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Women in World Politics [electronic resource]

It is not so long since women fought for the right to vote-women in Russia were enfranchised in 1917 as a result of the Revolution, in 1918 in Great Britain, and the U.S., Germany, and Sweden soon followed suit. This program begins with suffragette scenes and quickly moves to portray some of the outstanding women politicians of the 20th century: Lady Nancy Astor; Prime Ministers Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka, Indira Gandhi of India, Golda Meir of Israel, Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, and of course Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain; President Corazon Aquino of the Philippines; the wives of politicians who became important political figures in their own right, like Eva Peron, Mao Tse-tung's wife Chiang Ching, and Imelda Marcos; Greek culture minister (and former movie star) Melina [...]

Republican Congress, the

Former Secretary of Labor and university professor Robert Reich talks about the abrupt changes that took place when the Republicans gained control of Congress in the 1994 congressional elections. "I had to stop a lot of bad things from happening and guard my programs, make sure that decisions that had been made were going to stick," Secretary Reich recalls.
2015; 2011

The Last Outpost: Afghanistan

The Last Outpost: Afghanistan tells the story of the U.S. effort to build up the Afghan army, America's only real exit strategy. Shot from the ground and on the frontlines, the film chronicles the war through the portrait of two Afghans and an American soldier in an embedded team of 130 Afghans. The two cinematographers/directors, Tim Grucza and Yuri Maldavski, spent a month and a half with the soldiers in a tiny outpost by the Pakistan border looking into Waziristan. Ultimately, the film is a look at the absurdity of the war and the impossibility of the fight. It will also explore the psychology, motivation, and identity of soldier allies fighting a common enemy but radically opposed in their cultures and ways of life.
2018; 2010

Truth and Lies: Watergate

A scandal surrounding the highest office in the United States shook the nation and ultimately led to the resignation of a president. This video shows exclusive interviews, photos, and footage related to the Nixon Watergate scandal.

A Bus for Martin Luther King

Early 20th century in the U.S. South. Segregation against the black community is rife. The Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow laws—all this finds form in daily life via ethnic separation in public places, schools, public transport, public drinking fountains, and on and on. In buses, for example, seats at the front are reserved for whites. Rosa Parks, a seamstress, lives in the city of Montgomery, Alabama, and has suffered from this social context ever since childhood. On December 1, 1955, she refuses to obey the driver of the bus she is on and give up her seat to a white passenger as laid down by the law. Arrested and jailed, she becomes the symbol of the Afro-American cause, and a young pastor, Martin Luther King, seizes on the event and starts a boycott of the city’s buses. Demonstrations, spe [...]
2017; 2016

The American Dream

Written and produced by John Maggio and narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Stanley Tucci, “The Italian Americans” explores the evolution of the Italian community, from “outsiders” in the late nineteenth viewed with suspicion and mistrust to some of the most prominent leaders of business, politics and the arts today. This film begins in postwar America, when Italian Americans moved to the suburbs and entered the middle-class. But even as crooners such as Frank Sinatra defined cool, they were haunted by accusations of Mafia ties reinforced in the media by Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather.” Over the next decades, Governor Mario Cuomo achieved success; Antonin Scalia became the first Italian American on the Supreme Court, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House [...]
2015; 2014

Why 1995 Is the Year That Created the Future

American University professor of journalism W. Joseph Campbell sat down with Reason TV's Nick Gillespie to discuss the decade of the 1990s in his new book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. From the dawn of the Internet to the post-Cold War complexities of foreign policy, the 1990s set the stage for the most enduring issues of the 21st century. A Reason TV production.
2016; 2015

Rebel Lords

Filmed over a year where the nation has been split over Brexit and a Conservative government is for the first time having to tackle a Lords chamber where the opposition outnumber them, episode two of the exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary returns to the House as the government threatens to trim the lords' powers if they rebel again—but will they comply? Rebellious peer Lord Dubs is on a crusade to push through an amendment to the Immigration Bill to allow unaccompanied refugee children into the country, and Admiral Lord West isn't happy about a public poll that has voted overwhelmingly to name a new polar research ship Boaty McBoatface.

The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me

This program is a thrill ride recaputuring the drama and excitement of human space flight, while documenting the achievements of the 30-year Space Shuttle program, including diversity of the astronaut corps, the Hubble Telescope, and the International Space Station.
2017; 2014

The Shah of Iran: Interview (11/14/77)

A 1977 interview with the Shah of Iran in which he discusses relations with the United States.
2017; 1977

Capitalism and Anarchy

Few take anarchism and the abandonment of organized government as a viable political goal. Yet in economics, capitalism is just such a leaderless anarchic system. Might a radically decentralized political system be more credible than we think? Or is centralized government necessary in politics if anything is to be achieved? The Panel Senior Economic Adviser at HSBC Stephen King, author of Bourgeois Dignity Deirdre McCloskey and cofounder of Novaria Media Aaron Bastani take anarchy seriously.
2017; 2016

Brothers in Arms

In the early months of 1969, six men met on a swift boat on the Mekong Delta during some of the worst fighting of the Vietnam War. Five of the men were crewmates - Tommy, Mike, Gene, David, Del - and the came from across America, from Boston to Northern California to Iowa. Their commander happened to be a young Yale graduate named John Kerry. The six men would endure the horrors of Vietnam together. They would remain friends for the next 35 years. Brothers in Arms tells the story of their unique relationship. The documentary focuses on their experiences in Vietnam, but it also recounts what happened to them after the war and delves into the way each man has dealt with the experience of fighting in, as David puts it, "a war I discovered we didn't intend to win." Interviews, photograph [...]
2017; 2004

The Smart State

We think new technology is developed by companies like Google and Apple, but is this true? Italian American economist Mariana Mazzucato delved into the origin of new technology and discovered that governments have more influence than we think. She claims that technological progress will be seriously delayed if innovation is left only to the private sector. This program explores the innovation climate in Europe, to find out what role governments and the private sector play in this, where new technologies come from, who finances their development and the most important, who profits from them.
2016; 2015

Cold War Roadshow

Cold War Roadshow tells the story of one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history—the unprecedented trip across America in 1959 by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the world leader of communism and America's arch nemesis. The visit was an opportunity to halt the escalating threats of the Cold War and chart a new course toward peaceful coexistence. For the American press, it was the media story of the year.
2017; 2014

Girlfriend in a Coma

It has shaken conventional media, has had its Italian premiere banned amid huge controversy, has provoked anger and tears among 2 million Italian viewers, has been discussed in more than 50 independently organized debates around the world, and has opened the public’s eyes to the full nature of Italy’s political, economic, and moral malaise. Directed by Italian filmmaker Annalisa Piras and narrated by former Economist chief editor Bill Emmott, the ailments of Italy are laid bare in Girlfriend in a Coma with clarity, creativity, and even humor. Those ailments—of corruption, political dysfunction, economic stagnation, declining rule of law, and, above all, a failure of moral courage—are ailments shared increasingly by all Western countries. Girlfriend in a Coma acts as a warning and a w [...]
2018; 2013

TEDTalks: Jim Yong Kim—Doesn't Everyone Deserve a Chance at a Good Life?

Aspirations are rising as never before across the world, thanks in large part to smartphones and the internet—will they be met with opportunity or frustration? As President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim wants to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. He shares how the institution is working to improve the health and financial futures of people in the poorest countries by boosting investment and de-risking development.
2018; 2017

Black Gold: The Story of Oil

This documentary looks at the U.S. oil industry’s development and evolution over a century. Beginning with Edwin Drake’s first well in Pennsylvania, we learn about John D. Rockefeller’s rise to prominence as a “robber baron” controlling 90% of U.S. refineries through the Standard Oil Trust; the transition from kerosene to gasoline around the turn of the century; competition from Texas oil wildcatters; anti-trust legislation dissolving Standard Oil in 1911; America’s love affair with the automobile in the 1950s that brought about oil imports; the OPEC embargo; and Gulf War, waged to protect the oil-dependent American economy.
2017; 1998

Warfront '68

From Saigon, four leading correspondents discuss Vietnam's battles on this NET Journal—Warfront '68 program. Participating in this National Educational Television production are Robert Shaplen of The New Yorker, Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Arnett of the Associated Press, William Tuohy of the Los Angeles Times, and R.W. Apple, Jr. of the New York Times. A.H. Perlmutter, the program's executive producter, acts as a moderator.
2017; 1968

Lay My Burden Down

One year after the dramatic Selma-to-Montgomery march and the ensuing Voting Rights Act of 1965, rural black citizens are no less hungry, no better educated, and no more powerful politically.
2017; 1966

Dan Rather Remembers 9/11: Dan Rather Reports

Dan Rather Remembers 9/11 is a special broadcast hosted by the man who was watched by tens of millions of viewers on the day America was attacked. This video shares his personal recollections as well as poignant stories about how much our country has changed and sacrificed in the last decade.
2016; 2011