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A Brilliant Madness
Game Theory [Text-based]

What do NYPD Blue, soccer penalty kicks, union negotiators, OPEC, and crying children have in common?

A Brilliant Madness
John Nash [Video]

A Brilliant Madness
Behind the Scenes [Video]

Producer Randy MacLowry describes his experiences making a documentary on John Nash.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
A Space to Play [Text-based]

An inside look at how casino architecture has evolved and how architects encourage visitors to gamble.

New York: The Center of the World
Online Forum [Text-based]

Experts answer your questions about the Trade Center, Manhattan's urban development, and New York's role at the center of the postwar economic order. Panelists include historians Niall Ferguson and Mike Wallace, Skyscraper Museum director Carol Willis, and filmmaker Ric Burns.

New York: The Center of the World
Interview Outtakes [Video]

Historians, journalists, artists, engineers and others talk about America and the postwar economy, downtown Manhattan, building the World Trade Center, and more.

New York: The Center of the World
Twin Towers Gallery [Image-based]

Browse this gallery of World Trade Center photographs taken over decades by Donald Lokuta and Camilo José Vergara.

The Alaska Pipeline
Construction Footage [Video]

Watch historic footage of the crews at work.

The Rockefellers
Krugman Video Interview [Video]

Princeton economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman describes the Rockefellers' relevance in today's economy. Eight clips.

Transcontinental Railroad
Durant's Big Scam [Text-based]

Compare the Union Pacific's Crédit Mobilier scandal with business scandals today.

Tupperware!
Generation T [Flash interactive]

Meet people who built their lives around Tupperware -- and the American Dream. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Maps

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Putting Las Vegas on the Map [Flash interactive]

Survey the Las Vegas area and examine highlights of its development. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
The Midwest Corn Belt [Image-based]

Farming related maps and charts.

Primary source

A Brilliant Madness
Nash's Autobiography [Text-based]

Get in-depth information on the role of genetic factors in schizophrenia.

A Brilliant Madness
Insulin Coma Therapy [Text-based]

Read some of the autobiography Nash wrote after he won the Nobel Prize.

Jimmy Carter
Anti-Inflation Program: Voluntary Wage And Price Guidelines [Text-based]

Carter talks frankly about a serious domestic problem.

Jimmy Carter
The President's Proposed Energy Policy [Text-based]

Carter urges Americans to balance their demand for energy with the need to conserve shrinking resources.

New York: The Center of the World
Construction Footage [Video]

Screen a Port Authority film documenting the building of the World Trade Center.

Gallery

A Brilliant Madness
American Nobelists in Economics [Non-Flash interactive]

Meet the Nobel laureates in economics who call America home.

Timeline

New York: The Center of the World
Timeline: World Trade Center [Text-based]

Bibliography

A Brilliant Madness
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Alaska Pipeline
Further Reading [Text-based]

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Bibliography [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

Edison's Miracle of Light
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn how electricity changed American life, and the world.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Dig beneath the city's surface to explore organized crime, the economics of casinos, the legal and moral issues of gambling, the history of atomic tests in Nevada, and what the image of Las Vegas means in American society. Read biographies of key figures in the city's development, see maps of its growth, and access primary sources from the era of atomic tourism.

New York: The Center of the World
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore the history of New York City, America's role in the post-World War II economic order, city planning in the era of urban renewal, and globalization and its consequences.

Race to the Moon
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Track the Cold War, the space race, the Apollo missions, the technical challenges of space exploration, possibilities for sustaining human life in space, or social turmoil during the tumultuous year of 1968.

Riding the Rails
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Research the Great Depression and explore homelessness today.

The Alaska Pipeline
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn about the world oil market, the search for oil, pipeline engineering and safety; choose sides in the debates between environmentalists and oil companies over drilling in protected lands; find out about the role of Alaska Natives in the pipeline; and talk about America's car culture and reliance on oil for many uses.

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Find out how one family, the Jordans, came up with a dramatic solution to hold onto their family farm.