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Politics and Government

:30 Second Democracy.
Provides a comparative history of political television advertising in the United States, Britain and Canada. 51 min. Video/C 4938

[Agnew, Sprio T.] William F. Buckley Jr. Talks to Spiro T. Agnew
William F. Buckley talks with Spiro T. Agnew, then Vice President of the United States under Nixon. Appeared in 1971 on television program Firing Line. 1971. Video/C 2304

An Act of Congress.
A documentary recording how a law is made in Congress. Shows the drama and dynamics involved in translating the issues and the conflicting desires of people into the law of the land--the legislative process. 59 min. Video/C 535

Alive! In the Streets: DNC 2000
Thousands of activists take to the streets of LA to protest and disrupt business as usual at the 2000 Democratic National Convention, where powerful multinational corporations have spent millions of dollars to buy access to lawmakers and party honchos. Includes interviews with protestors and interactions with LAPD. Directed by Randy Shadowalker. 2000. 30 min. Video/C MM1136

America Betrayed
America's infrastructure was once our proudest achievement. Now its a most dangerous embarrassment. Bridges, dams, levees and highways are crumbling, toppling, being washed away, and putting us all at risk. Features interviews with journalists, noted scientists, whistleblowers who risked their lives to speak out, and politicians from both sides. Exposes the rampant collusion, corruption and cronyism within the government agencies whose very purpose is to protect us. Directed and produced by Leslie Cardé. 2008. 94 min. DVD X5694

American Blackout
Chronicles the recurring patterns of disenfranchisement witnessed from 2000 to 2004 while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who not only took an active role in investigating these election debacles but also found herself in the middle of one after publicly questioning the Bush Administration about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Some call Cynthia McKinney a civil rights leader among the ranks of Shirley Chisholm and Malcolm X. Others call her a conspiracy theorist and a 'looney.' Film examines the contemporary tactics used to control our democratic process and silence political dissent. Directed by Ian Inaba. c2006. 86 min. DVD 6290

American President
2000. 60 min. each installment

Part l: Matter of Destiny: Family Ties The last thing that the Founding Fathers envisioned was a hereditary chief executive. Yet, power inevitably passes from generation to generation and several families have returned to the White house. Focusing on John Q. Adams, Benjamin Harrison, Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy, part 1 reveals both the blessings and the curses of inherited power. Video/C 7161

Part 2: Matter of Destiny: Happenstance. Nearly one in five American presidents has died in office. The vice presidents who succeeded them were often chosen for the ticket less because they were equal to the task than because they provided some electoral advantage. Focusing on John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Jackson, Chester Arthur and Harry Truman, part 2 looks at what happens when such a man takes office -- frequently facing widespread conviction that he is unworthy. Video/C 7161

Part 3: Politics and the Presidency: an Independent Cast of Mind Is an independent mind the best approach to the presidency? The four men profiled in this segment took little account of political affiliation, becoming presidents, in essence without being politicians. Taken together, they present a cautionary tale: all had difficult presidencies, and neither of the two who sought a second term was re-elected. This segment profiles the careers of J. Adams, Taylor, Hayes, and Carter. Video/C 7162

Part 4: Politics and the Presidency: The Professional Politician In our nation's early years, taking part in political affairs was considered a duty and an honor, but not a way of life. It was not long, however, before the professional politicians, and the parties they represented, began to find their way to the White House. While the skills necessary for political success can be helpful to a president, they do not guarantee success. This segment profiles the careers of Van Buren, Buchanan, Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Video/C 7162

Part 5: Executive Vision: The American Americans have come to expect that their presidents will bring to the office a particularly strong sense of national mission. The four presidents chronicled here may have understood the character of America in different ways, but in all cases a belief that there was a distinctly American way of doing things guided their decisions. This segment profiles the careers of Jefferson, Coolidge, Hoover and Reagan. Video/C 7163

Part 6: Executive Vision: The World Stage The president has no greater responsibility than representing the nation on the world stage. These four men engaged in this task at critical times in American national history and their achievements on the world stage stand as their most durable legacy. This segment profiles the careers of Monroe, McKinley, Wilson and Bush. Video/C 7163

Part 7: The Candidate: The Heroic Posture From the beginning, the presidential office has beckoned to national heroes renowned for their selfless service to their country. This affinity is especially strong for men of military fame, for the president is formally the commander-in-chief as well as symbolically the steward of the national interest. This segment profiles the careers of Washington, W. H. Harrison, Grant, and Eisenhower. Video/C 7164

Part 8: The Candidate: Compromise Choices With the rise of political parties came the dawn of political compromise: nominees were selected because they were less offensive to some voters than those who might have been the best candidates. Two of the men profiled in this segment found the presidency beyond their abilities, while two proved themselves worthy of having been called to the highest office in the land. This segment profiles the careers of Pierce, Garfield, Harding and Ford. Video/C 7164

Part 9: An Office and its Powers: Expanding Power Though the powers of the presidency have expanded with the growth of the nation, the process has been anything but smooth. These four presidencies are benchmarks in the development of executive power. Three stretched the office to its limits; the fourth over-stepped those limits and brought on a new era of presidential weakness. This segment profiles the careers of Jackson, Cleveland, T. Roosevelt and Nixon. Video/C 7165

Part 10: An Office and its Powers:The Balance of Power The American presidency was conceived as one part of a larger system of institutions, and its effectiveness rests in part upon a good measure of cooperation among the branches. This episode examines presidential leadership in eras of an increasingly divided government. The presidents presented here suggest four different conceptions of governance within a constitutionally structured balancing act. This segment profiles the careers of Madison, Polk,Taft and Clinton. Video/C 7165

The American Ruling Class: A Dramatic-documentary-musical
A dramatic, musical, documentary satire on class in America that attempts to answer the question 'Who rules America?' Is there an American ruling class, and if so, how do you join? Two hapless Yale grads embark on a star-studded journey of meetings with America's establishment to unearth some uncomfortable answers and find out the truth about what the future really holds for them. Featuring: Robert B. Altman, James A. Baker III, Bill Bradley, Harold Brown, Hodding Carter III, William T. Coleman, Jr., Walter Cronkite, Barbara Ehrenreich, Vartan Gregorian, Doug Henwood, Mike Medavoy, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., John Perkins, (a.k.a., the economic hit-man), Pete Seeger, Lawrence H. Summers, Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., William Howard Taft IV, the late Kurt Vonnegut and Howard Zinn. Caton Burwell, Paul Cantagallo, Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Hollis Witherspoon. Directed by John Kirby. 2005. 90 min. DVD 9240

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America's War on Poverty.

Vol 1: In This Affluent Society. In the early 1960s, hundreds of Kentucky coal miners are displaced by machines and strike out at their former employers. Millions of others displaced by machines across Appalachia and the rural South head north to begin a new life in Chicago, where they face overcrowded tenements and schools, and the familiar inequities of segregation. This program recounts these stories of desperation and hope and explores the origins of the federal government's war on poverty and how attitudes toward race and faith in the accessibility of the American dream shape the battle plans for the nation's greatest effort to reduce poverty. 57 min. DVD 9790 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3926

Vol 2: Given a Chance. Early 1965 is a critical period for President Johnson's war on poverty. The Office of Economic Opportunity's goal to have the poor themselves design and run anti-poverty programs attracts strong opposition from local and state governments. Head Start is created to provide poor children with adequate nutrition, health care and the educational advantages that other American children enjoy. This program focuses on the Head Start program in Mississippi. 57 min. DVD 9791 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3927

Vol 3: City of Promise. The context for the war on poverty shifts after 1965. Urban rebellions provoke a sense of urgency for some, while others now see the war against poverty as hopeless. Increasingly, the media and the public equate poverty with inner-city black communities. This program looks at the anger and despair of the poor and the powerless, and the anger and frustration of the middle class at having to pay for "others' mistakes." It also examines attempts made in Newark, New Jersey, to reclaim the inner city through public/private partnerships. 57 min. DVD 9792 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3928

Vol 4: In Service to America. By 1967, poverty warriors increase the sophistication of their tactics at the same time that a number of outspoken opponents rise to national prominence. This program highlights the beginning of Legal Services and VISTA, two programs that combined individual action with the idea of volunteerism. Lawyers team up with migrant farm workers in California to fight for better education, health care and working conditions, and VISTA volunteers and local residents organize against strip mining in Appalachia. Both stories raise significant questions about activities the government funds in the name of fighting poverty. 57 min. DVD 9793 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3929

Vol 5: My Brother's Keeper. The Nixon Administration and the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO) bring the nation to the brink of overhauling the federal social security system and replacing welfare with a guaranteed income for all citizens. When it appears the guaranteed income will be quite low, the NWRO joins an alliance of conservatives and liberals to defeat the proposed legislation. 57 min. DVD 9794 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3930

Ammo for the Info-warrior.
Produced by the Guerilla News Network. 2002. Video/C MM76

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Countdown: Ralph Nader remix: A Beastie Boys remix of Green Party Presidential candidate Ralph Nader's blistering critique of the news media and the current state of American politics.
Crack the CIA: Tracks the covert history of CIA drug smuggling shedding light on the darkest secret of the Agency's operational directorate.
War conspiracy: an interview with UCB English professor Peter Dale Scott, author of The War Conspiracy which concerned an investigation of the CIA, oil companies and their manipulation of U.S. foreign policy during the Vietnam War. Professor Scott also comments on the War on Terrorism.
When the smoke clearz: A scathing indictment of the current state of the Hip Hop multi-billion dollar industry by slam poet Taalam Acey.
Most dangerous game: Traces the history of top-secret CIA mind control operation MK-ULTRA from the covert importation of Nazi scientists at the end of WWII, to the illegal brainwashing experiments conducted on patients of psychiatric researcher, Dr. Ewen Cameron.
Diamond life: Examines the brutal atrocities committed by the Sierra Leone rebel forces (Revolutonary United Front) and the international diamond cartels, who have been willing to pay any price to maintain the artificial value of their gems.

Anarchism in America
Examines the development of anarchism in the United States, showing how anarchist thought from Russia and Europe fused with American nineteenth-century traditions of individualism. Includes archival footage of events in anarchist history and significant personalities including Sacco and Vanzetti, Emma Goldman, Kenneth Rexroth, Ursula LeGuin and Murray Bookchin. 1981. 75 min. DVD 6882

The Anarchist Guest: Emma Goldman
Depicts the life and philosopies of Emma Goldman, an anarchist nicknamed "Red Emma" for her radical political views. Follows her tumultuous life from Russia to the United States and her eventual deportation from the U.S. because of her politics. Traces Goldman's journey to the Canadian home where she found exile in her later years. Emma Goldman Papers, UC Berkeley, 2000. 42 min. Video/C 7932

Anytown USA.
A funny and eye-opening look into a hard-fought mayoral race between a legally blind, blunt-speaking, conservative Republican incumbent, a retired Democrat brought back into the fray and a legally blind write-in candidate, in the small town of Bogota, New Jersey. Directed by Kristian Fraga ; produced by Juan Dominguez, John L. Sikes, Michael Bridenstine. 2005. 93 min. DVD 5874

Arguing the World.
Traces the lives of four of the 20th century's leading thinkers, Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer, Irving Howe and Irving Kristol. They have been disagreeing with a vengeance since they studied together at New York City College in the 1930s. This film traces their early idealistic days, their controversial role in the McCarthy era, their battle with the New Left in the sixties, and their vastly differing political views today. A film by Joseph Dorman. 1997. 84 min. Video/C 5541

Balance of Power.(Way We Live: Introduction to Sociology; 15)
Too often government only hears from insiders with access to money and education, which is why grass roots movements in the form of local and statewide initiatives often represent the best way for the average person to make his or her voice heard. This episode looks at the sociology of politics as illustrated in the California ballot initiatives Proposition 68, to expand legalized gambling [on Indian lands], and Proposition 71, for the support of stem cell research. 2005. 27 min. DVD 4810

[Baldwin, Roger Nash] Traveling Hopefully
Presents an intimate portrait of Roger Baldwin, the ninety-seven-year-old founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. Praises Baldwin's contributions to that organization and to the preservation of American democratic justice. Includes interviews and archival and newsreel footage. 1981. 28 min. Video/C 350

The Billionaires' Tea Party
From the tea parties to healthcare and climate change, America's conservative citizens revolted against President Obama's reform agenda. But just how real were the roots of this supposedly grassroots uprising? Was it, in fact, an example of 'astroturfing', which is the practice of manufacturing citizens groups for the purpose of delivering corporate messages? Curious to find out, Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham went undercover to investigate. What he found was astroturfing on a scale greater than he could have imagined. This film offers a look at how corporate elites are exploiting the anxieties of ordinary Americans. Director/producer, Taki Oldham. 2010. 56 min. DVD X5507

[Black, Hugo] Justice Black and the Bill of Rights.
Eric Sevareid and Martin Agronsky discuss with Justice Hugo Black possible conflict between constitutional law and morality, freedom of speech, and police powers versus the right of the accused. 32 min. Video/C 398

Blood and Oil
This film unearths declassified documents and highlights forgotten passages in prominent presidential doctrines to show how concerns about oil have been at the core of American foreign policy for more than 60 years -- rendering our contemporary energy and military policies virtually indistinguishable. Based on the book Blood and oil by Michael T. Klare. Directed by Jeremy Earp. c2008. 52 min. DVD X147

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Bob Hope: Laughing with the Presidents
Bob Hope's 284th and last television special for NBC takes a nostalgic and humorous look at the comedian's personal relationships with the nation's last eleven presidents, including historical footage with every president from FDR to President Clinton. Includes special appearances by President George and Barbara Bush, President Bill and Hillary Clinton, President Gerald and Betty Ford. Also joining Bob are Naomi Judd, Don Johnson and Tom Selleck. Originally broadcast on television by NBC in 1996. 50 min. Video/C 9385

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[Bush, George W.] Bush's Brain: Who's Really Running the country?
Karl Rove, the man known as "Bush's Brain", is the most powerful political figure America has ever heard of, the brain behind the curtain of today's presidential politics. He is President George W. Bush's closest advisor, who almost single-handedly shaped the policies of our nation. The relationship between Karl Rove and President George W. Bush is one of the most unique political marriages in history. Feared and admired, Rove has raised a new and disturbing question for Americans: Who really runs the country? Produced and directed by Joseph Mealey and Michael Shoob. 2003. 80 min. DVD 7396

[Bush, George] George W. Bush: A Midterm Analysis, 4/21/03
Panel: Michael Nacht, Eleanor Clift, Nelson Polsby ; panel moderator: Gerald Lubernow ; introduction: Michael Lesser. Presidential scholars and White House reporters provide an inside assessment of the 43rd president's handling of the war on terrorism, the war in Iraq, homeland security, corporate ethics and the economy, as President Bush prepares to run for reelection. A Berkeley Webcast event ; co-sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies and University Extension, University of California, Berkeley. 2003. 69 min. Video/C 9585

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[Bush, George W.] Bush Science
A panel of scientists discusses the politization of science during the Bush administration and looks as such issues as the supression or distortion of scientific findings and the supression by the American government of politically inconvenient science and scientists. They also ask if objectivity in scientific research is possible when most scientific research is funded by government programs. Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on October 12, 2004. 100 min. Video/C MM369

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[Bush, George W.] Does America Need a New President?: the Kristol-Danner Debate
A debate between William Kristol (editor of The Weekly Standard) and Mark Danner (Professor, UCB Graduate School of Journalism) concerning President Bush's leadership and foreign policies and the coming 2004 election. Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on October 4, 2004. 95 min. Video/C MM368

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[Bush, George W.] George W. Bush
Presents the first in-depth assessment of the forty-first president of the United States, drawing upon new scholarship and unparalleled access to figures in Bush's private and public life. Prior to winning the presidency, George Bush served as a U.S. congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, chief of the U.S. Liaison Office to China, director of the C.I.A, and vice president under Ronald Reagan. Despite soaring approval ratings following military victory in the Persian Gulf, his years as president after the war were marked by unrelieved decline. As the economy faltered and a recession set in, the supply-side economic policies of the 1980s were questioned and Bush was forced to break his promise of "no new taxes." Further damaging his chances for reelection was the impression that he was more concerned with world affairs than the problems vexing Main Street, USA. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series, The American experience. 2008. 90 min. DVD X36

[Bush, George W.] Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
This documentary follows the trail of the Bush family, from the Saudi connection to the Bush team's spiking the FBI investigation of the bin Laden family and post-war Iraq. Takes a hard look at the role of business in the American justice system and alleges that many companies' motives are not only impure, but a detriment to society as a whole. Among the companies profiled are DBT, which contributed largely to the infamous Florida felon's list that kept thousands of African-American voters away from the polls in the hotly contested state of Florida during the 2000 election. Based on the book: The best democracy money can buy / by Greg Palast. Adapted from the 2004 BBC television production: Bush family fortunes / produced by Marion Jones ; directed by Steven Grandison. 2004. 62 min. DVD 3010

[Bush, George W.] Journeys with George
A video diary by Alexandra Pelosi, an NBC television producer, who traveled with George W. Bush on his first presidential campaign trail for 18 months. Presents an up-close and candid look at campaigning for the 2000 election with a behind-the-scenes perspective of how campaign traditions prevail amidst a media savvy culture. 2002. 76 min. DVD 2349

[Bush, George W.] Meet the Press with Tim Russert. George H. W. Bush, November 21, 1999
Introduction and host: Tim Russert. George W. Bush stands on his record as Governor of Texas and answers questions from moderator Tim Russert about what he would do if elected President. Discussion points range from Social Security and health care system reform, to his resolve to stand by Taiwan in the face of Chinese aggression and his plans for world security, to the promotion of abstinence among unwed couples. Dist.: Films Media Group. 50 min. DVD X332

[Bush, George W.] Meet the Press with Tim Russert. George H. W. Bush, February 22, 1976
Panel: Ford Rowan, NBC News; Anthony Lewis, New York Times; Crosby Noyes, Washington Star; and Walter Pinces, Washington Post. Introduction: Tim Russert; moderator: Bill Monroe. New CIA director George H. W. Bush discusses his plans for leading the CIA in wake of disclosures of domestic spying, leaked information about covert operations in Angola, and Nixon's post-resignation visit to China. 28 min. Dist.: Films Media Group. 52 min. DVD X226

[Bush, George W.] Texas Trail: First-hand in Bush Land
Changing America, a monthly television news magazine, goes on the road to Texas to hear Texans tell the story of George W. Bush, his background, his political career, and most importantly how his policies as governor have affected the working families of Texas. They speak out on key issues such as education, healthcare, immigrant rights, labor rights, prisons, pollution and poverty. 2000. 28 min. Video/C 7592

Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?
A college adjunct and political unknown at age 29, Jeff Smith decides to run for the newly-open congressional seat of retired Democratic leader Richard Gephardt. Not only does Smith face the full disbelief of his own family, the neophyte candidacy also faces a well-placed opponent, Russ Carnahan, who is supported by the longstanding political dynasty of his own family. The film follows the length of Smith's campaign, detailing the effort and achievements of both Smith and his grassroots supporters in the face of great odds. Special features: "Canvassing outtakes" campaign trail clips (8 min.); "Political forum: Russ Carnahan and Jeff Smith" (13 min.); "L.A. Times interview" (2 min.); "Inside the Campaign" (2 min.); "Outtakes" (34 min.); theatrical trailer (2 min.). directed, cinematography, edited by Frank Popper. 2006. 85 min. DVD X2904

[Carter, Jimmy] Carter's New World.
President Carter hoped to eliminate nuclear weapons, develop an arms control agreement, and improve relations with the Soviet Union. This program analyzes domestic and international events that contributed to the failure of Carter's vision. 60 min. Video/C 1289

[Carter, Jimmy] Jimmy Carter.
(We the people; the President and the Constitution.) President Carter discusses the presidency from the perspective of a Washington outsider who sought to make human rights a centerpiece of his administration. Carter reflects upon the nature of presidential leadership, illustrated by the Camp David accords, the Iran hostage crisis, the Panama Canal Treaty, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the energy crisis. 60 min. Video/C 2473

[Carter, Jimmy] Meet the Press with Tim Russert. Jimmy Carter: January 20, 1980
Introduction: Tim Russert; moderator: Bill Monroe. "We still have 5.8% unemployment; inflation has risen to 13%, we still don't have a viable energy policy and Russian troops are in Cuba and Afghanistan. The dollar is falling, gold is rising, and the hostages after 78 days are still in Tehran. Just what have you done, sir," asks panelist David Broder, "to deserve renomination?" Jimmy Carter makes his case for a second term in the White House. The President also talks about the ongoing Iran hostage crisis and the Olympic boycott against the Soviet Union. Dist.: Films Media Group. 26 min. DVD X331

Contents: Hell-bent for election / director, Chuck Jones (1944, 13 min.) --Eisenhower spots / Walt Disney Company (1952/56, 3 min.) -- No substitute / Russell Calabrese, Doug Compton, Greg Ford (1966, 3 min.) -- Political cartoon / Joe Adamson, James Morrow, David Stone (1974, 22 min.) -- Popeye for president / director, Seymour Kneitel ; animators, Tom Johnson, Frank Endres (1956, 6 min.) -- Jimmy who? (1975, 3 min.) -- Reaganoochio / director/animator, Ken Kimmelman (1984, 5 min.)-- Now is the time for all good men (1960, 1 min.) -- Political basketball / director, Greg Ford ; animation, Nancy Beiman, Doug Compton, Mike Wisniewski (1992, 1 min.)

The cartoon Hell-Bent for Election depicts F.D. Roosevelt as a streamlined diesel in a race against a rival train. Eisenhower Spots are cartoons celebrating Ike's popularity. No Substitute shows a cartoon Nixon listening to the song used in his failed 1960 campaign against Kennedy. A Political Cartoon is a mixed live-action/animation film in which two guys decide to run a cartoon character for president. Popeye for President shows the celebrated strong man on the campaign trail. Jimmy Who? features "Jimmy Carter" caricatures. In Reaganoochio Reagan is physiognomically trapped by his own words in this ironic treatment. Now Is The Time For All Good Men, is an animated public service announcement from 1960. Political Basketball is a cartoon short on politics in the U.S. 55 min. Video/C 999:1834

Casino Jack and the United States of Money
This portrait of Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, from his early years as a gung-ho member of the GOP political machine to his final reckoning as a disgraced, imprisoned pariah, confirms the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. A tale of international intrigue involving Indian casinos, spies, sweatshops, and a mob-style killings, this is a story of the way money corrupts our political process. Special features: commentary with directory Alex Gibney ; deleted scenes ; extended interviews ; New York film premiere Q&A with Alex Gibney, Bob Ney, Neil Volz and Adam Kidan ; a conversation with Alex Gibney ; webisodes ; "I'm just a bill" ; Lobbying 101. Directed by Alex Gibney. c2010. 118 min. DVD X4713

Chicago 1968 (American Experience)
Explores the atmosphere surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Insight into factors contributing to events is provided through interviews with writers, politicians, anti-war activists and historians. 57 min. DVD 8813 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4851

Chicago Convention Challenge
Using newreel footage taken in the midst of demonstrations against the Vietnam War during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, this film conveys the immediacy of anti-war organizing in meeting rooms, at rallies and in the streets. It is a valuable historical portrait of events that culminated in police riots against the protesters. 18 min. Video/C 5575

[Cheney, Richard] Cheney's Law
For three decades, Vice President Dick Cheney has waged a secretive and often bitter battle to expand the power of the presidency. Now in a direct confrontation with Congress, as the administration asserts executive privilege to head off investigations into domestic wiretapping and the firing of U.S. attorneys, Frontline meticulously traces the behind-closed-doors battle within the administration over the power of the presidency and the rule of law. Written, produced and directed: Michael Kirk. c2007. 60 min. DVD 9085

[Chisholm, Shirley] Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed
Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm campaigned to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee in 1972. From the announcement of her candidacy in January to the Democratic National Convention in Miami that July, Chisholm's fight for inclusion encompassed all Americans "who agree that the institutions of this country belong to all of the people who inhabit it." Shunned by the political establishment, Chisholm asks people of color, feminists and young voters for their support to "reshape our society and take control of our destiny ..." To the surprise of many, voters responded. Directed and produced by Shola Lynch. 2004. 77 min. DVD 3669

The Choice
Examines the campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain. Draws on in-depth interviews with the advisers, family and friends closest to these unlikely candidates, as well as with seasoned observers of American politics, who together tell the definitive story of these men and their ascent to their party's nominations. Originally broadcast Oct. 14, 2008 as a segment of the PBS television program: Frontline. 120 min. DVD X820

[Chomsky , Noam] Noam Chomsky on the World: The Chomsky Sessions
Delves into the mind of American linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky through a series of candid interviews, lectures, and classroom discussions in which he traces the entire arc of 20th-century American politics, from 1920s public policy to 9/11. Contents : A working-class education -- Activists in a time of war -- Freedom and opportunity -- The 1960's -- The will of the people -- Alternatives to capitalism -- Democracy, fact or fiction? -- The vilification industry -- Freedom of the press -- The U.S., Cuba, and the Neo-Liberal system -- International solidarity -- The influence of Bertrand Russell -- Ecological warfare -- The impact of September 11th -- Definitions of terrorism -- A theory of natural selection. Directed by Will Pascoe. c2008. 70 min. DVD X6088

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[Clinton, Bill] Meet the Press with Tim Russert. Bill Clinton: November 9, 1997
Topping the list of issues includes Saddam Hussein in Iraq and questions of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Then the restructuring of Medicare and Social Security, campaign finance reform, gay rights, a flat income tax and a national sales tax and a fast-track trade authority are discussed. Dist.: Films Media Group. 38 min. DVD X214

[Clinton, Bill] Rhetorical Highlights from the Impeachment of Bill Clinton
Examines the legislative impeachment of Bill Clinton through step-by-step documentary film of the impeachment process including questioning of witnesses, testimony by Representatives of the House and Senate and lawyers as the impeachment process is debated in the House, the Senate trial, and the final vote tally. Testimony by: Bill Clinton, Ken Starr, Barney Frank, Henry Hyde, John Lewis, Bob Barr, Charles Schumer, Richard Gephardt -- House vote on articles of impeachment -- White house response to house vote (Albert Gore) -- Official proceedings begin in the Senate -- Testimony by: Ed Bryant, Asa Hutchinson, Bob Barr, Defense Attorney Charles Ruff -- Clinton delivers State of the Union address -- Testimony by: David Kendall, Dale Bumpers, Asa Hutchinson, Henry Hyde -- Final vote. 2000. 105 min. DVD 4940

[Clinton, Bill] Road to the Presidency: Inside the Clinton Campaign
Three groundbreaking documentaries on Bill Clinton's road to the presidency presenting an unprecedented view of the 1992 Presidential election. Go inside the 'War Room' and get a startling up-close view of Bill Clinton's path through the primaries, the Democratic convention, and the televised debates with President George Bush. Goes beyond simple campaign reporting and gives a compelling view that is funny and poignant as well as instructive. c2004. 164 min. DVD 3004

[Clinton, Bill] Clinton Administration
The first segment examines the consistency and success of President Bill Clinton's human rights policies with particular reference to China and Haiti through interviews with former president Jimmy Carter and representatives from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. The second segment examines advocacy for the release of the native American activist and prisoner, Leonard Peltier. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 12, 1993. 27 min. Video/C 6691

[Clinton, Bill] The Clinton Chronicles.
"For the first time on video, a documentary that puts together the whole story!--The names and faces of the key players who Clinton used to build his Circle of Power as well as those who got in his way and lost their jobs, reputations, virtue and lives! From Whitewater to ADFA ... From millions in drug smuggling in Mena, Arkansas, to money laundering with the BCCI ... From Gennifer Flowers to Paula Jones ... From Vince Foster's "suicide" to the gangland slaying of private investigator Jerry Parks." [from container]. Citizens for Honest Government, 996. 104 min. Video/C 5273

[Clinton, Bill] The War Room.
Directed by D.A. Pennebaker, 1993. Documentary about the Clinton presidential campaign, from the New Hampshire primary to the victory party 10 months later. At the center are the two men most responsible for Clinton's victory--James Carville, the campaign manager, and George Stephanopoulos, the communications director. This is a compelling portrait of these two men as they successfully masterminded strategies for such events as the Democratic National Convention, the debates with Bush and Perot and the election itself. 96 min. DVD 1430; also VHS Video/C 4030

[Clinton, Hillary Rodham] Conversation with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
An interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton who talks about her experiences in the White House and about her family. She also describes some of her early experiences and expounds upon her love of politics and political issues. Segment from the television program Road to the White House, aired 01/17/1997. 39 min. Video/C 6939

Cointelpro 101
Cointelpro 101 exposes illegal surveillance, disruption, and outright murder committed by the US government in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Cointelpro refers to the official FBI COunter INTELigence PROgram carried out to surveil, imprison, and eliminate leaders of social justice movements and to disrupt, divide, and destroy the movements as well. Many of the government's crimes are still unknown. Through interviews with activists who experienced these abuses first-hand, with rare historical footage, the film provides an educational introduction to a period of intense repression and draws relevant lessons for the present and future. Interviews with: Muhammad Ahmad (Max Stanford), Bob Boyle, Kathleen Cleaver, Ward Churchill, Kathleen Cleaver, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Jose Lopez, Geronimo Ji-Jaga Pratt, Lucy Rodriguez, etc. Production team, Andres Alegria, Prentis Hemphill, Anita Johnson and Claude Marks. 2011. 56 min. DVD X5779

Coming Apart: Nothing to Fear. (Century: Events that Shaped the World; 9.)
In the early 1930's mass unemployment, widespread hunger, and a mood of fearful pessimism and simmering unrest were Herbert Hoover's legacy to American's new chief executive. This program spotlights the early days of Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency, where he scrambled to transform the New Deal from a campaign slogan to nothing short of a social revolution--while staving off attacks by those who viewed him as a dictator and his reforms as a threatening turn to the left. 43 min. Video/C 6350

Coming Apart: Picture This. (Century: Events that Shaped the World; 10.)
In the late 1940's, while the Soviet Union and the U.S. eyed each other over the Iron Curtain, conservative Americans at all levels of society worried about communist infiltration--especially in the movie industry, since that medium plays a huge role in shaping public perceptions and attitudes. This program reveals a time of McCarthyism and career-ending blacklists, a time when freedom of speech itself became a casualty in the desperate fight to protect democracy from "The red menace." 43 min. Video/C 6351

The Congress.
A Ken Burns film. Blending contemporary cinematography, rare photographs and newsreels, live footage and interviews, this films presents a chronicle of the first 200 years of Congress, the government body that has voted our nations' laws into being. 90 min. Video/C 1479

Congress, We the People (each tape 29 min.)
Who Serves in Congress? Video/C 591
Congressional Elections. Video/C 592
"And if elected ..." Video/C 593
Congress in Committee. Video/C 594
Congress, Committees and Consensus. Video/C 595
Who Runs Congress? Video/C 596
Varieties of Leadership. Video/C 587
Rules and Norms. Video/C 598
The Congressional Establishment. Video/C 599
A Day in the House. Video/C 600
Yeas and Nays. Video/C 601
A Congress of Communities. Video /C 602
Congressional Home styles. Video/C 603
Lobbying Congress. Video/C 604
Influence and Interests. Video/C 605
Congress and the President. Video/C 606
The Power to Impeach. Video/C 607
Congress and the Bureaucracy. Video/C 608
Congress and the Court. Video/C 609
Congress and the Media. Video/C 610
Ethics and Money. Video/C 611
The Power of the Purse. Video/C 612

The Constitution: That Delicate Balance.
Produced by Columbia University Seminars on Media and Society, in association with WNET/New York and WTTW/Chicago, 1984, 60 min. each

This series available for online viewing (Requires initial registration at site) [Requires Windows Media player]

1. Executive Privilege and the Delegation of Powers. Can the President's conversations with advisors remain secret when Congress demands to know what was said? Philip W. Buchen, former counsel to President Ford, the Hon. Archibald Cox, Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski, former president Gerald Ford and Ben Wattenberg of the American Enterprise Institute discuss a hypothetical case centering on congressional attempts to review records of conversations between the President and his Secretary of Energy. Video/C 6986

2. War Powers and Covert Action. If the President, as Commander in Chief, decides to declare war, can Congress restrain him? Debating the issue are Gerald Ford, former CIA Director Bobby Inman, former Sec. of State, Edmund Muskie, and others. Video/C 6986

3. Nomination, Election and Succession of the President. Explores the role of political parties in nominating a president, the flexibility of the electoral college when no candidate is clearly electable, and the governmental mechanisms set into motion when a president becomes disabled. Edmund Muskie, former presidential press secretary Jody Powell, party officials and others discuss these issues. Video/C 6987

4. Criminal Justice and a Defendant's Right to a Fair Trial. Focuses on legal ethics and the Exclusionary Rule. A panel of prosecutors, law enforcement officials, mayors and journalists weigh the right of the accused to a fair trial against a society trying to control crime yet preserve individual freedoms. Includes commentary by Bronx district attorney Mario Merola, New York mayor Edward Koch, CBS News anchor Dan Rather and others. Video/C 6987

5. Crime and Insanity. Is a psychiatric evaluation precise enough to be allowed as testimony in a court of law? U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Irving Kaufman, Hastings Center President Willard Gaylin, and others discuss the use of psychiatry in law. Video/C 6988

6. Crime and Punishments. Cruel and unusual punishment from overcrowding in prisons to the death penalty is debated by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Arthur Alarcon, Federal Bureau of Prisons director, Norman Carlson, government leaders, civil libertarians, and journalists. Video/C 6988

7. Campaign Spending. Do limits on campaign spending infringe on 1st Amendment rights? This film examines the role of money in political campaigns and recent Supreme Court rulings in this area. Political consultant David Garth, Washington Post columnist David Broder, Bill Moyers and others explore such issues as limits to contributions, financial demands of political campaigns, political action committees, and public financing. Video/C 6989

8. National Security and Freedom of the Press. What right does the public have to know about national security issues? The nation's leading judges, lawyers, journalists, law enforcement officials, former Cabinet members and senators discuss constitutional issues concerning national security and freedom of the press. Video/C 6989

9. School Prayer, Gun Control, and the Right to Assemble. Examines a series of events which embroiled a small town in First and Second Amendment controversies, through commentary by Griffin Bell, former Sec. of Education Shirley Hufstedler, civil liberties counsel Jeanne Baker, and journalists, congressmen, government officials, and defense lawyers. Video/C 6990

10. Right to Live, Right to Die. Gloria Steinem, Joseph Califano, Rep. Henry Hyde, Phil Donahue, and others discuss the right to make intensely individual decisions about dying, abortion, personal freedom, and privacy. Video/C 6990

11. Immigration Reform. A discussion concerning the large number of immigrants coming into the United States each year and the impact they are having in all sections of society. Examines criteria for admitting foreigners into the United States, legal aliens' rights to social services, employer's responsibilities in hiring undocumented persons, and the rights of illegal aliens. These issues are debated by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Arlin Adams, Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, and immigration officials and journalists. Video/C 6991

12. Affirmative Action and Reverse Discrimination. Are quotas based on sex or race unconstitutional? Ellen Goodman, former EEOC chair Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington Post columnist William Raspberry, United Federation of Teachers president Albert Shanker and others debate a hypothetical case regarding the application of affirmative action to a university faculty tenure decision. Video/C 6991

13. Federalism. Examines areas of federal-state dispute and the role of the court as referee. Senators Orrin Hatch and Daniel Moynihan and Columbia University professor Diane Ravitch among others discuss such questions as whether the Federal Government can offer special incentives to local school boards to foster the national good and if so, will the standards it imposes lead to a meritocracy? Focuses specifically on access to public school buildings by the handicapped and federal control of curricula. Video/C 6992

[The Constitution:] That Delicate Balance II
(Columbia University Seminars on Media and Society). Fred Friendly hosts this series on the Bill of Rights and its effect on the United States. 1992. 58 min. each, except as noted.

1. The relevance of the Bill of Rights to the 20th century dispute over abortion. 89 min. Video/C 2936

2. The debate over the interpretations of the right to free speech, including offensive speech, and protections of symbolic speech. Video/C 2937

3. Using a hypothetical high-profile rape case, this program explores questions on press access to information, gag rules, rape shield law and other constitutional issues that put the right of free press in conflict with the right to a fair trial by an impartial jury. Video/C 2938

4. Explores the problems of racial imbalances in public institutions, the constitutionality of all black-male public schools, and other issues form the current political debate. Video/C 2939

5. Explores the use of children's testimony, information from cell-mate informers, the impact of victim's testimony, the value and potential abuse of habeas proceedings, and the myriad of constitutional issues that can arise from a murder trial. Video/C 2940

[Constitution of the United States] Video resources on the Constitution 2009
Videos examining key constitutional concepts. The first disc focuses on the right of freedom of speech and the history and importance of jury service. The second disc examines the Supreme Court decisions that non-citizens have due process rights (Yick Wo and the Equal Protection clause ) and the challenge by Fred Korematsu of Exec. order 9066 (1941) consigning people of Japanese ancestry to internment camps. Contents: Disc 1. Conversation on the Constitution with Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Anthony M. Kennedy : freedom of speech - Conversation on the Constitution with Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Anthony M. Kennedy : jury service - FAQs : juries. -- Disc 2. The Constitution project : Yick Wo and the Equal Protection clause - Constitution project : Korematsu and civil liberties. 98 min. DVD X1973

Constructing Public Opinion: How Politicians and the Media Misrepresent the Public
The media regularly use public opinion polls in their reporting of important news stories. But how exactly do they report them and to what end? In this interview, Professor Justin Lewis demonstrates the way in which polling data are themselves used by media to not just reflect what Americans think but instead to construct public opinion itself. Addressing issues such as the role the media play in "manufacturing consent" for political elites, what polls really tell us about public opinion, and what Americans actually think about politics, the program provides a new way to think about the relationship between politics, mediaand the public. 2001. 31 min. Video/C 8761

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A Conversation on the Constitution: Judicial Independence /
U.S. Supreme Court Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, and Sandra Day O'Connor fielded questions in Washington Tuesday, May 16, 2006 from 50 high school students from the Philadelphia and Los Angeles areas. The students and justices discussed the significance of the judiciary and the ways that independence is protected by the Constitution. Panel: Stephen G. Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor. 2006. 33 min. DVD 6191

Counting on Democracy
Investigates the disenfranchisement of voters in the 2000 Presidential election and claims that Florida governor Jeb Bush's office tried to bury evidence of the exclusion of tens of thousands of legal voters from the voter rolls. A film by Danny Schechter 2002. 57 min. Video/C 1644

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Cover-up: Behind the Iran Contra Affair.
Reveals the arms for hostages deal and also the activities of a shadow government made up of US military personnel, C.I.A. agents, arms dealers, drug smugglers, and assassins, which operates with the sanction of the elected government. 76 min. Video/C 1644

Crashing the Parties: Third Party Politics in America.
Examines the history and current state of third party politics in the United States, as seen through the prism of the 2000 presidential election. A vital and timely case study that considers whether a two-party or a multi-party system is best for America. Features interviews with 2000 third party presidential candidates, journalists and others. Written and produced by Darren Garnick. 2002. 56 min. Video/C MM619

Damned in the U.S.A. and Obscenity, Hate Speech and the First Amendment.
Damned in the U.S.A features Jesse Helms, Christie Hefner, Donald Wildmon, Luther Campbell, Al D'Amato, Andres Serrano. Debate panel: John Frohnmayer, David Llewellyn, Bruce Herschensohn, Carol Sobel. covers the most significant battles over freedom of expression and censorship in the arts over the last five years. From the Mapplethorpe controversy to the debate over the lyrics of 2 Live Crew, from government sponsorship of artists to morally motivated boycotts, this film addresses both sides of the censorship debate in all its complexity. Film is followed by a debate which broadens the discussion of the First Amendment as it provides a sober, balanced look at the limits placed on freedom of speech. 126 min. total running time. Video/C 4199

Dear Jesse.
Gay North Carolina filmmaker Tim Kirkman's open letter to his senator, Jesse Helms whom he criticizes for his anti-homosexual policies. Also includes footage of an interview with Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was murdered, a victim of a hate crime. Writer/director, Tim Kirkman. Originally produced in 1998. 83 min. Video/C 7185

Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and His Legacy
Legendary organizer Saul Alinsky led the movement to empower disenfranchised communities through collective action. His life influenced the struggles for civil rights, the farm workers movement and redefined the very nature of political protest. This film examines Alinsky's life and influence through work being done by two contemporary people's organizations. 1999. 57 min. Video/C 6466

Doing Justice: The Life & Trials of Arthur Kinoy.
A biography of the civil rights lawyer, Arthur Kinoy, from his attempt to stay the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, through the civil rights movement, to the unanimous Supreme Court decision on wiretapping. 1993. 51 min. Video/C 4130

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Edward R. Murrow Collection: The McCarthy Years.
SEE McCarthy, Joseph

[Eisenhower, Dwight D.] Ike(Presidents Collection. The Republicans.).
Presents a fresh reassessment of Dwight D. Eisenhower's legacy and tells the personal story of the man who played a key role in world events through two of the most critical decades in this century. Incorporates recently declassified information, extensive archival footage of World War II and the 1950s, still photographs, excerpts from his correspondence and diaries, interviews with historians and members of the Eisenhower family. 2000. 144 min. DVD 968

[Eisenhower, Dwight D.] The Eisenhower Presidency, [with] Stephen Ambrose(Conversations; 71).
A conversation with Stephen Ambrose, Professor of History at the University of New Orleans, on the Eisenhower presidency, Eisenhower's skills in crisis management and management of large bureaucracies, his sense for the media, and his foreign policy. Recorded in 1987 at the University of California, Berkeley. 30 min. Video/C 1458

The End of America
Based on the book by Naomi Wolf, investigates parallels between threats to American democracy under George W. Bush and the rise of dictators and fascism in once-free societies, from the use of paramilitary groups and secret prisons to targeted suspension of the rule of law. Directed by Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern. 2008. 71 min. DVD X970

[CNN] Election 2000.
Relive the contested presidential Election of 2000 - from the drama of Election Night to the Florida recounts, from the intense war of words between the candidates' camps to the momentous legal actions in the U.S. and Florida Supreme Courts. 2001. 65 mins. DVD 2350

Election 2000: The Florida Squeeze.
The sensational 2000 presidential election that made "butterfly ballot" and "chad" household words, caused an uproar over the malfunctioning mechanics and the validity of America's electoral process. What is being done to see that major voting irregularities cease to occur again? David Gergen, adviser to four former presidents; David Leahy, supervisor of elections for Miami-Dade County; and Mark Seibel, managing editor of The Miami Herald, suggest ways to reform America's voting system. c2003. 30 min. DVD 2016

Erik Barnouw Looks at Television and Election: Is U.S. Democracy Going Down the Tube?
Paper Tiger TV. Erik Barnouw presents his views of the American election process which requires political candidates to become indebted to special interest groups in order to amass the huge sums of money required to "sell" themselves through mass media to the American voters. Barnouw makes proposals for changing this current "anti-democratic" process. Video/C 2582

A highly realistic look at political campaigning from an angle that makes many of the facts funny, while underscoring the seeming fawning reliance of American politics on television coverage. Highlights what politicians do while waiting to speak rather than the content of their speeches. 1992. 75 min. Video/C MM197

Fender Philosophers
In an era when entire political platforms are boiled down into 30-second sound bites, bumper stickers offer a unique forum for Americans to express their most fervent opinions with unrivaled speed, wit, and audacity. This lively and often humorous documentary explores the power and diversity of bumper stickers, perhaps our most populist and ubiquitous form of public expression -- a veritable town hall meeting on wheels, with everyone having an equal opportunity to sound off. The video introduces a wide variety of people who create, produce, sell, and display bumper sitckers -- liberals and conservatives; environmentalists and ranchers; hippies, surfers, cynics, and conspiracy theorists; as well as entrepreneurs and impassioned activists across the entire political and social spectrum. The film shows that bumper stickers are not only a medium for the expression of opinions. They also serve as important selling devices for candidates and products, tools for advocating radical social change, insider codes for minority groups and organizations, and a key barometer of public opinion. This fascinating video will stimulate discussion in a wide variety of courses in popular culture, sociology, social psychology, American studies, and communication. Produced by Lisa Leeman. c1997. 27 min. Video/C MM550

The First Amendment Project
All three films were originally released in 2004. A compilation of three short films about the current state of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in the United States. Fox vs. Franken: When comedian Al Franken used Fox News' phrase "Fair and balanced" in his satiric book, the network sued. Fox lost in court and Franken earned national notoriety with a bestseller. Poetic license: Explores the implications of state-sponsored art through the story of New Jersey Poet Laureate Amiri Baraka and the outrage that erupted after a perfomance of his controversial poem, "Somebody blew up America," which is about the September 11 terrorist attacks. Some assembly required: Documents protestors at the 2004 Republican National Convention and examines the public's right to protest versus the need for public security. 2005. 72 min. DVD 4023

Fog of War
The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influential political figures of the 20th century. Now, he offers a candid and intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He offers new and often surprising insights into the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the effects of the Vietnam War. A film by Errol Morris. 2003. 107 min. DVD 2687

Fog of War (Conversation with Robert McNamara and Errol Morris)
Motion picture producer and director Errol Morris and former Sec. of Defense Robert S. McNamara discuss issues revealed in the film Fog of war which presents a look at McNamara's political career and views during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on November 4, 2004. 72 min. Video/C MM79

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For Which It Stands
Examines a variety of citizens' perspectives on the Americans flag, symbol of the American people, and the ways people have desecrated the flag. Includes interviews with politicians, representatives of the First Amendment Project, and the Citizens Flag Alliance. They discuss the First Amendment to the Constitution about prohibition of flag desecration. c2000. 24 min. Video/C MM707

[Ford, Gerald R.] Gerald R. Ford. (We the People; the President and the Constitution.)
President Ford discusses the War Powers Resolution and other Congressional limitations on presidential power, the personal qualities required of a President, limitations on presidential terms of office, the threat of assassination, and the difficulties that confront the legislative branch. Includes his views on decision-making in the context of the pardon of Richard Nixon, the seizure of Mayaguez, the summit meeting at Vladivostok, and other events in the Ford presidency. 60 min. Video/C 2472

[Ford, Gerald R.] Meet the Press with Tim Russert. Gerald R. Ford: November 9, 1975
Introduction: Tim Russert ; moderator: Lawrence Spivak. Becoming the first sitting president to appear on the program, President Ford speaks candidly about issues facing his administration. Topics of discussion include his major accomplishments; the nation's mood at the outset of the post-Watergate/post-Vietnam era; the state of detente between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.; budgetary and economic challenges; his views on George H.W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Ronald Reagan. Dist.: Films Media Group. 52 min. DVD X218

Free Speech for Sale: A Bill Moyer's Special.
This program examines the effect money has on free speech and political debate. In our society large corporations are increasingly able to drown out opposition by buying large amounts of air time, while their opponents are silenced by their lack of money. From North Carolina's hog industry to the defeat of the McCain Tobacco Bill to the passage of the Telecom Act of 1995, this program investigates the consequences for our democracy as media outlets are increasingly coming under control of only a few corporations. 1999. 57 min. Video/C 6369

From the Floor of the Convention
Presents a grassroots view of the presidential nominating convention by following three first-time delegates during the 1984 Democratic Convention in San Francisco. 1984. 28 min. Video/C MM702

[Gardner, John] John Gardner: Uncommon American
Chronicles the career of John Gardner, an "establishment" man who took on the establishment to build a better America. Called the "ultimate builder of ideas, people and causes," Gardner founded Common Cause and played an instrumental role in a vast array of enterprises: campaign finance reform, education reform, civil rights enforcement, Medicare, public television, volunteer action and community renewal. The film also tells the story of the unique relationship between President Lyndon Johnson, practical politician and Gardner, idea man, after his appointment in 1965 as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. 2000. 56 min. Video/C 8845

Follows the student council presidential campaign at one of the country's most prestigious public high schools, Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Candidates must choose running mates, navigate primaries, write political platforms,perform in televised debates, shake as many hands as possible, and win newspaper endorsements. Directed by Caroline Suh 2007. 80 min. DVD X1603

Takes a hard look at the framework of our democracy and how it provides our politicians a perfectly legal way to control electoral outcomes, posing a threat to democracy as a whole. A Jeff Reichert film. 2010. 79 min. DVD X6073

Forbes, Steve. "Reenfranchising Voters." Forbes, 11/8/2010, Vol. 186 Issue 8, p13-14, 2p UC users only
"Holden, Stephen. "The Dark Art of Drawing Political Lines." New York Times, 10/15/2010, p18, UC users only
Ruggiero, Mark. "Gerrymandering." Campaigns & Elections (2010), Sep2010, Vol. 31 Issue 295, p42-42 UC users only
Tanasse, Gisèle. "Gerrymandering." Educational Media Reviews Online

Guns & Mothers
This documentary explores the contentious debate over gun control, as seen through the eyes of two mothers on opposite sides of the issue. Frances Davis from Brooklyn, a member of the Million Moms, lost all three of her sons to gun violence and is a fierce advocate of gun control. Maria Heil, rural Pennsylvanian mother of four, serves as spokeswoman for the Second Amendment Sisters, a group formed in response to the Million Mom March in 2000. Includes footage from the 2000 Presidential debate concerning the debate over gun control. 2003. 53 min. Video/C MM320

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Hacking Democracy
Electronic voting machines count about 87% of the votes cast in America today. But are they reliable? Are they safe from tampering? From a current congressional hearing to persistent media reports that suggest misuse of data and even outright fraud, concerns over the integrity of electronic voting are growing by the day. And if the voting process is not secure, neither is America's democracy. This timely, cautionary documentary exposes gaping holes in the security of America's electronic voting system. Written and directed by Simon Ardizzone. 2006. 82 min. DVD 8055

American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire
Interviews with Karen Kwiatowski, Scott Ritter, Daniel Ellsberg, Jody Williams, Norman Mailer, Noam Chomsky, Medea Benjamin, Mark Crispin Miller, William Hartung, Vandana Shiva, Kevin Danaher, Chalmers Johnson, Benjamin Barber, Stan Goff, and others. Summary: Examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party has used the trauma of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social programs at home. Explains how the Bush administration has sold this radical plan for aggressive American military intervention by deliberately manipulating intelligence, political imagery and the fears of Americans after 9/11. Includes interviews with leading political observers of our time, commenting on the influence of the events of 9/11 and the war in Iraq. 2004. 64 min. Video/C MM251

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[Hiss, Alger] The Trials of Alger Hiss
Documentary and factual review of the Whittaker Chambers-Alger Hiss controversy. Consists of archival film and interviews. 165 min Video/C 766

Hollywood D. C: A Tale of Two Cities
A compelling documentary exploring the sometimes cozy, often contentious relationship between the U.S. federal government and the Hollywood entertainment industry. Through exclusive interviews, archival footage and clips from feature films, tells the history of both Hollywood and Washington and their shared conviction that the right combination of words and images could win over hearts and minds. 2000. 97 min. Video/C 8505

Hot Spots: Multimedia Analyses of Political Ads.
Political advertising studies illustrating how music, text, metaphor, genre, image, color, delivery, tempo, and location all combine to "orchestrate" political meaning in campaign advertisements and electioneering. Contents: 1. Paradigms of politics -- 2. How music and image deliver argument -- 3. Orchestrating politics -- 4. Communicating feeling -- 5. The politics of feeling. 1997. 63 min. Video/C 7235

[Hoover, Herbert]Meet the press with Tim Russert. Herbert Hoover: December 11, 1955
Largely dismissed as a President, Herbert Hoover is remembered today as a humanitarian with progressive views and a deep belief in the necessity of efficient government. Here the 81-year old president smoothly handles the give-and-take with a panel of journalists as he discusses the work of the Hoover Commission and promotes his idea for a new Executive Branch office: the Administrative Vice-President. Dist.: Films Media Group. 26 min. DVD X213

[Hoover, J. Edgar] G-men: The Rise of J. Edgar Hoover
(American Experience; 407). Film focuses on J. Edgar Hoover and his Government Men (G-Men) and the war they waged against the leading criminals of the 1930's. 58 min. DVD 7303 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2846

How a Bill Becomes a Law
One-on-one interviews with prominent legislators, lobbyists, and special interest group representatives carefully explain how a bill is conceived, moved through or killed in committee, amended, prepared for a vote, and sent for the President's or Governor's signature. 1993. 28 min. Video/C 6475

Ken Burns: The Historical Narrative on Television. 85 min. Video/C 4658

In Search of the Constitution.
Contents: In the beginning -- Mr. Justice Blackmun -- Mortimer Adler, teaching the Constitution -- Mr. Justice Brennan -- Ronald Dworkin, the changing story -- God and the Constitution, conversation with Martin Marty, conversation with Leonard Levy -- Strictly speaking, Attorney General Meese segment, Judge Bork segment -- Ms. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor -- For the people -- 1987 v. the Constitution -- Mr. Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. Video/C 1046

Takes an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the strategy employed by Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats in their bid to take over the House of Representatives in the 2006 elections. The film goes inside seven of the key contests around the country, following national players on both sides of the aisle, giving a view of the political process rarely revealed in the media. Featuring: Rahm Emanuel, Nancy Pelosi, James Carville, Newt Gingrich, Heath Shuler, Tammy Duckworth, Peter Roskam, Baron Hill, Brad Ellsworth, Christopher Shays, Diane Farrell, Jerry McNerney, John Hostettler, Tom Reynolds, Steny Hoyer, Chris Van Hollen, Charles Rangel, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, John McCain, Wesley Clark, Mike Sodrel, Tim Mahoney, Richard Pombo, Naftali Bendavid, Stanley Greenberg, Norman Ornstein, Josh Kurtz, Richard Viguerie, Frank Luntz, Earl Blumenauer, Charlie Cook, Donna Brazile, Emanuel Cleaver, Phyllis Schlafly. Director, Karen Elizabeth Price. Special features (150 min.): extended interviews with Emanuel, Pelosi, Gingrich, Carville, Luntz, Hoyer, Cook and Van Hollen; bonus interview with Wayne Pacelle; 3 deleted scenes; theatrical trailer. c2009. 93 min. DVD X5109

Informing America: the Census Bureau at Work.
Describes the types of statistics the Census Bureau gathers about the population, the economy, education, family life, housing, crime, etc., and shows how these statistics are made available and are used. 16 min. Video/C 4539

Inside the CIA: On Company Business.
A three part series using interviews and newsreel footage to outline the history of the CIA, and the various political incidents in which the CIA has been involved. 58 min. each installment
Part 1: What part did the CIA play in the Cold War? How instrumental were they in the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the overthrow of Allende in Chile? This first segment starts at the end of WWII when the company was formed and presents various political incidents that the CIA has played a major role in throughout the last forty years. 1990. Video/C 9333
Part 2: Assassination as a tool of America's foreign policy has always been kept under wraps -- until key ex-agents began to tell their shocking stories. Presented here are some of the plots by the CIA to murder the leaders of various governments round the world, including Fidel Castro. Video/C 9334
Part 3: The CIA has two goals: gathering information and influencing the balance of world power. When a world leader's policies did not match those of the CIA, the "Company" used subversion to topple or destabilize the government. This could mean restoring the Shah of Iran to power, overthrowing Chile's Marxist government and continuously destabilizing Latin American politics. Video/C 9335

[Jefferson, Thomas] Thomas Jefferson.
A film by Ken Burns. Examines the life of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence.

Part I: Life/Liberty; Our Sacred Honor. In this segment a young Jefferson is transformed by the fire of the Enlightenment into his country's most articulate voice for human liberty. Torn between family life at Monticello and his passion for politics, Jefferson suffers heartrending personal loss, even as he gives voice to a new democratic government. He then journeys to Paris as U.S. Minister to France for George Washington and supports the rising French Revolution. 90 min. Video/C 5395

Part II: Liberty, The Age of Experiments; The Pursuit of Happiness. The second part of a two-part documentary which examines the life of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence. In this segment a mature Jefferson returning from France, strives to preserve the fragile American government and helps create the first political party through his bitter struggles with the Federalists. As President he doubles the size of the country with the Louisiana Purchase but faces scandal and controversy, finally retiring to his beloved Monticello. After having advanced religious, political and intellectual freedom in the new United States, his last years are spent founding the University of Virginia and re-establishing his friendship with John Adams. 90 min. Video/C 5396

[Jefferson, Thomas] Jefferson's Blood
Examines Thomas Jefferson's life in the context of his times and looks at the contradictions in Jefferson's character, weighing the decisions he made in his private life with his public pronouncements on slavery and race-mixing. Follows the descendants of Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings as they research their family history and sort out their place along America's blurred color line. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television program Frontline. 2000. 60 min. Video/C 8717

[Johnson, Lyndon B.] LBJ (American Experience; 444).
Contents: v. 1. Beautiful Texas. My fellow Americans -- v. 2. We shall overcome. The last believer. 239 min. DVD 971; also VHS Video/C 2344

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[Johnson, Lyndon B.] LBJ
A bitter satire by the Cuban filmmaker Santiago Alvarez of President Lyndon Baines Johnson presented through a montage of film clips and photographs and a cartoon of Johnson. The film is divided into three sections which correspond to Johnson's initials. L is for Martin Luther King, B is for Bobby Kennedy and J is for John F. Kennedy. Alvarez implicates Johnson in all three assassinations, portraying his presidency as the culmination of a history of socio-political corruption. 1968. 18 min. Video/C 8865

[Johnson, Lyndon B.] The LBJ Tapes
A unique view into the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson through recently released Oval Office tapes. Covers involvement in Vietnam, events surrounding the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi and off-the-record conversations with FBI Director J. Originally broadcast on the television program Nightline on October 16, 1996. 23 min. Video/C 5953

[Johnson, Lyndon B.] Meet the Press with Tim Russert. Lyndon B. Johnson, October 9, 1960
Panel: Robert Abernathy, NBC News; Jack Steele, Scripps-Howard Newspapers; William S. White, United Features Syndicate; and Lawrence E. Spivak, NBC. Introduction: Tim Russert; moderator: Ned Brooks. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson talks of his campaign for the vice- presidency and aspects of the Kennedy/Johnson presidential platform as he states his views on the civil rights movement, Vice President Richard Nixon, the federal budget under the Eisenhower administration, and whether Senator Kennedy is justly called an "apostle of appeasement' In foreign policy. 28 min. Dist.: Films Media Group. 52 min. DVD X225

[Kennedy, John F.] Being with John F. Kennedy.
Inside portrait of John F. Kennedy. 100 min. Video/C 587

[Kennedy, John F.] Four Days in November
Assembled from nearly 8,000,000 feet of film, stills, snapshots and tapes, this documentary presents the assassination of John F. Kennedy according to the findings of the Warren Commission. An intimate portrait of a man and his grieving family, the film provides an in-depth look at JFK and the events surrounding the last four days of his life. Produced and directed by Mel Stuart. Originally produced in 1964. 123 min. DVD X1008

[Kennedy, John F.] Image of an Assassination: A New Look at the Zapruder Film.
A state-of-the-art digital replication of the home movies shot by manufacturer Abraham Zapruder of the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963, which has become one of the most important documents of the 20th century. This documentary chronicles the events leading up to the filming and the painstaking process of digitally duplicating the motion picture sequence undertaken by Zapruder, his business associates, photography experts and employees of the National Archives. The final results are an enhanced film in various sequences...including a version that is 64% wider than has been seen before. 1998. 45 min. DVD X419; vhs Video/C 5504

Lardner, George, Jr. "Zapruder film set for August video release." (Abraham Zapruder accidently chronicled the assassination of John F. Kennedy) Washington Post v121 (Fri, June 26, 1998):B1, col 1, 42 col in.
Margolick, David. "Owning history: does film of Kennedy assassination belong to all or to one?" (column) New York Times v138 (Fri, Nov 25, 1988):B9(N), B20(L), col 1, 18 col in.
Simon, Art. "Image of an Assassination." (review) Cineaste v24, n1 (Winter, 1998):83 (2 pages).
"The Zapruder Film." (home video of the assassination of President Kennedy taken by Abraham Zapruder in Dallas, Texas becomes government property)(Editorial) New York Times v147 (Tue, June 23, 1998):A20(N), A18(L), col 1, 7 col in.

[Kennedy, John F.]The JFK Assassination
The latest forensic techniques shed new light on the theories surrounding Kennedy's death. Originally broadcast in 2004 on the television series Investigating history on the History Channel. 45 min. DVD X747

[Kennedy, John F.]JFK Films
Presents the film legacy of John F. Kennedy's presidential reign through television coverage and newsreels aired between 1960 and 1963. Covers his press conferences, the space race, the announcement of the Peace Corps and other international and domestic issues of his presidency. Universal newsreels: Kennedy elected (11/10/60, 6 min.) -- Strategy talks: Kennedy confers with his Congress (12/22/60, 1 min.) -- Inauguration: Kennedy sworn in (1/23/61, 6 min.) -- Peace Corps: Kennedy outlines general program (3/13/61, 3 min.) -- Anglo-U.S. amity (4/6/61, 6 min.) -- Cosmos pioneer: Soviets orbit man in space (4/13/61, 1 min.) -- As the world watched: Spaceman hailed after U.S. triumph (5/8/61, 2 min.) -- India [visit by the first lady] (3/22/62, 2 min.) -- Kennedy on Telstar: Europe sees news conference (7/23/62, 1 min.) -- Income tax cut: Kennedy hopes to spur economy (8/13/62, 2 min.) -- Kennedy tour [of America]: Kennedy calls for U.S. lead in space (9/13/62, 4 min.) -- Kennedy tour [of America]: Kennedy inspects missile bases (12/10/62, 2 min.) -- Space tour: Kennedy inspects missile center/ Reds free professor (11/18/63, 3 min.) -- JFK Presidential press conferences: 24 highlight outakes from the first televised presidential press conferences (25 min.) -- An Answer: President addresses the men of the Second Fleet and Second Marine Division (1962, col., 30 min.) DVD 5959

[Kennedy, John F.]JFK, a Presidency Revealed
A comprehensive portrait of John F. Kennedy, complete with rarely-heard recordings of JFK and Robert F, Kennedy, interviews with personal confidantes, insiders and highly-placed sources, and home videos of the Kennedy family. Includes a biography of Joseph Kennedy, Sr., father of the Kennedy dynasty. Contents: Disc 9. JFK, a presidency revealed / produced by David Taylor ; hosted by Frank Sesno -- Disc 10. Biography: JFK, a personal story ; Biography: Joseph Kennedy, Sr. : father of an American dynasty. 300 min. DVD X746

[Kennedy, John F.]The JFK Tapes: [Eavesdropping on the Cuban Missile Crisis].
The John F. Kennedy Library recently released tapes of dicussions held on October 22, 1962, debating the actions that the U.S. should take to counter the Soviet missiles based in Cuba. The Senators advocated air strikes but others thought that the preparation time needed would jeopardize U.S. security. As it turned out, the U.S. underestimated the size of the Soviet presence in Cuba. The discussions concluded just 45 minutes before President Kennedy went on national television to announce the blockade of Cuba. Moderator and interviewer, Cokie Roberts; interview with Robert S. McNamara alternates with excerpts of taped discussions between John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara and Dean Rusk and the National Security Council and Senators Richard Russell and J.W. Fulbright. Broadcast as a Nightline program December 24, 1994. 33 min. Video/C 6261

[Kennedy, John F.] Kennedy v. Wallace: A Crisis Up Close.
(American Experience) A film originally made in 1963 of President John F. Kennedy and the governor of Alabama, George Wallace, during the confrontation over desegregation of Alabama schools. Re-edited to include thoughts of U.S. Attorney General, Nicholas Katzenbach. 60 min. Video/C 2876

[Kennedy, John F.] The Kennedys.
Through extensive interviews, still photographs and archival footage, film explores the building of the Kennedy legend, and the shaping of the Kennedy fortune and political dynasty by the family's patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy. Part 1 traces the lives of Joe and Rose and their nine children, focusing particularly on Joseph Jr., John, Robert, and Edward. Part 2 focuses on the presidency of John and the political careers of Robert and Edward. The American experience. 231 min. DVD 970; also VHS Video/C 2844

[Kennedy, John F.]Meet the Press with Tim Russert. John F. Kennedy, January 3, 1960
Introduction: Tim Russert ; moderator: Ned Brooks. John F. Kennedy talks politics and his campaign for the presidency. In this edition the Massachusetts Senator addresses matters of campaign finance, the prospect of running against Richard Nixon, the role his Catholic faith might play in the campaign ahead, the historical importance of a Democratic Party win in the upcoming election, and his respectful but firm resolve to decline the Democratic nomination for Vice President if he is not nominated for President. Kennedy also touches upon the possibility of dying in office. Dist.: Films Media Group. 27 min. DVD X220

[Kennedy, John F.]Meet the Press with Tim Russert. John F. Kennedy, December 2, 1951
Introduction: Tim Russert ; moderator: Martha Rountree, with Ernest Lindley, May Craig, James Reston and Lawrence Spivak. In this interview Kennedy addresses government corruption, the likelihood of General Eisenhower running for President, and his own aspiration to a seat in the Senate. He also comments on U.S. relations with the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Dist.: Films Media Group. 27 min. DVD X330

[Kennedy, John F.]Primary (1961)
A candid film covering the political campaign efforts during the 1960 Wisconsin Democratic Presidential Primary when Sen. John F. Kennedy upset Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey. Shot entirely in synchronous sound with light-weight portable equipment, the film revolutionized documentary filmmaking with its spontaneous, unobtrusive and highly intimate style. Credits: Conceived and produced by Robert Drew for Time-Life Broadcast; directed by Ricky Leacock, Don Pennebaker, Robert Drew, Al Maysles. 60 min. DVD 2112; VHS Video/C 4839
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

[Kennedy, John F.]Reasonable Doubt: The Single-bullet Theory and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Examines the Warren commission's controversial single-bullet theory in an attempt to answer the question: was Lee Harvey Oswald John F. Kennedy's sole assassin, or were there conspirators? 51 min. Video/C 1754

[Kennedy, John F.]Virtual JFK
Examines whether the U.S. would have escalted the war in Vietnam if Kennedy had not been assassinated. The film employs what Harvard historian Niall Ferguson calls "virtual history," assessing the plausibility of counterfactuals--"what ifs"--the outcomes they might have produced. Tracing Kennedy's presidency through rare and previously unseen archival footage offers accounts of the former president's political decisions. Extras: Theatrical trailer, Lyndon Johnson on resumption of the bombing of North Vietnam 1/31/66, Lyndon Johnson State of the Union address 1/10/67, Lyndon Johnson on the resumption of the bombing of North Vietnam 3/31/68. Director, Koji Masutani. 1009. 80 min. DVD X2160

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[Kennedy, Robert] RFK
This probing and perceptive biography reassesses the remarkable and tragic life of the third Kennedy son, Robert Francis Kennedy. A man who would almost certainly have been president if his violent assassination hadn't intervened. Features extensive interviews with family members, friends, journalists, Washington insiders, and civil rights activists. Profiles the pivotal roles RFK played in the many major events of the 1960's - the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights movement, and the war in Vietnam. Written and directed by David Grubin. 2004. 120 min. DVD 8789

[Kennedy, Robert] RFK Assassination Investigation.
A re-investigation of bullet holes in the pantry area in conjunction with the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Video/C 1192

[Kennedy, Robert] Senator Kennedy Assassination June 5, 1968.
California State Archives. RFK assassination investigation papers composite of motion picture films. Video/C 1191

[Kerry, John]Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry
Takes an inside look at Senator John Kerry's tour of duty in Vietnam, his contributions to the peace movement that followed, and how these experiences came to shape his future political career. Loosely based on the book Tour of Duty by Douglas Brinkley. 2004. 88 min. DVD 3076

Key Constitutional Concepts
These three 20- minute videos examine key constitutional concepts. The first explains why the nation's framers created the Constitution. The second describes the protection of individual rights by highlighting the Supreme Court case of Gideon v. Wainwright, affirming the right to an attorney. The last explores the separation of powers by examining the Supreme Court case of Youngstown v. Sawyer, a challenge to President Truman's decision to take over steel mills during the Korean War. Part 1. Creating a constitution -- Part 2. One man changes the Constitution, Gideon v. Wainwright -- Part 3. Checks and balances, Youngstown v. Sawyer. 2006. 60 min. DVD 6190

The King of Steeltown: Hardball Politics in the Heartland
Takes an in-depth look at the 1999 Democratic mayoral primary in East Chicago, Indiana, a city struggling with the decline of the steel industry. The film focuses on the election campaign of Robert Pastrick, mayor for three decades described as the last of America's political bosses, and challenger Stephen Stiglich. The film examines a political culture that is vanishing ... elections that center around old time politicians who have dominated their political campaigns for years who are polished in the strategies of hardball politics. Produced and directed by Chris Sautter. 2001. 75 min. Video/C 9654

[Kissinger, Henry] The Trials of Henry Kissinger
Did Henry Kissinger sabatoge the 1968 Vietnam peace talks for his own personal gain? Did he orchestrate the secret bombing of Cambodia or quietly approve of Indonesia's genocidal assault on East Timor in 1975? Did he authorize covert operations to overthrow a Chilean President? This explores how a young boy who fled Nazi Germany grew up to become one of the most powerful and controversial figures in United States history. 2003. 80 min. DVD 1849

[Kissinger, Henry] Kissinger in Retrospect.
Reporters Martin Agronsky and Stanley Karnow trace the life and career of Henry Kissinger, presenting a critical examination of Kissinger's role in US Foreign policy during the Nixon and Ford Administrations. 90 min. DVD X1192 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 215

[LaRouche, Lyndon H.]Firewall: In Defense of the Nation-state
American economist and political activist Lyndon H. LaRouche comments on the causes and history of the current financial crisis of 2008 and proposes a solution to the "failing financial systems in the United States." 2008. 80 min. DVD 9514

Legacy: Murder and Media, Politics and Prisons.
From murders to manhunts to a win-at-all costs political campaign, this riveting expose presents the disturbing story behind the passage of California's stringent "three strikes" law. Through candid interviews and news footage, Mike Reynolds and Marc Klaas--both fathers of murdered children--and other key players including judges, legal analysts, and state officials illuminate both sides of this heated issue, revealing how criminal justice policy is debated and promoted in today's media-saturated political climate--particulary in a state where more money is spent on prisons than on education. 1999. 60 min. Video/C 6370

[Libby, Irv "Scooter" Lewis] Federal Grand Jury Indictment
Filmed Following the indictment on 5 counts of obstruction of justice, perjury and providing false information by the vice president's chief of staff, Irv Lewis "Scooter" Libby, in an investigation into White House leaks of confidential information involving a CIA operative, President Bush spoke briefly to reporters about the indictments. October 28, 2005. 1 min. DVD 4850

[Lincoln, Abraham] Lincoln.
Based on the book of the same title by Philip B. Kunhardt. Captures the drama of Lincoln in his own words. Drawn from letters, speeches and diaries, Lincoln's words are brought to life by the voice of actor, Jason Robards. Uses historic black and white photographs to portray Lincoln and the period of the Civil War in American history. Contents: pt. 1. The making of a president: 1860-1862 -- pt. 2. The pivotal year: 1863 -- pt. 3. "I want to finish this job": 1864 -- pt. 4. "Now he belongs to the ages": 1865. 4 cassettes, 56 min. each. Video/C 2807 Pt. 1-4

[Lincoln, Abraham] Lincoln in the White House
Directed by William C. McGann. "This dramatization begins with Lincoln's first inaugural address. We see his relationship with his wife and their young son Tad, Lincoln receiving news of the firing on Fort Sumter, disagreements within his cabinet, their dark anticipation of Lee's victory at Gettysburg, Lincoln's characteristic quiet at the news of victory there, the President's pardoning of a Wisconsin boy who's fallen asleep at his post, Tad's illness, and the Gettysburg address." [IMDB] 1939. Included on DVD X344

The Living Room Campaign
Traces the impact of political commercials on American national elections since the Eisenhower campaign first used the practice, to the first political debates on TV, to more modern media situations and figures. Shows ads from 1952-1988 and explores the many different kinds of political ads including attack ads, feel good ads, false inferences, symbolism, public persuasion, opinion and reaction. Includes the controversial series of "Willie Horton ads" that were critical in George H. W. Bush's 1988 victory and the complete "Daisy" spot that aired only once but lead to Johnson's defeat of Goldwater in 1964. Also features interviews with prominent media experts, journalists, advertising executives, political consultants and pollsters. 1992. 35 min. Video/C MM1005

[Long, Huey] Huey Long.
Uses footage from old films to portray events in the life of the Louisiana politician Huey Long and discusses the opinions of several people concerning the impact of his career. 88 min. Video/C 2147

Mandate the President and the People
Part 1. The founding fathers through President Jackson -- Part 2. President Lincoln and the Civil War -- Part 3. President Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal. Editor, Alina Taalman ; music, Thomas Rutishauser ; photography, Wayne De La Roche, David Gladstone. This documentary, narrated by veteran CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl, examines the long and complex relationship between the presidency and public opinion. Leading historians, political scientists, and public figures offer insight into presidents and the presidency from George Washington through FDR. 2005. 33 min. DVD 6192 DVD 6192

Manufacturing Dissent
While trying to get an interview with Michael Moore, the filmmakers investigate how Moore uses documentary techniques to affect political change. Are his films really the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? At what point is manipulation of 'fact' a work of fiction? By looking at Roger and me, Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, the film builds a controversial portrait of Moore, exposing many revealing background stories. Special features (29 min.): photo gallery (1 min.); featurette (8 min.); 11 deleted scenes (18 min. total); trailer (2 min.). Written and directed by Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine. 2007. 97 min. DVD X932

Mass Appeal.(Way We Live: Introduction to Sociology; 21)
Social movements are not a new phenomenon. Fundamental to all social movements, past and present, is the idea of collective identity. But other factors that are at play often determine whether a social movement will be a success or failure." Looks at the women's movement, civil rights and the gay rights movements as examples of American social change through united social action and also at the recent ANSWER Coalition (Act Now To Stop War and End Racism). 2005. 27 min. DVD 4816

[McNamara, Robert S.] Fog of War
The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influential political figures of the 20th century. Now, he offers a candid and intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He offers new and often surprising insights into the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the effects of the Vietnam War. 2003. 107 min. DVD 2687

[McCain, John]The Choice
Examines the campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain. Draws on in-depth interviews with the advisers, family and friends closest to these unlikely candidates, as well as with seasoned observers of American politics, who together tell the definitive story of these men and their ascent to their party's nominations. Originally broadcast Oct. 14, 2008 as a segment of the PBS television program: Frontline. 120 min. DVD X820

[McCarthy, Eugene]I'm Sorry I Was Right: Eugene McCarthy
A documentary portrait of the politician and poet, Eugene McCarthy. With rare archival footage, lively interviews, and good humor, McCarthy tells about his work as a politician, the lessons of the Vietnam War and the dangers of corporate control of the public mind. A writer of 21 books, he also recites a choice selection of his poetry and a Yeats poem. 2001. 29 min. Video/C 9788

McCarthy, Joseph and McCarthyism SEE ALSO 1950's Videography

[McCarthy, Joseph] An American Ism, Joe McCarthy
Uses archival film segments and interviews with friends, business associates, and politicians to provide a film biography of Joseph McCarthy. Producer and director, Glenn Silber. 1980. 84 min. Video/C 124

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[McCarthy, Joseph] Edward R. Murrow Collection: The McCarthy Years.
Narrated by Walter Cronkite, this documentary turns back the clock to the 1950s, a time when the country lurched into a murky period of blacklists and witch-hunts for alleged communists, all led by a young Senator named Joseph McCarthy. Murrow made a controversial series of broadcasts that challenge McCarthy's abuses of power, which -- as this program investigates -- signaled the emergence of television news as a highly influential force in American life. DVD 4009; also VHS Video/C 3167

Transcript of Murrow's "A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy." [See it Now CBS-TV, March 9, 1954)]

Transcript of McCarthy's rebuttal to Murrow [See it Now (CBS-TV, April 6, 1954)]

Short audio clip of Murrow on McCarthy (from Radio Days web site)

See It Now website (Museum of Broadcast Communications)

Edward R. Murrow information (Museum of Broadcast Communications)

This is Edward R. Murrow
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[McCarthy, Joseph] Great American speeches. Program 3: 80 Years of Political Oratory
Includes verbal showdown between Senator Joseph McCarthy and attorney Joseph Welch at the Army-McCarthy hearings that helped end McCarthy's political career. Video/C 5568

[McCarthy, Joseph] Joseph McCarthy Interview: Longines Wittnauer, CBS Television.
Joseph McCarthy, the infamous United States senator from Wisconsin, was the guest on this episode of the Longines Chronoscope. He discusses his views on Communism, Stalin, and the Korean War. Senator McCarthy closes the interview by talking about the 1952 presidential campaign, his own reelection aspirations, and describing the utter importance of finding communists involved in U.S. governmental activities. DVD X48

[McCarthy, Joseph] Ordinary Americans: The Red Scare
Examines the history of official and unofficial attempts to find and punish communists, both in and outside the U.S. government. Hear the personal accounts of key political figures leading the hunt for communists, as well as what it was like for ordinary citizens entangled in the early years of the Cold War. Includes newsreel footage of air raid drills in Times Square and of testimonies given before the House Un-American Activities Committee, the blacklisting of the "Hollywood Ten" and other authors and entertainers. 1999. 35 min. Video/C 6589

[McCarthy, Joseph] Point of Order.
Director, Emile de Antonio. Documents the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings through excerpts from the television footage shot during the six weeks of hearings. Includes an introduction by Paul Newman, who places the excerpts in historical perspective. 102 min. 1964. DVD 4684; also VHS Video/C 1918
(See also shortened version, 45 min., of this film under the title: McCarthy: Death of a Witch Hunter Video/C 6579)

[McCarthy, Joseph] This is Edward R. Murrow
Highlights the career of newsman Edward R. Murrow, with excerpts from many of his most famous broadcasts including Murrow's confrontation with Senator Joseph McCarthy, and interviews with Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Carl Sandburg. Looks at his life as a war correspondent and his famous television documentary "Harvest of shame." 44 min. DVD 4581

[McCarthy, Joseph] The Un-Americans
Between 1945 and the early 50's the lives of thousands of ordinary citizens were destroyed because they were accused of un-American activities. Teachers, writers, anyone who expressed a liberal opinion could be accused. In this film both the anti-Communists and the victims of the notorious McCarthy witchhunts talk candidly about the era of anti-Communist hysteria and blacklists. Among them we meet men and women who did join the Communist Party out of idealism and in reaction to injustices in American society and lawyer Arthur Kinoy who recalls his efforts to stay the execution of the Rosenbergs, which marked the culmination of the hysteria. 1992. 50 min. DVD X8637

[McGovern, George S.]One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern DVD 5490

American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Modern Presidential Campaigns.
v. 1. The modern era begins [1920-1944] (51 min.) -- v. 2. From train to television [1948-1960] (80 min.) -- v. 3. Turbulence, populism and power politics [1964-1976] (82 min.) -- v. 4. Images & sound bites [1980-1988] (81 min.). 294 min. Video/C 2284

MoveOn: The Movie
A documentary focusing on the revolutionary history of the biggest progressive grassroots movement since the 1960s. A child of the Internet age, was born in Silicon Valley, and has spread through the Internet to become one of the most powerful liberal players in American politics. Special features: Extended interviews with Senator John Kerry and Vice President Al Gore; also features interviews with Joe Lieberman, Henry Waxman, Thelma Drake, Byron York, Moby, Michael Stipe, Michael Cornfield, Mark Crispin Miller, Wes Boyd, Joan Blades, Eli Pariser and many more. Written & directed by Alex Jordanov & Scott Stevenson. c2009. 94 min. DVD X2525

[Nader, Ralph] An Unreasonable Man
The life and times of Ralph Nader, political analyst and presidential candidate. Includes footage and interviews with those who knew and worked with him, including an interview with the man himself. Special features (Disc 1, 31 min.): 7 deleted scenes ("The congress project", "No nukes", "Airbags", "Big boys/Flint", "Bell's Palsy/Shafeek", "Proposition 103", "Meeting with The Congressional Black Caucus"); theatrical trailer (2 min.). Special features (Disc 2, 77 min.): 7 featurettes ("Profile of a charismatic leader"; "What kind of president would Ralph Nader be?"; "Debating the role of third parties in the U.S.", "What happened to the Democratic Party?", "Why is the Right better organized than the Left?", "Ralph Nader on the Iraq war", "A debate on corporate power in America"). Written & directed by Henriette Mantel, Steve Skrovan. 2006. DVD 8172

The New Left
The New Left sprang from an affluent America torn byracial conflict and dissent over the Vietnam War. This program assesses the course of New Left politics up to 1967 by combining newsreel footage with interviews of leaders across the movement's range, including Tom Hayden, Carl Oglesby, Stokely Carmichael and Fannie Lou Hamer. From Students for a Democratic Society to the Black Panthers; from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Malcolm X, this look at a social and political groundswell provides fascinating insights into the era. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on September 12, 1967. 55 min. Video/C 8904

[Nixon, Richard M.] Checkers Speech, Sept. 23, 1952
Included on DVD 3120; also on vhs Video/C 5568; Video/C 1466:2; Video/C 811. Sound Recording: Sound/C 162

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[Nixon, Richard M.] David Frost / Richard Nixon: Watergate
Excerpts from the Frost/Nixon interviews which are now recognised as one of the great media events of the Twentieth Century. First broadcast in May 1977, they drew the biggest ever worldwide audience for a news interview. Forty-five million people watched in America alone. During twenty eight and three quarter gruelling hours, Frost questioned Nixon on everything from Vietnam to China, from abuse of power to the Final Days. But the most tense and gripping sessions were on Watergate. Two whole days were devoted to the subject. 97 min. DVD 8266

Allen, Craig. "The Nixon Interviews with David Frost." Journalism History 20.n1 (Spring 1994): 44(1).
Kutler, Stanley I. "Talking with David Frost: The Nixon Interviews." Journal of American History 81.n3 (Dec 1994): 1418(2).
Reston, James. The conviction of Richard Nixon : the untold story of the Frost/Nixon interviews / New York : Harmony Books, c2007. (MAIN: E856 .R47 2007)

[Nixon, Richard M.] Four More Years.
Affords unusual coverage of the Thirtieth Republican National Convention which re-nominated Richard Nixon for President. Includes a wheelchair parade of disabled veterans protesting the war in Vietnam, shots of grotesque costumes worn by the protestors and views of some of the delegates on these subjects. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1972. 60 min. Video/C MM1171

[Nixon, Richard M.] The Impeachment Hearings.
Documents the Nixon impeachment hearings through archival footage and present-day interviews. 64 min. Video/C 915

[Nixon, Richard M.] Meet the Press with Tim Russert. Richard M. Nixon, September 14, 1952
Introduction: Tim Russert ; moderator, Martha Rountree ; panel, Peter Edson, Felix Belair, Warren Frances, Lawrence Spivak ; guest: Richard Nixon. In this edition of Meet the Press, Richard Nixon talks about his vice presidential campaign as Eisenhower's running mate. Immediately after the broadcast, a story broke about a supposed campaign slush fund, leading Eisenhower to nearly drop Nixon from the ticket, and to Nixon's famous "Checkers" speech nine days later. Dist.: Films Media Group. 52 min. DVD X221

[Nixon, Richard M.] Meet the Press with Tim Russert. Richard M. Nixon, April 10, 1988.
Introduction: Tim Russert ; hosts: Chris Wallace, Tom Brokaw, John Chancellor ; guest: Richard Nixon. Richard Nixon discusses his political career, the candidates for the 1988 election and the politics of the Soviet Union and Middle East, United States economy, and the Iran-Contra affair. Dist.: Films Media Group. 52 min. DVD X215

[Nixon, Richard M.] Millhouse: A White Comedy (1971)
One of the most controversial political satires ever made, this film is a compilation of newsreel and TV footage with interviews with various political commentators presenting a comic yet terrifying portrait of Richard M. Nixon. It's all here--including scenes of Nixon advocating the death penalty for drug peddlers, suggestions of using nuclear weapons on Indochina, and the president watching go-go dancers in the White House. Filmmaker Emile de Antonio has said, "I made this film to reveal the terrible comic theater that is American politics." Special DVD features: Theatrical trailer; Senator Richard Nixon's 1952 "Checkers Speech"; Archival interview with Emile de Antonio from Alternative views: "The de Antonio legacy". 93 min. DVD X21; vhs VHS Video/C 6982
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[Nixon, Richard M.] Nixon.
(American Experience) Covers the span of Richard M. Nixon's political life from his early political career to his resignation from the presidency. 174 min. DVD 967; also VHS Video/C 1809:1-3

[Nixon, Richard M.] Nixon.
Directed by Oliver Stone, 1995; starring Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris, James Woods. Drama about the fall of President Richard Nixon portrayed as a complex man whose chance at greatness was ultimately destroyed by his passion for power-- when his involvement in conspiracy jeopardizes the nation's security and the presidency of the United States. 191 min. DVD 775; VHS 999:1440

[Nixon, Richard M.] Nixon: Checkers to Watergate.
A compilation of archival still and motion picture photography showing speeches, interviews, and press conferences by Richard Nixon, as candidate, Congressman, Vice-President, and President. Concentrates on well-known sequences such as the McCarthy hearings, the Nixon-Kennedy debates, the Checkers speech, and clips concerning Vietnam and Watergate. 20 min. Video/C 811

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[Nixon, Richard M.] Richard M. Nixon
(We the People; The President and the Constitution). President Nixon discusses the presidency from the perspective of his long career in public service. Includes his views of the practical handicaps of divided government, secret diplomacy and covert operations, presidential campaigning, and relations with the media. 60 min. Video/C 2471

[Nixon, Richard M.] Secret Honor: A Political Myth.
A dramatization of the life of Richard M. Nixon in the final hours before his resignation from the US. presidency. The plot theorizes that Nixon did not resign because of the Watergate cover-up but was motivated instead by his secret decision to thwart the plans of a cabal of businessmen to continue their control of the White House. 90 min. Video/C 999:201

Aufderheide, Patricia. "Secret Honor: Interviews with Donald Freed and Robert Altman." Cineaste, vol. 14 no. 2. 1985. pp: 13-14.

[Nixon, Richard M.] 784 days That Changed America.
Edited clips of key testimony from the 1973 Senate hearings of the Watergate affair, for which Richard M. Nixon resigned from the presidency. 120 min. Video/C 976

[Nixon, Richard M.] Summer of Judgment.
The Watergate hearings. Commentator Charles McDowell hosts this documentary on the Watergate hearings, focusing on events of the summer of 1974. Includes archival footage and stills, as well as the personal recollections of officials involved in the Watergate Affair. 64 min. Video/C 914

[Nixon, Richard M.] Watergate plus 30
What lessons has America learned from Watergate? Thirty years after the most infamous break-in helped pull down President Richard Nixon, all of the facts are still not in. But as this compelling documentary shows, Watergate remains a nearly unbelievable tale of ordinary men corrupted by power and their desire to retain it. Interviews with investigator Sam Dash, co-conspirator John Dean, and journalist Bob Woodward recreate the history and speculate on the effects. 2003. 120 min. DVD 2136

[Nixon, Richard M.] Watergate.

Vol 1: Break-in. This documentary series on the Watergate Affair begins in 1970 when the expansion of the Vietnam War ignited such massive protests that Nixon began to fear he would lose the next election. His response was to order intelligence agency operations to deliver proof of subversion. A secret police force began to operate out of the White House. This segment ends as five burglars are arrested for breaking into Democratic Party headquarters located in the Watergate building. 46 min. Video/C 3509

Vol 2: Cover-up. After the arrest of the Watergate burglars the series of slip-ups continued and the crime was eventually connected to the White House. Key administration officials in the White House including Hunt, Liddy, Magruder, Mitchell and Kleindienst received the news and began to struggle with the issue. The first files of evidence were burned and the objective was made clear to "contain Watergate". 46 min. Video/C 3510

Vol 3: Scapegoat. As Nixon began his second term in office the Watergate burglars, about to be sentenced, began to demand money to buy their silence. John Dean was targeted to take the fall but refused and agreed to co-operate with the prosecution. Then Alexander Butterfield revealed the tapings in the Oval Office indicating a new body of evidence was available. 46 min. Video/C 3511

Vol 4: Massacre.This episode of the continuing saga of Watergate tells the story of the rise and fall of the special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, and how sober, well-informed senior attorneys at the Justice Department became serously concerned over the impact Watergate would eventually have upon Constitutional government. 46 min. Video/C 3512

Vol 5: Impeachment. As the Watergate Affair continued to unfold the White House appointed a new special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, thinking he would be less troublesome than Cox, but he extracted from the White House evidence so incriminating that even the most conservative members of Congress abandoned the president. Film concludes with a threat of impeachment and Nixon's resignation. 46 min. Video/C 3513

[North, Oliver] Iran-Contra Hearings.
Joint congressional Hearings on the Iran-Contra Affair, July 9-23, 1987. Contents: [1]. Oliver North testimony, July 9, 1987 -- [2]. Oliver North, July 10, 1987 -- [3]. Oliver North, July 14, 11987 -- [4]. Poindexter, July 16, 11987 -- [5]. Poindexter, July 20, 1987 -- [6]. Poindexter, July 21, 1987 -- [7]. Poindexter, July 23, 1987. DVD X3819 [preservation copy - part I only]; vhs Video/C 1205

[North, Oliver] Lt. Colonel Oliver North: His Story.
CNN network highlights of Oliver North's seven days of testimony before the Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition. 120 min. Video/C 1034

[Obama, Barack]Closer to the Dream
Guetty Felin, a filmmaker from New York now living in Paris, travels to Houston, Texas, to volunteer for the U.S. national primaries and Barack Obama's presidential campaign. She is accompanied by her husband, Hervé Cohen, a French documentary filmmaker, and their two sons. She records the day-to-day events, including observations from her family, other volunteers and activists, and private citizens who speak to the issues and potential change that Obama's candidacy represents. Directed by Guetty Felin & Hervé Cohen. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 2008. 103 min. DVD X5466

[Obama, Barack]A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama.
Features coverage of the Inauguration of Barack Obama, one of the most extraordinary events in American history. Includes the pre-inaugural events from the morning of January 20, 2009, the Oath of Office and Inaugural Speeches in their entirety, benediction from Dr. Joseph Lowery, recitation by Elizabeth Alexander, and much more. Contents: A new day begins -- Rev. Rick Warren gives the invocation -- Aretha Franklin's inaugural song -- Joe Biden sworn in as vice president -- Performance of Air and simple gifts -- Barack Obama sworn in as president -- Obama's full inauguration speech -- Elizabeth Alexander reads the inaugural poem -- The Rev. Lowery delivers the benediction -- Bush's helicopter departure -- Walking the parade route -- The parade -- Obama speaks at the Neighborhood Ball -- The first dance with President Obama -- Exclusive first interview with Obama. Special features: Interview with Beyoncé, Barbara Walters' interview with the Obamas, president elect Obama's Election night victory speech, Bob Woodruff's interview with Michelle Obama, the oaths of office of the past 9 presidents. 2009. 150 min. DVD X1641

[Obama, Barack]The Choice
Examines the campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain. Draws on in-depth interviews with the advisers, family and friends closest to these unlikely candidates, as well as with seasoned observers of American politics, who together tell the definitive story of these men and their ascent to their party's nominations. Originally broadcast Oct. 14, 2008 as a segment of the PBS television program: Frontline. 120 min. DVD X820

[Obama, Barack]The Official Inaugural Celebration
The historic inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. Relive the unprecedented "We are one" pre-inaugural celebration, revisit the first-ever neighborhood ball featuring the President and First Lady's first dance, and renew the stirring call to unity and hope of President Obama's historic swearing-in and inaugural address. Guests: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Jack Black, Steve Carell, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah, Laura Linney, George Lopez, Kal Penn, Marisa Tomei, Denzel Washington. Special performances by Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Renée Fleming, Master Sgt. Caleb Green, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, Bettye LaVette, John Legend, The Rob Mathes Band, John Mellencamp, Jennifer Nettles, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, U2, Usher,, Stevie Wonder. 2010. 206 min. DVD X3629

One Woman, One Vote.
Documents the 70-year struggle for women's suffrage which culminated in the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. It illuminates the alliances, infighting, betrayals and defeats that paved the way for victory in the battle for women's right to vote. Historical footage is enhanced with vocal performances, and interviews with historians provide the viewer with both current and historical perspectives. Writer/producer/director, Ruth Pollak. c1995. 109 min. DVD X1153 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3886

One Woman One: A Short History and Guide (via PBS)

Our Constitution: A Conversation
United States Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer talk about the Constitution with high school students and discuss why we have and need a Constitution, what federalism is, how implicit and explicit rights are defined, and how separation of powers ensures that no one branch of government obtains too much power. Introduction -- Teaching the Constitution -- Why have a Constitution? -- Helping to solve problems -- The power of precedent -- Moral values/Decision-making -- Separation of powers -- Relevance today -- Federalism -- Individual liberty vs. security -- Most influential cases -- Court decision making -- Conclusion. Created by The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands in partnership with the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. c2005. 30 min. DVD 6189

An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation while leading secret lives, the double standards the media sets for these politicians, and the harm inflicted. Includes analysis from Congressman Barney Frank, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, activist Larry Kramer, and others. Written and directed by Kirby Dick. Special features: Commentary with Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering, deleted scenes, Rodger McFarlane tribute, Tribeca Film Festival panel Q & A, director Q & A at Washington, D.C. screening. 2009. 89 min. DVD X2783

The Party's Over
This documentary examines how the American political process addresses, and often fails to address, the country's most pressing issues. The film follows Philip Seymour Hoffman as a concerned citizen on an uncensored journey through the 2000 Democratic and Republican Conventions with behind-the-scenes footage of activists, politicians and celebrities, spanning the left and right. 2001. 88 min. DVD 6306

Patriot Fury
Captures the Tea Party movement, the grassroots fury sweeping our nation in the wake of big government overspending, and destruction of cherished American Constitutional liberties. In Fall 2009, Filmmaker Howard Galloway logged 10,000 miles on the road at grassroots rallies from Sacramento to Ft. Lauderdale, interviewing Tea Party activists, political candidates, and concerned citizens deeply troubled about America's future, who have gone beyond rhetoric to engage in constructive activism to restore America's founding principles of individual freedoms and limited government control. Directed by Howard Frank Galloway. c2010. 212 min. DVD X4993

A Perfect Candidate
In 1994 former Marine Oliver North ran for the U.S. Senate in Virginia against Charles Robb. This film documents the race, a sometimes horrifying, often hilarious, journey into the dark heart of American politics. 2004. 105 min. DVD 2626

Politics as Theatre: Theatre as Politics, 1/6/03
A conversation with David Edgar, internationally renowned British playwright who has worked in every genre including television and Mark Danner, professor of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Here they discuss how world issues are covered in the American press and how they can be covered more effectively. 55 min. Video/C 9861

The Politics of Privacy
(Columbia University Seminars on Media & Society; Ethics in America; 11). A panel of prominent journalists and national politicians discuss the ethical responsibilities of journalists in report on the private lives of public figures, particularly politicians. 58 min. Video/C 1663

Politics, Privacy and the Press
(Columbia University Seminars on Media & Society; Ethics in America; 10). Columbia University Seminars on Media & Society. The hypothetical case of a presidential candidate's extramarital relationships provides the basis for a discussion by a panel of prominent journalists and national politicians of the ethical responsibilities of journalists in reporting on the he private lives of political figures. Video/C 1662

Explores the influence Hollywood has over today's political process, giving the viewer a front row seat and backroom access to the 2008 presidential campaigns. Features interviews with high-profile celebrities and powerful political figures. Bonus features: interviews with Mos Def, Steve Earle, Ani Di Franco & Arianna Huffington ; special event: the Courage Show readings. Directed by Barry Levinson. 2010. 91 min. DVD X3468

The Power Game.
Based on the book the Power Game: How Washington, by Hedrick Smith. Each part 58 min.

1. The Congress. DVD X1464 [preservation copy] vhs Video/C 1333
2. The Pentagon. Discusses the consequences at the Pentagon of power plays, service rivalry, career moves cover-ups, pork barrel funding, whistle blowers, erroneous military test results, appropriations, etc. DVD X1464 [preservation copy] vhs Video/C 1334
3. The Unelected. Discusses the power of the press, lobbyists, staffers, shadow government people, and other unelected groups in affecting national policy. DVD X1466 [preservation copy] vhs Video/C 1335
4. The Presidency Discusses the limitations of the presidential powers, what power games are between the legislative and executive branches, the images of the president, the power of persuasion, the importance of coalition, the manipulation of public opinion. DVD X1467 [preservation copy] vhs Video/C 1336

The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear
Explores the origins of Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East, and neoconservatism in America, the parallels between these movements, and their effect on the world today. In part one, the program examines the origins of the neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists in the 1950s. The second part of the series examines how the radical Islamists and neo-conservatives came together to defeat the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. In part three, the program explains how the illusion of terrorism was created and the use of these movements to manipulate public opinion. Pt. 1. Baby it's cold outside -- pt. 2. The phantom victory -- pt. 3. The shadows in the cave. Written and produced by Adam Curtis. 2006? 180 min. DVD 9245

The Presidential Campaign
(Conversations; 40). A conversation on the effects of media coverage on the 1984 presidential campaign between Austin Ranney, senior scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C. and Nelson Polsby, professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley. 30 min. Video/C 1343

Presidents and Politics with Richard Strout. (A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers)
Journalist Richard Strout reminisces about his career as a reporter covering Washington and the White House. Beginning with the administration of Warren G. Harding up to the Reagan administration, Strout has seen Washington grow from an unhurried southern town into a bustling international seat of government. 58 min. Video/C 870 (Stored at NRLF #: B 4 175 502)

This non-partisan film looks at the consequences of big money campaign donations and a Capitol overrun by lobbyists by examining two national policies -- agriculture and energy -- and how they are shaped by a variety of interests including industry groups, political parties, lobbyists, citizen groups, candidates, and officeholders. Directed by Steve Cowan. 2011. 58 minute version ; 25 minute version. DVD X6431

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Protest in LA: Unmasking the 2000 Democratic Convention.
Interviews with some of the thousands of activists who came to the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles to denounce the party for selling our to big money and for abandoning its traditional base of working families, environmentalists and immigrants. Presents an inside view of the emerging movement against corporate domination of the political process. 2000. 28 min. Video/C 7340

Public Diplomacy.
Film examines how the U.S. has practiced public diplomacy in the twentieth century particularly through the U.S. Information Agency. Looks at how foreign public opinion increasingly impacts on a wide spectrum of our foreign agenda and how information and cultural programs have become integrated into the American diplomatic arsenal. Includes a history of the Voice of America, international educational and cultural exchanges (i.e. Fulbright) and the role of new technology in public diplomacy through teleconferencing networks, internet publishing and interactive CD-ROMs. Performer: Joseph Duffey, Donna Oglesby, Deane R. Hinton, John Chancellor, Steven Muller, Stacy Keach, Hans Tuch, Joseph Lieberman, Robert Pirsein, Howard Berman, Frank Mankiewicz, David Gergen, Barry Fulton, Newt Gingrich, Desmond Tutu. Narrator: Robert Chapman. 58 min. Video/C 4416

The Public Mind: Image and Reality in America.
With Bill Moyers. Contents: Pt. 1. Consuming images--Pt. 2. Leading questions--Pt. 3. Illusions of news--Pt. 4. The truth about lies. Each part 60 min. Video/C 1441

Public Trust, Private Interests
(Ethics in America ; 3). Series host, Fred W. Friendly. A panel of former government officials, members of Congress, journalists, and jurists consider the ethical conflicts that confront the individuals elected or appointed to conduct the nation's affairs. 58 min. Video/C 1655

Racing California
Racing California examines how post-Proposition 13 changes in the state's demographics has triggered a conservative backlash of policies and electoral propositions targeting the new majority-- residents of color. The film also briefly explores policy changes that would better serve the state's new majority: in 2007, 56% are people of color. Written and directed by Gary Delgado. 2008. 17 min. DVD X1405

Rated R: Republicans in Hollywood
A slyly provocative and revelatory expose on the myths behind 'liberal Hollywood' and the stigmas attached with being in its conservative contingent. Explores how Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger's successful campaign for governor of California, the rise of evangelical Christianity, and recent debates about patriotism and the War in Iraq are changing the political landscape in Hollywood. Panelists: Drew Carey, Vincent Gallo, Pat Sajak, Ben Stein, Patricia Heaton, John Milius. 2005. 73 min. DVD 4638

[Reagan, Ronald] Reagan.
Presents the story of Ronald Reagan's life with commentary by contemporaries, historians and members of his family (1998).

Pt. 1, Lifeguard Examines Reagan's childhood and youth, his motion picture career, his early marriages and marriage to Nancy Reagan, his entrance into politics and election as governor of California. The film continues with his failed bid for his party's 114 min. DVD 966; also VHS Video/C 5715

Reagan. Pt. 2, An American Crusade. Begins with the buildup of military spending which would eventually triple the national debt. To respond to the "Soviet threat" Reagan initiates the Strategic Defense Initiative while demonstrators clamor for a "nuclear freeze". He faces a personal crisis in the Iran "arms for hostages" deal even as he engineers summit meetings with Gorbachev seeking an end to the nuclear weapons threat. In the decisive year of 1989 after arms agreements are signed the Fall of the Berlin Wall is followed by the rapid fall of other Eastern European communist governments. Five years after leaving office Reagan announces he has Alzheimer's disease and drops from public view. DVD 966; also VHS Video/C 5715

[Reagan, Ronald] The Reagan Presidency.
One of America's most dynamic leaders, Reagan remains a guiding light for the Republican Party. Some historians and scholars believe Reagan re-shaped not just the political landscape, but the way many Americans view government-and each other. In this three-hour series, titled The Reagan Presidency, the producers focus on the eight years of the Reagan presidency. In addition to interviews with those who've spent years analyzing his policies and legacy, the producers also interview key members of the Reagan team, as well as foreign leaders with whom the president interacted. 2013. 180 min. DVD X8628

[Reagan, Ronald] Assassination Attempt Against President Reagan: Monday, March 30, 1981 & Wednesday, April 1, 1981, ABC News
This program focuses on the assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan and the questions of Presidential security, who runs the government when the President is incapacitated, and the issue of how the United States must act with regard to the rest of the world at a time of perceived crisis. 62 min. Video/C 5758

[Reagan, Ronald] Meet the Press with Tim Russert. Ronald Reagan: January 9, 1966
Introduction: Tim Russert ; moderator: Edwin Newman, with Lawrence Spivak, David Kraslow, James J. Kilpatrick and Tom Pettit. Former actor Ronald Reagan, candidate for Governor of California, faces tough questions about his qualifications while displaying his familiar ease and confidence in front of the camera. 28 min. Dist.: Films Media Group. 28 min. DVD X219

[Reagan, Ronald] Meet the Press with Tim Russert. Ronald Reagan: March 7, 1976
Introduction: Tim Russert ; moderator: Bill Monroe, with Tom Pettit, David S. Broder, George F. Will and Don Oliver. Two days before the Florida primary, former California Governor Ronald Reagan, who was challenging President Gerald Ford for the Republican nomination, provides circumspect answers to questions on the race and how, if President, he would deal with the U.S. economy, the process of detente with the Soviet Union, and relations with Cuba. 26 min. Dist.: Films Media Group. 28 min. DVD X227

[Reagan, Ronald] President Ronald Reagan's Farewell Address: Wednesday, January 11, 1989, ABC News
President Reagan delivers his farewell address to the nation intercut with scenes of the challenges he faced in his eight years in office and commentary by his contemporaries. 23 min. Video/C 5759

[Reagan, Ronald] Ronald Reagan.
(We the People; The President and the Constitution). President Reagan discusses Congress and the budget process, the role of the executive branch in the management of the economy, presidential relations with the media, the appointment of justices of the US Supreme Court and presidential initiatives in foreign affairs including the intervention in Grenada, the bombing of Libya, and United States' support of the Nicaraguan contras. 60 min. Video/C 2474

Reborn in America (Struggle for Democracy; 2).
American democracy takes him back to the Pilgrim fathers on the mayflower and then forward through the issuing of the Declaration of Independence, the making of the Constitution and the opening of the American West. He looks at the traditional New England own meeting and recent struggles to promote citizen participation. 57 min. Video/C 1887

Reinventing Government-- By the People.
Presents an overview of efforts to streamline and promote efficiency in federal government operations by adopting business principles and practices. 33 min. Video/C 4536

The Role of Congress in Foreign Policy
(Conversations; 25). Representative Howard Wolpe of Michigan examines the relationship between elected officials and their constituents and provides a penetrating analysis of the problems of political education in the US. Also discusses American foreign policy in Africa and the role of Congress in foreign policy in light of his extensive experience with the House Subcommittee on Africa. Taped at the University of California, Berkeley on November 12, 1982. 59 min. Video/C 643

[Roosevelt, Franklin D.]The Democrat and the Dictator.( A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers)
Journalist Bill Moyers compares and contrasts the careers of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Adolf Hitler, focusing on the youth, personality, leadership style, and political goals of each. 1984. 3/4' UMATIC Video/C 869 (stored at NRLF #: B 4 175 501)

[Roosevelt, Franklin D.] FDR. (American Experience; 777)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt led America through the two greatest crises of this century, the Great Depression and World War II. Part one is based on Before the trumpet, by Geoffrey C. Ward. It covers Roosevelt's early years and early political successes. Part two is based on Geoffrey C. Ward's A first class temperament. It begins with Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 39 and ends with his election to the presidency. Also details Eleanor's rise in public life. Part three explores FDR's response to the Great Depression. Part four is based on No ordinary time : Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: the home front in WWII, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It portrays FDR's leadership of the American people in the face of war until his death. 270 min. DVD 969; also VHS Video/C 3885

[Roosevelt, Theodore]Teddy, The Rough Rider
This short follows the political career of Theodore Roosevelt, beginning in 1895, when he was appointed police commissioner of New York City. In 1897 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy. His charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War in 1898 is re-created. He becomes vice president in March 1901 and assumes the presidency when William McKinley is assassinated six months later. According to the narrator, Roosevelt refused to be beholden to political bosses, doing what he believed to be right for the American people. Directed by Ray Enright. 1940. 19 min. Included on DVD X200

[Roosevelt, Theodore] Theodore Roosevelt (American Experience)
A deft politician and skillful diplomat, TR's magnetic personality and genius for publicity made him a legend in his own time. Through archival footage and interviews with historians, this is an engaging portrait of the private man and the president who created the modern American presidency. 1984. 58 min. Video/C 8522

[Roosevelt, Theodore] Theodore Roosevelt and the American Century
Examines the life of Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth President of the United States, politician, professional historian, naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Produced and written by David O'Dell. Supplementary feature accompanying: Young Indiana Jones. 31 min. DVD X233

[Roosevelt, Theodore]History of U.S. Presidents: Teddy Roosevelt, Political Master
Historial films and newsreels of Teddy Roosevelt, the first president to understand the power of personal myth and visual images. More than just the Rough Rider of presidential myth, Teddy Roosevelt vigorously led Congress and the American public toward progressive reforms and a stong foreign policy. Presents some of the first scenes ever shot of a sitting president, providing a unique insight as to how our political process became what it is today. Japanese and Russian peace delegates leaving New York City, 1905 (3 min.) -- Roosevelt speaking in Panama, November 1906 (3 min.) -- Roosevelt's arrival in Panama, November 1906 (2 min.) -- Roosevelt in Africa 1909 (14 min.) -- Roosevelt speaking at the Battery, 1910 (1 min.) -- Roosevelt's return from Africa, 1910 (29 min.) -- Roosevelt at the dedication of Roosevelt Dam, 1911 (1 min.) -- Roosevelt speaking at Pueblo Colorado, 1912 (2 min.) -- Roosevelt at Fargo, ND, during progressive campaign, 1912 (5 min.) -- Chauncey Depew, Senator Perkins, and Governor Whitman of New York, at GOP Convention, 1916, Chicago, Ill (2 min.) -- Hopi Indians dance for Roosevelt 1913 (4 min.) Roosevelt and Mrs. Roosevelt at the Panama-California Exposition, 1915 (1 min.) -- Roosevelt at the San Diego Exposition, 1915 (1 min.) -- Roosevelt's reception in Albuquerque, NM, 1916 (2 min.) -- Roosevelt at Sagamore Hill 1916 (2 min.) -- Roosevelt in New Mexico, 1916 (1 min.) -- Roosevelt speaking to a group of men from the porch at Sagamore Hill, 1916 (2 min.) -- Roosevelt and Leonard Wood at the New York Flower Show, 1917 (2 min.) -- Roosevelt speaking to a group of suffragettes from the porch at Sagamore Hill, 1917 (1 min.) -- Women suffragettes visit Roosevelt at Sagamore, 1917 (1 min.) -- Roosevelt at Billings, Montana, 1918 (1 min.) -- Roosevelt in Baltimore during Liberty Loan drive, 1918 (1 min.) -- Roosevelt speaking in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1918 (1 min.) -- Story of the Panama Canal (1927, 29 min.) -- Roosevelt Dam (1928, 15 min.) DVD 4836

[Roosevelt, Theodore] TR and His Time. (A Walk through the 20th century with Bill Moyers)
Journalist Bill Moyers and Teddy Roosevelt biographer David McCullough examine the achievements of the ebullient president. Weighs the effect he had on his era and the effect the era had on him. c1997. 240 min. Video/C 830

[Rove, Karl] Bush's Brain: Who's Really Running the country?
Karl Rove, the man known as "Bush's Brain", is the most powerful political figure America has ever heard of, the brain behind the curtain of today's presidential politics. He is President George W. Bush's closest advisor, who almost single-handedly shaped the policies of our nation. The relationship between Karl Rove and President George W. Bush is one of the most unique political marriages in history. Feared and admired, Rove has raised a new and disturbing question for Americans: Who really runs the country? Produced and directed by Joseph Mealey and Michael Shoob. 2003. 80 min. DVD 7396

[Schwarzenegger, Arnold] Running with Arnold
A critical politically-charged biography that tells the fascinating story of Arnold Schwarzenegger and his gubernatorial campaign in California. From his childhood in post World War II Austria, through his days as a weightlifting champion and action movie star, the film exposes Arnold Schwarzenegger' s life as his ambition for fame and power led him in his winning the political circus special recall election campaign to become the leader of the world s fifth largest economy as Governor of California. Directed by Dan Cox. 2008. 71 min. DVD X28

Running in High Heels
Follows the political campaign of Emily Csendes, an engaging but inexperienced 29 year-old woman, as it posits the question: Should women vote for women, regardless of politics? Interwoven with Emily's story are a chorus of powerful women from the left and right of American politics, from conservative old-timer Phyllis Schlafly to Rosalind Wiseman, whose books begat the movie 'Mean girls'. Produced and directed by Maryann Breschard. 2005. 90 min. DVD 9993

An examination of secrecy in the United States government, exploring the tensions between freedom of information and national security.... between our safety as a nation, and our ability to function as a democracy. Special features (58 min.): interview outtakes with Tom Blanton (8 min.), James B. Bruce (1 min.), Steve Garfinkel (2 min.), Barton Gellman (6 min.), Siegfried Hecker (2 min.), Neal Katyal (2 min.), Mike Levin (1 min.), Melissa Boyle Mahle (6 min.) & Charles Swift (2 min.); 2 extended sequences (6 min. total); 2 extracted stories (22 min. total). Also includes 56 min. classroom version of the film. 2008. 80 min. DVD X801

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Secret Intelligence.
This four-part series traces the history of American espionage in the 20th century. 60 min. Video/C 1804

The Secret World of the C.I.A.: The "Testimony" of John Stockwell.
John Stock well tells of his activities and experiences during the twelve years in which he served as a C.I.A. agent and officer. Gives accounts of irrational and ideological policy assessment and planning by the Agency in Washington and of inept and morally repugnant C.I.A. operations in Africa and Vietnam. 40 min. Video/C 1258

See How They Run.
In 1999, celebrity Mayor Willie Brown ruled San Francisco and appeared to be a shoo-in for re-election to a second term. Twelve candidates wanted his job, but the only threat was a write-in candidate - openly gay city supervisor and stand-up comedian Tom Ammiano. What ensued was a David vs. Goliath showdown mired in intense political backstabbing and media fighting that was all captured on film. A sharp-witted, scandalous expose of an only-in-San Francisco grassroots campaign, revealing all the behind-the-scenes mud-slinging, back room brawls and daily dramas that together helped shape this one-of-a-kind race. c2003. 58 min. DVD 2198

Selling Out the First Amendment: The Collision of News, Entertainment and Politics
A discussion between John Carrol, editor and Exec. vice president of the Los Angeles Times and Michael Krasny of the radio station KQED-FM, on First Amendment issues and freedom and speech. Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on February 19, 2004. 75 min. Video/C MM86

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Shadow Governmen: How the Global Elite Plan to Destroy Democracy and Your Freedom
Security cameras, surveillance of private financial transactions, radio frequency spy chips hidden in consumer products, eavesdropping on e-mail correspondence and phone calls, and Internet tracking. No one is protected, and privacy is a thing of the past. Grant Jeffrey details how an ultra-secret global elite, functioning as a very real shadow government, controls technology, finance, international law, world trade, political power, and vast military capabilities. These unnamed, unrivaled leaders answer to no earthly authority, and they won't stop until they control the world. Jeffrey looks at disappeared Individual rights and freedoms and how all this ties in to one of the Bible's most fascinating prophecies. 2009. 89 min. DVD X2496

--So Goes the Nation: A True Story of How Elections are Won--and Lost
Examines America's electoral process through the eyes of diverse politicians, activists, and voters in Ohio during the 2004 election between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry. Captures the behind-the-scenes maneuvering -- from savvy power moves by political strategists to well organized and impassioned grassroots rallies -- to show how the voting public is manipulated by the parties' leaders and their political marketing strategies. Directors, Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern. 2006. 90 min. DVD 7265

These excerpts from 500 hours of pirated "satellite TV feeds" taped by Springer during 1992 are a devastating critique of television's profound manipulativeness in the way it packages the news and politics. Includes pre-broadcast and post-broadcast footage from network sources (makeup sessions, off-camera discussions), broadcasts from various Presidential campaigns to local television stations and other sources of television never "broadcast". Illustrates the various uses of television by journalists, politicians, consultants and pressure groups to affect the political process, examining among others Pat Robertson's televangelism, the influence of television talk shows such as Larry King Live, the presidential race of 1992 and the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King verdict. 57 min. Video/C 4509

Street Fight.
Chronicle of the bare-knuckled 2002 race between incumbent Sharpe James and newcomer Cory Booker for mayor of Newark, New Jersey . Fought in Newark's neighborhoods and housing projects, the battle pits the young challenger against an old style political machine that uses any means necessary, including harassment and police intimidation to crush its opponents. Though both candidates are African-American, the election becomes racially charged when the mayor accuses Booker, a Yale Law School grad -- of not being "really black." Written, directed and produced by Marshall Curry. 2005. 82 min. DVD 4857; Video/C MM1284 (closed captioned)

American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

The 30-second President
(A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers). Examines the role of television advertising in American presidential elections. 58 min. DVD 7302 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 871

TV Democracy.
Explores the impact of television on politics and government. It explores television and campaigns -- commercial as well as reportorial, and television journalism -- its strengths, its shortcomings, and some long-range implications. Opinions are presented on the he value of television as a source of information. Video/C 234 (Stored at NRLF #: B 4 175 129)

Taking on the Kennedys
The story of Republican Kevin Vigilante's unsuccessful 1996 campaign for the House of Representatives in his native Rhode Island, in which he was opposed by Democrat Patrick Kennedy (the son of long-time Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy). After initially pledging to run a clean race, Vigilante soon realizes his chances are nil unless he engages in some good old-fashioned mud-slinging. Special features: Optional audio commentary by director Joshua Seftel; election night outtake; original campaign commercials; "The real Russell" (short film featuring Michael Lewis); making-of featurette; interview with Joshua Seftel; Joshua Seftel biography. Written, produced, and directed by Joshua Seftel. Originally produced as an episode of the television program Point of View in 1996. 54 min. DVD 7565

Television and the Presidency.
Performer: Chalmers Roberts, Bob Merry, Gwen Ifill, Tom Wicker, Helen Thomas, Lou Cannon, Ellen Hume, Russell Baker, Gerald Seib, Charles Bailey, Bob Clark, Ann Compton, Randall Pinkston, Ray Scherer, Reuven Frank, Ed Fouhy, Wallace Westfeldt, Pierre Salinger, Joe Laitin, Ron Ziegler, Ron Nessen, Jody Powell, Jim Brady, Marlin Fitzwater, Dee Dee Myers, Mike Deaver, Clark Clifford, Norman Ornstein, Stephen Hess. A 3 part series examining the impact that television has had on U.S. presidents. Program 1 examines the use of mass communications by F.D. Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower. The focus then turns to Kennedy and Reagan who used television to their advantage. Program 2 examines how presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Bush tried to use television but instead were used by the medium. Program 3 examines the mixed success of Clinton and asks how television has affected the balance of power between the president and congress. Based on a series of 3 hour-long discussions held in Washington with virtually all of the living former and current White House press secretaries and with print and television journalists. 90 min. Video/C 3595

Texas Trail: First-hand in Bush Land
Changing America, a monthly television news magazine, goes on the road to Texas to hear Texans tell the story of George W. Bush, his background, his political career, and most importantly how his policies as governor have affected the working families of Texas. They speak out on key issues such as education, healthcare, immigrant rights, labor rights, prisons, pollution and poverty. 2000. 28 min. Video/C 7592

[Thomas, Clarence] Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill.
Discusses the Thomas confirmation hearings, the charges of sexual harassment by Anita Hill, and the reactions from Afro-Americans. 58 min. Video/C 1289

[Thomas, Clarence] Clarence Thomas Confirmation Hearings.
Pt. 1. Taped Friday 10/11/91, 11:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.--Pt.. 2. Taped Friday 10/11/91, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.-- Pt. 3. Taped Tuesday 10/15/91. Video/C 2170

[Thomas, Clarence] Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill: Public Hearing, Private Pain.
Discusses the Thomas confirmation hearings, the charges of sexual harassment by Anita Hill, and the reactions from African Americans. 58 min. DVD 9213 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2773

[Thomas, Clarence] Sex & Justice
Presents highlights from the dramatic confrontation between Senator Clarence Thomas and former colleague Anita Hill during the widely publicized Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991, paving the way for how people view sexual harassment in the workplace. 1993. 77 min. DVD X5718; Video/C 3185

[Thomas, Clarence] Sexual Harassment Hearing Compilation.
compilation of testimony of Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the October 1991 Confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Thomas. 122 min. Video/C 2530

This Divided State
When liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is invited to speak at Utah Valley State College, it creates a firestorm not usually seen in the heart of conservative Mormon country. A media frenzy follows, as does Fox News' Sean Hannity who agrees to speak at UVSC prior to Moore's engagement. Protests, anger, and a bribery attempt by a local businessman to stop Moore's appearance punctuate this documentary that cuts to the heart of the "red versus blue" rift in the nation. 2005. 88 min. DVD 4907

Three Films
House of UnAmerican activities (1983, 17 min.): A profile of the filmmaker's father, a German-Jewish refugee, distinguished sailor in the U.S. Navy during WWII and American Communist who was tried by the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities. Dream Documentary (1981, 5 min.): Using excerpts from other films the filmmaker creates a surreal and foreboding societal landscape. Dreams from China (1989, 30 min.): A diary-like film essay of daily life in China immediately before the Tiananmen Square incident. c1994. 52 min. Video/C 7706

Thunder on the Right
Minutemen militia patrol for Communists in Missouri; Eddie Rickenbacker calls for a statue of Sen. Joseph McCarthy; the John Birch Society rails against the income tax. This program reports on a broad array of resurgent American conservatism in 1963, including segments on the civil rights movement, Vietnam and the persistent fear of communism. Contains interviews with H. L. Hunt, Sen. Barry Goldwater, and Fred Schwarz, head of the Christian Anti-Communist Crusade. Originally aired on the CBS Television Network on February 22, 1962. 55 min. Video/C 8903

Timeline: A History of Community Development Policy in America
Presents an overview of major 20th century trends, events and legislation relevant to community development in the United States. This historical evolution portrays a struggle with poverty and race back to the beginning of 1900 and covers events and legislation up to present day America. Baltimore, MD : Development Training Institute, c2001. 88 min. Video/C MM417

[Truman, Harry S.] Truman (American Experience)
Presents a biography of America's most unlikely and least prepared president, Harry S. Truman. Follows his rise from a farmer to the man who made the decision to drop the atomic bomb. Includes commentary by historians, excerpts from news clips, photographs, and other documentary material that illustrates Truman's life and career. 270 min. Video/C 8521

[Truman, Harry S.] Truman, A Self Portrait
1984. 23 min. Video/C 725 (Stored at: NRLF: # B 3 969 288)

The Truman Seminar
Discussion of today's social and political problems reflects current day thinking which comes out of Truman era policy decisions. Participants: Host, Patrick L. Hatcher ; participants, Glenn Seaborg, Bernard Gifford, Robert Scalapino, Russell Ellis. 1986. Video/C 899 pt. 1-2 (Stored at NRLF: pt. 1 NRLF #: B 3 969 295; pt. 2 NRLF #: B 3 969 296)

Uncounted: The New math of American Elections
The election fraud that changed the outcome of the 2004 election led to even greater fraud in 2006, and now looms as an unbridled threat to the 2008 election. This film examines how easy it is to change election outcomes by manipulating vote counts. Noted computer programmers, statisticians, journalists and election officials provide evidence. Produced, directed and written by David Earnhardt. 2007. 80 min. DVD X141

XXI Century
56 min. each installment
Part 1: The Dawn. An investigative report beginning with the presidential elections of 2000. What happened in those elections? Who really won the State of Florida? Then takes a look at September 11, 2001 with personal accounts of the attacks and critical commentary by reporters, academics and average citizens. Investigative reporter Greg Palast calls September 11 "the most censored story in America," while Gore Vidal, Arno Mayer and others reflect critically on political consequences and responses to the event. DVD 2667; copy 2: DVD 4595
Part 2: And the Pursuit of Happiness. Examines what has happened in America after September 11, 2001, looking at its impact on American political issues such as freedom, democracy, the First Amendment, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights ... and the Patriot Act. Civil rights activists and others question the "official" version and the status quo. Also looks at rallys and demonstrations against the war in Afghanistan and anti-terrorism policies of the Bush administration and investigates the effectiveness of the peace movement. DVD 2668; copy 2: DVD 4595
Part 3, And Nothing but the Truth. Presents a critical examination of the response of the mass media complex to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks which too often worked as a propaganda machine of the Bush administration. A meaningful list of concrete examples is enumerated by journalists and newspeople including Greg Palast of the BBC and The Guardian, Katha Pollitt of the Nation, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Danny Schecter of Media and many others who enumerate examples of how the mainstream media abdicated its public role as watchdog of the power. DVD 2669; copy 2: DVD 4595
Part 4, War, Peace and Patriotism. Looks back at issues of war and patriotism in the later half of the 20th century in America. David Cline, Vietnam war veteran and president of Veterans for Peace, remembers the Vietnam war along with others, including the notorious "chicken-hawks" who tell how they succeeded in avoiding going to war. Nelson Mandela reflects on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs while Hiroshima survivors remember the tragic event. With the help of Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, political activists of the 1960s revisit the anti-war movement. DVD 2670; copy 2: DVD 4595
Part 5, Civilization. Art historian Zainab Baharani, who was born in Baghdad, describes the damages to the Iraqi architectural and artistic heritage due to the first Gulf War. The documentary then looks at the regime of Saddam Hussein, his use of gas against the Iranians and the Kurds and the close ties between the Reagan and Bush administrations with Saddah Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War. Finally the invasion of Kuwait, the first Gulf War, the UN sactions against Iraq and their effects on the civilian population are analyzed by historians, human rights workers and international law scholars. DVD 2671; copy 2: DVD 4595
Part 6, Blood and Oil. While the war against Iraq was approaching, international organizations were working to foresee the effects of a new conflict on the civilian population. What was the price and who would pay it? Looks at the search for weapons of mass destruction and the inspections, and the role of oil in the conflict. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, historians, and the former weapons inspector, Scott Ritter, tell "the other version," deconstructing the lies which have been too often told. Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, historian Arno Mayer and others share their critiques and point of views. DVD 2672; copy 2: DVD 4595
Part 7, Pax Americana. Representatives of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, as well as historians and international scholars deconstruct the arguments relative to human rights and bringing democracy to Iraq that were brought by the Bush administration as the main reasons to go to war. The connections between the Bush administration and the Sharon Government, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the geopolitical scenario after the war in Afghanistan and Iraq are also discussed. DVD 2673; copy 2: DVD 4595

The Un-Americans
Between 1945 and the early 50's the lives of thousands of ordinary citizens were destroyed because they were accused of un-American activities. Teachers, writers, anyone who expressed a liberal opinion could be accused. In this film both the anti-Communists and the victims of the notorious McCarthy witchhunts talk candidly about the era of anti-Communist hysteria and blacklists. Among them we meet men and women who did join the Communist Party out of idealism and in reaction to injustices in American society and lawyer Arthur Kinoy who recalls his efforts to stay the execution of the Rosenbergs, which marked the culmination of the hysteria. 1992. 50 min. Video/C 7657

Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election.
The riveting story about the battle for the presidency in Florida in the 2000 election and the undermining of democracy in America. What emerges is a disturbing picture of an election marred by suspicious irregularities, electoral injustices, and sinister voter purges in a state governed by the winning candidate's brother. Special features: The voter purge ; media malfeasance response to a stolen election ; critical perspectives ; rise of corporate dominance. c2002. 90 min. DVD 2200

American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Upon These Grounds: Exploring the White House Garden
A behind the scenes tour of the President's Park, the White House's grounds and gardens. Explains how the grounds grew and evolved over two centuries with changing administrations and includes rare footage of the first families in their "backyard". 1997. 30 min. Video/C 5010

Vote For Me: Politics in America. Parts 1-2.
Examines the issues and strategies involved in successfully running for political office in the United States. Different segments look at how street organizations got out the vote in Chicago, a California gubernatorial candidate on a 29 hour bus-trip photo-op marathon, a consultant crafting a negative ad campaign, a revealing story of changing ethnic coalitions, a look at the wide-open Texas legislature and a portrait of a Texas state senator as he works his way to victory. Contents: Pt. 1. Politics 101: The Alderman always rings twice -- The king of retail -- Magical media tour -- The terminator. (50 min.) -- Pt. 2. Making a big noise: The partisans of Ventnor Pool -- Change partners and dance -- Hat dance -- The born politician (63 min.). 1996. 113 min. Video/C 7197

Vote For Me: Politics in America. Parts 3-4.
Examines the issues and strategies involved in successfully running for political office in the United States. Different segments look at Louisiana teenagers learning the nuts and bolts of trading votes in a mock-legislature, a portrait of intense small-town politics in Rhode Island and a look at what it really takes to run for office through a behind-the-scenes look at a campaign in North Carolina by Maggie Lauterer for U.S. Congress. Pt. 3. Political junkies, where do politicians come from?: Baby pols -- Political fever (28 min.) -- Pt. 4. The Political education of Maggie Lauterer (85 min.). Pt. 3. Political junkies, where do politicians come from?: Baby pols -- Political fever (28 min.) -- Pt. 4. The Political education of Maggie Lauterer (85 min.). 1196. 113 min. Video/C 7198

[Wallace, George] George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire.
Four times governor of Alabama, four times a candidate for president, George Wallace was a fierce defender of Southern pride. This film through extensive archive footage and interviews presents the life of a man central to the civil rights years in the South, a lightening rod for controversy, a liberal judge who betrayed his principles for power, a politician who harnessed the anger lurking beneath American society to create a lasting conservative movement and a man ultimately reborn through suffering. 2000. 269 min. Video/C 7056

American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

[Wallace, George] Kennedy v. Wallace: A Crisis Up Close.
(American Experience) A film originally made in 1963 of President John F. Kennedy and the governor of Alabama, George Wallace, during the confrontation over desegregation of Alabama schools. Re-edited to include thoughts of U.S. Attorney General, Nicholas Katzenbach. 60 min. Video/C 2876

[Warren, Earl] Super Chief: The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren.
Describes the life of Earl Warren, one of the most controversial Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, and the way the Warren Court changed American society due to landmark civil rights legislation. 88 min. Video/C 1772

We the People.
Contents: Program 1. Free to believe -- Program 2. What price equality? -- Program 3. Law and order -- Program 4. Who's in charge? 60 min. each. Video/C 1041

The War Room.
Directed by D.A. Pennebaker, 1993. Documentary about the Clinton presidential campaign, from the New Hampshire primary to the victory party 10 months later. At the center are the two men most responsible for Clinton's victory--James Carville, the campaign manager, and George Stephanopoulos, the communications director. This is a compelling portrait of these two men as they successfully masterminded strategies for such events as the Democratic National Convention, the debates with Bush and Perot and the election itself. 96 min. Video/C 4030

White House Correspondents' Dinner, April 29, 2006.
At the annual dinner, current White House Correspondents' Association president Mark Smith served as master of ceremonies. Ken Walsh presented youth scholarships and Anne Compton presented awards to colleagues for their work during the previous year. Incoming WHCA president Steve Scully presented C-SPAN video clips of presidential humor from President Kennedy through the current president. President Bush's humorous after-dinner presentation included an impersonator, Steve Bridges, who stood beside him and "interpreted" the president's remarks. Following the president, comedian Stephen Colbert made humorous remarks about various current events and the relationship between the press and the White House. He also presented a video of a mock press conference which ended in a chase scene featuring long-time White House correspondent Helen Thomas. 94 min. DVD 5559

[Wilson, Woodrow] Woodrow Wilson: American Idealist
A biography of President Woodrow Wilson with emphasis on his political ideals and philosophy. Wilson held out to the American people a vision of what domestic democracy could be and then what American democracy could mean to the world. He brought these ideals to the Paris Peace Conference after WWI. Only after his death were his ideas realized in the creation of the United Nations. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and politicians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 29 min. DVD X235

The World's Largest TV Studio
In 1972, TVTV brought their low-budget, free-form journalistic techniques to the floor of the Democratic Presidential Convention in Miami. Using lightweight, 1/2-inch Portapak equipment, which allowed them greater mobility and spontaneity than the networks, the crew moved around the Convention floor with ease and speed. They came away with shrewd, sardonic portraits of the politicians, delegates and voters, providing an irreverent picture of the behind-the-scenes political maneuvering. TVTV's close coverage of the California delegation, as well as the successful battle to unseat Chicago mayor Richard Daley and his delegates, exemplifies the collective's verite methods. Presented without commentary, TVTV's candid, close-up coverage offers a revealing look at one of the foundations of the American political process. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 59 min. Video/C MM1172

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Religion and Politics

The Constitution--That Delicate Balance.
School prayer, gun control, and the right to assemble. This seminar is made up of judge, journalists, congressmen, government officials, and defense lawyers grappling with the current and crosscurrents in our Bill of Rights. 90 min. Video/C 6990

Faith & Politics: the Christian Right
Film reviews the goals, political aspirations and successes of the traditional, family-oriented Christian Right political movement. Examines their organizations and their views on such issues as abortion, homosexuality, creationisn, freedom of speech, school curriculum, home schooling and political activism. 47 min. Video/C 4013

God Fights Back, 1979. (People's Century, 1997.)
By mid-century, modern technology and Western thought had swept religion to the margins of public life. Since then millions have turned back to God--and taken political action based on their religious beliefs. In Iran, a resurgence in Islamic fundamentalism led to a revolt against the Shah and to the return of the long exiled Ayatollah Khomeini. In the U.S., religious fundamentalism was also on the march, the Christian faithful eager to restore a "nation under God." 56 min. Video/C 6442

God in Government
Explores the complex relationship between religion and politics in the contemporary world with the United States as the focal point, and Iran, Israel, and India as object lessons. The film asks fundamental questions: What are the consequences when religion and politics become intertwined? What are the fault lines along which tensions and conflicts occur? And what is the appropriate relationship between "church" and state in a modern society? 2004. 57 min. DVD 4685

Holy Terror
Investigates the political activism and increasing influence of the religious New Right, emphasizing its anti-abortion campaigns with footage of demonstrations and sidewalk counseling. Looks at occasional tactics of clinic bombings and arson and includes footage from the U.S. Congressional hearings on "Abortion clinic violence," held March 6, 1985. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 9997

Jesus Camp.
A first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America's political future. Follow these children at summer camp in Devil's Lake, North Dakota as they become dedicated Christian soldiers in "God's army," and learn to hone their prophetic gifts. Produced and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. 2006. 84 min. DVD 6874

The Jesus Factor.
Examines the rudiments of President George W. Bush's faith as an evangelical Christian, the extent to which his spiritual beliefs impact or influence his political decision-making, and how closely his religious views mirror those of the country's burgeoning and politically influential evangelicalmovement.Originally broadcast April 29, 2004 as a segment of the television program Frontline. 57 min. DVD 2695

Jesus Politics: The Bible & the Ballot
Traveling 4000 miles across seventeen states, the filmmaker met with religious activists supporting both Democratic and Republican candidates in 2008. From the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries to Super Tuesday in Oklahoma, shows the efforts of Baptist activists for Obama, Catholics and evangelicals for McCain, Christian conservatives for Huckabee, as well as the political efforts of evangelical organizations such as Christians United for Israel. Jesus Politics explores such themes as the social role of the church in the African-American community, the religious rhetoric of the candidates and their sometimes controversial associations with religious leaders, how moral issues such as abortion become political weapons, and how biblical interpretation is used to validate political beliefs. Directed by Ilan Ziv. 2008. 90 min. DVD X295

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The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today
Recounts the personal story behind one of the most important and landmark first amendment cases in U.S. history, the case that established the separation of church and state in public schools. The film recounts what plaintiff Vashti McCollum later described as "three years of headlines, headaches, and hatred", but which eventually led to a decision that still resonates in the church-state conflicts of today -- more than 60 years after the original decision in McCollum vs. Board of Education. Produced, directed and photographed by Jay Rosenstein. c2010. 56 min. DVD X5307

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Onward Christian Soldiers.
A Dutch filmaker explores the phenomenal growth and influence of the Christian Right, not only on American politics and diplomacy, but also on American culture. She follows its leaders, Bob Billings, director of the Moral Majority, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Jimmy Swaggart and other TV evangelists to show how the electronic pulpit reaches a mass audience. 50 min. Video/C 4562

The Religious Right
Bill Moyers and Kathleen Hall Jamieson discuss developments in the 1992 presidential campaign and analyze news coverage of the campaign. Moyers and a panel then look at the position of the religious right in the current campaign. 60 min. Video/C 3064

The Rhetoric of Intolerance: An Open-Letter Video to Pat Robertson, Founder/Chairman of the Board, The 700 Club ... from Dr. Mel White, Minister of Justice, Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches ...
Rev. Mel White examines statements about homosexuality and other topics made by Pat Robertson during broadcasts of the television program "The 700 Club". Includes excerpts from that program showing Robertson speaking out against separation of Church and state, non-Christian influences in the United States, and homosexuality, and Dr. White's response to his accusations and implications. 1996? 30 min. Video/C 7011

School Prayer: A Community at War.
A Mississippi mother of six sues her local school district to remove intercom prayer and Bible classes from the public schools. Christian community members rally against her to protect their time-honored tradition of religious practices in the schools. Both sides claim they are fighting for religious freedom. 1999. 70 min. Video/C 6316

The Supreme Court's Holy Battles.
The history of the separation between church and state in the United States is traced, and the present state of affairs is covered. Video/C 1396

With God on Our Side
Looks at the existence of a powerful new political force on America's right: conservative Evangelical Christians. The film examines the scope of this still-growing movement through examples of Christian broadcasting, recording and publishing, assessing the impact of a movement that has developed into a self-nuturing American subculture. The conflicts that the evangelical movement have generated within the Christian community are also examined. A film by Alexander von Wetter 1981. 58 min. Video/C 9941

With God on Our Side: George W. Bush & the Rise of the Religious Right in America
Episode 1: The early crusaders / produced and directed by Calvin Skaggs, David Van Taylor -- Episode 2. The real deal / directed by David Van Taylor. Takes an in-depth look at President George W. Bush's connection with evangelical Christianity presented largely through the words of evangelical conservatives. The film begins by establishing the historical context by tracing the movement back to its postwar roots. It explores evangelical leaders' relationships with American presidents, from Billy Graham and Richard Nixon, to Jerry Falwell and Ronald Reagan, to Pat Robertson and George Bush. What emerges is a parable of the complex ways religion and politics mingle in American life. c2004. 100 min. DVD 4582
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With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America
Six parts, 56 minutes each. 1996.

Part 1: The Early Crusades, 1950-1968. Postwar fundamentalism is marked by optimism, mass revival meetings and disdain for worldly politics. But current events prod evangelical Christians into the political arena. Dismayed by Supreme Court rulings banning school prayer and encouraged by the Goldwater '64 campaign, conservative Christians rise up to launch a nationwide revolt against sex education. Narrator: Cliff Robertson. Commentary: Jon Braun, Mel White, Jerry Falwell, Mark Hatfield,, Billy James Hargis, Phyllis Schlafly, James Dunn, Peter Gillquist, E.V. Hill, Haywood Robinson, Carl F. Henry, Pierre Guillermin, Charles Colson, Tim LaHaye, Morton Blackwell, Harold I. Lief. 56 min. VHS Video/C 6030

Part 2: The Zeal of Thy House, 1969-1974. While campus evangelists go head-to-head with campus radicals Billy Graham and Richard Nixon join forces to champion "The Silent Majority." Watergate soon teaches Graham the perils of political entanglement. But the die has been cast, and in Kanawha County, West Virginia--where a local textbook controversy escalates into jailings, bombings and a miners' strike--the Religious Right is born. Narrator: Cliff Robertson. Commentary: Mark Hatfield, Charles Colson, James Dunn, Jon Braun, Peter Gillquist, Kathryn Long, Bill Bright, Jerry Falwell, Kenneth Briggs, Pat Robertson, Paul Weyrich, James Moffett. 56 min. VHS Video/C 6031

Part 3: We Are Family, 1974-1980. When Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter declares himself "born again", the media is befuddled--but his religious faith helps convince voters he can heal the nation. 1976 heralds a new era for evangelicals in every arena, yet modern life also means divorce, feminism, and gay rights. At the White House Conference on Families, conservative Christians choose polarization on those issues over reuniting the American family. Narrator: Cliff Robertson. Commentary: James Dunn, Bob Maddox, Kenneth Briggs, Cal Thomas, Jody Powell, Stuart Eizenstat, Pat Robertson, Connie Marshner, Os Guinness, Mel White, Phyllis Schlafly, John Carr, Paul Weyrich, Tim LaHaye, Francis Schaeffer. 56 min. VHS Video/C 6032

Part 4: Prophets and Advisors, 1979-1984. Seizing the pro-family agenda, New Right conservative strategists midwife a brood of new Christian political organizations, most notably Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority. These groups experience a heady overnight success, registering millions of evangelical voters and helping sweep Ronald Reagan into office. Yet once in the White House, his mainline Republican advisors actively suppress the traditional values issues. Evangelical leaders are forced to choose between 'speaking the truth' and 'going along to get along' in the political realm. Narrator: Cliff Robertson. Commentary: Jerry Falwell, Morton Blackwell, Paul Weyrich, Connie Marshner, Francis Schaeffer, Os Guinness, Udo Middelmann, Edith Schaeffer, C. Everett Koop, Ed Dobson, James Robison, Michael Deaver, John Conlan, Pat Robertson, Cal Thomas, Ed McAteer, Mel White. 56 min. VHS Video/C 6033

Part 5: And Who Shall Lead Them? 1985-1988. Anti-abortion activists cheered when Reagan named one of their own, C. Everett Koop, as Surgeon General. By the mid-80s, though, AIDS hits home even in fundamentalists circles and Koop splits with his former allies over the proper Christian response to this 'sign of God's judgement.' Pat Robertson mobilizes an 'invisible army' to support his bid for the presidency. Though dogged by televangelist scandals, the Robertson campaign sets the agenda for George Bush's victory over Michael Dukakis. Narrator: Cliff Robertson. Commentary: Everett Koop, Richard Viguerie, Paul Weyrich, Mel White, Pat Robertson, Francis Schaeffer, Jimmy Allen, Jerry Falwell, E.V. Hill, Ed Dobson, Phyllis Schlafly, Doug Wead, E.J. Dionne. 56 min. VHS Video/C 6034

Part 6: God's Armies, 1989-1994. While George Bush strains to win their trust, religious leaders turn to a new crusade: building a true grassroots power structure from the ashes of the Robertson campaign. The fruit of their efforts, the Christian Coalition, is now one of most politically adept membership organizations ever. Yet many inside the movement question if, in gaining power in the secular world, conservative Christians have lost their evangelical soul. This final program lays bare the struggle for the future of the religious right and of America. Narrator: Cliff Robertson. Commentary: Pat Robertson, Ralph Reed, Doug Wead, Randall Terry, Phyllis Schlafly, E.J. Dionne, Michael Horton, Kevin Phillips, Os Guinness, Martin Mawyer, David Noebel, Bill McCartney, Luis Palau, Haywood Robinson, James Dobson, Wellington Boon, Charles Colson. 56 min. VHS Video/C 6035

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Campaign and Convention Coverage

Great Speeches


Campaign 2004
Presents speeches from the Democratic and Republican party conventions for the 2004 presidential race. Disc 1: Democrats. Bill Clinton -- Howard Dean -- Al Sharpton -- Ron Reagan -- John Edwards -- Max Cleland -- John Kerry -- Disc 2: Republicans. Ron Silver -- John McCain -- Arnold Schwarzenegger -- Zell Miller -- Dick Cheney -- George W. Bush. 248 min. DVD 4941


Campaign '00: Democratic Convention
Presidential and National Party Campaigns.
Presents speeches from the 2000 Democratic National Convention by Jesse Jackson, Bill Bradley, Tipper Gore, Joe Lieberman, and Al Gore. 126 min. Video/C 7472

Campaign '00: Republican Convention
Presents speeches from the 2000 Republican National Convention by Herbert Lusk, Laura Bush, John McCain, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush. 126 min. Video/C 7473


Campaign '96: Democratic Convention
Presents speeches by Jesse Jackson, Hillary Clinton, Edward Kennedy, Al Gore and Bill Clinton from the Democratic convention. 154 min. Video/C 4614

Campaign '96: Republican Convention
Presents speeches by Gerald Ford, Kay Hutchison, Susan Molinari, Jack Kemp and Robert Dole from the Republican convention. 118 min. Video/C 4615

Republican Acceptance Speeches.
Presidential candidate Dole's and vice presidential candidate Kemp's acceptance speeches are included in this compilation from the final night of the Republican National Convention, 1996. Also included are comments by New Jersey governor, Christine Todd Whitman and Jack Kemp's son, Jeff. Taped in San Diego by C-SPAN, August 15, 1996. 121 min. Video/C 6941


Campaign '92
Vol I: The Democrats, Vol. II: The Republicans. Video/C 3180:1&2

1992 Republican Convention Highlights (35th:. 1992:. Houston, Tex.).
Speakers: Patrick Buchanan, Ronald Reagan, Marilyn Quayle, Barbara Bush, Mary Fisher. Features speeches given at the Republican National Convention of 1992 in Houston, Texas. Includes the speech by Mary Fisher on AIDS. 119 min. Video/C 6942


1988 Democratic National Convention, Atlanta 1988.
Addresses to the Democratic National convention by Michael Dukakis, Lloyd Bentsen, Jesse Jackson, Ann Richards, Ted Kennedy. DVD X3823-DVD X3826 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1312

Campaign '88.
v. 1. The Democrats. Ann Richards, Edward Kennedy, John Glenn, Lloyd Bentsen, Michael Dukakis. -- v.. 2. The Republicans. Robert Dole, Gerald Ford, James Kirkpatrick, Dan Quayle, George Bush. Video/C 1856

1988 Democratic National Convention.
Michael Dukakis, Lloyd Bentsen, Jesse Jackson. Video/C 2225

1988 Republican Convention.
George Bush and Dan Quayle. Video/C 2236


Ronald Reagan Elected President: Wednesday, November 5, 1980, ABC News.
A special edition of Nightline focusing on post-election night analysis and worldwide reaction to the election A special edition of Nightline focusing on post-election night analysis and worldwide reaction to the election. 84 min. Video/C 5757


Barbara Jordan, Keynote Address, Democratic Convention, New York, N.Y., July 12, 1976.
228 min. DVD X1383; vhs Video/C 1469
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Journalism and Media Studies (for documentaries about political advertisement)

The Living Room Candidate (via the American Museum of the Moving Image)
Political Communication Lab (Stanford University)

The Best Campaign Commercials Ever (1960-1972)
Presents many of the best political campaign commercials shown between 1960 and 1972. Many spots are award winners produced by several different political campaign experts. 60 min. DVD X1336; vhs Video/C 2351

Contents: Hell-bent for election / director, Chuck Jones (1944, 13 min.) --Eisenhower spots / Walt Disney Company (1952/56, 3 min.) -- No substitute / Russell Calabrese, Doug Compton, Greg Ford (1966, 3 min.) -- Political cartoon / Joe Adamson, James Morrow, David Stone (1974, 22 min.) -- Popeye for president / director, Seymour Kneitel ; animators, Tom Johnson, Frank Endres (1956, 6 min.) -- Jimmy who? (1975, 3 min.) -- Reaganoochio / director/animator, Ken Kimmelman (1984, 5 min.)-- Now is the time for all good men (1960, 1 min.) -- Political basketball / director, Greg Ford ; animation, Nancy Beiman, Doug Compton, Mike Wisniewski (1992, 1 min.)

The cartoon Hell-Bent for Election depicts F.D. Roosevelt as a streamlined diesel in a race against a rival train. Eisenhower Spots are cartoons celebrating Ike's popularity. No Substitute shows a cartoon Nixon listening to the song used in his failed 1960 campaign against Kennedy. A Political Cartoon is a mixed live-action/animation film in which two guys decide to run a cartoon character for president. Popeye for President shows the celebrated strong man on the campaign trail. Jimmy Who? features "Jimmy Carter" caricatures. In Reaganoochio Reagan is physiognomically trapped by his own words in this ironic treatment. Now Is The Time For All Good Men, is an animated public service announcement from 1960. Political Basketball is a cartoon short on politics in the U.S. 55 min. Video/C 999:1834

The Classics of Political Television Advertising.
A documentary film comprising a selected group of 78 political commercials grouped by type, representing a variety of campaigns and 36 years of television broadcasting shown between 1952 and 1985. Spots of 1 minute and less are presented intact; spots originally longer are edited for this presentation. 1986. 60 min. DVD 7365 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5613

Historical Political Commercials: Negative Ads.
Shows US Negative political ads from 1952-1980, including ads from the campaigns of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Goldwater, Nixon, Wallace, Humphrey, McGovern, Carter, Ford, Kennedy, Reagan, Hart, Mondale, and from local campaigns. Video/C 1429

Historical Political Commercials.
Shows US political ads from 1952-1980, including ads from the campaigns of Eisenhower, Stevenson, Kennedy, Nixon, Johnson, Goldwater, Humphrey, Wallace, McGovern, Carter, Ford, Reagan, Anderson. Video/C 1432

Historical Campaign Ads: 1976
Presents three Gerald Ford (Republican) and three Jimmy Carter (Democrat) television commercials shown during the 1975 presidential campaign. 10 min. Video/C 6943

Historical Campaign Ads: 1972
Presents three Richard M. Nixon (Republican) and three George McGovern (Democrat) television commercials shown during the 1972 presidential campaign. 10 min. Video/C 6944

Historical Political Commercials: 1960-1980.
Shows US political ads from 1960--1980, including ads from the campaigns of Kennedy, Nixon, Johnson, Goldwater, Wallace, Reagan, Carter, Ford. Video/C 1431

Political Advertisement
Presents political advertisements for American presidential campaigns from the 1950s through 2000, to provide a key to understanding the evolution of images on television and the marketing of politics.

Includes spots for: Dwight Eisenhower, Adlai Stevenson, Richard Nixon, J.F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Barry Goldwater, Herbert Humphrey, George Wallace, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Walter Modale, Gary Hart, Paul Simon, Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, Michael Dukakis, Jerry Brown, Bob Kerrey, Ross Perot, Bill Clinton, Lamar Alexander, Robert Dole, John McCain, Bill Bradley, Pat Buchanan, Ralph Nader. 65 min. Video/C MM110

Political Advertising of the 60's
Consists of award winning U.S. television commercials covering the Presidential campaigns of Lyndon Johnson, Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller and includes the rare "Kennedy, Kennedy" spot for John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign. It also covers senatorial, congressional and gubernatorial campaigns for a variety of races in the 1960's.

Ads for: John F. Kennedy, "Kennedy, Kennedy" (1 add)-- Birch Bayh (5)--L. Johnson (nuclear daisy ad) (7)--B. Goldwater (5)-- Robert F. Kennedy (2)--R. Nixon (9)--H. Humphrey (6)-- Winthrop Rockefeller (1) -- N. Rockefeller (6)--J. Javits (5)--Carl Stokes (2)--L.R. Preyer (1)--Max Rafferty (1)--Alan Cranston (3)--B. Packwood (1)--Dan Evans (1). 55 min. Video/C 6479

Political Advertising of the 80's
Contains award winning U.S. television commercials covering the Presidential campaigns of Reagan/Bush vs. Mondale/Ferraro and Bush/Quayle vs. Dukakis/Bentsen. There are spots for Bill Clinton campaigning for Governor, and commercials for Senator John Kerry. Includes commercials for "issues" such as gun control, Oregon's taxation Measure 2, ads by the Republican National Committee, the controversial "Willie Horton" spot for President Bush and the infamous anti-David Duke for Senator spots. Video/C 6480

Presidential Campaign Television Ads; Volume I: 1952-1964.
Eisenhower : "Ike for president" song -- Eisenhower answers America: "You never had it so good' -- Eisenhower answers America: Democratic bus driver -- Eisenhower answers America: Finances and Korean War -- Eisenhower answers America: Washington DC scandals -- Eisenhower: the man from Abilene -- Eisenhower: 54 million women ready to vote -- Eisenhower: the man in the White House -- Eisenhower: War -- Eiseinhower: Who's right? -- Eisenhower [anti]: How's that again, General? -- Stevenson: I'm voting for Stevenson -- Stevenson: The man from Libertyville -- Kennedy: "Kennedy for me" song -- Kennedy: health care -- Kennedy: West Virginia coal mines -- Kennedy: You and Kennedy -- Kennedy: Church and state -- Nixon: Can we have peace? -- Nixon: Civil rights -- Nixon: Dollars and sense -- Nixon [anti]: Ike on Nixon ideas: "Give me a week and I'll think of one" -- Goldwater: TV for Goldwater & Miller -- 30 minute lecture by Ronald Reagan. DVD 6487

Presidential Campaign Television Ads; Volume II: 1964-1976.
Goldwater: "Imprudent & impulsive -- Goldwater: Raymond Massey -- Goldwater: Talks war & peace with Eisenhower -- Goldwater [anti] "Saw off the Eastern seaboard" -- Goldwater [anti] Alabama KKK supports Goldwater -- Goldwater [anti] Arizona federal dam -- Goldwater [anti] Confessions of a Republican -- Goldwater [anti] RNC convention -- Goldwater [anti] Which Barry Goldwater? -- Johnson: Child with daisy nuclear explosion ad -- Johnson [anti] "We are a much beloved people?" -- Humphrey: Ahead of his time -- Humphrey: E.G. Marshall -- Humphrey [anti] DNC convention -- Nixon: 4 minute film -- Nixon: Domestic disorder -- Nixon: Empowerment of working people -- Nixon [anti] "What has Richard Nixon ever done for you?" -- Nixon [anti] Agnew. Wallace: Busing, unrest, foreign aid -- McGovern: Democrats for McGovern -- McGovern: Disabled Vietnam veterans -- McGovern: Farmers -- McGovern [anti] Defense plan -- McGovern [anti] This year, last year -- Nixon: "More than ever, Nixon now" song -- Nixon: 4 min. film with Richard Basehart -- Nixon: Busing -- Nixon: Hard hat Democrat for Nixon -- Nixon [anti] Bombing children -- Carter "I owe no one" -- Carter: a leader for a change -- Carter: Arab oil embargo -- Carter: Meet Jimmy Carter -- Carter: What Repubicans tell us -- Carter [anti] What Carter's done as governor -- Democrats [anti] Out of gas -- Ford: 4 min. film -- Ford: Change in America -- Ford: He knows the way -- Ford: Keep him -- Ford: What people like -- Ford [anti] You can't trust the man [Nixon] who made the mess in Washington [Ford]. DVD 6488

Consists of award winning U.S. television commercials covering the Presidential campaigns of Lyndon Johnson, Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller and includes the rare "Kennedy, Kennedy" spot for John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign. It also covers senatorial, congressional and gubernatorial campaigns for a variety of races in the 1960's.

Adds for: J. Carter (3)--R. Reagan (6)--Ted Kennedy (1)-- Tom Hayden (1)--M. Dukakis (6)--Claiborne Pell (1)--G. Bush (10)-- W. Mondale (2)--G. Ferraro (1)--John Kerry (5)--W. S. Cohen (1)--Jim Shannon (1)--D. Qualye (6)-- G. McGovern (1)--Gerry Studds (1)--F. Williams (1)-- Wayne Dowdy (1)--Mike Gibson (1)--B. Clinton (3 for governor)--J. Malone (1)--P.D. Wellstone (4)--J.B Johnson (1)--T. Goddard (1)--Lowell Weicker (1)---Harvey Sloan (1)--T. McRae (1)--R. Twilegar (1). 57 min. Video/C 6480

Prime-time Politics: New Directions in Political TV Advertising.
Political media consultants discuss political television advertising. Includes numerous political commercials for presidential, congressional and gubernatorial elections which highlight many themes such as crime, taxes, and Bork's nomination for the Supreme Court. 1989. Video/C 5614

Promise Them Anything: Political Ads from FDR to Jimmy Carter
Depression (1928, 6 min.) -- Hell bent for election / UAW-CIO, (1944, ca. 13 min.) -- Man from Abilene (Eisenhower) -- Man from Libertyville (Adlai Stevenson) -- Jimmy the C. First two films feature animated political adds for F. D. Roosevelt with focus on the Depression. Second film urges union members to vote for Roosevelt in 1944 election. Includes adds for Eisenhower, Adlai Stevenson, J.F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy (for president), Nixon, Goldwater, Johnson, Rockefeller, Reagan, and Howard Jarvis on California Prop. 13. Concludes with a clay-animated Jimmy Carter, using the voice of Ray Charles, singing nostalgically of the simpler days prior to his Presidency. 69 min. DVD X1189 [preservation copy]; Video/C 2213

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Road to the White House.
Journalists review presidential television campaign spots and discuss issues surrounding the 1992 campaigns of Clinton and Bush. Selected television spots from the campaign are shown. Originally broadcast on October 2, 1988 on C-SPAN. 32 min. DVD X1456 [preservation copy]; Video/C 2619


Nixon/Wallace 1968 TV Election Spots.
A selection of assorted Nixon and Wallace 1968 Presidential election TV announcements. Covers issues of Vietnam War, domestic violence, busing, and social security. Includes 23 Nixon and 4 Wallace spots with Nixon's "Look at America" and "Law and Order" spots and supporting comments by Republicans Hatfield, Dirksen, Percy, Bush, Baker and Reagan. 27 min. Video/C 5114


The Best Campaign Commercials of 1984
Presents many of the best political campaign commercials of the 1984 election. Many of the spots are award winners produced by several different political campaign experts. Concludes with the 23 min. film "Ronald Reagan's America" produced in 1983. 60 min. DVD X1337 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2352

The Best of Political Spots of 1984.
Presents many of the best political campaign commercials of the 1984 election. Many of the spots are award winners produced by several different political campaign experts. Concludes with the 23 min. film "Ronald Reagan's America" produced in 1983. 55 min. DVD 7364 [preservation copy]; Video/C 5615

Mondale/Ferraro Political Advertisements, 1984. Video/C 1344


The Best of 1986 Political Commercials.
The rise of comparative and negative campaign commercials are illustrated in this retrospective presentation of selected 1986 campaign commercials. Primarily shows political commercials for senatorial, congressional and gubernatorial races. 60 min. DVD X1338; Video/C 5616


The Best of 1988 Political Commercials.
Presents the best non-presidential campaign commercials for the 1988 election for a wide variety of state and federal public offices. 55 min. DVD X1341; vhs Video/C 2356

Best of 1988 Presidential Primary.
Presents the best campaign commercials of the presidential primary of 1988. Includes ads from the campaigns of Al Haig, Pete de Pont, Mike Dukakis, Paul Simon, Bob Dole, George Bush, Bruce Babbitt, Jack Kemp, Al Gore, Dick Gephardt, Jack Kemp and Jesse Jackson. DVD X1347; vhs Video/C 2828

Campaign Commercial Review.
C-SPAN live viewer call-in program focuses on TV commercials from campaigns of Democratic and Republican candidates for the 1988 presidential nominations. Douglas Bailey, Republican political consultant, and Joe Rothstein, Democratic political consultant, respond to questions from the C-SPAN moderator and from viewers discussing the influence of TV commercials in the campaign and analyzing the ingredients of effective commercials. Examples of commercials are shown. 83 min. Video/C 1905

Republican & Democratic Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1988. Primary Election.
Television spots, usually 30 seconds long, reveal the issues and personalities of the 1988 presidential primary campaign. Includes, among others, Republicans Alexander Haig, Robert Dole and George Bush, Democrats Michael Dukakis, Paul Simon and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Video/C 2354

Republican & Democratic Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1988. General Election.
Commercials for Republican presidential candidate George Bush and Democratic candidate, Michael Dukakis. DVD X1339; vhs Video/C 2829

Republican & Democratic Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1988.
General Election. Television spots, usually 30 seconds long, reveal the issues in the contest between Republican George Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis. 48 min. DVD X1340; vhs Video/C 2355

Robertson Commercials.
Presents two political campaign commercials of Republican presidential candidate Pat Robertson for the 1988 election. Segment from the television program Road to the White House, aired 9/25/1987. 2 min. Video/C 6940


The Best Campaign Commercials of 1990.
Presents many of the best political campaign commercials of the 1990 election. Many of the spots are award winners produced by several different political campaign experts. DVD X1342; Video/C 2357

Election '90: A Look at Political Ads.
A collection of nationwide 1990 elections campaign commercials from television. 112 min. DVD X1457 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1904


The Best Campaign Commercials of 1992: Non-presidential.
Presents the best non-presidential campaign commercials for the 1992 election for a wide variety of state and federal public offices. DVD X1350; vhs Video/C 2831

The Best Campaign Commercials of 1992: Presidential Primaries.
Commercials for the candidates, winners and losers, in both Republican and Democratic primary campaigns. Includes adds from the campaigns of Bob Kerrey, Tom Harkin, Paul Tsongas, Jerry Brown, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Pat Buchanan. 55 min. DVD X1346; Video/C 2827

The Best Campaign Commercials, 1992.
Presidential General Election. Campaign commercials for presidential candidates, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Ross Perot in the 1992 election. DVD X1349; vhs Video/C 2830

1992 Presidential Primary Commercials.
A compilation of 1991/92 campaign commercials for presidential candidates from all political parties including Republicans, Democrats, Libertarian parties and independent candidates. 120 min. Video/C 2620


Political Television Advertising: The Best of 1994.
Contents: Pt. 1. Initiative and referenda spots (11 min.) -- Pt. 2. Independent expenditure spots (4 min.) -- Pt. 3. Profile spots (7 min.) -- Pt. 4. Negative record spots (6 min.) -- Pt. 5. Positive record spots (8 min.) -- Pt. 6. Character attack spots (3 min.) -- Pt. 7. Response spots (3 min.) -- Pt. 8. Issue spots (4 min.) -- Pt. 9. Comparative spots (5 min.) -- Pt. 10. Generic party spots (3 min.).

A selected group of televised political commercial spots for the 1994 elections with duration of one minute or less grouped by type of commercial. Includes a selection of spots for and against ballot, initiative and referenda propositions. Many of the ads center around issues of crime, taxes and the establishment of lotteries. Video/C 5617


The Best Political TV Spots of 1996.
Contents: Pt. 1. U.S. Senate campaigns (28 min.) -- Pt. 2. U.S. House campaigns (16 min.) -- Pt. 3. Gubernatorial campaigns (6 min.) -- Pt. 4. State and local campaigns (9 min.) -- Pt. 5. Ballot issue campaigns (12 min.).

Presents the best 1996 campaign commercials on congressional, state and local issues grouped by type of campaign. Concludes with commercials for ballot measures. DVD 7404 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5618

Best Political Spots of 1996. Presidential and National Party Campaigns.
Presents the best presidential and national party campaign commercials for the 1996 elections. Issues in campaign ads center primarily on crime, taxes and gun control. 57 min. DVD 7474 [preservation copy; vhs Video/C 5619


George Bush Campaign Ad, 2004

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George Bush Campaign Ad: "Safer, Stronger", 2004

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Hilary 1984
"It may be the most stunning and creative attack ad yet for a 2008 presidential candidate -- one experts say could represent a watershed moment in 21st century media and political advertising. Yet the groundbreaking 74-second pitch for Democratic Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, which remixes the classic "1984" ad that introduced Apple computers to the world [see Commercial & Advertising Videography], is not on cable or network TV, but on the Internet." [SF Chronicle, Sunday, March 18, 2007]

Hilary 1984 (originally posted on YouTube)

Barak Obama: Believe Again
Political spot to draft Barak Obama for the 2008 Democratic presidental candidate.

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Political Debates

Presidential Debates


John F. Kennedy vs. Richard M. Nixon. (The Great Debates)
Edited selections from the 4 televised debates between Kennedy and Nixon from Sept. 26, 1960 to October 21, 1960. Topics included the stagnation of American society and whether or not to defend Quemoy and Matsu. There is some contemporary commentary on the significance and conduct of the debates. 60 min. Video/C 3097


Reagan/Mondale Debate #1, Oct 7, 1984. DVD 9274; vhs Video/C 2209

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Reagan/Mondale Debate #2, Oct 21, 1984. DVD 9275; vhs Video/C 2210

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Presidential Debate 1988.
The first presidential debate between Michael Dukakis and George Bush. DVD X3821 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1311

Presidential Debate 1988.
The second presidential debate between Michael Dukakis and George Bush. DVD X3820 [preservation copy[; Video/C 1310


1992 Debate Highlights
In 1992 three candidates campaigned for the presidential election. Their three historical debates included an unprecedented question-and-answer format in front of a live audience of undecided voters. This ABC News special presents highlights of these emotionally-charged debates featuring George Bush, Bill Clinton, H. Ross Perot as well as vice-presidential debaters, Dan Quayle, Al Gore, and Jim Stockdale. 147 min. Video/C 5753

Presidential Debate, 10/16/92.
The second presidential debate between incumbent President George Bush and presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Ross Perot. 90 min. DVD X611; vhs Video/C 2774

Presidential Debate, 10/19/92
Moderators, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer. The third presidential debate between incumbent President George Bush and presidential candidates, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot. 90 min. Video/C 2775


Presidential Candidates Debate, 10/06/96
Moderator, Jim Lehrer; introduction, Janet Brown, Paul Kirk. First debate between the two major-party U.S. presidential candidates Bill Clinton (D-Pres. U.S.) and Bob Dole (former U.S. Senator, R-Kansas), Oct. 6, 1996, moderated by Jim Lehrer, PBS news anchor. To Lehrer's questions, the candidate had 90 seconds to respond, the opponent had 60 seconds to rebut and the candidate had 30 seconds to respond to the rebuttal. The debate focused on domestic issues, especially the role of the federal government in citizens' lives, who should get a tax cut and for what reason, and the drug problem, especially among young people. 126 min. Video/C 6932

Presidential Candidates Debate, 10/16/96
Moderator, Jim Lehrer; introduction, Janet Brown. Second 1992 debate between U.S. presidential candidates Bill Clinton (D-Pres. U.S.) and Bob Dole (former U.S. Senator, R-KS). They responded to questions from an audience of 113 persons whose votes were still undecided. The debate focused on a wide range of domestic concerns, including the economy, taxes, Medicare and education. There was only one foreign policy question, which concerned the possibility of sending U.S. troops as peacekeepers in the Middle East. Mr. Dole made some ethics charges against Pres. Clinton, who responded that personal attacks were not relevant to people who were concerned about their jobs and their children's education. 129 min. Video/C 6933


Bush-Kerry Debate, Oct. 13, 2004
John Kerry and George W. Bush debate U.S. domestic issues in the third and final debate of the 2004 presidential campaign. C-SPAN. 90 min. Video/C MM354

Bush-Kerry Debate, Oct. 8, 2004
In the second of three debates between presidential candidates, President Bush and Senator Kerry answer questions submitted by members of the audience in a town hall meeting format. The debate covers foreign and domestic policy, concentrating on Iraq policy, the state of the economy, health care, taxes, jobs, and social issues. 99 min. Video/C MM381

Bush-Kerry Debate, Sept. 30, 2004.
First presidential debate for the 2004 campaign between incumbent President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry. Moderator, Jivvvehrer. 118 min. Video/C MM354

Vice Presidential Debates


Vice Presidential Debate, Oct. 11, 1984:
George Bush, Geraldine Ferraro. Video/C 220


Vice Presidential Debate 1988.
The vice presidential debate between Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle. DVD X3827 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1313


Vice Presidential Debate, 10/13/92.
The vice presidential debate between incumbent Dan Quayle and vice presidential candidates, Albert Gore and James Stockdale. DVD 9821; vhs Video/C 2776


Vice Presidential Debate, Cheney-Edwards, October 5, 2004
Held at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 5, 2004. Video/C MM342

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Misc. Speeches, Conferences, and Addresses

C-SPAN State of the Union Archive

[Bush, George W.]Bush Inauguration, 1989.
DVD X3831 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2218

[Bush, George W.] President Bush address to Congress [09/20/01]
In this ABC News special President Bush addresses a joint session of Congress following terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Bush discusses the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks including the need for future justice that shall be sought out for the perpetrators of the crime. 58 min. Video/C 8516 (see also Video/C 8391)

[Bush, George W.] Presidential Address [9/20/01] [C-SPAN]
President Bush addressed a joint session of Congress following terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He pledged to pursue terrorists around the world, called on Americans to be patient in what could turn out to be a protracted operation, demanded cooperation by Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, and praised the American people for their resilience in the wake of the attacks. C-SPAN: Recorded Sept. 20, 2001 in Washington, D.C. 63 min. Video/C 8391 (see also Video/C 8516)

[Bush, George W.] National Prayer Service [9/14/01] [C-SPAN]
President Bush, several former presidents, and other dignitaries gathered in recognition of a National Day of Prayer and rememberance for victims, family members and rescue workers of New York and Washington terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The event included patriotic songs and devotional music as well as remarks by leaders of several different faith groups. C-SPAN: Recorded Sept. 14, 2001 in Washington, D.C. 139 min. Video/C 8393 (See also Video/C 8517)

[Bush, George W.] Day of Prayer and Remembrance, National Cathedral, [9/14/01]
In this ABC News special President Bush, several former presidents, and other dignitaries gathered in recognition of a National Day of Prayer and rememberance for victims, family members and rescue workers of New York and Washington terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The event included several patriotic songs and devotional music as well as remarks by leaders of several different faith groups. 88 min. Video/C 8517 (See also Video/C 8393)

[Bush, George W.] Memorial Service for Victims [10/11/01] [C-SPAN]
President George W. Bush and military officials marked the one-month anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon at a memorial service for the victims on the steps of the Pentagon. C-SPAN: Recorded October 11, 2001. 104 min. Video/C 8394

[Bush, George W.] Presidential News Conference [10/11/01][C-SPAN]
Following a brief statement outlining the progress of the U.S. campaign against terrorism and the Taliban regime, President Bush answered questions from reporters gathered in the East Room for a prime time news conference. Among the topics he addressed were the scope of operations against terrorism, threats to the U.S., and the role of the United Nations. He endedthe conference with a call on American youth to donate one dollar to aid the children of Afghanistan. C-SPAN: Presented in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 11, 2001. 45 min. Video/C 8395

[Bush, George W.] State of the Union Address, January 29, 2002.
George W. Bush gives his first State of the Union address to the nation. The address focuses on the war against terrorism, health care reform, efforts to secure the United States homeland, and ways to improve America's struggling economy. From a broadcast of the program ABC News special report, January 29, 2002. 44 min. DVD 9446

[Clinton, William Jefferson]Address at Zellerbach Hall, Universityof California at Berkeley, January 29, 2002
Opening commentary (19 min.): Robert Berdahl, Gray Davis.Summary: Former President Clinton addresses an audience at the University of California Berkeley expounding on the economic prosperity of the 1990s in the United States, saying that its lopsided nature also bred terrorism and identity politics and that an increase of financial foreign aid is needed to combat terrorism. Produced for the Office of Public Affairs and the Office of the Chancellor by Educational Technology Services, University of California at Berkeley. 94 min. DVD 1160; also VHS Video/C 8910

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[Clinton, William Jefferson] Grand Jury Testimony of William Jefferson Clinton.
On August 17, 1998, President Bill Clinton gave videotaped testimony before a federal grand jury in the Ken Starr investigation. This is the video-taped testimony as released by Congress, as an historical account, without narration, without opinion. This marks the first time a sitting president has testified before a grand jury in a criminal investigation. 1998. ca. 240 min. Video/C 5651

[Clinton, William Jefferson] 1993 Presidential Inauguration, 1/20/93.
Live coverage from Washington, D.C. of the inauguration of Bill Clinton to the presidency of the United States. Video/C 2777

[Clinton, William Jefferson]1993 Presidential Inauguration: An American Reunion
A review of the week of activities in January, 1993 celebrating the inauguration of Bill Clinton to the presidency of the United States. Includes the swearing-in ceremony, the inaugural address and highlights from the inaugural parade, the inaugural balls, the open house at the White House, and entertainment at the presidential and American galas at the Capital Centre. 60 min. Video/C 3282

[Clinton, William Jefferson] Inauguration '93.
News anchormen, Peter Jennings, David Brinkley provide ABC news Coverage of the inauguration Bill Clinton to the presidency of the United States. Video/C 2826

[Clinton, William Jefferson] Presidential Address, 8/17/98.
After giving grand jury testimony by video link from the White House, President Clinton addressed the American people on the same day acknowledging that he had an "inappropriate relationship" with Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern. He also stated that he had not asked others to lie under oath. Originally broadcast on C-Span, 8/17/98. 5 min. Video/C 5629

[Clinton, William Jefferson] White House Prayer Breakfast, 9/11/98
President Clinton addresses the White House prayer breakfast stating "I have sinned" and "the sorrow I feel is genuine." He states his plans to "continue on the path of repentence," to seek pastoral counsel and asks for prayers and support from the American people. Originally broadcast on C-Span, 9/11/98. 17 min. Video/C 5630

[Clinton, William Jefferson] State of the Union Address, Feb. 17, 1993.
A speech by President Bill Clinton before Congress in which he outlines the state of the union as he perceives it including an evaluation of the current condition of the nation and a description of his future goals. Video/C 2752

Dishonors Awards
An "Awards banquet" by leading American conservatives to recognize the most biased coverage by reporters of the 1990's, and to "honor" the decade's worst reporting. Includes awards for the wackiest analysis, for the impugning of the character of Clinton's adversaries, for media hatred of conservatives and other issues. As award winners were not present personally to accept their prizes, certain high-profile conservatives were called to the podium to accept for them. Contents: Award 1. How do I hate the gipper? Let me count the ways award / Ed Meese accepting for winner John Leonard -- Award 2. Politics of meaninglessness award / Lyn Nofziger accepting for winner Elaine Shannon -- Award 3. Presidential kneepad award for the best journalistic Lewinsky / John Fund accepting for winner Nina Burleigh -- Award 4. Corporal cueball Carville cadet award / Bob Tyrrell accepting for winner Evan Thomas -- Award 5. Damn every conservative we can think of to hell award / Ollie North accepting for winner Bryant Gumbel -- Award 6. I'm a compassionate liberal but I wish you were all dead award / Clarence Thomas accepting for winner Julianne Malveaux. Presented at the Monarch Hotel in Washington, D. C. on December 9, 1999. 89 min. Video/C 8164

[Ford, Gerald] Gerald Ford's America
Scrutinizes the "first one hundred days" of the Ford presidency. In Part 1 WIN (the title refers to the slogan "Whip Inflation Now"), the TVTV crew follows Ford on a goodwill tour of his old constituency in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having promised to end the "national nightmare" of Vietnam and Watergate, Ford took office only to face inflation and a looming recession. Ironically contrasting political rhetoric with the reality of working and middle-class America, TVTV juxtaposes a main point of Ford's platform -- that Americans should curb their spending habits -- with a GOP fundraiser in which wealthy patrons bid extravagantly for a football once held by Ford. In Part 2 Chick to sheik, the filmmakers examine the assertion that political deal-making occurs at the social level, they take careful note of the high cost of entertaining: $10,000 for one diplomatic function. As an ironic footnote to history, the tape culminates in a party for the Shah of Iran at the Iranian Embassy, complete with birthday toasts to the soon-to-be-ousted ruler. [Part 1] Win (28 min.), 1975 -- [Part 2] Chic to sheik (28 min.), 1975. Produced by TVTV and the TV Lab at WNET/Thirteen; producer, David Loxton. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. Video/C MM1167

[Gore, Al] Al Gore at UC Berkeley, February 19, 1997 at Krutch Auditorium, Clark Kerr Campus, University of California, Berkeley.
A town hall meeting between Vice President Al Gore and 150 UCB undergraduates investigating the need for financial aid for college students. Among issues discussed were federal scholarship programs, federal financial aid, tax credits for educational expenses, campaign reform and affirmative action. 60 min. Video/C 4691

Great American Speeches: Program 1: 80 Years of Political Oratory.
: Grilled millionaire / Franklin D. Roosevelt -- Every man is a king / Huey P. Long -- Honesty in government / Senator Robert La Follette -- FDR's policies / Father Charles Coughlin -- Eulogy for Huey Long / Gerald L. K. Smith -- Keynote speech as a third-party candidate / Gerald L. K. Smith -- Call for working class tax deductions / Governor Eugene Talmadge.

The first in a six part series tracing the history of visually recorded American oratory with commentary and film clips which place each speech in historical perspective. This program features FDR's first inaugural address and "Grilled Millionaire" speech, fiery Huey Long's "Every man is a king," a call for honesty in government by Populist Wisconsin Senator Robert La Follette ; two speeches praising, then criticizing FDR's policies by Father Charles Coughlin, Gerald L.K. Smith's eulogy for Huey Long and his keynote speech as third-party candidate opposing FDR's 1939 re-election and a rousing call for working-class tax reductions by Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge. Video/C 5566

Great American Speeches: Program 2: 80 Years of Political Oratory.
: Declaration of war on Japan / Franklin D. Roosevelt -- Old soldiers never die / Douglas MacArthur -- Response to Republican allegations of budgetary waste / Franklin D. Roosevelt -- In support of World War II / George Patton -- Pro-union filibuster (excerpts) / John. L. Lewis.

The second in a six part series tracing the history of visually recorded American oratory with commentary and film clips which place each speech in historical perspective. This program features FDR's declaration of war on Japan, General Douglas MacArthur's "Old soldiers never die" retirement speech before Congress. Other speeches include FDR's humorous response to Republican allegations of budgetary waste surrounding his dog, Fala, General George Patton's controversial stump speech in support of World War II and excerpts from John L. Lewis's five-hour pro-union filibuster before a congressional committee studying mine safety. Video/C 5567

Great American Speeches: Program 3: 80 Years of Political Oratory.
: Kitchen debate / Nikita Khrushchev, Richard Nixon -- Checkers speech / Richard Nixon -- Campaign address / Hubert Humphrey -- Army-McCarthy hearings / Joseph McCarthy, Joseph Welch.

The third in a six part series tracing the history of visually recorded American oratory with commentary and film clips which place each speech in historical perspective. In this program Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon argue the merits of democracy and communism in the impromptu Kitchen Debate, complete with on-screen translations. Also included are Nixon's famous Checkers speech, a 1960 campaign address to Wisconsin farmers by Senator Hubert Humphrey, and the verbal showdown between Senator Joseph McCarthy and attorney Joseph Welch at the Army-McCarthy hearings that helped end McCarthy's political career. Video/C 5568

Great American Speeches: Program 4: 80 Years of Political Oratory.
: Inaugural address, 1961 ; American University speech calling for the end of nuclear proliferation ; Ich bin ein Berliner / John F. Kennedy -- I have a dream ; When a man has already died / Martin Luther King, Jr.

The fourth in a six part series tracing the history of visually recorded American oratory with commentary and film clips which place each speech in historical perspective. This program contains speeches by two of the 20th century's greatest orators: John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Included are Kennedy's inaugural address, the American University speech calling for an end to nuclear proliferation, and the politically charged "Ich bin ein Berliner" address delivered at the Berlin Wall. King's moving "I have a dream" speech to civil rights marchers in Washington and parts of his prophetic "When a man has already died" speech are also featured. Video/C 5569

Great American Speeches: Program 5: 80 Years of Political Oratory.
: Easter speech in Harlem / Malcom X. -- Platform attack of Barry Goldwater, 1964 / Nelson Rockefeller -- Extremism is no vice (rebuttal of Rockefeller speech) / Barry Goldwater -- A time for choosing, 1964 / Ronald Reagan -- Eulogy for Martin Luther King, Jr. / Robert F. Kennedy.

The fifth in a six part series tracing the history of visually recorded American oratory with commentary and film clips which place each speech in historical perspective. This program begins with a fiery speech by Malcolm X reminiscent of the polarization of American political life in the 1960s. Nelson Rockefeller's condemnation of 1968 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater as a political extremist; Goldwater's rebuttal of the charges; and Ronald Reagan's stump speech in support of Goldwater follow. Robert Kennedy's moving eulogy for Martin Luther King, Jr., concludes the program. Video/C 5570

Great American Speeches: Program 5: 80 Years of Political Oratory.
: Speech for nonpartisan judgment at the Nixon Impeachment hearings / Barbara Jordan -- Inaugural address, 1981 / Ronald Reagan -- Keynote speech at 1984 Democratic Convention / Mario Cuomo -- 1984 campaign speech / Jesse Jackson.

The last in a six part series tracing the history of visually recorded American oratory with commentary and film clips which place each speech in historical perspective. This program features Representative Barbara Jordan's eloquent appeal for nonpartisan judgment at the Nixon impeachment hearings, Ronald Reagan in his 1981 inaugural address, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo's resounding keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic Convention, as well as an emotion charged 1984 campaign speech by Jesse Jackson. Video/C 5571

Great Speeches

Vol.I: Inaugural Address/John F. Kennedy (15 min.) -- "I have a dream"/Martin Luther King, Jr. (20 min.) -- Farewell Address/Gen. Douglas MacArthur (40 min.) -- 1934 Adolph Hitler (10 min.) -- 1942 State of the Union/Franklin D. Roosevelt (35 min.). DVD 3119; also VHS Video/C 1466:1

Vol. II: Two wartime speeches/Winston Churchill (10 min.) -- UN missile crisis/Adlai Stevenson (25 min.) -- "Constitution" speech (Statement on Impeachment)/Barbara Jordan (20 min.) -- "Checkers" speech/Richard Nixon (30 min.) -- Peace in the Middle East (UN general assembly)/Golda Meir (25 min.). DVD 3120; also on VHS Video/C 1466:2

Vol. III: The rainbow coalition/Jesse Jackson. -- Resignation/Richard M. Nixon. -- Vice Presidential acceptance/Geraldine Ferraro. -- Atoms for peace/Dwight D. Eisenhower. -- KAL 007 disaster/Jeane Kirkpatrick. DVD 3121; also on VHS Video/C 1466:3

Vol IV.: 1984 Democratic keynote/Mario Cuomo --1980 presidential acceptance/Ronald Reagan -- 1976 Democratic keynote/Barbara Jordan -- VP acceptant/Hubert H. Humphrey -- Houston ministers/John F. Kennedy. DVD 3184; also on VHS Video/C 1466:4

Vol. V: First Inaugural & Declaration of War/Franklin D. Roosevelt -- 1965 Voting Rights Act Lyndon B. Johnson -- Tribute to the Challenger Astronauts/Ronald Reagan -- Eulogy of Martin Luther King, Jr./Robert Kennedy. DVD 3122; also on VHS Video/C 1466:5

Vol. VI: "Mountain Top" Speech/Martin Luther King, Jr. -- United Nations Address/Eleanor Roosevelt -- Defense of Saudi Arabia/ George Bush -- "Watergate" Speech/Richard Nixon -- "Truth & Tolerance in America"/Edward Kennedy. DVD 3123; also on VHS Video/C 1466:6

Vol. VII: RFK Foundation Awards Keynote/Lech Walesa -- 1991 State of the Union/George Bush -- Energy Crisis/Jimmy Carter -- 1988 Democratic Convention/Jesse Jackson -- South Africa/Jerry Falwell. DVD 3185; also on VHS Video/C 1466:7

Vol. VIII: Role of communism/Role of America/Fulton Sheen -- Whistle stop campaign/Harry Truman -- We ain't going/Stokeley Charmichael -- I am a Berliner/John Kennedy -- 1988 democratic keynote -- Ann Richards. DVD 3124; also on VHS Video/C 1466:8
Vol. IX: 1992 Vice presidential Acceptance/Albert Gore --1992 Republican Convention/Barbara Bush -- Westminster College/Mickhail Gorbachev -- Farewell Address/Dwight Eisenhower -- 1941 Radio Address/Franklin Roosevelt (Fireside Chat). DVD 3125; also on VHS Video/C 1466:9

Vol. X: Inaugural address/Bill Clinton -- Assuming Presidency/Gerald Ford -- "Let Us Continue" Lyndon Johnson -- Address to the A.M.A./Hillary Clinton -- Address to US Congress/Boris Yeltsin. DVD 3221; also on VHS Video/C 1466:10

Vol. XI: Howard University commencement address / Colin Powell -- 1991 Democratic Convention / Elizabeth Glaser -- Relinquishing Leadership: 1995 Congress / Richard Gephardt -- Swearing in ceremonies as House Speaker / Newt Gingrich -- Rio de Janeiro Environmental Conference / Fidel Castro. DVD 3186; also on VHS Video/C 1466:11

Vol. XII: 1996 Democratic Convention / Sarah Brady -- 1996 Republican Convention / Colin Powell -- Eulogy of Barbara Jordan / Ann Richards -- Two historic speeches / Harry Truman -- Moscow University / Ronald Reagan. DVD 3187; also on VHS Video/C 1466:12

Vol. XIII: 1996 Democratic Convention / Christopher Reeve -- 1997 Inaugural Day Sermon / Tony Campolo -- Spirituality in Today's World / Dalai Lama -- First major address as Secretary of State / Madeleine Albright -- 1998 State-of-the-Union / Bill Clinton. DVD 3126; also on VHS Video/C 1466:13

Vol. XIV: It's about sex / Dale Bumpers -- Acceptance of Congressional Gold Medal / Nelson Mandela -- Address to the nation on Kosovo / Bill Clinton -- A Plea for civility / Richard Gephardt -- Address on foreign policy / Henry Kissinger. DVD 3127; also on VHS Video/C 1466:14

Vol. XV: Farewell to baseball / Lou Gehrig -- Farewell to his party / Bill Clinton -- 2000 RNC keynote / Colin Powell -- Duke University commencement / Elizabeth Dole -- Share the wealth / Huey Long. DVD 3128; also on VHS Video/C 7525

Vol. XVI: Police violence / Malcolm X -- Scripps College Commencement / Naomi Wolf -- Presidential concession / Al Gore -- Inaugural address / George W. Bush -- WTC disaster / George W. Bush -- Goldwater for President / Ronald Reagan. Video/C 8446
Vol. XVII: UN speech on terrorism / Robert Giuliani -- Labour Party keynote address / Tony Blair -- Woodrow Wilson Institute address / Tom Daschle -- McConnell Center for Political Leadership, University of Louisville, Kentucky / Colin Powell -- 1963 commencement address at American University / John Kennedy. DVD 3129; also on VHS Video/C 9287

Vol. XVII: 9/11 address to U.N. / Rudolph Giuliani -- 2001 Labour Party keynote / Tony Blair -- Foreign policy address / Tom Daschle -- Speech on terrorism / Colin Powell -- [1963] American University commencement / John F. Kennedy. DVD 3130

Vol. XVIII: Nobel Peace Prize acceptance / Jimmy Carter -- Eulogy of Columbia astronauts / George W. Bush -- Speech at Johns Hopkins / Lyndon B. Johnson -- "The power of nonviolence" / Cesar Chavez -- "What is good journalism?" / Geneva Overholser. DVD 3131

Vol. XIX: USC commencement / John McCain -- 2004 DNC keynote / Barack Obama -- Eulogy of Ronald Reagan / Margaret Thatcher -- "On the brink of war" / Robert Byrd -- Health care address / Carol Moseley Braun -- "I will not run" / Lyndon B. Johnson. DVD 3132

Vol. XX: Clinton Library dedication address by George H.W. Bush Wilkes University commencement [address] by Robert F. Kennedy. Second inaugural address by George W. Bush Third inaugural address by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Fourth inaugural address by Franklin D. Roosevelt. DVD 4934

Vol. XXI: Georgetown University Commencement / John Roberts -- Time to leave Iraq / John Murtha -- "Speaking Truth to Power" / Jean Rohe -- New School Commencement / John McCain -- First Inaugural Address / Richard Nixon. DVD 9500

Vol. XXII: 2006 Dartmouth College Commencement / Elie Wiesel -- Introducing Speaker of the House / John Boehner -- Takes Office as New Speaker / Nancy Pelosi -- Eulogy of Gerald Ford / Jimmy Carter -- Pardon of Richard Nixon / Gerald Ford. DVD 9502

Vol. XXIII: "A more perfect union" / Barack Obama -- "Tear down this wall!" / Ronald Reagan -- 2008 DNC speech / Hillary Clinton -- 2008 RNC speech / Michael Huckabee -- Eulogy of Julia Carson / Louis Farrakhan. DVD X5029

Vol. XXIV: Eulogy of Edward Kennedy / Barack Obama -- Building a culture of ethics / Neville Isdell -- Eulogy of Michael Jackson / Al Sharpton -- Eulogy of Edward Kennedy / Ted Kennedy, Jr. -- 1980 [i.e. 1981] Inaugural Address / Ronald Reagan. DVD X5030

Great Speeches - The Presidents.
Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929 -- Herbert Clark Hoover, 1929-1933 -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945 -- Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953 -- Dwight David Eisenhower, 1953-1961 -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-1963 -- Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1963-1969 -- Richard Milhous Nixon, 1969-1974 -- Gerald Rudolph Ford, 1974-1977 -- Jimmy Earl Carter, 1977-1981 -- Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989. DVD 9502; vhs Video/C 3179

Great Speeches: Today's Women.

Vol. I: 1992 Democratic convention keynote / Barbara Jordan -- Defends Republican administration / Marilyn Quayle -- Discusses health issues / Joycelyn Elders -- Roe v. Wade lawyer on women's issues / Sara Weddington -- Clinton's economic conference / Paula Stern. 131 min. Video/C 9284

Vol. II: 50th anniversary of the Iron Curtain / Margaret Thatcher -- Discusses AIDS / Mary Fisher -- Women in America / Tipper Gore -- Generation X looks at the future / Heather Lamm -- Chronicles her husband's life / Elizabeth Dole. 102 min. Video/C 9285

Vol. III: 1992 inaugural ceremonies / Maya Angelou -- 2001 commencement address at Scripps College / Jan Piercy -- 2000 Republican National Convention / Condoleezza Rice -- 2000 Democratic National Convention / Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg -- 2000 Democratic National Convention / Karenna Gore Schiff. 100 min. Video/C 9286

[Kennedy, John F.] Thank you Mr. President : The Press Conferences of JFK
Selects best moments from televised press conferences of President Kennedy, the first President to hold such meetings. Included are topics such as U.S.-Soviet relations, threat of nuclear war, women's rights, Central America, the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis. 58 min. DVD 9541 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 9683

[Nixon, Richard M.] Checkers Speech
Video/C 7142 [also included on Video/C 1466 and Video/C 5568. The Checkers Speech is also available online for Real player.

[Perot, Ross] Perot.
Ross Perot, plain talk about jobs, debt and the Washington mess. -- Solution I: Balancing the budget. -- Solution II: Reforming government. -- Solution III.: What can we expect to achieve? Two televised "town hall" meetings aired in October, 1992 by the Texas businessman and US Presidential candidate, Ross Perot, in which he explains his political views and proposes solutions to America's problems. Video/C 2529

[Reagan, Ronald] President Reagan's Press Conference, Thursday 3/19/87.
Reagan deals with questions regarding the alleged arms for hostages deal with Iran. He also fields questions about what role Nancy Reagan may have played in the resignation of chief of staff Donald Reagan. Video/C 2306

[Reagan, Ronald] State of the Union address, January 27, 1987
NBC's live coverage of President Reagan's state of the Union message to a joint session of Congress concerning his evaluation of the current condition of the nation and a description of his future goals. 35 min. DVD X1398 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 114

Words of War
Explains the specialized oratory leaders have used to convince Americans to go into battle. Presenting historic and contemporary examples of American presidential wartime speeches this documentary examines four basic themes used to convince the nation of the need for war. Includes actual wartime addresses from Franklin Roosevelt, George Bush, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon and George W. Bush plus addresses by Woodrow Wilson and Harry Truman. 35 min. DVD 1930

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Foreign Policy

Various MRC area studies videographies: e.g. Eastern/Western Europe
Peace and Conflict Studies
International Terrorism
Peace & Conflict Studies
US History

1993 UN Human Rights Conference Preview
Segment one is a behind-the scenes look at the problems, priorities, and players at the 1993 United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, the first to be held in 25 years. Includes interviews with undersecretary of State Timothy Wirth and former President Jimmy Carter and UN Sec. General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. The second segment examines a Chicago based campaign against capital punishment by families of murder victims who tour the United States to combat the death penalty. Segement from the television program Rights & wrongs, 1993. 27 min. Video/C 6695

The American Friend: America vs. De Gaulle
The recent war in Iraq is not the first time that the U.S. has been at odds with its ally France. This program presents an account of an earlier troubled phase in Franco-American relations: the critical years from 1961 to 1969. Drawing on recently declassified archival materials as well as on eyewitness accounts from the advisors, colleagues, and ministers of Charles de Gaulle, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, the program depicts JFK's historical visit to France, his discovery of a famously difficult ally in de Gaulle, and the ambiguous relationship that developed between the two countries in the years to come. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2004. 58 min. DVD 8608

Art, Truth & Politics
In 2005 Harold Pinter, unable to attend the ceremonies, videotaped a lecture on the occasion of his reception of the Nobel Prize for Literature. His speech is a complex reflection on his own writing and an excoriating attack on the foreign policy of a "brutal, ruthless and scornful" United States. He also reflects on the genesis of this plays "The Homecoming" and "Old times;" on the problems of political theatre; on the tragedy of American actions in Nicaragua; on the invasion of Iraq and on other crimes by the United States in the past half century. Originally filmed in 2005. 46 min. DVD 5389

The Bubble of American Supremacy
George Soros, financier, philanthropist, author and founder of the Open Society Institute in conversation with Orville Schell, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at UCB, discussing the bubble phenomenon as it relates to the United State's notion of self-supremacy in the world. Soros argues that the Bush administration's foreign policy has used America's overwhelming military supremacy, to create a deluded worldview -- that might makes right. Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on March 3, 2004. 71 min. Video/C MM85

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California First Amendment Coalition annual Assembly Featuring Seymour Hersh
Michael Krasny of KQED-FM interviews The New Yorker writer Seymour Hersh whose stories on the military, intelligence-gathering, and national security have shaped the American political agenda for three decades. Hersh evaluates American foreign policy particularly in Iraq and press coverage and government coverups in the War on Iraq. Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on October 8, 2004. 82 min. Video/C MM366

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Cuban Missile Crisis Tapes
An analysis of the debates and strategies discussed by Kennedy and his closest advisers during the Cuban Missile Crisis taken from the recently released audio tapes from the Kennedy Library. Originally broadcast on the television program Nightline, on October 24, 1996. With commentary by Robert McNamara. 23 min. Video/C 5948

Celsius 41.11: The Temperature at Which the Brain Begins to Die
Examines "the truth behind the lies of Fahrenheit 9/11". This film attempts to correct the record when it comes to the left's attacks on President Bush, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the war in Iraq and Kerry's 20-year tenure in the Senate. Directed by Kevin Knoblock. Washington, D.C. : Citizens United, c2004. 71 min. DVD 35078

Deadly Mistakes?
Provides a series of films looking at events and related U.S. policy mistakes from the past and the 21st century. Disc 2 contains six extended interviews. Events and issues covered include Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam war, Cold War, U.S. interventions in the Third World, nuclear weapons, invasion of Iraq and the war in Colombia. Produced and directed by Walter Miale. 2005. 405 min. DVD 4607

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Does America Need an Empire?
Max Boot, author of Savage wars of peace: Small wars and the rise of American power, presents the 2003 Nimitz Memorial lecture in which he discusses American foreign policy and America's place in the world as a global "policeman." He addresses the question "Should America assume the responsibility of policing the world, and if so, why and how?". Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on March 12, 2003. Video/C 9511

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The Evolution of Revolution: Live from Tehran. (Century: Events that Shaped the World; 11.)
During the Carter administration, Iranian students seized the American embassy in Tehran--and 53 American hostages--to begin a standoff that lasted until Ronald Reagan's inauguration 444 days later. What factors prompted that act of terrorism? This program examines the history of America's relations with Iran and the consequences of an American foreign policy shaped more by a desire to protect an oil-dependent standard of living and opposition to communist expansion than to promote democracy. 73 min. Video/C 6352

Fahrenheit 9/11
Through actual footage, interviews, and declassified documents, Michael Moore illustrates the connections President Bush has to the royal house of Saud of Saudia Arabia and the bin Laden's, how the president got elected on fraudulent circumstances and then proceeded to blunder through his duties while ignoring warnings of the looming betrayal by his foreign partners. When the treachery hits with the 9/11 attacks, Moore explains how Bush failed to take immediate action to defend the nation. Special features: "The release of 'Fahrenheit 9/11'" featurette; montage: the people of Iraq on the eve of invasion; new scene: Homeland Security, Miami style; outside Abu Ghraib Prison; Eyewitness account from Samara, Iraq; Extended interview with Abdul Henderson; Ella Lipscomb at the Washington, D.C. premiere; Arab-American comediens - their acts and experiences after 9/11; Condoleezza Rice's 9/11 Commission Testimony; Rose Garden press briefing after 9/11 Commission appearance.Written, produced and directed by Michael Moore. 2004. DVD 3011


Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Documentary
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or; FIPRESCI Prize
International Documentary Association - IDA Award
National Board of Review, USA - Freedom of Expression Award
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Non-Fiction Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Documentary

Michael Moore web site

Anti-Moore documentaries
Celsius 41.11
Manufacturing Dissent
Michael Moore Hates America

Financing Global Development.
The U.S. has been using foreign aid as a tool of foreign policy for close to 50 years. American attitudes have shifted and now a partisan Congress questions whether the American tax dollar should be used to support developing countries. Meanwhile the world wide gap between poor and rich widens. How can the U.S. get the most development "bang for the buck?" John Sewell of the Overseas Development Council and Sally Shelton-Colby of the U.S. Agency for International Development discuss U.S. development assistance in a post Cold War world. Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1998. 26 min. Video/C 5822

Great Decisions 2001, Programs 1-4.
Presents four U.S. foreign policy cases based on U.S. foreign policy issues analyzed in the Great decisions briefing book published annually by the Foreign Policy Association. Contents: Program 1. Coping with globalization; guests: Charlene Barshefsky, Thomas R. Pickering. -- Program 2. China and Taiwan: an American tightrope; guests: Doug Paal, Nancy Bernkopf-Tucker -- Program 3. High stakes of missile defense; guests: Joseph Cirincione, James Lindsay -- Program 4. U.S. and Iraq: Baghdad dilemma; guests: Graham Fuller, Charles Duelfer. Originally broadcast on PBS as segments of "Great Decisions". 2001. 147 min. Video/C 8039

Great Decisions 2001, Programs 5-8.
Presents four U.S. foreign policy cases based on U.S. foreign policy issues analyzed in the Great decisions briefing book published annually by the Foreign Policy Association. Contents: Program 5. Global health on life support; guests: Lee Hamilton, Anthony Fauci -- Program 6. Mexico: Prospects for prosperity; guests: Arturo Valenzuela, Doris Meissner -- Program 7. European integration: U.S. challenge; guests: Antony Blinken, Bruce Jackson -- Program 8. Conflict resolution in Africa; guests: Chester A. Crocker, Marina S. Ottaway. 2001. 147 min. Video/C 8040

Great Decisions, 2005. Disc 1
Moderator: Peter Krogh. Discussions of five major foreign policy issues facing the United States in 2005. American foreign policy: unilateralism vs. multilateralism / Richard Holbrooke, John Whitehead -- The war against terrorism: do we have the right battle plan? / Joseph Wilson, Charles William Maynes -- The United States and the world economy / Robert Rubin -- Homeland security and the 9-11 Commission / Richard Benveniste, John F. Lehman -- Iraq's political future / Richard Murphy, Phebe Marr. c2004-c2005. 113 min. DVD 4759

Great Decisions, 2005. Disc 2
Moderator: Peter Krogh. Discussions of five major foreign policy issues facing the United States in 2005. The looming global water crisis / Peter Gleick, Brian Richter -- Addressing global poverty / Carol Lancaster, Sebastian Mallaby -- Sudan: a nation on the brink / Chester Crocker -- Intelligence reform: what should it look like? / John McLaughlin, John Hamre, Richard Betts. 113 min. DVD 4760

Great Decisions, 2005. Disc 3
Moderator: Peter Krogh. Discussions of five major foreign policy issues facing the United States in 2005. The rise of China on the world stage / Julia Chang Block, Yasheng Uhang, Mark Kirk, James Sasser -- Democratic development in the Arab world / Hutham Olayan, Isobel Coleman, Shirley Telhami, Edward S. Walker, Jr. -- The outsourcing debate / Theodore Roosevelt IV, Marc Chandler, Abby Joseph Cohen, Ethan Harris, James Glassman -- Russia and the U.S. in the age of terrorism / Sergey Lavrov. 113 min. DVD 4761

Human Rights and U.S. Policy.
What role does human rights play in U.S. foreign policy? In recent years the promotion of human rights abroad has become a prominent goal of American foreign policy. What forces are generating human rights abuses in today's world? John Shattuck, Asst. Sec. of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and Pauline Baker, president of Fund for Peace examine how the promotion of human rights can be constructively applied in U.S. foreign policy. Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1998. 26 min. Video/C 5822

In Whose Interest?
Filmmaker David Kaplowitz leads an eyeopening journey, questioning the effects of U.S. foreign policy over the past 50 years. Revealing a pattern of intervention, the film focuses on U.S. intervention in Guatemala, Vietnam, East Timor, El Salvador and Palestine/Israel. Archival footage, photographs and media coverage are interwoven with personal eye-witness accounts and commentary from academics, religious leaders and politicians. 2002. 28 mins. Video/C 9833

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Instant-mix Imperial Democracy: Buy One, Get One Free
"Two talks by Arundhati Roy, in conversation with Howard Zinn." In Instant-mix imperial democracy Arundhati Roy challenges Americans to reclaim democracy and resist the U.S. war machine and engages in a discussion with Howard Zinn. In Come September (delivered one year after the 9/11 attacks), Roy speaks about the U.S. government's war on terror, globalization, and the misuses of nationalism with commentary by Howard Zinn. Presented in New York City at the Riverside Church, May 13, 2003; Come September filmed at Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, N.M., Sept. 18, 2002. 210 min. DVD X625

The JFK Tapes: [Eavesdropping on the Cuban Missile Crisis].
The John F. Kennedy Library recently released tapes of dicussions held on October 22, 1962, debating the actions that the U.S. should take to counter the Soviet missiles based in Cuba. The Senators advocated air strikes but others thought that the preparation time needed would jeopardize U.S. security. As it turned out, the U.S. underestimated the size of the Soviet presence in Cuba. The discussions concluded just 45 minutes before President Kennedy went on national television to announce the blockade of Cuba. Moderator and interviewer, Cokie Roberts; interview with Robert S. McNamara alternates with excerpts of taped discussions between John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara and Dean Rusk and the National Security Council and Senators Richard Russell and J.W. Fulbright. Broadcast as a Nightline program December 24, 1994. 33 min. Video/C 6261

Lessons of History, Limits of Power
A panel discussion and analysis of U.S. foreign policy investigating such questions as: How can history inform a discussion on U.S. policy? What useful comparisons can be made with the experiences of other great powers? How should a U.S. response be defined?. Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on November 13, 2003. 117 min. Video/C MM20

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Making American Foreign Policy.
For 4 decades U.S. foreign policy was guided by an overarching purpose: the containment and defeat of communism. Now the absence of a central villain makes it harder to set a focus for American diplomacy. Is American foreign policy increasingly held hostage to partisan and special interests? National Security advisor, Anthony Lake addresses whether or not it is possible to identify and pursue the national interest in the midst of a cacophony of influences. Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1998. 26 min. Video/C 5822

Our Brand is Crisis
Follows James Carville, Jeremy Rosner and a team of political consultants as they launch a media-savvy campaign for Bolivian presidential candidate Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada. With unprecedented access to think sessions, media training and the making of smear campaigns, witness a shocking example of America 'spreading democracy' overseas and its earth-shattering aftermath. Directed, produced and written by Rachel Boynton. 2005. 87 min. DVD 6733

International Documentary Association

Michael Moore Hates America
A controversial documentary that examines the filmmaking methods of director Michael Moore. Michael Wilson humorously satirizes Moore's own dogged pursuit of GM President Roger Smith in Moore's 1989 documentary "Roger & Me." As he travels from Coast to Coast, Wilson encounters celebrities, writers, politicians and everyday citizens in a candid and often surprising account of the cultural dialogue in modern America. Written, produced and directed by Michael Wilson. c2004. 93 min. DVD 4415

Poisoned Dreams (1960-1964). (The Century: America's Time; 10.)
Beset by both international and domestic pressures, America during the Camelot years was swiftly approaching a political-cultural meltdown. This program documents U.S.-Soviet conflicts of interest in Cuba and Vietnam and the growing polarization at home between civil rights activists and segregationist hard-liners, which resulted in the Birmingham riots and the freedom march on Washington, D.C. 43 min. Video/C 6363

Religion's Role in World Affairs.
Should religion have a place in American foreign policy? The U.S. was founded on the separation of Church and state but elsewhere religious beliefs explicitly inform and animate government policies. Conflicts between Jews and Arabs, Christians and Muslims, Islamic militants and other religious groups definitely shape the world we live in. At the same time religion can play a role in conflict resolution and peaceful change. Douglas Johnston of the Center for Strategic and Internatinal Studies and John Esposito of Georgetown University discuss if America is equipped to help channel religious forces in peaceful directions as a foreign policy strategy. Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1998. 26 min. Video/C 5823

Rumsfeld's War
With the United States Army deployed in a dozen hotspots around the world, on constant alert in Afghanistan, and taking casualties every day in Iraq, some current and former officers now say the army is on the verge of being "broken." They charge that the army is overstretched, demoralized and may be unable to fight where and when the nation desires. This program digs into the aggressive attempts to assert civilian control and remake the military by the Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his allies. 90 min. DVD 3620

The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis: A Special Report.
A personal essay by Bill Moyers that examines actions of the secret U.S. government which resulted in the Contra war in Nicaragua, the Iran-Contra scandal, and other wars and tragedies over the last forty years. 90 min. DVD X1194 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1075

Shooting Michael Moore
Think you know Michael Moore? Think again. Director Kevin Leffler grew up with Michael Moore near Flint, Michigan. Leffler's documentary uses interviews with people who knew, worked with and appeared in Moore's films to demonstrate how Moore manipulates people, including the 'underprivileged' and less-than-media-savvy 'stars' of his films. A film by Kevin Leffler. c2007. 80 min. DVD X4114

Why We Fight.
Written and directed by Eugene Jarecki. Explores a half-century of U.S. foreign policy from World War II to the Iraq War, revealing how, as Dwight Eisenhower had warned in his 1961 Farewell Address, political and corporate interests have become alarmingly entangled in the business of war. On a deeper level, what emerges is a portrait of a nation in transition--drifting dangerously far from her founding principles toward a more imperial and uncertain future. Special features: Extra scenes; extended character featurettes; filmmaker TV appearances : The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose; audience Q&A with filmmaker; filmmaker audio commentary with Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson; theatrical trailer. 99 min. 2005. DVD 5766
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Sound Recordings

American Memory Project (Library of Congress)
American Presidency Project (UC Santa Barbara)
History & Politics Out Loud
White House web site (includes audio of speeches, addresses, etc.)
History Channel Speech Archives
Vincent Voice Library (historic recordings of US Presidents)
Truman Presidental Museum and Library Audio Collection
American Rhetoric (Online Speech Bank)

Adlai E. Stevenson, Welcoming and Acceptance Speeches at the Democratic National Convention, July 1952. Sound/C 918

A Conversation with Senator Hubert H. Humphrey.
Bill Moyers interviews Sen. Humbert H. Humphrey. Sound/C 62

An Evening with Dick Gregory and the CIA.
Sound/C 310

Future of the GOP.
William F. Buckley and Richard M. Nixon discuss the future of the GOP on Buckley's "Firing Line: program. Recorded in 1966 and 1967. Sound/C 328

George Wallace and William F. Buckley.
Wallace discusses his life, his career as Governor of Alabama and his political aspirations for the future. Sound/C 324

Great American Speeches [Sound Recordings]

Vol. 1: Read by Melvyn Douglas, Vincent Price, Ed Begley, Carl Sandburg. Liberty or death (March 28, 1775) / Patrick Henry (7:57) -- Inaugural address (April 30, 1789) / George Washington (7:24) -- First inaugural address (March 4, 1801) / Thomas Jefferson (13:21) -- On the admission of Louisiana (January 14, 1811) / Josiah Quincy (20:21) -- On the War of 1812 (January 8, 1813) / Henry Clay (7:45) -- The "house divided" speech (June 17, 1858) / Abraham Lincoln (2:47) -- The crime against Kansas (May 19-20, 1856) / Charles Sumner (10:15) -- The Cooper Union speech (February 27, 1860) / Abraham Lincoln (2:40) -- On secession (January 7, 1861) / Robert Toombs (14:10) -- The Gettysburg address (November 19, 1863) / Abraham Lincoln (2:53) -- Farewell to his troops (General order no. 9) (April 9, 1865) / Robert E. Lee (1:50) -- The "cross of gold" speech (June 8, 1896) / William Jennings Bryan (21:45). 114 min. Sound/C 88:1

Vol. 2: Speeches recited by Ed Begley, George Grizzard, and E. G. Marshall. Naboth's vineyard, 1898 / by W. J. Bryan -- The march of the flag, Sept. 16, 1898 / by A. J. Beveridge -- Public education, Nov. 23, 1900 / by Mark Twain -- The man with the muck rake, April 14, 1906 / by Theodore Roosevelt -- To the jury: self-defense, Aug. 14-15, 1912 / by Clarence Darrow -- Soldier's pay, Sept. 10, 1917 / by Robert La Follette -- Fourteen points, Jan. Sound/C 88:2

Vol. 3:Original recordings. Morgenthau's plan, April 28, 1935 / Will Rogers -- War comes to Europe, Sept. 1, 1939 / Herbert Hoover -- Declaration of war, Dec. 8, 1941 / Franklin D. Roosevelt -- On his ninetieth birthday, Mar. 7, 1931 / Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr -- First inaugural address, Mar. 4, 1933 / Franklin D. Roosevelt -- The Truman Doctrine, Mar. 12, 1947 / Harry Truman -- The Marshall Plan, June 5, 1947 / George C. Marshall -- Loyal opposition, Nov. 11, 1940 / Wendell Wilkie -- Order of the day, June 6, 1944 / Dwight D. Eisenhower. Sound/C 88:3

Vol. 4: Nobel Prize speech, Dec. 10, 1950 / William Faulkener (3:00) -- Address before Congress, April 19, 1951 / Douglas MacArthur (36:30) -- Acceptance of nomination, July 26, 1952 / Adlai Stevenson (15:05) -- Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 12, 1959 / C. Sandburg (19:50) -- Kennedy-Nixon opening statements: The fourth debate, Oct. 21, 1960 : Opening statement / Richard M. Nixon (8:11) -- Kennedy-Nixon opening statements : The fourth debate, Oct. 21, 1960 : Opening statement / John F. Kennedy (7:58) -- Eulogy: John F. Kennedy, Nov. 26, 1963 / Adlai E. Stevenson (10:04). Sound/C 88:4

Great American Speeches[Sound Recording]
Read by Melvyn Douglas, Vincent Price, Ed Begley, and Carl Sandburg; directed by Howard Sackler. "Liberty or death" speech, by Patrick Henry.--First inaugural address, by George Washington.--First inaugural address, by Thomas Jefferson.--On the admission of Louisiana, by Josiah Quincy.--On the War of 1812, by Henry Clay.--The "House divided" speech, by Abraham Lincoln.--The crime against Kansas, by Charles Sumner.--The Cooper Union speech, by Abraham Lincoln.--On secession, by Robert Toombs.--The Gettysburg Address, by Abraham Lincoln.--Farewell to his troops (General order no.9), by Robert E. Lee.-- "Cross of gold" speech, by William Jennings Bryan. Sound/C 887

Great Speeches of the 20th Century, vol. 1. The Political Arena [Sound Recordings]
The farmer and the Republican Party (1908) / William Howard Taft -- Address to the American Indians (1913) / President Woodrow Wilson -- Address to the Boys' Progressive League (1913) / Former President Theodore Roosevelt -- Inaugural address (1933) / President Franklin --Inaugural address (1937) / President Franklin D. Roosevelt -- Election eve campaign speech (1944) / Governor Thomas E. Dewey -- Inaugural address (1949) / President Harry S. Truman -- "Checkers" speech (1952) / Senator Richard Nixon -- Presidential campaign address (1952) / Governor Adlai Stevenson -- Republican Convention address (1956) / Dwight D. Eisenhower -- Presidential debate (1960) / Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon -- Presidential debate (1960) / Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon -- Presidential campaign address (1964) / Senator Barry Goldwater -- Address to the nation (on not seeking reelection) (1968) / President Lyndon B. Johnson -- Presidential campaign address (1968) / Senator Robert F. Kennedy -- Inaugural address (1969) / President Richard M. Nixon -- Resignation address (1973) / Vice President Spiro Agnew -- Resignation address (1974) / President Richard M. Nixon -- Democratic Convention acceptance speech (1976) / Governor Jimmy Carter -- Inaugural address (1981) / President Ronald Reagan -- Keynote address for the Democratic Convention (1984) / Governor Mario Cuomo -- Address to the Democratic Convention (1984) / Reverend Jesse Jackson. Sound/D 274

If I'm Elected: Our Presidents and Their Opponents (1892-1952).
Narration by John Carradine with Will Rogers and Irwin S. Cobb, featuring the actual voices of our presidents and their opponents. Sound/C 702

In Their Own Voices: The U.S. Presidential Elections of 1908 and 1912 [SOUND RECORDING]
Disc 1: William Jennings Bryan (1908) -- William H. Taft (1908) -- Disc 2: Woodrow Wilson (1912) -- Theodore Roosevelt (1912) -- William H. Taft (1912).

In 1908 and 1912 friends, neighbors, and relatives crowded into parlors of fortunate "gramophone" owners to hear for the first time, the voice of a man who would be the President of the United States. Presented here are the voices of Bryan, Taft, Wilson and Roosevelt as each candidate recited speeches comprised from the platform of his party. Sound/D 81

Iran Contra Hearings. (1987) Sound/C 699:1-32

Jesse Jackson: Speech at the 1984 Democratic Convention. Sound/C 682

Jesse Jackson at the National Press Club.
Focuses on the role of the black voter and the viability of a black candidate in the 1984 Presidential elections. Sound/C 486

John F. Kennedy
Great American Speeches. Volume 4, 1950-1963. Kennedy-Nixon Debates. Sound/C 88:4 Pt. 1-2

The Inaugural Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower [and] John F. Kennedy. NRLF LSR253 off campus

John F. Kennedy Library: Presidential Recordings:

For other online recordings of JFK speeeches, see The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum web site

Address At The University Of California At Berkeley. Memorial Stadium, March 23, 1962
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Integration of the University of Mississippi, 1962. 4 sound cassettes. Sound/C 498

John F. Kennedy, Inauguration, Washington, D.C. January 20, 1961.
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Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon First Joint Radio-Television Broadcast. Monday, September 26, 1960
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Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy Second Joint Radio-Television Broadcast October 7, 1960
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"Face-to-Face, Nixon-Kennedy" Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy Third Joint Television-Radio Broadcast. Thursday, October 13, 1960
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Tax Cut Proposals of 19962-1963. Sound/C 499

Kennedy & Shriver on Peace Corps, 4/2//63. Sound/C 500

Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings, 10/16/62. Sound/C 501

Civil Rights, 1963. Sound/C 502

John F. Kennedy, A Self Portrait. Sound/C 640 and Sound/C 967

The Kennedy-Nixon Debates. Sound/C 27 and Sound/C 27

The Kennedy Years, 1956-1963. Sound/C 120 Pt. 1-2

[Johnson, Lyndon Baines ] Recordings of Conversations and Meetings. Recordings of Telephone Conversations [Sound Recordings]
Contents: Jan., 1964 (28 tapes) -- Feb., 1964 (24 tapes) -- Mar., 1964 (20 tapes) -- April, 1964 (16 tapes) -- May, 1964 (12 tapes) -- June, 1964 (19 tapes) Featured: Jacqueline Kennedy, Richard Russell, Mike Mansfield, Dean Rusk, George Brown, Rorbert McNamara, McGeorge Bundy, Roy Wilkins, Robert E. Anderson, Lawrence O'Brien, Pierre Salinger, Ted Sorensen, George Smathers, George Ball, Jack Valenti, Orville Freeman, Lady Bird Johnson, Abe Fortas, George Reedy, Myer Feldman, Thomas Mann, Abraham Ribicoff, Sargent Shriver, Everett Dirksen, Bill Moyers, Clinton Anderson, Robert Kennedy, Frank Moss, Kermit Gordon, Russell Long, John McCone, John McCormack, Edmund G. Brown, Lynda Bird Johnson, Walter Heller, Willard Wirtz, Ralph Dungan, Hubert H. Humphrey, Adlai Stevenson, J. William Fulbright, J. Edgar Hoover, Carl Albert, Cyrus Vance, Walter Reuther, William Proxmire, Glenn Seaborg, John Connally, Edward Kennedy, Richard Daley, Harry Truman, John Kenneth Galbraith, George Meany, James Farmer, Paul E. Johnson, Charles Halleck, John Gronouski, Wayne Morse, Olin D. Johnston, James H. Webb, Walter Heller, Charles S. Murphy, Stephen E. Smith, C. Douglas Dillon, Lee White, Wilbur Mills, Elmer B. Staats, James Reston, Luther Hodges, Clark Clifford, Nicholas Katzenbach.

Transcripts of tapes of President Lyndon B. Johnson's telephone conversations and meetings from January through June, 1964. Covers the beginning of his presidency after the assassination of Kennedy including legislation protecting voting and housing rights for Afro-Americans, the anti-poverty program, the war in Vietnam and legislation providing medical care for the aged. Austin, TX: Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, 1996-1997. Online index available in MRC. 119 sound cassettes Sound/C 1309 (Jan-June, 1964): Pt.1 (Jan, 1964), Pt.2 (Feb., 1964), Pt.3 (Mar., 1964), Pt.4 (Apr., 1964), Pt.5 (May, 1964), Pt.6 (June, 1964)

LBJ Library -- information about telephone recordings collection

May it Please the Court.
Twenty-three live recordings of landmark cases as argued before the Supreme Court. Edited by Peter Irons and Stephanie Guitton... [TAPE 1] Introduction -- Baker v. Carr -- United States v. Nixon -- Deshaney v. Winnebago County -- [TAPE 2] Abington School District v. Schempp -- Edwards v. Aguillard -- Wisconsin v. Yoder -- Cox v. Louisiana -- Subversive Activities Control Board -- Texas v. Johnson -- New York Times v. United States -- [TAPE 4] Gideon v. Wainwright -- Terry v. Ohio -- Miranda v. Arizona -- Gregg v. Georgia [TAPE 5] Cooper v. Aaron -- Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States -- Loving v. Virginia -- Palmer v. Thompson -- [TAPE 6] Regents v. Bakke -- San Antonio v. Rodriguez -- Roe v. Wade -- Bowers v. Hardwick. Sound/C 1267

Recorded form a broadcast of the television program "Firing Line." William F. Buckley, Roy Cohn and others discuss the McCarthy army hearings, and McCarthyism and communisms in general. Sound/C 431

Ms. Schroeder Goes to Washington.
Patricia Schroeder, a Denver lawyer who ran for Congress and won, describes her unconventional campaign. Sound/C 242

Nixon, Richard M.

The Checkers Speech. Sept. 23, 1952 29 min. Sound/C 162
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Great American Speeches. Includes Kennedy-Nixon opening statements: The fourth debate, Oct. 21, 1960 : Opening statement. Sound/C 88:4 Pt. 1-2

The Kennedy-Nixon Debates. ca. 240 min. Sound/C 27

Resignation Speech. 16 min. Sound/C 234

Watergate Denial Speech. 25 min. Sound/C 233

The Watergate Tapes [ONLINE AUDIOFILES] approximately 12.5 hours. Includes links to transcripts

See separate listing for Watergate recordings

Our Country is in the Hands of Stupid White Guys [SOUND RECORDING]
Social critic and humorist Michael Moore exponds upon his book "Stupid white men & other excuses for the state of the nation," in which he explores the political, social, and financial compelexities of the twenty-first century. Originally broadcast on March 7, 2002. Pacifica Radio Archives. 45 min. Sound/D 227

Presidential Campaign Songs, 1789-1996 [SOUND RECORDING]
Free elections (In General) (0:27) -- Follow Washington (George Washington) (1:01) -- Adams and liberty (John Adams) (1:36) -- For Jefferson and liberty (Thomas Jefferson) (1:51) -- Huzzah for Madison, huzzah (James Madison) (1:22) -- Monroe is the man (James Monroe) (1:29) -- Little know ye who's coming (John Q. Adams) (1:58) -- Jackson and Kentucky (Andrew Jackson) (2:10) -- Rockabye, baby (Martin Van Buren)(1:24) -- The Harrison yankee doodle (William H. Harrison) (1:12) -- Tippecanoe and Tyler, too (John Tyler) (1:15) -- Jimmy Polk of Tennessee (James K. Polk) (1:37) -- Rumadum dum (Zachary Taylor) (1:19) -- The union wagon (Millard Fillmore) (1:41) -- Pierce and king (Franklin Pierce) (1:36) -- Buchanan and John Breckenridge (James Buchanan) (1:12) -- Lincoln and liberty (Abraham Lincoln) (2:09) -- Just before election, Andy (Ulysses S. Grant) (1:27) -- For Hayes and Wheeler,too (Rutherford Hayes) (1:20) -- If the Johnnies get into power again (James A. Garfield) (1:45) -- Democrats, good Democrats (Grover Cleveland)(1:38) -- He's all right (Benjamin H. Harrison) (1:20) -- Marching with McKinley (William McKinley) (2:04) -- Roosevelt the cry (Teddy Roosevelt) (1:14) -- Get on a raft with Taft (William H. Taft) (1:34) -- Wilson, that's all (Woodrow Wilson) (1:51) -- Harding, you're the man for us (Warren G. Harding) (1:21) -- Keep cool and keep Coolidge (Calvin Coolidge) (2:17) -- If he's good enough for Lindy (Herbert Hoover) (1:35) -- Franklin D. Roosevelt's back again (Franklin D. Roosevelt) (1:49) -- I'm just wild about Harry (Harry S. Truman) (0:47) -- I like Ike (Dwight D. Eisenhower) (0:40) -- Marching down to Washington (John F. Kennedy) (1:03) -- Hello, Lyndon (Lyndon B. Johnson) (1:03) -- Buckle down with Nixon (Richard M. Nixon) (1:17) -- I'm feeling good about America (Gerald R. Ford) (1:22) -- Why not the best? (Jimmy Carter) (2:29) -- California, here we come (Ronald W. Reagan) (0:37) -- This land is your land (George Bush) (1:29) -- Don't stop thinking about tomorrow (William J. Clinton) (2:19) -- The same merry-go-round (Third party) (1:42) -- Song of the presidents (all of them) (4:25).

Oscar Brand, guitar and vocals; John Foley, guitar and vocals; Jordan Brand, bass and vocals; Jonathan Pickow, banjo, synthesizer, and vocals. Sound/D 80

Presidential Transition.
Panel discussion held on 16 February, 1989 at Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley. The panel discussed the Reagan legacy and the issues that will dominate the national political agenda in the next four years. 1989. 99 min. Sound/c 1062: 1-2

Reagan, Ronald

How to Save Free Enterprise. Sound/C 287

Ronald Reagan Interview. Bill Moyers interviews Ronald Reagan before he announces his candidacy for the presidency. Discusses his views on politics and how they have and have not changed over the years. Sound/C 382

Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley. Interview by William F. Buckley Jr. with Governor of California, Ronald Reagan discussing conservatism, progress, and state governor ship. Sound/C 330

Roosevelt, Franklin D.

The Fireside Chats of FDR. 16 sound cassettes. Sound/C 229 Pt. 1-16 (two chats also on Sound/C 237)

Listen to the Fireside Chats online (Museum of Broadcast Communications)

Transcripts of the chats (via FDR Library)

Franklin D. Roosevelt - Declaration of War (December 8, 1941)

Listen to it (via John F. Kennedy Library) (requires Real Player)

Great American Speeches.Includes Declaration of War, Dec. 8, 1941. Sound/C.88:3 Pt. 1-2

The Third Inaugural Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt Sound/C 869

Listen to Roosevelt's Third Inaugural address (1941) (with Real Audio)

"...Rendevous With Destiny." Includes exerpts from 21 addresses by Mr. Roosevelt, delivered during the years 1933-45, and eulogy by Harry S. Truman, with connecting commentary by NBC staff reporters. Sound/C 897

Speaking for America: Six Presidents Talk About Their Visions for America.
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964. Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969. Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963. Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973. 6 cassettes. Sound/C 152

Harry S Truman

Radio address to the American people after the signing of the terms of unconditional surrender by Japan, September 1, 1945

Listen to it (via John F. Kennedy Library) (requires Real Player)

Transcript of this speech

Harry S. Truman: Inauguration address, January 20, 1949. Sound/C 869

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Voices of Freedom 1901-1950. Sound/C 713

Words that Shook the World. Includes message to Congress calling for a declaration of a state of war, Dec. 8, 1941. Sound/C 898

The Voice of Barry Goldwater.
UCB Bancroft Phonotape 1203:1a C UCB Bancroft Phonodisc 332

Voices from the Left.
Disc 1. Reds: W.E.B. DuBois [speech, Feb. 20, 1953] (12:50); Gus Hall [speech, Sept. 27, 1959] (7:45); Michael Harrington [speech, New York NY, 1975] (8:00); Dorothy Healy [interview, July 27, 1990] (11:10) -- Fear of Reds: Howard Fast [interview, 1970] (5:20); Paul Robeson [interview, 1958] (12:00); John Henry Faulk [speech, Nov. 6, 1969] (11:40). Disc 2. Fear of Reds (cont.): Angela Davis [interview] (11:40) -- War, peace & justice: I.F. Stone [speech, Nov. 11, 1981] (7:50); Dorothy Day [interview, 1960] (8:00); William Kunstler [speech] (14:17); Daniel Berrigan [speech, August 2, 1970] (10:00). Disc 3. Roads taken: Abbie Hoffman, Elaine Brown [interview] (10:00); Saul Alinsky [speech, Nov. 19, 1970] (10:00) -- The black side: Bayard Rustin [speech, Aug. 1963] (14:15); Kathleen Cleaver [interview, 1972] (9:40); Cornel West [interview, 1993] (14:40). Disc 4. Democracy & the means of information: C. Wright Mills [speech, Apr. 15, 1959] (12:30); Noam Chomsky [speech, March 1991] (14:30); Gore Vidal [speech, June 30, 1990] (14:00). Highlights the political philosophies of the left over the past fifty years. In their own voices, activists such as Paul Robeson, Angela Davis and W.E.B. Dubois share their experiences from the McCarthy Era to the Civil Rights Movement and into the anti-war movement of the 1960s. Voices from the labor movement and the movement for social reform focus the debate between the right and the left over the path America should take in defining "the pursuit of happiness." Pacifica Radio Archive. Sound/D 224

Voices of Courage and Dissent.
Black Muslims vs the sit-ins": Malcolm X, James Baldwin and Leverne McCummins discuss the position of the Black Muslims (64 min.) -- Disc 3-4. "Prospects for freedom": Malcolm X talks about the need for Black action for civil rights (Jan. 7, 1965, 60 min.) -- Disc 5. "Friends and enemies": Malcolm X (February 15, 1965, 38 min.) -- Disc 6. "Speech by Malcolm X on December 20, 1964" on the treatment accorded to the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (Atlantic City) ; "John Henrik Clarke on Malcolm X": History professor and friend of Malcolm X speaks about his contributions to the black struggle (53 min.) Presents the most famous lectures and speeches by Malcolm X, minister and Black Nationalist leader. Pacifica Radio Archives. Sound/D 225

Voices of Freedom 1901-1950.
Program notes on container. Contents: W. J. Bryan -- W. H. Taft -- T. A. Edison -- R. E. Peary -- T. Roosevelt -- W. Wilson -- A. Earhart -- W. Rogers -- F. D. Roosevelt -- H. S. Truman. Sound/C 713

Voices of History.
Excerpts from inaugural addresses by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy, and speeches by Douglas MacArthur and Adlai E. Stevenson, with narration by Alexander Scourby. NRLF LR188 off campus

The White House Tapes: Eavesdropping on the President
Exec. producer, Bill Buzenberg ; editor, Deborah George. Sound/D 169

Disc 1

President Franklin D. Roosevelt meets with African American leaders (14 min.) -- Roosevelt meets with speaker Sam Rayburn and representative John McCormack (13 min.) -- President Harry Truman's telephone conversation (3 min.) -- Truman meets with Matthew Connelly (4 min.) -- President Eisenhower meets with Senator Walter George, pt. 1-3 (10 min.) Exec. producer, Bill Buzenberg ; editor, Deborah George. Disc 1 from an 8-disc set presenting transcripts of phone conversations of American presidents providing a humanizing glimpse of the inner workings of the presidency. Highlights of Disc 1 include Roosevelt on the racial integration of the Armed Forces, Eisenhower discussing treaty law and the Constitution and Harry Truman working on the Marshall Plan.

Disc 2-3

Disc 2. President Kennedy meets with Civil Rights leaders, Pt. 1-2 (57 min.) -- Disc 3. President Kennedy meets with his National Security Council on the question of supporting a coup in South Vietnam. Pts. 1-4 (72 min.) Exec. producer, Bill Buzenberg ; editor, Deborah George. Disc 2 and 3 from an 8-disc set presenting transcripts of phone conversations of American presidents providing a humanizing glimpse of the inner workings of the presidency. Highlights of Disc 2 include John F. Kennedy discussing the March on Washington with Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders. Disc 3 presents the president discussing the Diem coup in Vietnam in 1963.

Disc 4-5

Disc 4. President Johnson discusses Vietnam with Robert McNamara, Walt Rostow, and MeGeorge Bundy, Pt. 1-4. Johnson discusses the investigation of the deaths of three civil rights workers in Mississippi with FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, Pt. 5-6 (38 min.) -- Disc 5. President Johnson discusses The Gulf of Tonkin Incident and the bombing of North Vietnam with Robert McNamara, Pts. 1-6. FBI finds the bodies of slain civil rights workers--President Johnson discusses events with FBI deputy director and political advisor Lee White, Pts. 7-8. Discussions on the Gulf of Tonkin Incident continue with Robert McNamara, Pt. 9. Johnson discusses slain civil rights workers with Mississippi governor Paul Johnson, Pt. 10-11 (32 min.) Exec. producer, Bill Buzenberg ; editor, Deborah George. Disc 4 and 5 from an 8-disc set presenting transcripts of phone conversations of American presidents providing a humanizing glimpse of the inner workings of the presidency. Highlights of Discs 4 and 5 include Lyndon B. Johnson discussing the Gulf of Tonkin Incident and bombing of North Vietnam and the murders of civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964.

Disc 6-7

Disc 6. President Nixon meets with his National Security Council on Vietnam, Pt. 1. Nixon meets with Evangelist Billy Graham, Pt. 2 (52 min.) -- Disc 7. Nixon meets with White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman on handling the Watergate break-in controversy -- the "smoking gun" tape, Pts. 1-3 (32 min.) Exec. producer, Bill Buzenberg ; editor, Deborah George. Disc 6 and 7 from an 8-disc set presenting transcripts of phone conversations of American presidents providing a humanizing glimpse of the inner workings of the presidency. Highlights of Disc 6 include Nixon on the Vietnam War and the invasion of Laos in 1971 and the infamous discussion of Jews in the media with Billy Graham. Disc 7 presents the "smoking gun" discussions concerning the Watergate break-in.

Disc 8

Pt. 1. President Ford talks to American and Russian astronauts on the Joint Apollo-Soyuz Orbital mission (9 min.) Pt. 2. Ford discusses Middle East truce agreements with Henry Kissinger, Yitzhak Rabin and Anwar el-Sadat (22 min.) Pt. 3. President Reagan's public statement accepting the resignation of Admiral John Poindexter over the Iran-Contra Affair (4 min.) Pt 4. Reagan makes opening remarks on the initial meeting of the Tower Commission created to review White House participation in the Iran-Contra Affair (4 min) Pt. 5. Reagan's address to the nation on the Iran-Contra Affair (4 min) Pt. 6. Reagan responds to reporters on his first meeting with new National Security Advisor Frank Carlucci (2 min.) Pt. 7. Reagan makes new explanations of the Iran-Contra Affair in a weekend radio speech (5 min.) Exec. producer, Bill Buzenberg ; editor, Deborah George. Disc 8 an 8-disc set presenting transcripts of phone conversations of American presidents providing a humanizing glimpse of the inner workings of the presidency. Highlights include President Gerald R. Ford on the first U.S./Russian joint space mission and the Middle East Peace Agreement of 1975 and Ronald Reagan on the Iran-Contra Affair.

The White House Tapes: The President Calling
A supplemental disc to the 8-disc set presenting transcripts of phone conversations of American presidents providing a humanizing glimpse of the inner workings of the presidency. "The White House tapes: the president calling" was originally presented as a radio documentary. 60 min. Sound/D 169

Who Has the Power?
Two program focusing on people's suspicion of power, the overall structure of political power in America and the role of public opinion in our democratic system of government. Sound/C 475

Women in Politics: First US Congresswoman Observes: We've Come a Long Way.
Jeanette Rankin, who became the first U.S. Congresswoman in 1916, reminisces about her own political career and gives her observations on the history of women in politics. Sound/C 40

Words that Shook the World.
Contents: Address by Winston Churchill delivered to a joint session of the Congress of the United States, December 26, 1941--President Roosevelt's message to Congress calling for a declaration of a state of war, Dec. 8, 1941. Sound/C 898

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