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One Earth, Many Scales [electronic resource]

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Preparation for a NASA Shuttle mission provides the context for introducing key issues in physical geography and human-environmental interaction including Earth's subduction zones and human distribution patterns. The second part of Program 1, provides a post September 11th view of why the forces of globalization draw some places closer together and cause others to pull farther apart.
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2003
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Boundaries and Borderlands [electronic resource]

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Program 2 explores relative location with visits to the borderland societies of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. It focuses on a Mexican woman who makes nightly journeys across the border in order to support her family. Part 2 of Program 2, highlights the U.S. Border Patrol program, "Hold the Line," designed to decrease the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States. It concludes that a "spatial perspective" on behalf of U.S. authorities would be beneficial for a government policy that post September 11th, has become counter-productive.
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2003
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East Looks West [electronic resource]

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Program 4.1 focuses on Berlin, the capital of a reunified Germany and a symbol of a more unified Europe, revealling that the integration of East Berlin requires urban reorganization and economic expansion. Program 4.2 reveals several difficulties in diffusing democracy through Poland and the need for a spatial approach to the problems. In small towns and villages throughout Poland, the transition to Democracy is a difficult one.
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2003
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The Transforming Industrial Heartland [electronic resource]

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Program 5.1 documents the change in the economy of Liverpool from containerized shipping technology which reduced the labor force, to a seaport city that is the center of information and services for the region. Program 5.2 focuses on Randstad, Netherlands, as an example of a small, crowded Netherlands region striving to maintain its transportation connections while preserving dwindling green space.
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2003
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Challenges in the Hinterland [electronic resource]

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Program 6.1 documents Spanish Andalucia's struggles to move beyond tourism and agriculture to integrate with Europe's heartland. Program 6.2 is a case study of modern Iceland and its attempt to balance sustainable fish harvests with the social costs of not joining the European Economic Community.
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2003
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Changes on the Chang Jiang [electronic resource]

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Program 9.1 is a case study of Shanghai as it enters the 21st century on a wave of development, ready to reclaim its legacy as China's commercial center. Program 9.2 documents the steady growth of a township enterprise with three modern Chinese examples: rural vs. urban, agricultural vs. industrial, and coastal vs. interior development.
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2003
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The Booming Maritime Edge [electronic resource]

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Program 10.1 explores globalization and the effects of modernization on Chinese society. A Nike production plant in Guangdong Province serves as an example of a global production system that is bringing enormous cultural and social change to the area. Program 10.2 examines the factors that contributed to Taiwan's emergence as a high-tech powerhouse and its unique location as an interface region between Chinese technology and Western society.
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2003
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A Challenge for Two Old Cities [electronic resource]

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Program 11.1 contrasts Han and Muslim Chinese in the city of Lanzhou. In Program 11.2, the previously dynamic industrial city of Shenyang continues to struggle with modernizing its manufacturing infrastructure.
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2003
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Small Farms, Big Cities [electronic resource]

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In Program 12.1, Japanese rice farmers battle destructive weather in order to save their crops. In Program 12.2, the continuing expansion of the Tokyo megalopolis leads to ever-longer commutes and demand for suburban housing.
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2003
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The Mainland [electronic resource]

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Program 13.1 provides a case study of Laos emerging from isolation to join the global economy as an exporter of hydroelectric power. Program 13.2 documents the explosive growth of Ho Chi Minh City as Vietnam's has become the world's second largest rice exporter.
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2003
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The Maritime Connection [electronic resource]

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Program 14.1 explores how Balinese residents have developed strategies to profit from the tourist industry while maintaining cultural integrity. Program 14.2 contrasts social and economic programs which seek to build tolerance among Malaysia's diverse cultures with the violence of Islamic militants.
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2003
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Global Interaction [electronic resource]

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Program 15.1 explores how a high-tech infrastructure, a well-educated workforce and strict government repression have helped Singapore become a pre-eminent port and one of the wealthiest cities in the world. Program 15.2 follows the historical geography of Australia's shift from trade with the West to trade with Asian economies.
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2003
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Urban and Rural Contrasts [electronic resource]

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Program 16.1 explores the continuing expansion of the capital of India as millions of Indians migrate to Delhi from the hardships of the rural countryside. Program 16.2 visits rural India where irrigation projects represent the goal of obtaining a sustainable rural economy.
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2003
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Oil and Water [electronic resource]

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Program 18.1 investigates Egypt's limited natural resources, focusing on that nation's dependence on the Nile River. Program 18.2 shows how Oman plans to diversify its economy from a dependency on relatively modest oil reserves.
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2003
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Strength to Overcome [electronic resource]

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Program 19.1 describes a South Africa that continues to face many challenges in redressing the land inequities under apartheid.Asking how geography can influence the spread of disease, Program 19.2 reveals that AIDS has become one of the biggest killers in Kenya.
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2003
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Developing Countries [electronic resource]

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Program 20.1 visits the Ivory Coast, where the loss of its historically stable government has brought an economic downturn to this, the world's largest producer of cocoa. Program 20.2 provides a case study of one of Africa's wealthiest nations. Oil production in Gabon has declined putting pressure on the country's timber resources to provide a stable economy.
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2003
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Dynamic Pacific Rim [electronic resource]

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Program 22.1 documents scientific monitoring of the Tungurahua Volcano and government initiatives to evacuate or not to evacuate these areas. Program 22.2 views Chile's continuing economic growth concluding that it is strongly influenced by Chile's geographic location with the Andes on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.
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2003
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Regions and Economies [electronic resource]

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Program 26.1 shows the conflict over water rights between Native Americans and farmers in Oregon. Redirecting parts of the Columbia River has depleted the salmon fisheries of Native Americans. Program 26.2 traces the transition of American production methods to the lean production methods of Japanese auto makers now resident in the Midwest. Also examines how this transition has affected the location of automobile parts supply systems.
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2003
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Supranationalism and Devolution [electronic resource]

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Program 3.1 reveals that Strasbourg is a locus of power in an increasingly supranationalist Europe. It provides a case study of the freedom of border crossings within European Union countries. Program 3.2 is case study of the Slovak community since the separation of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It reveals that this former Communist republic is experiencing border disputes, ethnic tensions with its Hungarian minority and slow economic development.
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2003
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Brazil, the Sleeping Giant [electronic resource]: The Sleeping Giant

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Program 23.1 explores the expanding population of São Paulo, Brazil and the reasons why Latin America is among the most rapidly urbanizing regions in the world. In Program 23.2, an American scientist discovers new possibilities for sustainable development in the Amazon basin.
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2003