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Intuition [electronic resource]

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This fascinating program investigates the historical, cultural and modern scientific approach to confirming the existence of our pre-cognitive abilities. Scientific researchers are pushing the science of parapsychology forward and are proving that a correlation exists between physical science and parapsychology.
Online
2002
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Me, My Brain and I [electronic resource]

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Bob thinks but doesn't feel. Christina feels but has trouble thinking. Virginia can neither think nor feel as she is pulled down into a spiral of darkness that zaps her very will to survive. Kent lives within a twenty-minute time span, unable to remember his past or plan for his future. Each of these people has had an injury to a part of the brain called the frontal lobes. Their stories, told in Me, My Brain And I, are helping neuroscientists unravel the mystery of what makes us distinctly human.
Online
2002
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Toys [electronic resource]

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To what extent do the toys that children play with affect their attitudes and capabilities? Do boys' toys breed aggression while girls' toys breed passivity? Several noted psychologists address these questions, including Dr. Jerome Kagan and Prof. Howard Gardner of Harvard University, Prof. Bryan Sutton-Smith of the University of Pennsylvania, and Prof. Nancy Carlsson-Paige of Lesley College.
Online
1994
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Who Owns My Life? [electronic resource]: The Sue Rodriguez Story

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This moving documentary has generated widespread public debate over the bioethical issue of doctor-assisted suicide, illegal in North America. It follows Sue Rodriguez, an attractive young mother, in her battle with ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. This disease was destroying her nervous system, causing her pain, and would ultimately lead to death by suffocation. She made up her mind that when things became intolerable, she would commit suicide. In Canada suicide is legal. However, Sue knew she would lose the physical ability to end her life as she became increasingly handicapped. With the support of the Right to Die Society, she and her lawyer mounted a legal challenge that quickly made her a symbol of the Right to Die cause. This documentary goes behind the scenes to portray a g [...]
Online
1994
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Man Alive: Family Album [electronic resource]

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How does a wholesome young couple from a small farming community deal with the discovery that they are both HIV positive and about to have a baby? Add to that the fact that they already have two small children. After the birth, it took Don and Emma months to affirm that all three children were healthy and uninfected.
Online
1996
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Faith in the Hood [electronic resource]

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Southeast DC, the city's poorest region, has only one sit-down restaurant, but hundreds of churches. Faith in the Hood is a compelling portrait of the inner city, as seen through the prism of the spiritual life of its people. The film profiles five ministries: a street ministry for former convicts, a socially active storefront church, a powerful Afro-centric church, an evangelical camp for youth, and an Islamic school. With commentary from leading experts on African American faith, the film displays the richness of inner-city religion and its centrality as a defining aspect of black community life.
Online
2013
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Post Mortem [electronic resource]: Forensic Science

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Post Mortem delves into the world of forensic science, and looks at some of the latest techniques in high-tech sleuthing. Fingerprints, fibers, blood-- forensic investigators turn these elements into compelling evidence, working routinely with police in their efforts to solve crimes. The pathologist's interpretation of data is used to reveal the cause and manner of death, type of weapon used, and other details. The entomologist can help determine time of death, while the forensic psychologist can draw up a personality profile that will help track a killer down. Post Mortem takes a close-up look at DNA typing which matches a person's genetic blueprint to saliva, semen, or blood found at the scene of a crime. The film tracks the emotionally-charged murder case of a teenage girl and sho [...]
Online
1994
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Stepping Out? [electronic resource]

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Approximately 45 percent of black women are single and will never marry. In a culture where it is more common to see African American men dating outside of their race, what keeps black women from doing the same? Stepping Out? explores the complexities surrounding single, college-educated, African American women who consider looking for love outside of their race. The short film's director, Yaminah McKessey, reflects on the status of her own singlehood while probing the realities of interracial relationships as experienced by three black women who have decided to date, marry, and start families with white men. The film delves into the sometimes unexpected, sometimes funny, and sometimes painful reactions that African American women face from society, their friends, and even from their [...]
Online
2011
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Forest in Peril [electronic resource]

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How much time do we have left to find permanent solutions to the problems this world faces: rising ocean-levels, rising populations, rising levels of CO2, rising temperatures? And all shortly to be followed by shortages: a shortage of food, a shortage of fresh water, and above all perhaps, a shortage of space for all the species on our planet to live side by side in peace and harmony.
Online
2013
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Striking the Right Balance [electronic resource]

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The crisis of our planet has been coming for a very long time. The diversity of life and the infinite variety of species on our planet are threatened by the growing numbers of people and the numerous forms of human activity. Will the human race ever address the issues with one voice? We listen to some of the voices that are addressing them, voices of involved people and professionals who are reaching for an answer.
Online
2013
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Road to Recovery [electronic resource]

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The Easter Island in the South Pacific was turned from a paradise to a barren, windswept wasteland. Then, the decision was taken to bring the forest back. This is a micro-scale achievement, but there are many similarities in the world today. In China great efforts are taking place to change the direction and making our planet greener place to live on. Namibia is the one and only nation in the worlds which has declared a green future in its constitution. The challenge for the whole world is to achieve the same thing: The restoration of The Green Planet.
Online
2013
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Food or Famine? [electronic resource]

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Is the human population going to outstrip the earth's food supply? This is the principle question asked in this provocative new study from the Nature of Things series. In the year 2020, there will be between three and four billion more mouths to feed. The past forty years have produced impressive food surpluses, but these have led to environmental problems, such as soil erosion, salinization and chemical pollution. Food or Famine looks at projects in North America, Chile, Indonesia, Africa and India which are participating in a worldwide movement to return to agricultural methods on sound ecological principles. In doing so, however, they must grapple with the challenge that as the world population continues to increase, new crops with higher yields will have to be developed. This fil [...]
Online
1996
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Living Without Money [electronic resource]

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In the documentary Living Without Money we meet Heidemarie Schwermer, a former teacher and psychotherapist from Germany, who one day decided to stop using money and live a life based on exchanging favors.
Online
2010
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Best Kept Secret [electronic resource]

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JFK High School, located in a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs. Janet Mino has taught her class of young men with autism for four years. When they all graduate, they will leave the security of the public school system forever. Best Kept Secret follows Ms. Mino and her students over the year and a half before graduation. The clock is ticking to find them a place in the adult world--a job or rare placement in a recreational center--so they do not end up where their predecessors have, sitting at home, institutionalized, or on the streets.
Online
2013
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Up Close and Personal [electronic resource]: The Ecology of David Suzuki

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Using 3D animation, time lapse, infrared, and macro photography, this documentary takes us on a fascinating exploration of the invisible teeming life that surrounds us. As we watch David Suzuki go about his daily life, fluffing his pillow, taking a shower, having breakfast, we see that trillions of bacteria, yeasts, fungi, and mites flourish on every inch of his skin. For the most part, these beings are benign. Many, in fact, are essential to the proper functioning of our immune systems. This program is about the natural history of this invisible world: the things that float in the air around us, the microbes that live in the dishcloth, the fungi under our fingernails, and the visitors in the saucer under a houseplant. Our toothbrush dislodges some five hundred species of bacteria, c [...]
Online
1998