Films On Demand are streaming videos provided by the Films Media Group. You will need Flash, Windows Media Player or Quicktime available to view them. Off-Campus you will be asked to provide your G# and Password. Films On Demand videos are also available on DVD in the Library.
- 1-800-INDIA: Importing a White-Collar Economy - Description
"Over the past decade, India has emerged as the leader in the global market for outsourced white-collar jobs-one reason for the nation's rapid economic growth. This Wide Angle case study explores the experiences of emerging Indian professionals who have been recruited into positions requiring long hours, late-night shifts, and Westernized work habits. The program reveals the human and cultural impact of a controversial yet essentially unstoppable global economic trend-examining its effect on Indian family life, on the evolving landscape of urban India, and on the aspirations and daily lives of young Indian citizens, especially women, as they enter the work force. In addition, anchor Daljit Dhaliwal discusses social, political, and economic development in India with Michael Elliott, editor of Time International"
- A Raisin in the Sun: Character Studies Conversations - Description
"Hosted by Eli Wallach, this program dissects Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun through the sharp insights of Joe Morton (Walter Lee Younger); Kim Yancey (Beneatha Younger); Phylicia Rashad (Lena Younger); Ruby Dee, Audra McDonald, Starletta DuPois, and Ernestine Jackson (Ruth Younger); Ralph Carter (Travis Younger); John Fiedler (Carl Lindner); directors Lloyd Richards and Jack Hofsiss; Broadway producer Philip Rose; and Hansberry expert Lynn Domina, author of Understanding A Raisin in the Sun: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. The first play to realistically portray the daily lives of a contemporary African-American family, Raisin-a revolutionary work about race written during the civil rights era-makes the universal statement that dreams of a better future are important to everyone. A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production"
- A Savage Legacy: Apartheid, Jim Crow, and Racism Today - Description
"Did racist atrocities in the 19th and 20th centuries bring Western society to an ethical and ideological turning point? Or has racial oppression simply assumed other, more insidious forms? Pursuing answers, this program focuses on a pattern of segregation and genocide evident in King Leopold’s Belgian Congo rampages, South Africa’s apartheid rule, the terrorism of Jim Crow, and less obvious examples that persist in today’s global community. Several renowned authors, including Dr. Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University, Dr. Manning Marable of Columbia, and Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah of Princeton, contribute expert commentary. Contains graphically violent imagery, footage, and reenactments."
- A Treasury of Plant Medicines - Description
"While acknowledging the achievements of the pharmaceutical industry, this program offers an alternative perspective on the production of medicines, emphasizing the use of plants and herbs instead of synthetic compounds. Beginning with a historical overview of plant remedies-including evidence of sophisticated herbalism in ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Arab cultures-the video describes how pharmacology evolved out of traditional herbal medicine. It also explores new pharmaceutical research that has come full circle, returning to the use of natural plant extracts. The development of anti-cancer medicine derived from periwinkle is one of many examples"
- Active Listening and Note-Taking - Description
"Lectures and labs are the heart of the college academic experience, and for students eager to make the most of them, active listening and note-taking are powerful learning tools. This two-section program explains how to create a bulletproof listening/note-taking loop that ensures deeper understanding and better recall. Pre-class reading, in-class participation, and post-class review are stressed. A Cambridge Educational Production. A part of the series Academic Success: Smart Tips for Serious Students"
- Addicted to Cheap Shopping? Why the Real Cost of Goods Keeps Going Down - Description
"In this program, host Libby Potter travels around the world as she takes a meaningful look at the economics behind the inexpensive goods for sale in big-box stores and malls. Cost-cutting through supply chain management and waste reduction, economies of scale achieved by shipping offshore-manufactured goods to market via super-container ships, the Wal-Mart effect, and the no-frills philosophy of IKEA are addressed. The triumphs and woes of China, in its role as manufacturer for the world, is given special attention, and the clothing industry is presented as a case study of the cheap goods cycle. But the program also considers the hidden societal costs of cheap goods, such as sweatshop labor and the environmental impact of cavalier overconsumption, and questions how much longer prices will continue to drop as China’s standard of living rises. Original BBCW broadcast title: Addicted to Cheap Shopping"
- Adult Entertainment: A Psychosocial Study of an American Obsession-Educator's Edition - Description
"Award-winning director Lance Tracy balances serious science with tongue-in-cheek humor to create a documentary scrutinizing the scope and effects of pornography that is informative, compelling, and unsettling. Constructing an experiment to identify attitudinal and behavioral changes that manifest as a result of viewing porn-a study in the manner of the Annenberg School of Communications and California State University studies-Tracy tracks two men, one single and one married, for 60 days. The effects of a 30-day regimen of X-rated DVDs, Internet porn, adult mags, sex shops, and strip clubs, followed by a 30-day readjustment period, are both illuminating and dismaying. Porn addiction, the sex-industrial complex, and porn-related freedom of speech issues are also explored. Commentary by the University of Pennsylvania's Mary Anne Layden; Judith Reisman, author of "Soft Porn" Plays Hardball; Robert Weiss, of the Sexual Recovery Institute; Michael Castleman, author of Great Sex; and psychologist Daniel Linz is featured. Contains mature themes and explicit language and imagery. Some language may be offensive. Also included are an expurgated audio track and 18 video clips on topics ranging from porn statistics, to the effects of porn on sexual and emotional intimacy, to the influence of porn on children (DVD only). Viewable/printable documents such as the actual 88-question study survey and the survey results for the single subject, the married subject, and his wife are available online."
- Aliens from Planet Earth: The Problem of Invasive Species - Description
"After direct habitat destruction, nonnative species introduced by humans to new areas pose the largest threat to global biodiversity. This program looks at how scientists and conservationists are coping with a number of these critical situations, such as on Seychelles, where rats have caused 200 years of devastation; on Scotland's Outer Hebrides, where hedgehogs were released to control garden slugs; and in New York City, where Asian longhorn beetles threaten not only Central Park but the forests of the entire east coast. Also examined are the political and economic difficulties of these species invasions when tensions arise between the interests of environmental protection and increasing trade"
- Anatomy of an Earthquake - Description
"It's often called the Big One-an earthquake so powerful it could flatten Los Angeles and drown it in the sea. This program shows what could actually happen if one of nature's most feared time bombs goes off. With the help of state-of-the-art computer scenarios, the video follows a potential quake moment by moment as it unleashes its phenomenal power on southern California. In an unexpected twist, viewers will discover that the biggest threat to Los Angeles comes not from the dreaded San Andreas fault but from an unseen-and only recently discovered-geological feature known as the Puente Hills fault. Cutting-edge anti-earthquake technology is also featured."
- Aristotle - Description
"In this program, the far-reaching philosophical ideas of Plato’s star pupil are examined by world-renowned author and professor Bryan Magee and noted Brown University professor Martha Nussbaum. Aristotle overcomes Plato’s dualism of the intelligible and sensible worlds with his principle of the inseparable nature of eternal matter and form. The principles of potentiality and actuality are examined, along with Aristotle’s theory of the four causes—material, formal, efficient, and final—which account for changes in all things. These theories of constancy and change are credited with the progress of scientific inquiry over the ages. A BBC Production."
- Arthur Miller and The Crucible - Description
"In the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy set up the Un-American Activities Committee to combat the growing "threat" of communism in the U.S. Playwright Arthur Miller was one of many writers summoned to testify at this political witch-hunt. Miller, who was nearly ruined, said that until that time he had not understood the "inexplicable darkness" that prevented people from seeing evil and denouncing it-the central theme in The Crucible, based on the Salem witch trials. Interweaving rarely seen excerpts from the BBC production of the play with dramatizations of congressional hearing testimony, this powerful documentary highlights fundamental themes in common with both, and their influence on the playwright's development. A BBC Production"
- Big Mac: Inside the McDonald's Empire - Description
"Despite the low-wage, low-prestige reputation of the typical "McJob," a McDonald's franchise owner often manages budgets and income in the millions of dollars. This CNBC program looks at the history and working philosophy behind the world's largest food-service corporation, featuring a number of interviews and concise case studies. An operations manager runs six Connecticut restaurants and hopes to become an owner. A once-struggling store in the same state has built newfound profitability on frequent tour bus crowds. And a former Four Seasons chef talks about his mid-career move to the McDonald's test kitchen, while the company's future in China-and nutrition-conscious America-is also explored. Not available in French-speaking Canada"
- Bipolar: Life Between Two Extremes - Description
"Miami Airport, December 7, 2005: a jet passenger begins yelling about a bomb threat and bolts for the door. Refusing to comply with two U.S. marshals, he is eventually shot to death. The cause of his outburst—bipolar disorder, not terrorism—comes to light soon after, proffering another tragic example of how volatile and misunderstood the disease is. This program examines the lives of people who have struggled for decades with bipolar disorder, once known as manic depression. Through case studies and discussions of recent research, the film shows how each patient has overcome the grip of debilitating despair and hyperactive euphoria, and how advances in psychology and neuroscience are helping such individuals lead better, more productive lives."
- Buying into Sexy: The Sexing Up of Tweens - Description
"Ads targeting girls between the ages of 8 and 12 employ an increasing level of sexuality. Are advertisers responding to neo-feminist notions of "girl power" or are they leading girls toward harmful self-images? This program examines the trend by following a group of tween girls through their daily lives, recording their perceptions of fashion, celebrities, boys, and themselves. Interviews with both concerned and clueless parents-as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the corporate decision-making which so profoundly impacts tween culture-are also included. Frank conversations with Candie's CEO Neil Cole and a hard look at MuchMusic programming practices enhance this urgently needed social analysis"
- Cannabis: Satanic Herb or Healing Potion? - Description
"As has occurred with most drugs, the neurological effects of cannabis have only recently been fully identified and understood. This program presents some of the latest findings, including new investigations into the clinical applications of the drug. Focusing on studies of the nerve-related mechanisms triggered by the action of cannabis, the program highlights potential changes in the social perceptions and medical uses of the substance. New approaches in the treatment of pain, obesity, anxiety, and even multiple sclerosis are suggested. The scientific contributions of Jean-Pol Tassin, Dieter Kleiber, Rafael Maldonado, and others are explored"
- Cannabis: The Evil Weed? - Description
"How addictive is cannabis? Does it lead to harder drug use, or is it an underappreciated herbal medicine? Can it cause mental illness? This program explores the science and the public debate surrounding the world’s favorite illegal drug. Tracing the birthplace of the humble plant to Kazakhstan in Central Asia, addiction specialist Dr. John Marsden guides viewers through several topics and issues—including links between THC and schizophrenia; experiments on mice suggesting cannabis-related cognitive impairment; the development of Sativex, a cannabis-derived medicine; and California’s medical dispensary system, which bears some resemblance to the legalization of marijuana."
- Career and Life Values - Description
"The relationship between students' values and daily choices is discussed in this video, which also connects values to career decisions. Students identify some of their key values and consider how personal background may have shaped them"
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Yellow Wallpaper - Description
"Touted as one of the first major feminist writers, Charlotte Perkins Gilman spent her life fighting to liberate women from the yoke of domesticity. This is a stunning BBC dramatization of Gilman's autobiographical account of a woman driven to madness by the repressive mores of Victorian culture. Stephen Dillon as the husband, John, and Julia Watson as the despondent heroine give stellar performances in this production directed by the BBC's John Clive"
- Chihuly: Fire and Light - Description
"Glass sculptor Dale Chihuly’s remarkable creations are part of more than 200 museum collections worldwide. This program captures Chihuly at work with his studio team as they produce pieces for an ambitious installation at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. Chihuly at the de Young took more than two years to execute, and the artist’s signature collaborative process, documented here, was integral to its success. Footage of the exhibit itself allows viewers a close look at Saffron Tower, Mille Fiori, Glass Forest, and other important works. The video also includes commentary from Frank Gehry, and artists, art critics, and museum executives."
- Commedia dell' Arte: The Story, the Style - Description
"Journeying back to the dawn of Italian theater, this program unmasks the intriguing and often underappreciated tradition known as commedia dell' arte. Viewers will discover the history of Italian masked theater, the origins of commedia dell' arte and its various iterations, and the nature of its performers' improvised style. The program explains how the tradition's inspired characters-Pantalone, Colombina, Pulchinella, and many others-evolved and rose to prominence in the hearts and minds of 16th, 17th, and 18th-century audiences. It also illustrates how Italian masked troupes influenced countless other cultures as they performed across Europe, thus shaping the theatrical sensibility of western society as a whole"
- Common Mistakes People Make in Interviews - Description
"This highly acclaimed video will help you avoid the pitfalls of the interview process-because getting an interview is only the beginning. Before you walk through the door for an interview, you had better know a few things: what the business is all about, how to stay cool under pressure, and how you feel about working with people of different races and genders. After all, an interview is a serious conversation about business, how you react to stress, and what kind of person you are. Common Mistakes People Make in Interviews is an informative and effective program that helps job seekers anticipate what employers are looking for. Using a wrong way/right way format, the video illustrates the things to do and not to do in an interview so you can convey the right attitude, project a professional image-and get a job offer. Perfect for job-search agencies, libraries, career-oriented classes, or anyone who wants to ace an interview. A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online. A Cambridge Educational Production"
- Confronting Discrimination and Prejudice - Description
"Encourage students to explore biases and stereotypes with this group of ABC News segments. Each scenario puts actors into exchanges with unwitting bystanders, generating a wide range of responses-from overt hostility towards other races and cultures to acts of genuine compassion. Scenes include a bakery clerk's refusal to serve a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf; cruelty towards an overweight woman seated on a boardwalk; a very public argument that threatens to become violent; and a purse-snatching in a crowded square, after which witnesses are asked to view a suspect lineup. Repeating the two latter situations, producers achieve varying reactions among onlookers by switching the races of the actors"
- Core Concepts in Sociology - Description
"Sociology, in a nutshell, is about why people behave in the ways that they do, and the key premise is that behavior is shaped by the contexts in which people live. Filmed in Britain and New Guinea, this multi-segment program introduces the sociological concepts of personal, social, and role identity; of primary and secondary socialization; and of culture, with its associated concepts of learned norms and values, ethnocentrism, cultural diversity, and cultural change. Contains nudity associated with indigenous cultures. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online. A part of the series Understanding Sociology"
- Decoding Photographic Images - Description
"When setting up a shot, a photographer works with composition, lighting, and color to create a subliminal subtext that reinforces or even carries the meaning of his or her subject. This program illustrates how basic components of photography-line, shape, form, texture, balance, volume duality, point of view, depth of field, and perspective-contribute to an image's impact on the subconscious mind. Commentary is provided by Herb Zettl, author of the seminal Sight Sound Motion, and photographers Jo Whaley, Stephen Johnson, Larry Sultan, and Catherine Wagner"
- Developments in the Food Industry: Science, Technology, and the Environment - Description
"Although genetic modification of plants and animals has been going on since the dawn of agriculture, technological changes of unprecedented scope have taken place in the food industry within the past few decades. This program explores the impact of technology on food production and the development of new and emerging foods. Viewers are introduced to recently devised methods of genetic modification and selective breeding which have expanded both crop and livestock yields. Other topics include the growth of the novelty food industry and new approaches to food packaging design, reflecting concern over ecological issues. Prominent academics add commentary. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online."
- Diet: A Look at Processed Food, Nutrition, and Obesity in the 20th Century - Description
"Attitudes about the industrialization of food have changed greatly over the past several decades. What used to be considered a scientific miracle now seems like a horrific joke: piglets being reared in incubators that look like tiny iron lungs; fish raised in tanks of runoff water—and growing at a remarkable rate!—from a nuclear power plant. These scenarios and more are presented in Diet as it traces the rise and fall of processed food, from promising cure for malnourishment to eventually being linked to obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Using archival footage from BBC’s Horizon television series, the program also reviews 20th-century theories about the cause of obesity, and the diets and “miracle cures” designed to combat weight gain."
- Do I Drink Too Much? Human Biology, Genetics, and Alcohol - Description
"Why does tolerance for alcohol differ so widely from person to person? Do genetic factors make alcoholism unavoidable in some people? Should we drink at all? This program searches for answers, following addiction expert Dr. John Marsden as he observes—and participates in—experiments that assess alcohol’s neurological and physiological impact. After exploring basic chemical and evolutionary concepts, Marsden visits London’s Institute of Psychiatry, where brain scans, genetic testing, and psychological profiling shed light on alcohol addiction. In the U.S., Marsden goes inside the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to study other genetic markers, while moving toward a greater understanding of alcoholism in his own family history."
- Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and the FSA/OWI Photographers - Description
"Beginning in 1935, a group of New Deal-sponsored photographers roamed the American landscape, capturing the human face of the Great Depression. This film tells the story of the mammoth project, supervised by Roy Stryker of the Farm Security Administration and later made part of the Office of War Information. Viewers will encounter the poignant, iconic images and personal challenges of photographers Gordon Parks, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Marion Post Wolcott, and other visionaries. Interviews with Parks, Louise Rosskam, and Bernarda Shahn-wife of painter and photographer Ben Shahn-shed light on a period in which artistic innovation formed a response to social and economic despair."
- Effective Internet Search: Basic Tools and Advanced Strategies - Description
"Formed decades ago from a small pool of data sources, the Internet has grown into a seemingly endless ocean of information—in which today’s young researcher can easily get lost. This video introduces strategic, study-related online search methods that teenage or college-level viewers may not be familiar with, especially if they’re accustomed to the more recreational side of the Internet. Outlining ways to formulate initial questions about a topic, the program offers examples of frequently used search engines (from Google to specialized databases) and how to take advantage of them using keywords, quotation marks, Boolean operators, nesting, wildcard and truncation symbols, and other typed-in directives. Result-oriented topics are also featured, including: the differences between primary, secondary, and tertiary sources; the best criteria for confirming the legitimacy of a particular Web site; and helpful techniques for searching within a site. Part of the series Internet Research and Information Literacy: Effective Strategies and Cautionary Tales. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A Cambridge Educational Production"
- Enjoy Your Meal! How Food Changes the World - Description
"Exploring the aisles of a Dutch grocery store, this program clearly demonstrates that globalization has made almost any food item, no matter how exotic or remote, available to the Western consumer. But the film also shows the downside of that new global access, tracing specific foods to their countries of origin and revealing the impact on indigenous communities and ecosystems. Viewers witness the burning of Mehinaku forestland in Brazil in order to cultivate soya crops; the creation of inland shrimp farms in the Philippines at the expense of fragile mangrove habitats; and the mass production of sugar peas, green beans, and other vegetables—made possible by low-wage Kenyan labor. A powerful visual study that is sure to spark further discussions of food security and sustainability. Contains nudity associated with indigenous customs."
- Essentials of Faith: Humanism - Description
"It is a philosophy that seeks to replace religion with rites of passage based on compassion and rationality. Despite its overarching goals, Humanism divides into several groups-from hedonism to secularism. This program delineates viewpoints from five articulate humanist proponents who, through thoughtful explanations, evoke the multifaceted landscape of Humanist thought. Participants include prominent scientist and atheist Dr. Richard Dawkins, Hanne Stinson of the British Humanist Association, Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society, semi-deist philosopher Antony Flew, and Roy Hattersley, former Deputy Leader of Britain's Labor Party"
- Essentials of Faith: Paganism - Description
"Drawing on ancient spirituality, most pagans sum up their chosen form of worship within a modern "green" context. Some follow druidry, others wicca, while a third brand promotes the shamanism of hunter-gatherer cultures. This program sheds light on various examples of pagan devotion put forward by four observers of ancient religious rites and customs. Through straightforward explanations and heartfelt expression, the sundry shapes and species of Paganism are explained by Druid priestess Emma Restall Orr, Professor Ronald Hutton of the University of Bristol, British coven organizer Jeanette Ellis, and shamanic practitioner Leo Rutherford"
- Ethics in Corporate America: A Crisis of Credibility - Description
"This NewsHour program scrutinizes the state of business ethics in an America riddled with financial fraud. In segment one, correspondent Paul Solman and Columbia Business School's Barbara Toffler cite Arthur Andersen and Stew Leonard, Sr., as examples of ethics gone awry. Segment two gathers the opinions of veteran business journalists Adam Smith, Carol Loomis, Allan Sloan, Jim Grant, and Andrew Tobias on the practices of Enron, Tyco, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch. And, after summarizing the evolution of compensation models in the stock analysis industry, segment three examines the conflicts of interest that have led investment stock analysts astray"
- Ethics: What Is Right? - Description
"Moral philosophy lies at the heart of today's most heated issues-abortion, human cloning, assisted suicide, financial conflicts of interest, and environmental stewardship. In this program, Harvard University's Frances Kamm; Rutgers University's Larry Temkin; and Richard Sorabji, honorary fellow at Wolfson College, the University of Oxford, describe the three major categories of ethics: metaethics; applied ethics; and normative ethics, including virtue theory, divine command theory, utilitarian theory, and duty theory. Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Kant's Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, and Mill's Utilitarianism are considered, along with the contributions of Epicurus, Hume, Bentham, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, John Rawls, and others"
- Evangelical Protestantism - Description
"In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Evangelical Protestantism with Senior Pastor Lon Solomon of McLean Bible Church, in McLean, Virginia. Topics of discussion include what it means to accept Jesus Christ as one's savior and messiah; how Pastor Solomon, raised Jewish, was himself born again in Christ; McLean's mission to impact secular Washington, D.C., with the message of Christ; and the use of the Internet to help spread the Church's message. In addition, the way in which the interior of an evangelical mega-church like McLean shapes the experience of congregants is described by Denny Harris, director of ministry operations"
- Explaining Globalization - Description
"Everyone talks about globalization, but what does it really mean? And what are its implications for the average American? In this compilation of NewsHour segments, experts from the U.S. and abroad speak their minds on a shrinking world and an expanding global economy. Episodes include... • Globaphobia-One World, One Market: Is globalization good or bad for Americans? Paul Solman takes a walk around his neighborhood with Harvard University's Robert Lawrence, one of the world's top trade economists, to think it through. • Gergen Dialogue-Thomas L. Friedman and the World Market: David Gergen, editor-at-large of U.S. News & World Report, talks with New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, author of The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization. • Conversation-The Mystery of Capital: Elizabeth Farnsworth and Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto discuss his book The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else. Segment also sold as a part of Microeconomics in the Global Marketplace. • A World Without Borders: Ray Suarez is joined by Thomas L. Friedman, author of The World Is Flat, and Moises Naim, author of Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats Are Hijacking the Global Economy, to examine globalization and resulting changes in economics. • Conversation-The Effects of Globalization: Jeffrey Brown moderates a debate between Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), author of Take This Job and Ship It: How Corporate Greed and Brain-Dead Politics Are Selling Out America, and Thomas L. Friedman, author of The World Is Flat, on the effects of a globalized economy"
- Expressing the Inexpressible: Shirin Neshat - Description
"An acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, and video artist, Iranian-born Shirin Neshat addresses the complex forces shaping the identity of Muslim women throughout the world and explores the social, political, and psychological dimensions of women's experiences. In this program, she explicates her haunting video installations Shadow Under the Web; Turbulent; Soliloquy; Rapture; and Fervor, as well as her seminal series of still images, The Women of Allah. In addition, she discusses being both an insider and an outsider in two different cultures, the narrative power of cinema, sexual taboos in Islamic society, the tension between traditional and modern values, the nature of expression when expression itself is forbidden, and the quiet strength and bravery of women that prompts them to rebel against repression"
- Extinct Species: Red Alert to Humanity - Description
"Use this program to correlate the precarious existence of endangered species and the forces of global trade. Visiting Indonesia, Japan, and the Florida Everglades, the video studies the difficulty of balancing economic and ecological well-being. The plight of animal populations-Sumatran elephants losing their habitat to palm oil plantations, Oriental white storks feeding in pesticide-ridden waters, and Florida panthers struggling in developed areas-is reinforced by a comprehensive "extinction data map" showing the biosphere's most threatened areas. This program is an effective supplement for environmental studies courses focusing on worldwide economic factors"
- Finding a Job - Description
"This program discusses the many ways a person can find job openings through a wide variety of job search methods-online job boards, want ads, state and private employment services, networking, informational interviews, the Yellow Pages, and more. Discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each method, but emphasizes using all available methods to obtain the widest choice of job offers in the least amount of time. A terrific overview of the best and quickest ways to get a job! A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online. A Cambridge Educational Production"
- Finding a Way - Description
"Although more and more people with disabilities are entering the mainstream of life, the quest for meaningful integration has never been an easy one in America. After discussing the history of institutionalization, this program uses interviews to come to grips with a wide range of disabilities, celebrating the progress being made toward total cultural equality while acknowledging that more still needs to be done to fully bring it about"
- French ABCs: Learning the Alphabet, with a Twist-in French - Description
"Composed of mini-chapters-one for each letter of the alphabet, plus the @ of e-mail-this program cleverly reinforces knowledge of French language and culture through a wide variety of topics, ranging from Accents, Babillage, and Crise...to Langues Regionales, Mots d'Ailleurs, and Nombres...to XXL, Yen/Dollar/Euro, Ziboulateur, and @ Demain. Commentary by well-known linguists and grammarians stresses the flexibility of the French language and its ability to rise to each new linguistic challenge."
- Game On! Inside the Video Game Industry - Description
"Video games have come a long way since Pong and Pac-Man, and the development of that $25-billion industry is filled with useful business and technology case studies. This CNBC program explores the history of video gaming and takes viewers behind the scenes of the industry's success stories and failures. Interviews with key figures-including the architect of Xbox, the former chairman of Nintendo of America, and the founding father of video game technology-illuminate the birth, evolution, and present-day dynamics of the video game market. In addition to the corporate side of the industry, the program examines the cutting-edge process of computer game product development. Not available in French-speaking Canada"
- Gary Hill: Transcending the Senses - Description
"Gary Hill's transformative films, performances, and video installations offer resonant philosophic and poetic insights as he explores the tensions that reverberate among electronic media, language, the senses, and the self. In this program, Hill uses a number of his pieces to investigate otherness and ambiguity, dislocation of the senses, the boundary between words and comprehension, the physicality of text, and figurative interactivity. Featured works include Wall Piece; Crossbow; Liminal Objects; Reflex Chamber; Conundrum; Remarks on Color; Suspension of Disbelief; I Believe It Is an Image in Light of the Other; Why Do Things Get in a Muddle? (Come on Petunia); CRUX; Primarily Speaking; and Mediations. Contains brief nudity"
- Generation Next: Speak Up. Be Heard. - Description
"In this revealing documentary, celebrated NewsHour and Frontline journalist Judy Woodruff takes viewers across the United States to examine the lives of 16- to 25-year-olds-a demographic that many are calling "Generation Next." The program demystifies an age group that is hooked on technology, generally supportive of gay rights and racial differences, but also swamped in debt and facing uncertain career paths. Traveling through the Northeast, the South, the Great Plains, and the West, the program combines the candor of face-to-face conversations with the findings of an extensive Pew Research Center survey conducted among Generation Nexters"
- Global Car: Who Really Builds the American Automobile? - Description
"Once a shining example of national ingenuity and prowess, the American car is now assembled through a constantly shifting global process. This program presents the fascinating story of where in the world a quintessentially American product is actually built. Focusing on the Dodge Ram pickup and tracing the origins of its components, the film paints a portrait of the global economy—a collage, as it were, representing hundreds of independently manufactured parts circulating through forty different countries. Highlighting the supply chain that produces radiator caps, the film travels from India to Tennessee to England to Düsseldorf as managers and workers in each location explain their roles in the system. (Portions in other languages with English subtitles)"
- Globalization: Winners and Losers - Description
"How is business without borders really affecting the world? As Sabeer Bhatia, inventor of Hotmail; Narayan Murthy, founder of Infosys; and other industry leaders attest, globalization has raised the standard of living in developing economies through high-tech opportunities, foreign investment, and debt relief. However, Harvard's Jeffrey Sachs and other experts point out that the world market is being exploited through shortsightedness, including the aggressive deployment of genetically modified crops, environmental negligence, and the abuse of NAFTA. This program-produced in the aftermath of the WTO protests in Seattle-addresses the pros and cons of doing business in the global marketplace"
- Hamlet: A Critical Guide - Description
"Shakespeare's troubled character comes to life in this program in the capable hands of leading scholars, as they discuss the major themes of the play, its plot, and the actions of its main characters. Analyzing key scenes, scholars Russell Jackson and Stanley Wells of Stratford-upon-Avon offer insights into the underlying meaning of Hamlet's eloquent soliloquies, as well as the play's eight violent deaths, adultery, ghostly haunting, and ultimate tragic end. Death and revenge are explored as major themes of the work, as well as Shakespeare's playful inclusion of comedic relief. An analysis of Hamlet's relationships with his mother and Ophelia provides interesting insights into his multifaceted character"
- Herman Melville: Bartleby the Scrivener - Description
"This is Melville's sardonic and symbolic story of a copyist at a Wall Street law firm who refuses to conform, responding to all requests with, "I prefer not to." Autobiographical in its despair over the public's failure to understand the writer, prophetic in its foreshadowing of 20th-Century Absurdism, "Bartleby the Scrivener" provides a window into the work of Melville and a convincing argument that he may be at his best in the short story medium"
- How to Kill a Human Being: Methods of Execution - Description
"Is a humane and painless execution method possible, and if so, would death penalty proponents support its use? Or is pain the whole idea? Examining what many see as the cruelty of current procedures, this program searches for a viable alternative. Experts in the death business-retired executioners, toxicologists, biomechanics specialists, and others-explain disturbing flaws in the use of electrocution, hanging, lethal injection, and the gas chamber. Whether or not physicians should take part in executions is also discussed. The film presents a low-cost killing method that would induce euphoria-but this horrifies a prominent death penalty lobbyist because offenders wouldn't suffer. A BBC Production"
- If... Drugs Were Legal - Description
"The year is 2015. A coalition of European countries has decriminalized most stimulants, narcotics, and hallucinogens. But has legalization made drug use-or the streets of London-any safer? This program depicts a future in which police officers, Big Pharma executives, and recreational drug consumers would, depending on one's perspective, either reap the benefits or suffer the consequences of a reversal in drug policy. Interwoven with the fictional narrative are real-world interviews highlighting both sides of the debate. Former chief constable Francis Wilkinson and Transform Drug Policy Foundation director Danny Kushlick argue for legalization, while toxicology expert John Henry and former customs investigator David Raynes warn against it. A BBCW Production"
- In Brands We Trust - Description
"After "OK," "Coca-Cola" is the most widespread word in the world. How did branding evolve into a global shadow force that packages lifestyles, commodifies personal values, and stands in for cornerstone cultural institutions? In this provocative program, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide's Kevin Roberts, Chanel's Jacques Helleu, anti-corporate crusader Naomi Klein, and others astutely address the concept of branding, its history, its impact on youth, key visionaries, and the convergence of brands and culture. A significant backlash against branding is also discussed. Coke, Nike, Chanel, Apple, and Benetton are spotlighted, and many other brands are touched on"
- Information Literacy: The Perils of Online Research - Description
"In a world of information overload, information literacy has become a survival skill. But what exactly does information literacy mean? With a focus on the Internet, this video explains how to conduct solid online research by collecting information in an organized, efficient, and ethical way. Professor Maurita Holland of the University of Michigan School of Information provides expert commentary and guidance on a range of research activities, including evaluating the credibility of Web content, documenting online sources, and paraphrasing-not copying-the words of others. Additionally, a high school teacher and a graduate student demonstrate real-world examples to reinforce the challenges and rewards of online research. The consequences of plagiarism and shaky facts are emphasized. A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online. Correlates to all applicable state and national standards. A Cambridge Educational Production"
- Inside American Airlines - Description
"A detailed and revealing case study, this CNBC program guides viewers through the corporate dimensions of the world's largest passenger jet fleet. Students will witness high-level management maneuvers undertaken behind the closed doors of executive suites. Several rarely discussed aspects of the airline industry are addressed-chief among them, how a labor-management conflict is sorted out and how the truce resulting from it holds bankruptcy at bay. The science of ticket pricing is also featured. All these revelations take place against a backdrop of geopolitical uncertainty, volatile fuel prices, and cutthroat competition. An ideal platform for launching lectures and class discussion. Not available in French-speaking Canada"
- Inside Dyslexia - Description
"Often viewed as a weakness, dyslexia actually means that a person processes information differently, and many with the disorder have learned to see it as a strength. This program illustrates the challenges faced by Amanda, Carmen, and Gio-three young people living with dyslexia-through personal interviews with them and those close to them. Viewers are guided into their unique and often overlooked world, made clear through eye-opening scenes at school and home. Produced by filmmakers who are themselves dyslexic, the film serves as a tool for educating others about dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, and for identifying a common vocabulary that can bridge the gap between those with and without learning disabilities. A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online"
- Integrating ESL Students into the Classroom - Description
"By viewing Integrating ESL Students, classroom teachers of any subject will come away with concrete information and advice that they can use to teach-and reach-their English-language learners (ELLs) better. Practicality and relevance guide the program as it reviews basic ESL standards and strategies, gives examples of how to incorporate these techniques into teaching various subject areas, suggests ways to assist ELLs in mastering English in social and community settings, and addresses the use of technology in helping ELLs improve their understanding and expand their knowledge. Multiply the power of this program! Workshop it with the accompanying facilitator's workbook. It contains suggested topics for discussion, exercises for participants to practice skills or explore ideas on their own, and more. (A viewable/printable version of the workbook is available online.) Award-winning psychologist Kenneth Shore, Ph.D.-an author of six books on students' special needs and a recognized advocate of inclusiveness in the classroom-consulted in the making of this program. Recommended for teachers, student teachers, and education students. Correlates to national standards from the Center for Applied Linguistics and TESOL. A facilitator's workbook is included. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production"
- Introduction to Photography and Visual Literacy - Description
"Movies, magazines, TV, billboards, the Web-the world is filled with captivating photographic images competing for viewers' attention. Not surprisingly, citizens of the Global Village are experiencing a growing need for visual literacy: the ability to read between the lines and extract meaning from that daily bombardment. This program takes a close look at the vital importance of visual language skills, how information overload is shortening the human attention span, the proliferation of iconographic communication, and implications for America's education system. A capsule history of photography, with insights into the medium's future, is included"
- Jerusalem: Center of the World-Part 1 - Description
"The first installment in the PBS series Jerusalem: Center of the World covers the historical beginnings of the city; its role as the hub of ancient Israel's religion and culture; information on major Old Testament leaders in the context of Jerusalem; the Assyrian conquest of Israel and the Babylonian Exile; post-Exile Jerusalem; and the ministry of Jesus. A PBS Production. Part of the series Jerusalem: Center of the World."
- Jerusalem: Center of the World-Part 2 - Description
"The second installment in the PBS series Jerusalem: Center of the World focuses on the city's evolution under Roman rule; its historical significance in both Christianity and Islam, past and present; the tensions that exist between Jews and Muslims in modern Jerusalem; and the uncertainties that lie ahead for the planet's most contested piece of land. A PBS Production. Part of the series Jerusalem: Center of the World."
- John Updike: A&P - Description
"When Queenie and her friends, dressed only in bathing suits, enter Lengel's A&P to buy kipper snacks, the life of Sammy the cashier is changed forever. This program presents a dramatization of John Updike's frequently anthologized story of irony and innocence. Updike himself comments on the story in an interview with Donald M. Murray, columnist for The Boston Globe and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer"
- Joyce, Yeats, and Wilde - Description
"Seamus Heaney, one of the finest poets writing in the English language, and the late Richard Ellmann, biographer of Joyce and Wilde, and critic of Yeats, in literary dialogue about these three brilliant Dublin writers. The literary dialogue between Heaney and Ellmann uses documentary material pertaining to Joyce, Yeats, and Wilde, and was filmed at such literary landmarks as the Hill of Howth, Sandymount Green, Trinity College, and the Joyce Tower at Sandycove"
- Judicial Opinions: The Supreme Court Justices - Description
"With every ruling, the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court shape the judicial landscape of America-and the lives of its citizens. In this NewsHour program, Robert MacNeil and other esteemed journalists take a close look at several renowned jurists and their decisions. Episodes include... • Remembering Harry Blackmun: Robert MacNeil considers the Blackmun legacy with Kathleen Sullivan, professor of law at Stanford University; Harvard University's Charles Fried; Stuart Taylor, correspondent for The American Lawyer magazine; and Yale University's Harold Koh, a former law clerk for Justice Blackmun on the Supreme Court. • Gergen Dialogue-William Rehnquist and Civil Liberties in Wartime: David Gergen, editor-at-large of U.S. News & World Report, talks with Chief Justice William Rehnquist about his book All the Laws but One: Civil Liberties in Wartime. • Sandra Day O'Connor-The Early Years: Gwen Ifill and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor reflect on O'Connor's formative years growing up on the family cattle ranch as they discuss her autobiography Lazy B. • Conversation-Sandra Day O'Connor and the Majesty of Law: Jan Crawford Greenburg, Supreme Court reporter for the Chicago Tribune, talks with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor about women in the legal profession, major court decisions, and her book The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice. • Conversation-Stephen Breyer and Active Liberty: Chicago Tribune national legal affairs correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg talks with Justice Stephen Breyer about his judicial philosophy, changes in the court since Chief Justice John Roberts' arrival, and his book Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution. • Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer on Judicial Independence: Gwen Ifill is joined by former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Justice Stephen Breyer, who air their views on the vital importance of an independent judiciary-and their concerns about threats to it"
- Kant - Description
"World-renowned author and professor Bryan Magee and contemporary philosopher Geoffrey Warnock discuss the philosophy of anti-empiricist Immanuel Kant, and his view that activities and powers within the mind are the key to knowledge, and that all knowledge is appearance. Knowledge, for Kant, is a complex affair, in which knowing is acquired not just through the senses, but through pure concepts of understanding indigenous to the mind. Countering Hume, Kant insists it is the mind, not the senses, which unifies and organizes sensory flow into meaningful definitions of things. A BBC Production."
- Kate Chopin: Five Stories of an Hour - Description
"This program consists of five versions of the same short story, "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, who scandalized American readers in the late 19th century by questioning the social and marital mores of her time. The story examines the behavior and feelings of a woman on the day she is informed of her husband's death. The program includes a reading of the story by Zoe Wanamaker, plus dramatizations by playwrights Kathleen Potter, David Stafford, and Michelene Wandor"
- Langston Hughes: His Life and Times - Description
"In this program, Pulitzer Prize-winner Alice Walker and renowned Langston Hughes biographer Arnold Rampersad talk about "The Poet Laureate of Harlem" with award-winning filmmaker Bruce Schwartz. Together they discuss experiences that shaped young Langston, how he came to be a writer, the beauty of his writing style, his practice of reaching out to aspiring writers, and the Harlem Renaissance as a literary and cultural watershed. They also discuss the force of religion in Southern Christian African-American communities and "Salvation," Hughes' coming-of-age story deftly brought to the screen by Schwartz"
- Log On for Success: Using Internet Job Sites - Description
"Show your students how to find great jobs fast-with the Internet. This video will tell them everything they need to know to start blazing an electronic path to outstanding career opportunities. It covers how to find and then effectively search mega-job sites, industry- or profession-specific sites, and individual company sites; how to prepare Web-ready and E-mail-compatible resumes and cover letters; how to fill out online questionnaires; and how to save, organize, and keep track of what's been posted and sent. The video also clues viewers in to what information not to post, like social security numbers, so bad guys won't be able to scam them. In an Information Age job market, success begins with a click! A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online. Correlates to the career standards from the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee. A Cambridge Educational Production"
- Mapping Your Career Plan - Description
"Books...articles...occupational dictionaries...even the Internet...offer a wealth of information about all kinds of careers. But the challenge is discovering how to tap into the various resources. Teens must learn how to set goals. Job shadowing, externships, internships, volunteer work, special classes, and summer jobs are just some of the important stops on the path to career preparation. But most essential: get advice, get experience, and get training! A Meridian Production.One 16-minute video."
- Marijuana Inc: Inside America's Pot Industry - Description
"Iowa has corn. Kansas has wheat. The preferred crop in northern California, however, will never be a Wall Street commodity. This CNBC Original documentary examines the pot industry of Mendocino County, which forms part of the so-called Emerald Triangle—the cannabis capital of the U.S. Sizing up the financial clout of pot-farming (both legal and criminal) as potentially two-thirds of the local economy, the report also exposes the increasingly violent side of the trade. A visit to Oakland’s Blue Sky Café, which offers a menu of pot-based food and drink, further illuminates marijuana’s legal ambiguities in the Golden State. A final segment features Bruce Perlowin, who used to run a multibillion-dollar import business—ferrying pot beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Not available in French-speaking Canada."
- Medicinal Plants and a New Alliance - Description
"Many critics of "Big Pharma" see a pattern of exploitation in the industry's dealings with the developing world. This program identifies new ways for drug manufacturers to operate globally, promoting increased cooperation with local producers of traditional, plant-based medicines. Recognizing that worldwide demand for alternative medicine may create new producer countries, the program visits centers of herbology and other non-Western healing methods in China, Vietnam, Bhutan, Senegal, and Kenya. The documented ability of these facilities to fight AIDS and other diseases forms a powerful argument for the coexistence of both corporate and traditional industries"
- Money Never Sleeps: Global Financial Markets - Description
"Money circulates through a multiplicity of financial markets at a dizzying speed and on a global scale. To make sense of the complicated world of high finance, this lively program profiles some of the people who keep the money moving. Nobel Laureate James Tobin, best-selling author John Murphy, fund managers, scholars, and day traders are captured at MIT Sloan, Yale University, Firebird Management, London's foreign exchange market, the Ecole Polytechnique in France, and trading rooms in the U.S. and Europe. Lending liquidity, handling mutual funds, stock speculation, charting, model-driven trading, and other topics are covered"
- More Fries with That? - Description
"Obesity is a widely discussed issue, and yet one of its principal causes—fast-food consumption—shows no sign of going away. This program explores the popularity of convenience meals and the growing health and social concerns associated with them. Viewers learn about direct links between high-fat, high-sugar, highly processed foods and severe physiological problems as well as socioeconomic challenges. In addition, the video investigates a number of lifestyle factors that influence diet, including long work days or study sessions, high-tech entertainment and communication, and an overall rise in the pace of living. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online"
- Multicultural Perspectives on Adults with Developmental Disabilities - Description
"Community-based caregiving is a vital mode of support for older adults with developmental disabilities. This insightful and uplifting program examines how, within Hispanic, African-American, and Asian-American cultural contexts, the needs of high-functioning members of this population are being met through the empowering assistance of their families and through healthcare- and employment-related programs that promote self-determination. The importance of service providers who share their clients' respective cultures and, where necessary, speak Asian languages or Spanish is underscored"
- Notetaking - Description
"The skills students need to effectively record and learn information presented in class are outlined in this program. Featured is the Cornell Notetaking Method, which stresses organization and prompt review. A notebook page format that divides information into actual notes and student comments is central to both accurate notetaking and meaningful study. Suggestions are provided on when and how often notes should be reviewed for maximum learning benefit."
- On Air: America's Alternative Media - Description
"Do TV viewers find any real differences when they switch between the major news networks? How rigorous is the reporting? Has subservience to corporate interests replaced true journalism? This program explores the emergence of alternative media in the form of blogs, satellite broadcasts, and documentaries that examine rarely visited yet vital issues. Focusing on the political arena and the modern anti-war movement, the film presents interviews with outspoken journalists, editors, and filmmakers-including Mother Jones managing editor Roger Cohen, Outfoxed director Robert Greenwald, Guerilla News Network founder Ian Inaba, and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! Some language may be offensive"
- One Night in Bhopal - Description
"The world knows too little about what happened in the Indian city of Bhopal on December 3, 1984. This program provides a chilling reconstruction of the Union Carbide methyl isocyanate disaster and details its horrific and protracted consequences. Interviews with eyewitnesses-including medical personnel, a company technician, Bhopal's police chief, and a young man orphaned by the tragedy-tell the story from the victims' perspective; but the program also argues for further scrutiny, inquiring into the disturbing failure of corporate and government authorities to provide public disclosure or adequately compensate those who suffered most. A BBCW Production"
- One Red Paperclip: Kyle MacDonald Makes the Deal of a Lifetime - Description
"Meet Kyle MacDonald, an unemployed young Canadian with a crazy-wonderful dream: to trade his way up from one red paperclip to a house in just one year using only his blog as his bartering tool. This program-an intriguing example of online entrepreneurship, a case study of an ingenious marketing stunt, and a testament to the transformative power of doing well by doing good-sums up a genuinely unique enterprise that began with a whim and ended with one new home, one marriage proposal, real-world fame, and the virtual good wishes of millions around the world. Original CBC broadcast title: One Red Paperclip"
- Oops, Wrong Planet: Understanding Asperger's Syndrome - Description
"Einstein, Beethoven, Mozart, Van Gogh: all displayed symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome. But not every person with Asperger’s is a genius. This program follows a self-described eccentric who, after discovering he matches up with the general Asperger’s profile, sets out on a quest to learn all he can about the disorder—and whether he truly does have it. Along the way, he speaks with author Michael Fitzgerald, Professor Temple Grandin, Professor Alan Snyder, Wired magazine’s Steve Silberman, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, and a number of children and adults with AS about topics ranging from Asperger’s traits, to possible causes of the condition, to “Geek Syndrome” and the AQ Test. A warm and understanding look into the very different world of autism spectrum disorders. Not available in French-speaking Canada."
- Organizing America: The History of Trade Unions - Description
"Using interviews, personal accounts, and archival footage, this program investigates the major events in the history of American trade unions, from the formation of the first "friendly societies" in the 18th century, to the challenges posed by new technologies in the 1980s and 90s. Important issues such as minimum wages, health and safety conditions, discrimination, benefits, job security, and strikes are addressed. Veterans of labor struggles, labor historians, and business and government officials reveal fascinating personal insights into labor's sometimes violent origins, and how its influences have changed the workplace over the past 200 years. A Cambridge Educational Production."
- Paying Your Way through College - Description
"There are many creative ways to get money for college. Viewers are introduced to a few of them and encouraged to research for the plan that is right for them."
- Personality and Interests - Description
"This video demonstrates the connections between personality, interests, and work preferences. Students get in touch with their primary interest patterns and aspects of their personality through various exercises"
- Persuasion, Propaganda, and Photography - Description
"This program addresses the emotionally manipulative power of photography by illustrating how commercial advertising has created an obsession with youth and physical perfection and can exploit viewers' fascinations with celebrity, sexuality, and violence. The video also demonstrates how photogenic people who adroitly use the visual media have come to dominate the political scene. Commentary is provided by Steve Luker, formerly a creative director with Publicis & Hal Riney; Shanto Iyengar, director of the Political Communication Lab at Stanford University; museum educator Julia Brashares; and others"
- Philosophy of Religion - Description
"This program explores three major areas of philosophical inquiry into religion: religious epistemology, or the exploration of the rational grounds for religious beliefs and, in particular, the existence of God; the metaphysics of religion, which inquires into the nature of God; and theodicy, which examines the philosophical implications of the presence of evil in the world. Commentary by Alvin Plantinga, of the University of Notre Dame; Fordham University's Merold Westphal; Dean Zimmerman, of Rutgers University; and Richard Sorabji, of King's College London, is featured. Readings from Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica, Moses Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed, and other essential texts are included"
- Photographic Storytelling - Description
"This program examines how photographers work with images to communicate stories and ideas and how viewers interpret those images. Message manipulation deriving from point of view, context, editing, superimposing, cropping, recoloring, and captioning are discussed. In addition, selective perception-seeing pictures through the filters of values and prejudices-is studied. Commentary is provided by Doug Nickel, curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Joel Slayton, of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media at San Jose State University; Shanto Iyengar, director of the Political Communication Lab at Stanford University; and others"
- Photography and the Brain - Description
"How do photographic images evoke meaning and emotion? To understand that, viewers first need to understand how the eyes and brain process input from the visual world. After an overview of the biomechanics of vision, this program explains how proximity, similarity, and continuity affect perception; what light is and how lighting types and angles alter an image; and how color theory operates. Commentary is provided by photographers Dale Kistemaker, Catherine Wagner, Jo Whaley, and Larry Sultan"
- Photography: Making Art and Recording Life - Description
"Once strictly considered a visual recording device, the camera has expanded beyond its documentational niche and made places for itself in the worlds of fine art, advertising, and news media as well. This program describes existing and emerging genres in the photographic arts, including documentary photography, portraiture, still life, commercial photography, and photojournalism. Commentary is provided by Steve Luker, formerly a creative director with ad agency Publicis & Hal Riney, and photographers Larry Sultan, Ed Kashi, Richard Barnes, Jo Whaley, Dale Kistemaker, and Catherine Wagner"
- Plagiarism 2.0: Information Ethics in the Digital Age - Description
"For a generation raised on the ideology of “open source” and the ability to quickly cut and paste, the concept of plagiarism may seem foreign or passé. And that, of course, can lead to trouble. This video examines the behaviors that constitute plagiarism, their consequences, and the best ways to avoid them. Showing how accidental copying as well as willful plagiarism can occur, the program lays out the dangers of cheating, then illustrates the pitfalls of non-attribution and patch writing while showing how to properly attribute and paraphrase a lengthy quotation. Copyright, trademark, and intellectual property concepts are clearly discussed, in addition to potential sources of non-copyrighted material. Common citation formats (APA, MLA, Bluebook, etc.) are listed along with the suggestion that the student confer with his or her instructor about them. Part of the series Internet Research and Information Literacy: Effective Strategies and Cautionary Tales. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A Cambridge Educational Production."
- Plate Tectonics - Description
"Studies of our planet's crust, or lithosphere, suggest that it's not a single solid layer at all. This video illustrates the process of scientific inquiry by studying the evolution of our understanding of plate tectonics, the dynamics of those ever-shifting slabs of earth we call solid ground. Beginning with Alfred Wegener's hypothesis of continental drift, the program discusses major and minor plates, types of plate boundaries, and the concepts of spreading and subduction. Earthquakes and volcanoes are also addressed. A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online. Correlates to National Science Education Standards, National Educational Technology Standards, and Standards for the English Language Arts. A Cambridge Educational Production."
- Plato - Description
"The dialogues of Plato are analyzed in this program by world-renowned author and professor Bryan Magee and Cambridge philosophy professor Myles Burnyeat. Seeing Plato's ideas initially as extensions of those of his teacher, Socrates, Burnyeat explains the development and content of Plato's original doctrines of knowledge as virtue, the immortality and tripartite division of the soul, and the theory of forms (ideas). Plato's political philosophy is discussed within the context of the notion of the ideal state—a political utopia ruled by philosopher-kings. A BBC Production."
- Pleasure and Pain - Description
"Exactly how much chocolate can someone eat before enjoyment turns into disgust? Why do people choose to experience the terrifying sensations of bungee-jumping? Can forcing a smile actually create happiness? Using entertaining experiments and person-on-the-street interviews, this program takes a look at the science behind pleasure, pain, and the link between the two. Viewers meet new parents high on the hormone oxytocin, a man who cut off his own arm when he became trapped in farm machinery, and a child born with congenital insensitivity to pain. The role of the brain’s reward system in these and other, more common activities—falling in love, the anticipation of pain—is examined. A BBC Production. "
- Poe's Tales of Terror - Description
"In this riveting program, the tragedy-laden life and literary genius of Edgar Allan Poe are explored by Poe biographers Jeffrey Meyers and Kenneth Silverman; Joan Dayan, author of Fables of Mind: An Inquiry into Poe's Fiction; J. Gerald Kennedy, of Louisiana State University; writers Ray Bradbury and Poppy Z. Brite; filmmaker Wes Craven; and Jeff Jerome, curator of The Baltimore Poe House and Museum. Their insightful commentary, combined with reenactments of scenes from Poe's life and dramatized synopses of "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Raven," "Ligeia," and "The Tell-Tale Heart," makes this documentary an essential part of any survey of 19th-century American literature or genre fiction. A Discovery University Production"
- Poetry and Its Relevance: An Experiment - Description
"What is poetry, and what place does it have in today's society? In an attempt to answer these questions, two filmmakers stood an old refrigerator on a busy San Francisco street corner, invited passersby to compose poems using magnetic poetry kits, and filmed the intriguing results. Both funny and poignant, this jewel of a program will make a provocative addition to courses on creative writing, poetics, language studies, and the sociology of contemporary culture. Serendipitously inspired and surprisingly profound"
- Portraits and Snapshots - Description
"Since the Civil War, portrait and snapshot photography have provided a visual history of life-and transformed society. This program explores how professional and amateur photographers capture the essence of people while considering the intensely personal nature of portraits and snapshots, their use as means of self-exploration and cultural narrative, and concerns involving their commodification and decontextualization. Commentary is provided by photographers Michael Collopy, Dale Kistemaker, Larry Sultan, Catherine Wagner, Richard Barnes, and Ed Kashi"
- Prejudice: More Than Black and White - Description
"Muslims, blacks, gays, people with disabilities, and immigrants of every ethnicity and color: they and many other groups have stood in the spotlight glare of intolerance, easy targets for every sort of discrimination and violence. What makes people prone to irrational hate, and what steps can individuals and society take to eradicate it? In this program, psychology professors Susan Fiske, of Princeton University, and Mahzarin Banaji, of Harvard University; representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other pro-tolerance groups; and victims of prejudice share their insights and experiences. A pro-gay Baptist minister who formerly took a biblical stance against homosexuality and an ex-Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who now speaks out for tolerance also offer their views. Contains inflammatory language and images. Recommended for grades 9-college. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production"
- Professional Image - Description
"The secret to presenting a professional image goes much deeper than external appearances. This video investigates not only the visible factors of proper attire and hygiene, but the issues of attitude, professional self-esteem, familiarity with technology, and knowledge of business trends as well. The image a person communicates through written correspondence and in after-hours settings is also addressed. A Cambridge Educational Production"
- Public Speaking: Time to Stand - Description
"In this program, Dr. Tina Dupree, president of the Motivational Training Center and founder of the Professional Speakers Network, shares her proven techniques for building confidence as a public speaker. How to turn fear into an asset, master the art of small talk, create a "30-second commercial," assess an audience, choose the right words, organize a speech, improve delivery, and other topics are addressed, along with the ten do's and don'ts of creating a winning speech. Guest speakers include Arlene Hoffman, of International Sales & Marketing; Bradley Johnson, of Johnson Partners Research; and retired pro football player Roy Foster"
- Racial Stereotypes in the Media - Description
"Although demeaning and offensive racial stereotypes were pervasive in popular media of every kind during the 20th century, most observers would agree that the media is much more sensitive to representations of race today. But the pernicious effects of that stereotyping live on in the new racism arising from disparities in the treatment of stories involving whites and people of color in a ratings-driven news market, media-enhanced isolationism as a result of narrowcasting, and other sources. This program examines the relationship between mass media and social constructions of race from political and economic perspectives while looking at the effects media can have on audiences. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production."
- Reading Improvement - Description
"Reading rate and comprehension can mean the difference between success and failure to students. Three strategies for improving both are presented in this program. The first suggests reading during the day, for short periods in a quiet place, for maximum efficiency. One method demonstrates how to divide words into groups on a page as an effective way of improving reading rate. The SQ3R Strategy (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review), developed by a leading reading expert, is also examined as a strategy for improving reading comprehension"
- Recognizing Online Propaganda, Bias, and Advertising - Description
"While their motives aren’t always evil, people who bend the truth don’t usually do so for the greater good, either. The online world is no exception—in fact, it’s a paradise for purveyors of hype, pseudo-journalism, and intellectual snake oil. This video explores ways to identify bias and propaganda on the Internet and sift through the various influences, such as political or corporate interests, that may be behind some Web content. Spotlighting key aspects of propaganda and bias-driven writing, such as the use of glittering generalities, name-calling, or card-stacking, the program also presents important tips for differentiating between advertising and genuinely useful, scholarly material—a task made increasingly difficult by cleverly disguised sponsorship. Web savvy is further developed through discussions of URL suffixes (.com, .org, etc.) and what they indicate. Part of the series Internet Research and Information Literacy: Effective Strategies and Cautionary Tales. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A Cambridge Educational Production."
- Renewable Energy - Description
"This program examines the urgent need-not only in the U.S. but across the world-for sustainable energy; it also illustrates how new power production methods are becoming a reality. Alternative energy trendsetters are featured, including Time magazine "Hero for the Planet" Geoffrey Ballard, who explains his hydrogen fuel cell innovations. Evergreen Solar vice president Mark Farber describes his company's advanced solar cell production methods and its mission to provide access to energy in the developing world-a goal shared by the Solar Electric Light Fund, says executive director Bob Freling. In addition, Rocky Mountain Institute founder Amory Lovins promotes the benefits of small solar power plants, and economist Hazel Henderson explores the potential of wind energy"
- Requiem for Detroit? - Description
"More than a requiem, this documentary touches on issues relevant to all students of American history and society by using Detroit as a window into many sociocultural aspects of American life. Major topics include industrialization, the birth of suburbs and consumerism, black migration and white flight, race relations, unionization, economic decline, and community renewal—all set to a sound track by famous Detroit musicians. Director Julien Temple effectively weds scenes of poverty and urban collapse to cheerful archival footage, infusing the film with an energy that is wry, hip, and gritty. The program ends on a hopeful note as images of decaying architectural gems and feral homes give way to citizen activists converting weedy lots into community gardens. With commentary by Grace Lee Boggs, Martha Reeves, and John Sinclair. A Films of Record Production for BBC."
- Sexual Stereotypes in the Media - Description
"Categorizing others is a part of human nature, and even as infants we divide the world into two groups-male and female-to help organize our reality. But when these stereotypes are used to make assumptions about a person's character and value, they become gender bias or outright sexism. This program illustrates some of the commercial, cultural, psychological, and sociological forces that have shaped sexual stereotypes in the media, such as demographic segmentation and the selling of gender, the myths of alluring femininity and rugged masculinity, Jungian personality archetypes, consensus reality, stereotype threat, the hegemonic forces of agenda-setting and mainstreaming, body image dysfunctions, and the theory of the male gaze. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production"
- Shell Shock: The Failure of Corporate Ethics - Description
"When oil conglomerate Shell stunned investors by announcing a 20 percent reduction in its proven reserves, pensions and portfolios suffered around the world. This program reveals a pattern of exaggeration and cover-up at the company's top level-specifically involving the former chairman and head of production. An unflinching analysis of a failure in business ethics, Shell Shock raises complex and timely questions: At what point did protection of the company's image usurp shareholder interests? How did financial industry safeguards let such a crisis develop? And how can similar fiascoes be prevented in the future? Original BBCW broadcast title: Shell Shock"
- Slave Island: New York’s Hidden History - Description
"When excavation in downtown Manhattan unearthed an 18th-century Negro burial ground, New Yorkers were reminded that slavery was not limited to the South. This program explores an often-overlooked chapter in the history of the city and the colonies in general by examining the oldest slave cemetery ever found in North America. Scholars and leading experts conduct archaeological and forensic analysis of the remains of nearly 400 African-American slaves. Dramatic reenactments, early maps, and documents from slave traders also help to piece together a clearer picture of life in forced servitude to either the Dutch West India Company or English masters. Original BBCW broadcast title: Slave Island."
- Smog: The Sweet Smell of Success? - Description
"For most of a century, industrial and automotive smoke were equated with progress and prosperity. But the cost in human health has been devastatingly high, particularly in developing countries. In this program, Devra Davis, author of When Smoke Ran Like Water; Peter Brimblecombe, executive editor of Atmospheric Environment; and others use examples such as smog-related deaths in Donora, Pennsylvania, in 1939 and London in 1952 to address the causes and effects of air pollution. The Ruhr Valley, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Calcutta, and Durban, South Africa, are also discussed. Improvements via legislation and emissions standards are touched upon as well"
- Strategic Learning - Description
"This program outlines a concise three-step process for understanding and retaining information. The steps include exposure, review, and practice. Class attendance is stressed for maximum exposure to material. Valuable advice is provided on how to distill weekly lecture notes into a meaningful study guide. Methods for retrieving information learned include recitation and group study"
- Stress Management - Description
"Stress, when carefully managed, can actually facilitate academic achievement. Reinforced by on-screen lists and a review segment at the end, this program first defines stress and then promotes three core strategies for dealing with it: a positive attitude, a healthy lifestyle, and relaxation techniques. The harmful aspects of unmanaged stress, which include an increased susceptibility to physical illness, clinical depression, and substance abuse, are also discussed"
- Ten Commandments of Resumes - Description
"Resume writing is considered by many to be the most difficult part of the job search process. It is tough to know what the employer is looking for, and even more difficult to express your abilities in a way that gets attention. Discussing ten important tips for writing an excellent resume, this exciting video gives the viewer the knowledge needed to stand out in a crowd of job seekers. An outstanding resume is more important than ever today because of growing competition in the job market. This program helps job seekers create effective, dynamic resumes. Topics covered include the importance of focusing on the employer's needs, not your own; how to use powerful assertions; how to inspire and excite the employer; and much more. Also covered: tips to make the "skills and accomplishments" section and the "list of qualifications" section of the resume intriguing, not boring. A must for anyone seeking a career.A Cambridge Educational Production. One 35-minute video."
- The Age of Wal-Mart: Inside America's Most Powerful Company - Description
"In this Peabody Award-winning program, CNBC's David Faber scrutinizes Wal-Mart as he seeks to understand how the company has ascended to the heights of power it has come to occupy-and whether this juggernaut can continue to succeed in the face of increased opposition. Given unprecedented access, Faber takes viewers from an annual managers' meeting that resembles an evangelical revival to the opening of a new store in China, where Wal-Mart is one of the country's leading importers. Faber also sits down for a one-on-one with CEO Lee Scott, who addresses criticisms over outsourcing, community friction, lawsuits, and other issues. Not available in French-speaking Canada."
- The American Transcendentalists: Concord, Massachusetts - Description
"The ideas and ideals of three American Transcendentalists-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller-initially given expression through The Dial continue to shape the discourse of literature, philosophy, and religion worldwide. This program, hosted by James H. Bride II and divided into eight chapters, traces the origins and defines the concept of Transcendentalism. It also spotlights key landmarks in and around Concord, where the Transcendental movement began, while profiling Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller in depth through readings, interviews, and dramatizations from significant Transcendentalist texts. Scholarly commentary is provided by Richard Baker, Lawrence Buell, Burnham Carter, Philip McFarland, Joan von Mehren, Joel Myerson, Wesley Mott, Robert Richardson Jr., and David Reynolds. Several dramatic passages are reenacted by Jeffrey Hyatt as Thoreau at Walden Pond"
- The Battle for Islam - Description
"A far-reaching exploration of Islam after 9/11, this program follows renowned scholar Ziauddin Sardar on an eye-opening journey through Morocco, Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Sardar interviews Muslims with widely varying political leanings-including Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, other government leaders, women's rights activists, and a cleric who promotes an extremely conservative form of Sharia. The program exposes the tension between pluralistic and hard-liner mentalities growing within the Muslim world, and concludes that moderation and tolerance, rather than zealotry and terror, will ensure the continued strength of the faith. A BBCW Production. Some interviews are in other languages with English subtitles"
- The Beauty Backlash - Description
"With its "Real Beauty" information and marketing campaign, the Dove brand struck a chord with women skeptical of unhealthy or absurd standards of attractiveness. But did the campaign have the widespread impact Dove intended? And what are the implications for the global cosmetics and fashion industries? This program investigates consumer reactions against the idealized images of beauty promoted by TV, movies, and glossy magazines, while exploring the complex relationship between corporate strategy and feminine self-esteem. High-level insights concerning Dove, L'Oreal, and advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi provide a fascinating departure point for socioeconomic discourse. Produced by the Open University"
- The Bill of Rights: A Living Document - Description
"Brief animations introduce key issues in this look back at the Bill of Rights. A host weaves together past and present, while civics experts explore the complexity of the issue of individual rights versus common good. Related topics include hate speech, school newspapers, random drug testing, gun control, and terrorism. Historical segments discuss Colonial Militias, the Intolerable Acts, Freedom of Worship, the Rights of Accused Persons, and the origins of the individual rights concept. A Cambridge Educational Production"
- The Body as a Matrix: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle - Description
"With the five-part Cremaster Cycle of films, multi-award-winning artist Matthew Barney invented a densely layered and interconnected sculptural world that surreally combines sports, biology, sexuality, history, and mythology as it organically evolves. In this program, Barney, Guggenheim curator Nancy Spector, and others deconstruct the Cycle's filming and subsequent translation into sculptural installations. The locations, characters, and symbols that organize the Cycle films; the Cycle installations as spatial content carriers and extensions of the performances; and objectification of the body and undifferentiated sexuality are addressed, as are the intricacies of costuming, makeup, and sculpting with Barney's signature materials: plastic, metal, and Vaseline. Contains nudity and mature themes"
- The Good Soldier - Description
"“War is about one thing only: it’s about killing. You either learn to kill somebody else or you get killed or wounded yourself.” This film examines how soldiers grapple simultaneously with their duty and their own humanity as it tracks the perilous psychological journeys of four decorated combat veterans of World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq War. A combination of frank interviews and battlefield footage, The Good Soldier addresses the initial reluctance to kill, the act of killing from a distance and hand-to-hand, incidents of combat zone atrocities, the experience of getting wounded, mixed feelings of relief and alienation upon returning stateside, post-tour substance abuse and mental trauma, efforts at closure, and involvement with veterans-for-peace movements. A sobering statement both about and against war. Contains graphic military-related violence and instances of harsh language"
- The History of Theater - Description
"From the Greeks to the present, this program explores the evolution of play structure, staging techniques, and acting styles. Viewers learn about the following innovations, movements, and artistic figures: the open air amphitheater and its central role in the work of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; the use of the chorus and masks; the role of theater in ancient Roman society; morality and mystery plays in medieval England; the Italian Renaissance and the innovations of Commedia dell’Arte; James Burbage and London’s first permanent playhouse; Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre; the closing of London theaters in 1648 and their return under King Charles II; the naturalism of Chekhov and Ibsen; and Stanislavsky and method acting. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A part of the series Treading the Boards: Theater Fundamentals."
- The Making of the Constitution - Description
"This is a compelling account of the events leading up to the creation of the Constitution. Conforming to civics and history curriculums, the program puts key events into historical perspective by examining the pressures faced by Loyalists, Patriots, and average colonists. Richly textured with historical art, compelling video footage, and insightful commentary, it explores a fascinating mix of individuals, political philosophers, and social issues of the day. Dramatized sections provide insights into what actually went on at Independence Hall while the document was being written. A Cambridge Educational Production"
- The Poisoned Dream: The Love Canal Nightmare - Description
"In 1980, three frustrated mothers made American history by taking federal officials hostage in the community built on the site of New York's toxic Love Canal. In this riveting expose, the three activists-Lois Gibbs, Barbara Quimby, and Patti Grenzy-and research scientist Dr. Beverly Paigen, who staunchly stood by the residents, discuss their volatile four-year political battle to have the entire community evacuated. Archival footage of President Jimmy Carter, Jane Fonda, government officials, and residents who were on the scene convey the urgency of America's first headline eco-disaster"
- The Power of Speech - Description
"As Maya Angelou points out in The Power of Speech, "If the words and delivery are powerful, they echo down the centuries." To emphasize the point, Angelou and other writers and orators examine the moving oratory of 14th-century tax protester John Ball, 19th-century slave Sojourner Truth, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Each speaker's technique is examined within the context of why the speech is being delivered, and to whom. Examples of how great orators throughout history have used their skills for good and evil drive home the immense power of the spoken word. A BBC Production"
- The Seeds of a New Era - Description
"Shedding light on today's biotech revolution, this intro-level program examines the controversies surrounding genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, specifically in agriculture. The program explains the process of modification using crown gall disease and Agrobacterium tumefaciens as models to demonstrate how genetic engineering works in plants. Marker genes, DNA constructs, promoters, ligase, restriction enzymes, and the real-world agricultural applications of transgenic plants are analyzed. The film clearly shows that, regarding the long-term use of GMOs and their products, farms are both working laboratories and ethical battlegrounds. A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online"
- The Sociology of Families and Households - Description
"This multi-section program examines the relationships between established sociological perspectives—structural functionalism, Marxist theory, and early feminist theory—and the family; investigates how over several decades the decline in marriage, an increase in cohabitation and divorce, and the lowering fertility rate in the U.K. have affected the British nuclear family; and juxtaposes the old sociology of families and the new, with its emphasis on comparative analysis and how family relationships are negotiated in everyday life. The video concludes with a look at how changes in family life can be linked to changes in wider society and asks if families have a future. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online. A part of the series Understanding Sociology."
- The Timber Mafia: The Economics of Deforestation - Description
"In countries such as Brazil, Cameroon, Cambodia, and the Philippines, organized timber rackets are booming, selling rare wood illegally cut from national parks and nature preserves. Such mercenary deforestation threatens countless species and has already changed global weather patterns. Often filmed covertly, this program goes inside the illegal timber traffic in Indonesia, examining the profits and attendant corruption, as well as exposing ongoing logging operations. Economics of the trade and countermeasures are discussed by key figures and experts, including the Indonesian Forestry Minister, the U.K. Environment Minister, and members of the Environmental Investigation Agency, Malaysian Timber Council, and Worldwide Fund for Nature"
- The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306 - Description
""I wondered for many years," reveals the Rev. Billy Kyles, "why I was there at that crucial moment." Rev. Kyles stood only a few feet away from Dr. Martin Luther King when the eminent civil rights leader was assassinated. This Academy Award-nominated documentary features Rev. Kyles’ reflections on the tragedy—and on the events leading up to it, most notably the sanitation workers’ strike that Dr. King had come to Memphis to support. A compelling view into the development of the SCLC’s Poor People’s Campaign, the film includes interviews with Maxine Smith, then executive secretary of the Memphis NAACP branch, and Dr. Benjamin Hooks, former NAACP executive director."
- Time Management - Description
"Three strategies to help students make better use of their time are presented in this program. They include the development of a term calendar on which students list important academic "events," such as term-paper deadlines and exam dates. A weekly schedule allows students to assess available time and make the most of it. A daily "To-Do List" helps students avoid last-minute cramming for exams and other academic projects"
- Transforming Food: A Global Look at Genetic Modification - Description
"While the debate over genetically modified foods is far from settled, a growing number of food producers are taking a GM-friendly approach. This program presents arguments in favor of GM technology and suggests ways in which it can boost crop yields and reduce global hunger. Presented by Jim Doherty, a long-time advocate for sustainable agriculture in the U.K., the program travels to Bavaria, Argentina, Uganda, and Pennsylvania as it depicts vast GM farming operations in action. Barley, soy, and other modified crops are studied, while Doherty makes the case that all farming is, in essence, the scientific alteration of wild plant strains. Original BBC broadcast title: Jimmy's GM Food Fight."
- Truth or Fiction? Photography and Ethics - Description
"Photographs have the potential to present powerful truths-or to create convincing fictions. This program uses case studies involving Iwo Jima, Elian Gonzalez, and O. J. Simpson to show how images can be manipulated to influence the way viewers perceive events. The ethics of photography and the positive and negative impacts of digital technology, which is steadily eroding the border between artistic and documentary photography, are covered. Commentary is provided by photo historian Diana Gaston, former curator at San Francisco Camerawork; Joel Slayton, of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media; and others"
- Whose Plants Are They, Anyway? - Description
"Surveying the vast biodiversity of the medicinal plant world, this program examines the challenges facing countries rich in such natural resources. The video presents interviews with numerous alternative health experts-including Dr. Jean-Pierre Willem, renowned surgeon, ethnologist, and the last field assistant of Dr. Albert Schweitzer-and documents their knowledge in a wide range of herbal and plant-based treatments. It also studies controversies surrounding the patenting of organisms with medicinal potential, such as Peru's maca root-a clear demonstration that the interests of powerful pharmaceutical companies don't always suit those of indigenous peoples"
- Why Do We Dream? - Description
"With cutting-edge experiments and intriguing case studies, this program explores the science of dreams—revealing their impact on our memories, learning processes, and mental health. Contrasting REM-sleep dreams with those occurring in non-REM sleep, the film examines the roles of the amygdala and the parietal lobe and the ways in which depression and stroke affect, or are affected by, dream patterns. Links between dreams and real-life events are studied, as well as the significance of nightmares and bad dreams in our ability to cope with challenges. Finally, the program delves into the subject of lucid or self-directed dreaming and the development of a “dream database” for psychological research. A BBC Production"
- Why Reading Matters More than Ever - Description
"New imaging technology like FMRI scanning allows the observation of the brain at work and shows that reading builds new connections in the brain. Some think the new digital age challenges the world of reading."
- Why the Hate? America, from a Muslim Point of View - Description
"In the aftermath of September 11th, George W. Bush made an ultimatum to the world: "Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists." But for many followers of Islam-a global community that includes more than a billion devotees-the choice is not that simple. This timely ABC News program explores the mixed emotions felt by many Muslims toward the U.S. Topics on the agenda include American culture, often perceived as offensive, and U.S. foreign policy, frequently viewed as threatening. By capturing individual opinions and attitudes, correspondent Chris Bury addresses common themes in an effort to answer the question of a stunned American populace: "Why do they hate us so much?""
- William Kentridge: Art from the Ashes - Description
"In this program, artist, filmmaker, and dramatist William Kentridge demonstrates his remarkable filmmaking technique-stop-action animation using photos of charcoal drawings in which he has erased and redrawn scenes in different arrangements-as he works on Stereoscope. Footage from that piece as well as from History of the Main Complaint; Felix in Exile; Sobriety, Obesity & Growing Old; Mine; and Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City After Paris powerfully illustrates his abiding concerns with the sociopolitical legacy of racial oppression and colonialism in South Africa. The film clips also reveal how his polemical "drawings for projection" evoke a nuanced sense of time's passage as each image builds upon the shadowy remnants of prior ones"
- Women and Men Unglued: Marriage and Relationships in the 21st Century - Description
"Men and women of marriageable age are staying single in record numbers. The traditional family is fast becoming an anachronism. Could the 21st century be the era when the sexes go their separate ways? Through a series of filmed portraits and candid, often gritty interviews, this program looks at changing contemporary gender relations and expectations, exploring how men and women feel about issues such as dating, marriage, money, parenting, romantic love, feminism, and commitment. "
- Your First Resume and Interview - Description
"The school-to-work transition attempts to help students move easily from the classroom to the workforce and this video provides clear, unequivocal information about the resume and the interview. Learn why employers like resumes and what kinds of information should be included. See the different styles of resumes and why one style might be preferable to another. The interviewing process will also be covered, including an overview of what the employer hopes to learn. The video will not only provide a clear idea of what kinds of questions viewers can expect but also give behavior do's and don'ts. A great way to offer helpful points to students who are facing their first job experience. A Meridian Production"