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Hedrick Smith Productions

Works: 107 works in 255 publications in 2 languages and 12,870 library holdings
Genres: Internet videos  Educational films  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Educational television programs  Environmental television programs  Television news programs  Case studies  Interviews  Television programs 
Roles: Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 381.149
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Most widely held works by Hedrick Smith Productions
Poisoned waters( Visual )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 858 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
Can you afford to retire?( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 688 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
Is Wal-Mart good for America?( Visual )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines Wal-Mart's importation of Chinese goods into the United States. Discusses that while some economists credit Wal-Mart's focus on low costs with helping contain U.S. inflation, others charge that the company is the main force driving the massive overseas shift to China in the production of American consumer goods, resulting in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs and a lower standard of living in the U.S
Bigger than Enron( Visual )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 432 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
Tax me if you can?( Visual )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 427 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
Labor's comeback labor's man on the board( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program includes conversations with airline machinist Marv Sandrin, and Northwest Vice President, Richard Anderson. Sandrin is former president of District Lodge 143 of the Machinists' Union. He was employed at Northwest Airlines before the ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) gave him and his union an ownership stake in the company. Under that ESOP, unions gave up
The heart of the nation( Visual )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 pre-eminence 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. Examines education as a metaphor for the contrasts in the three societies
Making schools work Michael Feinberg on the KIPP model( Visual )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The program profiles several different approaches to individual school reform at the elementary, middle and high school levels and in different regions, as well as district-wide reforms in three major American cities. All are examples of effective school reform with proven academic gains, at scale and over several years
Campaign finance abuses and reforms( Visual )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 284 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
Old ways, new game( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In very human ways, this program shows the stakes of the global economic competition for individual Americans and for the nation. It also shows how major American companies are faring in their battles with Japanese and German competition. The program moves from a look at mass production, craft production, and lean production in the auto industry to races for "voice" computers and laptops, as well as the Japanese drive to challenge America's lead in basic research by setting up labs in the U.S. and hiring top American scientists
Juggling work and family( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 263 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?
The Culture of commerce( Visual )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 229 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
The Uninsured forty-four million forgotten Americans( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 228 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
Cutting to the core Albert J. Dunlap( Visual )

2 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in Spanish and English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Wall Strteet, no one has earned a bigger reputation for cutting companies down to size than corporate turn-around artist Albert J. Dunlap. He parachutes into troubled companies, cuts them to the core, and jump-starts their stock. His strategy is to boost the bottom line with swift, deep layoffs; sell off divisions; and move production to lower-wage states, or better yet, abroad
Management combines forces with unions Northwest Airlines( Visual )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Dasburg discusses how he pulled Northwest Airines from the brink of bankruptcy by striking a dramatic agreement with Northwest's union
Winning strategies( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 209 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
The Chronically ill pain, profit, and managed care( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 202 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
Making schools work Robert Slavin on success for all( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this interview, Robert Slavin, Ph. D., talks with Hedrick Smith about Success for All, a comprehensive, research-based reading and math program for elementary and middle schools. The most important objective, says Dr. Slavin, "is to get every single child to be successful, every single child to master the basic curriculum, to achieve the higher-order objectives that every parent would want for their child and that our society demands." The genesis, evolution, implementation, and replication of Success for All are covered, as are the initiative's core elements. Criticism of SFA's controversial scripting for teachers to ensure uniformity of instruction is also addressed
Making schools work Gene Bottoms on high schools that work( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High Schools That Work is the nation's first large-scale effort to unite educational stakeholders at all levels with the objective of re-engaging what some have called the forgotten majority in U.S. high schools. In this interview, founding director Gene Bottoms, Ed. D., talks with Hedrick Smith about the HSTW program in general and Corbin High School, Kentucky-an exemplary case study-in particular. "If you can help youngsters to begin to connect to a goal beyond high school, and they can begin to connect the courses they're taking to that goal, you have a youth going someplace," says Dr. Bottoms
Making schools work James Comer on the comer process( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Comer, M.D., M.P.H., has spent decades promoting a focus on child development as a way of improving schools. In this interview, he and Hedrick Smith analyze the Comer Process, a school- and system-wide psychosocial intervention grounded in conflict mitigation, behavior modeling, power-sharing, and all-around involvement of teachers, parents, students, and other stakeholders. "Our program focuses on the socially interactive aspects of development so that children learn how to manage themselves in a whole variety of situations," says Dr. Comer
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Is Wal-Mart good for America?
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Making schools work Michael Feinberg on the KIPP model