Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Most widely held works about Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Most widely held works by Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Do you speak American ( Visual )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 952 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.
On our own terms Moyers on dying ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 632 libraries worldwide
 Living with Dying : Describes the search for new ways of thinking and talking about dying. Forgoing the usual reluctance that most Americans show toward speaking about death, patients and medical professionals alike come forward to examine the end of life with honesty, courage, and even humor, demonstrating that dying can be an incredibly rich experience for both the terminally ill and their loved ones.
Buying the war ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 421 libraries worldwide
"The Bush administration marketed and sold the war in Iraq to the American people. How and why did the press buy it, and what does that say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda? In this program, veteran journalist Bill Moyers, award-winning producer Kathleen Hughes, and their investigative team piece together the reporting and political spin that shaped the public mind prior to, during, and following the 2003 invasion. Exposing the disappearance of a watchdog mentality in mainstream newspaper and TV journalism, the documentary also highlights the work of intrepid Knight Ridder reporters who dug beneath the surface of administration claims, only to be drowned out by the drums of war. Further insight comes from journalists Dan Rather, former anchor of CBS evening news; Tim Russert of NBC's Meet the press; Bob Simon of 60 minutes; and Walter Isaacson, former chairman of CNN"--Container.
Globalization winner & losers ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 333 libraries worldwide
Sabeer Bhatia, inventor of Hotmail, Narayan Murthy, founder of Infosys, and other industry leaders attest that globalization has raised the standard of living in developing economies through high-tech opportunities, foreign investment, and debt relief. Harvard's Jeffrey Sachs and other experts point out that the world market is being exploited through shortsightedness. This program addresses the pros and cons of doing business in the global marketplace.
Understanding. Race ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 319 libraries worldwide
Examines the history and power of the artificial distinction called "race", viewing it within historical, scientific, and cultural contexts. Topics include the anthropological unity of Homo sapiens; sanctioned discrimination, such as segregation; cultural biases based on racial stereotypes; and the underlying humanity that inextricably links us all.
Shirin Neshat the woman moves ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 318 libraries worldwide
Shirin Neshat's work addresses political, sociological, psychological, and spiritual dimensions, and particularly the situation of women living in oppressive societies. As an Iranian living abroad, her works often question both the political powers and ideological structures of the Islamic revolution, and the notions of 'orientalism' and femininity. Many of her works portray abstract oppositions based around gender and society, the individual and the group, governed by a fluidly poetic aesthetic language that is timeless and universal.
Trade secrets a Moyers report ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 316 libraries worldwide
This documentary exposes the 40-year history of the American chemical industry's suppression of information regarding the threats to public health by synthetic chemicals being introduced into the environment at all levels. Addresses the danger to public health by the continued use of approximately 9000 of the 15,000 mass-produced chemical substances that have never undergone toxicological study in the United States. Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Moyers including industry spokesmen and both environmental and medical experts.
Medieval drama from sanctuary to stage ( Visual )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 314 libraries worldwide
"This definitive program traces the development of medieval drama, from Hildegard von Bingen's musical morality play Ordo Virtutum (The ritual of the virtues) to the seminal Everyman. Featuring extended excerpts from these influential works, as well as from The second shepherd's play and the 1998 staging of the Mystery Cycle in York, England, the video also establishes the genre's socioreligious context."--Container.
The house of Bernarda Alba ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 314 libraries worldwide
Story of the power struggle among the women of a noble Spanish family as they mourn the death of the paterfamilias.
Cognitive development ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 304 libraries worldwide
Examines Piaget's theory and critically evaluates it in light of current research. The study of child development has revolved around Jean Piaget's theories and the program describes their themes, covering the cognitive stages of development from birth to twelve years old, giving illustrations of children's behavior at each level. Recent research is examined in relation to each stage and comparisons drawn with the theories of Jerome Bruner. Outlines current and future developments such as meta cognition and theory of mind and reports recent research findings.
Toni Morrison a writer's work ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and held by 303 libraries worldwide
In this interview with Bill Moyers from the New York Public Library, Morrison discusses the characters in her work, the people in her life, the power of love, and how the invented world of fiction connects to life.
DNA ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 298 libraries worldwide
This programs tells the story of how researchers have developed radically new ways to treat cancer by tracing it back to its origins: its DNA. The program focuses on two pioneering efforts: the race between Dr. Mary Claire King and Dr. Mark Skolnick, founder of Myriad Genetics to isolate the gene linked to breast cancer, and Dr. Brian Druker's work that eventually led to an anti-cancer drug which cures Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. Also looks at the work of David Botstein in discovering gene markers and Per Lonning, Botstein and partner Pat Brown who developed a micro-array technique to reveal differences between seemingly identical cancers.
Antigone ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 289 libraries worldwide
Presents the third of the three Theban plays by Sophocles in a contemporary translation that remains true to the text, setting the plays in the past yet not the distant past and dispensing with the masks. This final segment of the trilogy centers around the conflict between moral and political law, as the tale of Oedipus and his family comes to a tragic end.
Life story ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 281 libraries worldwide
Dramatization of the research of and relationships between scientists James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin, as they raced to discover the secret of life: DNA.
Corporate social responsibility from principles to profit ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 276 libraries worldwide
Corporate social responsibility is not a high-minded luxury when bad press puts a chokehold on business growth and profits. This program looks at how product and service providers develop and implement better business practices to satisfy shareholders, customers, employees and the community. This features case studies from a number of diverse and high-profile businesses, which are assessed by ethical audit specialist GoodCorporation. These companies include ARM, DHL and Ladbrokes.
Racial stereotypes in the media ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 272 libraries worldwide
"This program examines the relationship between mass media and social constructions of race from political and economic perspectives while looking at the effects media can have on audiences"--Container.
Sexual stereotypes in the media ( Visual )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 260 libraries worldwide
"This program illustrates some of the commercial, cultural, psychological, and sociological forces that have shaped sexual stereotypes in the media, such as demographic segmentation and the selling of gender, the myths of alluring femininity and rugged masculinity, Jungian personality archetypes, consensus reality, stereotype threat, the hegemonic forces of agenda-setting and mainstreaming, body image dysfunctions, and the theory of the male gaze." --Container.
She stoops to conquer ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 258 libraries worldwide
This classic comedy of manners tells of the clever schemes and comic ruses that unfold one night at a country house. An ambitious step-mother, impassioned sweethearts, a pragmatic father and a pair of star-crossed suitors are sent spinning through a hilarious comedy of errors by one of the great characters of the stage, Tony Lumpkin. In its day, this eighteenth century masterpiece was considered so 'low' that it might never have reached the stage. When it was finally produced, it enjoyed immediate and lasting success, breaking the mould with its satirical swipe at polite society.
The New England transcendentalists ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 253 libraries worldwide
Expert interviews, dramatic re-creations at Walden Pond, and readings from major works are used to explore the evolution of the American Transcendentalist Movement in the early 19th century.
Iran ( Visual )
21 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 187 libraries worldwide
"In the Islamic Republic of Iran, battle lines are drawn between conservative clerics claiming a God-given right to rule and reformers challenging their authority. This provocative program seeks to understand what happens when a modern state is recreated based on fundamentalist Islamic principles, and whether its society should be open and democratic or oppressed and authoritarian. From Iran's chaotic capital Tehran to its holy city of Qom, Iranians share their thoughts on life before the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, the brutal eight-year war with Iraq, and the struggle Islamic reformers face against hard-line Muslims to establish a progressive government in place of a Republic they believe has lost its way"--Container.
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