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Cran, William

Overview
Works: 200 works in 737 publications in 2 languages and 19,057 library holdings
Genres: History  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Documentary films  Educational films  Internet videos  Biography  Television programs  Television adaptations  Historical films 
Roles: Director, Author of screenplay, Producer, Narrator, Author, Performer, Editor, fmd, fmp
Classifications: PE1075, 420.9
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by William Cran
The story of English by Robert McCrum( Book )

133 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 5,496 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
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 1,761 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
From Jesus to Christ : the first Christians( Visual )

25 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 1,693 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
Commanding heights : the battle for the world economy by Daniel Yergin( Visual )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,174 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
1421, the year China discovered America?( Visual )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 992 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
Do you speak American? by William Cran( Visual )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 953 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
The age of AIDS( Visual )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 790 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 by William Reid( Visual )

51 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A nine-part exploration into the past, present and future of the world's most widely spoken and influential language. Discusses the history of the English language from Celtic times through to modern day. Looks at the universal use and different varieties of English in Britain and the New World
America at a crossroads. the men and ideas behind al Qaeda( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an in-depth look at the modern, radical Islamic groups and the ideas and beliefs that inspire them. Examines the challenges they pose for governments in the Middle East and the West. Traces the evolution of these groups from the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1940s to Islamic organizations today and looks at their evolving ideology of violence and hatred towards the West. Presents the inside story of Al Qaeda's leaders: Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the recently killed leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi
The Prize : the epic quest for oil, money and power by Daniel Yergin( Visual )

4 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 249 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
Do You Speak American? : Up North( Visual )

13 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this program, Robert MacNeil heads to California to take part in meaningful dialogues on Spanglish, Chicano, Ebonics, and "Surfer Dude" before going to Seattle to consider the implications of voice-activation technology. Linguist Carmen Fought, Stanford University's Cliff Nass, screenwriters Amy Heckerling and Winnie Holtzman, and others speak their minds about Spanish in America, why teens create their own language, gay self-empowerment by redefining discriminatory terms, the oo-fronting sound shift, and whether technology will reinforce or weaken racial/regional stereotypes. The teaching of English without devaluing or denigrating cultural linguistice differences is addressed
Among the righteous : lost stories from the holocaust in Arab lands( Visual )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 234 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
From Jesus to Christ : the first Christians( Visual )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity. Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, the series transports viewers back 2,000 years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity. The first program traces the life of Jesus of Nazareth, exploring the message that helped his ministry grow and the events that led to his crucifixion around 30 C.E. The film then turns to the period that followed Jesus' death, examining the rise of Christianity and concluding with the first revolt -- the bloody and violent siege of Jerusalem and the beginning of a rift between Christianity and Judaism. The broadcast explores evidence suggesting that Jesus' followers, because of their diversity and the differences in their cultures and languages, looked at and interpreted Jesus and his teachings in many different ways
Do you speak American? by Robert MacNeil( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 196 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
The Guid Scots tongue( Visual )

8 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 191 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
The Muvver tongue( Visual )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the development of Cockney English and its influence on Australian and New Zealand English
Ambush in Mogadishu( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frontline investigates what went wrong with the peacekeeping mission in Mogadishu. On Oct. 3, 1993, elite units of the U.S. Army's Rangers and Delta Force were pinned down on the streets of Mogadishu by forces of Somali warlord, Mohammed Farah Aidid. Eighteen American soldiers died and seventy-five were wounded. The incident caused the U.S. to rethink its response to the world's humanitarian crises
Loaded weapon( Visual )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 166 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
The story of English( Visual )

7 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 1 shows the pervasiveness of English, now spoken by hundreds of millions of people. Program 2 surveys the growth of English from its Anglo-Saxon origins through the Norman Conquest
The Mother tongue( Visual )

15 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains how the speech of a few Germanic tribes blended with that of Viking and Norman invaders to become the English language. Examines the importance of Chaucer to the development of an English literature
 
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Do you speak American? : a companion to the PBS television series
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