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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

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Foul Play in the Senate

Following up on startling revelations about a cost-control exception U.S. senators provided to Amgen, Bill talks to U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) in this edition of Moyers & Company about his effort to undo the damage and return half a billion dollars to American taxpayers. Amgen is the world's largest biotechnology firm, a drugmaker that sells a variety of medications.

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Trading Democracy for "Security

The violent Boston rampage triggered a government response that, according to journalist Glenn Greenwald, adds a new dimension to troubling questions about government secrecy, overreach, and what we sacrifice in the name of national security. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Greenwald joins Bill to peel back layers that reveal what the Boston bombings and drone attacks have in common and how secrecy leads to abuse of government power. Also on the show, political scholars Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann tell Bill that Congress' failure to make progress on gun control-despite support for background checks from 90 percent of the American public-is symptomatic of a legislative branch reduced to dysfunction, partisan ravings, and obstruction.

The Future of Modern Living [electronic resource]

The world we live in is becoming ever faster and more complex. This film explores how technology and digital data processing are providing us with luxury features that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. Millions of people all over the world now let a computer pick out the perfect partner for life, and virtual creatures are becoming more and more humanlike. Modern living is supposed to make our life easier than ever before, but does it really?

The Future of Lifestyle [electronic resource]

We seem to be living more and more of our lives online these days. We socialize and communicate with each other without seeing or speaking in person. This film explores the technology that allows humans to design bodies and create feelings as required. We also see how some people even allow computers to pick their perfect partner?

Beyond King of the Mountain [electronic resource]: Can Democracy Evolve?

Lincoln's phrase, "of the people, by the people, for the people," still sums up widely held notions about democracy. But a growing number of activists, theorists, and leaders feel that in order to fully address the needs and rights of all participants, our existing paradigms of representative government need to change. This film examines challenges that many democratic systems are currently facing and suggests that the future of democracy lies in an inclusive, non-adversarial framework - one which eschews the competitive electoral process. Experts from a variety of political and sociological disciplines share their thoughts on cooperation, planning, diversity, human instinct, and how these relate to the global, egalitarian community they believe is possible.

Thurgood Marshall [electronic resource]: Justice for All

Through archival footage, period accounts, and candid interviews, this episode of Biography chronicles the monumental life of the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court.

The Historic Role of the Supreme Court [electronic resource]

President Obama made his feelings known on the 2012 Supreme Court Affordable Care Act ruling, citing "judicial activism" and "those who would overturn" the health care reform law. Some say he's gone too far. NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown discusses the historical tug-of-war between the president and the Court with Georgetown Law's Louis Michael Seidman and Randy Barnett. Origina?

Lawyers on Trial [electronic resource]

The occupation of lawyer used to command immediate respect and trust in our society. Today, however, the profession has come under suspicion and is the butt of many jokes. Is the lure of financial reward and legal competition distorting the practice of law? Has greed overtaken the quest for fairness? How can the legal profession regulate its behavior? This program addresses these and other questions about the role and integrity of lawyers in our society with Roberta Cooper Ramo, President of the American Bar Association; Anthony Kronman, Dean of the Yale Law School; and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Presidency [electronic resource]: A Personal Perspective

The President of the United States arguably holds the most powerful and influential role in the world. He is faced with the challenge of leading the country and responding to the critical domestic issues of the day, while at the same time serving as a world leader with responsibility for action on global issues. This program explores the very demanding role of the president through the personal insights of former president Gerald Ford; former presidential advisor Roger Porter, who served presidents Ford, Reagan, and Bush; and Washington Post columnist David Broder.

The Presidency [electronic resource]: Hail to the Chief?

Recent presidential elections indicate that more and more Americans are concerned with the quality of the candidates they are voting for, and there is an increasing influence from third parties. What is the future of the office of the president? This program examines the changing political environment and expectations related to the leadership role of the president. Among the experts featured in the program are former presidential advisor Roger Porter, who served presidents Ford, Reagan, and Bush, and Washington Post columnist David Broder.

The Cuban Missile Crisis [electronic resource]: A Case Study in Decision Making and Its Consequences

Management experts often point to America's role in the 1962 Cuban missile crisis as a prime example of productive group decision making. In 13 pressure-packed days, President Kennedy's Executive Committee debated and successfully crafted a response to the threat of Soviet-controlled nuclear weapons installed in Cuba, a mere 90 miles from the Florida coast. This video examines the leadership style, teamwork, and managerial processes that led to not just good choices but optimal ones. It combines archival film footage, interviews with firsthand participants such as Robert McNamara and Theodore Sorensen, and commentary from management and organizational experts to explore the challenges of high-level decision making. Specific topics include choosing team members, the role of the leader [...]

JFK Part 1 [electronic resource]: Three Shots That Changed America

The Zapruder film - a silent 8mm home movie of the presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza - is the most complete visual recording of John F. Kennedy's assassination, but it is only one part of the total record of sights and sounds captured that day. Incorporating home movies, police dispatch radio recordings, and raw news footage, this A&E Special provides a shocking, unflinching look at the murder of the president and the days immediately following.

JFK Part 2 [electronic resource]: Three Shots That Changed America

For five decades, speculation and conspiracy theories have swirled around the murder of John F. Kennedy. This A&E Special explores some of the most intriguing of those controversies as it examines the assassination of a transformational leader cut down in his prime.

LBJ and Vietnam [electronic resource]: In the Eye of the Storm

Taking office after Kennedy's assassination, Lyndon Johnson inherited an administration that was committed to a war half a world away. Eventually, the weight of that burden brought America to its knees and toppled LBJ's presidency. This A&E Special offers an extraordinary inside view of a presidency in crisis and the personal torment of a man torn between completing the task at hand and the unbearable cost of doing so. Much of the material in this revelatory program comes from formerly secret audiotapes Johnson made of phone conversations, discussions, and cabinet meetings. In them, Johnson, Cyrus Vance, Robert McNamara, and other key administration officials discuss strategies, argue the pros and cons of continuing the fight or accepting defeat, and debate the mounting domestic prob [...]

The Presidents: 1789-1825 [electronic resource]

This program covers the Constitutional Era, the period where America's Founding Fathers became the nation's first administrators. Defining points of historical consequence include the Whiskey Rebellion (George Washington), the XYZ Affair (John Adams), the Louisiana Purchase (Thomas Jefferson), the War of 1812 (James Madison), and the Monroe Doctrine (James Monroe).

The Presidents: 1825-1849 [electronic resource]

This program focuses on a period marked by rapid growth for the nation and contentious politics in Washington. It includes the rancid politics of the John Quincy Adams presidency; the Indian Removal Act of Andrew Jackson's presidency; the economic turmoil of Martin Van Buren's term; William Henry Harrison's death, leading to the first crisis of succession; John Tyler's expulsion from his own political party; and the Mexican War of James K. Polk's presidency.

The Presidents: 1849-1865 [electronic resource]

This program examines the most turbulent period in all of U.S. history: when the volatile issues of states rights and slavery propelled the nation into all-out civil war. The video highlights the rough-hewn style of Zachary Taylor, the compromising weaknesses of Millard Fillmore and Franklin Pierce, the near-treasonous administration of James Buchanan, and the presidency of Abraham Lincoln - America's first war president and the savior of the republic.

The Presidents: 1865-1885 [electronic resource]

This program illustrates the monumental task of reconstructing the nation after four years of civil war and a presidential assassination. Defining aspects of the period include the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, the triumphant ascendancy of Ulysses S. Grant, the backroom politics of Rutherford B. Hayes, the unfulfilled aspirations of James Garfield, and the civil service reforms of Chester A. Arthur.

The Presidents: 1885-1913 [electronic resource]

This program presents the American presidency of the Gilded Age, an era of unbridled economic growth that saw the completion of Manifest Destiny. It includes Grover Cleveland's two nonconsecutive terms in office, William McKinley's assassination, Theodore Roosevelt's antitrust assaults on monopolies, and William Howard Taft's political estrangement from his mentor and friend, TR.