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MacNeil/Lehrer Productions

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Works: 827 works in 1,588 publications in 1 language and 92,743 library holdings
Genres: History  Internet videos  Educational films  Documentary television programs  Documentary films  Nonfiction television programs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Educational television programs  Cultural television programs  Television news programs 
Roles: prn, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 420.9
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Most widely held works by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
Do you speak American? by William Cran( Visual )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 952 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 Story of English by William Reid( Visual )

37 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in English and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details the history of the English language and provides a unique focus on current English usage worldwide with a special emphasis on American English
New York divided : slavery, the civil war, and king cotton( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This video, produced by MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, is an interview with historian James Oliver Horton, who discusses the slave economy of New York
The Muvver tongue( Visual )

18 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 19th century, English spread throughout the British Empire-but which English? This classic PBS program traces the roots of white Commonwealth English to Cockney, the language of London's working class. Explaining the influence of Cockney on modern, standardized speech, the program shows how, in fact, the accents of BBC English are gradually becoming modified by Cockney speech characteristics like the glottal stop. Resemblances between the accents of New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and the Falkland Islands are also explored, highlighting major aspects of the colonial language-along with traces of aboriginal tongues nearly eclipsed by English
The Mother tongue( Visual )

19 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The making of English is the story of three great invasions and a cultural revolution. This classic PBS program shows how an early form of English was carried to Britain by invading Anglo-Saxons, how that language was all but obliterated by waves of Viking settlers, and how it was reshaped by the French-speaking Normans. The fact that English survived on the lips of people who left no written records is made clear in the program; however, the nascent literary history of the language is also presented-how it emerged in the first English plays, developed in the printing achievements of William Caxton, and flowered in the poetry of the first great English writer, Geoffrey Chaucer
Loaded weapon( Visual )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Irish experience reflects two language traditions, English and Gaelic. This classic PBS program shows how English was first established in Ireland in the 17th century and how, in cases of violent cultural conflict, language can function as a weapon. Exploring the west of Ireland today, the program identifies traces of Irish Celtic culture, despite the historical decline of the Gaelic tongue. Typical Irish accents in Cork are examined, with examples containing strong echoes of Elizabethan speech. The impact of Cromwell's rule and the catastrophic famines of the 1840s-both of which forced many Irish into exile, further distancing them from their native language-is also studied
Generation next : speak up. be heard.( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this revealing documentary, celebrated NewsHour and Frontline journalist Judy Woodruff takes viewers across the United States to examine the lives of 16- to 25-year-olds-a demographic that many are calling "Generation Next." The program demystifies an age group that is hooked on technology, generally supportive of gay rights and racial differences, but also swamped in debt and facing uncertain career paths. Traveling through the Northeast, the South, the Great Plains, and the West, the program combines the candor of face-to-face conversations with the findings of an extensive Pew Research Center survey conducted among Generation Nexters
Black on white( Visual )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Probes the roots of Black English, including the American slave trade, plantation life, the creole influence, and Harlem's jive talk. Discusses the influence of this variety of English on white American speech and literature
The Guid Scots tongue( Visual )

15 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Scottish tongue is one of the oldest in Britain, a Northern variety of English that, but for the accidents of history, might have become a separate language. This classic PBS program deals with the influence of the Scots in spreading the language of their historic enemies-the Sassenachs of the South-around the world. The program begins in the 15th century, the golden age of the Scottish tongue; it follows the linguistic path of the Scots as they settled in Ulster and then crossed the Atlantic into Appalachia and the American sunbelt. A look at the English of the Scottish Highlands is also included, studying the influence of the Gaelic languages that still survive on the Outer Hebrides
An English-speaking world( Visual )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English is a language spoken by two billion people, perhaps even more. This classic PBS program examines the prevalence of English in the world today and presents a historical overview of its rise. Focusing on the expansion of the British Empire and the emergence of English-language mass media, the program explains how widespread English usage survived Britain's post-WWII decolonization, particularly in India and Africa. It also examines the impact of American-and especially Californian-English, which has arguably become standard. Interviews with William Safire and Gloria Steinem provide insight into Americanization and the linguistic influence of feminism
Jhumpa Lahiri : an Interview by Jhumpa Lahiri( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An interview with Jhumpa Lahiri on April 12, 2000, shortly after she won the Pulitzer Prize for her collection of short stories, "Interpreter of Maladies", about the immigrant experience. Original broadcast date: April 12, 2000
Do You Speak American? : Down South( Visual )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program follows Robert MacNeil down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to Appalachia, Louisiana Cajun country, and the Tex-Mex border to examine Southern dialects and accents and the influences of French and Spanish on American English. Linguist Walt Wolfram, columnist Molly Ivins, pop country singer Cody James, and others talk about 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. Recordings of Eudora Welty and Appalachian storyteller Ray Hicks are included, as well as WPA recordings from around 1940
Do You Speak American? : Up North( Visual )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this program, Robert MacNeil canvasses the North to learn firsthand about 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 dialects and linguistic profiling, biases against nonstandard speech, and the general perception of the U.S. Midland dialect as "normal American." Hip-hop street talk, IM slang, Pittsburghese, and Gullah and Geechee are sampled, and Bill Labov, the dean of American linguists; Jesse Sheidlower, American editor of the august OED; and New York magazine's John Simon are featured
The Empire strikes back by George Lucas( Visual )

6 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Will standard English, as it was known in the 20th century, disappear? Will English continue as the global tongue, or will its numerous varieties become, as offshoots of Latin did, a host of mutually unintelligible languages? This classic PBS program features new varieties of English that have transcended British and American influence. The program focuses on some of the most successful examples of "New English," including Jamaican creole, the English of India, and the pidgin of Melanesia, brought to Papua New Guinea by maritime trade. The program concludes with the possibility that the world's first global language will endure alongside its unrecognizable descendants
Debating our destiny : 40 years of presidential debates( Visual )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzing pivotal moments from four decades of televised sparring and showmanship, this public broadcasting program explores the presidential debate process through the eyes of those who know it best: the candidates themselves. The NewsHour's Jim Lehrer presents interviews with contenders in every debate from 1976 to 1996 and sheds light on the prototype of all presidential debates, Nixon vs. Kennedy. Accompanied by footage from the original broadcasts, these intimate conversations produce insights and revelations from Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, John Anderson, Walter Mondale, George H. W. Bush, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, and Bob Dole. Running mates from nearly every campaign are also featured
Swinomish Tribe Works to Adapt to Shrinking Salmon Supply( Visual )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Pacific Northwest, Washington salmon depend on cold water from glacial lakes to survive. But as temperatures increase and glaciers shrink, salmon populations are declining, threatening the way of life for the Swinomish Indians, also known as the "salmon people." In collaboration with KCTS-9's Earthfix Project, NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan reports. Original
A Muse of fire by Lawrence Bridges( Visual )

10 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the landscape of the New World awakened England's imagination, so did a new landscape of words-in the English of William Shakespeare and the King James Bible. This classic PBS program describes the spread of English to North America and explains how Shakespeare's prodigious vocabulary filled the language with startling new words, phrases, and constructions. Recording strong echoes of Shakespearean English in the little villages lying near Stratford, the program also describes the making of the Authorized Version of the Bible-the only great work of literature ever created by committee-and examines the linguistic dissent perpetrated by the Puritans
Pioneers! o pioneers!( Visual )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Both westward expansion and 19th-century immigration affected the development of a uniquely American English. This classic PBS program tells the story of that burgeoning dialect, from the Revolutionary War to the 1920s. Beginning with the Declaration of Independence, the program depicts the determination of American radicals-dictionary author Noah Webster among them-to achieve linguistic as well as political separation. While the urban, immigrant-laden Northeast is rightly viewed as a linguistic pressure cooker, the western frontier is portrayed as no less dynamic-thanks to fur traders, riverboat pilots, gold miners, Spanish-speaking cowboys, Native Americans, and the railroad
Greenland Goes Green : Ice Sheet Melted in Four Days( Visual )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On July 8, 2012, NASA satellite imagery showed about 40 percent of Greenland's top ice layer had begun its summer thaw. By July 12, only four days later, 97 percent of the ice had thawed. Margaret Warner asks NASA's Thomas Wagner for a scientific explanation of the massive change
Seamus Heaney on the New Beowulf( Visual )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's re-translation of Beowulf caused a sensation in both the U.S. and the U.K. NewsHour correspondent Elizabeth Farnsworth speaks with Heaney about his attraction to that epic poem, the probable background of the bard who created the original, similarities between Old English and bits of Anglo-Saxon that still crop up in rural Ireland, and the importance of meter and alliteration in driving the poem. Heaney's reading of a passage from the new text and the old demonstrates the poetic affinity between them while underscoring the poem's timeless appeal
 
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