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How to Start a Revolution

How to start a revolution profiles Gene Sharp through interviews with his ally, Retired U.S. Army Colonel Robert Helvey, and key leaders of nonviolent revolutions around the world--all of whom testify to the power of Gene's work in practice. This film shows how one man's thinking has contributed to the liberation of millions of oppressed people living under some of the most brutal dictatorships in the world, and how his work in direct action and civil disobedience continues to be used today to topple dictators using the sheer force of nonviolent people power.
Clemons (Stacks)

Rebels: A Journey Underground

"Presents the historical battle of wills ... between the mainstream and the margin. ... Interviews with many main characters and their supporting cast add depth to our understanding of the role they played in our society's history"--Container.
Ivy (By Request)

Living on the Edge [electronic resource]: Line Between Scary and Fun

This program redefines fear stimuli and explores the fine line between fright and excitement. The rapid evolutionary modification of supposedly hard-wired responses to heights, enclosed spaces, and darkness by the demands of modern living is described, along with the new terrors that have taken their place. But parallel to the desire for safety is the desire for excitement. The risks people willingly take, such as driving recklessly fast, to assert their right to control their own lives and to attain an adrenaline high are also examined.
2006; 1996

Keeping Up Appearances [electronic resource]: Culture of Conformity

Whether following stated procedures or complying with implicit rules of conduct, modern humans willingly modify their behavior dozens of times each day. In this program, the conformity necessary for mass interactions and the flexibility required to learn and use the behaviors of conformity are investigated. In addition to conventions such as air travel protocol and museum manners, instances of the subversion and even outright abuse of conformity are examined.
2006; 1996

America the Rude [electronic resource]

As common courtesy becomes less common and good taste is all but a contradiction of terms, Americans continue to push the envelope of socially acceptable behavior. Does the Golden Rule still apply, or are people too busy to care about the feelings of others? This program probes the apparent erosion of decorum in the United States, which has had a profound impact on respect for authority, trust for one another, and willingness to give a helping hand. Experts include Professor Stephen Carter, of Yale University; psychologist Arnold Nerenberg, author of Overcoming Road Rage; and Pier Forni, of Johns Hopkins University's Civility Project.
2006; 1999

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire [electronic resource]

This program takes a penetrating look at what is happening to American culture as honesty comes to be measured less by truthfulness and more by the reasons for lying and the degree of deception involved. What is to become of a society in which professional ethicists are required to help companies recapture a culture of integrity, a role previously reserved for religion? Experts include Laura Nash, Director of the Institute for Values-Centered Leadership; L. Gregory Jones, Dean of the Duke Divinity School; and Professor Jeffrey Abramson, author of We the Jury.
2005; 1999

Space Invaders [electronic resource]: Strategies for Life in a Crowd

In this program, the need for personal space is explored through the avoidance behaviors people employ to maintain a perceived distance from others, such as falling into a "middle-distance stare" in a crowded subway; the use of a proxy, like a jacket on a barstool, to reserve a place; the attitudes of drivers towards other cars on the road, which can lead to road rage; and the unconscious cooperation displayed in sharing public places. The phenomenon of crowd identity, in which the rules of personal space are willingly suspended, is also examined.
2006; 1996

Shirts & Skins [electronic resource]: Sociology of Basketball

Pickup basketball is democracy in action. This program-an astute study of sports sociology-tracks a mixed group of serious amateurs through an eight-month period, studying player culture, hierarchy, and interaction as they manifest in a setting that has no place for referees. Age, gender, race, injuries, and multigenerational families of players are also considered, as are the game rules and social norms that keep this group together. Skill alone governs each player's status, and teamwork and fair play are prized above victory.
2006; 2003

Conflict on a Local Scale [electronic resource]

This program examines types of conflict that can occur at the local level, whether that locality is a single town, a region, or an entire country. After generally addressing armed conflict-different types of war, where they tend to proliferate, and kinds of weaponry used-Conflict on a Local Scale illustrates unarmed conflict through five examples. They include a clash of recreational interests in Britain's Lake District; in Cambodia, the forced eviction of residents from confiscated oceanfront real estate; the potential expansion of England's Heathrow Airport, which would necessitate the leveling of an entire town; tensions over inadequate water supplies in Ukraine, an instance of cooperative conflict resolution; and a municipal planning crisis involving a supermarket chain in the Br [...]
2010; 2009

Global Conflict [electronic resource]

This program-a valuable tool for introducing the concepts of energy security, antiterrorism, and managing change at the global level-identifies the roots of violent conflict by way of specific examples. Through discussion of territorial conflicts (India/Pakistan, Israel/PLO), genocides (Rwanda, Srebrenica), terrorism (al Qaeda, IRA, ETA), and hybridized violence such as that found in Sudan, Global Conflict makes the case that an understanding of the sources of conflict, combined with the free exchange of information internationally, is the key to reducing strife at all levels.
2010; 2009

Consequences of Conflict [electronic resource]

The consequences of armed conflict are complex and long-lasting. Using Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan as points of departure, this program examines some of the economic, environmental, and social impacts of conflicts at the national and international levels. Topics include the pernicious phenomenon of child soldiers; the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons; thorny issues related to aid money and international assistance; the enduring scars of war on the landscape; the repercussions of ruined infrastructural elements such as power grids; and the unquantifiable losses-the what-could-have-beens-that inevitably occur when a nation's money is diverted from education and health care.
2010; 2009

Berlin [electronic resource]: Metropolis of Vice-Legendary Sin Cities

During the Weimar Republic, Berlin was a cauldron of hedonism; uncensored and untiring, the city indulged in every form of sex. And just as Berlin was open-minded toward all things erotic, it was also tolerant toward avant-garde artistic expression, liberal political dialogue, and wide-ranging scientific inquiry. In tracing the sociopolitical history of the era, this program spotlights key figures of those heady times, including Claire Waldoff, Marlene Dietrich, Anita Berber, Magnus Hirschfeld, Christopher Isherwood, Rudolf and Speedy Schlichter, George Grosz, Bertolt Brecht, and Kurt Weill. In addition, insightful commentary is provided by authors Anton Gill (A Dance Between Flames: Berlin Between the Wars), Alexandra Richie (Faust's Metropolis: A History of Berlin), Mel Gordon (Vol [...]

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Social Activism 2.0 - How Citizens Are Standing Up for Democracy

American history is rich with stories of social change inspired by the actions of motivated individuals and organized groups. Today's activists are no different - facing long odds against powerful and systemic special interests. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers talks with young but very experienced organizers George Goehl, Ai-Jen Poo, and Sarita Gupta, all involved with a nationwide citizens' initiative called the 99% Spring, which took place the week of April 9, 2012. Organizers aimed to train 100,000 Americans to teach about income inequality in homes, places of worship, campuses, and the streets. The program concludes with a Moyers essay on what citizens can do to find out who's paying for all those political ads running on their local television stations.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: John Kasaona - How Poachers Became Caretakers

In his home of Namibia, John Kasaona is working on an innovative way to protect endangered animal species: giving nearby villagers (including former poachers) responsibility for caring for the animals. And it's working.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Marcin Jakubowski - Open-Sourced Blueprints for Civilization

Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that's only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost

A Close Shave (Male Beauty Ideals) [electronic resource]

The idea that all a man has to do is throw on shirt and he's ready to head out the door is long gone. Nowadays, men primp and groom. But they have their own set of problems: trimming that goatee, buffing up the biceps, hiding that bald spot… In this episode, we take a look back on a century in which men became customers of the beauty industry.

A Head for Fashion (Hats) [electronic resource]

The hat maker and the hair stylist have always had a volatile relationship when it comes adorning the head. Thanks to long manes and complicated hairspray styles in the '60s, the stylist has won - at least for now. This episode examines the long and fascinating history of the hat maker's trade.

A Leg Up (Stockings) [electronic resource]

Stockings have been held in place by thigh garters and corselettes. They were imitated with leg make-up during World War II. And all along they have aggravated us with runs and crooked seams! Whether hidden under Victorian dresses or exposed by the mini-skirt, stockings cling to fashion trends and make women's legs look oh-so-sexy…

A Supporting Role (Corset and Bra) [electronic resource]

From the whalebone corset to the push-up bra, foundation garments have shaped fashion throughout the 20th century. The corset that had so restricted women was finally swept out, along with Victorian morals, after World War I. The brassiere was hailed in the '20s and burned in the '70s. Whether pointed in the '50s or padded in the '90s, it is an architectural masterpiece - and still has to be assembled by hand.

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Furs) [electronic resource]

Fur is a necessity in Alaska and a luxury item in New York City. A king's ermine signifies power, while a 1930s movie star, dripping in white fox, exudes sex appeal. Yet ever since the '60s, fur lovers have found themselves in the crossfire of a heated debate over animal rights. The history of fur is about much more than just fashion...