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CLIP: History and Significance of the Magna Carta
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts talked about the Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary. He spoke about why there was a need for the Magna Carta, how it helped to shape a young and growing America, and its significance today.
August 31, 2014 : 7 min. 56 sec.

CLIP: The Story of Hoover Dam
This 1955 film, The Story of Hoover Dam, explained the need to control and regulate the waters of the Colorado River. The film examined the 1928 passage of the Boulder Canyon Project authorizing construction of the Hoover Dam, the construction of diversion tunnels and then the dam itself, building of support facilities such as a steel fabrication plant for giant pipe construction, and creation of hydroelectric operations that provided electricity to California, Nevada, and Arizona.
August 30, 2014 : 5 min. 6 sec.

CLIP: Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" - Education
Ulrich Boser and Darleen Opfer talked about the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. They described the changing landscape of education and the impact of the Act today. This segment was part of a week-long Washington Journal series focused on the impact of legislation related to President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.”
August 18, 2014 : 9 min. 47 sec.

Teapot Dome Scandal
Phil Roberts talked about the history of the Teapot Dome Scandal, its connection to Casper, Wyoming, and the impact it had on oil production. The scandal was a bribery incident that took place from 1920 to 1923, during the administration of President Harding.
August 17, 2014 : 15 min. 5 sec.

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Bruce Berst gave a tour of the National Historic Trails Center, which recreates the experience of the settlers who traveled the four historic routes that passed through Casper, Wyoming. During the 19th century, Immigrants traveling the Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, the Pony Express, and the California Trail traveled through Casper in order to reach their final destinations as they settled the American West.
August 16, 2014 : 12 min. 35 sec.

CLIP: Nixon Resignation 40th Anniversary
Historian Douglas Brinkley talked about the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation and the impact the secret audio recordings had on his presidential legacy. President Nixon announced his resignation on August 8, 1974, and left the White House the following day.
August 10, 2014 : 7 min. 53 sec.

Reel America - Panama Canal Construction
A 1934 film on the construction of the Panama Canal.
August 9, 2014 : 7 min. 43 sec.

Universal Newsreel on Gulf of Tonkin
This Universal Newsreel segment highlighted the U.S. response to an incident between the North Vietnamese Navy and the U.S. Navy in the Gulf of Tonkin, located off the coast of northern Vietnam and southern China.
August 3, 2014 : 6 min.

CLIP: U.S. Conspiracy Theories
Kurt Eichenwald talked about his Newsweek article, “The Plots to Destroy America,” in which he examined conspiracy theories and the threat they may pose to U.S. national security. He argued that conspiracy theories had increased in “number and significance” due to the Internet and social media.
August 2, 2014 : 9 min.

Reel America - "Your National Archives"
This 1953 documentary explains the activities of the National Archives and Records Administration, including how documents are cleaned, how records are organized, and what kinds of records are stored there.
July 27, 2014 : 18 min. 52 sec.
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