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Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 1, Markets: Do They Serve Our Needs?
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 1 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins

The return of U.S. troops from overseas following World War II created a massive demand for cheap housing. Rising labor and energy costs in the United States in the '60s and '70s forced domestic steel manufacturer NUCOR to find ways to lower production costs. In 2009, rookie pitcher phenomenon Stephen Strasburg si...

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 1 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins
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Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 2, The Firm: How Can It Keep Costs Down?
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 2 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins

In 1980, Coca Cola replaced sugar with high fructose corn extract in order to alleviate higher production costs. In 1963, Studebaker closed its plant, unable to increase sales and take advantage of assembly line production. In the new century, printing and publishing company Printpod, Inc. avoided increasing domes...

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 2 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins
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Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 3, Supply and Demand: What Sets the Price?
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 3 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 29 mins

A two-year drought in California in the 1970s motivated areas such as Marin County to conserve by reducing their water consumption by as much as 66 percent. Following the Arab oil embargoes of 1973, the Nixon administration latched onto the world price of "new" oil, encouraging domestic oil suppliers to drill agai...

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 3 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 29 mins
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Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 4, Perfect Competition & Inelastic Demand: Can the Farmer Make a Profit?
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 4 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins

Farmers lured into producing massive food surpluses for WWI could no longer profit when the war ended and demand plummeted. After 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to improve the conditions of farmers via policies in his New Deal plan. Government subsidies later allowed for corporate ownership of a majo...

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 4 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins
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Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 5, Economic Efficiency: What Price Controls?
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 5 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins

In preparation for WWII, the Roosevelt administration instituted wage price and price controls to curb inflation and better focus production on war materials. When the Nixon administration set up price controls for beef, farmers attempted to stifle the supply by withholding animals from the markets. Following WWII...

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 5 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins
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Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 6, Monopoly: Who's In Control?
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 6 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins

In 1890, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act broke up the monopoly that John D. Rockefeller and his company, Standard Oil, had on the oil industry. In 1914, the federal government was sold on the concept of universal telephone service provided by Ma Bell, a monopoly that was ended by the development of a new technology. In...

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 6 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins
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Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 7, Oligopolies: Whatever Happened to Price Competition?
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 7 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins

Competition with General Motors eventually rendered Ford's single-option Model-T obsolete. In 1959, a reporter for the Knoxville News-Sentinel discovered a price-fixing scandal between three big-name electric companies in each of their closed bids to the Tennessee Valley Authority. In the late 1970s, President Jim...

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 7 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins
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Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 8, Pollution and the Environment: How Much is a Clean Environment Worth?
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 8 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins

In 1977, the federal court system told the Reserve Mining Company to build a $400 million disposal site for carcinogenic materials. After 1970, Los Angeles was looking for a broad-ranging smog-reduction policy to reflect recently amended Clean Air Act standards. In 2009, the House of Representatives introduced the...

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 8 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins
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Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 9, Labor and Management: How Do They Come to Terms?
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 9 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins

The International Ladies Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) strike in the early 1900s was inspired by poor working conditions and low wages. In 1984, Congress bailed out the Chrysler Auto company after Chairman Lee Iaccoca and Douglas Fraser, chief of the United Auto Workers, came to an agreement. Why does Walmart cho...

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 9 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins
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Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 10, Profits and Interest: How Do You Get the Best Return?
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 10 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins

In response to rising interest rates in the 1970s, the Maryland legislature raised usury ceilings so that more home loans would be available. In December of 1980 Apple Computers went public, affirming four years of hard work with substantial compensation for its founders. Pharmaceutical companies invest millions i...

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 10 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins
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