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  • In the Grass, On the Reef. Image of sun setting on lake among tall grass.

    In the Grass, On the Reef

    In the Grass, On the Reef is a new series about coastal ecosystems and their role in sheltering commercially important crabs and fish, cleaning the water, preventing erosion, and ultimately aiding in keeping marine habitats healthy.

  • BADIE Benefits of Audio Description in Education. A young girl wearing glasses sits in front of a computer using a braille device.

    2016 BADIE Contest Offers Prizes for Students and Teachers

    2016 BADIE Contest Offers Prizes for Students and Teachers We’re excited to announce the 2016 BADIE contest! The Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) is a contest for students who watch educational videos with description soundtracks and then provide a review of their experience. BADIE is presented by The American Council of the Blind's (ACB) Audio Description Project and the DCMP.

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New Media Releases

  • Image from Bee The Change

    Bee The Change - 2013 - 17 minutes

    For John Hernandez and his family, political and economic changes in Chile have greatly benefitted their successful beekeeping business. In 2005, a worldwide die off of the bee population jeopardized one-third of the world's crop production and challenged their business. Ultimately it became a blessing in disguise as John, using newly learned techniques, kept his bees healthy and expanded into selling queen bees to other countries. Veronica Crerzo's family is taking advantage of the changes as well. Her recently formed microfactory is part of a Chilean effort to further lower the poverty rate in the country.

  • Image from Unintended Consequences: Eminent Domain

    Unintended Consequences: Eminent Domain - 2007 - 17 minutes

    In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court took on the most important property rights case in history. The Kelo case pitted homeowners in New London, CT against city officials who wanted to use the power of eminent domain to redevelop the area in the hope of creating jobs and increasing tax revenues. The homeowners resisted, arguing that eminent domain power should only be used for public projects like roads and schools. Ultimately, however, the Supreme Court upheld the city's right to turn over the homeowners' property to private land developers. The controversial Kelo v. New London decision sparked a nationwide debate about the importance of property rights that continues today.

  • Image from Energy Solutions: Who Chooses?

    Energy Solutions: Who Chooses? - 2015 - 18 minutes

    Atterwasch is a small village in Germany and is slated for demolition. It's a casualty of Germany's Energiewende, the most ambitious transformation of a country's energy sector ever attempted. Germany's plan to shut down all their nuclear reactors has had other unintended consequences as well, most notably increased burning of brown coal, the direct cause of Atterwasch's plight. Scholar Johan Norberg explores the Energiewende, along with other world energy issues like ethanol and fracking, both of which have also had consequences not anticipated.

  • Image from Escape!

    Escape! - 2014 - 16 minutes

    To feed his family in North Korea, Dae Sung Kim illegally traded goods across the border with China, and was put on a government watch list. To save himself, he had to flee south. Life in South Korea was much different. In North Korea, there were times he went without food for a whole week. In South Korea, he found plentiful food and a place where people had bigger dreams. Dae Sung Kim became a venture capitalist for other North Korean refugees, helping them start businesses and transform their dreams into reality.

  • Image from Food Truck Roadblock

    Food Truck Roadblock - 2014 - 13 minutes

    Why would a Chicago food truck need a GPS and tape measure? Chicago food truck owners know a thing or two about perseverance. They have to, in order to get their permits. They often find themselves mired in excessive regulations that dictate how they run their business. These entrepreneurs discuss competition, lobbying, special interest groups, and what may be behind the roadblocks they often encounter.

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