Cronkite Ward Company
Most widely held works by Cronkite Ward Company
Understanding the universe ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 224 libraries worldwide
Join astronomers and astrophysicists as they probe light years beyond the Milky Way. This video employs graphic models and computer animation to illustrate some of the most complex cosmology theories of all time.
The prince ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 195 libraries worldwide
A study of Niccolò Machiavelli's book, The prince. This video compares the crumbling of medieval order of Machiavelli's time with modern politics and includes interviews with Henry Kissinger, Senator Gary Hart, Roger Masters, Riccardo Bruscagli and others. Includes reenactments from Machiavelli's life, period artwork, and location footage.
George Orwell's 1984 ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 136 libraries worldwide
This DVD presents 1984, George Orwell's bleak vision of the future. Includes autobiographical information about Orwell.
Walden ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 124 libraries worldwide
Blending expert analysis with on-screen quotations and dramatized scenes of Henry David Thoreau's life, this program thoroughly examines Walden -- its historical significance, spiritual interpretations, and ongoing relevance to contemporary concerns.
The Great Gatsby ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 120 libraries worldwide
Focuses on the book, The Great Gatsby, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Features dramatizations and interviews with scholars and authors.
Understanding. Oceans ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 119 libraries worldwide
Explore the characteristics of the ocean's personality, from the volatile cross-currents to health issues, from endangered sea creatures to the reality of light on the ocean floor.
The jungle ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 107 libraries worldwide
"A landmark among naturalistic, proletarian novels, The jungle brought to light the appalling sanitation and working conditions of Chicago's meatpacking industry. This timeless program presents the life of author and polemicist Upton Sinclair within the context of his times, examining his contributions to American literature and journalism as well as to social reform movements ..."--Container label.
The grapes of wrath ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 99 libraries worldwide
Susan Shillinglaw of the Center for Steinbeck Studies; authors Studs Terkel and Gerald Haslam; Steinbeck's son Thomas and third wife, Elaine; and others discuss the Dust Bowl era, the Oakies, and the enduring effect of Steinbeck's book. Program includes the music of Woodie Guthrie, photographs by Dorothea Lange, and clips from John Ford's 1940 film of the novel.
Le Morte d'Arthur the legend of the king ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 91 libraries worldwide
Explores the story of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table, with the evidence of the history underlying the legend and a trip to the possible site of Camelot. Provides background, adaptations and other information on the story. Includes a discussion of the mythic human yearning for heroes and the world of chivalry, loyalty, and purity.
The scarlet letter a romance ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 89 libraries worldwide
Study of Nathaniel Hawthorne's tale of sin and salvation in 17th century New England. The contorted love triangle of Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmsdale and Roger Collingsworth is analyzed.
Understanding volcanoes ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 88 libraries worldwide
Studies the forces that work to create a volcano, visits people whose lives center around real-life towering infernoes, and examines the history of volcano study. Has two segments with answer and resources statements at the end of each part.
Metamorphosis ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 85 libraries worldwide
"For Gregor Samsa, the ill-fated protagonist of Franz Kafka's novel Metamorphosis, home is where the horror is. Filmed in Kafka's native Prague and narrated by actor Jeff Goldblum, this program blends creative reenactments with expert commentary to explore how Kafka's prescient masterpiece about a man turned into an insect shattered notions of the happy family and anticipated the darkness descending on Europe. The autobiographical aspects of the novel are richly documented, as are modern-day examples of what is now called Kafkaesque ..."--Container.
Understanding evolution ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 84 libraries worldwide
"Takes an in-depth look at the theory of evolution and its impact. The sexual selection process, the nature vs. nurture debate, Christian fundamentalism, and genetic testing are only some of the topics covered in this wide-ranging study of evolution"--Container.
Don Quixote ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 84 libraries worldwide
A study of Cervantes' tragi-comic novel Don Quixote which explores themes of social criticism, religious reflection, individualism, and idealism. Recounts the adventures of Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho Panza in dramatic re-enactments filmed on location in Spain. Modern commentary by comedians and former New York governor Mario Cuomo, reveal why the work has remained popular and relevant for four hundred years.
The Republic Plato's utopia ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 84 libraries worldwide
"This timeless program scrutinizes The Republic, a work that has intrigued and infuriated for thousands of years. Was Plato's plan for an ideal city, a place where philosophers are rulers and wisdom is the cornerstone of society, a blueprint, a satire, or a bit of both? Columbia University's Bonnie Kent; Princeton University's Alexander Nehamas; Martha Nussbaum, of The University of Chicago; Thomas Pangle, of the University of Toronto; poet Joseph Brodsky; novelist Joyce Carol Oates; William Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education; and radio personality Michael Savage consider the worth of a system that promotes the common good through state control that, by necessity, must involve censorship and eugenics"--Container.
The adventures of Huckleberry Finn ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 81 libraries worldwide
The novel grapples with the theme of slavery, and this video about it also traces the roots of Mark Twain from Hannibal, Missouri, where the novel is set, to Hartford, Connecticut, where Twain also lived, to the Mississippi, the site of Huck and Jim's journey.
Lord of the flies ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 77 libraries worldwide
Examines William Golding's allegorical novel of human behavior.
Galileo's "Dialogue ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 73 libraries worldwide
A study of Galileo's Dialogue in which he asserted that the Earth was not the center of the universe. Galileo was jailed for heresy for contradicting the traditional teachings of the medieval Church. The video traces the background of the Dialogue, from the Copernican view that the sun is the center of the universe, to the trial of Galileo before the Holy Office. The profound conflicts between science and theology unfold in dramatic re-enactments.
Understanding bridges ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 71 libraries worldwide
"This intriguing documentary thoroughly illustrates how bridges are designed, constructed, maintained, and, in cases of structural deterioration, demolished. Interviews with bridge engineers, dramatic archival footage of bridge disasters, and detailed computer graphics₇as well as the stories of some of the world₂s best-known spans, including the Brooklyn, Golden Gate, Akashi Kaikyo, Verrazano Narrows, San Francisco-Oakland Bay, and Williamsburg (NY) Bridges₇round out the program."
The Odyssey ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 68 libraries worldwide
"This DVD offers an introduction to one of the Western world's first action-adventure stories. Take a look at the Greek myths and The Odyssey's lessons of morality."--Container.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Twain, Mark) Arthur,--King Arthurian romances Authors, American Biography Camelot (Legendary place) Cosmography Cosmology Criticism, interpretation, etc. Cronkite, Walter Depressions Documentary films Documentary television programs Don Quixote (Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de) Dystopias Early works Educational television programs Evolution (Biology) Films for the hearing impaired Grapes of wrath (Steinbeck, John) Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald, F. Scott) History Horror tales Horror tales, American Interviews Journalism Journalists Jungle (Sinclair, Upton) Literature Literature and society Marine animals Nature television programs Nineteen eighty-four (Orwell, George) Nonfiction television programs Ocean Oceanography Poe, Edgar Allan,--1809-1849 Political ethics Political science Principe (Machiavelli, Niccolò) Republic (Plato) Scarlet letter (Hawthorne, Nathaniel) Science fiction, English Television broadcasting of news Transcendentalism Travel United States Verwandlung (Kafka, Franz) Volcanoes Walden (Thoreau, Henry David)