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Everyone is talking about the economy, but who can explain it? Award­-winning directors and leading economic experts team up for a surprising and thought­-provoking short­film series that tackles 20 essential questions about the U.S. economy through comedy, animation, music-dance, documentary, and scripted films.

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Everyone is talking about the economy, but who can explain it? Award­-winning directors and leading economic experts team up for a surprising and thought­-provoking short­film series that tackles 20 essential questions about the U.S. economy through comedy, animation, music-dance, documentary, and scripted films.

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16 Ratings
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seriously?

By bbrown4 - Nov 04 2014
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is this what it takes to teach people anything anymore? Is this supposed to be as immature as School House Rocks was? if so, great. If no, then oh..

Worth a look, wish they made more

By stmck - Oct 21 2014
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Very easy to watch these. Very informative and entertaining. Overall well done. We all have an important role to play in the global economy, it’s important for us to know more about our role. What I would have liked to see would be episodes dealing with retirement & 401Ks and with real estate & owning the “American Dream”. One of the reasons (one rarely mentioned) how the economy structured is so important and that we really can’t be too socially conscious is that we all depend on pensions and 401k’s to pay for our retirement, completely based on the ability of corporations to continue what they are doing and take advantage of our naivety. I also think it would benefit people to know that the idea of owning the “American Dream”, meaning a house, is really a marketing/advertising idea born just a few decades ago (well, in the mid 1900s). It’s an idea that went on steroids in the 90s and 2000s.

iTunes Ratings

16 Ratings
Average Ratings
7
2
4
2
1

seriously?

By bbrown4 - Nov 04 2014
Read more
is this what it takes to teach people anything anymore? Is this supposed to be as immature as School House Rocks was? if so, great. If no, then oh..

Worth a look, wish they made more

By stmck - Oct 21 2014
Read more
Very easy to watch these. Very informative and entertaining. Overall well done. We all have an important role to play in the global economy, it’s important for us to know more about our role. What I would have liked to see would be episodes dealing with retirement & 401Ks and with real estate & owning the “American Dream”. One of the reasons (one rarely mentioned) how the economy structured is so important and that we really can’t be too socially conscious is that we all depend on pensions and 401k’s to pay for our retirement, completely based on the ability of corporations to continue what they are doing and take advantage of our naivety. I also think it would benefit people to know that the idea of owning the “American Dream”, meaning a house, is really a marketing/advertising idea born just a few decades ago (well, in the mid 1900s). It’s an idea that went on steroids in the 90s and 2000s.

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We The Economy

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Everyone is talking about the economy, but who can explain it? Award­-winning directors and leading economic experts team up for a surprising and thought­-provoking short­film series that tackles 20 essential questions about the U.S. economy through comedy, animation, music-dance, documentary, and scripted films.

Rank #1: WE THE ECONOMY Clip | Top 5 things everyone should know about China's economic boom? - Annalyn Kurtz

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Annalyn Kurtz shares the top 5 most important things everyone should know about China's boom?

Oct 21 2014

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Rank #2: The Street

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How does Wall Street influence the economy? On the heels of the financial crisis, Wall Street for some has become synonymous with corruption and greed. Director Joe Berlinger takes us to the epicenter of the financial world – the New York Stock Exchange – to learn how Wall Street really influences the economy and impacts all of our lives.

Oct 21 2014

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Rank #3: City on the Rise

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What happens when jobs disappear? Detroit has been the poster child for the loss of well-paid manufacturing jobs, but this trend impacts communities all over the country. How does a great American city bounce back?

Oct 21 2014

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Rank #4: Fed Head

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What is the Federal Reserve? When Federal Reserve Chairman Rob Rafaelson awakes with amnesia only moments before a big press conference, his children, maid and intern must explain the Fed to him using the only thing handy: the children’s toys.

Oct 21 2014

7mins

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Rank #5: GDP SMACKDOWN

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How do we measure the economy? Two economists settle their differences- in the professional wrestling ring. Watch and cheer as Simon Kuznets and M. Joseph Meehan square off in a testosterone-fueled battle over how to measure the economy.

Oct 21 2014

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Rank #6: Globalization... Who cares?... YOU DO

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What is the global trade system? What does it mean to have a globalized economy? And is it good for us? Bob Balaban wrangles seven experts to break it all down as a troupe of comedic actors enliven the commentary.

Oct 21 2014

7mins

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Rank #7: Lemonade War

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How does Government regulate the economy? In an idyllic suburban neighborhood, Jerry (Patton Oswalt) runs his big business lemonade stand and has the market cornered - until ten-year old Addie (Taylor Buck) opens her own stand across the street. Competition equals war, and both sides use - and abuse - a government regulator (Mo Collins) to try and win. In the end, one special customer (Werner Herzog) will decide their fate.

Oct 21 2014

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Rank #8: Made by China in America

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Is China’s boom good for our economy? “Made by China in America” turns a cinematic lens on the interconnected narratives of everyday workers, leaders and business executives, and local community members in South Carolina, providing a nuanced perspective on China’s economic boom, version 2.0, and its promising impact on the U.S. economy.

Oct 21 2014

8mins

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Rank #9: Recession

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What causes a recession? Choreographed by Pilobolus dance company and narrated by economic historian John Steele Gordon, Lee Hirsch’s “Recession” mounts an entertaining and educational look at what causes an economic recession and how recovery is stimulated.

Oct 21 2014

6mins

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Rank #10: Supply Chain Reaction

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What do human rights have to do with the economy? As consumers in a rapidly growing world economy, we have an insatiable appetite for the next greatest electronic gadget, like smartphones and TVs. But can we consume cheap imported products without exploiting someone in the supply chain?

Oct 21 2014

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Rank #11: Supply & Dance, Man!

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Why is the law of supply and demand so powerful? A whimsical tale of love, dance and the economic concept of supply and demand. Bored in class, JONATHAN and KRISTIN are woken up by our friendly NARRATOR who helps guide them on an adventure in economics and... um... dance.

Oct 21 2014

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Rank #12: Taxation Nation

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Why is our tax system so complicated? Teachers have long relied on educational cartoons with catchy songs to simplify everything from grammar to government. Can a cartoon conquer a challenge like today’s tax system, with its ever-changing, 75,000 pages of laws? With retro flair, TAXATION NATION looks into how our tax system does – and doesn’t – work.

Oct 21 2014

4mins

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Rank #13: That Film About Money

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What is the real value of a dollar? You think that a dollar bill is money and that banks are where your cash is stored and safeguarded. Well, you’re wrong. Like, really wrong.

Oct 21 2014

6mins

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Rank #14: That Second Film About Money

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What do banks do with our deposits? You think that banks are where your cash is stored and safeguard and that a dollar bill is money. Well, you’re wrong. Like, really wrong.

Oct 21 2014

8mins

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Rank #15: The Foreign Aid Paradox

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Why does the U.S. fund foreign aid? The United States spends approximately $37 billion dollars a year on foreign aid - just under 1% of our federal budget. THE FOREIGN AID PARADOX zeroes in on food aid to Haiti and how it affects American farming and shipping interests as well as Haiti’s own agricultural markets. The result: a surprising study in unintended consequences. Think U.S. foreign aid is just a big giveaway to other countries? Think again. Often, it benefits farmers, manufacturers and shippers right here at home. But U.S. aid is always good for the countries we give it to, right? Well, it’s not so simple.

Oct 21 2014

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Rank #16: The Value of Work

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Why is minimum wage important? Heated debate over increasing the minimum wage centers around the unprecedented passing of $15-an-hour legislation in Seattle.

Oct 21 2014

8mins

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Rank #17: This Won't Hurt a Bit!

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Why is healthcare so expensive? A hapless patient journeys through the of labyrinth of US healthcare and is left with a headache and sticker-shock.

Oct 21 2014

7mins

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Rank #18: WE THE ECONOMY Clip - Do economists really do it with models? - Jodi Beggs

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Jodi Beggs discusses whether or not economists really do it with models, part of the WE THE ECONOMY series. Watch more at www.wetheeconomy.com and join the conversation at #wetheeconomy

Oct 21 2014

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Rank #19: WE THE ECONOMY Clip | Is Economics a science or an art? - Dean Baker

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Dean Baker discusses both the scientifc and artistic aspects of Economics, part of the WE THE ECONOMY series. Watch more at www.wetheeconomy.com and join the conversation at #wetheeconomy

Oct 21 2014

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Rank #20: WE THE ECONOMY Clip - Top 5 facts about a recession that would startle most people? - Jodi Beggs

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Jodi Beggs discusses the top 5 most shocking things about a recession, part of the WE THE ECONOMY series. Watch more at www.wetheeconomy.com and join the conversation at #wetheeconomy

Oct 21 2014

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