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Business & Economics

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.

Elite Globalization vs People's Globalization

Kevin Danaher speaks of two types of globalization. Elite globalization features money values, violence, and the "God is on our side" mentality. It is driven by big corporations seeking to maximize their profits at the expense of human needs. People's globalization is a grassroots movement espousing life values, non-violence, and a "God doesn't take sides" view. This type of globalization is exemplified by fair trade, ecology concerns and micro-lending networks. Danaher explains why, since 9/11, it is important to pursue the grassroots people's globalization path.

Empowering Women in Nepal: Credit Where It's Due

Women in Nepal bear the brunt of farming and household chores and have very limited access to their own real property, savings, and credit. But now, in villages throughout the country, women are beginning to improve their lot with the help of microcredit projects that encourage cash savings and provide livelihood skills training and credit. This video presents three rural Nepali women who have taken control of their lives through microenterprise projects, reaping not only economic and financial benefits, but a new sense of unity and power. 2001. 10 min.

End of the Rainbow

Examines the cultural, economic and environmental impact of a transnational gold mining operation on a remote farming community in northeastern Guinea. Our two guides, the village chief and the head engineer of the mine, illustrate in telling detail the contrasting lifestyles and worldviews of global corporations and local, pre-industrial societies. Always in the background is the military regime of president Lansana Conte, in power since 1984, which granted the concession to the company.

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 ...