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Hedrick Smith Productions

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Poisoned waters( Visual )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 791 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. [This film] examines the rising hazards to human health and the ecosystem and why it's so hard to keep our waters clean."--Container
Is Wal-Mart good for America? by PBS HOME VIDEO( Visual )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This episode of Frontline offers two starkly contrasting images: one of empty storefronts in Circleville, Ohio; the other, a sea of high rises in the South China boomtown of Shenzhen. The connection between American job losses and soaring Chinese exports? Wal-Mart. For Wal-Mart, China has become the cheapest, most reliable production platform in the world, the source of up to 2.5 billion dollars in annual imports that help the company deliver everyday low prices. Correspondent Hedrick Smith examines the growing controversy over the Wal-Mart way of doing business and asks whether a single retail giant has changed the American economy. While some say Walmart's low prices are good for Americans, others don't believe price cuts are worth job losses
Can you afford to retire? by PBS HOME VIDEO( Visual )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The baby boomer generation is headed for a shock as it hits retirement: boomers will be long on life expectancy but short on income. In addition to Social Security, the pillars of retirement income for Americans have been either lifetime corporate pensions or employee-contribution plans such as 401Ks. But both retirement strategies are in trouble. Buffeted by pension cuts, corporate bankruptcies, and the 2001-2002 stock market crash, most boomers now expect to be working into their retirement years."--Container
The Heart of the nation( Visual )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program explores the central values of Japan, Germany, and the U.S. and focuses on what drives each of these societies. America's hallmark is individualism, Japan's the preeminence of the group; in America, freedom and diversity are primary values; in Japan, conformity and a powerful sense of nationalism prevail. Germany stands between the two, asserting individualism but striving, more than the U.S., for social harmony and consensus. The program shows how education is a metaphor for the contrasts in the three societies
Tax me if you can?( Visual )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The tax shelter was one of corporate America's biggest hidden profit centers in recent years. Shelters have become so lucrative that some experts estimate as much as $50 billion is lost to the U.S. Treasury each year. And ordinary taxpayers wind up footing the bill. Frontline correspondent Hedrick Smith provides an inside look at how big corporations and wealthy individuals cut their taxes with intricate, hidden, and abusive tax shelters and investigates the role of blue chip accounting firms in these secret deals."--Web page
Bigger than Enron( Visual )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The collapse of Enron caused many to question the watchdog system designed to protect investors. But Enron and Arthur Andersen are the tip of the iceberg. In the late 1990s, Enron was just one of the more than 400 corporations forced to dramatically restate their value because of accounting lapses, failures or fraud. Now, FRONTLINE examines an oversight system gone soft"--Container
The Uninsured : forty-four million forgotten Americans( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Corporate cost-cutting and other business imperatives are making today's health care insurance either unavailable or unaffordable for America's working families--44 million at last count. Where can America's uninsured turn for healthcare? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith reports on how such states as California, Texas and Tennessee are dealing with the desperate needs of the uninsured and their children
Making schools work : conversations with Anthony Alvarado and Eric Smith( Visual )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this interview, Anthony Alvarado, the dynamic architect of controversial principal-centered educational reforms in New York City and San Diego schools, and Eric Smith, Ed. D., who has risen to national prominence as superintendent of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Anne Arundel County school districts, join Hedrick Smith to describe their methodologies and examine the results of their policies and initiatives
Campaign finance : abuses and reforms( Visual )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program, hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hedrick Smith, provides an overview of Clinton-era campaign finance reform: the failed initiatives of the post-Watergate era, soft money scandals, and models for reform. Smith interviews John McCain, Bill Bradley, and Jack Kemp to determine how soft money corrupted the political process. The initial segment describes the campaign finance system in use during the 1990s-itself the result of reforms instituted after Watergate-and explains how that system broke down. A second segment originates in Florida's sugarcane fields and demonstrates how well-targeted campaign donations helped win passage of legislation that favored the sugar industry. A final segment, set in Maine, illustrates how a public-funding bill impacted the electoral process and considers the lessons the nation might learn from it
The Unelected : media( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 332 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
The Culture of commerce( Visual )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program explores the systemic differences between the individualistic capitalism of America and Britain, and the communitarian capitalism of Japan and Germany. It shows how both Japan and Germany embrace more collaborative relations between labor and management, government and business, and even among businesses than the more laissez-faire American system. Both Japan and Germany invest heavily in worker training and long-term employment guarantees. The Japanese system is dominated by families of companies which finance and own each other; the German system by banks which are investors as well as lenders; the American system by entrepreneurs and absentee, mutual-fund type owners and managers who wield great power
Juggling work and family( Visual )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program focuses on the increasing tensions between workplace expectations and family needs by exploring how companies and unions are seeking to ease the work-family conflict with child care centers, subsidies, and alternative work schedules. Experts analyze the problems, address solutions, and pose the question: what else can be done?
Winning strategies( Visual )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program shows some of the concrete strategies that American companies, communities, and political leaders are using to recapture America's competitive edge and improve efficiency and productivity: instituting new labor-management practices to improve human relations on the production line and the quality of the workplace and emphasizing zero-defect philosophy, technological innovation, longer time-horizons, and attention to the customer. The program also raises such questions as apprenticeship training, tax incentives, and government industrial policy
Old ways, new game( Visual )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows the stakes of the global economic competition for individual Americans and for the nation. Shows how major American companies are faring in their battles with Japanese and German competition. Moves from an up-to-date look at mass production, craft production, and lean production in the auto industry to new races for "voice" computers and laptops. Examines the Japanese drive to challenge America's lead in basic research by setting up labs in the U.S. and hiring top American scientists
The Quality gap : medicine's secret killer( Visual )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experts agree that poor medical practice and medical errors are the most costly element of the American healthcare system. Pulitzer Prize-winning journal Hedrick Smith examines New York's tough performance reports on doctors 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
The Unelected : lobbies( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 307 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. Majority Whip Tom DeLay; Charles Blixt, of R.J. Reynolds; Mike Pertschuk, of the Advocacy Institute; members of Congress; lobbyists; and others scrutinize how UPS paralyzed OSHA's efforts to improve worker safety and how the medical insurance lobby's "Harry and Louise" ads helped sink the Clinton healthcare reform bill. In-depth reporting reveals the stealth tactics used by the tobacco industry in its ongoing fight against federal legislation
The Chronically ill : pain, profit, and managed care( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Currently, three-quarters of all U.S. healthcare dollars are spent on 100 million people with chronic illnesses and conditions. Will a cost-conscious healthcare system, increasingly driven by the market and oriented toward acute care, give them the proper care? This program examines how the chronically ill are faring today in seeking the high-quality, long-term care they need. 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. The program also documents the burdens on families providing home care
The Idealistic HMO : can good care survive the market?( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 280 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 Elected : presidency and congress( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hedrick Smith leads viewers into the shadows of American government, casting light on the power showdowns between the White House and Congress, and how their colliding agendas often produce gridlock
Duke Ellington's Washington( Visual )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles the Uptown area of Washington, D.C., which was the cultural capital of black America in the early years of the 20th century. Centered around U Street, it nurtured many dynamic leaders, including Duke Ellington. Combines archival footage and photographs with interviews that describe the community's heyday, decline, and renewal
 
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Is Wal-Mart good for America?
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Making schools work : conversations with Anthony Alvarado and Eric Smith