The training of the first U.S. astronauts take place amid political maneuvering and media hype.
Archeologists discover indisputable evidence of an advanced African society in the heart of Sudan.
Business mogul Richard Branson and architects Maya Lin and Frank Gehry learn about their ancestors.
Martin and Chris uncover an evil plot by fashion designer Donita Donata to capture Draco lizards.
Nature Cat and his pals are enjoying a windy day by flying kites in the park. But the merriment takes a turn when a strong gust of wind blows Squeeks' kite up into the sky with Squeeks still holding onto it! Next, Daisy is determined to find out once and for all if the legendary creature, Swamp Thing, is real or not.
The gang prepares a kinetic sculpture at the MIT Museum and visit the Montshire Museum of Science.
China is a global economic power. Chapter 1: Hong Kong, Economic Catalyst 2 min. Hong Kong is a key international center of commerce and finance. As a former colony of Great Britain until the offshore island was returned to Communist China in 1997, it is a linchpin for the booming economic growth within China and between China and the rest of the world. Chapter 2: Guangzhou (Canton) & Regional Agriculture 5 min. Today, there is a vibrant 100 mile long Chinese economic corridor from the island of Hong Kong that extends throughout the mainland Province of Guangdong, which contains the city of Guangzhou (formerly Canton). Among the 1.3 billion Chinese, there is now an historic mass migration of hundreds of millions of peasants from rural China to cities like Guangzhou in search of of a better life. Chapter 3: Shenzhen: Special Economic Zone 2 min. Guangzhou is located next to several special economic zones in Guangdong Province, such as Shenzhen, which allow foreigners to invest in and operate factories with minimal government regulation. With these economic incentives, a city like Shenzhen is typical, which has exploded in a few decades from a sleepy town into a city of nine million. Chapter 4: China, Recent History 3 min. Until his death in 1976, the attempts of Communist China’s leader, Mao Zedong, to build a new society were marked by many failures and terrible hardships for the Chinese people. The subsequent leadership very significantly changed China’s economic model towards less government control and more private enterprise, with great success. Chapter 5: Cultural Changes 2 min. Yet, almost half the population still lives in rural areas where life is far more traditional. Booming economic growth on such a vast scale inevitably has brought with it not only a rapidly expanding middle and upper class; but also deepening problems for urban immigrants’ living conditions, systemic corruption, the pervasive pollution of land, water, and air, and product and worker safety problems.
India is an emerging global economic power and the world's largest democracy. India has 3 times the number of college graduates as the United States, all of whom speak English. India is quickly coming of age as a global economic power. Chapter 1: Land Forms and Climate India has 3 seasons which are created by its landforms, shifting winds, the Indian Ocean, and the Himalayan Mountains. First comes the dry season, which is followed by the wet season with monsoon rains coming north from the equatorial Indian Ocean, and finally the cool season with winds flowing south from the Himalayan Mountains. Chapter 2: Religion and Caste 80% of the population is Hindu and 13% of the population is Muslim. Muslim extremists have used violence to try to gain independence for the Indian state of Kashmir, which has a Muslim majority. The Sikh religion also has extremists seeking independence for their region and faith. India’s caste system consists of distinct inherited social groups that define a person’s station in life. Social attitudes towards caste are more liberal in the younger generation, and in urban centers. When India gained independence from Great Britain in 1947, the caste system was abolished, but prejudices remain. Chapter 3: Economic Development After India gained political independence, the simple economic ideas of Mohandas Gandhi, India’s famous moral and political leader, launched the country towards economic independence. With the gradual relaxation of government control over industry in the 1990’s, the economy’s growth accelerated. Today India is one of only 12 countries in the world with a trillion dollar economy. The service industries, which include information technology, contribute to more than half of the Gross Domestic Product, followed by industry with 27 % and agriculture with 17 %. Agriculture still employs the majority of the population, in striking contrast to more developed countries, such as the United States, in which only 1% work on farms. Small or cottage industries” are the second largest employer, followed by the service industries, and finally heavy industry. The country’s economic growth has continued to be impressively high and consistent. Chapter 4: Environmental Issues India’s massive and growing population, though an economic asset, is taxing the country’s infrastructure and environment. India has 25 of the world’s 100 fastest growing cities; China has 8. Major environmental problems are air pollution from factories and automobiles in urban areas and deforestation, soil erosion, and overgrazing in the countryside. Pervasive water pollution is a problem, particularly in the sacred Ganges River which runs from the Himalayan Mountains in the north to the Bay of Bengal in the south, and along which about 350 million people live. Recent steps have been taken to improve this problem. With its enormous potential finally being realized, India is emerging as a very important nation on the global political and economic stage.
The Super Readers meet Little Red and Grandma and try to get Wolfy to stop tricking Littlest Pig.
Sally and Nick are so excited to go ice skating tomorrow they can't asleep! Boris the bear can help!
George visit Australia for an outback safari adventure! George searches for a mysterious creature.
The kids must decipher a series of poems to free Dr. Marbles and Lady Lovelace from a time machine.
Granny May cons Mr. Botsford into being her getaway driver as she goes on a citywide crime spree.
Celebrity gangster Al Capone's enduring impact on American culture is explored.
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