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1.

The Glorious Burden

Over the years, presidents have expanded on the powers granted to them by the Constitution. Watch as this video explores the shifting of power in the federal government and processes by which presidents are elected and assemble an executive team.
Online
2015; 2002
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Health of the Nation: Health of the Planet

What role should government play in health care and environmental protection? Listen to the complex issues surrounding inequalities in health care coverage and attempts to reform our system. Understand how the nation's health is tied to the environment.
Online
2015; 2002
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The Rule of Nine

The Supreme Court holds a unique position of power within our federal government. This video program explores the political nature of the Supreme Court, the process of hearing cases and rendering decisions, and the role of the federal court system.
Online
2015; 2002
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Balancing Act

Consider how involved government should be in attempting to control the economy. Learn what drives our nation's fiscal policy. Understand the delicate balance between government's economic constraints and a free market.
Online
2015; 2002
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Rights of the Accused

This video focuses on the rights of individuals who are accused of crimes, rights that are implicit in the notions of rule of law and due process. See how the rights of accused are protected, or are in jeopardy, in today's justice system.
Online
2015; 2002
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The American Experiment

The leaders of a new United State were faced with the challenge of building a basis for government that would avoid the abuses they experienced in the past. Examine the events that led to, and the key people involved in, designing the United States Constitution.
Online
2015; 2002
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Pressure Politics

Interest groups serve an important function in linking citizens to government and helping government remain responsive. This video program explores the variety of interest groups and examines the methods they use to influence change.
Online
2015; 2002
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Legal Precedent

The United States Judiciary is distinctive from the two elected branches of government in that it is both a legal and political body. Understand the different sources of law in judicial decision making. Learn about the pressures exerted on the Court.
Online
2015; 2002
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American Heritage

Discover the historical underpinnings and political traditions that have shaped the issues around who governs and how power is shared in the American system of government.
Online
2015; 2002
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The First Branch

Understand what motivates citizens to run for a seat in the United States Congress. Examine the factors that impact the outcome of Congressional elections and discover what it's like to be a newly elected member of Congress.
Online
2015; 2002
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Campaign Trail

This video explores the factors that lead to success for a candidate and examines the role of money and the media in that success. The program also examines the issues surrounding the increasing demands for campaign finance reform.
Online
2015; 2002
12.

The Most Basic of Rights

Freedoms of speech and press, as set forth in the First Amendment of the Constitution, are indispensable to the operation of our democratic government. Explore the development of these rights and how they have been interpreted and protected over time.
Online
2015; 2002
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Preserve, Protect and Defend

The number one responsibility of government is to provide for national security. Examine how our national defense policy has changed over the years. Consider the factors that determine the nation's defense policy decisions.
Online
2015; 2002
14.

Leader for a Nation

The ability of a president to reach his goals is determined by the relationship he develops with Congress. Explore the leadership strengths and weaknesses of recent presidents, and observe the delicate balance of power between the President and Congress.
Online
2015; 2002
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The Nation's Welfare

Social welfare policy involves efforts by the government to improve the lives of citizens. Examine the history and growth of social welfare programs, their impact on the recipients of the programs, and efforts that have been made to reform the system.
Online
2015; 2002
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The Fourth Estate

The news media in the United States has changed significantly over time, moving from a period of objective journalism to one of critical journalism. Examine factors that have led to the changes and evaluate the role and responsibility of news media today.
Online
2015; 2002
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Party Politics

Political parties emerged in the United States in the 1790s. Discover how the parties evolved over time and explore the issues that define them today. Consider the role of third parties and the growing importance of individual candidates.
Online
2015; 2002
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The Federal Workplace

Modern government would not be possible without a bureaucracy, which enables the nation to pursue large, complex programs. Examine the issues surrounding control and operation of the federal bureaucracy and listen to civil servants talk about their work.
Online
2015; 2002
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Government by Committee

This program provides an overview of the committee structure in the United States Congress. Examine the work of committee members as they consider bills in committee and use their political skills to move bills through the process.
Online
2015; 2002
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Voice of the People

Voting remains the central form of political participation for American citizens, yet voter turnout has declined over the years. Consider the history of voting rights in the United States and the factors that influence a citizen's level of participation.
Online
2015; 2002