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Fred Friendly Seminars (Firm)

Works: 106 works in 193 publications in 1 language and 8,472 library holdings
Genres: Internet videos  Educational films  Case studies  Documentary films  Documentary television programs  Television programs  Educational television programs  Environmental films  Television panel discussions  Nonfiction television programs 
Classifications: PN1997, 342.0873
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Most widely held works by Fred Friendly Seminars (Firm)
Beyond black and white : affirmative action in America( Visual )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All sides of the affirmative action issue have targeted the same goal: ending racism of all types. But do opportunities for some have to come at the expense of others? In this Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Harvard Law School's Charles Ogletree, a what-if scenario revolves around a university's efforts to enroll a diverse student body of qualified candidates. Panelists include Ward Connerly, proponent of California's Proposition 209; Christopher Edley, Jr., author of Not All Black & White: Affirmative Action, Race, and American Values; Julius Becton, Jr., former head of Washington, D.C.'s public schools; Ruth Simmons, president of Smith College; and policy activists from the African-American, Asian, Native American, and Latino communities
Disconnected : politics, the press, and the public( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Has America's electoral process been hijacked by today's overheated media marketplace? This Fred Friendly Seminar, introduced by ABC News' Peter Jennings and moderated by Harvard Law School's Arthur Miller, grapples with questions including: Are unsubstantiated Internet sources, tight deadlines, and a drive to boost profitability distorting journalism? Are candidates' personal lives fair game? And will the media's preoccupation with scandals and "horse race" coverage alienate an already disconnected public? Panelists include CBS News' Dan Rather, CNN's Jeff Greenfield, Gwen Ifill of Washington Week in Review, Congressman Barney Frank, political analyst Ed Rollins, activist and rapper Chuck D, and others
Minds on the edge : facing mental illness( Visual )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's frenzied debate over government health insurance has eclipsed another, no less challenging, national health care crisis-the plight of people with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This Fred Friendly Seminar sheds light on barriers to treatment, ethical and legal dilemmas, and fragmented social policies that are creating a nightmare for families, filling America's jails, and wasting scarce resources. Led by veteran broadcast journalist Frank Sesno, the program features hypothetical scenarios that challenge prominent mental health professionals, policymakers, and legal luminaries to confront the situations and stigma facing Americans with mental illness. Panelists include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Nobel-winning neuroscientist Eric R. Kandel, Pennsylvania Secretary of Public Welfare Estelle B. Richman, and many others
Private property vs. the public trust( Visual )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fictional locale known as Eagle Bay is breathtakingly beautiful. First home to a handful of modest houses, over the decades it has transitioned into a neighborhood of stately mansions-except for one 50-acre parcel, whose owners now want to sell it for subdivision. This Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Harvard Law School's Arthur Miller explores the complexities that arise when a family's freedom to sell its property clashes with their neighbors' and local government's idea of land management. The ten-member panel includes Jane Hague, past president of the National Association of Counties; land use attorneys Robert Freilich and Kenneth Bley; and developer Grady O'Rear
Sprawl : inner cities and outer suburbs( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To at least one resident of the fictional city of Metropolis, a new outer suburb being planned for some pristine farmland sounds like the American Dream come true. His brother, also a Metropolite but an advocate of smart growth, sees it as a nightmare. Moderated by Harvard Law School's Arthur Miller, this Fred Friendly Seminar seeks to understand the housing situation facing the U.S.-a burgeoning nation that creates more than 1.5 million new households per year. The 12-member panel includes Bruce Katz, of the Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy at The Brookings Institution; Stuart Meck, of the American Planning Association; and Harry Alford, of The National Black Chamber of Commerce
Popular culture : rage, rights, and responsibility( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this Fred Friendly Seminar, Harvard Law School's Charles Ogletree stimulates a vigorous exchange on the tension between artistic expression, freedom of speech, and social responsibility. Presented with scenarios involving antisocial and sometimes violent messages in mass media, Richard Dreyfuss, Def Jam Recordings' David Harleston, the ACLU's Nadine Strossen, Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), and other distinguished panelists examine the impact that TV, music, and the movies have on young people, the police, and public attitudes toward society in general. In addition, the program explores how the disenfranchised express their often-stifled views through entertainment venues
Making better babies : genetics and reproduction( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How far should people be allowed to go in trying to have better babies? And whose definition of "better" should prevail? This Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Dateline NBC correspondent John Hockenberry considers the ethical dilemmas facing individuals and society that grow out of prenatal testing and genetic options that may be available in the future - such as cloning. Panelists include Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute; ABC journalist Meredith Vieira; Princeton University's Lee Silver, author of Remaking Eden: How Genetic Engineering and Cloning Will Transform the American Family; Commissioner Paul Miller of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Adrienne Asch, Henry R. Luce Professor in Biology, Ethics, and the Politics of Human Reproduction at Wellesley College; Faye Wattleton, president of the Center for Gender Equality; and Zev Rosenwaks, director of The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center
Before I die : medical care and personal choices( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the drive to save lives, American medical technology prolongs the dying process for many, creating a number of end-of-life scenarios that have done much to rob death of its dignity and significance. This Fred Friendly Seminar, moderated by Harvard Law School's Arthur Miller, brings together a diverse group of panelists, including Yale professor Sherwin Nuland, author of How We Die; bioethicist Arthur Caplan, of the University of Pennsylvania; Rabbi Maurice Lamm, of Yeshiva University; and Anna Quindlen, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist. Together they confront medical and cultural issues such as advance directives, palliative care, physician-assisted suicide, the need to re-spiritualize the dying process, and the overall difficulty of discussing death
Who gets to know? : genetics and privacy( Visual )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When it comes to genetic testing, how much should a patient be told? If the news is bad, who else should the patient inform? And could-or should-such privileged information be made available to employers, insurance companies, and others? This Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Harvard Law School's Arthur Miller offers a compelling discourse on the far-reaching ethical, social, legal, and economic implications of genetic testing. Panelists include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; Nancy Wexler, president of the Hereditary Disease Foundation; Cynthia McFadden, ABC News senior legal correspondent; Nadine Strossen, president of the ACLU; and Representative Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-NY), sponsor of the Genetic Non-discrimination in Health Insurance and Employment Act
Watching me watching you : nanotechnology and civil liberties( Visual )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nanotechnology will likely transform the security and surveillance industries in the near future. Governments, corporations, and even individuals may have highly sophisticated sensors and tracking apparatus at their disposal--keeping tabs on everyone from customers to potential terrorists to aging parents. In this Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Peabody award-winning correspondent John Hockenberry, hypothetical situations are used to highlight issues of privacy, public safety, and their intersection with nanotechnology. Who gets tracked? Must they be informed? Who has the authority to engage in such activities? Who has access to the information? Can we reap the benefits of these powerful new technologies while preserving the right to privacy and individual liberty? Seminar panelists include George N. Naccara, Federal Security Director at Boston's Logan International Airport; Dr. Stephen Flynn, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; Carie Lemack, Co-Founder of Families of September 11; Barry Steinhardt, Director of the ACLU's Technology and Liberty Program; and Alex S. Jones of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government
Forever young : nanotechnology and medicine( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With nano-enabled drugs that destroy diseased cells and enable tissue repair, doctors may one day extend life expectancy far beyond our current capabilities?at least in countries wealthy enough to afford the technology. But the medicine that so radically redefines our standards of health and mortality will also profoundly challenge our social support systems and cultural values. In this Fred Friendly Seminar, moderator and Peabody award-winning journalist John Hockenberry leads a panel of experts through provocative scenarios that shed light on the issue. What kinds of cures and therapies will nanomedicine make possible? Should access to them be universal, even if they are prohibitively expensive? Does everyone have a right to live forever? Or does immortality present a danger, ironically, to human survival? Seminar panelists include Dr. Michael Goldblatt, President and CEO of Functional Genetics, Inc.; Dr. Michael L. Roukes, Professor of Physics, Nanoscience Institute at CalTech; Dr. James R. Baker, Jr., Director of the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences; and Dr. Rosalyn Berne, Associate Professor of Technology, Culture, and Communication at the University of Virginia
Constant combatants : president and congress( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moderated by Harvard Law School's Charles Nesson, this Fred Friendly Seminar focuses on the tension between the President and Congress during a policy crisis in the fictional European country of Nukraine, involving issues such as the power to wage war, conduct diplomacy, and operate in secrecy, as well as the media's responsibilities in matters of national security. Panelists include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; former Secretary of State Alexander Haig; former Senator Warren Rudman; Professor Michael Sandel, of Harvard University; Richard Holbrooke, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and former Assistant Secretary of State; James Fallows, former editor at U.S. News & World Report; and others
Failure to protect? : a national dialogue( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As headlines trumpet cases of children becoming?lost??and in some cases, dying?while in the care of the state or when the state does not act promptly to take custody, child welfare policies have come under intense questioning. But the answers are not simple. This award-winning Fred Friendly Seminar is presented in collaboration with the Institute for Child and Family Policy at Columbia University. Moderated by Dateline NBC correspondent John Hockenberry, the seminar confronts the complexities of child safety and welfare policies and their effect on American families. Panelists include Kathleen Blatz, chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court; Richard Gelles, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work; Sandra Jimenez, head of advocacy for New York City?s Department of Homeless Services; Marcia Robinson Lowry, executive director of the advocacy group Children?s Rights, Inc.; Cynthia McFadden, ABC News senior legal correspondent; Representative George Miller (D-CA), author of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980; and Northwestern University School of Law Professor Dorothy Roberts, author of Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare
Terrorism : BioAttack( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most dreaded weapons in the terrorist's arsenal can be delivered in a paper envelope. Vividly exploring situations that public officials, health care workers, and law enforcement personnel would have to confront in the event of a biological attack, a panel of experts wrestles with questions that have gone largely unanswered in the public record: Who among America's leadership is in charge of the response? Who gets medical treatment, and who decides? Must the affected city be quarantined? Will people be prohibited from leaving? Moderated by ABC News Chief Legal Correspondent Cynthia McFadden, this Fred Friendly Seminar lays bare the central issues of homeland security and the possibility that a biological attack would turn America into a much different place overnight. Additional resources are located online at
Reinventing healthcare( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Can the U.S. afford to reform its healthcare system? Can it afford not to, with 46 million Americans lacking health insurance and millions more underinsured? This Fred Friendly Seminar explores the dilemmas and urgently needed policy decisions surrounding what has become, literally, a life-or-death issue. NYU law professor Arthur Miller guides a team of high-profile panelists through a series of hypothetical case studies--focusing on a middle-aged man who must choose between a higher-paying job and adequate health coverage; a woman who avoids seeing a doctor because of high co-pays; and an uninsured woman who, tragically, can't afford to deal with a serious medical problem
City under siege( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A prolonged series of terrorist attacks could seriously endanger America's stability. In this Fred Friendly Seminar, moderator and Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree compels a team of experts to wrestle with a frightening scenario-a wave of bombings in a large port city and the credible rumor of a nuclear "dirty bomb" arriving in the harbor on the Fourth of July. With 5,000 shipping containers landing daily, those tasked with protecting the city face agonizing logistical and ethical questions: Is an effective search for the bomb possible? Should the threat be made public, or would that only cause panic and undermine the investigation? And perhaps the most troubling issue of all-with thousands of lives in the balance, how can information be elicited from suspects? Is torture a last resort? The clock is ticking. Additional resources are located online at
Endangered : biodiversity and economic development( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Year by year the tourist trade has dwindled in fictional Pingwah Falls, leaving the town practically bankrupt. When a plan was unveiled for a modern resort, everyone's hopes rose.until they learned the land is home to a threatened species of bird. In this Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Harvard Law School's Arthur Miller, panelists including former county supervisor Tom Mullen; Christopher Williams, of the World Wildlife Fund; Kieran Suckling, of the Center for Biological Diversity; Thomas McGill, of Michael Brandman Associates; and seven others try to determine what sacrifices should be made in the name of biodiversity-and who should make them
Juvenile justice( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How does America's juvenile justice system work? In what ways has it failed? And what would it take to improve it so that it routinely operates in the best interests of offenders, their victims, and society as a whole? These are not simple questions, as this Fred Friendly Seminar points out--and they become all the more complex when moderator Charles Ogletree, of Harvard Law School, casts 13 experts as figures in a hypothetical scenario involving two families, four teens, and a sequence of violent crimes culminating in a murder. By incrementally raising the stakes, Ogletree moderates a passionate discussion that addresses different conceptions of justice, the balance between rehabilitation of a minor and the safety of the public, the need to strengthen the home environment, availability of social services, and matters of race and socioeconomic status. Panelists include Cregor Datig, chief deputy district attorney for Riverside County, California; Patricia Lee, deputy public defender for San Francisco County; Lisa Hill, of the Alameda County Probation Department; Indiana Superior Court Judge James W. Payne; Congressman Dan Lundgren (R-CA), former attorney general of California; Taalia Hasan, of the West Contra Costa County Youth Services Bureau; Walter Allen III, director of the California Youth Authority; Lateefah Simon, of The Center for Young Women's Development, in San Francisco; Luis Aroche, outreach director of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco; Laurence Steinberg, from the Department of Psychology at Temple University; Amy Holmes Hehn, senior deputy district attorney for Multnomah County, Oregon; Eddie Ayala, of the Oakland Police Department; and Robert Long, news director for KNBC-TV, Los Angeles. Produced in association with The Institute for Child and Family Policy at Columbia University
Privacy and security( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Harvard Law School's Arthur Miller, panelists such as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; Nadine Strossen, president of the ACLU; Jamie Gorelick, of the U.S. Department of Justice; Professor Stephen Carter, of Yale Law School; and others examine the fine balance between the power of the government and the rights of the individual in a fictional community called Unity. Discussion points include government initiatives such as Megan's Law, Internet privacy, mandatory fingerprinting, and the encryption of privileged information-and whether these actions are constitutional
Reinventing the corporation( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the boardroom, to the executive suite, to offices and shop floors, the world of big business is making more demands, requiring greater risks, and offering fewer certainties than ever before. In this Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Harvard Law School's Charles Nesson, fourteen panelists-movers and shakers from the spheres of industry, finance, law, consulting, publishing, and the federal government-use the hypothetical Phoenix Corporation as a springboard to wrestle with the demands for effective corporate governance and maximizing shareholder value. Panelists include Edward Brennan, former chairman and CEO of Sears, Roebuck & Company; James Burke, former chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson; Ira Millstein, senior partner of Weil, Gotshal & Manges; John Neff, portfolio manager of Vanguard's Windsor Fund; and Henry Schacht, chairman of the executive committee of Cummins Engine Company
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Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Fred Friendly Seminars


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