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Cran, William

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The story of English by Robert McCrum( Book )

122 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 5,632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Library Journal: A tie-in for a nine-part television series to be broadcast over PBS beginning in September, this is a wide-ranging account of the travels and changes of the English tongue from its beginnings to tomorrow, from England to America to Australia to Africa and India and the Pacific. Despite an occasionally perceptible British bias, the authors have tried hard to paint a colorful, vivid picture of the many faces and varieties of English. The text is never dull, but is enlivened by innumerable examples and by interviews with representative individuals: a minister in Scotland, a couple from the Appalachians, a storekeeper in Newfoundland, a Philadelphia shoeshine man, a cockney fruitseller, an Australian farm family, the president of Sierra Leone, a writing professor in India. A readable book that all public libraries should have. BOMC alternate. Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY, Stony Brook
From Jesus to Christ : the first Christians by Public Broadcasting System (U.S.)( Visual )

39 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 2,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explore the life of Jesus and the movement he started, challenging familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity. Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence and interviews with the nation's leading New Testament scholars, the series transports the viewer back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus once lived and preached. Traces Jesus' life, focusing on the events that occurred after he died and on his first followers
Do you speak American? : a companion to the PBS television series by Robert MacNeil( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a look at the origins, history, and current state of American spoken and written language, looking at the linguistic traditions in diverse regions of the country and assessing the influence of e-mail and other factors
Commanding heights : the battle for the world economy by Daniel Yergin( Visual )

27 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 1,351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Episode two: Illustrates how economies with strict governmental control encountered serious trouble in the 1980s and how many leaders embraced the idea of "shock therapy," a rapid conversion to free-market capitalism. The program focuses in detail on how reform played out in several countries: Russia, Poland, India, Bolivia, and Chile, as they lived through the upheavals of rapid change, dealing with both the new freedoms and the new dangers of privatization, deregulation, and competition
Do you speak American? by William Cran( Visual )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines sociolinguistic questions and the dynamic state of American English, a language rich in regional variety, strong in global impact, and steeped in cultural controversy
1421, the year China discovered America?( Visual )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 1,013 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Did a daring Chinese admiral sailing the world's largest wooden armada reach America 71 years before Columbus? This program examines the mystery surrounding the sailing exploits of the legendary Admiral Zheng He and his 30-year command of a Ming fleet. Part one discusses his known voyages to Asia and Africa; part two discusses the controversial theory that he rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and sailed on to America
The age of AIDS( Visual )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part one follows the trail of a medical mystery which began in 1981 when five gay men in Los Angeles were diagnosed with a deadly new disease. Traces the international response in the first years of the epidemic, contrasting moments of inspirational leadership with the tragedy of missed opportunities. Reveals the astounding spread of the infection to over 70 million infections in 2006. Part two explores the chasm that emerged between rich and poor following the development of the miraculous "triple cocktail" HIV treatment. While the discovery seemed to signal a new era in which AIDS was no longer a fatal disease, the high price of the drugs meant they were unaffordable to patients in developing nations. Also examines the next wave of the AIDS epidemic in some of the most populous and strategically important nations in the world, including Russia, India and China, and tracks the same pattern of official denial and political indifference that characterized the epidemic in so many other countries
The Story of English( Visual )

17 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A work of profound scholarship and powerful storytelling from host Robert MacNeil, this classic nine-part PBS series remains one of the great narratives of linguistic studies-- and is now available on digitally re-mastered, menu-driven DVD. Steeped in history, geography, sociology, and political drama, The story of English has little to do with dictionaries, official documents, or highbrow literature. It is a tale of language used for immediate needs-- in street talk, popular entertainment, war, and trade-- and it covers more than a millennium of civilization's ebb and flow. Vividly capturing a sense of global dynamics, the series travels to 16 countries and across 5 continents as it follows the evolutionary path of the first worldwide language."--Containers
America at a crossroads. the men and ideas behind al Qaeda( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an in-depth look at the modern, radical Islamic groups, and the ideas and beliefs that inspire them, along with the challenges they pose for governments in the Middle East and the West. From the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1940s to Islamic organizations today, get an insightful perspectives of Islam from Western and Middle Eastern journalists, U.S. intelligence experts on the frontlines of the fight against al Qaeda, and friends and contemporaries of Sama bin Lden and his lieutenant Ayman al-Zawahiri
The Prize : the epic quest for oil, money and power( Visual )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This PBS miniseries tells the epic history of oil ... how it has dominated global politics, shaken the world economy, and transformed our century. "Our plan" deals with the rise of John D. Rockefeller and Ida Tarbell's exposé of him. Looks at Rockefeller's controversial legacy as well as how Tarbell served as a role model for the modern investigative journalist. "Empires of oil" deals with the merger of Shell Oil and Royal Dutch to challenge Rockefeller's Standard Oil. Talks of the discovery of oil in the Mideast as well as Russia and how oil helped the Allies win World War I. "The black giant" deals with the Roaring Twenties and the increased need for oil especially with the advent of more cars. Profiles Calouste Gulbenkian who staked his claim on the oil rights for Iraq. "War and oil" talks about the role oil played in World War II including how it affected strategy as well as what the lack of oil did to slow war efforts and eventually lead to the failure of Japan. "Crude diplomacy" deals with the increasing importance of oil after World War II and the shift in oil production from the United States to the MIddle East. "Power to the producers" talks of the cheap oil and the new automobile culture for Americans eventually leading to a power shift from the American oil companies to the oil producing countries. "The tinderbox" deals with the two decades between 1971 and 1991 when power shifted and nations and companies jockeyed for position during the rise of OPEC. Follows the events in the Middle East from the British withdrawal from the Persian Gulf up to the burning oil wells in Kuwait during the first Gulf War. "The new order of oil" discusses the beginning of a new era for oil after the first Gulf War as environmental issues are raised. Discusses the need in the Information Age to balance energy, economic, and ecological needs
Among the righteous : lost stories from the holocaust in Arab lands( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Among the Righteous recounts Robert Satloff's eight-year effort to provide a hopeful response to the problems of Holocaust ignorance and denial in the Arab world by asking a question no one had ever before posed: Did any Arabs save any Jews during the Holocaust?"--Http://www.pbs.org/newshour/among-the-righteous/about.html
The Story of English( Visual )

29 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the influence of Irish Gaelic on the English language in Ireland and describes how these linguistic differences produce the cultural and political differences with England
Do you speak American? by Robert MacNeil( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Is the Growing Influence of Spanish threatening to displace English in the United States? Are America's grammatical standards in serious decline? Has the media saturation of our culture homogenized our speech? These and other questions about American English catapulted Robert MacNeil and William Cran, coauthors of the language classic The Story of English, on a cross-country journey in search of answers. An intriguing follow-up to The Story of English, Do You Speak American? is the tale of the surprising discoveries they made along the way. Book jacket."--Jacket
Red files : secrets of the Russian archives revealed( Visual )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Red files exposes a fascinating view of history from the Soviet perspective. Featuring powerful interviews with key Soviet participants, never-before-seen film archives and declassified dossiers, the series tells compelling stories of personal and political intrigue that were hidden behind the Iron Curtain for generations
From Jesus to Christ. the first Christians( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part one of the series From Jesus to Christ examines the influence of Judaism and the Roman Empire on the life of Jesus. Through compelling interviews with archeologists, theologians, and historians it is revealed that Jesus was an ordinary Jewish resident of his time, but new findings show that he was probably not of the assumed humble class. Nazareth, where he grew up, was about four miles from the cosmopolitan urban center of Sepphoris, one of the Roman provincial cities. And while Rome defined one dimension of Jesus' world, the other was symbolized by the great Temple in Jerusalem. The film also reveals an excavation of new theories leading to Jesus⁰́₉ crucifixion - likely an act of the Romans - with little notice taken by Jewish people
The Story of English( Visual )

17 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows the evolution of American English from the revolutionary war through the roaring twenties. Explains that as the American frontier expanded westward, frontiersmen and women, riverboaters, gold miners, and others enlarged and enriched the traditional vocabulary, as did the great emigrations of the nineteenth century
Apocalypse!( Visual )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Apocalypse! traces the evolution of apocalyptic ideology throughout the Ages - from its origin in the Jewish experience after the Babylonian exile to its diverse and often tumultous expression in modern times."--Container
Extreme oil( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays the challenges that face the oil industries and the consumers of the infinite products of oil. "The pipeline" follows the route of a pipeline linking the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea and thus the global market. "The oil curse" contrasts the cases of Ecuador and western Africa, and looks at how the discovery of oil has affected the local population. "The wilderness" explores the tension between the world's desire for oil and existing and proposed environmental restraints
The agony of reform by William Cran( Visual )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The agony of reform explores the failure of government-controlled economies in the 1980s and how new leaders embraced the ideas of reform and "shock therapy"--A rapid conversion to free-market capitalism. The program focuses on how reform played out in Russia, the eastern bloc, Latin America, India and other countries as they lived through the upheavals of rapid change, coping with both the new freedoms and the new issues of privatization, deregulation, and the shock of free-wheeling competition
The Guid Scots Tongue( Visual )

7 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the influence of Scottish and Irish Gaelic on the English language. Discusses the English spoken in the Appalachian region of the U.S
 
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