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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 [...]

A Dramatic History [electronic resource]

Three decades ago China was regarded as a developing country. Today it is the world's second largest economy, having made the journey from scarcity and poverty to wealth and abundance faster than any other nation in history-a narrative that Chinese leaders are eager to promote. But the official record makes no mention of events which directly precipitated China's astonishing economic rise-most notably, the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. This film describes what happened when the rigid policies instigated under Mao gave way to the era of Deng Xiao Ping, who ushered in unprecedented opportunities for creating personal wealth-as well as sociopolitical paradigm shifts that no one could anticipate. Expert commentary is provided by Chen Mingming, a high-ranking Chinese diplomat; Profes [...]

The Comeback [electronic resource]

To surpass the U.S. in economic might, China needs access to cheap energy and raw materials. That's why it is now heavily invested in developing countries-most notably in Africa, where millions of Chinese citizens have relocated. Mozambique, which has China to thank for its remarkable 10 percent growth rate, offers an eye-opening case study. This film travels in and around the capital city of Maputo, highlighting examples of Chinese-backed development and assembling various perspectives on China's involvement in the African "lion economies." Surveying a vast, fertile field with his African business partner, Chinese-born rice producer Luo Haoping describes new agricultural techniques he's shared with local growers, while Lyle White, a South African expert on China, sheds light on the [...]

The People and the Power [electronic resource]

They aren't chosen by popular election, but when the 3,000 members of the National People's Congress gather in Beijing, they do the nation's business within their ascribed political parameters. Does this mean that the average citizen has a voice in government? Are China's top leaders influenced by these locally appointed representatives, or is power so centralized that over 1.35 billion people can still be ruled as a whole, from behind closed doors? This film presents stories and discussions about China's one-party system, how an individual NPC appointee participates in it, and what alternative forms of political expression are possible. Viewers meet Dilina'er Abudulah, a delegate from the Xinjiang autonomous region who represents the Uyghur ethnic minority. Her thoughts and daily ac [...]

Foreign Markets and the U.S. Economy [electronic resource]

With four out of five wide-bodies leaving the U.S. carrying cargo to the Pacific Rim, America is inextricably tied to Asian economies. Complicating this is the ability of investors to nimbly outmaneuver politicians by moving large sums of money across borders with a simple click of the mouse. In this program, ABC News anchor Ted Koppel and correspondent David Turecamo assess the prognosis of an ailing Korea as it recovers from its bout of the "Asian flu," undergoing transfusions of capital from Salomon Smith Barney and the IMF. As Korea and other Pac Rim nations turn their backs on traditional political red tape and agree to do business the Wall Street way, will corporate self-interest eventually overpower Washington in matters of international relations? (22 minutes)

New World Order

A behind the scenes look at the underground anti-globalist movement.
Clemons (Stacks)

Prospects of Mankind With Eleanor Roosevelt: New Possibilities for Coexistence

Mrs Roosevelt and her guests discuss coexistence.

Republican Congress, the

Former Secretary of Labor and university professor Robert Reich talks about the abrupt changes that took place when the Republicans gained control of Congress in the 1994 congressional elections. "I had to stop a lot of bad things from happening and guard my programs, make sure that decisions that had been made were going to stick," Secretary Reich recalls.
2015; 2011

The Last Outpost: Afghanistan

The Last Outpost: Afghanistan tells the story of the U.S. effort to build up the Afghan army, America's only real exit strategy. Shot from the ground and on the frontlines, the film chronicles the war through the portrait of two Afghans and an American soldier in an embedded team of 130 Afghans. The two cinematographers/directors, Tim Grucza and Yuri Maldavski, spent a month and a half with the soldiers in a tiny outpost by the Pakistan border looking into Waziristan. Ultimately, the film is a look at the absurdity of the war and the impossibility of the fight. It will also explore the psychology, motivation, and identity of soldier allies fighting a common enemy but radically opposed in their cultures and ways of life.
2018; 2010

Truth and Lies: Watergate

A scandal surrounding the highest office in the United States shook the nation and ultimately led to the resignation of a president. This video shows exclusive interviews, photos, and footage related to the Nixon Watergate scandal.

A Bus for Martin Luther King

Early 20th century in the U.S. South. Segregation against the black community is rife. The Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow laws—all this finds form in daily life via ethnic separation in public places, schools, public transport, public drinking fountains, and on and on. In buses, for example, seats at the front are reserved for whites. Rosa Parks, a seamstress, lives in the city of Montgomery, Alabama, and has suffered from this social context ever since childhood. On December 1, 1955, she refuses to obey the driver of the bus she is on and give up her seat to a white passenger as laid down by the law. Arrested and jailed, she becomes the symbol of the Afro-American cause, and a young pastor, Martin Luther King, seizes on the event and starts a boycott of the city’s buses. Demonstrations, spe [...]
2017; 2016

The American Dream

Written and produced by John Maggio and narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Stanley Tucci, “The Italian Americans” explores the evolution of the Italian community, from “outsiders” in the late nineteenth viewed with suspicion and mistrust to some of the most prominent leaders of business, politics and the arts today. This film begins in postwar America, when Italian Americans moved to the suburbs and entered the middle-class. But even as crooners such as Frank Sinatra defined cool, they were haunted by accusations of Mafia ties reinforced in the media by Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather.” Over the next decades, Governor Mario Cuomo achieved success; Antonin Scalia became the first Italian American on the Supreme Court, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House [...]
2015; 2014

Why 1995 Is the Year That Created the Future

American University professor of journalism W. Joseph Campbell sat down with Reason TV's Nick Gillespie to discuss the decade of the 1990s in his new book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. From the dawn of the Internet to the post-Cold War complexities of foreign policy, the 1990s set the stage for the most enduring issues of the 21st century. A Reason TV production.
2016; 2015

Rebel Lords

Filmed over a year where the nation has been split over Brexit and a Conservative government is for the first time having to tackle a Lords chamber where the opposition outnumber them, episode two of the exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary returns to the House as the government threatens to trim the lords' powers if they rebel again—but will they comply? Rebellious peer Lord Dubs is on a crusade to push through an amendment to the Immigration Bill to allow unaccompanied refugee children into the country, and Admiral Lord West isn't happy about a public poll that has voted overwhelmingly to name a new polar research ship Boaty McBoatface.

The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me

This program is a thrill ride recaputuring the drama and excitement of human space flight, while documenting the achievements of the 30-year Space Shuttle program, including diversity of the astronaut corps, the Hubble Telescope, and the International Space Station.
2017; 2014

The Shah of Iran: Interview (11/14/77)

A 1977 interview with the Shah of Iran in which he discusses relations with the United States.
2017; 1977

Capitalism and Anarchy

Few take anarchism and the abandonment of organized government as a viable political goal. Yet in economics, capitalism is just such a leaderless anarchic system. Might a radically decentralized political system be more credible than we think? Or is centralized government necessary in politics if anything is to be achieved? The Panel Senior Economic Adviser at HSBC Stephen King, author of Bourgeois Dignity Deirdre McCloskey and cofounder of Novaria Media Aaron Bastani take anarchy seriously.
2017; 2016

Brothers in Arms

In the early months of 1969, six men met on a swift boat on the Mekong Delta during some of the worst fighting of the Vietnam War. Five of the men were crewmates - Tommy, Mike, Gene, David, Del - and the came from across America, from Boston to Northern California to Iowa. Their commander happened to be a young Yale graduate named John Kerry. The six men would endure the horrors of Vietnam together. They would remain friends for the next 35 years. Brothers in Arms tells the story of their unique relationship. The documentary focuses on their experiences in Vietnam, but it also recounts what happened to them after the war and delves into the way each man has dealt with the experience of fighting in, as David puts it, "a war I discovered we didn't intend to win." Interviews, photograph [...]
2017; 2004

The Smart State

We think new technology is developed by companies like Google and Apple, but is this true? Italian American economist Mariana Mazzucato delved into the origin of new technology and discovered that governments have more influence than we think. She claims that technological progress will be seriously delayed if innovation is left only to the private sector. This program explores the innovation climate in Europe, to find out what role governments and the private sector play in this, where new technologies come from, who finances their development and the most important, who profits from them.
2016; 2015

Cold War Roadshow

Cold War Roadshow tells the story of one of the most bizarre episodes in the annals of modern history—the unprecedented trip across America in 1959 by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, the world leader of communism and America's arch nemesis. The visit was an opportunity to halt the escalating threats of the Cold War and chart a new course toward peaceful coexistence. For the American press, it was the media story of the year.
2017; 2014