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1. By the people: the election of Barack Obama by By the people : the election of Barack Obama /Benjamin Goldhirsh; Amy Rice; Alicia Sams; Craig Wedren; HBO Documentary Films.; et al; Publication: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2010] . 1 videodisc (ca. 116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. , Documents Barack Obama's history-making road to the White House as the nation's first African-American president. Follows the former Senator from his decision to throw his hat in the ring to his historic election, and inauguration. Includes interviews, candid moments with his wife Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, plus his senior campaign staff, his supporters, aids, and the media. | English dialogue with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing. Availability: No items available:

2. Moving within the circle : by Burton, Bryan, Publication: Danbury, CT : World Music Press, 1993 . 169 p. : ill., map ; 28 cm. + 1 sound DVD (analog) , Includes musical transcriptions and dance instructions. | Errata sheet inserted. Date: 1993 Availability: Items available: AIT 美國資料中心 AIT American Center (1),

3. Commanding heights : the battle of ideas   Publication: [Boston, MA] : WGBH Boston Video 2003 . 2 hours. ; DVD , Documentary./Based on the book by Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw./ Videodisc release of the 2002 television documentary series./ Closed captioned for the hearing impaired./ Special features: Daniel Yergin on creating a television series from his book; Q&A with Daniel Yergin and producers William Cran and Greg Barker; access to Commanding Heights website; an excerpt from the companion book; a complete list of interview subjects included in the series./ Participants: Narrator, David Ogden Stiers. Abstract: This series explores our changing world; the new rules of the game, the winners and losers in the clash between government and the marketplace, the great debate over the impact of globalization, and the powerful forces shaping our economy and the future of society. The Battle of Ideas identifies how the world, for much of the twentieth century, first moved toward more government control and then began to move away. The program focuses on the struggle between two economic thinkers, John Maynard Keynes, whose ideas on government intervention dominated much of the twentieth century, and Freidrich Von Hayek, whose free-market ideas were largely ignored until the economic crises of the 1970s forced political leaders to rediscover them. In the 1980s, the simultaneous emergence of the governments of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan set the stage for a worldwide capitalist revolution--one that will be tested by economic turmoil in the future. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

4. Commanding heights : the agony of reform   Publication: [Boston, MA] : WGBH Boston Video 2003 . 2 hours ; DVD , Documentary./Based on the book by Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw./ Videodisc release of the 2002 television documentary series./ Closed captioned for the hearing impaired./ Special features: Daniel Yergin on creating a television series from his book; Q&A with Daniel Yergin and producers William Cran and Greg Barker; access to Commanding Heights website; an excerpt from the companion book; a complete list of interview subjects included in the series./ Participants: Narrator, David Ogden Stiers. Abstract: This series explores our changing world; the new rules of the game, the winners and losers in the clash between government and the marketplace, the great debate over the impact of globalization, and the powerful forces shaping our economy and the future of society. The Agony of Reform explores the failure of government-controlled economies in the 1980s and how new leaders embraced the ideas of reform and "shock therapy" -- a rapid conversion to free-market capitalism. The program focuses on how reform played out in Russia, the eastern bloc, Latin America, India, and other countries as they lived through the upheavals of rapid change, coping with both the new freedoms and the new issues of privatization, deregulation, and the shock of free-wheeling competition. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

5. Commanding heights : the new rules of the game   Publication: [Boston, MA] : WGBH Boston Video 2003 . 2 hours. ; DVD , Documentary./Based on the book by Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw./ Videodisc release of the 2002 television documentary series./ Closed captioned for the hearing impaired./ Special features: Daniel Yergin on creating a television series from his book; Q&A with Daniel Yergin and producers William Cran and Greg Barker; access to Commanding Heights website; an excerpt from the companion book; a complete list of interview subjects included in the series./ Participants: Narrator, David Ogden Stiers. Abstract: This series explores our changing world; the new rules of the game, the winners and losers in the clash between government and the marketplace, the great debate over the impact of globalization, and the powerful forces shaping our economy and the future of society. The New Rules of the Game tracks the explosive growth of the world economy from the 1992 presidential campaign to the present. Examining the promise and the perils of the global economy, the film focuses on the story of President Bill Clinton's embrace of free trade, the threat of global contagion, the sometimes violent debate over globalization, and the issues facing the Bush Administration and the United States in the 21st century. It tackles the impact of free trade on the developing world and on Americans, the sometimes perilous effects of globalized economies, and the critical questions for the future--including the challenge of bringing the world's poor into the era of global growth. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

6. Founding fathers : the men who shaped our nation and changed the world (1)   Publication: MPH Entertainment Inc. for The History Channel 2000 . One DVD : 100 minutes ; color , All rights reserved. Volume One: REBELS WITH A CAUSE The birth of American democracy as attended by an extraordinary cast of characters, drawn from every level of colonial society. They brought to the cause of independence a dazzling array of talents and genius--and an equally noteworthy range of personality flaws and defects. Sam Adams was a rumpled, pugnacious man who failed at a variety of professions, before finding his niche as a revolutionary with a knack for inciting mob violence. John Hancock, a wealthy, aristocratic merchant, was also a known wine-smuggler with a major economic stake in breaking away from Britain. But the unique chemistry of this political "odd couple" would prove pivotal, combining to spark the fires of resentment which until then had been merely smoldering within the colonies. TAKING LIBERTIES In the aftermath of heavy British tax levies and the shock of the Boston Massacre, the situation in the American colonies grew more incendiary. Helping to fan the flames was the eloquent orator Patrick Henry, who rose from backwoods obscurity to marry into money and make the first open "call to arms." Meanwhile, Benjamin Franklin, actually slow to join the colonists' cause, was in London--desperately attempting to patch things up with King George. Across the Atlantic, George Washington, a retired soldier with a spotty military record, maneuvered for command of the rebel forces, while an alcoholic essay writer named Thomas Paine published "Common Sense," one of the period's most famous and inflammatory tracts. Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

7. Founding fathers : the men who shaped our nation and changed the world (2)   Publication: MPH Entertainment Inc. for The History Channel 2000 . One DVD : 100 minutes ; color , All rights reserved. Volume two: YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION By 1776, the rebels would finally make their fateful, final break with Britain. One of those advocating this extreme step was a young Virginia planter named Thomas Jefferson. A misogynist who suffered debilitating migraines, the man who penned the Declaration of Independence wrestled all his life with the contradiction of being a slave-owner himself. On the battlefield, the war did not get off to a promising start. George Washington failed miserably in his first campaigns, while Ben Franklin's own son was arrested for plotting to aid the enemy. But as the revolutionary army gained in experience and confidence--and the French threw their considerable financial support into the fray--the tide slowly but surely began to turn in the rebels' direction. A HEALTHY CONSTITUTION After the final defeat of British forces in Yorktown, the thirteen colonies found themselves in a unique and frightening situation: building a new, democratic nation with no money, few allies and no blueprint of how to proceed. The revolution's savior would turn out to be the shy, studious James Madison, the father of the Constitution. Also vital to the new nation's survival was ensuring good ties with the friends it possessed. Sent to Paris to maintainvital ties with the French. Thomas Jefferson would engage in not one but two scandalous affairs: one with a married woman and one with his slave Sally Hemings. Back in the newly independent America, the revered George Washington would decline the titleof "King" and become the first President of the grand social experiment that came to be the United States of America. Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

8. The American president : a matter of destiny   Publication: PBS DVD Video 2000 . 120 mins. : color , Episode One: Family Ties J.Q. Adams B. Harrson, F. Roosevelt, Kennedy. The last thing that the Founding Fathers envisioned was a hereditary chief executive. After all, they had fought a war in part to rid themselves of a king. Yet, power inevitably passes from generation to generation, and several families have returned to the White House as though born to it. The stories of the four men profiled in this hour reveal both the blessings and the curses of inherited power. Episode Two: Happenstance Tyler, Fillmore, A. Johnson, Arthur, Truman. Nearly one in five American presidents has died in office. The vice presidents who succeeded then were often chosen for the ticket less because they were equal to the most powerful office in the land than because they provided some electoral advantage. What happens when such a man takes office--frequently facing widespread conviction that he is unworthy of the powers he inherits? Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

9. The American president : politics and the presidency   Publication: PBS DVD Video 2000 . 120 mins. : color , Episode Three: an Independent Cast of Mind J. Adams, Taylor, Hayes, Carter. Is an independent cast of mind the best approach to the presidency? The four men profiled in this hour pursued a course that took little account of political affiliation, becoming presidents, in essence, without being politicians. Taken together, they present a cautionary tale: all had difficult presidencies, and neither of the two who sought a second term was granted one. Episode Four: The Professional Politician Van Buren, Buchanan, Lincoln, L. Johnson. In our nation's early years, taking part in political affairs was considered a duty and an honor, but not a way of life. It was not long, however, before the professional politicians, and the parties they represented, began to find their way to the White House. While the skills necessary for political success can be helpful to a president, they are not sufficient to guarantee success in the office. Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

10. The American president : executive vision   Publication: PBS DVD Video 2000 . 120 mins. : color , Episode Five: The American Way Jefferson, Coolidge, Hoover, Reagan. It is often observed that American national identity is less a condition than an idea. What we have come t refer to as "the vision thing" is an expectation that our presidents will bring to the office a particularly strong sense of national mission. The four chronicled here may have understood the special character of America in different ways, but in all cases a belief that there was a distinctly American way of doing things guided their decisions. Episode Six: The World Stage Monroe, McKinley, Wilson, Bush. The president has no greater responsibility than representing the nation on the world stage. These four men engaged in this task at critical times in our national history and their achievements on the world stage stand as their most durable legacy. Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

11. The American president : the candidate   Publication: PBS DVD Video 2000 . 120 mins. : color , Episode Seven: The Heroic Posture Washington, W.H. Harrison, Grant, Eisenhower. From the beginning, the presidential office has beckoned to national heroes renowned for their selfless service to their country. This affinity is especially strong for men of military fame, for the president is formally the commander-in-chief as well as symbolically the steward of the national interest. Episode Eight: Compromise Choices Pierce, Garfield, Harding, Ford. With the rise of political parties came the dawn of political compromise: nominees were selected because they were less offensive to some voters than those who might have been the best candidates. Two of the men profiled in this hour found the presidency beyond their abilities, while two proved themselves worthy of having been called to the highest office in the land. Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

12. The American president : an office and its powers   Publication: PBS DVD Video 2000 . 120 mins. : color , Episode Nine: Expanding Power Jackson, Cleveland, T. Roosevelt, Nixon. Though the powers of the presidency have expanded with the growth of the nation, the process has been anything but smooth. These four presidencies are benchmarks in the development of executive power. Three stretched the office to its constitutional limits; the fourth overstepped those limits and brought on a new era of presidential weakness. Episode Ten: The Balance of Power Madison, Polk, Taft, Clinton. The final episode examines presidential leadership in an era of an increasingly divided government. The American presidency was conceived as one part of a larger system of institutions, and its effectiveness rests in part upon a good measure of cooperation among the branches. The presidents arrayed in this episode suggest four different conceptions of governance within a constitutionally structured balancing act. Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

13. 2005 Presidential inaugural ceremony: President George W. Bush sworn-in to second term   Publication: 2005 . 22 mins.: color , 2005 Presidential inaugural ceremony: President George W. Bush sworn-in to second term President Bush has taken the oath of office for a second term. The theme of his inaugural address can be summed up in one word: freedom. On January 20, at noon (1700 GMT), the president put his hand on a bible and repeated the traditional oath. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, administered the oath on the west front of the Capitol. Members of the U.S. Congress served as witnesses, along with a crowd of about 100,000 people gathered on the vast lawn that stretches from the Capitol to the Washington Monument. Military gunners fired their cannons as Hail to the Chief was played, signaling the start of a new presidential term. To the cheers of his supporters and the applause of those who came just for a glimpse of history, George W. Bush moved to the podium to deliver his second inaugural address. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

14. America's great parks, Chinese version   Publication: Taipei: King's International Multimedia Co., Ltd 2000 . 100 mins.: color , America's great parks, Chinese Version From the incredible geysers of Yellowstone to the largest canyon on earth, each stop along the way is breathtakingly beautiful. This DVD gives you a magnificent overview of the history, exploration, scenery and wildlife of three national parks: Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite. Date: 2000 Availability: No items available:

15. Inside special forces   Publication: National Geographic Society 2003 . 60 mins.: color , Inside special forces With unprecedented access, National Geographic goes deep into the secret world of U.S. Special Operations and tells the story of this highly skilled, elite group of soldiers from the inside out. With roots traceable to the French and Indian War, the Special Forces military unit has evolved over several centuries to serve an integral role in the U.S. military campaign. Inside Special Forces follows these soldiers as they make their way from the training camp to the battlefield to face an unpredictable enemy in an unfamiliar land. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

16. Tim Janis: beautiful America   Publication: Dawn Treader Productions, LLC 2004 . 60 mins. ; color , Join us for a celebration of the beauty of America's National Parks. From Yosemite to Mount Rainier, Acadia to the Great Smokey Mountains, we present an evening of unforgettable imagery and music as featured on the hit National Public Television special. Tim Janis provides the lush instrumental score performed live wit a fourteen piece concert ensemble. The result is a gorgeous collection of new music inspired by the beauty of America combined with stunning images of our National Parks. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

17. Best Kept Secrets: F.B. I, Chinese Version   Publication: Taipei King's International Multimedia co., Ltd 2001 . 50 mins. : color , Th film shows how FBI agent takes to succeed in the investigation business. It also explores how FBI examime the clues to find the criminal and stop the crime. In addition, FBI is also challenged to prevent computer hackers to invade the National Security System and stop the rebellion of well-equipped militia. Date: 2001 Availability: No items available:

18. Broadway: the American musical v. 1 with English/Chinese subtitles.   Publication: PBS Video 2004 . 120 min. ; color. , BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL is a new six-part documentary series that chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form. Episode one: Give My Regards to Broadway (1893-1927) Featured Musicals : "In Dahomey", "Little Johnny Jones", "Show Boat", "The Black Crook", "The Great Ziegfeld", "Ziegfeld Follies" When Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. first hit New York in 1893, the intersection of Broadway and 42nd was nobody's idea of "the crossroads of the world." But by 1913, "'The Ziegfeld Follies' really were an amalgamation of everything that was happening in America, in New York, at that time," says writer Philip Furia. "Flo Ziegfeld was like the Broadway equivalent of the melting pot itself." Ziegfeld's story introduces many of the era's key figures: Irving Berlin, a Russian immigrant who became the voice of assimilated America; entertainers like Jewish comedienne Fanny Brice and African American Bert Williams, who became America's first "crossover" artists; and the brash Irish American George M. Cohan, whose song-and-dance routines embodied the energy of Broadway. This is also the story of the onset of World War I and the Red Summer of 1919, when labor unrest swept the nation -- and Broadway. The episode culminates in Ziegfeld's 1927 production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's far-sighted masterpiece, "Show Boat." With the Great Depression, the Ziegfeld era became a memory. Episode two: Syncopated City (1919-1933) Featured Musicals "A connecticut Yankee", "George White Scandals" ,"Good News", "Lady Be, Good!", "Runnin' Wild", "Sally", "shuffle Along", "The Garrick Gaieties", "Tip-Toes" Gossip columnist Walter Winchell gave Broadway a nickname that becomes synonymous with all of New York: "It is the Big Apple, the goal of all ambitions, the pot of gold at the end of a drab and somewhat colorless rainbow." With the advent of Prohibition and the Jazz Age, America convulsed with energy and change, and nowhere was the riotous mix of classes and cultures more dramatically on display than Broadway. "There was this period in which everybody was leaping across borders and boundaries," says director/producer George C. Wolfe. "There was this incredible cross-fertilization, cultural appropriation." While brash American women flapped their way to newfound freedoms, heroines of Broadway like Marilyn Miller became a testament to pluck and luck. It was the age of "Whoopee" and the "Charleston," "Runnin' Wild" and the "George White Scandals." In 1921, a jazz show like no other arrived: "Shuffle Along," which featured a rich, rousing score by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, reopening Broadway's doors to black artists. Unique talents like the Marx Brothers and Al Jolson -- a Jewish immigrant and Prohibition's biggest star -- rocketed to stardom. The Gershwin brothers, the minstrels of the Jazz Age, brought a "Fascinating Rhythm" to an entire nation. Innovative songwriting teams like Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart ignited a new age of bright melodies and clever lyrics with the massive hit "Manhattan." But as the Roaring Twenties came to a close, Broadway's Jazz Age suffered the one-two punch of the "talking picture" and the stock market crash, triggering a massive talent exodus to Hollywood and putting an end to Broadway's feverish expansion. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

19. Broadway: the American musical v. 2 with English/Chinese subtitles   Publication: PBS Video 2004 , BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL is a new six-part documentary series that chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form. Episode 3: I Got Plenty O'Nuttin' (1929-1942) Featured Musicals are "Americana", "anything Goes", "As Thousands Cheer", "Gay Divorce" "Girl Crazy", "Of Thee I sing", "Pal Joey", "Paris", "Porgy and Bess", "The Cradle Will Rock", "This is the Army" The Great Depression proved to be a dynamic period of creative growth on Broadway, and a dichotomy in the musical theater emerged. Productions like Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" offered glamour and high times as an escape, while others -- such as "Of Thee I Sing," which satirized the American political system, and the remarkable WPA production of "The Cradle Will Rock," about a steel strike -- dealt directly with the era's social and political concerns. When Bing Crosby recorded "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," the doleful Broadway ballad took the hit parade by surprise. "This song spoke to the hearts, and to the minds, and to the emotions and thoughts, of everybody who lived during that depression," says lyricist Yip Harburg's son, Ernie. Rodgers and Hart created a string of new shows, including the sexually frank "Pal Joey," a genuine departure that starred newcomer Gene Kelly. In the gloom of the depression, Porter offered Broadway audiences such unforgettable songs as "You're the Top," which served as an effervescent tonic to a weary nation. In 1935, George Gershwin created his epic masterpiece, "Porgy and Bess," bringing a hybrid style of folk opera to Broadway. The onset of World War II galvanized the country and America's troubadour, Irving Berlin, rallied the troops with "This Is the Army." Episode 4: Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (1943-1960) Featured Musicals are "annie Get Your Gun", "Carousel", "Guys and Dolls", "Kiss Me, Kate", "My Fair Lady", "Oklahoma!","On the Town", "Sound of Music", "South Pacific" The new partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II changed the face of Broadway forever, beginning with the record-breaking "Oklahoma!" in 1943, featuring a landmark ballet by Agnes de Mille. "Carousel" and "South Pacific" then set the standard for decades to come by pioneering a musical where story is all-important. For challenging the country to confront its deep-seated racial bigotry, "South Pacific" won the Pulitzer Prize. In "On the Town," an exuberant team of novices -- Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jerome Robbins -- captured the energy, humor, and pathos of New York City during World War II. Irving Berlin triumphed again with "Annie Get Your Gun," featuring Ethel Merman and the unofficial anthem of the American musical theater, "There's No Business Like Show Business." In shows like "Guys and Dolls," "My Fair Lady," and "Kiss Me, Kate," sophisticated adaptations of literary material prevailed. "Cole Porter led the way in writing adult songs about love and sex," says theater historian Robert Kimball. "He defied the censors. He, probably more than any other songwriter in this century, made it possible for the openness that we have in all popular music." In 1956, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe triumphed with "My Fair Lady," featuring an 18-year-old Julie Andrews. TV's THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW became the most important showcase for Broadway musicals. Yet with the death of Oscar Hammerstein II soon after the premiere of "The Sound of Music" in 1959, the curtain began to lower on a golden age. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

20. Broadway: the American musical v. 3, with English/Chinese subtitles.   Publication: PBS Video 2004 , BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL is a new six-part documentary series that chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form. Episode 5: Tradition (1957-1979) Featured musicals are "A Chorus Line", "Cabaret", "Chicago","Company", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Hair", "Hello, Dolly!", ""Pacific Overtures","Sweeney Todd", "The Pajama Game", "West Side Story" West Side Story" not only brought untraditional subject matter to the musical stage, it ushered in a new breed of director/choreographer who insisted on performers who could dance, sing and act. But by the time Jerome Robbins' last original musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," closed after a record run of 3,242 performances in 1972, the world of Broadway had changed forever. Rock 'n' roll, civil rights, and the Vietnam War ushered in new talents, many trained by the retiring masters, taking musical theater in daring new directions with innovative productions like "Hair," the first Broadway musical with an entire score of rock music. The adult narrative of Stephen Sondheim's "Company" plunged the musical into a new era. Hal Prince's conceptual staging showcased John Kander and Fred Ebb's dynamic score for "Cabaret." Bob Fosse captured a sexuality and cynicism ahead of its time with "Chicago," but it was director/choreographer Michael Bennett who spearheaded the biggest blockbuster of all -- "A Chorus Line." "It totally changed the musical theater," says Shubert Organization chairman Gerald Schoenfeld. "It was a catalyst for the improvement of this area, and of course this area is now the most desirable area in New York." With Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd," the Broadway musical reached unexpected new heights in style and material with a tale of slaughter and cannibalism set in 19th-century London. By the end of the 1970s, Broadway became the centerpiece of a remarkably successful public relations campaign that would lure tourists to New York for years to come. Episode 6: Putting it together Featured Musicals are "42nd Street", "Cats", "La Cage aux Folles", "Rent", "Sunday in the Park with George", "The Lion King", "The Producers", "Wicked" Legendary as the "Abominable Showman," notorious producer David Merrick reconquered Broadway in 1980 with a smash adaptation of the movie musical "42nd Street." But soon the biggest hits were arriving from an unexpected source -- London. Producer Cameron Mackintosh redefined the business of show business as "Cats," "Les Miserables," "The Phantom of the Opera," and "Miss Saigon" became international blockbusters. Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George" defied categorization while Jerry Herman's crowd-pleasing "La Cage aux Folles" had two men sing a love song to each other for the first time on the stage -- a breakthrough soon overshadowed by the decimation of Broadway by AIDS. Yet with Julie Taymor's triumphant reimagining of "The Lion King," Disney led an astonishing resurrection of 42nd Street. Composer Jonathan Larson scored a bittersweet victory with the rock-flavored "Rent," and the old-style musical was reborn in Mel Brooks' "The Producers," which became the first must-see musical comedy in decades, despite a ticket price of $480 for each VIP seat. After 9/11, Broadway -- like the rest of America -- emerged from the darkness. Broadway's corporate dominance continues to grow, as evidenced by new shows such as "Wicked," the biggest hit of the 2003-04 season, with 10 Tony nods. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available: