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Films with: Grubin, David

Arming of the earth
Journalist Bill Moyers considers how the machine gun, the submarine, and the airplane have revolutionized the conduct of war. Focuses on the way in which advances in the technology of war have vastly increased the civilian toll in wartime.
DVD 12359
Buddha
Two and a half millennia ago, a new religion was born in India, generated from the ideas of the Buddha, a mysterious Indian sage who gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree. The Buddha never claimed to be God or his emissary on earth, only that he was a human being who had found a kind of serenity that others could find, too. This documentary tells the story of his life, a journey especially relevant in our own times.
DVD 7507
Jewish Americans
Chronicles the 350 year saga of immigrants who gradually wove themselves into the fabric of American life without abandoning their cherished traditions.
DVD 5340
Marshall, Texas
Bill Moyers returns to his hometown of Marshall, Texas, and re-examines his past through the voices of current residents and past classmates. Specifically, he examines racial relations in Marshall before, during, and after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
DVD 12357
Napoleon
Framed by the grand sweep of history, woven from intimate accounts of and by the man himself, this program is a tale as grand as any novel, a story of passion, vaunting ambition, and pride ending in exile and loss.
DVD 1357
Secret life of the brain
This series explores the startling new map of the brain that has emerged from the past decade of neuroscience and shares a revelatory view of this most complicated organ, which now contradicts much of what we previously believed. Narrated by actress Blair Brown, the series tells stories through a mix of personal histories, expert commentary and cutting-edge animation. Viewers will not only learn startling new truths about the brain, they will voyage inside it.
DVD 2374
Tesla
"Nikola Tesla has come to be seen by many as a tragic figure, a visionary engineer who died impoverished and largely forgotten--eclipsed by names such as Edison and Marconi. A tireless inventor who registered numerous patents and developed many working prototypes, Tesla would become most famous for his dazzling demonstrations. Audiences flocked to see him send thousands of volts of electricity pulsing through his body, dazzled by the spectacle of the inventor seemingly on fire. Even more read about his claims of receiving signals from outer space and his plans for using the earth's natural charge to distribute free electricity. Tesla the strange wizard and mad scientist overtook Tesla the brilliant engineer--the seer of the wireless world we all live in. Lost in the spectacular rise and fall was the real man, a consummate inventor and dedicated engineer. That his ideas ricocheted from tangible inventions to projections of a future with head-spinning possibilities only partly explained his downfall. Yet it was his technology that helped drive the electrical age in the 20th century, and his vision that imagined the wireless world of the 21st century. In Tesla, American Experience chronicles the life of a man whose ideas revolutionized his time, and ours"--Container.
DVD 12489
Walk through the 20th century with Bill Moyers.
Looks at newsreels, a unique 20th century institution. For over 50 years newsreels informed and entertained whole generations until their demise in the mid-1960's with the advance of televised nightly newscasts.
DVD 12360
Walk through the 20th century with Bill Moyers.
Traces the development of public relations in changing public images. Recognizes Ivy Lee and Edward Bernays as the first people to use mass communications to influence public opinion and create the profession of public relations.
DVD 12368
World War II : the propaganda battle
Bill Moyers interviews two filmmakers in the first large-scale propaganda battle in history--German filmmaker Fritz Hippler and his American counterpart, Frank Capra.
DVD 12364