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BBC 4 "The Joy of Stats" | Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

Doctor and statistician Hans Rosling presents his interactive data on global economic development over the last 200 years, along with his predictions for the future.

Map Location: England

Comprehensive Questions

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Do you think Rosling chooses good comparative measures to capture a country’s economic wealth? Why or why not?
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In what ways does Rosling discuss economic inequality as a concept? What specific examples of inequalities does he show?
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What is his prediction for the future? Do you agree with his prediction?
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Multiple-Choice Questions

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Besides average lifespan, what other measure does Rosling use to capture economic wealth?
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According to his measures, in 1810, the two wealthiest countries were the UK and
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As Rosling points out, the gap between rich and poor countries was widest in which year?
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Al Jazeera | "Russian corruption 'out of control' "

Russian businessman Valery Morozov, who has been granted political asylum in the UK after exposing an alleged corruption scandal, discusses the institutionalization of corruption in Russia. Al Jazeera discusses the yearly cost of corruption in Russia.

Map Location: Sochi, Russia

Comprehensive Questions

1. For businessman Valery Morozov, why is corruption considered a "cancer" on the Russian economy?
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What do we mean when we say that corruption has been institutionalized as part of the Russian economy? How do Russian officials view bribes?
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What happens to individuals who do come forward with complaints about corruption?
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Multiple-Choice Questions

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What makes Valery Morozov’s corruption case unusual?
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According to Transparency International, how much do Russians pay each year in bribes?

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