Economics


  • Facing Rising Health Costs, Massachusetts Seeks Cost-cutting That Improves Care

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 20th, 2013.

    With an outcome of near universal health coverage for residents of the Bay State, the 2006 reform of Massachusetts' health care system has also come with higher prices.

     

    Grades: 7-12
  • What's Minted in Berkshire County Stays There: Finding Reward in Local Currency

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 9th, 2013.

    Berkshire County in Massachusetts has taken "buy local" to a whole new level by creating their own currency- the BerkShare.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Food Stamp Program Changes Lead to 'Staggering' Increase in Need

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 18th, 2013.

    Stimulus funds used to boost the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program during the recession ran out Nov. 1, meaning the growing pool of Americans who rely on food stamps will have to make do with less.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Poverty Rates Surge in American Suburbs

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on January 13, 2014.

    When President Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" fifty years ago, images of the American poor focused on the inner-city and rural poor. What is the state of American poverty today? Megan Thompson reports on the less visible but growing number of poory in America's suburbs.

    Grades: 7-12
  • One NYC Family's Struggle to Survive on a Fast Food Salary

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 6th, 2013.

    Between food, housing and baby supplies, Shenita Simon struggles each week to support her family of seven. The 25-year-old from New York makes $8 per hour and is one of the fast food workers nationwide advocating for higher wages.

    Grades: 7-12
  • City OKs Radical Plan to Keep Families in Their Homes

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

    Grades: 7-12

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