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Hedrick Smith Productions

Works: 125 works in 254 publications in 1 language and 9,632 library holdings
Genres: Educational films  Internet videos  Case studies  Interviews  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 )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 746 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 718 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 693 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 )
18 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 461 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 319 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."
The Uninsured forty-four million forgotten Americans ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 232 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 heart of the nation ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 232 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 Culture of commerce ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the systemic differences between the individualistic capitalism of America and Britain and the communitarian capitalism of Japan and Germany
Juggling work and family ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Focuses on tensions between workplace expectations and family needs. Americans are feeling the stress of working more and have less time than ever for their family. This program looks at how working parents in various occupations across the country are trying to reconcile work and family conflicts. The program explores how companies and unions are seeking to ease the work-family conflict with child care centers, subsidies, and alternative work schedules that include part-time work, job-sharing, and telecommuting
Winning strategies ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 185 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 181 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
The Wall Street fix ( Visual )
7 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 178 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
Spying on the Home Front ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 152 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 Chronically ill pain, profit, and managed care ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Currently, three-quarters of all U.S. healthcare dollars are spent on 100 million people with chronic illnesses and conditions. But can a cost-conscious healthcare system, increasingly driven by the market and oriented toward acute care, continue to help them? In this program, 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 program also documents the hardships of home care
The Quality gap medicine's secret killer ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 143 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 142 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
Across the river ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 138 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
Campaign finance abuses and reforms ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 136 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)
Cutting to the core Albert J. Dunlap ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 130 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. (30 minutes)
Management combines forces with unions Northwest Airlines ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1993, as CEO of Northwest Airlines, John Dasburg headed a company on the verge of bankruptcy. Dasburg pulled back from the brink by striking a dramatic agreement with Northwest's union. The union gave up 900 million dollars in wage and work rule concessions, and the owners gave labor three seats on the corporate board and 30 percent ownership of the company. The deal gave Northwest Airlines one of the United States' biggest ESOPs-Employee Stock Ownership Plans. CEO Dasburg believes that Northwest's new relationship with its union gives it a competitive advantage. In the 1980s, Northwest labor relations were so bad that some people nicknamed the company "Cobra Airlines"--They'd strike at anything. Today, Northwest has made a stunning economic comeback, one that Dasburg attributes largely to good labor/management relations. Dasburg likes labor's presence on his board, and voluntarily extended their participation for another ten years. (30 minutes)
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