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MacNeil/Lehrer Productions

Works: 963 works in 1,539 publications in 1 language and 76,906 library holdings
Genres: Internet videos  Educational films  History  Documentary television programs  Documentary films  Case studies  Television news programs  Educational television programs  Cultural television programs  Nonfiction television programs 
Roles: prn, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 427.973
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Most widely held works by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
Do you speak American? by William Cran( Visual )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,127 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( Visual )

20 editions published between 1982 and 2007 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A work of profound scholarship and powerful storytelling from host Robert MacNeil, this classic nine-part PBS series remains one of the great narratives of linguistic studies-- and is now available on digitally re-mastered, menu-driven DVD. Steeped in history, geography, sociology, and political drama, The story of English has little to do with dictionaries, official documents, or highbrow literature. It is a tale of language used for immediate needs-- in street talk, popular entertainment, war, and trade-- and it covers more than a millennium of civilization's ebb and flow. Vividly capturing a sense of global dynamics, the series travels to 16 countries and across 5 continents as it follows the evolutionary path of the first worldwide language."--Containers
PBS NewsHour( Visual )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 414 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
Generation next : speak up. be heard.( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Judy Woodruff takes viewers across the United States to examine the lives of 16- to 25-year-olds. 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 the Generation Nexters
The Mother tongue( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 312 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
The Empire strikes back( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 299 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
The Muvver tongue( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 261 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
Life and Death : Medical Ethics of the Schiavo Case( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many who followed the Terri Schiavo case struggled to make sense of the flurry of opinions it generated. This NewsHour program, recorded during the last days of Terri Shiavo's life, presents two opposing yet thoroughly reasoned perspectives on the issues. Beth Israel Medical Center neurologist Dr. Russell Portenov explains the medical justification for removing the feeding tube, while Dr. Robert George, professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University and a member of the President's Council on Bioethics, raises legal and moral questions surrounding the decision. Keeping its focus on the Schiavo controversy, the program also explores implications for other potential end-of-life situations
Microsoft vs. the justice department : playing monopoly( Visual )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Microsoft has allegedly made predatory use of its monopoly power to stifle competition, integrated its own browser software into Windows' core code, and manufactured Internet Explorer with embedded Microsoft-oriented hyperlinks. This Emmy Award-winning NewsHour program, which combines footage of top Microsoft executives and their opponents with a hands-on examination of the Windows operating system, neatly presents the root causes of the long-running and acrimonious Microsoft anti-trust trial-in plain English
Psychology media suite( Visual )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Psychology Media Suite will add a dynamic new dimension to any college, Advanced Placement, or high school psychology course. Comprising more than 120 video clips and other media, the Suite is a blend of documentary segments illustrating foundational psychology concepts and principles, reports on cutting-edge research in psychology, and Active Teaching Modules designed to enable instructors to re-create studies such as the Asch Conformity Experiment and the Stroop test, conduct psychology experiments on selective attention and eyewitness memory, and more-right in the classroom! Subject areas include: * Introduction to the Field of Psychology * Learning * Brain Neurology * Sensation and Perception * Attention/Consciousness * Emotions, Stress, and Health * Language and Intelligence * Memory * Developmental Psychology * Social Psychology * Personality * Abnormal Psychology * Therapy/Treatment Recommended for high school and college
Chimp talk( Visual )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 250 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?
American poet laureates( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The U.S. Poet Laureate has a unique opportunity to shape America's literary terrain-by fostering public appreciation of poetry and by continuing to produce his or her own work. This NewsHour collection profiles six such honorees at the onset of their terms. Each author reflects on experiences that have influenced his writing and describes what he hopes to accomplish during his tenure. In addition, each laureate reads a few of his own poems. Robert Pinsky delivers a compelling rendition of "December Blues," Ted Kooser movingly presents "Father," and Stanley Kunitz records a powerful recitation of "The Layers." Donald Hall, Robert Hass, and Billy Collins are also featured and the world of e-commerce( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In part one of this program, filmed prior to the foundering of the Internet economy, NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman examines the methodology of's founder Jeffrey Bezos and's CEO Peter Neupert, who faced stiffening retail and online competition by innovatively adapting their business plans. In part two, correspondent Margaret Warner analyzes the meteoric rise of dotcoms and their impact on society with Anitesh Barua, co-author of a university study on Internet profitability; Andrew Shapiro, co-founder of technorealism; John Battelle, president of the now-defunct Industry Standard; and former Wall Street analyst Paul Kedrosky
EBay and Napster : change agents( Visual )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Internet auction house eBay and virtual music community Napster are redefining established paradigms of online interactivity. In segment one of this program, NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels explores eBay's phenomenal success with President and CEO Margaret Whitman and others, while addressing concerns related to fraudulent merchandise and shill bidding. In segment two, Mr. Michels examines the roots of the landmark Napster case through interviews with partisans on both sides of the dispute, including the Recording Industry Association of America's Hillary Rosen
Internet shopping : interactive or invasive?( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

E-tailers routinely collect information from visitors to their Web sites to better target their ads. Is this surrender of privacy the price of a personalized online shopping experience? In this program, NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Kaye seeks to understand the dynamics of, and the ethical issues surrounding, strategic online marketing with top management from, Lycos, and DoubleClick and an attorney from the Center for Democracy and Technology. From cookies to banner ads, the gathering and leveraging of consumer data is viewed as the key to making e-commerce viable
Generation next 2.0( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 249 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
The Americans with Disabilities Act : is it working?( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the 1980s, a new civil rights movement got underway-for people with disabilities. In this program, Larry Paradis, executive director of Disability Rights Advocates, speaks with NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels about the importance of litigation in pressuring companies and communities to comply with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. But are such legal actions actually undermining support for the ADA? Richard Baier, president of the Building Owners and Managers Association International; Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL); and others present their points of view
MacNeil/Lehrer United States government leaders videos( )

2 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
MacNeil/Lehrer United States presidents videos( )

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

A compilation of multiple PBS News Hour videos covering U.S. Presidents
MacNeil/Lehrer world leaders videos( )

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

A compilation of multiple PBS News Hour videos covering World Leaders
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