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1. Do you speak american? up north.   Publication: Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2005 . 57 mins. ; color. , VOLUME ONE: UP NORTH: In this program, Robert MacNeil canvasses the North to learn firsthand about linguistic dialect zones, the tension between prescriptivism and descriptivism, the northern cities vowel shift, the roots of African-American English, minority dialects and linguistic profiling, biases against nonstandard speech, and the general perception of the U.S. Midland dialect as "normal American." Hip-hop street talk, IM slang, Pittsburghese, and Gullah and Geechee are sampled, and Bill Labov, the dean of American linguists. Language at times is colloquially rich and some may find it offensive. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

2. Do you speak american? down south.   Publication: Princeton Films for the Humanities & Sciences 2005 , VOLUME TWO: DOWN SOUTH. This program follows Robert MacNeil down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to Appalachia, Louisiana Cajun country, and the Tex-Mex border to examine Southern dialects and accents and the influences of French and Spanish on American English. Linguist Walt Wolfram, columnist Molly Ivins, pop country singer Cody James, and others talk about regional differences in vernacular, the steady displacement of Southern coastal dialect by inland dialect, the accents of JFK and LBJ, and the Texas border town of El Cenizo, where Spanish is the official language. Recordings of Eudora Welty and Appalachian storyteller Ray Hicks are included, as well as WPA recordings from around 1940. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

3. Do you speak American? out west.   Publication: Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2005 . 57 mins.; color. , VOLUME THREE: OUT WEST: In this program, Robert MacNeil heads to California to take part in meaningful dialogues on Spanglish, Chicano, Ebonics, and "Surfer Dude" before going to Seattle to consider the implications of voice- activation technology. Linguist Carmen Fought, Stanford University's Cliff Nass, screenwriters Amy Heckerling and Winnie Holtzman, and others speak their minds about Spanish in America, why teens create their own language, gay self-empowerment by redefining discriminatory terms, the oo-fronting sound shift, and whether technology will reinforce or weaken racial/regional stereotypes. The teaching of standard English without devaluing or denigrating cultural linguistic differences is addressed. Language at times is colloquially rich and some may find it offensive. Date: 2005 Availability: No items available:

4. Making the message : the fight for the Presidency / narrator, Linda Emond ; commentary, Maureen Dowd ... [et al.] ; originally broadcast as a segment on the Discovery channel's television series Discovery spotlight.   Publication: [Princeton, N.J.] : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2004 . 1 DVD (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. , This behind-the-scenes account of the 2004 Republican and Democratic conventions examines how presidential candidates build their platforms and generate momentum. Includes interviews with convention chairmen, campaign strategists, members of special interest groups, and journalists. Date: 2004 Availability: No items available:

5. 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:

6. 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:

7. 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:

8. 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:

9. 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:

10. 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:

11. 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:

12. 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:

13. 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:

14. 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:

15. 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:

16. 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:

17. 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:

18. 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:

19. 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:

20. 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: