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The decade that gave us Facebook, the iPhone and other cultural and political milestones.

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How new technologies like Napster disrupted the music industry.
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Television enters the Platinum Age in the 2000s, as storytellers take the medium to new heights; the creative renaissance in television enjoys groundbreaking shows such as "The Sopranos," "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "Lost" and "Survivor."
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Exploring the rise of Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google.
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Barack Obama's presidential campaign and the 2008 presidential election.
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The financial crisis that threatened the global economy.
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President George W. Bush responds to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and launches a global war on terror.
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Exploring President George W. Bush's desire to end insurgency in Iraq while seeking re-election; he must respond to Hurricane Katrina, a burgeoning financial meltdown and his own plummeting poll numbers.

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