10 Things You Don't Know About Civil Rights (43:00)In "10 Things You Don't Know About," punk rock icon Henry Rollins uncovers crazy twists and tidbits behind the historical tales, figures, and places you only thought you knew. Whether he's analyzing centuries-old documents at the National Archives or exploring the inside of a dead gangster's speakeasy, he's on a mission to discover the info every casual history fan needs to know.
Henry cracks open the books on one of America's most defining chapters--the Civil Rights movement. On a road not often traveled, he crosses the country in search of the unknown stories that built a generation of heroes.
Bill Moyers Journal: Slavery, Race, and Inequality in America (57:00)The Pew Research Center recently reported that black Americans are more dissatisfied with their progress now than at any time in the past quarter century. In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers gets perspective from historical and cultural sociologist Orlando Patterson and Glenn C. Loury, an economist and expert on race and social division. Moyers also interviews the Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Blackmon about his book Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. In addition, the program previews the POV documentary Traces of the Trade, an examination of racial inequality in America through the prisms of the legacy of slavery and the current socioeconomic landscape. Broadcast date: June 20, 2008.
The Civil Rights Movement (90:00)A part of the series America in the 20th Century. Anyone who thinks the civil rights movement began and ended with Martin Luther King Jr. will discover a new, eye-opening view of history in this program. It reveals a long-running struggle for racial equality starting with Civil War– and Reconstruction-era events, moving through the blight of Jim Crow and the formation of the NAACP and other groups, and depicting the drama of King’s movement in varied, evolving phases. The work of Malcolm X, the rise of the Black Power movement, and the future of America’s ongoing equality battles are also examined.
Civil Rights Pioneer Ruby Bridges On Activism In The Modern Era (17:00)In the 1960s, Ruby Bridges became the first African-American student to integrate into an entirely white public school system in New Orleans. She joins Charlayne Hunter-Gault, who followed in Bridges' footsteps 60 years ago and desegregated the University of Georgia along with Hamilton Holmes, to discuss racism and civil rights in the modern era.
Global Institutions and Human Rights (26:00)After World War II, the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund were established to 'ensure peace and prosperity' throughout the world in the face of the threat of communism. With the fall of the Soviet Union, critics of these organizations argue that they are ill-equipped to deal with human rights issues and the 'new world order.' This classic program examines the need for these organizations to adapt to changing political, economic, and social conditions in the world, and to begin dealing with complex, unforeseen issues such as ethnic conflict, internal disorder, and the breakdown of state institutions. It focuses on the impact of World Bank economic policies imposed on developing countries in the name of global economic reform, suggesting that the interests of foreign investors might be at odds with those of the indigenous populations. Featured here are Lawrence Eagleburger, former Secretary of State; authors David Rieff (Slaughterhouse) and Ian Williams (The UN for Beginners); Mike Jendrecejzyk of Human Rights Watch; Patricia Armstrong, Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights; Shahid Javed Burki, a professional economist who served at the World Bank for 25 years, Lawrence Summers, former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and a member of Barack Obama's Transition Economic Advisory Board; and, lastly, an exclusive interview with Alvaro De Soto, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations.
Privacy and Security—A Fred Friendly Seminar (57:00)n this Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Harvard Law School’s Arthur Miller, panelists such as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; Nadine Strossen, president of the ACLU; Jamie Gorelick, of the U.S. Department of Justice; Professor Stephen Carter, of Yale Law School; and others examine the fine balance between the power of the government and the rights of the individual in a fictional community called Unity. Discussion points include government initiatives such as Megan’s Law, Internet privacy, mandatory fingerprinting, and the encryption of privileged information—and whether these actions are constitutional.
Standardized Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education (1:16:00)Standardized Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education exposes the standardized testing industry and how it negatively affects public education. Parents of public school children must see this film since it addresses the dangers of high-stakes tests, dispels the mythology of the achievement gap, and questions the validity of education reform.
Watching Me Watching You: Nanotechnology and Civil Liberties—A Fred Friendly Seminar (58:00)Nanotechnology will likely transform the security and surveillance industries in the near future. Governments, corporations, and even individuals may have highly sophisticated sensors and tracking apparatus at their disposal—keeping tabs on everyone from customers to potential terrorists to aging parents. In this Fred Friendly Seminar moderated by Peabody award-winning correspondent John Hockenberry, hypothetical situations are used to highlight issues of privacy, public safety, and their intersection with nanotechnology. Who gets tracked? Must they be informed? Who has the authority to engage in such activities? Who has access to the information? Can we reap the benefits of these powerful new technologies while preserving the right to privacy and individual liberty?