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September 16, 2014


Streaming video is a nice way to catch up on back episodes of your favorite TV show. It’s also a great way to learn new things. With the proliferation of how-to and educational videos online changing the way learning happens both in and out of the classroom, it seemed natural for the Federal Reserve to take advantage of the medium to teach the public more about its role.

That’s what the Atlanta Fed has done with its video series, the Fed Explained. These short, animated videos cover topics like inflation, unemployment and the payments system with an emphasis on the Fed’s role. The multiple-award-winning videos make use of graphics to illuminate sometimes challenging economic topics. Watch them all at: The Fed Explained.

The Fed Explained

photo of Joe Mahon
Joe Mahon
Director, Regional Outreach
Joe Mahon is a regional outreach director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Prior to that, he served as a regional economist and as a staff writer and analyst for Minneapolis Fed publications the Region and fedgazette. Mahon's primary responsibilities involve tracking several sectors of the Ninth District economy—an area that covers Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Montana and portions of Wisconsin and Michigan—for the Fed. Sectors he follows closely include agriculture, manufacturing, energy and mining. He holds degrees in economics and journalism from the University of Minnesota.