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MacNeil/Lehrer Productions

Works: 826 works in 1,551 publications in 1 language and 88,004 library holdings
Genres: History  Internet videos  Educational films  Documentary television programs  Documentary films  Nonfiction television programs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Educational television programs  Cultural television programs  Interviews 
Roles: prn, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 420.9
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Most widely held works by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
The Story of English by William Reid( Visual )

37 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in English and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details the history of the English language and provides a unique focus on current English usage worldwide with a special emphasis on American English
Do you speak American? by William Cran( Visual )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines sociolinguistic questions and the dynamic state of American English, a language rich in regional variety, strong in global impact, and steeped in cultural controversy. Episode one discusses linguistic dialect zones, the tension between prescriptivism and descriptivism, the impact of dialect on grapholect, the northern cities vowel shift, the roots of African-American English, minority linguistic profiling, biases against nonstandard speech, and the general perception of the U.S. Midland dialect as "normal American." Looks at hip-hop street talk, IM slang, Pittsburghese, and Gullah and Geechee. Episode two reviews Southern dialects and accents and the influences of French and Spanish on American English. Examines regional differences in vernacular, the steady displacement of Southern coastal dialect by inland dialect, the accents of JFK and LBJ, and the Texas border town of El Cenizo, where Spanish is the official language. Episode three looks at Spanglish, Chicano, Ebonics, and "Surfer Dude." Discusses the implications of voice-activation technology, opinions on the role of Spanish in the U.S., why teens create their own language, gay self-empowerment by redefining discriminatory terms, the oo-fronting sound shift, and whether technology will reinforce or weaken racial and regional stereotypes
New York divided : slavery, the civil war, and king cotton( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although slavery was abolished in New York State on July 4th, 1827, America's slave-based cotton trade was not, as bales from the South continued to enter New York City for transshipment to Europe. In this program, James Oliver Horton, historian emeritus at the Smithsonian, talks with NewsHour correspondent Gwen Ifill about slavery's impact on New York City during the first half of the 19th century. Economically dependent on King Cotton, it was a place divided between abolitionism and African-American civil rights on the one hand, and immense commercial profits on the other. The proposed secession of New York City from the United States is addressed
The Muvver tongue( Visual )

18 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the development of Cockney English and its influence on Australian and New Zealand English
The Mother tongue( Visual )

18 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains how the speech of a few Germanic tribes blended with that of Viking and Norman invaders to become the English language. Examines the importance of Chaucer to the development of an English literature
Loaded weapon( Visual )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Irish influence on both the English and American dialects is investigated
Black on white( Visual )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gullah-the African-influenced dialect of Georgia's Sea Islands-has undergone few changes since the first slave ships landed 300 years ago, and provides a clear window into the shaping of African-American English. This classic PBS program traces that story from the west coast of Africa through the American South, then to large northern cities in the 1920s. Studying the origins of West African pidgin English and creole speech-along with the tendency of 19th-century white Southerners to pick up speech habits from their black nursemaids-the program highlights the impact of WWI-era industrialization and the migration of jazz musicians to New York and Chicago
Generation next : speak up. be heard.( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this revealing documentary, celebrated NewsHour and Frontline journalist Judy Woodruff takes viewers across the United States to examine the lives of 16- to 25-year-olds-a demographic that many are calling "Generation Next." The program demystifies an age group that is hooked on technology, generally supportive of gay rights and racial differences, but also swamped in debt and facing uncertain career paths. Traveling through the Northeast, the South, the Great Plains, and the West, the program combines the candor of face-to-face conversations with the findings of an extensive Pew Research Center survey conducted among Generation Nexters
The Guid Scots tongue( Visual )

15 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Scottish tongue is one of the oldest in Britain, a Northern variety of English that, but for the accidents of history, might have become a separate language. This classic PBS program deals with the influence of the Scots in spreading the language of their historic enemies-the Sassenachs of the South-around the world. The program begins in the 15th century, the golden age of the Scottish tongue; it follows the linguistic path of the Scots as they settled in Ulster and then crossed the Atlantic into Appalachia and the American sunbelt. A look at the English of the Scottish Highlands is also included, studying the influence of the Gaelic languages that still survive on the Outer Hebrides
An English-speaking world( Visual )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the development of the English language, and how it became the language of choice for technology, diplomacy, business, and popular culture for many nations
The Empire strikes back by George Lucas( Visual )

6 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Will standard English, as it was known in the 20th century, disappear? Will English continue as the global tongue, or will its numerous varieties become, as offshoots of Latin did, a host of mutually unintelligible languages? This classic PBS program features new varieties of English that have transcended British and American influence. The program focuses on some of the most successful examples of "New English," including Jamaican creole, the English of India, and the pidgin of Melanesia, brought to Papua New Guinea by maritime trade. The program concludes with the possibility that the world's first global language will endure alongside its unrecognizable descendants
A Muse of fire by Lawrence Bridges( Visual )

10 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the landscape of the New World awakened England's imagination, so did a new landscape of words-in the English of William Shakespeare and the King James Bible. This classic PBS program describes the spread of English to North America and explains how Shakespeare's prodigious vocabulary filled the language with startling new words, phrases, and constructions. Recording strong echoes of Shakespearean English in the little villages lying near Stratford, the program also describes the making of the Authorized Version of the Bible-the only great work of literature ever created by committee-and examines the linguistic dissent perpetrated by the Puritans
Debating our destiny : 40 years of presidential debates( Visual )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzing pivotal moments from four decades of televised sparring and showmanship, this public broadcasting program explores the presidential debate process through the eyes of those who know it best: the candidates themselves. The NewsHour's Jim Lehrer presents interviews with contenders in every debate from 1976 to 1996 and sheds light on the prototype of all presidential debates, Nixon vs. Kennedy. Accompanied by footage from the original broadcasts, these intimate conversations produce insights and revelations from Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, John Anderson, Walter Mondale, George H.W. Bush, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, and Bob Dole. Running mates from nearly every campaign are also featured
Pioneers! o pioneers!( Visual )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Both westward expansion and 19th-century immigration affected the development of a uniquely American English. This classic PBS program tells the story of that burgeoning dialect, from the Revolutionary War to the 1920s. Beginning with the Declaration of Independence, the program depicts the determination of American radicals-dictionary author Noah Webster among them-to achieve linguistic as well as political separation. While the urban, immigrant-laden Northeast is rightly viewed as a linguistic pressure cooker, the western frontier is portrayed as no less dynamic-thanks to fur traders, riverboat pilots, gold miners, Spanish-speaking cowboys, Native Americans, and the railroad
Swinomish Tribe Works to Adapt to Shrinking Salmon Supply( Visual )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Pacific Northwest, Washington salmon depend on cold water from glacial lakes to survive. But as temperatures increase and glaciers shrink, salmon populations are declining, threatening the way of life for the Swinomish Indians, also known as the "salmon people." In collaboration with KCTS-9's Earthfix Project, NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan reports. Original
Jhumpa Lahiri : an Interview by Jhumpa Lahiri( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An interview with Jhumpa Lahiri on April 12, 2000, shortly after she won the Pulitzer Prize for her collection of short stories, "Interpreter of Maladies", about the immigrant experience. Original broadcast date: April 12, 2000
Seamus Heaney on the New Beowulf( Visual )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's re-translation of Beowulf caused a sensation in both the U.S. and the U.K. NewsHour correspondent Elizabeth Farnsworth speaks with Heaney about his attraction to that epic poem, the probable background of the bard who created the original, similarities between Old English and bits of Anglo-Saxon that still crop up in rural Ireland, and the importance of meter and alliteration in driving the poem. Heaney's reading of a passage from the new text and the old demonstrates the poetic affinity between them while underscoring the poem's timeless appeal
Greenland Goes Green : Ice Sheet Melted in Four Days( Visual )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On July 8, 2012, NASA satellite imagery showed about 40 percent of Greenland's top ice layer intact. By July 12, only four days later, 97 percent of the ice had melted. NewsHour correspondent Margaret Warner asks NASA's Thomas Wagner for scientific explanation of the massive thaw
Chimp talk( Visual )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this program, Paul Hoffman, editor of Discover magazine, explores the controversial issue of language use by apes with primatologist Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and Dr. Laura Ann Petitto. The results of Savage-Rumbaugh's 20-year study with chimpanzees reveal that they can use language with the astounding accuracy of a two-year-old human, which includes a rudimentary syntactical ability. However, Petitto's research indicates that humans have a cognitive predisposition for language lacking in chimps, which leads to the conclusion that although apes communicate by associating symbols with objects and actions, they do not have language abilities in the way that humans do. If the scientific community should eventually accept language use by apes, will the last scientific distinction between humans and animals be lost?
Empire of the bay : ambition, wealth, and the Hudson's Bay Company( Visual )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It searched for the mythical Northwest Passage. It clashed with American interests during the War of 1812. It even had a hand in the division of Oregon. This program chronicles the epic history of the Hudson's Bay Company, the world's oldest continuous commercial enterprise still in existence. Adapted from Peter C. Newman's best-seller and narrated by former NewsHour anchor Robert MacNeil, this story of exploration and exploitation uses stunning photography as well as paintings, drawings, maps, journals, and memoirs to tell the company's story in the authentic voice of the people who were a part of it
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The Story of English
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Do you speak American?