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Hedrick Smith Productions

Works: 126 works in 254 publications in 1 language and 9,277 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Cross-cultural studies 
Roles: Producer
Classifications: HF5429.215.U6, 381.149
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Hedrick Smith Productions
Frontline( Visual )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 752 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 705 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 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 $25 billion in annual imports that help the company deliver everyday low prices
Bigger than Enron( Visual )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 455 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 318 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 Uninsured forty-four million forgotten Americans( Visual )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 242 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 Culture of commerce( Visual )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the systemic differences between the individualistic capitalism of America and Britain and the communitarian capitalism of Japan and Germany
The heart of the nation( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 224 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 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, 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"--Container
Juggling work and family( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 186 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?
The Wall Street fix( Visual )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 176 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
Winning strategies( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Old ways, new game( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 163 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 Chronically ill pain, profit, and managed care( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 157 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
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
The Quality gap medicine's secret killer( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 145 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 Idealistic HMO can good care survive the market?( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 has also drawn fire for unpopular cost-cutting measures and for allegedly neglecting needy communities
Across the river( Visual )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 135 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 Elected presidency and congress( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 128 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. (78 minutes)
Campaign finance abuses and reforms( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 127 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. (49 minutes)
The Unelected lobbies( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 126 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
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