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Business & Economics in North America

Dreams on Hold

Investigates changes in the American standard of living, showing that the gap between rich and poor is growing alarmingly and that the nation's middle class is actually shrinking. Profiles a number of people at varying levels of the economic scale and examines the effects of such trends as underemployment, the shift to a service economy, and the dependence of families on two paychecks. Produced, directed and written by Robert Gardner. 1986. 20 min.

Economics U.S.A.

28 min. each installment 1985. This series available for online viewing (requires initial registration at site) Economics U.S.A.: Lesson 1, Resources and Scarcity: What's Economics All About? Film introduces this television series on introductory economics by illustrating how unlimited wants and scarce resources lead to trade-offs and choices.

Enron Bankruptcy, 1

Live television coverage of government hearings concerning the bankruptcy of Enron Corporation. Mr. Powers testified about his investigation into financial practices at Enron and the responsibility of various board members in the finanacial collapse. Former Enron chairman and CEO, Kenneth Lay refused to answer questions, invoking his rights against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. Testifying: Ernest Hollings (U.S. Senator), Byron L. Dorgan (U.S. Senator), Kenneth Lay (CEO, Enron), William Powers (Chairman, Enron Corp., Enron Spec. Invest. Comte).

Enron Bankruptcy, 2

Live television coverage of government hearings concerning the bankruptcy of Enron Corporation. Former VP of Enron Corp., Ms. Watkins testified before the committee answering questions about a memo she wrote to former Enron Executive Kenneth Lay in August 2001, and of her concerns about Enron accounting methods and financial stability. Testifying: James Greenwood (U.S. Representative), Sherron Watkins (VP, Enron Corp.). Originally broadcast by C-SPAN television on 02/14/2002. 3 videocassette (214 min.)

Enron Financial Collapse Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Consumer Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee.

Testifying: Byron L. Dorgan (U.S. Senator), Jeffrey Skilling (President, Enron), Jeffrey McMahon (Chief Operating Officer, Enron), Sherron Watkins (VP, Enron). Live television coverage of government hearings concerning the bankruptcy of Enron Corporation. Presents testimony from current and former Enron executives before the Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee. Originally broadcast by C-SPAN television on 02/26/2002. 314 min.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

The inside story of one of history's greatest business scandals, in which top executives of America's seventh largest company walked away with over one billion dollars, while investors and employees lost everything. Special features: Feature commentary with writer/director Alex Gibney; deleted scenes; The making of "Enron: the smartest guys in the room"; conversations with Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind ; Firesign Theatre presents: "The fall of Enron"; additional Enron skits (selections from discovered scripts); "Higher definition": the Enron show; where are they now?

Ethics in Corporate America: A Crisis of Credibility.

This news program scrutinizes the state of business ethics in an America riddled with financial fraud. In segment one, correspondent Paul Solman and Columbia Business School's Barbara Toffler cite Arthur Andersen and Stew Leonard, Sr., as examples of ethics gone awry. Segment two gathers the opinions of veteran business journalists Adam Smith, Carol Loomis, Allan Sloan, Jim Grant, and Andrew Tobias on the practices of Enron, Tyco, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch.

Executive Outcomes: The War Business

Tells the story of ferocious battles of the private army of mercenaries, Executive Outcomes, on hire to governments and multinational companies whose investments are being strangled by war. Looks at the battles in Angola, and Sierra Leone for blood diamonds ... of the Executive Outcomes PR machine at the world's biggest arms fair in Abu Dhabi and in discreet Pretoria houses back home in South Africa ... of the apartheid killers who put down rebel insurgencies at the behest of British military men ...

Eyes on the Fries.

While good jobs in high tech and manufacturing are increasingly hard to find, companies like Subway, Starbucks, and Blockbuster are opening stores at a pace of one a day. This film examines the rise of the low wage service sector and what it means for a generation of young Americans whose lives depend on it. A film by Casey Peek and Jeremy Blasi. 2004. 21 min.

Farmland Forever

A discussion with American farmers about a land protection tool called "purchase of development rights." PDR involves the purchase of a deed restriction on qualified farmland that restricts future use of that land to agricultural or open space uses, either permanently or for a specified period of time. The farmers still own and use the land and can sell or transfer it to others; however, the deed restriction remains for the length of time determined. 1991. 18 min.