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In search of the Constitution

Author: Bill D MoyersMortimer Jerome AdlerHarry A BlackmunRobert H BorkWilliam J BrennanAll authors
Publisher: [Silver Spring, MD] : Athena, [2010]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English
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In American history, no document has sparked as much reverence, discussion, and controversy as the Constitution. But how does it really affect our everyday lives? Join Bill Moyers for this eleven-part series, originally produced to mark the Constitution's bicentennial, that delves into the fascinating history and contemporary relevance of the ultimate law of the land.
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Public affairs television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
DVD-Video discs
Interviews
Named Person: Mortimer Jerome Adler; Harry A Blackmun; Robert H Bork; William J Brennan; Ronald Dworkin; Michael G Kammen; Forrest McDonald; Sandra Day O'Connor; Lewis F Powell; Olive Taylor
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Bill D Moyers; Mortimer Jerome Adler; Harry A Blackmun; Robert H Bork; William J Brennan; Ronald Dworkin; Forrest McDonald; Edwin Meese; Sandra Day O'Connor; Lewis F Powell; Richard Petrow; Vern Diamond; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.); WTVS-TV (Television station : Detroit, Mich.); Public Affairs Television (Firm); Athena (Firm); Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.); Wayne Ewing Films.
ISBN: 9781598285277 1598285270
OCLC Number: 694629695
Language Note: Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Notes: Collective title from container.
Originally broadcast on PBS in 1987.
Each program is ca. 57 min.
Accompanying viewer's guide includes questions to consider; a glossary of constitutional buzzwords; and articles on preserving the document, the history of judicial review, and the Constitution's international influence.
"Episodes 3 and 9 [are] a production of Public Affairs Television in association with Wayne Ewing Films"--Container.
Bonus DVD features: updates on the participants and issues and a biography of Bill Moyers.
Performer(s): Host, Bill Moyers.
Target Audience: Rating: Not rated.
Description: 4 videodiscs (approximately 627 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 viewer's guide (13 pages ; 15 cm)
Details: DVD, full screen presentation (4x3); Dolby digital stereo.
Contents: Disc 1. Episode 1. In the beginning ; Episode 2. Mr. Justice Blackmun ; Episode 3. Mortimer Adler : teaching the Constitution --
Disc 2. Episode 4. Mr. Justice Brennan ; Episode 5. Ronald Dworkin : the changing story ; Episode 6. God and the Constitution --
Disc 3. Episode 7. Strictly speaking ; Episode 8. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor ; Episode 9. For the people --
Disc 4. Episode 10. 1987 v. the Constitution ; Episode 11. Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.
Other Titles: 1987 vs. the Constitution.
1987 versus the Constitution.
In search of the Constitution with Bill Moyers
In search of the Constitution (Television program)
Responsibility: directed by Vern Diamond [and others] ; produced by Richard Petrow [and others] ; a presentation of WNET New York & WTVS Detroit ; Public Affairs Television, Inc.

Abstract:

In American history, no document has sparked as much reverence, discussion, and controversy as the Constitution. But how does it really affect our everyday lives? Join Bill Moyers for this eleven-part series, originally produced to mark the Constitution's bicentennial, that delves into the fascinating history and contemporary relevance of the ultimate law of the land.

Disc 1, episode 1: Discussions between Bill Moyers and three historians about the roots of the Constitution and its impact on our society since its writing. Michael Kammen, Pulitzer Prize winner and professor of history at Cornell University, discusses the Constitution's place and role as a symbol in American life; Forrest McDonald, professor of history at the University of Alabama, talks about the intellectual origins of the Constitution; and Olive Taylor, professor of history at Howard University, discusses black Americans and others who were not part of the Constitution.

Disc 1, episode 2: Bill Moyers interviews the Supreme Court Justice who wrote the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion. Moyers and Justice Harry A. Blackmun discuss the emotional and moral challenge of interpreting the Constitution.

Disc 1, episode 3: Bill Moyers moderates, while students at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland challenge Mortimer Adler, noted philosopher, author and educator, on his views about fundamental ideas in the Constitution and their relevance today.

Disc 2, episode 4: Bill Moyers visits with Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, who served under eight presidents, from 1956-1990. Brennan touches on many topics, including the challenge of interpreting the Constitution.

Disc 2, episode 5: Ronald Dworkin, legal philosopher, Professor of Law at New York University, and Professor of Jurisprudence at Oxford University, talks with Bill Moyers.

Disc 2, episode 6: Dr. Marty Martin and Leonard Levy examine the legality of school prayer with Bill Moyers. The program also explores the issues of religious symbols on municipal property as well as tax-exempt status for religious institutions.

Disc 3, episode 7: Bill Moyers interviews Attorney General Edwin Meese and Judge Robert Bork. Attorney General Meese presents his views on the Constitution and its original intent, and discusses political issues of the Reagan administration. Judge Bork talks of his experience on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and offers his perspective on constitutional interpretation.

Disc 3, episode 8: Bill Moyers interviews Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve as Supreme Court justice. She discusses her background, philosophies, specific Court rulings, and the Court's role as keeper of the Constitution.

Disc 3, episode 9: Bill Moyers examines the impact of the Constitution on the lives of American citizens, as seen in three landmark Supreme Court cases: Engel v. Vitale (school prayer), Keyishian v. Board of Regents (academic freedom), and Bowers v. Hardwick (sodomy).

Disc 4, episode 10: The Constitution of 1787 is tested against the issues of 1987. Bill Moyers focuses on issues that have arisen as a result of changes in technology, and questions concerning how these changes effect rights established by the Constitution. Covers mandatory drug testing in the workplace, computer technology's threat to personal privacy, and the impact of weapons technology on the war powers clause.

Disc 4, episode 11: Bill Moyers and Jusitice Lewis F. Powell discuss a variety of issues including Watergate, the Constitution of the Soviet Union, the death penalty, reverse discrimination, the workings of the Court and corporal punishment.

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