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MacNeil/Lehrer Productions

Works: 601 works in 1,181 publications in 1 language and 50,974 library holdings
Genres: History  Animated television programs  Internet videos  Children's television programs  Educational films  Documentary films  Drama  Science fiction television programs  Television series  Documentary television programs 
Roles: prn, Producer
Classifications: PN1992.77, 791.4575
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Most widely held works by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
The Story of English by William Reid( Visual )

53 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and held by 1,271 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
Do you speak American? by Robert MacNeil( Visual )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 962 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
Generation next 2.0( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What distinguishes the members of Generation Next from their predecessors? This program--a sequel to the celebrated public television documentary Generation Next (item #36957)--looks at the beliefs, concerns, and goals that galvanize young people today. Renowned broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff guides viewers across the United States and into the lives of America's future leadership. In their early 20s, John and Katie Fiske are already married and own an apartment. Ex-gang member Leo Vazquez is also married and turning his life around. Newspaper editor John Allan Clark has brought the idealism of Generation Next to his hometown weekly. And openly gay Jarrett Lucas speaks at Christian colleges, while Villanova student Jon Reimer is an outspoken conservative and evangelical Christian
Debating our destiny 40 years of presidential debates( Visual )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although today's voters are more media-savvy than ever, televised debates continue to have a tremendous political impact. In this sequel to public television's Debating Our Destiny: 40 Years of Presidential Debates, NewsHour host Jim Lehrer turns his attention to the debates that ushered America into the 21st century. The program examines the Bush vs. Gore and Cheney vs. Lieberman broadcasts in the fall of 2000 and the Bush vs. Kerry and Cheney vs. Edwards contests in 2004. Highlighting some of the most compelling exchanges in the history of televised politics, the program presents exclusive interviews with George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Senators Joseph Lieberman, John Kerry, and John Edwards
The Muvver tongue( Visual )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 391 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
Black on white( Visual )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gullah-the African-influenced dialect of Georgia's Sea Islands-has undergone few changes since the first slave ships landed 300 years ago, and provides a clear window into the shaping of African-American English. This classic PBS program traces that story from the west coast of Africa through the American South, then to large northern cities in the 1920s. Studying the origins of West African pidgin English and creole speech-along with the tendency of 19th-century white Southerners to pick up speech habits from their black nursemaids-the program highlights the impact of WWI-era industrialization and the migration of jazz musicians to New York and Chicago
The Guid Scots tongue( Visual )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 358 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
Loaded Weapon( Visual )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Irish influence on both the English and American dialects is investigated
The Mother tongue( Visual )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 337 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
PBS NewsHour( Visual )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifty years after the March on Washington, African-Americans still confront high rates of unemployment, segregation in education and race-based partisan gridlock. In what areas have we seen progress? Gwen Ifill discusses the advances and what's left to be done with historian Taylor Branch and filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman
An English-speaking world( Visual )

9 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 295 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
Swinomish tribe works to adapt to shrinking salmon supply( Visual )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Washington State salmon depend on the 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 Tribe, also known as the salmon people
Seamus Heaney on the New Beowulf( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recently re-translated by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, Beowulf has caused a sensation in both the U.S. and the U.K. In this program, 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. A reading of a passage from the new text and the old demonstrates the poetic affinity between them while underscoring the poem's timeless appeal
Star wars, the clone wars by George Lucas( Visual )

5 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the usage of English in the languages of other countries and illustrates how Pidgin English, patois and other dialects have altered and enriched the English language
Chimp talk( Visual )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this program, Paul Hoffman, editor of Discover magazine, explores the controversial issue of language use by apes with primatologist Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and Dr. Laura Ann Petitto. The results of Savage-Rumbaugh's 20-year study with chimpanzees reveal that they can use language with the astounding accuracy of a two-year-old human, which includes a rudimentary syntactical ability. However, Petitto's research indicates that humans have a cognitive predisposition for language lacking in chimps, which leads to the conclusion that although apes communicate by associating symbols with objects and actions, they do not have language abilities in the way that humans do. If the scientific community should eventually accept language use by apes, will the last scientific distinction between humans and animals be lost?
Muse of fire by Lawrence Bridges( Visual )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 246 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 )

10 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 245 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
Empire of the bay ambition, wealth, and the Hudson's Bay Company( Visual )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It searched for the mythical Northwest Passage. It clashed with American interests during the War of 1812. It even had a hand in the division of Oregon. This program chronicles the epic history of the Hudson's Bay Company, the world's oldest continuous commercial enterprise still in existence. Adapted from Peter C. Newman's best-seller and narrated by former NewsHour anchor Robert MacNeil, this story of exploration and exploitation uses stunning photography as well as paintings, drawings, maps, journals, and memoirs to tell the company's story in the authentic voice of the people who were a part of it
Explaining globalization( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

City planning that puts people before cars, sculptural museums that are as artistic as the masterpieces they contain, commercial spaces that redefine retail--these are some of the paradigm-shaking ideas of today's architects at work. This compilation of recent NewsHour segments introduces viewers to Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Vincent Scully, and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, visionaries in the world of architecture. Episodes include ... * Frank Gehry on the Guggenheim Bilbao: Elizabeth Farnsworth talks with architect Frank Gehry about the process of designing and building the Guggenheim Bilbao. Segment also sold as a part of Pritzker Prize-Winning Architects. * Vincent Scully and the New Urbanism: Ray Suarez and architectural historian Vincent Scully discuss the rethinking of urban form through city planning that de-emphasizes cars and focuses on community. Segment also sold individually. * Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and the New Urbanism: Ray Suarez interviews Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, coauthor of Suburban Nation, on the New Urbanism as exemplified by the Kentlands, a housing development in Gaithersburg, Maryland. * Rem Koolhaas and the Architecture of Shopping: Using the Prada store in Manhattan's SoHo district as a springboard, Ray Suarez talks with architect Rem Koolhaas about a new approach to designing commercial space. * Daniel Libeskind on the Denver Art Museum: Jeffrey Brown and Daniel Libeskind discuss the Denver Art Museum and the Rocky Mountains, from which the architect drew his inspiration
MacNeil/Lehrer United States government leaders videos( )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of multiple PBS News Hour videos covering the U.S. Government
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The Story of English
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Do you speak American?