Geography

Harriet Tubman’s Home Designated as National Park | PBS NewsHour

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The National Park Service recently made Harriet Tubman's home in Auburn, New York a national park. Tubman became famous by acting as the conductor of the Underground Railroad. She was born into slavery around 1820 in Maryland, and eventually escaped to Pennsylvania at the age of 27. Following her own escape, Tubman returned to the South frequently to lead other slaves to freedom and to leave instructions for others seeking escape, earning the nickname “Moses.”

March 6, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

Irrigating Machu Picchu | Time Scanners: Machu Picchu: Chapter 4

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Learn more about how the ancient Incas at Machu Picchu accessed fresh water in this segment from Time Scanners. The team of archaeologists, local guides, and structural engineers venture through deep undergrowth to find a water source. They laser scan the entire canal system to collect data and create a digital point cloud image to study.

The New Mainstream in America | America by the Numbers

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Learn about "the new mainstream" in America, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Guy Garcia, a social trends tracker, discusses the largest demographic change in United States history, by deciphering the latest census numbers. This change is happening now, and is caused by massive population growth for Latinos, African Americans, and Asians. The new mainstream will affect every facet of contemporary life—from how we eat, to how we vote.

Iñupiaq Whale Hunt

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This video, adapted from material provided by the ECHO partners, shows a whale hunt with Native Iñupiaq hunters. The Iñupiaq people have been hunting whales for thousands of years, and many of their hunting methods and traditions continue to be passed down from generation to generation. On this expedition, the crew successfully kills a bowhead whale. The entire community joins together to bring in the whale, butcher and distribute it, and then celebrate the hunt.

Pass or Fail In Cambodia Town | America by the Numbers: Episode 6

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Learn about a community that debunks the so-called "model minority." Asian Americans are statistically the most educated and highest income ethnic group in the United States. But Southeast Asian Americans have some of the lowest high school completion rates in the nation. Visit Long Beach, California—the city with America's largest Cambodian community—to find out why this educational crisis is happening and what people are doing about it.

Rockefeller's Move to West Virginia and Program Focus

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Examine reasons behind Jay Rockefeller's move to West Virginia and programs he initiated.

The Cemeteries of New Orleans | Genealogy Roadshow

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The unique above-ground cementaries in New Orleans, Louisiana, are as famous as the French Quarter. Find out how genealogists use cemeteries in their research, in this clip from season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow.

Engineering Egypt's Pyramids | Time Scanners: Egypt: Chapter 1

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Discover how ancient Egyptian building techniques evolved over a century in this segment from Time Scanners. The team uses laser scanning technology to learn how the Egyptians started by building single story pyramids that ultimately led to the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster

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Trace the events surrounding the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

Africa | The Dogon and the Dama

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The Dama is the rite of passage for the men of the Dogon tribe. Conditions must be just right before a Dama can take place, and in the village of Tireli, in Mali, it is the responsibility of the oldest man in the village, the revered "Keeper of the Masks," to determine the timing of the Dama. In this video segment from the series Africa, young men in Tireli feel suspended between boyhood and manhood because there has not been a Dama in the village in 20 years. There is a conflict. A spirit told the village fortune teller that the next Dama would herald the village elder's death, and so the old man believes that if he organizes a Dama he will die.

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