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MacNeil/Lehrer Productions

Works: 649 works in 1,087 publications in 1 language and 23,857 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Case studies  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Producer, prn
Classifications: PN1997, 420.9
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Most widely held works by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
The Story of English by Robert MacNeil( Visual )

37 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and held by 1,255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 9: 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 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.--from publisher
Do you speak American?( Visual )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 948 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
Eat smart( Visual )

7 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The link of the American diet to heart disease and cancer is explored. The diet of the typical American is contrasted with the diets of other nationalities that experience lower incidence of these diseases
Generation next speak up, be heard( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Judy Woodruff takes viewers across the United States to examine the lives of 16- to 25-year-olds. 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 the Generation Nexters
Among the righteous lost stories from the holocaust in Arab lands( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Among the Righteous recounts Robert Satloff's eight-year effort to provide a hopeful response to the problems of Holocaust ignorance and denial in the Arab world by asking a question no one had ever before posed: Did any Arabs save any Jews during the Holocaust?"--Http://
Debating our destiny 40 years of presidential debates( Visual )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 210 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
Schools that work( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines four ordinary elementary schools which have exemplary teachers and principals. The objective was to indentify qualities that enable these schools to succeed with the hope that these methods can be used in other schools. Done as a follow-up to the five previous shows in the series
The Story of English( Visual )

9 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the influence of Scottish and Irish Gaelic on the English language. Discusses the English spoken in the Appalachian region of the U.S
Nancy Reagan the role of a lifetime( Visual )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

MacNeil-Lehrer Productions takes an intimate look at this complicated First Lady. Historians, White House staffers and advisors, family, and friends share their recollections of one of the most influential and controversial first ladies in American history
Black on white( Visual )

11 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Probes the roots of Black English, including the American slave trade, plantation life, the Creole influence, and Harlem's jive talk. Discusses the influence of this variety of English on white American speech and literature
An English speaking world( Visual )

9 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program explores the way in which English became the international medium of communication for technology, diplomacy, business, and popular culture
The Story of English( Visual )

10 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the development of Cockney English and its influence on Australian and New Zealand English
Pritzker prize-winning architects( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five very different architects, each endowed with his own unique creative vision: what could Philip Johnson, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Ricardo Legorreta, and Jacques Herzog possibly have in common? A passion for their profession, certainly - and the
Life and death medical ethics of the Schiavo case( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many who followed the Terri Schiavo case struggled to make sense of the flurry of opinions it generated. This NewsHour program, recorded during the last days of Terri Shiavo's life, presents two opposing yet thoroughly reasoned perspectives on the issues. Beth Israel Medical Center neurologist Dr. Russell Portenov explains the medical justification for removing the feeding tube, while Dr. Robert George, professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University and a member of the President's Council on Bioethics, raises legal and moral questions surrounding the decision. Keeping its focus on the Schiavo controversy, the program also explores implications for other potential end-of-life situations
Next year's words a look into the future( Visual )

9 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look at what the future holds for the English language
Diego Rivera art and revolution( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although an ardent Marxist, Diego Rivera cared little if a communist or a capitalist sponsored his murals and easel paintings, as long as the finished pieces were true to his convictions. In this program, NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Kaye surveys the life and artwork of Diego Rivera, a larger-than-life figure and one of the 20th century's truly revolutionary artists-both creatively and politically. Topics include Rivera's success in melding the painting styles of European Modernism with the art of ancient Mexico; his belief in the dignity of everyday life; the notorious Rockefeller Center mural; and, underpinning all, his deep love of Mexico
Dying with dignity sun city choice( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this program, NewsHour correspondent Susan Dentzer reports on life and death in Sun City, Arizona, a vibrant retirement community where hospice is the preferred form of end-of-life care. Dartmouth Medical School's John Wennberg and others consider the desire of many senior citizens with terminal illnesses to make peace with death rather than fight it. They also confront the fact that statistics show no direct correlation between costly ICU interventions and patient longevity. As America's elderly population doubles over the next 35 years, will more seniors opt for meeting the end in the Sun City way?
Ancient treasures imperial art of China( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art appreciation requires an understanding of the medium, the subject matter, and the subtexts inherent in the artists' techniques. In this program, correspondent Paul Solman and art historian Wen Fong visit an exhibit that is emblematic of Imperial China from the 8th century to the 17th. Styles discussed include the Imperial "propaganda" of the Sung and Ming dynasties; the wild spontaneity of Qwai Su's calligraphy, akin to the action painting method of Jackson Pollock; the intensely personal works of Ni-Tsung; the bourgeois images of Chu Ying; and the subtly subversive imagery of Chu Ta, a prince who became a monk. To Wen Fong, art is the perfect bridge between cultures because everyone can respond to its mystical essence. All one needs to do is look deeply
Microsoft vs. the justice department playing monopoly( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Microsoft has allegedly made predatory use of its monopoly power to stifle competition, integrated its own browser software into Windows' core code, and manufactured Internet Explorer with embedded Microsoft-oriented hyperlinks. This Emmy Award-winning NewsHour program, which combines footage of top Microsoft executives and their opponents with a hands-on examination of the Windows operating system, neatly presents the root causes of the long-running and acrimonious Microsoft anti-trust trial-in plain English
The Americans with Disabilities Act is it working?( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the 1980s, a new civil rights movement got underway-for people with disabilities. In this program, Larry Paradis, executive director of Disability Rights Advocates, speaks with NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels about the importance of litigation in pressuring companies and communities to comply with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. But are such legal actions actually undermining support for the ADA? Richard Baier, president of the Building Owners and Managers Association International; Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL); and others present their points of view
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