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Teaching and Learning with Online Educational Videos: A Subject List of Web Resources for Educators (August 2013): Government, Politics, and Law

By Susan Ariew

Government, Politics, and Law

Founded in 2005, this site offers split-screen video dialogues about politics, ideas, and current events.  Videos include some very interesting conversations that can spark debates in the classroom.


This is YouTube’s News and Politics channel.  It includes breaking news videos from citizens all over the globe.

C-SPAN Video Library

C-SPAN is a private, nonprofit public service of cable television; it comprises three public affairs television networks covering Capitol Hill, the White House, and national politics.  The Archives records all three C-SPAN networks seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.  Programs are extensively indexed, making the database of C-SPAN programming an unparalleled chronological resource.  Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location.  The congressional sessions and committee hearings, provided in full text, are indexed by person.  In addition, users can access live broadcasts from the library as they occur.  The video collection can be searched through the online Video Library.  C-SPAN also has a YouTube channel.

United Nations
(YouTube One Channel)

United Nations videos include a wide range of global issues: current news, peace, security, social and economic development, human rights, climate change, and more.
(YouTube One Channel)

The official YouTube channel of the U.S. government includes topics such as money and taxes, public safety and the law, government videos from agencies, business and economics, history, arts and culture, family, home and community, travel, transportation, recreation, health, nutrition, defense, benefits and grants, science, technology, jobs, education, volunteerism, environment, energy, and agriculture.

U.S. Department of State
(YouTube One Channel)

The site has a mix of videos that include daily press briefings, remarks by the secretary of state on international topics and foreign policy issues, interviews with U.S. diplomats, and special initiatives.

The White House
(YouTube One Channel)

This channel covers a behind-the-scenes look at the White House, weekly presidential addresses, speeches and events, and videos about political issues of the day.