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Shaffer, Marc

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Bigger than Enron( Visual )

23 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The meteoric rise and stunning collapse of Enron caused many to question why the corporate oversight system that was supposed to protect investors failed to sound any alarms about the company's dubious finances. But Enron and Arthur Andersen turn out to be merely the tip of the iceberg. In the 1990s, more than 700 U.S. companies were forced to correct misleading financial statements as a result of accounting failures, lapses, or outright fraud. This documentary examines how the corporate watchdogs -- the bankers, lawyers, regulators, politicians, and above all, the accountants -- failed to prevent Enron and other scandals from happening. Through interviews with current and former SEC officials (including SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt and his predecessor, Arthur Levitt), Arthur Andersen executives (including former Andersen CEO Joseph Berardino), members of Congress (including Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut), investor advocates, and others, the report explores how the system of controls was eroded by conflicts of interest, as well as by congressional intervention that blocked efforts at protecting investors
The unelected the media( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an environment increasingly dominated by network ratings and tabloid-driven stories, the line between journalism and entertainment is blurred. In this program, correspondent Hedrick Smith goes behind the hype and the headlines to show how the media affect the national agenda and the standards of political debate
Surviving the bottom line( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on the ways the 1990s economy impacts typical Americans. Documents the massive power shift from major corporate executives to Wall Street money managers; shows high-tech elite as well as blue-collar workers and white-collar middle managers in San Diego, Calif.; examines public schools that are preparing youth and retraining adults; and identifies companies that are generating new jobs and keeping work in America
The Unelected the lobbies( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In America, a shadow government wields incredible influence over what gets done inside the Beltway-- and who reaps the benefits. In this program, correspondent Hedrick Smith spotlights the powerful influence of the nation's special interest lobbies during the Clinton years."--Container
Running with the bulls( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first in a four part documentary series focusing on the ways the 1990s economy impacts typical Americans. This episode looks at some of America's most powerful business leaders. It includes the inside story of the Chase Manhattan-Chemical Bank merger, a profile of Mutual-fund manager, Michael Price and his battle with Chase-CEO Thomas Labrecque, and shows the corporate turnaround methods of Sunbeam's CEO Al Dunlap, critiqued by Lucent Technologies' chairman, Henry Schacht and others. Examines the phenomenon of ValuJet, and talks with former COO, Lewis Jordan
The people and the power game( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Hedrick Smith leads viewers into the shadows of American government, casting light on the influence of mainstream media and the lobbies, the power showdowns between the White House and Congress, and how their colliding agendas often produce gridlock
Remaking American medicine health care for the 21st century( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines critical health care issues facing America today, including patient safety, medical and medication errors, hospital-acquired infections, family-centered care and the effective management of chronic disease. The program focuses on the advances being made in improving the quality of patient care and features profiles of providers and patients who are working together to change the way health care is provided in the United States
Marijuana gold rush( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Despite the fact that cultivation of cannabis remains a federal offense, a new generation of "ganja-preneurs" hopes to cash in on the growing market for medical marijuana. In California, the Green Rush is in full bloom as growers, dispensaries, hydroponic nurseries, testing labs and insurance companies fight for a piece of this irresistible economic brownie. Marijuana Gold Rush enters the brave new business world of pot - where Manhattan execs have joined forces with old-school growers in Northern California to explore the real potential of this budding industry."--Container
Hate Crime( Visual )

2 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows two examples of communities that are having some success in solving the problem of hate crimes. In South Carolina after the burning of Afro-American churchs, law enforcement officials arrested members of the Ku Klux Klan and one black church filed a lawsuit against the KKK winning a $38 million judgment against the Klan from a racially mixed jury. The second case spotlights a pioneering high school class on tolerance developed by teacher Joe Moros that has changed the social climate at San Clemente High School in California where tensions among whites, Latinos, blacks and Asian-Americans led to brutal violence and killing in the 1990s
Interrogating Saddam( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Capturing Saddam Hussein is just the beginning of a battle of wills. While Hussein is held prisoner, it is the mission of junior FBI Agent George Piro to get the notorious dictator to reveal the truth about his weapons of mass destruction and alleged ties to terrorism. In an in-depth interview, Piro details how he patiently formed a powerful bond with Hussein to build the criminal case for his prosecution. In the psychological chess match that lasted 166 days, George Piro is about to checkmate
Roll over the hidden history of the SUV( Visual )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From industrial hauler to America's new station wagon, the SUV has been a spectacular success, both satisfying and reflecting the tastes of the American consumer. Was the rise of the SUV enabled, even encouraged, by Washington regulators with close ties to the industry? And did they overlook serious safety and environmental flaws that continue to haunt the SUV?"--Container label
Poisoned waters( Visual )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, two iconic waterways--the great coastal estuaries of Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay--are in perilous condition. With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture and massive suburban development, scientists fear contamination to the food chain and drinking water for millions of people. A growing list of endangered species also is threatened in both estuaries. Poisoned Waters examines the rising hazards to human health and the ecosystem and why it's so hard to keep our waters clean
FBI suburban surveillance( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"National Geographic goes deep inside the complex human drama at the heart of America's war on terror. Follow an elite FBI counter-terror team as they uncover two disturbing terror threats hatched on American soil. The first involves young men in Northern Virginia directed to overseas training camps by their spiritual leader Ali Al-Timimi in order to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. The second plot involves another Al-Timimi disciple, who is charged with planning the next 9/11."--Container
Poisoned waters discussion guide with excerpts from the PBS Frontline broadcast( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes a discussion guide and companion DVD of video clips drawn from the PBS Frontline broadcast of Poisoned waters. Ten topics are discussed to provide educational material and stimulate debate on critical challenges facing all regions of America today in cleaning up and protecting waterways
Frontline. the hidden history of the SUV( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From industrial hauler to America's new station wagon, the SUV has been a spectacular success, both satisfying and reflecting the tastes of the American consumer. Was the rise of the SUV enabled, even encouraged, by Washington regulators with close ties to the industry? And did they overlook serious safety and environmental flaws that continue to haunt the SUV?"--Container
American Jerusalem : Jews and the making of San Francisco( Visual )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary on the pioneering Jews of San Francisco, who built the second largest Jewish community in the United States, after New York. Integrated into mainstream San Francisco society, they reinvented what it meant to be Jewish
The Quality gap medicine's secret killer( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is the most costly element of America's trillion-dollar healthcare system? Surprisingly, experts believe it is the medical quality gap and medical errors, which they estimate take more than 90,000 lives each year. In this program, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith examines New York's tough performance reports on doctors and hospitals doing open-heart surgery; profiles a pioneering effort by a VA hospital in Kentucky to confront medical errors; and shows breakthrough quality improvement drives in northern New England and Utah. Each case study is an eye-opener for an American public that rates high-quality care as its number one health priority
The Idealistic HMO can good care survive the market?( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's managed care system was designed to provide coordinated preventive and long-term healthcare better than individual doctors could in yesterday's fragmented fee-for-service system. Have HMOs lived up to that promise? In this program, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith investigates Kaiser Permanente-the largest nonprofit HMO in the U.S.-and its social mission of lifetime care. Although it has pioneered improvements such as mass screening for colon cancer and special team care for patients with diabetes and HIV, Kaiser Permanente has also drawn fire for unpopular cost-cutting measures and for allegedly neglecting needy communities
The Chronically ill pain, profit, and managed care( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Currently, three-quarters of all U.S. healthcare dollars are spent on 100 million people with chronic illnesses and conditions. Can a cost-conscious healthcare system continue to help them? Hedrick Smith questions whether the chronically ill will be able to obtain the high-quality, long-term care they need in the years to come. Special reports focus on cases of patients with cancer, victims of stroke and heart disease, and children with congenital illnesses, comparing their treatment by commercial HMOs with the diagnoses and recommendations of independent experts
United Steelworkers' Leo Gerard Earmark abuse( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features Leo Gerard, the powerful, progressive leader of United Steelworkers (USW), the largest industrial union in North America, discussing whether he thinks that the Obama presidency can rescue labor and the working class in these difficult economic times. Reports on the latest round of earmark reform in the U.S. Congress. Discusses how earmarks really work and how Congress continues to hide critical information from taxpayers under the guise of ethics reform. Offers brief thoughts on the ongoing violence in Gaza and a demonstration, on the first day of the new Congress, bearing witness to the dead
 
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