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Cran, William

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Most widely held works by William Cran
The story of English by Robert McCrum( Book )

128 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 5,510 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 )

42 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 2,132 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
Do you speak American? : a companion to the PBS television series by Robert MacNeil( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,714 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 )

32 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Dutch and held by 1,266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Episode one: Explains how, for the last half of the 20th century, the world moved toward more governmental control of markets -- from the centrally planned economies of the communist world to the "mixed economies" of Europe and the developing world to the United States' regulated capitalism -- and then began to move away from governmental control in the 1980s and 1990s. Discuss two important economists of this era: John Maynard Keynes, who advocated government intervention to control the booms and busts of capitalist economies, and Friedrich von Hayek, who argued that government intervention in the economy would erode human freedom and was doomed to failure
1421, the year China discovered America?( Visual )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 1,036 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 957 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. Episode one discusses linguistic dialect zones, the tension between prescriptivism and descriptivism, the impact of dialect on grapholect, the northern cities vowel shift, the roots of African-American English, minority linguistic profiling, biases against nonstandard speech, and the general perception of the U.S. Midland dialect as "normal American." Looks at hip-hop street talk, IM slang, Pittsburghese, and Gullah and Geechee. Episode two reviews Southern dialects and accents and the influences of French and Spanish on American English. Examines regional differences in vernacular, the steady displacement of Southern coastal dialect by inland dialect, the accents of JFK and LBJ, and the Texas border town of El Cenizo, where Spanish is the official language. Episode three looks at Spanglish, Chicano, Ebonics, and "Surfer Dude." Discusses the implications of voice-activation technology, opinions on the role of Spanish in the U.S., 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 and regional stereotypes
The age of AIDS( Visual )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 789 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 )

50 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 646 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 301 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( Visual )

4 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This miniseries tells the story of oil and how it has dominated world politics, influenced two world wars, shaken the world economy, and transformed our century
Among the righteous : lost stories from the holocaust in Arab lands( Visual )

3 editions 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?"--
From Jesus to Christ. the first Christians( Visual )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part two of the series From Jesus to Christ explores the period after the crucifixion of Jesus by tracing the beginnings of the "Jesus Movement," as Christianity was first called in its early years. Drawing upon historical evidence and archeological finds as well as engaging interviews, we learn that the early Christians branched out spreading their message to non-Jews, while the Apostle Paul, in approximately 50 CE, traveled away from the traditional centers of the Jesus Movement to found new churches in Greco-Roman cities. In fact, Paul's letters to these fledgling congregations mark the first writings of the New Testament. Meanwhile, spiraling tensions between Jews and Rome would culminate in a catastrophic Jewish revolt against Rome, propelling the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple - the center of Jewish spiritual life. This film presents a rare and compelling glimpse at early Christianity
The Guid Scots tongue( Visual )

8 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 192 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
Red files : secrets of the Russian archives revealed( Visual )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 191 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"--Container
Do you speak American? by Robert MacNeil( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 191 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 Muvver tongue( Visual )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the development of Cockney English and its influence on Australian and New Zealand English
Loaded weapon( Visual )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 171 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
Ambush in Mogadishu( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 166 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
The Mother tongue( Visual )

15 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 164 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
Apocalypse by Gérard Mordillat( Visual )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 159 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
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Do you speak American? : a companion to the PBS television series
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