Rodney Ohebsion

A Useful Education: A Course Designed by Rodney Ohebsion


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Contents

Biography

Business / Economics

Government / Politics

History

Misc.

Persuasion / Marketing

Psychology / Philosophy

Science / Technology

Social Sciences / Cultural Studies


Biography

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In 1947, Major League Baseball was 0.2% African-American. That 0.2% was one man: Jackie Robinson. 2

Roberto Acuna describes life as a farm worker decades ago. 1

George Westinghouse was not only an accomplished inventor and businessman, but also a good person. 2

Saburo Sochi was a very active man into his late 90s and even past the age of 100

The diary of roaring twenties teen Julia Park Trace 3

J.K. Rowling went from being homeless to earning billions of dollars through her Harry Potter franchise 3

Everyone thought that IBM would make lots of money in the personal computer business. Instead, they made nothing, and Bill Gates made billions. 2

The 80 year marriage of Ashraf and Mohammed Mohyeddin 1

William Kamkwamba somehow built a wind turbine in his Malawian village, using just scrapyard materials, blue gum trees, and bicycle parts. 3

John Murray Spear led an electricity-based religion. 1

Wang Lei overcame his extreme gambling addiction 2

Baseball player Chipper Jones 3

Basketball player Tim Duncan

Soccer player Lionel Messi 2

In the 1800s, Andrew Carnegie manufactured so much steel so cheaply, that he became the world's wealthiest person. 3

Madam C.J. Walker was the first black American woman to become a self-made millionaire. 2

Pablo Escobar was a ruthless billionaire cocaine dealer who tried to convince the world that he was a public benefactor. 3

Twins June and Jennifer Gibbons developed their own language. 1

Mike Sexton talks about the life of Stu Ungar--a card playing prodigy who was addicted to gambling and cocaine, and won and lost a fortune many times over the course of his career. 3

Thomas Edison headed an organization that invented a great deal of the modern world. 3

Engineer and businessman Soichiro Honda needed tenacity as well as skill in order to build his automotive empire 2

Oprah Winfrey is one of the most influential people in world history 2

Rapper Gucci Mane 3

American soldier James Joseph Dresnok defected to North Korea 2

Business / Economics

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Chipotle was a small chain in the 90s, and is now a $10 billion company taking on the likes of Taco Bell and McDonald's. 3

By selling a variety of items at low everyday prices, Walmart has managed to become the most successful retailer in world history. 3

The New South China Mall is the largest mall in the worlde--and yet, for years it was 99% vacant. 2

Economist Thomas Sowell on Basic Economics 3

After graduating from college, Jack Ma applied for 30 different jobs and got rejected 30 times. Then he created an online empire now worth over $200 billion. 3

Everything you need to know about how the economy works 3

Jeff Bezos describes how he started Amazon.com. 3

Currency on the Island of Yap - Second Link

Ariel Knutson describes what she learned by working at a high end restaurant 2

Why economists disagree 3

The Sega and Nintendo video game war 2

For several years, the country's two main pro wrestling organizations engaged in a TV ratings war. This war saw one company make it from a distant number two to a clear cut number one, only to pretty much go bankrupt just a few years later. 3

How Roland Macy started up the retail chain Macy's 1

Apple Cofounder Steve Wozniak talks about computing and the Mac 3

Two examples of complete determination, and what they meant to insurance salesman RU Darby 1

The World's Richest Man: Andrew Carnegie 1

How Microsoft became the world's most valuable company 2

Government / Politics

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A summary of the United States Constitution 2

All about Richard Nixon's resignaton as President amidst the Watergate scandal 2

The completely out of control 1976 Republican convention 2

A day in the life of a Congressman, a Senator, and a Presidential candidate

History

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In ancient times, one region built an entire underground city capable of sustaining a large population. 2

Here's what we know about the ancient and extremely violent ball game ulama. 2

An in depth look at the Spartans 3

Michelangelo created a forged sculpture in order to get his career started. 1

The time Michelangelo appeared to take someone's advice, without actually taking it 1

A poem containing one of the world's earliest and most popular diet plans. 1

In 1518, a "dancing plague" overtook a certain region. 1

How Otto von Bismarck used a card game to gain an edge in international politics 1

The Use of Currency on the Island of Yap 1

The Utah War 1

Henry Ford tried to build a Brazillian city in which he controlled every aspect the of residents' lives. The city, then known as Fordlandia, is now a ghost town. - Part Two 1

Honda Motor Corporation had humble beginnings, and went on to become an international powerhouse. 2

Gandhi and the Salt March 3

The History of Walmart, 1945-1995 3

The Montgomery Bus Boycott 2

Get a sense of what TV was like decades ago 2

The story of how NASA landed on the moon in 1969 3

In 1973, a Lakota Indian group took over the city of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. 2

Watergate And the Resignation of President Richard Nixon 3

A History of Microsoft 2

Farmer Cliff Young Wins the Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon 1

Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka talk about how they developed the revolutionary video game Super Mario Brothers 1

A History of the Sitcom Friends 3

Jeff Bezos explains how he started up the most successful online retailer in America 3

Watch Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduce the world to the iPod 1 and the iPhone 1 3

Morocco 3

Misc.

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The horse who could (supposedly) do math 1

Learning From Everyone, and Learning From Specific People 1

Learning From the Uneminent 1

Sufi folktales 3

Socotra Island 1

How Jon Stewart Took Over The Daily Show and Revolutionized Late-Night TV 3

Oscar Hartzell kept up the same successful con for decades. Even after being convicted of fraud, he continued to run the scheme and generate lots of money. Part Two 2

James Harrison on Maturity 1

A com artist who "sold" the Eiffel Tower 1

A fashion trend among chimps 1

The Development of Street Fighter 2 the Video Game 2

Liam McEneaney describes how he put together his first comedy album 3

Actor / comedian Nick Kroll describes his expereinces on the sitcom Caveman 1

Mistakes Indonesians make when trying to speak English 1

Oranges 1

On Divorce Attorney Bob Cohen 2

Arabian Prince on His Music Career and the History of Electro Funk 2

The Greatest Sitcom Episodes, Comedy Movies, & Stand Up Comedy Albums of All Time 3

Persuasion / Marketing

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Propaganda, by Edward Bernays 3

How Edward House Manipulated the Mind of William Jennings Bryan 1

Steve Jobs on Marketing 1

Otto von Bismarck's Treaty with Austria 1

F. Lee Bailey Questioning Mark Fuhrman 3

Cameron Craig - What I Learned From 10 Years of Doing PR for Apple 1

Direct arguments don't directly influence people 1

Three Feet & Fifty Cents 1

Steve Jobs Introduces the iPod 3

Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone 1 2

Psychology / Philosophy

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Body Language 3

Ego Depletion Theory, Debunked 3

The Dancing Plague of 1518 1

Placebos Work Even if You Know They're Fake: But How? 2

Social Contagion Theory 3

Science / Technology

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Thin underwater cables hold the internet. See a map of them all. 1

The Decline Effect 1

Smoking is good for you 2

Placebos Work Even if You Know They’re Fake: But How? 1

Thomas Edison headed an organization that invented a great deal of the modern world. 3

Steve Wozniak on Computing and the Mac 3

NASA's First Moon Landing 3

Social Sciences / Cultural Studies

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Lakota Indian Customs 1

Bhutanese Customs 1

Bhutan's GNH Index 2

The Kombai 3

Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech 2

The Amish 3

The Saudi Royal Family 3

An Oral History of the Steelers-Ravens Football Rivalry 3

Being Fat in China 1

The Celebration of Christmas in Japan 1

Currency on the Island of Yap 1

Tristan da Cunha: Life on the World's Most Remote Island 1

The Mayor Weigh-In Festival 1

The Ancient Sport of Ulama 2

Propaganda, by Edward Bernays 3

The Dancing Plague of 1518 1

The City of Villa Las Estrellas, Antarctica 2

Oral Histories

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Airplane!

Bring It On

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

Election

Friday

Ghostbusters

Goodfellas