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Hedrick Smith Productions

Works: 120 works in 257 publications in 1 language and 11,958 library holdings
Genres: Documentary television programs  Internet videos  Educational films  Case studies  Nonfiction television programs  Educational television programs  Television programs  Interviews  Documentary films  Cross-cultural studies 
Roles: Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 381.149
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Hedrick Smith Productions
Frontline( Visual )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 820 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 697 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 614 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 447 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 416 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 )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 364 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
Campaign finance abuses and reforms( Visual )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an overview of campaign finance reform--the failed reform of the post-Watergate era, the recent "soft money" scandals, and potential models for reform
Winning strategies( Visual )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 253 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 )

4 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 249 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 Culture of commerce( Visual )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 243 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 Uninsured forty-four million forgotten Americans( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Corporate cost-cutting, downsizing, temporary employment, and other business imperatives are making today's pricey health insurance either unavailable or unaffordable for 44 million Americans-of which 85 percent are in working families. With employers cutting back on offering insurance and with shrinking access to charity care as hospitals face their own funding shortfalls, where can America's uninsured turn for healthcare? In this program, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith reports on how states such as California, Texas, and Tennessee are dealing with the desperate needs of the uninsured and their children
Juggling work and family( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 233 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 Chronically ill pain, profit, and managed care( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 207 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 206 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
Making schools work conversations with Anthony Alvarado and Eric Smith( Visual )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 196 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
Management combines forces with unions Northwest Airlines( Visual )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 194 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
Making schools work Robert Slavin on success for all( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 178 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"--Container
The Elected presidency and congress( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 177 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)
Making schools work conversations with Kati Haycock and Michael Casserly( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In segment one of this interview, Kati Haycock, founder and director of The Education Trust, and Hedrick Smith discuss a range of hot topics in contemporary education: the standards movement and educational equity, No Child Left Behind, and the critical components of effective school reform, to name only three. In segment two, Mike Casserly, Ph. D., executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, joins Mr. Smith to address topics such as the recent history of educational reform, America's drive to create great schools, district- versus school-level strategies, and lessons learned in regard to making schools more effective and boosting student achievement. (85 minutes)
The Idealistic HMO can good care survive the market?( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 176 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
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Making schools work Robert Slavin on success for all