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Kurtis, Bill

Works: 952 works in 2,012 publications in 1 language and 31,533 library holdings
Genres: Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  History  Internet videos  Documentary films  Educational films  Biography  Live sound recordings  Nonfiction films  Environmental films 
Roles: Narrator, Producer, Speaker, Author, Host, Production personnel, Interviewer, Commentator, Reporter
Classifications: PN4784.T4, 070.195
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Bill Kurtis
The death penalty on trial : crisis in American justice by Bill Kurtis( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 1,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Death Penalty on Trial, Kurtis takes readers on his most remarkable investigative journey yet. Together, we revisit two harrowing murder scenes, study the evidence and explore the tactical decisions made before and during trial, which sent two innocent men to death row. Through these cases, we encounter the eight main reasons why the wrong people are condemned to death, including overzealous and dishonest prosecutors, corrupt policemen, unreliable witnesses and expert witnesses, incompetent defence lawyers, bias judges and prison informants. We see why the new jewel of forensic science, DNA, is revealing more than innocence and guilt, opening a window into the criminal justice system that could touch off a revolution of reform. Ultimately we come to a remarkable conclusion: The possibility for error is simply too great to allow the death penalty to stand as its ultimate punishment
We interrupt this broadcast : relive the events that stopped our lives-- from the Hindenburg to the death of Princess Diana by Joe Garner( Recording )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the details of forty-six significant events of the twentieth century, each with photographs from the scene; and features three compact discs that contain over two hours of audio from the events as they were broadcast live
Mafia : the history of the Mob in America( Visual )

21 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of documentaries produced by A & E presents a broad overview of organized crime in America, beginning with immigrants who formed gangs soon after arriving in the late 19th century. The focus is on Italian-American gangsters, though there are mentions of Irish and Jewish gangs, which at various times cooperated with or competed against the Mafia, and one program in the collection presents skeins of conjecture while seeking to document links between the Mob and the Kennedy political dynasty. The documentaries use vintage newsreel footage as well as clips of Hollywood versions of gang life to illustrate the narration
Carbo₂n nation( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A documentary movie about climate change solutions. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don't buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how solutions to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues"--Publisher website
The Farm life inside Angola Prison by Liz Garbus( Visual )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary film which follows the lives of 6 men imprisoned in Angola, Louisiana State Penitentiary
Trial by television( Visual )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From sensational television news coverage and "movies-of- the week" to cameras in every courtroom in American, the effect of mass audience participation during the law enforcement process poses serious questions about the outcome of criminal proceedings
Columbine understanding why( Visual )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Members of the Threat Assessment Group (TAG) attempt to determine the factors that lead to the Columbine High School shootings
Secrets of the Civil War the stories of lost battles and covert missions finally revealed( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Even today, almost 150 years after Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, unexpected secrets and little-known stories continue to emerge from Civil War history. In the cavalry charge at Mine Creek in Kansas, it took only 30 minutes for 2,800 Union troops to defeat an enemy force more than double in size, and yet, few people have heard of it. The same can be said of a Confederate raid on Vermont and an attempt by Union coal miners to blow up a Southern fort by tunneling underneath it
The death penalty by Alex Kozinski( Visual )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the arguments for and against capital punishment. Presents the case of Caryl Chessman, a rapist, kidnapper, and jailhouse lawyer who appealed his sentence for twelve years. Follows with a discussion of other capital cases, and the constitutional fight over the death penalty
Teenage suicide the silent threat( Visual )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A teen with bipolar disorder describes her suicide attempt and her struggle to deal with her illness through medication and therapy. Parents of several teens whose depression and/or eating disorders led to suicide also relate their experiences and mental health experts tell of promising screening projects that may help identify at-risk youth and lead to effective prevention
Kids behind bars by Brian Woods( Visual )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look at juveniles serving time in jail, many who have been tried as adults and/or serving lengthy sentences
Anti-gay hate crime( Visual )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Going beyond the headlines, take a discerning look at the escalation of violent crimes against homosexuals in America. This documentary, part of the Investigative Reports series from A & E, explores the dark, evil world of hate crimes geared specifically toward homosexuals. Narrated by Investigative Reports host and producer Bill Kurtis, this video looks at some of the more publicized anti-gay crimes, including the murder of Matthew Shepard at the University of Wyoming. In addition to interviews with victims and law enforcement officials who have worked on hate crime cases, this video shows the dark world of anti-gay organizations. The Christian Right organization promotes anti-homosexual messages around the country and even picketed Matthew Shepard's funeral. The Family Research Council also promotes messages of anti-gay themes and is considered the largest, most powerful anti-gay organization in the United States. ~ Cecilia Cygnar, Rovi
Transgender revolution( Visual )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigative Reports goes beyond ignorance and stereotypes for an intimate portrayal of the people who choose to change their sexuality. Among the unexpected, ferociously articulate characters we meet are a female-to-male transsexual who works for the Tampa sheriff's office, a male-to-female electrical designer who has hosted an MIT radio show called Gendertalk, and a Southern good-old-boy who we follow through his surgical transformation. The Transgender Revolution also examines the fast-growing movement to combat gender oppression, highlighting the nation's most notorious transsexual killings and a Congressional battle over including transsexuals in the Hate Crimes Act
The founding of America by Kelsey Grammer( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of programs exploring the personalities, the battles, the bravery, the losses, and the romance of the early days of the United States. Founding fathers and Founding brothers examine the relationships of the men who risked their fortunes and lives for independence. The Revolution recounts the battles, losses, and victories. Ben Franklin and Benedict Arnold look at the roles played by both men, and Washington the warrior and The crossing pay tribute to the leadership of the first president
Generation Rx Reading, Writing, and Ritalin( Visual )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A decade after the introduction of Prozac, this report takes an in-depth look at America's love affair with anti-depressants that has now seeped into elementary schools
Storm chasers by A&E Home Video( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cruising a desolate stretch of Oklahoma known as "Tornado Alley", a group of thrill seekers known as the "Storm Chasers" risk their lives to capture astonishing up-close video footage of the raw power, strange beauty, and howling force of these incredible storms
Wage slaves not getting by in America( Visual )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at five people working in low-wage jobs in Nevada, Alabama, California, and Florida who are not earning enough to support themselves or their families as the minimum wage does not cover basic needs. It compares those living at the poverty level in America with people in other countries and finds that poor Americans are in worse shape because of the cost of living
Crisis planet earth Into the depths( Visual )

9 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers two stories that impact the environment: global warming and how it is measured; and pollution damage to Lake Superior
Human trafficking( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From prostitution to slave labor, human trafficking knows no moral or geographical boundaries. This CNBC program examines an underground global industry in which hopelessness and greed create a sinister, sometimes lethal combination. Viewers see first-hand the human impact of the commercial sex trade in Tijuana, Mexico, where girls younger than 18 are often coerced into working as prostitutes. As the program shows, the modern slave labor trade is also a real problem in the U.S., involving not only the sex industry but also agriculture, manufacturing, and hospitality. Meanwhile, cocoa production is drawing increasing fire from human rights experts, with nearly half of the world's cocoa crops coming from Africa's Ivory Coast-an area with a long history of child slavery. Not available in French-speaking Canada. A part of the series Crime Inc.: The Underground Economy. (44 minutes) A streaming videorecording
A 20th century medicine man( Visual )

7 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this episode Dr. Mark Plotkin searches and studies with native shahmen to discover how Amazonian plants can help solve the mystery of disease. Also in this episode of The New Explorers, thousands of miles away in a very different forest, scientists working hard to rescue a beloved species of bird threatened with extinction
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The death penalty on trial : crisis in American justice
Alternative Names
Bill Kurtis Amerikaans televisieproducent

Bill Kurtis Television producer

Bill Kurtis US-amerikanischer Journalist

Kurtis, William Horton

Кёртис, Билл


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We interrupt this broadcast : relive the events that stopped our lives-- from the Hindenburg to the death of Princess DianaThe founding of America