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Summary: Presents case histories of tragedies like space shuttle Challenger, Pearl Harbor and the Cuban Bay of Pigs which resulted from the natural tendency to achieve agreement for the sake of group unity. Features interviews with Dr. Irving Janis and Dr. James K. Esser and gives groupthink symptoms to avoid.
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Refugee Resettlement in Australia [electronic resource]: Boat Crossing to Malaysia

In the first episode of Go Back to Where You Came From, our six participants begin their refugee odyssey. After being stripped of their cell phones, identification, and money, the group is sent to live for a few days with a family from Iraq and a family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, each of whom are struggling to put the terrors of the past behind them as they make a fresh start in Australia. Afterward, the group visits the notorious Villawood Immigration Detention Centre - and then begins the perilous journey to unknown shores in a leaky boat.

Refugee Camp in Kenya [electronic resource]: Refugee Slum in Jordan ; Baghdad, Iraq ; Goma, DRC

In the third episode of Go Back to Where You Came From, two of our group leave Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya for Goma in strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Escorted by UN peacekeepers, they see firsthand the dangers of life in a country where murder is commonplace and a thousand women are raped every day. Meanwhile, three of our group travel to Amman, Jordan, to view an emergency hospital and a refugee slum before heading to the infamous Red Zone of Baghdad, Iraq - a trip requiring flak vests, helmets, and a U.S. Army escort. The program concludes with our six participants reunited in Australia, where they reflect upon some of the lessons they've learned.

Refugee Slum in Malaysia [electronic resource]: Refugee Camp in Kenya

In Malaysia - a common stop on the dangerous path to a new life in Australia - 100,000 people live in illegal refugee slums. In the second episode of Go Back to Where You Came From, our six participants spend several days living with 50 Burmese refugees in a small, one-bathroom apartment. In addition, the group goes on a border patrol in an effort to hunt down human smugglers and participates in a large-scale midnight raid on a construction site to capture illegal immigrants who live and work there. The show concludes with three of the group pressing on to northern Kenya, where they register as refugees at a huge UN-managed camp called simply Kakuma: "Nowhere.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Rory Sutherland - Perspective Is Everything

The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At TEDxAthens, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness. Sutherland stands at the center of an advertising revolution in brand identities, designing cutting-edge, interactive campaigns that blur the line between ad and entertainment.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Margaret Heffernan - Dare to Disagree

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as management thinker Margaret Heffernan shows us in this TEDTalk, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren't echo chambers - and how great research teams, relationships, and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

Why Get Married? [electronic resource]

An estimated half of all marriages end in divorce-so how is it that people still have faith in the institution? Why do they gamble with their future happiness by getting married? In this documentary, director Anne Stirling takes a fresh look at the social, historical, and emotional aspects of marriage after her divorce. Stirling figures that if she asks enough questions of friends, family members, and experts, she'll be able to solve the puzzle of why people wed. Incorporating candid interviews recorded over a three-year period as Stirling traveled across Canada and the U.S., the film features both couples and individuals-some straight, some gay, some ecstatic about matrimony, some jaded and relieved to be free of it. Wedding planners and marriage counselors also offer their insights [...]

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Sheena Iyengar - How to Make Choosing Easier

We all want customized experiences and products-but when faced with hundreds of options, consumers freeze up. With fascinating new research, Sheena Iyengar demonstrates in this TEDTalk how businesses (and others) can improve the experience of choosing.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Shlomo Benartzi - Saving for Tomorrow, Tomorrow

It's easy to imagine saving money next week, but how about right now? Generally, we want to spend it. Economist Shlomo Benartzi says this is one of the biggest obstacles to saving enough for retirement, and asks in this TEDTalk: How do we turn this behavioral challenge into a behavioral solution?

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Kathryn Schulz-Don't Regret Regret

We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, "wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets in this TEDTalk. Schulz is the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error and writes The Wrong Stuff, a Slate series featuring interviews with high-profile people about how they think and feel about being wrong.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Rachel Botsman - the Currency of the New Economy Is Trust

There's been an explosion of collaborative consumption-web-based sharing of cars, apartments, skills. In this TEDTalk, innovator Rachel Botsman explores the currency that makes systems like Airbnb and Taskrabbit work: trust, influence, and what she calls "reputation capital.

Zeitgeist [electronic resource]: The Movie - Don't Mind the Men Behind the Curtain

This program offers a whirlwind tour of the subjects of central banking, war pretexts, banking panics, the military-industrial complex, media culture, and, ultimately, the mental neurosis and deadly addiction known as "power." A part of Zeitgeist: The Series.

Programming the Nation? [electronic resource]: The History of Subliminal Messaging in America

With eye-opening footage, expert interviews, and many humorous anecdotes, this provocative program explores the alleged use of subliminal messages in advertising, music, film, politics, and the military. Documentarian Jeff Warrick leads viewers through the subconscious mind while examining the history, scientific validity, and potential effects of such techniques on society. From hidden sexual imagery in Disney cartoons and satanic messages in rock music to the now-discredited experiment where "Drink Coca-Cola" was flashed between frames at a cinema, Warrick challenges his audience to question whether subliminal programming is an urban legend, or if these manipulative tactics could actually alter human behavior.

Last Call Indian [electronic resource]: Searching for Mohawk Identity

By the time Sonia Boileau's grandfather Mitchell left the Shingwauk Indian Residential School in 1947 he no longer knew how to speak his native tongue. The institution had done its job well - Mitchell married and raised children, who didn't realize until they had children of their own that Mitchell was in fact Mohawk. Sonia now faces a similar stripping away of the First Nation heritage her family only recently reclaimed. According to Canada's Indian Act, any children she has will not be "officially Indian" unless their father has the requisite percentage of indigenous blood. In this powerful documentary, filmmaker Sonia Boileau returns to Shingwauk to work out the implications of her grandfather's life and of his death, especially in relation to Canada's race policies and her own cu [...]

Children and Human Rights: Part 3 [electronic resource]

The rights of children around the world are a constant concern, as they are among the most vulnerable members of society. Advocates for the rights and protection of children must be prepared to fight on multiple fronts from health care, education, and government child welfare systems under immense pressure legally and economically. This episode celebrate those who struggle to protect children The Stand for Children Rally was held in Washington, D.C. and was attended by thousands of Americans and children's rights advocates. Denmark's Children's Council attempts to bring the voice of children directly to the seat of government. Also featured is the story of Yasmin, a street child from India who opens her world and shows the importance of education through a video diary.

In an Instant [electronic resource]: The Madness of Crowds

Individual human behavior is far different from human behavior in a crowd. This ABC News report takes a look at "crowd think" and the herd mentality of stampedes, where logic is forgotten. We have been socialized beyond the point of reason.

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.

Dark Charisma of Hitler: Part 2 [electronic resource]

Adolf Hitler's leadership relied on an inner voice and absolute certainties rather than advice and political debate. His grandiosity and hatred led to war aims and atrocities that went far beyond any concrete German interest, and beyond what most Germans initially wanted. Yet this strange man was once loved by millions. With the help of testimony from those who lived through these times, film archive - including color home movies - and specially shot documentary footage, this film reveals how Hitler managed to lead the German people to war in 1939 and orchestrate the dramatic German victory over the French in 1940. This is the second episode in a three-part series written and produced by Laurence Rees, who won a BAFTA for his previous series Nazis: A Warning from History and a Griers [...]

Dark Charisma of Hitler: Part 3 [electronic resource]

Adolf Hitler seemed an unlikely leader - fueled by anger, incapable of forming normal human relationships and unwilling to debate political issues. Yet this strange character was once loved by millions. How was this possible, and what role did Hitler's alleged 'charisma' play in his success? Testimony from those who lived through these times, film archive (including home movies) and documentary footage reveals how Hitler tried to retain the power of his charismatic leadership once the Germans started to lose the war. This is the final episode in the three-part series written and produced by Laurence Rees who won a BAFTA for his previous series 'Nazis: A Warning from History' and a Grierson award for his 'Auschwitz: the Nazis and the 'Final Solution'.

Worse Than War [electronic resource]: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity

Genocide is many things - horrific, tragic, and immoral, among others. But one thing it is not, says political scientist Daniel Goldhagen, is inevitable. In this program, the author of Hitler's Willing Executioners explores the social and psychological factors that have repeatedly pushed stable societies into the insanity of mass killing. In Rwanda, Goldhagen speaks with participants in murder squads that rampaged in 1994 as well as witnesses of those atrocities. In Guatemala, he confronts former President Efraín Ríos Montt, considered by many to be responsible for genocide against indigenous peoples in the 1980s. Interviewees also include former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Bosnian leader Haris Silajdzic, who called for intervention against ethnic cleansing in 1992; a [...]