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Weisberg, Roger

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Most widely held works by Roger Weisberg
Sound and fury by Josh Aronson( Visual )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 1,524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the issues that arise in an extended family consisting of several deaf members when the opportunity arises for two of the children to receive a surgical implant that would enable them to hear. Explores the little-known world of deaf culture
Waging a living by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over three years, the film follows four hard-working individuals as they strive for their piece of the American Dream but find only low wages, dead end jobs, and a tattered safety net in their way."--Container
Aging out by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the daunting obstacles that three foster children encounter as they age out of the system and are suddenly on their own for the first time
Critical condition by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates the health care crisis in America by following a diverse group of uninsured individuals as they battle critical illnesses without proper care
Full frame documentary film festival( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short films from the preeminent documentary film festival in North America
Money & medicine( Visual )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explore the promising ways to reduce health care expenditures while improving overall quality of medical care. Money and Medicine captures the difficult end-of-life treatment choices made by patients and their families, investigates the controversy surrounding diagnostic testing and screening, and finally treatment variations among patients receiving a variety of elective procedures
No tomorrow by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary film that examines the life of Risa Bejarano, who was profiled in the film "Aging Out" as "a foster care success story," but was brutally murdered after graduating from high school; focusing on the trial and the prosecution's use of "Aging Out" as evidence, and examining what role the documentary filmmmakers had in the death penalty trial
The main stream by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humorist Roy Blount, Jr. takes an offbeat journey down the Mississippi River, the literal and figurative Main Stream of America. Blount's unpredictable odyssey celebrates the full range of American diversity and eccentricity -- from a wedding ceremony at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, to a rodeo at America s toughest prison in Angola, Louisiana. Like Mark Twain, Blount is a displaced Southerner with the wit and wisdom to capture contemporary life. Blount introduces an unforgettable cast of characters and explores what holds this wildly diverse country together. He throws himself into unique Mississippi River events and viewers meet such memorable characters as Garrison Keillor, who challenges Blount to a stone-skipping contest; Winona LaDuke, an Ojibwe activist who twice ran for Vice President of the U.S.; Kenny Salway, a reclusive environmentalist who spent 28 years living alone in the swamp; and Wilbert Rideau, an award-winning newspaper editor serving a life sentence for murder. Many of the communities and individuals featured in the film are struggling with beliefs and lifestyles that fall outside of mainstream culture. There are Native Americans battling to reclaim tribal lands and traditions; African Americans working with Greenpeace to fight environmental racism; and homesteaders contending for the right to live in old boathouses. Ultimately, the film celebrates diversity, eccentricity, and freedom of expression, as Blount concludes that America is not nearly as homogeneous as he feared. With its unusual blend of humor, irreverence, and insight, The Main Stream will stimulate animated discussion in a range of courses in American studies, history, sociology, ethnic studies and cultural anthropology
Ending welfare as we know it by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows six welfare mothers over the course of a year as they struggle to comply with new work requirements, find reliable child care and transportation, battle drug addiction and depression, confront domestic violence, and try to make ends meet in the new era of welfare reform. Concludes that though many welfare recipients are motivated to go to work, many are not landing on their feet and there are no easy answers to the problems of welfare dependency
Can't afford to grow old by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

8 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As you age you probably will want to live with the familiar comforts of your home, but you d better be healthy and wealthy. The reality of aging in America is that there is no help in paying for a nurse or a housekeeper if you become disabled and need assistance. All your family can do is place you in a nursing home, and only after your money runs out will the government pay the bills. The cruel irony is that the cost of a nursing home is often much greater to the American taxpayer than subsidized home care. This film features several families eager to keep their elderly relatives at home, who have simply exhausted their physical and financial resources. Every year, up to one million Americans are forced into poverty by the cost of long-term care, and only then do they qualify for Medicaid, the state and federal health insurance program for the very poor. This cogent analysis of the impact of the aging of America on our strained health-care system combines poignant human stories with informed testimony by law makers and public policy experts. The debate centers around whether the government or the private sector should ultimately pay for long-term care. We are shown innovative programs, one private and one publicly funded, that give seniors some options as they experience frailty in old age. This landmark film clearly illustrates the crisis facing all Americans as they and their parents age. It should be seen by students and professionals in health care, gerontology, social service, public policy, as well as the general public
Who lives, who dies rationing health care by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

11 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This powerful documentary shows that despite America's extraordinary medical resources, our health care system is failing a large part of the population. One out of six Americans has no coverage and cannot afford basic care. They must rely on public clinics whose funding is shrinking. We see a woman with a malignancy that spread because she couldn t get treatment; a man with high blood pressure who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage because he could not afford medication; a woman in labor who was not accepted at two hospitals because she had no insurance. Poor children are at greatest risk. In the U.S., which ranks 20th in infant mortality, nearly 40,000 infants die every year because they are born prematurely with low birth weight. Two-thirds of these deaths occur among mothers with little or no prenatal care. The cruel irony of our system is that, while denying routine preventive care to millions, it often gives dying patients useless care they don t want. Last year, $50 billion was spent on patients in their last six months of life. In the intensive care unit of New York City's Roosevelt Hospital, Dr. David Finley illustrates how difficult it is to withdraw life support equipment. The documentary explores the complicated issue of organ transplants, where huge sums of money are spent for the benefit of the relatively few. While it may seem callous to evaluate life-saving technology in terms of costs, such choices are being made
Borderline medicine by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2000 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the U.S. struggling to control soaring health care costs and 37 million Americans not covered by health insurance, the Canadian system of national health insurance looks attractive. This documentary takes a close look at how health care is delivered on both sides of the border. The film begins by comparing prenatal care in both countries. A San Diego woman who has insurance through Medicaid called sixty obstetricians and could not find one who would care for her. In Vancouver, a high-risk obstetric patient faces no financial barriers in having a closely monitored pregnancy. While routine medical care is more accessible in Canada, there are often waiting lists for elective surgery. Canadian patients with coronary artery disease often cross the border for surgery in the U.S. The last section examines the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. In British Columbia mammograms are covered by insurance and there is a population screening program which may reduce breast cancer mortality by as much as a third. Yet high technology diagnostic procedures are much more available in the U.S., and Canadian patients may be subjected to older, more dangerous diagnostic tests. To complement the powerful patient stories, health care experts and business leaders like Lee Iococca comment on the medical and financial implications of both systems
Making welfare work by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making Welfare Work examines the current wave of welfare reform in America. In recent years, many Americans - while troubled by the plight of the poor - have become frustrated by what appears to be a permanent subculture of welfare dependency in this country. As a result, a number of states are experimenting with new financial incentives - "carrots and sticks"--In an effort to restructure their welfare systems. This documentary looks at the personal lives behind this complex and controversial welfare reform debate, searching for initiatives that have proven effective. The relative merit of supportive versus punitive measures, the effects of time limits, and the role of child support enforcement are all brought into focus by the real-life stories of families living in states that have become "laboratories" for the welfare reform experiment. While President Clinton has declared his desire to "end welfare as we know it," there is little consensus over how to make welfare work. This film explores the success as well as the controversy surrounding welfare reform experiments, and cautions us not to further shortchange disadvantaged families in our rush to overhaul a failing welfare system
Sex and other matters of life & death by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film chronicles a year in the life of STAR Theater, a vibrant teenage theater company that performs for adolescents throughout New York City. The performances raise awareness about the risks young people face in the age of AIDS. As the film evolves, viewers discover that the performers are struggling with the same problems in their own lives that they are dramatizing on stage
Our children at risk by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

8 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our Children At Risk examines why millions of today's young children may fail to reach their full developmental potential and considers the positive steps the U.S. can take to address this crisis. The program features families with young children who are going hungry and foregoing necessary medical care as well as children whose development is threatened by the destructive forces of poverty. Child advocates explore cost effective ways to ensure that all children get off to a healthy start. Among the experts interviewed are Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Harvard Medical School, and Marian Wright Edelman, the Children s Defense Fund. As Walter Cronkite concludes, "the cost of reaching these children may be daunting, but the cost of failing to reach our children at risk is more than our society can possibly afford."
Why can't we be a family again? by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shot over a three year period, this emotionally wrenching story reveals the bond that develops between two brothers who long to be reunited with their mother. Despite the neglect and disappointment they suffer, these extraordinary boys never give up hope that they will some day live with their mother and be a family again. This powerful new film chronicles the mother's agonizing battle with crack addiction and the grandmother's struggle to keep the family together. Strengthened by the love of their grandmother and a unique family support organization called the Center for Family Life, fourteen year old Danny and eleven year old Raymond cope with the pain of their mother's repeated attempts to overcome addiction and regain their custody. In one particularly poignant scene Danny reveals how his mother left the boys to fend for themselves when they were ages two and five. After the food ran out, the boys made a harrowing journey on foot and bus to their grandmother's house. When The Family Court threatens to terminate the mother's parental rights after still another failed attempt at rehabilitation, the boys impress the judge with their deep desire to keep the family intact. This powerful portrayal of a family torn apart by addiction will resonate with social workers, counselors, family therapists, and those training in the helping professions
What's ailing medicine? with Walter Cronkite by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What s Ailing Medicine examines the shortcomings of medical care in America and the prospects for finding a cures as the nation debates a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform our health care system. How can we provide health care for the 37 million Americans who currently lack insurance? How can we provide peace of mind for 50 million Americans whose insurance is so inadequate that a serious illness would cause financial ruin? With medical expenses rising at twice the rate of inflation, how can soaring costs be controlled? This program presents the human side of these complex and controversial dilemmas by considering the perspectives of the three major players in the health care debate - patients, providers, and payers. The first of What s Ailing Medicine's three segments deals with the plight of the uninsured. In the second segment, the film examines the vulnerability of several "underinsured" patients who experience a financial calamity along with a catastrophic illness. The final segment investigates the wasteful and sometimes dangerous overuse of medical procedures such as cardiac catheterization and coronary artery bypass surgery. After the patients, their families, doctors, employers, and insurers present their frustrations with our health care system, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Robert Dole respond to the documentary s personal profiles in order to illuminate the potential impact of health care reform. In addition, Harvard University health policy expert Robert Blendon, who has done extensive opinion polling on American attitudes about health care, gives voice to the priorities and concerns of the public. As Walter Cronkite concludes, with Americans overwhelmingly in favor of health care reform, "the time finally is at hand to prescribe a cure for what s ailing medicine."
A Brooklyn family tale by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

6 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This powerful documentary follows two generations of the Santiago family of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Twenty years ago at about the same time that "Cisco" and "Stingray" Santiago became leaders of the notorious Assassinaters gang, Sister Mary Paul and Sister Geraldine, started a unique social service agency called The Center for Family Life. These unusual nuns had the radical yet simple idea that they could strengthen this troubled community by supporting families like the Santiagos. Slowly, many gang leaders, like Stingray and Cisco Santiago, turned to the Center as an alternative to the streets. Twenty years later, Sister Geraldine is still working with the same Santiago family that terrorized the neighborhood two decades ago. The film opens with sixteen-year-old Luis and his gang breaking the law on the streets of Sunset Park. In rapid succession, Luis quits his job, drops out of school, gets his girlfriend pregnant, threatens his mother and step father with a knife, and is thrown out of his home. Luis's fourteen-year-old sister, Elena, soon becomes pregnant, stops attending school and resorts to violence in the home and on the streets. Sister Geraldine intervenes in an effort to resolve the family crisis. We witness painful arguments and moving counseling sessions as this embattled family struggles to remain intact. Sister Geraldine's selfless energy, in the face of terminal illness in her later years, ultimately enables this troubled family to overcome its differences and become a stronger, more loving family. This moving chronicle of one family coping with violence, teenage pregnancy, and school failure mirrors the struggles of families in embattled urban communities all over the country
Our families, our future by Roger Weisberg( Visual )

6 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our Families, Our Future is a portrait of the American family in crisis. The "traditional" American family has changed dramatically over the past 30 years, as half of marriages now end in divorce and 70 percent of the children spend part of their childhood in a single-parent household. Yet Our Families, Our Future does not sound a death knell for the American family. Instead, it highlights successful programs across the country that are seeking to address the multiple stresses of family life. Indeed, this documentary puts a human face on the problems facing the American family and examines programs that are part of the burgeoning "family support" movement, which offers comprehensive services for both parents and children. By highlighting successful multi-generational programs, Our Families, Our Future reveals how supporting and strengthening families is the key to solving many of the nation s most serious social problems
Health care on the critical list( Visual )

6 editions published between 1985 and 2005 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A survey of the rising cost of health care and the question of who is entitled to treatment
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