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Above The Noise

Are Video Games Really Making Us More Violent?

Above The Noise

Are Video Games Really Making Us More Violent?

7m 15s

After tragic mass shootings, we often hear politicians blame violent video games, but the research doesn’t really support that claim. There’s little scientific evidence to suggest that playing violent video games leads to mass homicide or violence in real life. Instead the debate in the research field is about the role violent video games play on more minor levels of aggression.

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9m 49s

Understanding Anti-Racism

In the wake of protests against police violence and the killings of Black and Brown people over the decades, the term "anti-racism" is popping up all over the place. What is anti-racism, and what does it mean to be anti-racist?

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7m 49s

How Will the Coronavirus Affect Going to College?

If you’re in high school and plan on going off to college at some point in the next couple years, the coronavirus has put you in uncharted territory. Pass-fail grades, delayed SATs, and cancelled extra-curriculars can put a giant question mark on your college application. How will the coronavirus impact going to college?

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8m 11s

Survival Guide: How to Handle Family Stress

Family really getting to you? You’re not alone. Even as stay-at-home orders are loosening, you’re probably spending way more time at home than you’d like to be. This can lead to some family tension—especially between teens and parents. Myles Bess talks to some experts about how to keep the peace with your family.

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6m 53s

Coronavirus and Racism in America, with W. Kamau Bell

#InThisTogether is the new coronavirus mantra. But at the same time, hate crimes against Asian Americans are on the rise and black people are dying from COVID-related causes at alarming rates. We talked to comedian and CNN show host W. Kamau Bell to ask him if we're really "all in this together."

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8m 49s

How to Spot COVID-19 Myths and Misinformation

False claims about everything from COVID-19 treatments and remedies to how coronavirus spreads are popping up everywhere, and it’s hard to keep track of what’s fact or fiction. Myles speaks to a public health expert to answer some of your most burning COVID-19 questions, and also gives some tips on how to fact-check information you find online.

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5m 50s

Coronavirus: Why Social Distancing Saves Lives

To slow the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, public health experts are telling us to stay home and practice “social distancing.” Think social distancing doesn’t matter if you’re young and healthy? Think again. It’s not about you-- it’s about protecting the community. And in this Above the Noise video, we get into why it’s so important, even if you’re not in a high risk category.

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8m 53s

Is College Worth the Time and Money?

Schools usually say that college is the clear path to success. But is it really? With the cost of college rising every year, trade schools, apprenticeships and other work training programs could be a better option for some people. What do you think? Is college worth the time and money?

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9m 29s

Would Universal Healthcare Really Work in the U.S.?

Not everyone in the U.S. can see a doctor without paying a LOT. Some people have insurance that covers most costs, but not everyone. And if you have a major accident or illness, you could end up bankrupt. Other countries cover everyone's healthcare for free, but some people think that changing the U.S.' current system would cause major problems. Should the U.S. have universal healthcare?

Available to viewers in US and Canada
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7m 15s

Are Video Games Really Making Us More Violent?

After tragic mass shootings, we often hear politicians blame violent video games, but the research doesn’t really support that claim. There’s little scientific evidence to suggest that playing violent video games leads to mass homicide or violence in real life. Instead the debate in the research field is about the role violent video games play on more minor levels of aggression.

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9m 24s

What Will Happen If We Raise the Minimum Wage?

Minimum wage in the U.S. has been $7.25 an hour for the last 10 years. Raising it could lift low-income workers out of poverty, but it might also kill jobs and potentially hurt the economy. Should it be raised or should it stay the same?

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8m 46s

Should Teachers Be Allowed To Carry Guns at School?

Traditionally thought of as gun-free zones, some schools are now allowing teachers to carry guns in classrooms— an effort that is meant to increase school safety, particularly when it comes to stopping school shootings. But this move is sparking controversy nationwide, as many opponents question whether arming teachers with guns would actually make schools safer.

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8m 26s

Climate Change: How Doomed ARE We?

Climate change is THE existential question that humanity is facing. But are we too late? When it comes to climate change and our collective fate as humans on Earth, are you an optimist or a pessimist?

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8m 55s

Is The Electoral College Killing Democracy?

There’s been 5 times in U.S. history where the guy who became president lost the popular vote, but won the electoral vote. And two of those times were just in the last 20 years. And with a new presidential election coming up, there’s lots of chatter about the value of the electoral college with critics asking is it time to get rid of the electoral college?

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