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In Search of Common Ground [electronic resource]: Remaking Public Policy on Human Life Issues

Do Americans still hold certain truths to be self-evident? Do all human beings possess inalienable rights endowed by their creator? Are all lives of equal value? And if so, how do those core beliefs translate into public policy on issues such as healthcare, poverty, abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia? This program explores what the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin called a "consistent ethic of life," explaining how it might be used as a framework for finding common ground between rival interests and how it could be applied to serving the common good.
Online
2006; 2001
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A Matter of Life and Death [electronic resource]: Politics of Abortion and Capital Punishment

When it comes to situations involving life and death, the United States is strongly polarized. Liberals commonly support the legality of abortion as a private matter of personal choice but condemn the death penalty as inhumane, while conservatives often support execution as a form of justice but denounce abortion as legalized murder. How did these points of view become a part of the ideologies of the left and the right? This program traces the development of political stances on life-and-death issues, exposing the lack of a consistent life ethic in mainstream American politics.
Online
2006; 2001
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Free Speech for Sale [electronic resource]: Bill Moyers Special

When it comes to today's important public policy issues, the opportunity to be heard depends on whether you can afford it. In this program, Bill Moyers and key legal and public interest advocates examine how industries with deep pockets use their access to the media to overwhelm the public debate, from North Carolina's hog industry to the defeat of the McCain Tobacco Bill to the passage of the Telecom Act of 1996. This Act, all but ignored by the newspapers and TV outlets owned by megamedia, amounted to a massive giveaway of the public's airwaves. What consequences does this control over the flow of information have for our democracy, and how can individuals and public interest organizations counter the growing dominance of big media?
Online
2005; 1999
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Managing Care, Managing Dollars [electronic resource]

America's healthcare system frequently leaves patients feeling shortchanged, while physicians are forced to overdose on paperwork and managed care companies are helpless to cap their soaring costs. What is the future of this system, as the tidal wave of Baby Boomers surges toward retirement? This program analyzes the symptoms of America's healthcare ills and suggests a prescription for potential cure. Experts include Professor Uwe Reinhardt, of Princeton University; Dr. Joseph Carver, of Aetna U.S. Healthcare; Dr. David Shulkin, of the University of Pennsylvania Health System; and the Editor-in-Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine.
Online
2006; 1999
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The Patriot Act Under Fire [electronic resource]

To many, worrying about constitutional rights seemed like an archaic luxury while Ground Zero was still smoking. The need for tighter homeland security made civil liberties take a back seat to urgent measures such as the USA PATRIOT Act designed to defend America from terrorists. But two years later, that piece of legislation came under fire from both the left and the right. In this ABC News program, Ted Koppel takes a hard look at the law with representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice, the ACLU, and others.
Online
2006; 2003
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Regaining Control [electronic resource]: Days Seven and Eight

At the peak of the terrorist anthrax attack, more than 500 people per hour were dying, hospitals were filled to capacity, basic services were breaking down, looting had begun, and space to store the dead was running out. In this program-part two of a hypothetical scenario-ABC News anchor Ted Koppel presents two successive reports, plotting out the progress of the fictional biological attack on days seven and eight as it was finally brought under control. The price for unpreparedness? Over 50,000 dead.
Online
2008; 1999
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Gay Marriage and the Constitution [electronic resource]

This ABC News program looks at the constitutional controversy over gay marriage as it exploded in both Massachusetts and California in February 2004. Is it a matter of civil rights or human rights? Should it be addressed at a state level or a federal level? Ted Koppel moderates a debate about gay marriage and its legal ramifications with Representative Barney Frank, conservative political activist Gary Bauer, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who arranged for the issuance of marriage licenses to eligible same-sex couples because the California Family Code is allegedly in violation of the state's constitution in the matter of gay marriage.
Online
2006; 2004
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Reporting on Terrorism [electronic resource]: News Media and Public Health

How should the news media prepare for and cope with a potential bioterrorist attack? In this Fred Friendly Seminar, Professor Michael Dorf of the Columbia University School of Law and 12 panelists role-play a hypothetical scenario that begins in a city hospital where a spike in a flu-like illness causes the ER staff to confront a chilling possibility: that it is not the flu at all, but something far worse. What should the ER do with the overflow of patients? Send them home? What if they are contagious? When does bioterrorism become a possible cause? When should the health department be contacted? When will the public find out, and what will their reaction be? What is the job of the journalists covering this story? Should they report the story when the health department is uncertain o [...]
Online
2006; 2004
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The Americans With Disabilities Act [electronic resource]: Is It Working?

During the 1980s, a new civil rights movement got underway-for people with disabilities. In this program, Larry Paradis, executive director of Disability Rights Advocates, speaks with NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels about the importance of litigation in pressuring companies and communities to comply with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. But are such legal actions actually undermining support for the ADA? Richard Baier, president of the Building Owners and Managers Association International; Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL); and others present their points of view.
Online
2005; 2000
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America's Immigration Debate [electronic resource]

Diversity from immigration keeps cities alive, former Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ) and other leaders assert in this program; opposing views are also presented, thus summarizing America's immigration debate with mixed evaluations of its capacity for change. Using commentary from several experts-including Michael Teitelbaum, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, and Margie McHugh, executive director of the New York Immigrant Coalition-this program studies the isolation of ethnic communities, the shifting of racial definitions, and America's lack of an infrastructure to support immigrant integration.
Online
2006; 2004
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Terrorism [electronic resource]: BioAttack

One of the most dreaded weapons in the terrorist's arsenal can be delivered in a paper envelope. Vividly exploring situations that public officials, health care workers, and law enforcement personnel would have to confront in the event of a biological attack, a panel of experts wrestles with questions that have gone largely unanswered in the public record: Who among America's leadership is in charge of the response? Who gets medical treatment, and who decides? Must the affected city be quarantined? Will people be prohibited from leaving? Moderated by ABC News Chief Legal Correspondent Cynthia McFadden, this Fred Friendly Seminar lays bare the central issues of homeland security and the possibility that a biological attack would turn America into a much different place overnight. Addi [...]
Online
2005
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City Under Siege [electronic resource]

A prolonged series of terrorist attacks could seriously endanger America's stability. In this Fred Friendly Seminar, moderator and Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree compels a team of experts to wrestle with a frightening scenario-a wave of bombings in a large port city and the credible rumor of a nuclear "dirty bomb" arriving in the harbor on the Fourth of July. With 5,000 shipping containers landing daily, those tasked with protecting the city face agonizing logistical and ethical questions: Is an effective search for the bomb possible? Should the threat be made public, or would that only cause panic and undermine the investigation? And perhaps the most troubling issue of all-with thousands of lives in the balance, how can information be elicited from suspects? Is tortur [...]
Online
2005
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The Helping Hand [electronic resource]

In 1932, the United States had almost no provision by which the federal government could offer a helping hand to the victims of economic collapse. But with a staggering number of Americans out of work, soup kitchens and private charities were simply overwhelmed. Enter Franklin D. Roosevelt-a leader ready to act, armed with a New Deal for the country. Bill Moyers explores America's Depression-era shift to the left in this video. He shows how the rapid growth of government made Washington the center for the nation's recovery and a purveyor of hope to millions. It was the beginning of the welfare state-American style.
Online
2010; 1984
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The National Parks Part 1 the Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) [electronic resource]: America's Best Idea

In 1851, word spread of California's beautiful Yosemite Valley, attracting visitors who wished to exploit the land for commercial gain as well as those who wished to keep it pristine. This episode relates how a Scottish-born wanderer named John Muir made protecting this land a spiritual calling. In 1864, Congress passed an act that protects Yosemite from commercial development - the first time in history that any government put forth such an idea. Control of the land was given to California. Meanwhile, a "wonderland" of geysers, mud pots, and sulfur pits in the Wyoming territory was also protected. Since it was located in a territory, rather than a state, it became America's first national park: Yellowstone.
Online
2009
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The Big Energy Gamble [electronic resource]

As he took office on January 20, 2009, President Barack Obama must deliver on an ambitious campaign pledge to fight global warming. This program from NOVA examines the work of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is already leading the way with a dramatic and controversial program to slash carbon dioxide emissions and promote energy efficiency. The pros and cons of California's bold approach are explored and recommendations are made for nationwide adoption of Schwarzenegger's plan by the Obama administration.
Online
2009
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The Vaccine War [electronic resource]

This Frontline program examines the current controversy surrounding the issue of childhood vaccination in America. Young parents are concerned over the sheer number of shots - up to 26 inoculations for 14 different diseases by age 6. Advocacy groups, such as Generation Rescue, view vaccines as responsible for rising rates of autism and ADHD. Yet public health officials tout vaccines as one of the greatest achievements in modern medicine. This is the vaccine war: a war that increasingly fought on the Internet with both sides using the latest social media tools, including Facebook and twitter, to win the hearts and minds of the public.
Online
2010
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Minds on the Edge [electronic resource]: Facing Mental Illness

America's frenzied debate over government health insurance has eclipsed another, no less challenging, national health care crisis-the plight of people with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This Fred Friendly Seminar sheds light on barriers to treatment, ethical and legal dilemmas, and fragmented social policies that are creating a nightmare for families, filling America's jails, and wasting scarce resources. Led by veteran broadcast journalist Frank Sesno, the program features hypothetical scenarios that challenge prominent mental health professionals, policymakers, and legal luminaries to confront the situations and stigma facing Americans with mental illness. Panelists include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Nobel-winning neuroscientist E [...]
Online
2009
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Post-War Hopes, Cold War Dreams [electronic resource]

The 1950s in America were a time of nostalgia and neurosis. Factories poured out goods, the dollar was powerful, and the United States - filled with the heady optimism of victory in World War II - believed that it could politically, culturally, and militarily lead the world. But the decade also saw the solidification of the Iron Curtain in Europe, the entrenchment of Communism in China, years of so-called police action in Korea, and a Red Scare that divided Americans at home. Bill Moyers shows how an initial burst of optimism fostered an era of American conformity, in which fitting in led to a hostility and distrust of those who stood out.
Online
1984
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Investigative Reports [electronic resource]: Drugs at the Border

For a generation the United States has been fighting a war to stop illegal drugs at our borders. This episode of Investigative Reports examines the challenges authorities face against the drug lords of South America - principally the Colombians.
Online
1998
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A Conversation With Eleanor Roosevelt [electronic resource]: From NBC's Wisdom Series

From her privileged family background to her passion for social activism, this 1959 NBC program touches on a wide range of Eleanor Roosevelt's memories, concerns, and goals. The former first lady points out that she took no interest in women's suffrage until after she was married and because FDR favored it, but she also recalls how her husband did not hold her to any set patterns or object to her extended speaking tours. Acknowledging FDR's unwillingness to support an anti-lynching bill, Roosevelt says her husband's greatest accomplishments were the actions he took to overcome the Depression, restoring the self-confidence of the American people, and the continuation of atomic research. His biggest mistakes, in her view, were his attempt to reform the judicial system and his involveme [...]
Online
1959