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1.

President Obama Provides an Update on Iraq & Ferguson, Missouri

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President Obama discusses the latest developments with U.S. operations in Iraq, as well as the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri (August 18, 2014).
Online
2014
2.

President Obama Delivers a Statement

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Tonight, the President spoke to the American people following the announcement of the grand jury's decision in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri (November 24, 2014).
Online
2014
3.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

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"Destroyed in a dramatic and highly publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure among architects, politicians and policy makers. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centers in which the projects resided, while tracing personal and poignant narratives of those who lived in them."--Disc container.
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Stem Cell Divide

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The use of embryonic stem cells for medical research is an issue that has unleashed passionate political controversy nationwide. Many conservative religious groups oppose it on the grounds that using embryonic stem cells involves destroying a life at its earliest stage. Researchers and doctors working with embryonic stem cells, specifically with the Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) procedure, insist that those early stem cells are not human life. The researchers contend that they would never use the DNA in the stem cells to create human life -- only to conduct biomedical research that they hope will lead to cures for such maladies as cancer, Parkinson s disease, Alzheimer s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and spinal cord injuries. Embryonic stem cells offer much hope for medical ad [...]
Online
2010
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Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?

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When 29-year-old Jeff Smith decides to run for the congressional seat of the retiring Democratic party leader Richard Gephardt, his family and friends think he's crazy. With no political experience, no name recognition, and no money, how can he possibly hope to defeat Russ Garnahan, the wealthy son of a Missouri political dynasty and the favorite of the political establishment and media.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Nelly Don: A Stitch in Time

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Biography of Nelly Don, a Kansas City lady who built a national dress design and manufacturing empire. She fought unions and kidnapping gangsters, married presidential candidate James A. Reed, and clothed military women during WWII.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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The World's Greatest Fair [electronic resource]

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The 1904 World's Fair was intended to be the biggest and best World's Fair ever. The first Olympics on American soil where competitors were openly administered drugs and marathon runners were chased off course by dogs. The first Ferris Wheel, so large that a wedding was held on horseback in one of its cars. Witness the fair as never before through these stories and many more.
Online
2005; 2004
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The World's Greatest Fair

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Documentary on the 1904 World's Fair in Saint Louis, using archival images and interviews with historians to highlight various aspects of the event.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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Local Color [electronic resource]: The Making of the Sty of the Blind Pig by Phillip Hayes Dean : A St. Louis Black Repertory Theater Production

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This documentary chronicles the production of a play at the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, one of the five largest African-American theater companies in the U.S., examining the work of everyone involved, including the actors, director, lighting and set design, sound design, and producer. Each of them discusses his specific contributions to the production as well as the financial difficulties and cultural importance of a minority theater company in America today.
Online
2003
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A Death in the Family

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A Death in the Family is an anatomy of what family members experience as they gather to say goodbye to their loved one, witness his execution, then bring his body back home to bury him. During the long course of judicial appeals, the Bannister verdict had been regarded by many as a grave injustice. Jesse Jackson and Ed Asner had petitioned the Missouri governor for clemency. But Bannister s attorney felt that the Missouri attorney general was determined to "kill A.J.". On the day of the execution, a small group of anti-death-penalty protestors gathered outside the prison, while pro-death-penalty activists carried signs that read "Die. Die. Die." The family members are allowed one last visit. His mother laments : "It s not only the condemned man they re punishing. It s a whole family. [...]
Online
2000
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Raising Hell [electronic resource]: The Life of A.J. Bannister

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This is a contemporary story of crime and punishment in the Midwest. It tells the story of death-row inmate Alan (A.J.) Bannister, who killed a man in a trailer park in a struggle over a gun. The film reconstructs his troubled life from his childhood in a rural, working class community in central Illinois, where he was a good student and active in sports, to his gradual descent into a life of petty crime In his three years of researching the case, the filmmaker uncovered startling new evidence that the killing was not a contract killing, as the prosecution asserted, but second degree murder, which would not carry the death sentence. Raising Hell approaches a tense climax as A.J. s execution date is set. As the day approaches, the viewer is taken inside the death watch cell to experie [...]
Online
2000
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Raising Hell [electronic resource]: The Life of A.J. Bannister

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This is a contemporary story of crime and punishment in the Midwest. It tells the story of death-row inmate Alan (A.J.) Bannister, who killed a man in a trailer park in a struggle over a gun. The film reconstructs his troubled life from his childhood in a rural, working class community in central Illinois, where he was a good student and active in sports, to his gradual descent into a life of petty crime In his three years of researching the case, the filmmaker uncovered startling new evidence that the killing was not a contract killing, as the prosecution asserted, but second degree murder, which would not carry the death sentence. Raising Hell approaches a tense climax as A.J. s execution date is set. As the day approaches, the viewer is taken inside the death watch cell to experie [...]
Online
2000
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Oh Freedom After While

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"In January 1939, Missouri Bootheel sharecroppers--black and white--staged a dramatic roadside protest to protest unjust treatment by local plantation owners. Their demonstration spurred the U.S. government to develop new housing for displaced sharecroppers. Some demonstrators also established a remarkable farming community--and learned how to make lasting change in their lives"--Container.
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
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The Execution Protocol [electronic resource]

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Shot inside a state-of-the art maximum security prison in southeastern Missouri, the film delves into a world never before seen on film. All of Potosi Correctional Center's inmates face either death or are incarcerated for life without parole. No one leaves the prison, except in a hearse. Missouri has chosen lethal injection as the means of carrying out executions. In Potosi, executions are conducted in the prison hospital, using a lethal injection machine. The protocol is devised so that the burden of responsibility spreads across a number of individuals. The executioners speak openly about their role and the condemned men reflect on their lives. We see precisely what happens when the state takes a life. Member of a series: Eye for Justice (Series).
Online
1992
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The Execution Protocol

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The film includes interviews with death row prisoners, with state government and prison officials, and with all participants in capital punishment, including lawyers, police officers and manufacturers of lethal substances to show the legal context and logistics involved in carrying out executions. It was filmed at the Potosi Correctional Centre, Mineral Point, Missouri, and it includes a discussion of the execution of Tiny Mercer in 1989.
VHS
1992
Ivy (By Request)
16.

The Execution Protocol [electronic resource]

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Shot inside a state-of-the art maximum security prison in southeastern Missouri, the film delves into a world never before seen on film. All of Potosi Correctional Center's inmates face either death or are incarcerated for life without parole. No one leaves the prison, except in a hearse. Missouri has chosen lethal injection as the means of carrying out executions. In Potosi, executions are conducted in the prison hospital, using a lethal injection machine. The protocol is devised so that the burden of responsibility spreads across a number of individuals. The executioners speak openly about their role and the condemned men reflect on their lives. We see precisely what happens when the state takes a life. Member of a series: Eye for Justice (Series).
Online
1992
17.

Law and Order

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Documents the routine activities of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, while surveying the wide range of work the police are asked to perform: enforcing the law, maintaining order, and providing general social services. The incidents shown illustrate how training, community expectations, socio-economic status of the subject, the threat of violence, and discretion affect police behavior.
DVD
1969
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

Sen. Fred A. Seaton (R-NE)

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Online
1952
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Area Code 314

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"Area code 314 -- St. Louis, Missouri, on the banks of the Mississippi. It's here on the way north from New Orleans that the blues stayed for good. Sports and breweries, cereals and chemicals and the arch, the Gateway Arch ... Gateway to the West. 630 feet of stainless steel is standing there tall and proud and you can even ride up one side and down the other."--Transcript.
Online