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21. 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:

22. 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:

23. 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:

24. 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:

25. 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:

26. JFK: years of lightning, day of drums   Publication: Washington, D.C.: U.S. Information Agency 1964 . 85 mins.: color , JFK: years of lightning, day of drums In this poetic propaganda film by the USIA made for foreign audiences, Kennedy is the American hero who had "years of lightning" before his life was ended and remembered in a "day of drums" funeral. The film is structured around the "six faces" of the New Frontier: the Peace Corps, conquest of space, Alliance for Progress, civil rights, freedom, peace. In 1961 "upon the floating globe called the world there were three billion people and most of them were not happy or free or at peace." There were loud and visible problems of " fires burning in the Congo" and a "foreign-dictated government in Cuba" and "starvation for one-third of the world." John Kennedy is portrayed as one of the uncommon men in the history of the world who thought not of problems but of "the invisible and silent" solutions. Featured in this film are his speech at White House to the first Peace Corps volunteers, his journey to Costa Rica -- "viva Costa Rica, viva Costa Rica, mucha gracias" -- the Freedom Riders mass meeting Aug. 28 in Washington DC, the Alan Shephard award ceremony, the Berlin crisis --"if war begins, it begins in Moscow, not Berlin" -- his speech at the Berlin Wall --"Let them come to Berlin" -- and his trip to Ireland. Interspersed between each of these segments are scenes from the 1963 funeral. "History will pick up its cold pen and book, and write in chronological order the events of the day with the date and time and the city. But history will be wrong, for there wasn't one date, or time, or city." His life and death symbolized the "invisible and silent" hopes and dreams of the world. Date: 1964 Availability: No items available:

27. 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:

28. 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:

29. 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:

30. 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:

31. Moby Dick, Chinese version   Publication: Taipei: King's International Multimedia Co., Ltd 2002 . 50 mins. ; color , Ishmael, a sailor, recounts the ill-fated voyage of a whaling ship led by the fanatical Captain Ahab in search of the white whale that had crippled him. The story of a dangerously obsessed man. Obsessed with seeking vengeance against a great white whale that pushes him and his reluctant crew in a quest across the seven seas. Obsessed with pitching his boat against a formidable beast against all odds and oblivious to the great risk to life and limb. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

32. Biography-John Steinbeck: an American writer   Publication: A & E Television Networks 2002 . 50 mins. color , This DVD takes a close look at the life and career of the legendary American writer whose name evokes dust bowl-era images of Salinas, Monterey, and migrant farm workers. John Steinbeck's life story is revealed in personal photos and interviews with friends, family, and contemporaries, along with footage of the locations that inspired him. Also surveyed are the writer's foray into filmmaking and his Hollywood experiences. Discover why he was motivated to write about the land and the people who belonged to it. Learn of the trials and persecution he endured for his unwillingness to compromise the truth and the rocky personal life that accompanied his artistic struggles. This film provides a truly comprehensive and sensitive depiction of this Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning author. Date: 2002 Availability: No items available:

33. The Great Gatsby   Publication: Silver Spring, MD: Discovery Communications, Inc. 2003 . 60 min.: col. , F. Scott Fizgerald's novel The Great Gatsby focuses on how the American dream may be unattainable, as seen through Jay Gatsby's desire for Daisy Buchanan. Fizgerald and his character Gatsby have similar family backgrounds and love lives. The extravagance and imagery portrayed in The Great Gatsby has been the basis for advertising campaigns, and the novel's popularity has inspired several film adaptations. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

34. Study abroad, episode three   Publication: Taipei: Youthful Educational International Civic-minded 2005 . 47 min. : col. , This episode depicts the difference among Private Universities, State Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges. This program also gives some suggestions on evaluating a university by its reputation, graduation rate, professors resources, students excellence, the university’s financial status as well as the donation from the alumni. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

35. Huckleberry Fin   Publication: Silver Spring, MD: Discovery Communications, Inc. 2003 . 60 min : col. , An Overview of the life and times of Mark Twain, as well as their influence on Huckleberry Finn. As controversial now as it was then, this important work of American fiction explores the sometimes contradictory nature of the American spirit. Explore why this story is as relevant now as when it was first published. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

36. The scarlet letter   Publication: Silver Spring, MD: Discovery Communications 2003 . 60 mins.:col. , Learn how the story of Hester Prynne's adulterous relationship with a young minister blows wide open the conflict between private truth and public appearances, the choice between sin and salvation, and the definition of moral versus good. In the Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne gives us a view of 17th-century Puritan society. Scholars and critics discuss the novel and the book’s lasting legacy. Date: 2003 Availability: No items available:

37. An evening with O.Henry   Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca: MMI monterey media 2001 . 85 mins. :color , This DVD contains three of William Sydney Porter's (O. Henry) literary classics. Includes THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, O. HENRY: A LIFE IN STORIES, and THE LAST LEAF. THE GIFT OF THE MAGI is a wonderful romantic tale of a young married couple who have little money to buy each other Christmas presetns, and its charming surprise ending. O. HENRY: A LIFE IN STORIES is about the William Sydney Porter, in his colorful lifetime, he would become a pharmacist, a bankteller, an illustrator, a colomnist. and finally hs is one of American's favorite writers. THE LAST LEAF is about the two young struggling artists only to have one stricken with deadly Penumonia. And yet against the howling wind, as the rain beats at the window, one small ray of hope bravely clings on against the storm. Date: 2001 Availability: No items available:

38. Study abroad: episode one   Publication: Taipei: Youthful Educational International Civic-minded 2005 . 47min. : col. , This episode elaborates on the reasons for studying abroad. The following four reasons could be the most important: Enhance the nation’s competition ability, strengthen the professional training, cultivate personal independence in everyday life, self-determination and sense of responsibility as well as have a international view. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

39. Study abroad: episode four   Publication: Taipei: Youthful Educational International Civic-minded 2005 . 47 min. : col. , The program discusses how to select a graduate school from the ranking, evaluation, and the applicant’s interest and the professors’ academic qualification. The study plans, recommendation letters and GRE score are essential factors for applying for graduate schools. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

40. Rappaccini's daughter   Publication: Thousand Oaks, Ca. monterey media 2005 . 57 min. ;color. , Set in 18th Century Italy, "Rappaccini's Daughter" is the tale of a young scholar named Giovanni who falls in love with a beautiful, yet forbidden, girl who tends her father's poison garden. However, the strange and unearthly beauty of Beatrice masks a terrifying curse which Giovanni must tragically discover. Her father, the mysterious Dr. Rappaccini, has made her the subject of a diabolical experiment. In Giovanni's attempt to free Beatrice from the control of her father and to escape the poisonous effect she begins to have on him, he unwittingly destroys her. From the short story of master American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, two quintessential Hawthorne themes are explored: the sins of interfering with another's soul and the futility of trying to tamper with nature. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available: