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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 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 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 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 14, Resources and Scarcity: What's Economics All About?
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 14 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins

Faced with dwindling resources, Congress fiercely debated whether to preserve 100 million acres of Alaskan land as a national park, or open the land for mineral exploration. World War II saw an unprecedented period of economic growth. The need to mobilize resources overseas quickly was palpable. In the 1970s U.S....

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 14 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins
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Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 16, Boom and Bust: Who Can Explain the Business Cycle?
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 16 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 29 mins

The nation's cycles of economic booms and busts were considered intrinsically capitalistic by Joseph Schumpeter who called them "methodic economic growth," and by Karl Marx who lambasted capitalism as inherently flawed. John Maynard Keynes held that recessions depended on the balance of aggregate demand and aggreg...

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 16 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 29 mins
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Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 17, The Great Depression and the Keynsian Revolution
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 17 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 29 mins

In 1932 President Herbert Hoover spoke enthusiastically about financial recovery while John Maynard Keynes expressed doubts. Keynes published The General Theory of Employment, Interest & Money in 1936, displaying ideas that later became the basis for public policy in Washington. Franklin D. Roosevelt did not gener...

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 17 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 29 mins
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Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 19, Inflation: How Did the Spiral Begin?
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 19 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins

In the 1960s President Lyndon Baines Johnson continued fueling the domestic agenda of his "Great Society," keeping a low profile on the Vietnam War. But the U.S. overspent and inflation bubbled over. Anyone living on a marginally fixed income endured harsh consequences under inflation, and workers' strikes only br...

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 19 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins
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Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 27, International Trade: For Whose Benefit?
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presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 27 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins

The U.S. auto industry lost a lot of mileage in 1973 with the rise of the more efficient Japanese imports. In the 1970s, the "trigger/price mechanism" was developed in order to differentiate between fair and unfair trade practices. Debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) included accusations th...

presented by David Schoumacher, 1935-; produced by Educational Film Center, in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, Unit 27 (District of Columbia: Annenberg Learner, 2012), 28 mins
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