Business & Economics


New! Elon Musk's Twitter Takeover 114 min.

Elon Musk’s long and often troubled relationship with Twitter. Musk’s journey from one of the platform’s most provocative users to its sole proprietor, exploring the acquisition, free speech and the company’s uncertain future.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

Is the Banking System Safer Than It Was in 2008?: A Debate 50 min.

When the Great Recession struck in 2008, it marked the most significant economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s. A slumping housing market undermined the value of many mortgage-backed securities, leading to the collapse of financial firms. Unemployment in the United States soared to 10 percent, and the U.S. gross domestic product—the total amount of goods and services a nation pr...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2023

Should the FTC Ban Non-compete Clauses?: A Debate 51 min.

In early 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. government agency that protects consumers from unfair business practices, floated a radical proposal: banning companies from requiring workers to sign non-compete clauses. These clauses, which affect some 30 million American workers, are essentially contracts between employers and employees that prohibit workers from competing with the bu...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2023

Has China's Power Peaked?: A Debate 51 min.

Since China's communist government began opening the country to capitalist investment and development in the 1980s, China has become an industrial powerhouse, rivaling the United States in manufacturing output and economic might. In 2000, China's gross domestic product—the total amount of goods and services a nation produces—was just 12 percent that of the United States. By the early 2020s, this f...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2023

Has Globalization Backfired?: A Debate 57 min.

In the 1990s, the United States and many other countries adopted "free trade" policies to eliminate commercial barriers among nations and create a more integrated global economy. Supporters of globalization argue that it has spurred trade, reduced poverty and income inequality, and brought the world closer together. Opponents of globalization, however, argue that it has lowered wages, gutted the m...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2023

Is Elon Musk Killing Twitter?: A Debate 51 min.

In October 2022, businessman Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, bought the influential social media company Twitter for $44 billion. Within weeks, he fired half the company's workforce, relaxed the platform's policies against hate speech and the spread of disinformation, and restored the account of former president Donald Trump (R, 2017–21), whom Twitter had banned for encouraging violenc...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2023

Age of Easy Money 114 min.

The role of the Federal Reserve’s “easy money” policies in the current economic uncertainty. From the Great Recession to the rise in inflation, the ongoing fragility of the financial system and the widening gap between Wall St. and Main St.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

Ruthless: Monopoly's Secret History 53 min.

For generations, Monopoly has been America’s favorite board game, a love letter to unbridled capitalism and--for better or worse--the impulses that make our free-market society tick. But behind the myth of the game’s creation is an untold tale of theft, obsession and corporate double-dealing. Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History presents the fascinating true story behind America’s favorite game.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2023

Does America Need a Digital Dollar?: A Debate 51 min.

Since the creation of Bitcoin, the first open-source, digital currency, in 2008, the use of cryptocurrency has skyrocketed in use. Unlike traditional money, which is minted and regulated by a national government, cryptocurrency, or crypto, is unregulated and free of government oversight. Digital currency has become so popular that central banks in more than 80 countries have begun the process of g...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022

Do Unions Work for the Economy?: A Debate 92 min.

Unions have played a vital role in American history, helping to improve working conditions and create the standard 40-hour, 5-day workweek. Since the 1950s, however, when one of three American workers belonged to a union, organized labor has been declining, dropping to one of five workers in the 1980s to just one of ten today. But unions may be on the verge of a resurgence, with employees at Amazo...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2022