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Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)

Works: 28,172 works in 41,779 publications in 1 language and 1,780,736 library holdings
Genres: History  Drama  Film adaptations  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Television plays  Biography  Film and video adaptations 
Roles: Publisher, Distributor, fds
Classifications: PN1997, 882
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Most widely held works by Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Year by year 1939 ( Visual )
40 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 4,889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This episode of Year by Year examines 1929, the fateful year that changed the world with the great Stock Market crash
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
August Wilson by August Wilson( Visual )
15 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson returns home to the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1990 to review his life and career. Archival footage and interviews with Wilson, former New York Times theater critic Frank Rich, Rob Penny, fellow writers, and others provide insights into the African American experience, from the Great Black Migration to more recent times. Scenes from his plays "Jitney," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Fences," "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," and "Two Trains Running" reveal the impact of the oral tradition and the blues on Wilson's poetic prose
Sexual and racial stereotypes in the media ( Visual )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This two-part series scrutinizes the media in order to both expose and understand common sources of bias and the intentions behind them"--Publisher's Web site
Buying the war ( Visual )
8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Bush administration marketed and sold the war in Iraq to the American people. How and why did the press buy it, and what does that say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda? In this program, veteran journalist Bill Moyers, award-winning producer Kathleen Hughes, and their investigative team piece together the reporting and political spin that shaped the public mind prior to, during, and following the 2003 invasion. Exposing the disappearance of a watchdog mentality in mainstream newspaper and TV journalism, the documentary also highlights the work of intrepid Knight Ridder reporters who dug beneath the surface of administration claims, only to be drowned out by the drums of war. Further insight comes from journalists Dan Rather, former anchor of CBS evening news; Tim Russert of NBC's Meet the press; Bob Simon of 60 minutes; and Walter Isaacson, former chairman of CNN"--Container
India river of life ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Containing nearly a sixth of the world's population, India is home to almost a billion people, more than half of whom live in rural villages. This program provides an overview of topics such as the caste system as it exists in the holy Hindu town of Varanasi and the massive pilgrimages to Allahabad, where millions of Hindus come to ritually bathe at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers. Also discussed are arranged marriages; local trades in Agra, site of the matchless Taj Mahal; Sikhism in the city of Amritsar; the Indian/Pakistani tug-of-war for Kashmir; and the plight of small farmers, driven from their holdings by powerful landowners
Islam ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Residing to the north of India, the population of Kashmir is primarily Muslim. This program travels to the place known as "the Switzerland of the East" to study the beliefs and practices of Islam. Topics such as the Koran, the Pillars of Islam, the influence of Sharia, and traditional Muslim festivals and holy sites are addressed. Background on the arrival of Islam in Kashmir and its spread throughout India creates a historical context for the religion's predominance in many regions
Medieval drama from sanctuary to stage ( Visual )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This definitive program traces the development of medieval drama, from Hildegard von Bingen's musical morality play Ordo Virtutum (The ritual of the virtues) to the seminal Everyman. Featuring extended excerpts from these influential works, as well as from The Second Shepherd's play and the 1998 staging of the Mystery Cycle in York, England, the video also establishes the genre's socioreligious context."--Container
Hinduism introduction ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This program provides insights into the practice of Hinduism through the architecture and art of India. Circling from Varanasi to Mamallapuram and Khajuraho and back again, it spotlights carved-stone shrines such as the Krishna Mandapam, the Panch Rathas, and the Dharmaraja Ratha; the ancient Shore Temple, recovered from the Bay of Bengal; and the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, with its exotic and erotic exterior panels. An aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges and the rarely filmed and highly symbolic cremation process are captured as well
On our own terms Moyers on dying ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
[2] A Different Kind of Care: Presents important strides being made in the area of palliative care at pioneering institutions such as New York's Mt. Sinai Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. These advances are bringing peace to those who fear that they will be a burden to loved ones, will suffer needlessly, or will be abandoned in their hour of greatest need
Homeostasis ( Visual )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In order to understand homeostasis in a natural setting, this program observes what happens to the body during a marathon race. By monitoring the various physiological responses of one of the runners, we show the many changes and adjustments being made in the body as the race progresses. The data obtained from the runner are used to explain in detail how the body regulates temperature, blood oxygen, blood glucose, water balance, heart rate, breathing rate, and hormone levels. The program provides a complete introduction to the following topics: Homeostatic mechanisms within the body; Regulation of temperature; Regulation of blood sugar; Feedback systems; Role of hormones; Water balance
She stoops to conquer by Max Stafford-Clark( Visual )
6 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This classic comedy of manners tells of the clever schemes and comic ruses that unfold one night at a country house. An ambitious step-mother, impassioned sweethearts, a pragmatic father and a pair of star-crossed suitors are sent spinning through a hilarious comedy of errors by one of the great characters of the stage, Tony Lumpkin. In its day, this eighteenth century masterpiece was considered so 'low' that it might never have reached the stage. When it was finally produced, it enjoyed immediate and lasting success, breaking the mould with its satirical swipe at polite society
The Brain last enigma ( Visual )
13 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This program opens in the emergency room of a large hospital where head injuries are an all-too-common problem. The importance of the brain is evident from the skill and technology employed in ensuring that any damage to it is minimized. Using combinations of computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and advanced surgical techniques, the program shows why the brain is so important and explores what is known about how it works. The program provides a complete introduction to the following topics: Brain structure and function; Localization of brain activity; Motor and sensory neurons; Simple reflex arcs
Journeys into Islamic Africa ( Visual )
11 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Geographically, Muslim countries cover approximately 50 percent of Africa. This program travels around the continent to inquire into Islamic history and the Muslim way of life, making stops in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zanzibar, South Africa, Senegal, Algeria, Sudan, and many other destinations. The experiences of two particular groups-those sent by Muhammad himself to Ethiopia, during the Muslim-Quraish War, and slaves and prisoners of the Dutch who were forcibly relocated to South Africa-are given special attention
Cognitive development ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The aim of this program is to examine Piaget's theory and to critically evaluate it in light of modern research. The study of child development in the 20th century revolved around Jean Piaget's theories, and the program clearly describes their central themes, covering the cognitive stages of development from birth to twelve years old, giving illustrations of children's behavior at each level. Recent research is examined in relation to each stage and comparisons drawn with the theories of Jerome Bruner. The program concludes that children are more cognitively capable at an earlier age than Piaget suggested, but it is the ages rather than the stages that are disputed. Other developments such as metacognition and theory of mind are outlined, and recent research findings are reported
Trade secrets a Moyers report ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This documentary exposes the 40-year history of the American chemical industry's suppression of information regarding the threats to public health by synthetic chemicals being introduced into the environment at all levels. Addresses the danger to public health by the continued use of approximately 9000 of the 15,000 mass-produced chemical substances that have never undergone toxicological study in the United States. Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Moyers including industry spokesmen and both environmental and medical experts
Coronary artery disease ( Visual )
10 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The number one killer of both men and women in America today is coronary artery disease, also known as heart disease. This program explores the risk factors and symptoms associated with CAD, emphasizing that it can lead to a heart attack or cardiac death without warning. Promoting a positive approach, the video portrays these traumas as life-changing occurrences for patients who do survive a cardiac event and commit to improving their health. Case studies and personal commentary from patients, along with explanations of advanced medical procedures developed to treat CAD, are also included
Antigone by Jean Anouilh( Visual )
7 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The third of the three plays of the Oedipus saga, Antigone is perhaps the most easily accessible of all the great classical tragedies, its theme clear and up-to-date: the conflict between moral and political law. Now the tale of Oedipus and his family comes to its end--he, his wife Jocasta, and his sons all dead; at the last, his daughter-who stood by her father-is also destroyed
The immune system ( Visual )
10 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Program examines how the human immune system defends the body against disease-causing invaders. The program also addresses the importance of vaccines, the mechanics of allergies and autoimmune diseases, and the advances in the field of immunology
Oedipus the King by Sophocles( Visual )
9 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The beginning of the Oedipus saga tells of Oedipus the king & the working out of the curse on the royal house of Thebes
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