcare than any other country, it ranks 56th in infant mortality rates globally. Experts have long connected infant mortality to poverty and its associated problems, but they are just beginning to understand that there could be a biological link.

Government Shutdown Continues and Tensions Between Parties Remain High

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

It is day seven of the government shutdown: thousands of government employees have been ordered to stay home without pay, national parks remain closed and tensions between Democrats and Repulicans have reached a new high.

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