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This website for Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition integrates elements from the Annenberg Learner telecourse in an easy-to-navigate interactive environment, helping to advance knowledge of micro and macro economic principles for college students and high school students, teachers and administrators.

Long before economics became such a highly-valued topic of interest on every local and cable network broadcast—as well as radio, newspaper, magazine, internet, and blog sites—there was Economics U$A, an Annenberg/CPB telecourse, premiering in 1985 over the Public Broadcasting System. This 28-part series, accompanied by a textbook, faculty guide, student guide, and audiocassettes, offered distance learners an opportunity to gain college credit for an introductory course in micro and macro economic principles — via television. Economics U$A quickly became one of the most popular telecourses in the country, and has been so for more than 25 years.

Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition has been reconfigured in keeping with the teaching of modern economic principles, placing microeconomics first, followed by macroeconomics, and ending with two programs on global economics. The half-hour videos explore the history of economics in the United States from the late 1800s to 2011, featuring distinguished economic thinkers, policy makers, bankers, brokers, and large/small-scale business owners.

Former CBS journalist David Schoumacher narrates this investigative series — presenting three stories per episode. Interviews, archival film, and contemporary video capture operations in business, finance, government, and politics. Economic principles are explained by economists Nariman Behravesh and Richard Gill, who focus on a particular aspect of micro, macro, or global economics in each episode — from markets, to fiscal policy, to exchange rates.

This 21st Century Edition, released in 2011, highlights major developments in economics, both nationally and globally, showing, for example, how the Great Recession of 2008 has caused experts to consider the need to deconstruct previously ironclad economic concepts to make way for new lines of inquiry.

In addition to updated video content, Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition includes an interactive website that provides video program extensions, including: an economics historical timeline, a “fix the budget” simulation, multiple choice exercises that draw material from both the text and the video series, biographies of the series experts, audio interviews conducted by journalist Frank Stasio, and transcripts of the video and audio programs.

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