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Electoral Politics [electronic resource]

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Shows the conclusion of a 12-week civic engagement unit developed by the national Student Voices program. José Velazquez's 12th-grade students divide into small groups to brainstorm and research community issues, prioritize the issues, present their findings to the class, and develop a whole-class consensus on a youth agenda that they present to the mayoral candidates in a televised question-and-answer forum. The methodologies highlighted in this lesson include issue identification and consensus building.
Online
2003
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: United States of ALEC

This edition of Moyers & Company is an unprecedented in-depth report on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of us have never heard of: ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a "nonpartisan public-private partnership." But behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense. Also on the show is Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center and founder of FactCheck.org, who talks about deception and truth in the 2012 presidential campaign.
Online
2012
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: The Fight to Keep Democracy Alive

As President Obama gave his State of the Union address, many wondered why there was not a word in the speech about taming the power of private money over public policy. There's no question that big money calls the shots, or at least tilts the debate, on many issues vital to America's democracy and integrity. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill is joined by Dan Cantor, executive director of New York's Working Families Party, and Jonathan Soros, cofounder of the Friends of Democracy super PAC and a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. They explore the virus in our politics and what can realistically be done about it. The two have joined forces to curb the influence of money on politics, even if it means creating yet another big-money super PAC to battle for - instead of agai [...]
Online
2013
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: LZ Granderson - the Myth of the Gay Agenda

In a humorous talk with an urgent message, LZ Granderson points out the absurdity in the idea that there's a "gay lifestyle," much less a "gay agenda." CNN and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson is a celebrated voice on sports, race, and gay rights.
Online
2012
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: How People Power Generates Change

With our democracy threatened more than ever by plutocrats and the politicians in their pockets, the antidote to organized money is organized people. Across the country, individuals are banding together and demanding change-and often delivering it. This edition of Moyers & Company introduces viewers to three grassroots organizers leading the way. First up: Marshall Ganz, a social movement legend associated with Mississippi's Freedom Summer of 1964, the United Farm Workers' Cesar Chavez, and Barack Obama's historic 2008 presidential campaign. Later on the show, the spotlight shifts to economic equality advocates Rachel LaForest, executive director of Right to the City, and Madeline Janis, cofounder and national policy director of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy.
Online
2013
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: United States of ALEC-a Follow-Up

This edition of Moyers & Company follows up on the September 28, 2012, broadcast about the most influential corporate-funded political force most of us have never heard of: ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a "nonpartisan public/private partnership." But behind that image lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense. Watch this program to get updated on the scheme to remake America by changing its laws-one statehouse at a time.
Online
2013
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Distracted From Democracy

Across the world - Egypt, Greece, Spain, Brazil - citizens are turning angrily to their governments to demand economic fair play and equality. But here in America, with few exceptions, the streets and airwaves remain relatively silent. In a country as rich and powerful as America, why is there so little outcry about the ever-increasing, deliberate divide between the very wealthy and everyone else? In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill is joined by media scholar Marty Kaplan, who points to a number of forces keeping these issues and affected citizens in the dark - especially our well-fed appetite for media distraction.
Online
2013
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: The Long Assault on Voting Rights

In this edition of Moyers & Company, acclaimed historian Gary May - a specialist in American political, diplomatic, and social history - joins Bill to put the recent Supreme Court decision gutting the Voting Rights Act into historical perspective, noting it's just one moment in a long, ongoing struggle to ensure voting rights for every American. May is the author of five books, including Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy.
Online
2013
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Whole Foods [electronic resource]: How Radical CEO Created Grocery Empire

Whole Foods has a reputation as a liberal elite utopia of organic and fair trade food, but the CEO of the company doesn't fit that profile. This ABC News report meets John Mackey, a portrait of contradictions. Mackey spent some time on a vegetarian co-op, but considers Obamacare fascist. He doesn't believe in human-caused global warming, but his stores strive for a low carbon footprint.
Online
2013
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: America's Gilded Capital

Mark Leibovich covers Washington, D.C., as chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine-and has written about the city's bipartisan lust for power, cash, and notoriety in a book that everyone who's anyone in our nation's capital is talking about: This Town. This is the story of how Washington became an occupied city, its hold on reality distorted by greed and ambition; it pulls no punches and names names, revealing the movers and shakers and the deals they make, all in the name of crony capitalism. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Leibovich joins Bill to reveal what he has learned about a city where money rules and status is determined by who you know and what they can do for you. Concluding the show is an essay in which Bill says that although the parody and sati [...]
Online
2012
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: David Pizarro - the Strange Politics of Disgust

What does a disgusting image have to do with how you vote? Equipped with surveys and experiments, psychologist David Pizarro demonstrates in this TEDTalk a correlation between sensitivity to disgusting cues - a photo of feces, an unpleasant odor - and moral and political conservatism.
Online
2012
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A&E Classroom: Al Smith - the Man From Oliver Street [electronic resource]

This program takes a look at politics 1920s-style, with Al Smith - the first Catholic candidate for president - and New York City's Tammany Hall gang: "Boss" Tweed, Jimmy Walker, and others.
Online
1996
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A&E Classroom: FDR - the Price of Peace [electronic resource]

This depiction of Franklin D. Roosevelt focuses on the war years, a time characterized by his reassuring "fireside chats.?
Online
1996
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A&E Classroom: FDR - the Voice of Change [electronic resource]

This portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt spans his political career from its beginning to the New Deal - the turning point at which his policies began to lead America out of the Great Depression.
Online
1996
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A&E Classroom: Harry S. Truman - Days of Decision [electronic resource]

This program is a vivid record of President Harry S. Truman, whose tenure is noted in popular memory for the atomic bombing of Japan and the controversial dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur.
Online
1996
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A&E Classroom: Herbert Hoover/Huey Long [electronic resource]

The Great Depression crashed upon America in 1929. This program profiles Herbert Hoover, president from 1929 to 1933, and Huey Long - governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932, senator from 1932 to 1935, presidential hopeful, and victim of assassination - murdered at the height of his popularity.
Online
1996
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Declassified: Radical America, Left and Right [electronic resource]

This program exposes radical movements existing at the fringes of American society such as the Aryan Brotherhood.
Online
2006
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When It Comes to Politics, the Internet Is Closing Our Minds [electronic resource]: A Debate

Does the Internet poison politics and civic engagement? Some argue that the proliferation of online sites, blogs, and web-based outlets has expanded consumers' access to a wide range of information, but others contend that despite this, most people tend to rely on narrow, one-sided sources that reinforce rather than challenge their political views. And some sites, they add, have an extreme or mean-spirited edge to them. Is the rise of the Internet improving political discourse or closing our minds?
Online
2014; 2012