Economics

Economists Explain How They Missed Warnings

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Some of the nation's brightest economists failed to predict the 2008 foreclosure crisis and economic recession that followed. In this video, Economics Correspondent Paul Solman attends a conference of 10,000 economists and asks them why so few connected the dots in time to warn the public.

Do Knock-Offs Prove the Value of a Brand? | PBS Idea Channel

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Living in the consumer culture that we do, we've learned that specific brands can carry very different meanings and values.  The counterfeit industry is huge and isn't going anywhere, and companies spend huge amounts to dissuade people from buying "fakes". But are knock-offs really a negative for the brand?

Lesson 8: J. Sterling Morton

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Today, J. Sterling Morton is best known as the co-founder of Arbor Day. Living in Nebraska City, Morton carefully watched the growth of the Nebraska Territory through all its ups and downs. He did not believe Nebraska was a Great American Desert, but quite the opposite. He believed in Nebraska's agriculture, and the honorable work of farmers. It was estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.

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.

The Overnighters | Sleeping at the Church

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"We have people literally walking up to our door from all over the world." - Pastor Jay

Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay there despite the congregation's objections and neighbors' fears. The men become known as "overnighters," and community opposition to their presence soon reaches a boiling point. Filmmaker Jesse Moss unveils the human consequences of the oil boom in the documentary The Overnighters.

Rockefeller's Background Information and the Toyota Deal

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Explore how Jay Rockefeller's background enabled him to establish a working relationship with Toyota Manufacturing which had a positive impact on West Virginia's economy.

The Boettchers | Colorado Experience

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With a pioneering spirit and an entrepreneurial drive, Charles Boettcher became a leading businessman in Colorado, establishing The Great Western Sugar Company, Ideal Cement, and The Denver Tramway Company, before passing the business on to his son, Claude. Discover the rags-to-riches tale of one of Colorado’s most pioneering families, both in business and philanthropy.

The Overnighters | The Problem

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At a town council meeting, commissioners consider a ban on RV parking.

Chasing the American dream, thousands of workers flock to a North Dakota town where the oil business is booming. But instead of well-paying jobs, many find slim work prospects and a severe housing shortage. Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, allowing hundreds of men, some with checkered pasts, to stay there despite the congregation's objections and neighbors' fears. The men become known as "overnighters," and community opposition to their presence soon reaches a boiling point. Filmmaker Jesse Moss unveils the human consequences of the oil boom in the documentary The Overnighters.

Trail Town | Appalachian Innovators

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Examine how community members of West Eaton, PA and other towns along the Great Allegheny Passage are expanding upon existing resources such as railroads, hiking trails, and bike paths to increase economic development in their areas.

Community Comes Together to Help Homeless Students and Families | PBS NewsHour

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Homelessness affects more than 1.3 million students in the United States, and school districts receive money from the federal government to help provide students in need with basic food, supplies, and transportation to school. A school district in Kansas City, Kansas, with over 1,000 homeless students, has further partnered with a nonprofit called Avenue of Life to brings students out of homelessness by supporting the entire family.

February 16, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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