The Fed Today
Join radio and television journalist Charles Osgood as he explains the workings of the Federal Reserve System.
This 13-minute video covers the Fed's history from its creation in 1914 to the technological innovations of 21st century banking. It explores the structure of the Fed as well as monetary policy, banking supervision, financial services, and more.
Viewing "The Fed Today"
Although “The Fed Today” video can no longer be ordered, you can view the streaming video (YouTube video, 13:59) and download the companion brochure (PDF, 201 KB, 10 pages).
Lesson Plans and Activities
The following lesson plans and activities should be used with "The Fed Today" video. Economics, government, and history teachers will find the following detailed lesson plans helpful when teaching about the Fed, money, and banking.
- Introduction (PDF, 39 KB, 2 pages)
- Lesson One: The Fed Today: A Video on the Federal Reserve (PDF, 50 KB, 10 pages)
- Lesson Two: History of Money and Banking in the U.S. (PDF, 58 KB, 8 pages)
- Lesson Three: Is the Fed Public or Private? (PDF, 138 KB, 6 pages)
- Lesson Four: The Fed's Role in Making and Setting Monetary Policy:
- Lesson Five: The Fed Is Protecting Your Money (PDF, 46 KB, 6 pages)
- Lesson Six: The Fed – Helping Keep Banks Safe and Sound (PDF, 68 KB, 8 pages)
- Complete "The Fed Today" curriculum (PDF, 768 KB, 72 pages)