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Why all world maps are wrong

Making accurate maps is mathematically impossible Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Interact with projections
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Where has this video been?  What a great demonstration of the "impossible" mission of map makers, and discussions about map projections!
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New U.S. Census Category Proposed For People Of Middle Eastern, North African Descent

New U.S. Census Category Proposed For People Of Middle Eastern, North African Descent | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The U.S. Census Bureau may add a new category to its 2020 form for people of Middle Eastern or North African descent. The category — called "MENA" for short — encompasses a broad range of identities.
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Heard this the other day and forgot to post- the article references the fact that with a growing number of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), there may be a new category of ethnicity on our 2020 census.  However, there is fear that this may lead to some sort of profiling.  What do they/will they do with our identification information?  Great food for thought. 
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Crash Course Human Geography Preview

Starting next week, Miriam Nielsen will be teaching Human Geography on Crash Course. We'll talk about what Human Geography isn't, and what it is. Let's tal
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Not gonna lie, I'm super excited about this!! 
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What does it mean to be a refugee? - Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-refugee-benedetta-berti-and-evelien-borgman About 60 million people around the glob
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Can't believe I've only just found this video!  It's a good one- loads of great AP Human Geography content.  Take a look!
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What Is The Ancient Religion Zoroastrianism?

What Is The World's Most Peaceful Religion? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0W-a8Ux0Do Subscribe! http://bitly.com/1iLOHml With Zoroastrianism on th
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A super cool synopsis of the world's most unknown influential monotheistic religion!  So many similarities to other, better known Abrahamic religions, and so much application in studying the history of the Middle East.  Also, the mention of the impact of globalization and secularism on such a small and relatively unknown religion highlights the contrast between the struggle to be like everyone else, vs the struggle to maintain local diversity. 
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Jamie Lee Curtis Reflects On Where She – And We All -- Came From

Jamie Lee Curtis Reflects On Where She – And We All -- Came From | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Actor and children’s book author Jamie Lee Curtis on immigration, identity, and what makes us who we are.
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I heard a portion of this on the radio the other day, and what I heard was spectacular.  She discusses a kid's book that she wrote, in which she tackles discussions of diversity, identity, immigration history, etc.  I'm going to re-listen to the whole thing, but a spectacular listen, if you get the chance.  It is a free download on iTunes. 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/on-point-tom-ashbrook-podcasts/id121534955?mt=2

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Momondo: The AncestryDNA Journey

Learn more about AncestryDNA: www.ancestry.com/s55735/t32468/rd.ashx Ancestry is proud to work with momondo's DNA Journey to help show the world that ther
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This video made its way across my Facebook feed the other day.  It is a powerful example of the inter-connectedness and uniqueness of individual identity, while simultaneously a reminder that we are very different, yet have more in common with our fellow man than we don't.  The polarity between globalization and local diversity manifests itself through the identity, and the revelation of these people's ancestry.  I was quite moved while watching this clip.  We may have a lot that divides us, but when I watched this for the first time, I immediately felt a sense that I am a compilation of many groups before me. 
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The Islamic Pilgrimage To Mecca Explained

What Does The Future Of Religion Look Like? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1qtTY0VdEY Subscribe! http://bitly.com/1iLOHml The pilgrimage to Mecca is know
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This is a nice little gem of information about the world's biggest annual religions pilgrimage.  Questions- How does this demonstrate characteristics of both global and regional geography?  What logistical problems exist in Mecca, and should the pilgrimage undergo changes in order to protect pilgrims? If so, what changes, and how would they effect the cultural factors and traditions related to the Hajj? 

For a complete documentary covering the Hajj journey from the perspectives of 3 very different Muslims, check out this spectacular video! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWhPSk5pfHg
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The Science of Overpopulation

Hank talks about the issues of rising global population. Like SciShow on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Follow SciShow on Twitter
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Not sure how I have missed the SciShow all this time, and definitely don't know how I missed this 2012 video about the Science of Overpopulation.  He discusses many of the implications of exponential population growth, as well has the roots of this phenomenon in the Industrial Revolution.  Hank does a great job in this video. 

Also, if you want another take on this, watch this episode of Crash Course Ecology, where Hank talks about how unnatural our growth rate has become, and why we have been able to accomplish it. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8dkWQVFAoA

Finally, I made a video about the Malthusian Theory that you may or may not find useful.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwwXQIzL-CE
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Unit 1 Test Review

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If you're new to teaching AP Human Geography, you may find something like this to be helpful.  Feel free to use my study guide. It is catered to my class's test, with each question represented.  However, many students could potentially find it to be helpful now, and later, when preparing for the AP Exam.  Also, it includes many links to things ranging from helpful videos, to vocabulary lists. 
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The Rise and Fall of Islam's Golden Age

Subscribe! http://bitly.com/1iLOHml Short Summary: While Muslim countries are now criticized over education and expression, the Golden Age of Islam wasn't
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Usually Seeker Daily does videos about contemporary issues, but this little gem looks briefly into the Golden Age of Islam, which can help geographers put a lot into perspective, especially since Geography was among the things studies by Muslims during this time period. 
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POP CULTURE: Taylor Swift's Legs & Climate Change

One of the most maddening sides of modern life is that the media always under-reports the crucial stories, while hyping nonsense. We could get enraged an
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It's hard to figure out the best way to use this video in a Geography class.  So many geography applications, but I think it leads its viewers to consider why we care about useless things vs things that many view can literally be apocalyptic.  The burden we place on our planet by adding so many human beings so fast, all needing a large sum of the finite resources the earth has to offer, is certainly humanity venturing off into uncharted territory.  But, Taylor's legs... 
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South China Sea Ruling: 5 Things to Know

China's South China Sea ambitions have been denied! The ruling by a United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea tribunal in the Hague said China'
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Earlier last week, before the tragic events in Baton Rouge, Dallas, and Minnesota (which totally overshadowed the ruling against China in the Hague), the definition of sovereignty once again was put into question.  China has been working to legitimize its claim on the entire South China Sea, by militarizing the area and controlling its economic productivity.  The International Courts at the Hague just ruled against their actions, in favor of the Philippines.  China, a champion of defending sovereignty, has now elected to ignore the ruling, stating that it is not a legitimate, or even legal, action.  This video helps to illuminate some of the APHG concepts of political organization of space, such as geopolitics, sovereignty, and globalization (or more specifically, the global consequences of NOT getting involved, as many fear that China could disrupt the passage of goods in that region, affecting global trade). 

Here's another video that discusses more on China's interpretation of the Hague decision.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nGpxLVG7RU
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Some Growers Say Organic Label Will Be Watered Down If It Extends To Hydroponic

Some Growers Say Organic Label Will Be Watered Down If It Extends To Hydroponic | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The National Organic Standards Board this week plans to decide if hydroponically grown foods – a water-based model of cultivation – can be sold under the label "certified organic."
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Interesting Agriculture debate!  Where's the line, when it comes to good old fashioned organic agriculture? 
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Environmental Determinism: Crash Course Human Geography #1

In which Miriam Nielsen introduces you to the latest Crash Course subject, Human Geography! Today we're talking about how Human Geography has been practice
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BBC - Today - The death of language?

BBC - Today - The death of language? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
With the number of languages steadily shrinking, what is lost when a language dies?
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If you're looking for material to get students to think of the implications of language and culture loss due to globalization, this article is a great, to the point read.  Also, lets not forget the Vanishing Languages article by Nat Geo- a longer, more thorough breakdown (links below).  Also, if you (like me) are always looking for a video, here's a great Ted Talk on the subject- one of my favorites for culture. 

I especially like the opinions listed at the end of this article.  We could have our students write their own 1-2 sentence justifications either for or against cultural diversity/globalization of language.  Enjoy!

Vanishing Languages
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/07/vanishing-languages/rymer-text

Why Cultural Diversity Matters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48RoRi0ddRU&index=35&list=PLjzsrA2l5DlmbXHcSc7-3yRYlFVzKVMnH

And BONUS- an opposing YouTube opinion.. How Language Transformed Humanity
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImQrUjlyHUg
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Colombia’s fragile peace, explained

President Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize – but Colombia rejected his peace deal. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO To learn more about th
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Here's a brief explanation of the conflict in Colombia, as well as the voting upset over the past week. 
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Why red means Republican and blue means Democrat

The major party color schemes, and the terms “red state” and "blue state" are actually a recent phenomenon. Subscribe to our channel! https://goo.gl/0bsAj
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I've heard this story several times in college and elsewhere, but strangely, I hadn't even put together just how recently this adaptation became ingrained culturally!  I mean, I remember the 2000 election like it was yesterday!  I have always found the change in the colors to be curious, but particularly, I like this video for showing the geographic and cultural associations with the colors "Red" for Republican, and "Blue" for Democrat. Great video. 
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How Did Latin Become A Dead Language?

How Science Is Keeping Latin Alive https://youtu.be/qT4XWxlnYdU Subscribe! http://bitly.com/1iLOHml While Latin's influence is apparent in many moder
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A great, short synopsis of the diffusion of Latin through the Romance Languages! 
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Why China and India face a marriage crisis

"What has lead to this marriage squeeze?  First, millions women have gone 'missing'. A generation ago, a preference for sons and the greater availability of prenatal screening meant first Chinese couples, then Indian ones, started aborting female fetuses and only giving birth to boys. At its extreme, in parts of Asia, more than 120 boys were being born for every 100 girls. Now, the generation with distorted sex ratios at birth is reaching marriageable age. The result is that single men far outnumber women."

 

Tags: gender, China, India, culture, population.


Via Seth Dixon
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6 Creative Ways Countries Have Tried to Up Their Birth Rates

6 Creative Ways Countries Have Tried to Up Their Birth Rates | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
How do you make people make more people?
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So much doom and gloom when it comes to discussions of population issues, that we immediately think in the direction of overpopulation and limited resources, but when we study scales of analysis in Geography, we must remember to tell our students that there is a huge difference between what happens on a global level versus regionally- and the fact is, there are some countries working tirelessly to increase their fertility rates.  Check out this link.  My favorite is the National Night video associated with Singapore- If you don't look at any of this, watch this video!  It made me chuckle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jxU89x78ac
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Pakistani social media star 'murdered by her brother' in apparent honour killing 

Pakistani social media star 'murdered by her brother' in apparent honour killing  | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A controversial female celebrity dubbed “
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This young woman in Pakistan was killed in an "honor killing" by her own brother, because of her risque social media persona.  She was acting very much like women do as mainstream celebrities in the US, but her images on her social media were considered outrageous to many religious conservatives, including her own family.   This story made international headlines a few weeks ago, and has served to make people aware of gender inequalities in South Asia.  Also, as somewhat of a small step in the right direction, this case was unable to be pardoned by the brother's family, a right usually held by the family in these cases, which would allow the charges to be dismissed. 
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A Father Vows To Save His Daughter From A Marriage He Forced Her Into

A Father Vows To Save His Daughter From A Marriage He Forced Her Into | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
He married her off at age 15 to a man in his 40s with a reputation as a heavy drinker. In his quest to undo the deed, he has started a revolution in his Northern India village.
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This is one of the most intense stories I've heard recently on NPR.  A moving testament of the importance and power of education.  I mentioned this in my recent video, in which I discuss the importance of divorce as a symbol of womens' empowerment.  I highly recommend listening to the audio.  It is powerful and moving, and highlights but a snippet of the inequalities that plagues women in India and abroad. 

If you are interested in my video, here it is as well!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KFxfgIuins
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A Father Vows To Save His Daughter From A Plight He Got Her Into

A Father Vows To Save His Daughter From A Plight He Got Her Into | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
He married her off at age 15 to a man in his 40s with a reputation as a heavy drinker. In his quest to undo the deed, he has started a revolution in his Northern India village.
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What a powerful story regarding child marriages, and the power of de-facto cultural laws.  This is the reason why education is so important in the most developing places on earth, including rural India (where laws prohibit things like child marriage, and dowry corruption, etc.).  I pray that this man succeeds at getting this resolved. I highly encourage you to listen to the audio for this article.  I think the most amazing thing is that this story, and the man's effort to rectify his daughter's situation, has led to a change in the culture of his home village.  He still has a way to go. 
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APHG- Relocation Diffusion Vs Expansion Diffusion

What is Diffusion? How do things move from one area to another? How can it help us to better understand human interactions across space? We discus
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Diffusion of goods, ideas, and people is among the most basic geographic concepts.  Understanding the difference between relocation and expansion diffusion causes confusion, because there are three forms of expansion diffusion.  I give it my best shot in this video- I think I did decent job at summing them up, and providing examples of each.  This video can be used as an introduction to the topics of globalization and cultural diffusion.  I hope you find it useful! 
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