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Online Streaming Video Databases
Films on Demand
Films On Demand is a streaming video service containing outstanding educational programs. Many programs from the History Channel, Biography Channel, BBC, PBS and other news channels are included in this collection.
Documentaries: A - J
Alice Walker (Full Video 31:04)
"Being black, being a woman, and being a writer is just the most wonderful challenge. It’s like having three eyes, three hearts, rather than one," says the author of The Color Purple in this profile, as she relives her journey from an impoverished childhood in rural Georgia to the peace and creativity of her present life in northern California. Alice Walker describes how the Civil Rights movement transformed her life, defines her concept of "womanism," and explains her recurrent theme of a woman’s recovery of wholeness through resistance to racism and sexism.
Introducing the Transcendentalists (Full Video 49:53)
In this new release, host James H. Bride brings the language and lives of the Transcendentalists to realization by recognizing the context, expression, and foundation of the movement. This program pioneers a new way for teachers and general readers to be on familiar terms with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays, as well as the journals and writings of Henry David Thoreau. Professors Richard Baker, Joel Myerson, Bob Richardson, Wes Mott, and Larry Buell add significant biographical commentary and teaching suggestions to introduce this body of American philosophy and literature. Still important in the curriculum for studying the development of 19th-century American ideas, Introducing the Transcendentalists reflects today’s 21st-century individual and philosophical challenges and associations. Additionally, historian and actor Richard Smith offers a reenactment of a day in Thoreau’s life at Walden Pond. A separate documentary, In The Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau, mirrors the challenges and isolation in his 19th-century Walden Pond experiment.
Jane Jacobs: Urban Wisdom (Full Video 44:50)
Through her groundbreaking books, Jane Jacobs has influenced the planning and understanding of cities and economies with what she calls a “web way of thinking.” In this program, Jacobs shares her insights into urban planning by tracing the progression of ideas in her books, including The Death and Life of Great American Cities; The Economy of Cities; Cities and the Wealth of Nations; Systems of Survival; and her most recent, The Nature of Economies. An extended interview with Jacobs is blended with scenes from various North American cities and footage of her 1997 seminar, “Ideas That Matter.”
Documentaries: N - T
Non-Linear Storytelling (Segment 03:32)
N. Scott Momaday describes his three voices: the mythic, the historical, and the personal. Listen to the opening of Leslie Marmon Silko's "Ceremony." Greg Sarris discusses emergent forms.
The Poisoned Dream: The Love Canal Nightmare (Full Video 47:48)
In 1980, three frustrated mothers made American history by taking federal officials hostage in the community built on the site of New York’s toxic Love Canal. In this riveting exposé, the three activists—Lois Gibbs, Barbara Quimby, and Patti Grenzy—and research scientist Dr. Beverly Paigen, who staunchly stood by the residents, discuss their volatile four-year political battle to have the entire community evacuated. Archival footage of President Jimmy Carter, Jane Fonda, government officials, and residents who were on the scene convey the urgency of America’s first headline eco-disaster.
The Power of Remembered Landscapes (Segment 01:41)
Writer Terry Tempest Williams shares her family's treasured experience of Grand Teton National Park. Distributed by PBS Distribution.
Railroads: Networks of Iron (Segment 01:53)
19th century Westward expansion brought agriculture in the South and industrial cities in the North. Host Graham-Dixon reads an excerpt from Henry David Thoreau criticizing the human cost of transportation development.
Thoreau's Influence on Sit-In Movement (Segment 01:05)
John Lewis outlines the sit-in movement's rules. The movement's foundations could be found in the words of Dr. King and Henry David Thoreau.