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The timecoding on the screen is unremovable. This generally means it has come from an archive of some nature. This is the earliest known surviving screen portrayal of Agatha Christie's Poirot.
M.V. Ramana, Professor and Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
David Kraft, NEIS - Nuclear Energy Information Service
Deb Katz , Citizens Awareness Network (CAN)
Diane Turco, Cape Downwinders
Britain’s Wicca Man tells the extraordinary story of Britain's fastest growing religious group - Wicca - and of its creator, an eccentric Englishman called Gerald Gardner. Historian and leading expert in Pagan studies, Professor Ronald Hutton, explores the unlikely origins of modern pagan witchcraft and experiences first hand its growing influence throughout Britain today.
Joseph Brandt is a young Native American warrior who so impresses an Englishman, Sir William Johnson, during the war with the French in the late 18th century, that he's taken out of the wilderness and put into the world of the white man. Here he's educated and develops cynicism towards his people and upbringing.
The rarely told story of 'Tecumseh,' the Shawnee warrior-statesman who dreamed of a confederation of Native Americans at the beginning of the 19th century in the Ohio River Valley and Indiana - fighting against future President William Henry Harrison.
This Mid-Western (set east of the Mississippi River) began in 1812 when the American settlers tried to take away more and more territories from the indians. Tecumseh, who is the leader of the Shawnee indians, tries to do something. He plans a big indian state, and tries to win the English settlers over to this plan.
Disenchanted with the daily drudge of crushing rocks on a prison farm in Mississippi, the dapper, silver-tongued Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) busts loose. Except he's still shackled to his own chain-mates from the chain gang -- bad-tempered Pete and sweet, dimwitted Delmar ). With nothing to lose and buried loot to regain -- before it's lost forever in a flood -- the three embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this hilarious offbeat road picture. Populated with strange characters, including a blind prophet, sexy sirens, and a one-eyed Bible salesman.
Radio astronomer Zane Zaminsky (Charlie Sheen) believes he's picked up a cosmic noise that signals extraterrestrial intelligence. His desperate search for answers leads him to Mexico and a mysterious power plant|where is arrested for the murder of a scientist. Zane must escape with his proof of the world-shattering alien invasion in this intense sci-fi thriller.
The first comprehensive recreation of those stirring, heated debates during the sweltering summer of 1787. The film depicts events surrounding creation of the United States Constitution, and is focused mainly on James Madison, who wrote most of that document and took extensive notes during the convention's discussions and proceedings.
America, 1786…Ten years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. England wages a new war of unfair trade and tariffs. Bickering and jealousy fracture the once united states. But a handful of brilliant men, James Madison, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin, lead a political battle to create a new form of government, one that will establish the standard of self-government to the world.
The movie was filmed on location at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, in Williamsburg, Virginia, and at other historical sites.
There are tales all around the world of big, hairy, bipedal, ape-like creatures that dwell in the wilderness and leave footprints. But whatever you do, don't call them Bigfoot. From the Patterson - Gimlin film and other sightings to known hoaxes and Bigfoot hunters, this documentary delves deep into the mythology, sightings and people who search out these mysterious beings.
This documentary is a great introduction into cryptozoology, the people who study it and why. Just don't call them bigfoot. Maybe Sasquatch, yeti or Bob, but not Bigfoot.
This film follows a retired Border Patrol agent as he discovers the possible existence of Bigfoot and the shroud of darkness that surrounds it, and further complexities in this hidden in plain sight world.
April 19th 1775 - An excellent representation of the events on Lexington Green and the fighting during the retreat from Concord - based on the book “April Morning,” by Howard Fast which was originally published in 1961.
This series is an epic six-episode tale of the colonization of the American West - told from the perspective of two families, one of white settlers and one of Native Americans. Jacob Wheeler (Matthew Settle) leaves his dull life behind to strike out west, while Loved By the Buffalo (Joseph M. Marshall III) faces his destiny to try to fight a prophecy that his people will be wiped out by the settlers. Jacob marries Loved By the Buffalo's sister Thunder Heart Woman, uniting the two families while around them relations between the two races crumble.
From the pioneering explorations of mountain men in 1825 to the tragic massacre of downtrodden Lakota at Wounded Knee in 1891, these parallel storylines intertwine real and fictional characters and events spanning the period of expansion of the United States in the American frontier… migrating wagon trains, the California Gold Rush, construction of the transcontinental railroad, the violence of Quantrill's Raiders.
Spanning 65 years and several generations, Into the West succeeds as an ambitious compendium of American history. Originally broadcast in the summer of 2005 as a six-part miniseries on TNT.. The show has a large cast, with about 250 speaking parts and features well-known performers.
Re-enacting Retro - This is a very well-done, classic older National Park Service Museum film from 1978.
This is the story of George Rogers Clark and his courageous frontiersmen who fought on the Kentucky and Illinois frontier during the American Revolution. To help end British-inspired Indian attacks on Kentucky settlements, these brave men defied tremendous odds to capture Ford Sackville from the British in 1779.
Winter at Valley Forge, Pa., is proving brutal for George Washington and his beleaguered, starving troops. Even worse, the American economy is at a standstill owing to the war, and American businessmen are urging Congress to accept an armistice with Great Britain so that normal commerce may resume. In a moment of uncertainty, Washington considers surrendering to British General Howe -- until the actions of a small group of revolutionary soldiers strengthen his resolve.
The third in plot succession of James Fenimore Cooper's 'Leather-Stocking Tales', a series of five novels depicting life along early America's northeast frontier, each of which features adventures engaging Natty Bumppo, called Leather Stocking due to his long deerskin gaiters, and are full of exciting occurrences, the author's love of the native forests, and scenes ripe for performing artists' insights. Based on the 1840 novel, this adventure follows a mid-18th-century British scout through the wilderness on a mission to sneak into a French fortress.
an older, but still relevant, film with an overview of many occupation beginning with immigration at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century
This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.
Electricity harnessed from wind has become the second largest source of energy in Germany since 2017 - and has thus out powered nuclear and coal. Nearly 30,000 on- and off-shore wind turbines are operating throughout the country, covering approx. 19 percent of energy consumption. Our report follows the construction of a new wind power plant in Falkenthal in Brandenburg. Once installed, the windmill will be 179 meters high, supplying up to 5,000 households a year.
Farmers, scientists and health advocates show the harmful effects of how food production and delivery have been approached at the corporate level.
Corporate Advertising – “Modern agriculture would be inconceivable without them: Huge harvesting machines such as beet and potato harvesters, tractors weighing tons and high-horsepower foragers. Agricultural technology made in Germany is at the forefront of the world market. How do the powerful harvest giants work?”
After the Japanese invade China in WW 2, a young woman leads a band of partisans against the occupying troops.
Tells the story of the brutality of the 1939 Japanese occupation of China through the eyes of the Wing Chun grandmaster who rose to fight against it.
An investigative documentary by CO2Science
Documentary on the Buffalo and the Plains Indians who made a way of life out of them. Tells the story of the culture of the Indians of the Great Plains from the coming of the Spaniards in the 16th century to the near extinction of the buffalo at the end of the 19th century.
A Canadian TV production and adaptation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s beloved epic poem, “The Song of Hiawatha,” celebrates the heroic deeds of the legendary Ojibway chief of miraculous birth, sent by the Great Spirit to lead his people. A fur trader , French priest and an Indian interpreter canoe through the Lake Superior region in search of Hiawatha. Tribesmen guide them to the lodge of his grandmother, Nokomis, where she and tribal elder tell Hiawatha’s story.
This is the first comprehensive history of six great Indian nations, dramatically filmed on location at their native tribal lands across America, using reenactments, archival footage, maps and original music. The story of the tribes unfolds in their struggle to protect their lands, cultures, and freedoms.
A western film about an Indian chief from the Blackfoot tribe who in 1845 attempts to get help for his tribe who have been infected by smallpox. He is betrayed by the people he seeks help from. He tries to buy a cure but the white settlers are unsympathetic, forcing the Indian Chief to resort to desperate measures. Winterhawk attempts to trade furs, but in a double cross, the furs are stolen..
Incredible combat choreography spurs this 7th century epic of the 88-day Siege of Ansi, when 500,000 Tang dynasty soldiers invaded the Ansi peninsula.
The legendary battle that heralded the end of the Han Dynasty, changing the face of China forever, comes to life in this action packed, epic, historical drama
nearly two-hour compilation at various locations and railroads
The ACWA, founded in 1914, produced this documentary to mark its 50th anniversary. The film is a history of the U.S. labor movement between 1900 and 1964, with an emphasis on improvements the union won for workers, and bitter and sometimes violent struggles with industrial leaders and federal and state governments. The union had more than 100,000 members at its peak, and in 1976 it merged with the Textile Workers of America.
On May 10, 1869, a symbolic final golden spike was driven into a rail, linking the Central Pacific Railroad from the west and the Union Pacific Railroad from the east at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. The Transcontinental Railroad was complete. In this program, a Stanford University sociology professor and the associate director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford discussed how Chinese workers and native peoples in the region were affected by the seminal event.
Professor Robert Johnston and his class examined the 1890's American Populist movement.
Iowa State University professor Steffen Schmidt talked about the history of political parties from their origins to the present, and presidential elections beginning with the 1800 contest between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. He spoke about the development of negative campaigning and the parties' shifting influences in different regions throughout the country.
Southern Methodist University professor Alexis McCrossen teaches a class on the abundance of the 1920s and the Great Depression. She argues that low wages and an unequal distribution of wealth hindered American consumers from keeping up with the high levels of economic productivity. She also talks about the demands for political solutions and President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” programs.
A dramatic documentary which tells the story of the war (1754-1763), which began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania frontier and spread throughout the colonies, into Canada, and ultimately around the world. A central figure is George Washington, a brash and ambitious young officer in his twenties hoping to make his reputation in the military.
In the midst of the French and Indian War, three trappers are tasked with rescuing three sisters and delivering them to their British Colonel father.
During Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration Frances Perkins was one of America's most influential women. As the first female secretary of labor she was responsible for implementing programs that reshaped society and business and established the social safety net we enjoy today.
concisely covers the major events
A study about truth, revenge and greediness - A modern approach to Shakespeare's story of lovers who make hasty commitments and come to understand that life is not so simple. It is a story of vengeance and betrayal, of two enemies who try to exact horrific punishments from each other, but most of all, a story of two communities who simply do not understand one another.
Bill Jones, WWII veteran, is recruited into the party by Molly, a commie girl. He was cheated by a real estate company running a housing project. Another party member Henry writes a poem about Marx, but is found guilty of deviationism, and this sets off a whole series of events.
A man with financial issues wins a small fortune and decides to share his winnings by acting as a Secret Santa to people in need in a small town. His fiance, a materialist, wants to spend the money instead on their upcoming wedding reception, and a honeymoon at a plush resort. She gets fairly upset upon finding out about his humanitarian gift giving to total strangers. One of the characters chosen is a boy whose father is deceased, who wants expensive hockey gear and skates for Christmas. The man grows increasingly fond of the boy's mother. .
In 1940, a ruthless race begins to create a new tank, involving a secret mission to Moscow for Comrade Stalin in this stunning, dramatic WWII tale. Film incorporates some lighthearted episodes.
The true story of a group of 28 soldiers of the Red Army's 316th Rifle Division, who stopped the advance on Moscow by 54 Nazi Panzer tanks of the 11th Panzer Division for several days in 1941 to protect their homeland during WW2.
Fact-based drama about a Russian tanker crew who were outnumbered and outgunned in World War II yet became legends in the face of intense battle.
This is the 46 minute version of the award winning documentary film is specially tailored to be played in one classroom sitting.
Kiss the Ground is an inspiring and groundbreaking film that reveals the first viable solution to our climate crisis. It reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle.
This movie is positioned to catalyze a movement to accomplish the impossible – to solve humanity’s greatest challenge, to balance the climate and secure our species future.
The myths about the legendary monster that prowls the wilderness are investigated by both skeptics and the hunters who believe in its existence.
A look at the movement behind Occupy Wall Street, where issues of economic inequality stand today, and what the future looks like.
A railroad worker in war-torn 1941 China leads a team of freedom fighters against the occupying Japanese army, in order to get food for the poor
is an epic 12-hour television event that tells the extraordinary story of how America was invented. With highly realistic CGI animation, dramatic recreations and thoughtful insights from some of America’s most respected artists, business leaders, academics and intellectuals, it is the first television event in nearly 40 years to present a comprehensive telling of America’s history.
Video with Powerpoint (1 hour, 40 minutes)
Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
BACP's Director of Labor Standards, Andy Fox, provided an overview of the regulations and protections workers should be aware of during the COVID-19 Outbreak.
More information: www.chicago.gov/laborstandards
A documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America. This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It's too little, too late.
Featuring: Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Richard Branson, Robert F Kennedy Jr., Michael Bloomberg, Van Jones, Vinod Khosla, Koch Brothers, Vandana Shiva, General Motors, 350.org, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Nature Conservancy, Elon Musk, Tesla.
This is the most current video for New CDC data, safe takeout food practices, and an updated practice for safe grocery shopping/handling. More information at www.DrJeffPublicSafety.com
-- an interview by host Andy Zee with Dr. Phil Rice about the Covid-19 Pandemic, head of emergency care at a Massachusetts hospital, on COVID-19
-- discussion of femicide in Mexico by Sunsara Taylor along with clips of International Women's Day protest led by the Revolution Tour in Los Angeles
-- excerpts of Bob Avakian's filmed speech, The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America -- A Better World IS Possible
-- some extras
Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein's companion piece to her popular 2007 book of the same name. In short, the shock doctrine is a theory for explaining the way that force, stealth and crisis are used in implementing neoliberal economic policies such as privatization, deregulation and cuts to social services.
The shock doctrine suggests that in periods of chaos often following wars, coups, natural disasters and economic panics, pro-corporate reformers aggressively push through unpopular “free market” measures. Klein posits that followers of Milton Friedman and other market fundamentalists have been perfecting this very strategy: waiting for a major crisis, then selling off pieces of the state to private players while citizens were still reeling from the shock, then quickly making the "reforms" permanent.
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Philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates offers insights into the COVID-19 pandemic, discussing why testing and self-isolation are essential, which medical advancements show promise and what it will take for the world to endure this crisis. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers. Recorded March 24, 2020)
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich presents the reader's digest of his latest book. He explores the system of power in America that bails out corporations instead of people, even in times of crisis, and breaks down how we have socialism for corporations and the rich, and harsh capitalism for everybody else.
As power has concentrated in the hands of corporations and the wealthy few, those few have grabbed nearly all the economic gains — and political power — for themselves.
Meanwhile, workers have been shafted.
This isn’t a democracy, where all power is shared. It’s an oligarchy, where those at the top have the power to grab everything for themselves.
But history shows that oligarchies cannot hold on to power forever. They are inherently unstable. When a vast majority of people come to view an oligarchy as illegitimate and an obstacle to their wellbeing — which is happening before our very eyes as this crisis exacerbates — oligarchies become vulnerable.
Recommended for activists and labor organizers
“If we don’t speak up for ourselves, we can’t expect anyone else to.”
Sally takes over a pub near the John Brown & Company shipyard at Clydebank. When the closure of the yard threatens her clientèle she goes to London to lobby the government’s Lord Randall.
Missouri State University
Legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to employer-employee relationship, including employment-at-will doctrine, discrimination and union contracts.
Revolutionary Culture in the PRC. Presented by Prof. Roy Chan at the University of Oregon
Bernie Sanders is giving a speech about the lessons America can learn from the coronavirus outbreak. Sanders yesterday presented his plan to combat the pandemic, which included guaranteed unemployment insurance and temporarily halting all evictions and foreclosures, as well as his call for universal health care. Sanders said the disruptions caused by the virus were 'especially dangerous for low-income and working-class families' and said the government ‘must make sure that we care for the communities most vulnerable to the health and economic pain that is coming.'
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
"I have decided that since some of my colleagues across the aisle could not for some reason read the resolution, that perhaps this hour would be spent best reading it to them."
Taking note that some of her colleagues may not have read the #GreenNewDeal, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reads the entire resolution into the House Record.
Mike Lofgren, a congressional staff member for 28 years, joins Bill Moyers to talk about what he calls Washington's "Deep State," in which elected and unelected figures collude to protect and serve powerful vested interests. "It is how we had deregulation, financialization of the economy, the Wall Street bust, the erosion or our civil liberties and perpetual war," Lofgren tells Moyers.
Senators will speak for up to 10 minutes each on the articles of impeachment against President Trump - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Produced by The Boilermakers Local 647, this video series tries to tell our side of history. America owes a great deal to the men and women who have fought for basic human rights over the years by joining together in a union and standing up for their rights. These people have made America the power it is. Unfortunately, unions have gotten a bad rap lately. Some of it deserved but much of it not. The anti-union forces has had a far more effective propaganda machine and have convinced Americans that unions are terrible. Our tale needs to be told, and this is the first part of our story covering the Industrial Revolution and the beginnings of labor's struggle.
From the Chicago Colloquium, general overview of philosophy, 1 Hour Each
Please join an online teach-in with Naomi Klein, Astra Taylor, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, with a musical performance by Lia Rose
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 5 PM Eastern
Sponsored by Haymarket Books, The Leap, Debt Collective, and Democratic Socialists of America
The current crisis is laying bare the extreme injustices and inequalities of our economic and social system.
We are in a battle of visions for how we’re going to respond to this crisis. We will either be catapulted backward to an even more brutal winner-takes-all system — or this will be a wake-up call.
Ideas that were dismissed as too radical just a week ago are starting to seem like the only reasonable path to get out of this crisis and prevent future ones.
We need to use every tool that we have that allows us to hear each other’s voices, to read each other’s words, to see each other’s faces, even if it’s just on screens, to stay organized and stay connected. We have to create spaces where we’re able to deliberate and strategize about what it means to protect our neighbors, our rights, and our planet.
We have to have the confidence to say this is the moment when we change everything.