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Hedrick Smith Productions

Overview
Works: 110 works in 250 publications in 1 language and 8,941 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Interviews  Educational films  Internet videos  Cross-cultural studies 
Roles: Producer
Classifications: HF5429.215.U6, 381.149
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Most widely held works by Hedrick Smith Productions
Frontline ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 735 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"--Container
Can you afford to retire? ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 729 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 )
10 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 658 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
Bigger than Enron ( Visual )
19 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 475 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 )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 315 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 p
The heart of the nation ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 238 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
The Uninsured forty-four million forgotten Americans ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 206 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
The Wall Street fix ( Visual )
7 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tracing the stunning rise and fall of WorldCom, the hottest stock--and then biggest bankruptcy--of the 1990s, correspondent Hedrick Smith uncovers the hidden ties that enabled superbanks and Wall Street insiders to profit from the telecom boom while leaving ordinary investors holding worthless stock when the bubble burst
Juggling work and family ( )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In an era where dual-career couples and single parents have become the norm, mothers and fathers are getting caught in a work-family conflict that pits the "ideal worker" against the "ideal parent." In this timely documentary, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith examines the impact and implications of a massive shift in our workforce that has buried the traditional father-breadwinner/mother-housewife family model. Incisive case studies, innovative corporate and union initiatives, and analyses by experts addressing the tension between work and family provide insights into people's struggle to reconcile workplace expectations with family needs. Experts say the time has come for America to realign its priorities and create ways to protect the family-but how can it be done without sacrificing America's competitive advantages?
Spying on the home front ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Frontline addresses an issue of major consequence for all Americans: Is the Bush administration's domestic war on terrorism jeopardizing our civil liberties? Reporter Hedrick Smith presents new material on how the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program works and examines clashing viewpoints on whether the president has violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and infringed on constitutional protections."--Website
Across the river ( Visual )
4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith offers powerful and encouraging portraits of urban heroes who are reviving once-dying neighborhoods. Filmed near Washington, D.C., the program offers an almost unknown face of the inner city--one that contrasts sharply with the typical images of crime, drugs and violence seen on the nightly news
The Quality gap medicine's secret killer ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 141 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 )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 140 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 )
3 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 133 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
The culture of commerce ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the systemic differences between the individualistic capitalism of America and Britain and the communitarian capitalism of Japan and Germany
Campaign finance abuses and reforms ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 111 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 Elected presidency and congress ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In an adversarial climate of polarization and power confrontations, how can the U.S. government get anything done? In part one of this program, correspondent Hedrick Smith examines the obstacles to bipartisan compromise between the Clinton administration and Congress as well as the difficulties parties have in disciplining their own members in Congress. In part two, Mr. Smith probes the rise and fall of Newt Gingrich's Republican Revolution in Congress. Smith goes behind the scenes to get Vice President Gore; Clinton executives Leon Panetta and George Stephanopoulos; Congressional leaders Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, Dick Gephardt, and Tom Daschle; Democratic loyalists and rebels; Republican freshmen and incumbents; and academic experts to divulge how serious miscalculations torpedoed hopes for both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill
The Heart of the nation ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 105 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
The Unelected lobbies ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 105 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
Cutting to the core Albert J. Dunlap ( )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On Wall Street, no one has earned a bigger reputation for cutting companies down to size than corporate turn-around artist Albert J. Dunlap. As head of Scott Paper and, more recently, as CEO of Sunbeam, Dunlap carried out his time-tested formula as spelled out in his bluntly titled book Mean Business: boost the bottom line with swift, deep layoffs; sell off divisions; and move production to lower-wage states or abroad. Filmed at the height of Dunlap's power, this program spotlights the practices that once served "Chainsaw Al" so well-and that have since fallen into such disfavor
 
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