• Taxes & Smuggling – Prelude to Revolution: Crash Course US History #6
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    Taxes & Smuggling – Prelude to Revolution: Crash Course US History #6

    Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course: US History, and today we begin discussing the American Revolution. So two things to keep in mind here: One, the American Revolution and the American War for Independence are not the same thing. And two, while I know this will upset some of you, the American Revolution was not really about taxes. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! It was about tea, right? Also, it was not about tea. The Boston Tea party was about taxes and our God-given right to smuggle. It’s a little confusing, me from the past, but that’s why Crash Course is here! [Theme Music] So as you’ll recall, the…

  • A Little job advice from Bill & Jen with Cuquis Robledo
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    A Little job advice from Bill & Jen with Cuquis Robledo

    JENNIFER: So I think it’s really tough to be a Little Person (LP) in the job force. I think it’s important for, I think the LP community as a whole to, to really not undervalue our capabilities and the things that we can do with our careers. Hi, my name is Cuquis Robledo and today I wanna talk about an issue that is very personal to me. As you may have noticed, I am a Little Person. Specifically, I have otherwise known as S.E.M.D. for short. Because of our short stature, some Little People are sometimes stuck in jobs that reflect our short size predominantly. These include jobs such as,…

  • What did democracy really mean in Athens? – Melissa Schwartzberg
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    What did democracy really mean in Athens? – Melissa Schwartzberg

    Hey, congratulations! You’ve just won the lottery, only the prize isn’t cash or a luxury cruise. It’s a position in your country’s national legislature. And you aren’t the only lucky winner. All of your fellow lawmakers were chosen in the same way. This might strike you as a strange way to run a government, let alone a democracy. Elections are the epitome of democracy, right? Well, the ancient Athenians who coined the word had another view. In fact, elections only played a small role in Athenian democracy, with most offices filled by random lottery from a pool of citizen volunteers. Unlike the representative democracies common today, where voters elect leaders…

  • Strasbourg, naissance d’une Europe politique
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    Strasbourg, naissance d’une Europe politique

    Strasbourg – The birth of Political Europe Flags fly fraternally, side by side, for the first meetings in Strasbourg. The city which has endured great suffering, has become a symbol of peace. Mr Churchill tells the crowds in Strasbourg and people across Europe: Beware… I’m about to speak French! August 1949: Europe meets in Strasbourg for the birth of the first institution of political Europe: the Council of Europe. And on Place Kléber, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gets a hero’s welcome. Europe has become a reality! There were huge crowds and a real hope that this was the start of reconciliation. People hoped there would never be war…