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News Video: Weekly Topics for Discussion
Common Core State Standard
L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
News Video for: 12/05/2016

Algorithms determine the price of plane tickets

The pricing of airline tickets might seem like a mystery but it’s actually an algorithm. Airline companies use a dynamic pricing algorithm that takes many factors into account, things like supply and demand and historical trends. That’s why your holiday flights will always cost an arm and a leg.

Class discussion: What is an algorithm? Besides airline ticket prices, how do computer programs control what you buy and pay for goods or services? How do programs designed to get the highest prices for sellers compare with programs to help buyers get the lowest prices? Which type of program is more powerful? Do you accept or fear the growing power of computer programs to control you life? Why?

News Video Archive

• Algorithms determine the price of plane tickets

• The right to protest

• Stephen Hawking says Earth has expiration date

• Facebook CEO responds to election critics

• Social media echo chambers trap Americans

• Self-driving beer truck makes first delivery

• Lab burgers take on cows

• Kids work in US tobacco fields

• U.S. accuses Russia of hacking, election meddling

• Why are NFL ratings down this season?

• Wage gap between white and black Americans grows

• Tourists rush to visit dying Great Barrier Reef

• Stop using Samsung Note 7 smartphones, U.S. warns

• Hackers target state elections systems

• What is Halal meat?

• US Army Falsely Adjusted Its Spending By Trillions Of Dollars

• Who ensures amusement rides are safe?

• Zika Vaccine Trials Have Begun, But Funding Is About To Run Out

• Apollo Astronauts' Health Issues Reveal A Hurdle To Deep-Space Travel

• Family Says Man With Autism Traumatized After Police Shooting

• Study finds Greenland lost 1 trillion tons of ice in just 4 years

• UAE Advises Citizens To Avoid Traditional Dress After Incident In Ohio

• Beijing's Consuming So Much Water The City's Sinking

• Philadelphia Just Became The First Major US City To Tax Sugary Drinks

• 31 Percent Of Americans Are Struggling To Get By Financially

• The '100 Deadliest Days' For Teen Drivers

• Judge Orders Release Of Trump University Documents

• How Screen Time Actually Affects Kids

• Only In Texas: This High School Is Building A $63M Football Stadium

• This Wisconsin Town Is Putting A Price On Bullies

• Most High School Seniors Aren't Ready For College

• Life expectancy declines for white women in the U.S.

• Politicians Still Don't Get The, Uh … Internets

• China blasts 'Zootopia' for pushing U.S. values

• The GOP Is Pro-Guns — Just Not At Its Convention

• Third Of Kids In The UK Spend Less Time Outside Than Prison Inmates

• Donald Trump says he doesn't condone violence, but . . .

• More Phone Scammers Are Calling Your Cell Because Landlines Are Dead

• What we can learn from Scott Kelly's year in space

• Mumbai Police Enforce No-Selfie Zones After A Rise In Deaths

• Apple's Showdown With The FBI Is About More Than Just iPhones

• Apparently, Teachers Aren't Sure How To Teach Climate Change

• Gulf Coast States React To Growing Cases Of Zika Virus

• Cliffside Homes Near Collapse in California Due to El Nino Erosion

• Oceans Could Hold More Plastic Than Fish By 2050, Report Says

• U.S. Blows Up A Huge Stash Of ISIS' Cash

• Newly Arrived Syrian Refugees Pepper-Sprayed

• The Healthiest State In The US Just Toughened Its Smoking Laws

• Hot-selling Hoverboards Linked to Dangerous Fires

• Obama: 'This was an act of terrorism'

• Why are millennials under the microscope?

• Bacteria evolves to defeat 'last resort' antibiotic 

• Students Nationwide Protest For Free Tuition, Debt Forgiveness

• Mars' atmosphere 'gone with the solar wind': NASA

• Here's More Proof That Sugar Is Really Bad For Kids

• Obama wants limits on standardized testing in the classroom

• Dietary Supplements Lead To Over 20,000 ER Visits Yearly

• Professional women's hockey league opens up play

• Schools Prepare Students for Emergencies

• School District Says Tag Won't Be Banned At Recess

• The Internet, Tech Companies And Obama All Stand With Ahmed

• Why Musk's 'Nuking Mars' Idea Isn't All That Far-Fetched

• Why Will Smith's New 'Concussion' Movie Terrifies The NFL

• Which college grads get the most pay for their degrees?

• Spotify's Mobile App Wants A Lot Of Your Personal Data 

• Critic slams EPA for mishandling toxic spill in Animas River

• CDC Says Kids Start Their School Day Too Early

• Schools Tackle Social Media

• Mass Shootings Bring Gun Control Debate Front and Center

• The Numbers Behind Obama's Push For Prison Reform

• Doctor Who Cheated Patients Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison

• Toxic Algae Bloom Causing Seizures in Sea Lions

• Pope Francis calls for action on climate change

• Italian neurosurgeon to attempt first head transplant

• Clearing your browser history could put you in prison

• Roads melt as deadly temperatures plague India

• 'No nation is immune' to climate change, Obama tells grads

• Migrants left to starve at sea in Southeast Asia

• The most trusted name in news punditry? Stewart

• Tesla unveils batteries for homes

• Turkey denies genocide in deaths of Armenians 100 years ago

• Flying mailman tries to deliver a message to the Capitol

• Contrary To Previous Reports, Facebook's Fine By Teens

• Does California's Water Clampdown Address The Real Problem?

• Facebook Building Plane-Sized Drones For Global Internet

• NFL's Chris Borland Retires, League's Future Questioned

• Solar Impulse attempts to circle the globe without fuel

• #TheDress becomes powerful ad for domestic violence awareness

• 'Modern Family's' Apple-Centric Episode Lives Up To The Hype

• Tobacco's Plain Packaging Deters Australia's Smokers

• Puerto Rico Might Start Fining The Parents Of Obese Children

• Restaurant hand-washing rules unnecessary?

• Bill Gates Is 'Concerned' About Artificial Intelligence

• Rich About To Be Richer Than The Rest Of Us Combined

• Why Is Everyone Going After Mitt Romney?

• Smartphones In Bedrooms May Cause Kids To Get Less Sleep

• CES 2015: The world's biggest tech trade show

• Stephen Colbert's Epic Interview With Smaug The Dragon

• UAB Axes Football Team Amid Financial Struggles

• Cable Networks' Different Approaches To Ferguson Decision

• Friday News Dump: House GOP Report Debunks Benghazi Theories

• Share a kiss and and 80 million bacteria

• Wired Cockroaches Could Help Find Trapped Disaster Victims

• Americans Keep Paying More For Slower Internet

• Free Math App Is A Teacher's Worst Nightmare

• Facebook Says The DEA's Fake Accounts Go Too Far

• Malala Yousafzai Is Youngest Ever To Win Nobel Peace Prize

• Earth Has Lost Half Its Vertebrate Wildlife Since 1970: WWF

• 'Daily Show' Joke Has One Direction Fans Terrorizing Twitter

• California's King Fire Grows To 80K Acres

• Monarch Butterfly's Numbers Fly Dangerously Low

• 2 Murder Convicts Exonerated 30 Years After False Confession

• California Passes Plastic Bag Ban

• Why Shanghai Subway Passengers Ran Away From Man Who Fainted

• Heavier Rainfall? Not Your Imagination

• University president shares his salary with school’s lowest-paid workers

• Fear of Ebola could worsen epidemic

• Colorado River drying up at alarming rate

• Australian Singer Sia Shuns Spotlight

• Truck Owners Blow Extra Smoke To Anger Environmentalists

• People Prefer Electric Shocks To Thinking Alone, Says Study

• Lucy Li, 11, Eats Ice Cream During U.S. Open Interview

• How A Nuclear Bomb Nearly Detonated Over the U.S.

• Study Suggests Fasting Can Be Good For Immune System

• Google Says Self-Driving Car Is Safe For Passengers, Pedestrians

• Iranians Arrested For Fan Video Of Pharrell's 'Happy'

• Wildfires Burn Thousands of Acres in California

• Drought-Stricken Texas Town Will Purify Wastewater To Drink

• House Painted Like The One In 'Up' Stirs Controversy

• Gallup Asks Americans Which States Are Best, Worst

• Why Isn't The K.C. Shooting Suspect A 'Terrorist?'

• Pakistan Drops Charges Against 9-Month-Old Baby

• Running Yellowstone Bison Not Predicting Eruption

• General Motors: Lawsuits pile up over deadly defect

• Clothing Company Eschews Traditional Models For Ph.Ds

• Louisiana Death Row Inmate Released After 30 Years

• Asteroid Comes Closer To Earth Than The Moon

• Ellen's A-Lister Oscars Selfie Broke Twitter

• What's Worse Than Losing? Winning Justin Bieber

• What Different Countries Pay Their Olympians

• Video Shows Police Raiding Home Over Credit Card Fraud

• Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel peace prize

• Cellphone Wi-Fi used to track consumers

• West suffers through record drought

• Chemical spill leaves 300,000 without drinking water

• Food, Crop Yields Max Out