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Parks and Recreation: Season Five

Leslie Knope takes on new challenges as the newly-elected city councilwoman of Pawnee, Indiana. She stands her ground for what she believes in and puts up a strong fight, all while balancing her personal relationship with Ben and planning for a wedding. Meanwhile, assistant Andy pursues a career in law enforcement, Ann makes a dramatic life decision, and Ron is smitten with a new lady.
Clemons (Stacks)

Gerrymandering [electronic resource]

Gerrymandering is defined as the carving up of a state into districts in a way that allows one political party to gain more clout than another. It has also been called the most effective way to manipulate an election's outcome short of outright fraud. Focusing on the fight to pass Proposition 11 - drafted to give redistricting power to a bipartisan rather than legislative group - this documentary explores the ethical implications of gerrymandering and looks at some historical examples of how the practice has been used. The experience of assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who was redistricted out of his own territory by a threatened incumbent; the dramatic response of House Democrats to proposed redistricting in Texas; and how redistricting impacted Barack Obama's political career are all e [...]

Off the Grid [electronic resource]: American Communities in the Wake of the Financial Crisis

Crafting a unified response to economic turmoil is no easy task at the federal level, but towns and cities across the U.S. have faced the aftermath of the 2008 recession in ways that are quick, innovative, and authentic. Their methods, while not always successful, offer a wealth of teaching points for studies in civics, economics, sociology, and political science. In Great Barrington, Massachusetts, a new local currency circulates. In Austin, Texas, big corporations and the federal government alike have triggered community opposition. And in Colorado Springs, the link between an anti-tax philosophy and a lack of city services becomes all too evident. The film also looks at symptoms of the recession seen in America's broader infrastructure and society-such as declining roads and highw [...]

In Your Hands [electronic resource]: Life After Prison

For ex-convicts, the road back into society is paved with good intentions. But a freed prisoner's plans for the future can quickly go awry, and the local support system, if one exists, may be just as ineffectual. Do public services provide what a former inmate needs? Is the "system" a safety net or a trap, every bit as confining as prison? This film documents two case studies in which the end of incarceration means not only a fresh start but also a new phase of hardship, hard luck, and hard-won dignity. Jailed since her mid-20s and emerging with nothing but the clothes on her back, Kim is soon spending her nights on a park bench. Will she fare better or worse than Xavier, who has served 13 years for murder? Where does a young man with that kind of record find a decent job? By the end [...]

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" Law [electronic resource]: The Killing of Trayvon Martin

After the release of 911 calls, demonstrators gathered in Sanford, Florida. In March 2012 to demand the arrest of the neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman who shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. NewsHour correspondent Ray Suarez and The Miami Herald's Frances Robles discuss why a Florida law could make filing charges against the shooter more difficult. Origina?

The Trayvon Martin Case Sparks New Debate Over Race, Guns, and Laws [electronic resource]

Thousands of people rallied in Florida, demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot in February 2012 in a gated community. NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown explores the many issues raised by the case with The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Daily's Reihan Salam, author Donna Britt, and Florida state Rep. Dennis Baxley. Origina?

Arizona Immigration Law Controversy [electronic resource]

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Arizona's contentious immigration law in April 2012, with focus on so-called show-me-your-papers provisions that authorize police to verify the immigration status of anyone suspected of being undocumented and arrest anyone believed to have committed a deportable offense. NewsHour correspondent Tom Bearden reports. Origina?

The Flower of Evil

The story of a seemingly perfect family, whose distinguished facade starts to crack when the wife ventures into local politics. On the eve of the election, a corpse appears, and the long dormant seeds of past family crime begin to bloom.
2004; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)

Sports Stadiums Are Bad Public Investments. So Why Are Cities Still Paying for Them?

Despite the promise that public investment in stadium projects will reap economic benefits and bring jobs to neighborhoods, the reality is different.Most studies show that they lose money and bring few jobs and revenue to cities. A Reason TV production.
2016; 2015

The California Air Resources Board: Dan Rather Reports

A state agency in California, and the woman who runs it, have enormous influence over everything from the air we breathe to the cars we drive. When it comes to the environment, Mary Nichols, the director of the California Air Resources Board, is the most important person you've probably never heard of. Also, the IRS and non-profits on this episode of Dan Rather Reports.
2016; 2012

The Revolution in School Choice and Student-Based Funding: A Panel Discussion

In this presentation from National School Choice Week 2014, Reason Magazine Managing Editor Katherine Mangu-Ward hosts a discussion on the state of school choice in America with Reason Foundation's Director of Education Lisa Snell and Education Policy Analyst Katie Furtick, co-authors of The Weighted Student Formula Yearbook, which examines outcomes in school districts across the country that use portable student funding. During the presentation the three discuss their optimism about the growth in school choice, what specific actions school districts are taking to expand options for parents and students, and how technology is reshaping the traditional classroom. A Reason TV production.
2015; 2014

We the People 2.0

This is a documentary which highlights the struggle between communities and corporations in a battle for local rights. The story unfolds through the eyes of rural people, who have faced decades of toxic dumps, drilling, and mines in their communities. We learn with these citizens how powerless they feel, even in "the best democracy in the world".
2019; 2016