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MacNeil/Lehrer Productions

Works: 1,013 works in 2,280 publications in 1 language and 111,779 library holdings
Genres: Internet videos  History  Educational films  Documentary films  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Television programs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Biographies 
Roles: prn, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 427.973
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Most widely held works by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
Do you speak American?( Visual )

19 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,037 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 )

34 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in English and held by 678 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 519 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
Jhumpa Lahiri : an Interview by Jhumpa Lahiri( Visual )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 481 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
Swinomish Tribe Works to Adapt to Shrinking Salmon Supply( Visual )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 434 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."
Generation next : speak up. be heard. by Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)( Visual )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 419 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
Greenland Goes Green : Ice Sheet Melted in Four Days( Visual )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 413 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
Two Texas Towns Struggle for Water( Visual )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recent drought and record temperatures in Texas put an unprecedented strain on water resources across the state. PBS NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan reports on the plight of two towns
Climate Change Threatens the Tribe from 'Twilight'( Visual )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La Push, Washington is idyllic at first glance, but its beauty is matched by danger and vulnerability. Located at sea level, La Push lies directly in a flood and tsunami zone. PBS NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan reports on how the Quileute tribe is adapting to new climate challenges. A fictionalized version of the tribe is featured in the 'Twilight' series
Teachers Endure Balancing Act Over Climate Change Curriculum( Visual )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New national educational standards for grades K-12 link global warming trends to manmade emissions. PBS NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan looks at the challenges teachers face when covering the topic of climate science in their classrooms
Shifting Seasons Lead to Sour Year for Michigan Cherry Farmers( Visual )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 2012, an early spring, followed by 19 frost events, killed Michigan's cherry crop and impacted farmers' livelihoods. Climatologists say that these shifting seasons could mean more hard years ahead. PBS NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan reports
What's Causing Unusually Hot Temperatures in the U.S.?( Visual )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lack of water, "the great air conditioner", is causing unusually high temperatures and extreme weather events in the United States. PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff speaks with Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research
Storms, Starfish and Warmer Waters Wiped Out Half of Great Barrier Reef Coral( Visual )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 2012 study finds that in the previous 27 years, half of Australia's Great Barrier Reef coral had died. PBS NewsHour correspondent Gwen Ifill talks to Nancy Knowlton, a coral reef biologist and chair of Marine Science at the Smithsonian Institution, about the ecological and economical consequences, as well as measures to help mediate the decline
An English-speaking world( Visual )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 379 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 )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 378 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 Mother tongue( Visual )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and held by 374 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
A Muse of fire by Ronald Harwood( Visual )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 372 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
The Muvver tongue( Visual )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 367 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
Pioneers! o pioneers!( Visual )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 361 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
Loaded weapon( Visual )

15 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 360 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
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