Geography

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.

Yellowstone Gate | Ken Burns: The National Parks

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Ranger Shelton Johnson talks about the first time he arrived in Yellowstone and what he felt as he read the inscription on the Roosevelt Arch.

Designing and Engineering the Colosseum | Time Scanners: Colosseum: Chapter 2

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To learn more about the engineering design of Rome's Colosseum, the team travels to the city of Pozzuoli in this segment from Time Scanners. Pozzuoli's smaller, yet beautifully preserved amphitheatre is extremely similar to the Colosseum's design. The team explores the hypogeum, an area beneath the fighting arena from where the Romans staged the gladiators and wild animals before the fights.

A Defiant Day in Court for Egypt’s Ex-President

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This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 5th, 2013.

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi appeared in court Monday to face criminal charges of inciting violence. 

Lesson 4: Homestead Act Signed: The Challenges of the Plains

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The Plains were hard to live on. Many of the newcomers were used to living in villages and then walking or riding out to their fields to farm, but the Homestead Act required claimers to live on and farm the land in 160-acre plots. Loneliness was a fact of life. Settlers also had to contend, both physically and psychologically, with what to them was a wilderness. Each geographic area presented its own challenges, and the settlers learned to adapt to the environment.

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.

Grand Tetons | Ken Burns: The National Parks

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Writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams talks about what the Grand Tetons mean to her. The memory of the National Parks and the tradition families have of going to them is strong and linked by many personal stories.

Underground Discovery | Time Scanners: Petra

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See how modern technology reveals an ancient discovery in the city of Petra in this clip from Time Scanners. First, the team uses Ground Penetrating Radar scanners to collect data from the front of the monestary to find evidence of an exterior staircase that once existed. Then, as they analyze the data points from the GPR and piece together a 3D picture they realize there's an ancient structure hidden beneath the monestary.

During Climate Summit, Protesters Damage Ancient Peruvian Site

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Check out a controversial protest aimed at a climate change summit with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from December 15, 2014.

Archaeology and Artifacts in Nevada: Winnemucca Lake | Wild Nevada

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Nevada has a unique geographical history, in that most of the Great Basin was under water at one time. Winnemucca Lake’s shoreline was home to the Lovelock Culture about 1,000-4,000 years ago. The lake itself is what remains from the ancient Lake Lahonton which covered a large portion of Nevada about 13,000 years ago. The concept of time is difficult to grasp, especially when talking about thousands of years ago. The idea of ancient cultures can be enlarged for students as they analyze images, videos, and text.

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