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Tu Wei-ming Bill Moyers interviews Tu Wei-ming who discusses the relevance of Confucian philosophy to our times and the recent student movement in China. Tu Wei-ming suggests that the humanism of Confucius can help us sort out some of the ethical problems of today.
The great health care debate This program examines the role of the media and special interest groups in the recent demise of national health care reform. More than $100 million has been spent on public relations, advertising, lobbying, and lawyering in connection with the health care debate, and nearly 100 public relations and lobbying firms have influenced it. These facts raise some tough questions about how our democracy works. How truthful is the information disseminated about health care reform? How do the special interests of an advocacy group shape its message?
America, what went wrong? Bill Moyers looks at the economic condition of the country, using as a basis for discussion the book by reporters Donald Barlett and James Steele. The premise is that the government has a secret "rule book" that caused the economic disturbances of disappearing good paying jobs, corporate takeover frenzy, and businesses moving headquarters, plants or money overseas for the good of their bottom lines.
Bill T. Jones A look at dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones's highly acclaimed dance,"Still/Here". At workshops around the country, people facing life-threatening illnesses are asked to remember the highs and lows of their lives, and even imagine their own deaths. They then transform these feelings into expressive movement, which Jones incorporates into the dance "Still/Here". Jones deomonstrates the movements of his life story--his first encounter with white people, confusion over his sexuality, his partner Arnie Zane's untimely death from AIDS, and Jones's own HIV status.
Families matter Moyers queries writers, philosophers, activists and ordinary citizens around the country, focusing on the public and private concerns of the American people in an election year. This program focuses on the family with participants discussing the impact of government, private industry and communities, as well as the individual on families. Problems and solutions are examined and discussed.
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Close to home "The story of how our society meets the challenge of translating what scientists, doctors, counselors, and recovering addicts have learned into rational public policy is complex and sometimes contradictory. This program looks at Arizona's recent struggle to find an alternative to current policies. Proposition 200 proposed a reassessment of the status of non-violent drug addicts now serving time, and emphasized treatment over incarceration. The movement was supported by an alliance from across the political spectrum. On the Washington scene, members of Congress, doctors, and policy activists have joined in a movement with recovering people that is pushing for new public policy."--from cassette case cover.
WM270 F54 V.7682 1998
Close to home "While addiction may cause similar changes in the brains of different people, recovery is a very individual solution. Changing behavior is the aim of treatment, but no single treatment program will work for all addicts. This program visits the Ridgeview Institute near Atlanta to interview recovering addicts and sit in on a group therapy session. The program also visits Project Safe, an innovative treatment program that reaches out to disadvantaged mothers who are addicts, and to their children who are at serious risk of becoming addicts."--from cassette case cover.
Voices of memory Li-Young Lee and Gerald Stern offer poems that reveal the deep power of memory to inform and illuminate immediate experience. Stern's Jewish heritage provides him with the direction to resurrect and reconstruct past experiences. Lee's poetry reflects his struggle with his Chinese heritage since he has never lived in Chinese society. Includes interviews with the poets by Bill Moyers.
Bill Moyers journal The Bush Administration is ending just as, ..., the conservative movement has run out of gas... In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers is joined by conservatives Mickey Edwards and Ross Douthat, who discuss why they believe their movement has gone off track and what it means for the Republican Party. The program ends with an introduction to Deepening the American Dream, an online project that features some of Moyer's notable guests laying out their vision for the future of the American dream.
Christianity & Judaism "Bill Moyers and Huston Smith examine Christianity and Judaism, two principal religions of the West. Dr. Smith explains that Christianity would not have existed if its "spirit had not been real and dense and palpable and evident to everyone around," while calling the intimate relationship between the Jews and God "a living conversation between the human and the divine that goes on generation after generation." -- Container.
A personal philosophy "In the many faces of God he has contemplated, Huston Smith sees no conflict, believing them all to be windows on the same immortal wisdom. This DVD featuring Bill Moyers and Huston Smith reflects on Dr. Smith's philosophy of religion, which emphasizes that the cultivation of virtues valued by all truly spiritual belief systems can lead to transcendence" -- Container.
David Puttnam British film producer David Puttnam talks to Bill Moyers about movies and their role in shaping society's values. He offers his observations on arts and culture.