Geography

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.

Native American Boomtown | America by the Numbers: Episode 4

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Learn about the benefits and consequences of an oil boom for a Native American reservation in North Dakota. The Bakken Oil Boom is bringing billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to the state. Fort Berthold Reservation has more than 1,000 oil wells, which have brought a significant amount of that money to its Native American community. But it has also brought danger: organized crime, hard drugs and traffic fatalities.

Remembrance at the Memorial | Vietnam Veterans Memorial: An Alabama Bicentennial

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Victoria learns about what happens to the tokens of remembrance that are left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and learns what POW and MIA stand for. She then interviews the brother of a POW to find out more about the veteran's story.

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