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Student Athlete

An HBO Sports documentary produced in collaboration with LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Steve Stoute, STUDENT ATHLETE examines the complex rules of amateur athletics, and how they affect uncompensated athletes and their families. Each year, student athletes generate billions of dollars for universities and private companies, yet a vast majority earn nothing for themselves and leave school with few resources for careers outside of sports. Directed by Oscar® winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Trish Dalton, this hard-hitting, often-poignant exposé unveils the exploitive world of high-revenue college sports through the compelling stories of four young men at different stages in their athletic careers, as well as two others: a coach-turned-advocate for student athletes, and an anonymous [...]
2019; 2018

Aging Populations [electronic resource]: East Devon

Like many economically developed countries the U. K. is home to a rapidly growing number of people over the age of 50. What are the social changes behind this trend, and what are its implications? The issues surrounding an aging population are examined in this program, using East Devon in the U. K. as a case study. The video addresses the strain on health care, special housing, and transportation services from a segment of the population that contributes little in tax revenue-but it also shows how East Devon is meeting the challenge of supporting its seniors, and some unexpected ways in which elderly retirees are contributing to the local economy.

China [electronic resource]: Global Factory?

How did China go from agrarian-based communism to being the world's top source for consumer goods? By following three European buyers obtaining wholesale merchandise, this program explores China's manufacturing industry and its attempt to balance economic concerns with political and social ideals. Visiting Chinese factory towns, the buyers meet an ex-communist CEO who talks about what changed after Mao died; manufacturers frustrated by the Western demand for low-cost products made without violating human rights; and workers who say that free housing, even at one room per family, is fair exchange for long hours and low pay. With commentary from economists and historians, the video also examines China's resolve to produce goods for its own middle class, and what European companies are [...]

The Interconnected World [electronic resource]: An Inside Look at the IMF and Its Impact

Growing affluence in Asia, economic development in Eastern Europe, and new approaches to natural resources in Africa-all are major influences on the global financial landscape and all provide ample demonstrations of the IMF at work. This program guides viewers through the history, mission, and real-world impact of the International Monetary Fund. Topics (all with an IMF focus) include China's need to boost domestic consumption and build social safety nets for its population; Ghana's challenges in ensuring that oil revenues benefit the country; and Poland's adoption of market economy principles as it moves toward economic powerhouse status. A section on the origins, evolution, and future of the IMF is also featured. Interviews with key IMF and academic figures appear throughout the film.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Doris Kearns Goodwin - Learning From Past Presidents in Moments of Crisis

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is one of the great popularizers of presidential history. Her books on Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedys, and the wartime Roosevelts all became best-sellers thanks to her ability to tell a truly human story around these larger-than-life men and women. Her latest book, Team of Rivals, follows Abraham Lincoln, a brilliant young country lawyer, as he rises to the U.S. Presidency and draws his former political opponents into his circle of advisors (her book is slated for one of Steven Spielberg's next films). Her fascination with baseball was the subject of her beloved memoir Wait Till Next Year. In this TEDTalk, Goodwin discusses what we can learn from American presidents, including Lincoln and Johnson. She also shares a moving memory of her own father and of t [...]

Justice Lewis F. Powell [electronic resource]

When Lewis Powell, Jr., was appointed to the Supreme Court, he appeared to be a true southern conservative. But once on the court, Powell proved to be his own man-hard to predict, bringing a complex mind to bear on complex issues-from affirmative action to the death penalty. In this program, Powell discusses a variety of issues including Watergate, the Constitution of the former Soviet Union, the death penalty, reverse discrimination, the working of the Court, and corporal punishment.

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Justice Not Politics

In Iowa, a state whose judicial system has been praised for its fairness and impartiality, the political and religious right ousted three justices in 2010 over marriage equality and is now trying to take down a fourth over the same issue. But this time a bipartisan coalition called Justice Not Politics is fighting back. In this edition of Moyers & Company, JNP's cofounders-Democrat Sally Pederson and Republican Joy Corning, each of whom served Iowa for eight years as lieutenant governor-talk with Bill about what's at stake when justices are at the mercy of partisan passions and money in politics.
2012; 2013

Free-Market Capitalism Is So 20th-Century [electronic resource]: A Debate

The recession of 2008 has cast serious doubt on whether free-market capitalism, an idea set that functioned reasonably well in the 20th century, is a healthy economic ideology to carry over into the 21st. Has free-market capitalism become an outdated economic model? That is the question in this Oxford Union-style debate as panelists make their case. Speakers for the motion argue that capitalism has been empirically proven wrong due to its failure to warn of impending crisis and that "state capitalism," as it is evolving in Saudi Arabia, China, and Russia, is the model for the immediate future; those against identify contributory factors-for example, a lack of adequate competition that enabled core institutions to grow too big to be allowed to fail-as the agents of capitalist catastro [...]

Requiem for Detroit? [electronic resource]

More than a requiem, this documentary touches on issues relevant to all students of American history and society by using Detroit as a window into many sociocultural aspects of American life. Major topics include industrialization, the birth of suburbs and consumerism, black migration and white flight, race relations, unionization, economic decline, and community renewal - all set to a sound track by famous Detroit musicians. Director Julien Temple effectively weds scenes of poverty and urban collapse to cheerful archival footage, infusing the film with an energy that is wry, hip, and gritty. The program ends on a hopeful note as images of decaying architectural gems and feral homes give way to citizen activists converting weedy lots into community gardens. With commentary by Grace L [...]

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: The One-Percent Court

Because of partisan gridlock in D.C., the Supreme Court has become the most powerful and outspoken branch of government; decisions they make shape our democracy's fate for generations to come. Now, one has only to look at Bush v. Gore, Citizens United, and the Affordable Care Act rulings to understand why some call it a "one-percent Court" - dedicated by majority rule to preserving the power and influence of a minority of wealthy special interests. In this edition of Moyers & Company, The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel and Jamie Raskin, constitutional law professor and Maryland state senator, join Bill to discuss how the uncontested power of the Supreme Court is changing our elections, our country, and our lives. Also on the show, Bill talks with Craig Unger, author of Boss Rove [...]

Congress [electronic resource]: How It Works

This program takes the viewer step by step through the various functions of Congress - in three parts: Opening Day details how Congress reorganizes itself every two years; Its Powers describes the enumerated and implied powers of Congress; and Impeachment Powers explains one of the checks and balances provided in the Constitution.

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: What We Can Learn From Lincoln

One reason so many are disillusioned by the state of things in America - even more so after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre - is that our political system hasn't produced consistently good results in a long time. This edition of Moyers & Company points to a new ray of hope - not in politics, but in theaters: the movie Lincoln. Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, who wrote the film's screenplay, joins Bill to discuss what Abraham Lincoln can still teach us all about politics, compromise, and the survival of American democracy. Also on the show, Bill urges us to remember the victims of the terror in Newtown by name, rejects the notion of doubling down on guns and body armor as a response, and encourages all of us to work hard on realistic and moral solutions. Broadcast dates: [...]

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Fighting the Filibuster

The 112th Congress - the least productive in the record books - ground to a halt as Republicans mounted scores of filibusters to stop bills, nominations, and judicial appointments. As a result, there are more judicial vacancies today than when Barack Obama took his first oath of office. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Larry Cohen, president of the 700,000-member Communications Workers of America, joins Bill to make the case for commonsense reform that would bring the Senate back to serving democracy. Cohen is a leader of the Democracy Initiative, a coalition of nearly 100 progressive organizations campaigning to change the filibuster rules.

Rethinking Work [electronic resource]

Despite enormous advances in technology, our workplaces are not nearly as efficient as they could be. Each week, more than 40 percent of employees make use of flawed information systems-and flawed information-to make decisions. The results are wasted time and squandered resources. From smarter collaboration to smoother travel, this CNBC program explores ways in which "wiser work" can lead to greater prosperity for businesses and organizations. Experts interviewed include James Surowiecki, financial journalist for The New Yorker and author of The Wisdom of Crowds, and Gordon Bethune, former CEO of Continental Airlines and former vice-president and general manager of the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group's customer services division.

Sisters in Islamic Banking [electronic resource]: Female CEOs and Sharia-Compliant Finance

Women are still rare at the top rung of the banking industry, both in the West and in the Islamic world. However, a number of Malaysia's Sharia-compliant financial companies offer excellent examples of the glass ceiling cracking. This program follows women who specialize in Islamic finance while forging careers which, in many ways, resemble those of Western career women. Fozia Amanulla discusses her goals and responsibilities as CEO of EON Cap Islamic Bank, while Raja Teh Maimunah, formerly Global Head of Islamic Markets at Bursa Malaysia, talks about her gradual realization of the benefits of Sharia finance. Noripah Kamso, CEO of CIMB-Principal Islamic Asset Management, describes her work with colleagues around the globe-supporting a view shared by all interviewees that Islamic fina [...]

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Auret van Heerden, Making Global Labor Fair

At the head of the Fair Labor Association, Auret van Heerden takes a practical approach to workers' rights, persuading corporations and NGOs to respect the role of labor in global supply chains. In this TEDTalk, the committed activist makes a reasoned business case for fair labor while exploring the next frontier of employee-management friction - globalized industries in which no single national body can guarantee basic rights and protections.

Issues and Controversies in American History Video Clip Collection [electronic resource]

To explore America's past in a meaningful way, a growing number of educators strive for spirited debate and passionate discussion in their classrooms. The key is get students talking about historical events with the same energy and immediacy that today's topics provoke. But accomplishing that is virtually impossible without the right catalyst. This collection of 25 concise video clips is designed to spark thoughtful, productive dialogue on major turning points in U.S. history. Each clip lays out two opposing viewpoints, framing a complex historical episode as if it were a debatable "issue" - just as citizens of the time might have thought and argued about it. In some cases, such as the segments on Jamestown or the Salem witch trials, the debate echoes scholarly disagreements that exi [...]

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 [...]

Soul of Justice [electronic resource]: Thelton Henderson's American Journey

Few judges provoke the ire of conservatives more than Thelton Henderson, Senior Judge of the Federal District Court of Northern California. This program profiles Thelton Henderson's life and career, exploring what his decisions on affirmative action, environmental protection, and prison reform-and the furors that surrounded these decisions-mean for American society. Henderson's rulings, often protecting the constitutional rights of the marginalized, demand close scrutiny of the complex interplay between the law, political power, and social justice.

Tulia, Texas [electronic resource]

Drug use was a fact of life in the African-American community of Tulia, Texas-but when it became common in white neighborhoods, too, civic leaders grew alarmed. In 1999 they brought in an undercover agent, later found to be a racist with a criminal record, to conduct a sting operation. Dozens of black citizens were rounded up, given perfunctory trials, and handed down unusually stiff sentences of up to 99 years behind bars. This program profiles the Texas sting operation that seemed to be more of a war on blacks than a war on drugs, examining the ties between race, poverty, and the criminal justice system that the incident implies.