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Sound and fury by Josh Aronson( Visual )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 1,287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the issues that arise in an extended family consisting of several deaf members when the opportunity arises for two of the children to receive a surgical implant that would enable them to hear. Explores the little-known world of deaf culture
Waging a living by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over three years, the film follows four hard-working individuals as they strive for their piece of the American Dream but find only low wages, dead end jobs, and a tattered safety net in their way"--Container
Critical condition by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

11 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates the health care crisis in America by following a diverse group of uninsured individuals as they battle critical illnesses without proper care
Money & medicine( Visual )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatic doctor/patient stories filmed at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and Intermountain Medical Center in Utah capture the powerful forces driving soaring health care costs as well as proven strategies that effectively reign in excessive medical expenses
Aging out by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the daunting obstacles that three foster children encounter as they age out of the system and are suddenly on their own for the first time
Ending welfare as we know it by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ending Welfare As We Know It follows six welfare mothers over the course of a year as they struggle to comply with new work requirements, find reliable child care and transportation, battle drug addiction and depression, confront domestic violence, and try to make ends meet in the new era of welfare reform. By profiling families living in Wisconsin, Florida, and New Jersey, states that implemented their own reforms before the passage of the federal bill, the program offers the public a preview of welfare reform as it unfolds throughout the rest of the country. Each of the states featured has reduced its welfare caseload by imposing strict new rules which include work requirements, time limits, and special provisions for teen mothers. Some states offer job training, education, child care subsidies, life skills classes, and more. But which measures are most effective? More importantly, what has become of the people who have left the welfare rolls? While the documentary reveals that the new work requirements and time limits are motivating many welfare recipients to go to work, it also finds that many of the people we are pushing off welfare are not landing on their feet. As this program reveals, there are no pat answers, and the solution to welfare dependency are as complex as the reasons people turn to welfare in the first place
Can't afford to grow old by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

10 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As you age you probably will want to live with the familiar comforts of your home, but you'd better be healthy and wealthy. The reality of aging in America is that there is no help in paying for a nurse or a housekeeper if you become disabled and need assistance. All your family can do is place you in a nursing home, and only after your money runs out will the government pay the bills. The cruel irony is that the cost of a nursing home is often much greater to the American taxpayer than subsidized home care. This film features several families eager to keep their elderly relatives at home, who have simply exhausted their physical and financial resources. Every year, up to one million Americans are forced into poverty by the cost of long-term care, and only then do they qualify for Medicaid, the state and federal health insurance program for the very poor. This cogent analysis of the impact of the aging of America on our strained health-care system combines poignant human stories with informed testimony by law makers and public policy experts. The debate centers around whether the government or the private sector should ultimately pay for long-term care. We are shown innovative programs, one private and one publicly funded, that give seniors some options as they experience frailty in old age. This landmark film clearly illustrates the crisis facing all Americans as they and their parents age. It should be seen by students and professionals in health care, gerontology, social service, public policy, as well as the general public
Who lives, who dies : rationing health care by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

15 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This powerful documentary shows that despite America's extraordinary medical resources, our health care system is failing a large part of the population. One out of six Americans has no coverage and cannot afford basic care. They must rely on public clinics whose funding is shrinking. We see a woman with a malignancy that spread because she couldn t get treatment; a man with high blood pressure who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage because he could not afford medication; a woman in labor who was not accepted at two hospitals because she had no insurance. Poor children are at greatest risk. In the U.S., which ranks 20th in infant mortality, nearly 40,000 infants die every year because they are born prematurely with low birth weight. Two-thirds of these deaths occur among mothers with little or no prenatal care. The cruel irony of our system is that, while denying routine preventive care to millions, it often gives dying patients useless care they don t want. Last year, $50 billion was spent on patients in their last six months of life. In the intensive care unit of New York City's Roosevelt Hospital, Dr. David Finley illustrates how difficult it is to withdraw life support equipment. The documentary explores the complicated issue of organ transplants, where huge sums of money are spent for the benefit of the relatively few. While it may seem callous to evaluate life-saving technology in terms of costs, such choices are being made
Uncovered by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uncovered puts a human face on America' health care crisis by chronicling the harrowing struggles of the Nazaretyan family to care for their disabled children without insurance. George and Narine Nazaretyan' twin babies were born three months prematurely and remained in the neonatal intensive care unit for fifteen weeks. When the Nazaretyan's health insurance company received expensive medical claims, they rescinded the familyss insurance policy, leaving the family with medical bills of a million dollars, a house they can no longer afford, and severely disabled children who need specialized medical attention for the rest of their lives. The film reveals the medical, financial, and emotional struggles of one family as they try to cope with a medical crisis without health insurance. This new film by award-winning filmmaker Roger Weisberg makes a powerful case that health insurance coverage should be extended to all Americans
What's ailing medicine? : with Walter Cronkite by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What s Ailing Medicine examines the shortcomings of medical care in America and the prospects for finding a cures as the nation debates a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform our health care system. How can we provide health care for the 37 million Americans who currently lack insurance? How can we provide peace of mind for 50 million Americans whose insurance is so inadequate that a serious illness would cause financial ruin? With medical expenses rising at twice the rate of inflation, how can soaring costs be controlled? This program presents the human side of these complex and controversial dilemmas by considering the perspectives of the three major players in the health care debate - patients, providers, and payers. The first of What s Ailing Medicine's three segments deals with the plight of the uninsured. In the second segment, the film examines the vulnerability of several "underinsured" patients who experience a financial calamity along with a catastrophic illness. The final segment investigates the wasteful and sometimes dangerous overuse of medical procedures such as cardiac catheterization and coronary artery bypass surgery. After the patients, their families, doctors, employers, and insurers present their frustrations with our health care system, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Robert Dole respond to the documentary s personal profiles in order to illuminate the potential impact of health care reform. In addition, Harvard University health policy expert Robert Blendon, who has done extensive opinion polling on American attitudes about health care, gives voice to the priorities and concerns of the public. As Walter Cronkite concludes, with Americans overwhelmingly in favor of health care reform, "the time finally is at hand to prescribe a cure for what s ailing medicine."
Our children at risk by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

8 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our Children At Risk examines why millions of today's young children may fail to reach their full developmental potential and considers the positive steps the U.S. can take to address this crisis. The program features families with young children who are going hungry and foregoing necessary medical care as well as children whose development is threatened by the destructive forces of poverty. Child advocates explore cost effective ways to ensure that all children get off to a healthy start. Among the experts interviewed are Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Harvard Medical School, and Marian Wright Edelman, the Children s Defense Fund. As Walter Cronkite concludes, "the cost of reaching these children may be daunting, but the cost of failing to reach our children at risk is more than our society can possibly afford."
Old enough to do time : juvenile justice policies by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

6 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"If you re old enough to do the crime, you re old enough to do the time." This documentary investigates the results of this stern policy, a departure from earlier attitudes when juvenile courts were established specifically to help young people reform. We see juveniles as young as thirteen being tried as adults and incarcerated with adult criminals. This program also shows us four alternative correctional programs; one where minors are referred to community boards instead of the courts; a second, based on a wilderness "outward bound" program; a third, based on a residential model; and a fourth, a "tracking" program which keeps close tabs on youthful offenders. The documentary concludes that by locking up juveniles we gain some short term relief from crime, but in the long run we may be giving up on children who could have been turned around
Health care on the critical list( Visual )

9 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A survey of the rising cost of health care and the question of who is entitled to treatment
A matter of life or death : withdrawing life support by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

6 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on the bioethical decisions involved in terminal care, this program is an extract of Who Lives, Who Dies? (page 127). It asks whether a patient who is dying has a right to say, "I'd rather die now." Dr. David Finley, Director of Critical Care at New York s Roosevelt Hospital, believes the patient's wishes should be respected. He acknowledges, however, that it is difficult to prevent doctors, who are dedicated to saving lives, from taking heroic measures to extend them. A Matter of Life or Death not only addresses the bioethical issues as they relate to the individual patient, but to society as a whole. It questions whether the money spent to prolong the dying process should be redirected to patients who are currently denied basic care
Making welfare work by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making Welfare Work examines the current wave of welfare reform in America. In recent years, many Americans - while troubled by the plight of the poor - have become frustrated by what appears to be a permanent subculture of welfare dependency in this country. As a result, a number of states are experimenting with new financial incentives - "carrots and sticks"--In an effort to restructure their welfare systems. This documentary looks at the personal lives behind this complex and controversial welfare reform debate, searching for initiatives that have proven effective. The relative merit of supportive versus punitive measures, the effects of time limits, and the role of child support enforcement are all brought into focus by the real-life stories of families living in states that have become "laboratories" for the welfare reform experiment. While President Clinton has declared his desire to "end welfare as we know it," there is little consensus over how to make welfare work. This film explores the success as well as the controversy surrounding welfare reform experiments, and cautions us not to further shortchange disadvantaged families in our rush to overhaul a failing welfare system
Our families, our future by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our Families, Our Future is a portrait of the American family in crisis. The "traditional" American family has changed dramatically over the past 30 years, as half of marriages now end in divorce and 70 percent of the children spend part of their childhood in a single-parent household. Yet Our Families, Our Future does not sound a death knell for the American family. Instead, it highlights successful programs across the country that are seeking to address the multiple stresses of family life. Indeed, this documentary puts a human face on the problems facing the American family and examines programs that are part of the burgeoning "family support" movement, which offers comprehensive services for both parents and children. By highlighting successful multi-generational programs, Our Families, Our Future reveals how supporting and strengthening families is the key to solving many of the nation s most serious social problems
Sex and other matters of life & death by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

8 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film chronicles a year in the life of STAR Theater, a vibrant teenage theater company that performs for adolescents throughout New York City. The performances raise awareness about the risks young people face in the age of AIDS. As the film evolves, viewers discover that the performers are struggling with the same problems in their own lives that they are dramatizing on stage. STAR Theater uses drama and peer education to help teens avoid pregnancy and disease. The performances always conclude with a question and answer session. The documentary captures these uncensored peer to peer discussions. The teens are free to express themselves in ways that are often raw, sometimes amusing, and occasionally tragic. Peer education, including programs like this, has proven to be an effective educational approach. Using teen culture and language, it develops a trusting environment in which teens are more receptive to information about reducing risks. The documentary offers a moving portrait of how painful, dangerous, and yet hopeful the process of growing up can be
No place like home : long term care for the elderly by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Providing home care rather than institutionalized care is often less costly to the public and more desirable for the older person. Experts estimate that one-third of the population now living in nursing homes would not need to be there if alternative services were more widely available. This documentary shows several alternatives to institutionalizing the elderly. In New York City's Greenwich Village, the local hospital provides a visiting team of doctors, nurses and social workers to care for the frail, elderly at home. In rural Appalachia, training is available for family members to care for their infirm elders. In San Francisco, vans pick up the elderly at their homes and take them to senior centers where they can receive medical and other support services. In conclusion, Miss Hayes says, "Science has taught us to lengthen life. Now we must learn to make a longer life worth living. Older people deserve choices. For most of us, there's no place like home."
The main stream by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humorist Roy Blount, Jr. takes an offbeat journey down the Mississippi River. navigating this great liquid divide on an assortment of canoes, rafts, steamboats, towboats and fishing vessels, Blount explores what holds this wildly diverse country together. Blount's unpredictable odyssey celebrates the full range of American diversity and eccentricity -- from a wedding ceremony at the Mall of American in Bloomington, Minnesota, to a rodeo at America's toughest prison in Angola, Louisiana
No tomorrow by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary film that examines the life of Risa Bejarano, who was profiled in the film "Aging Out" as "a foster care success story," but was brutally murdered after graduating from high school; focusing on the trial and the prosecution's use of "Aging Out" as evidence, and examining what role the documentary filmmmakers had in the death penalty trial
 
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PPP (Public Policy Productions, Inc.)

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