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Satchmo

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"Satchmo. There are few people in this country -- or around the world -- who will not recognize the name. Louis Armstrong embodied 20th century American culture... No other performer of his era had such a profound effect as a singer as well as an instrumentalist... With over a dozen of his classic film performances, ... numerous live concert and television performances [and] ... never-before-seen home movies and newly discovered 1935 Chicago nightclub footage"--Container.
DVD
2011; 1989
Clemons (Stacks)
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Nova: Ape Genius

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Discusses what is known about the intelligence of our nearest relatives, the great apes, including chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and gorillas. Looks at historical research that shows they can use simple tools and even be trained to communicate in sign language. Also investigates newer research that looks at planned use of weapons, math ability, creative problem solving, reasoning, cooperation, imitation, social emotions, and other aspects of intelligence. Asks what forms the crucial differences in intellect between apes and humans.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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This American Life: Season One

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Join host Ira Glass and his company, as they bring a different theme to life each week, in the format of the popular Chicago radio show by the same name.
DVD
2008; 2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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David Attenborough Wildlife Specials

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A collection of six television wildlife documentaries narrated by David Attenborough, each on a different animal, covering: crocodiles, eagles, leopards, polar bears, humpback whales, and wolves.
DVD
2008; 1994
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Speck of the Future

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"The Gold Rush brings the whole world to the West, as 49ers from Asia, South America and the eastern states scramble for 'a share of the rocks, ' littering the hills with mining towns and creating the West's first metropolis. But in the push to strike it rich, many are violently pushed aside."--Http://www.pbs.org.
Online
1996
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Death Runs Riot

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"Civil war comes early to the West. In 'Bleeding Kansas, ' abolitionists battle for free soil. In Utah, federal troops march against Mormon polygamy. And along the Rio Grande, oppressed Mexican Americans rebel. The war between North and South unleashes brute savagery in the West, and leaves behind an army prepared for total war against the native peoples of the plains."--Www.pbs.org.
Online
1996
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The Grandest Enterprise Under God

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"Explores the building of the Pacific railroad. Stretching from Omaha to Sacramento, this incredible feat of engineering and hubris utterly transformed the lands it connected -- previously remote prairies, suddenly there for the taking, attracted peasant farmers who began to plant wheat; cattle ranchers transported their vast herds to markets in the east; swaggering buffalo hunters pillaged native lands; Abilene, Wichita, and Dodge became boom towns. Furthermore, thanks to the increased pace of commerce and the easy accessibility between coasts, the United States became a real contender for world power. Specific topics in this volume include: the politics of funding and commissioning the railroad project, the recruitment of Chinese labor and the appalling death toll, Charles Goodnigh [...]
Online
1996
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Fight No More Forever

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"The federal government tightens its grip on the West, but three bold spirits remain defiant -- Sitting Bull, who prophesies his people's greatest victory but cannot prevent their ultimate defeat; Brigham Young, who must sacrifice a spiritual son to save his church; and Chief Joseph, who triumphs in defeat as an indomitable voice of conscience for the West."--Www.pbs.org.
Online
1996
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The Geography of Hope

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"Newcomers arrive by the millions, bringing a new spirit of conformity to the West. Indian children are taught to forsake their heritage, Mormons are told to abandon a tenet of their faith, and new laws deny Chinese and Mexican Americans a place in society. Yet the legend of the "Wild West" lives on, thanks to the greatest showman of the age."--Www.kpb.org.
Online
1996
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Ghost Dance

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By the late 1880s, Americans were astounded by the changes they had brought to the West. Defeated militarily, Native Americans throughout the region flocked to the call of a Paiute mystic, who offered the hope that the lost world of the buffalo could be brought back by a Ghost Dance. But its promises would be trampled at Wounded Knee. In place of the great Native American cultures that once dominated the Plains was a new culture, epitomized by the Oklahoma Land Rush, in which 100,000 eager settlers lined up for a mad dash to stake out a farm and a future.
Online
1996
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One Sky Above Us

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"As settlers race to claim tribal lands, Native Americans take up the Ghost Dance, trusting in its power to restore a lost way of life until their hopes are crushed at Wounded Knee. The new century marks a new era in the West, an age of aqueducts and smelters. But the West remains what it has always been, a world waiting for a dream."--Www.pbs.org.
Online
1996
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Soldier in Berlin

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "The impression that a young Corporal in the Army gets while on active duty in Berlin is vividly related in the first program of Series VI of THE BIG PICTURE. Being stationed in a small area within the "Iron Curtain" places a great deal of responsibility on the Army personnel, but allows them to see the city during free time. This picture gives the viewer a chance to see all of Berlin through the eyes of a GI serving his country there.""--National Archives and Records Administration.
Online
1953
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Pictorial Report Number 4.

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "Shows the round-the-world activities of the Army. The report includes the story of Army bands and civil assistance in Korea."--National Archives and Records Administration.
Online
1953
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The Republic of Korea (ROK) Soldier

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "Through the Korean Military Advisory Group, the South Korean Army has been able to build itself up to the fourth strongest Army in the world. "The Big Picture" shows the activities of the South Korean Army and its preparations for the future."--National Archives and Records Administration.
Online
1953
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Atrocities in Korea

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975." A documented report of Communist atrocities in Korea, with scenes just released depicting the horror and brutality of Communism. Includes interviews with returned prisoners of war who were eye witnesses to some of these atrocities and Major General William Dean and General Mark W. Clark."--National Archives and Records Administration.
Online
1953
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Guided Missiles

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Shows how Army engineers and technicians worked to perfect the guided missile. Includes dramatic shots taken miles up in the stratosphere.--National Archives and Records Administration.
Online
1953
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This Is Aberdeen

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "This is an on-the-spot report from the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, as to the activities going on -- activities to prove our military equipment the finest in any Army. Lieutenant John Mortimer interviews key personnel at Aberdeen, bringing out the importance of the individual's job in "testing for the best.""--National Archives and Records Administration.
Online
1953
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Olympics

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "Every four years an event of breathtaking excitement, color and pageantry takes place in the world of sports--in the greatest of all athletics and competitions--the Olympic Games. In l952, American athletes performed magnificently in competition, achieving the final victory in the unofficial team standings. Contributing greatly to that victory were 80 men of our Armed Forces. Here, released for the first time on THE BIG PICTURE, is the story of our Armed Forces athletes in one of the most closely contested Olympiads of all time.""--National Archives and Records Administration.
Online
1953
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Pictorial Report Number 5.

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "A fascinating but little known organization is the Army Exhibit Unit which visually dramatizes vital parts of the Army's story ... shows you the operation of this unit and one of its most striking displays--the recreation of prison life in North Korea. The second feature is a documentary about the Japanese Security Guard. Since the end of World War II, Japan has been recovering steadily from the destruction and humiliation of that war. To the United States Army, which went to Japan as an occupation force, and stays there now by mutual consent as a protector, Japan has also been winning a place of honor and trust. One of the functions which reflects this trust is the operation of the Japanese Security Guard. The third [...]
Online
1953
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The Alaskan Scout and Alaskan Command

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975. "A century ago, Alaska, our most northern frontier, was popularly called "Seward's Folly." The top of the world seemed remote then. Today, the polar concept has changed our ideas of distances and now that which was once considered a wasteland, is of great military importance and a vital link in our preparations to insure security. The mission of our Army in Alaska is to repel any aggressive action, and be prepared to hit back. An important segment of our force which is fulfilling that purpose, are men who were born above the Arctic Circle -- the Alaskan Scouts. They, along with the rest of our military establishment, undergo constant training and reevaluation in this land where nature herself is hostile -- Alaska."--N [...]
Online
1953