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1.

Charisma, Personality, and Power [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers examines leadership, the presidency, and the presidential election of 1992. Featured in the program are Abraham Zaleznik, author of Learning Leadership; Steve Pieczenik, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State; Fernando Moreno, editor of El Diario, who talks about the Latino voice in the elections; and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Dean of the Annenberg School for Communications, who analyzes the campaign itself and how it was reported by the media.
Online
1992
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America Part One What Went Wrong [electronic resource]: What Went Wrong?

This program provides a powerful examination of the forces that have contributed to the dismantling of the American economy. The program is based on the research of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Donald L. Barrett and James B. Steele, who spent two years interviewing workers in nearly 50 cities in 16 states and Mexico, as well as government officials and corporate managers. The program features Donald Barlett and James Steele, as well as interviews with workers who have lost jobs as American industry has undergone change over the past few years.
Online
1992
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What Price the Drug War? [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers examines the cost to all Americans of our national drug epidemic and discusses alternatives to the present national drug policy. The program also looks at drug policy from a local and international perspective, and addresses the problems addicts face in obtaining treatment. Among those interviewed are John Walters, Office of National Drug Control Policy; Randolph Stone, a law professor and former public defender; and an official from New York City's Office of Drug Abuse Policy.
Online
1992
4.

Making Government Work [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers explores firsthand how citizens are taking action to improve their communities, focusing on Chicago, where citizens groups have joined with government officials to preserve manufacturing jobs, revitalize parks, and prevent crime. Members of the National Commission on State and Local Public Service provide a national perspective.
Online
1992
5.

Who Owns Our Government? [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers examines the effect of political contributions on public policy. The program shows how campaign contributions to key committee members of Congress helped cause the Savings and Loan debacle; how a loophole in the campaign finance law is permitting large cash contributions-so called "soft money"-to undermine the public financing of presidential campaigns; and how special interest money from the
Online
1992
6.

Women in American Politics [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers looks at the rising number of women on the political scene and their impressions of politics. Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, former Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin, Senator Carol Moseley Braun, and other female politicians talk about the challenges women candidates face, describe their experiences in male bastions of power, why it's important for women to participate in politics, and what women bring to governing our nation.
Online
1992
7.

Politics, People, and Pollution [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers explores the delicate balance between corporate productivity and environmental responsibility, looking at the growing number of corporate "green" ads and asking: what is image? what is reality? Featured in the program are industry representatives and grassroots environmentalists who examine corporate America's willingness to protect the public's health and safety. The program travels to a rural Louisiana area known as "Cancer Alley" where we meet citizens struggling to get the chemical industry to operate in a responsible manner.
Online
1992
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The Good Society [electronic resource]: Los Angeles

The second part of The Good Society focuses on Los Angeles and tells the stories of people who have long recognized the need for cooperative action to benefit the community as a whole. This need is even clearer now in light of the recent riots. This program with Bill Moyers features individuals in schools, churches, and grassroots organizations who put forth their ideas in support of building the community in economically devastated urban areas.
Online
1992
9.

In Search of a Common Destiny [electronic resource]: Blacks and American Society

This program with Bill Moyers examines the status of black Americans, particularly in light of the rioting in Los Angeles that followed the Rodney King verdict. Featured in the program are rapper Sister Souljah; Robert Woodson, Chairman of the Council for a Black Economic Agenda; and Michael Cross, Director of the Male Responsibility Program of the Detroit Urban League. They are joined by Charles Hamilton (Columbia University), Jennifer Hochschild (Princeton), and Gerald Jaynes (Yale), academics who have been involved in studying the status of black Americans.
Online
1992
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America Part 2 [electronic resource]: What Went Wrong?

This program with Bill Moyers continues the examination of the powerful forces that have contributed to the dismantling of the American economy. Among those interviewed are Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Fear of Falling; Susan Lee, an economist at the American Enterprise Institute; and Ed Rubenstein, an economic analyst at the National Review. In addition to these experts, the program features workers who have lost their jobs in manufacturing and examines the social and economic issues affecting these workers.
Online
1992
11.

Unequal Education [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers compares the everyday experiences of two New York City middle school students and contrasts political rhetoric with the reality of American schooling. A profile of the two students and their different schools points out the inequalities of our current system and how disproportionate funding affects the quality of education. The program also features advocates for educational reform, who debate what the Democratic and Republican parties can do to improve schools. Among those interviewed are John Chubb, author of Politics, Markets, and America's Schools, and Jonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities.
Online
2005; 1992
12.

So Violent a Nation [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers focuses on Dallas, TX, to examine how violence is affecting American life. Dallas has the highest crime rate of any American city with a population above 500,000. The program visits a hospital emergency room, citizens who patrol their neighborhoods, and follows a police officer who patrols one of the most dangerous beats in Dallas. Featured in the program are interviews with a youth caseworker, a victim's rights advocate, and the Dallas Police Chief. They discuss gun control, police-community relations, education, and other crime-related topics.
Online
2006; 1992
13.

The Politics of Trees [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers looks at the ongoing debate on how we manage the rapidly disappearing old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. Is the timber industry pressuring the forest service to cut trees in violation of environmental laws? Are environmentalists hurting the economy of the Pacific Northwest? What effect has overcutting on private land during the 1980s had on our environment? Featured in the program are environmentalists, politicians, and industry representatives who debate these issues.
Online
2006; 1992
14.

The Religious Right [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers focuses on the conservative evangelical movement in the U.S., presenting an eye-opening report on the "National Affairs Briefing," a meeting of members of the religious right following the Republican National Convention in 1992. Members of the movement featured in the program include Rev. Don Wildmon, Oliver North, Pat Buchanan, and Phyllis Schlafly, who voice their opinions on Bill Clinton, "militant homosexuals," feminists, "abortionists," and the "liberal secular" media.
Online
2006; 1992
15.

Curing the Economy [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers focuses on what we can do to repair the U.S. economy. A business executive explains why his company closed its factories in the U.S. and moved manufacturing operations to Mexico. Among those who discuss potential solutions to problems facing the American economy are Robert Kuttner, co-editor of The American Prospect; Henry Nau, author of The Myth of America's Decline; and Patricia Saiki, head of the Small Business Administration.
Online
2006; 1992
16.

And Justice for All? [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers examines the crisis within the American court system. In many parts of the country, funding for already burdened and backlogged courts is being reduced. And public defenders and legal aid attorneys are in short supply, leaving the poor without adequate or timely representation. Yet, few politicians have stepped forward with solutions. In this program, a panel of judges discuss a variety of potential remedies for this national crisis.
Online
2006; 1992
17.

Can We Govern?: Pt. 1 [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers examines both the disenchantment of American voters and the frustrations of members of Congress as they try to work within the system. Voters say they have heard too many promises, and have seen too few results; politicians say that a sensational press and uninformed voters make it hard to govern. The program features five politicians (former Senator Warren Rudman and representatives Barney Frank, Dave Obey, Susan Molinari, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen) and their responses to the exasperation of the American people.
Online
2006; 1992
18.

Can We Govern?: Pt. 2 [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers explores the uses and abuses of political language and how the democratic conversation has been frustrated and trivialized by the new jargon of politics. Appearing in the program are Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Dean of the Annenberg School for Communications; noted media commentator Edwin Diamond; E. J. Dionne, author of Why Americans Hate Politics; and U.S. representatives Barney Frank, Dave Obey, Susan Molinari, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Online
2006; 1992
19.

Future Talk [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers examines the politics of the environment and how choices Americans make now will determine whether we can create and sustain a quality of life that will not jeopardize our children's future. The program focuses on population and energy policies, the depletion of our natural resources, and relations between the developing and developed nations. Featured in the program are Al Binger, Marcus W. Feldman, James MacNeil, Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Nobel Prize-winner Murray Gell-Mann, Allen Hammond, John Holland, and John D. Steinbruner.
Online
2006; 1992
20.

Families Matter [electronic resource]

This program with Bill Moyers examines why America has become an unfriendly culture for families and children, and explores ways to rebuild a web of support for families. Among those featured on the program are Rosalie Streett, Exec. Director of Parent Action (Baltimore, MD); Jill Bradley, Director of Child Care Services, Chicago Housing Authority; and Richard Louv, author of the book Childhood's Future. They discuss some of the practical steps needed to create a more hospitable social climate for families. The program also visits parents in San Diego who are struggling with some of the problems affecting the quality of parents' and children's lives.
Online
2006; 1992