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Global Conflict [electronic resource]

This program-a valuable tool for introducing the concepts of energy security, antiterrorism, and managing change at the global level-identifies the roots of violent conflict by way of specific examples. Through discussion of territorial conflicts (India/Pakistan, Israel/PLO), genocides (Rwanda, Srebrenica), terrorism (al Qaeda, IRA, ETA), and hybridized violence such as that found in Sudan, Global Conflict makes the case that an understanding of the sources of conflict, combined with the free exchange of information internationally, is the key to reducing strife at all levels.
2010; 2009

Consequences of Conflict [electronic resource]

The consequences of armed conflict are complex and long-lasting. Using Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan as points of departure, this program examines some of the economic, environmental, and social impacts of conflicts at the national and international levels. Topics include the pernicious phenomenon of child soldiers; the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons; thorny issues related to aid money and international assistance; the enduring scars of war on the landscape; the repercussions of ruined infrastructural elements such as power grids; and the unquantifiable losses-the what-could-have-beens-that inevitably occur when a nation's money is diverted from education and health care.
2010; 2009

A Conversation With Margaret Mead [electronic resource]: From NBC's Wisdom Series

Providing an intriguing window into cultural anthropology as it was practiced and conceptualized during the mid-20th century, this 1959 NBC interview features renowned researcher Margaret Mead discussing her work with one of her students, William Mitchell. Mead explains her views on what Mitchell describes as the "happy savage" myth, largely dispelling the notion while referencing the idea of cultural ethos - the "emotional tone" of a society - and its variation from group to group. She also deftly articulates (several decades ahead of her time) the manner in which Western development and influences erode the cultural traditions and physical territories of indigenous peoples. Even today, viewers will find Mead's views on polygamy, morality, women's roles, and other topics riveting an [...]

Global Resources [electronic resource]: Management and Competition

What is the relationship between a country's natural assets and its economic power? Does wealth in raw materials alone lead to monetary wealth? What are the dangers of relying on finite supplies? This program explores economic questions surrounding the management of-and international competition for-natural resources. Describing the process by which nations translate the products of their forests, fields, mines, and waters into economic and political power, the video provides insight into the drive to control natural resources, the role they play in the economic development of poor countries, the precarious concept of the "global commons," and the connection between resource mismanagement and environmental damage. Recent events in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America highlight hi [...]
2006; 2007

Global Exchange [electronic resource]: Free Trade and Protectionism

Did protectionist tariffs initiate the Great Depression? Will free trade across international borders benefit all countries involved, or create winners and losers? Is there any middle ground in the globalization debate? This program surveys the history and politics of cross-border trade, identifying ways that nations have tried to strengthen, reduce, or prevent it. Outlining the concept known as pattern of trade, the video examines cases for and against free trade while studying comparative advantage, wage inequality, economies of scale, and the infant industry argument. The evolution of international trade policy is also examined, featuring prominent examples of pro- and anti-protectionist measures: the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, GATT, NAFTA, the emergence of the World Trade Organizat [...]
2006; 2007

Global Capital Market [electronic resource]: Risks and Rewards

What are the mechanisms that drive international finance? Does worldwide capital mobility destabilize the global economy? Do the benefits to investors outweigh the potential for monetary crises? This program illustrates the flow of international capital, analyzes the risks it presents to banking and currency systems, and studies international political structures created to address those risks. The video presents the pros and cons of financial globalization, in the process explaining the concepts of inter-temporal trade, portfolio diversification, income inequality, and capital inflow and outflow. Recounting fiscal catastrophes that provoked international alarm-including the 1995 Mexican peso crisis and the 1997 implosion of Asian economies that impacted nations across the world-the [...]
2006; 2007

Economic Development [electronic resource]: Global Challenge

How is the economic progress of a country or a region measured? What causes underdevelopment and poverty? Will the struggling nations of the world ever "catch up" with the wealthy ones? This program studies various methods for calculating economic potential, growth, and stagnation in the context of today's global environment. Introducing the three main determinants of income and expansion-physical capital, human capital, and technology-the video examines geographic, historical, and political reasons behind underdevelopment, especially the vestigial effects of colonialism and the population disparities that exist between rich and poor nations. Production structure, credit markets, income inequality within a country, and the concept of the dual economy are all explored in detail. The s [...]
2006; 2007

The Curse of Oil [electronic resource]

This program offers a global history of the oil industry and the issues intertwined with it, from early-20th-century prospecting in South America and the Middle East to war in Iraq. The origins and significance of OPEC figure prominently in the narrative, as do several historic and violent conflicts revolving around controlling sources or flows of oil: labor strikes in Latin America, Nasser's seizure of the Suez Canal, the Iran-Iraq war, and other pivotal events. Revealing interviews feature, among others, former OPEC leader Sheikh Ahmed Yamani and former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia James Akins-who minces no words and calls oil a curse.
2006; 2003

Explaining Globalization [electronic resource]

City planning that puts people before cars, sculptural museums that are as artistic as the masterpieces they contain, commercial spaces that redefine retail - these are some of the paradigm-shaking ideas of today's architects at work. This compilation of recent NewsHour segments introduces viewers to Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Vincent Scully, and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, visionaries in the world of architecture. Episodes include... * Frank Gehry on the Guggenheim Bilbao: Elizabeth Farnsworth talks with architect Frank Gehry about the process of designing and building the Guggenheim Bilbao. Segment also sold as a part of Pritzker Prize-Winning Architects. * Vincent Scully and the New Urbanism: Ray Suarez and architectural historian Vincent Scully discuss the reth [...]
2008; 2006

Lives for Sale [electronic resource]: Human Trafficking

Each year, more than one million people try to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, contending with dangerous forces that prey on their hopes and exploit their gullibility. This program exposes the most painful, disturbing, and hidden dimension of illegal immigration: the growing black market trade in human beings. Shedding light on the poverty that causes so many to risk everything by leaving their home countries, the film reconstructs the frightening journeys of sex-slavery victims and highlights the work of CAST-the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. Border patrol agents and other members of law enforcement share their knowledge and experience regarding this ongoing human rights crisis.
2008; 2006

Food for All [electronic resource]: Global Agriculture and the Developing World

Satisfying one's hunger is a primal act which most Westerners never connect to global issues. But the diets and farming systems of wealthy countries can be directly linked to starvation in the underdeveloped world. This program sheds light on the international tragedy of hunger and malnutrition, emphasizing that the problem is one of distribution, not production. Filmed in Asia, South America, and sub-Saharan Africa, the film shows how geopolitics, economic isolation, regional conflicts, and lack of infrastructure render poor countries unable to feed their own people. Biotechnology, land use priorities, government corruption, the fast food industry, and the vicious cycle of child hunger are all featured topics. Contains scenes of breastfeeding.
2008; 2007

Global Hunger [electronic resource]

The head of the UN's world food program says "a perfect storm" is hitting hungry people around the globe. What are the causes, and what is being done to help the poorest of the poor? This edition of the Journal begins with a report on the situation in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, where an estimated 45,000 people die every month of hunger and disease. Then, Bill Moyers interviews David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, an organization campaigning to strengthen U.S. political commitment to end global hunger and poverty.
2009; 2008

Human Trafficking [electronic resource]: Crisis for the EU and the World

Europe's wealth represents a golden opportunity for those who smuggle cheap, easily exploited workers across international borders. But how does the loathsome mechanism of human trafficking actually occur, and what are EU authorities doing to fight it? This program investigates by recording the experiences of human trafficking victims and evaluating the work of the EU government in the battle against 21st-century slavery. Corruption, prostitution, victim protection and repatriation, and the creation of FRONTEX-the agency responsible for European border patrol-are all highlighted, while members of the European Parliament and other officials discuss what must be done to improve anti-smuggling efforts.

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

Between Two Rivers

This video presents a portrait of Cairo, Illinois, a community struggling with severe economic, social, and environmental pressures. It looks at the town's successful past with its booming river trade at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, followed by tumultuous years of lynchings and race riots, and then more recent serious floods. The video illustrates the long-term impact of the violent civil unrest, economic boycotts, curfews, and martial law that so deeply divided the community. It also explores Cairo's relationship to the unique environment that encircles the town and how that has impacted the community.
2018; 2012

Report From Saigon

In the summer of 1966, WNET travelled to Saigon for a news-making story on the information gap in the reporting of the Vietnam War.
2017; 1970

Diary of a Student Revolution

This program reveals the views and actions of two opponents: The radical student group staging a protest over the issue of on-campus industrial recruitment and the college president. A film crew follows the student group and the president throughout the 10-day demonstration.
2017; 1969

Bill Moyers Journal: Misleading the Public About Iraq / Race and Gender in the Primaries

In What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan charges that the Bush Administration, with the media's help, misled the American public into supporting the invasion of Iraq. In this program, Bill Moyers is joined by award-winning journalists Jonathan Landay and John Walcott and Editor & Publisher's Greg Mitchell to examine issues raised by McClellan's book. Also, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, and Ron Walters, director of the African American Leadership Center at the University of Maryland, examine how race and gender have played out in the Democratic presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Broadcast dat [...]
2016; 2008

Hope Against Hopeless

The video deals with the causes that provoke the refugee ‘waves’ and the trespass of Human Rights. It aims to shed light at the illegal movement of immigrants and refugees from Syria to Turkey and later on into Cyprus. Shocking images of immigrants at the borders of Syria and Iraq oscillate between hope and hopelessness. The political position of Turkey, the position of the International Amnesty and the never ending struggle of people striving for a better quality of life are some of the major issues touched by this documentary.
2017; 2014


Exodus documents the journey of Syrian refugees as they cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Greece. In the winter of 2015, over three thousand refugees attempted this treacherous crossing everyday, all in hope of seeking asylum in the European Union. It’s a life and death gamble that they are willing to take, all for a chance at a new life away from their war-torn homeland.
2017; 2016