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A look at the world's most pressing problems through the eyes of Nobel laureates. Follow filmmaker Turk Pipkin in his journey to find enlightening answers about the kind of world our children and grandchildren will know.
2006; 2005
Clemons (Stacks)

The New Rulers of the World: A Special Report

John Pilger looks at how globalization has increased the gap between the very rich and the very poor. In particular he looks at Indonesia as an example of how globalization and corrupt government has thrown millions of people into poverty and how multinational corporations support the abuse of these poor workers in sweatshops.
Clemons (Stacks)

Investigating the Mind: Exchanges Between Buddhism and the Biobehavioral Sciences on How the Mind Works

In 1987, recognizing that there was no orderly way for science and Buddhism to share their findings, the Mind and Life Institute was started with the Dalai Lama. Over the next 10 years, the Institute organized weeklong scientific meetings between the Dalai Lama and world-renowned scientists, consisting of presentations and in-depth discussions on various topics of interest to both systems.
Clemons (Stacks)

The New Rulers of the World: A Special Report

Examines the ways in which globalization has increased the gap between the very rich and the very poor. In particular he looks at Indonesia as an example of how globalization and corrupt government has thrown millions of people into poverty and how multinational corporations support the abuse of these poor workers in sweatshops.
Ivy (By Request)

Europe [electronic resource]

Two case studies analyze developments toward a more unified Europe. First is an exploration of Berlin's role as the dynamic capital of a reunified Germany and as a centrally located city in an increasingly unified Europe. Students analyze issues of urban organization in Amsterdam. Supranationalism and the European Union are examined through a case study on Strasbourg and further explored in a classroom debate.

America in the 20th Century: The Cold War

"Communists and capitalists were united in World War II to crush the fascists. But in 1945, with Hitler's Germany defeated, allies became adversaries. The world's two superpowers locked in a dramatic showdown over ideology, vision and freedom that would persist for five decades. Under the omnipresent threat of nuclear holocaust, the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States was the defining conflict of the 20th century."--Original container.

Pakistan [electronic resource]: Between the Chitralis and Pathans

Situated in western Asia, Pakistan occupies a region of political and economic tension. This program looks at Pakistan's complex relations with Iran, India, and the United States and the contributions of its multicultural population. The influences of Punjabi and Pathan, Sindhi and Baluchi, and Ismaili and Buddhist are all captured, set against the background of life both in cities and in rural communities. The region's heritage as the seat of the Indus Valley civilization is also explored.
2005; 1998

Captured Rain [electronic resource]: America's Thirst for Canadian Water

As current sources of fresh water become increasingly inadequate to support the needs of North America below the Canadian border, the U.S. and Mexico are looking toward their northern neighbor for relief. This program examines the political and commercial ramifications of NAFTA on the bulk export of water, as well as initiatives to conserve and recycle fresh water in the Sun Belt and in northern Mexico. Former senator Paul Simon, environmentalist Richard Bocking, agronomist Wendy Holm, trade negotiators, lawyers, and others discuss the growing geopolitical tension surrounding the commodification of water.
2005; 2000

The Sultanate of Jogjakarta [electronic resource]

The Sultan of Jogjakarta, regarded by his people as the divine representative and intermediary between themselves and the supreme being, rules one of the last remaining kingdoms in Asia. This program explores the emotional bond between the sultan and the people as well as the cultural and religious traditions in Java through history.
2006; 2002

Waters of Discord [electronic resource]

Almost half the world gets its drinking water from rivers that cross national boundaries. Analysts predict that more wars will be fought over water than oil. This program surveys a number of active or potential hot spots: Israel and the river Jordan; the Southeastern Anatolia Project in Turkey and its effects on Syria and Iraq; Egypt's Toshka Canal and the Nile Basin Initiative; and the Tehri dam in India. The program also looks at the effects of the Hoover dam on the Colorado River delta in Mexico and the success of Lesotho's Katse dam. Vandana Shiva, author of Water Wars, discusses many of these situations.
2006; 2003

Boiling Point [electronic resource]: Global Struggle for Water

Competition for freshwater is heating up. Is war inevitable, or is a peaceful solution possible? This program spotlights three trouble spots that epitomize the intensifying crisis and efforts being made to manage it: the Okavango, where a commission formed by Angola, Namibia, and Botswana is trying to resolve the conflict that is endangering the river's unspoiled waters; the Rio Grande, where an aging water-sharing treaty and ever-greater demands for water leave farmers on both sides of the divide with little hope; and the West Bank, where Palestinian rainwater reservoirs and the Israeli water grid are dangerous points of contention between the two peoples.
2006; 2002

Tanim [electronic resource]: Instituting Democracy in Tribal Papua New Guinea

Democratic political principles have finally reached the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Tanim-"to change" or "to turn"-is the story of how the Apulin people, the ruling tribe of Enga province, are struggling to balance this alien electoral system, with all its implicit values and practices, with the secure familiarity of their traditional approaches to rule, land ownership, and systems of compensation. Change has come, and the Apulins must now turn their society in a new direction if they are to survive in their ancestral lands.
2006; 2003

Thailand [electronic resource]: King, Combat, and Ad Karabao

Unlike its neighbors, Thailand has never been colonized or annexed-but keeping it that way has been a stern challenge. This program examines Thailand's political independence, which is based on democratic and generally peaceful rule by a culturally supported monarchy. However, growing dissatisfaction has caused grass-roots dissent, as demonstrated by the lyrics of pop music idol d Karabao, who protests against imported consumer goods, and the agitation of "Ubon Without a Border," a group lobbying for open access with Laos and Cambodia. The powerful yet incongruous influences of Thai boxing and Buddhism are also assessed.
2007; 1998

America's Immigration Debate [electronic resource]

Diversity from immigration keeps cities alive, former Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ) and other leaders assert in this program; opposing views are also presented, thus summarizing America's immigration debate with mixed evaluations of its capacity for change. Using commentary from several experts-including Michael Teitelbaum, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, and Margie McHugh, executive director of the New York Immigrant Coalition-this program studies the isolation of ethnic communities, the shifting of racial definitions, and America's lack of an infrastructure to support immigrant integration.
2006; 2004

Modern Slavery [electronic resource]: Debt Bondage and Child Soldiers

Indentured servitude, however dehumanizing, played a role in the colonization and development of early America. But its 21st-century incarnation, the practice of debt bondage, contributes virtually nothing to the common good of southern Asia. This program examines the plight of workers in India's rural areas, exposing the conditions in which they toil to pay off staggering personal debts. More tragic still are the ranks of child soldiers forced to fight in African militias and armies. Viewers meet Moses, who was kidnapped as a boy and absorbed into Uganda's LRA insurgency. The film shows him going through the process of shedding his soldier's ways, rejoining his family, and trying to reclaim his life.
2010; 2008

Sold [electronic resource]: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade

Evoking the spirit of 19th-century abolitionism, this program enters the lives of three anti-slavery activists in today's developing world. Symphorienne Kessouagni works to protect vulnerable children in rural Togo, keeping them away from traffickers and helping young slaves escape. Sunitha Krishnan is a former Hindu nun in Hyderabad, India, who runs 17 schools for former brothel workers and lobbies officials to enforce anti-slavery laws. Ansar Burney is a Karachi attorney who retrieves Pakistani boys forced to perform as jockeys in the brutal sport of camel racing. Each activist speaks in eloquent detail about his or her experiences and the psychological scars - as well as the resilience - of those freed from slavery.
2010; 2009

Lost Road of the Inca: Part 1 [electronic resource]

Karin Muller is an American on a quest to understand other cultures. This program follows her as she begins her journey of discovery along the route of the ancient Incan highway through South America. In Ecuador, she endures tear gas during a labor riot and witnesses backbreaking toil in a crude, antiquated gold mine. On the disputed border between Ecuador and Peru, she watches ordnance troops unearth and detonate a land mine, visits the lonely graves of fallen soldiers, and-in a life-affirming turn-finds welcome respite in drinking boiled yucca tea at a family farm. Muller provides engaging and eloquent voice-over commentary as her trek progresses.
2010; 1999