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Gapminder,

Gapminder Foundation

Gapminder provides free access to statistics (usually gathered from the United Nations) presented in moving data visualization charts. These statistics aren’t boring—data sets flow over time and offer surprising insights into public health, trade, and other issues. Users can select states such as Virginia and compare them to hundreds of countries throughout the world, including China, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. Statistics track a variety of indicators, including income, insurance “uncoverage,” immigration, and “best teeth.” Users can watch a video tutorial, as well as videos applying the information to real-world scenarios. This website is particularly useful for anyone learning about graphs, public policy issues, and the relationship between Virginia and the rest of the world.

Developments in the Global Economy and Implications for the United States,

Timothy F. Geithner

Federal Reserve Chairman Timothy Geithner discusses the interaction between the U.S. and the global economy. One issue he discusses is the way that the U.S. dollar is used as a standard for other currencies around the globe. Speaking in 2006,…

C-SPAN: World Youth Opinion of the U.S.,

C-SPAN, Amar Bakshi

In this video, Washington Post reporter Amar Bakshi discusses the differences between older peoples' and youths' opinions of the U.S. Younger peoples' perspectives differ based on the experiences and exposure they have had during their…

Production and Value of Coal in Virginia, 1980-2006,

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Coal is predominently found in Virginia's mountain regions, particularly in Southwestern Virginia. Coal mining has become a controversial issue, due to both environmental and economic concerns. While some point to the harmful effects of both coal…