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MacNeil/Lehrer Productions

Works: 920 works in 1,910 publications in 1 language and 96,479 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 948 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
The Story of English by William Reid( Visual )

37 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in English and held by 887 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? : Up North( Visual )

21 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this program, Robert MacNeil heads to California to take part in meaningful dialogues on Spanglish, Chicano, Ebonics, and "Surfer Dude" before going to Seattle to consider the implications of voice-activation technology. Linguist Carmen Fought, Stanford University's Cliff Nass, screenwriters Amy Heckerling and Winnie Holtzman, and others speak their minds about Spanish in America, 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/regional stereotypes. The teaching of English without devaluing or denigrating cultural linguistice differences is addressed
New York divided : slavery, the civil war, and king cotton( Visual )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although slavery was abolished in New York State on July 4th, 1827, America's slave-based cotton trade was not, as bales from the South continued to enter New York City for transshipment to Europe. In this program, James Oliver Horton, historian emeritus at the Smithsonian, talks with NewsHour correspondent Gwen Ifill about slavery's impact on New York City during the first half of the 19th century. Economically dependent on King Cotton, it was a place divided between abolitionism and African-American civil rights on the one hand, and immense commercial profits on the other. The proposed secession of New York City from the United States is addressed
The Mother tongue( Visual )

20 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and held by 469 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 Muvver tongue( Visual )

18 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 446 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
Loaded weapon( Visual )

17 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 434 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
Generation next : speak up. be heard.( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 422 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 Guid Scots tongue( Visual )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 409 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 )

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

13 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines Black English, one of the most misunderstood forms of the language. Probes the roots and flowering of Black English, including the American slave trade, the Creole influence, and Harlem's jive talk
Jhumpa Lahiri : an Interview by Jhumpa Lahiri( Visual )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 379 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
The Empire strikes back by Irvin Kershner( Visual )

7 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 359 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
Swinomish Tribe Works to Adapt to Shrinking Salmon Supply( Visual )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 359 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
Debating our destiny : 40 years of presidential debates( Visual )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 353 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
A Muse of fire by Lawrence Bridges( Visual )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 351 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
Greenland Goes Green : Ice Sheet Melted in Four Days( Visual )

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

On July 8, 2012, NASA satellite imagery showed about 40 percent of Greenland's top ice layer intact. By July 12, only four days later, 97 percent of the ice had melted. NewsHour correspondent Margaret Warner asks NASA's Thomas Wagner for scientific explanation of the massive thaw
Pioneers! o pioneers!( Visual )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 340 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
Seamus Heaney on the New Beowulf( Visual )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 334 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
Explaining globalization( Visual )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 333 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
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The Story of English
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The Story of EnglishDo You Speak American? : Up North