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    Commanding Heights

    Commanding Heights

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    PBS (Mini-Series 2002)
    Commanding Heights is a 6-hour television documentary television series made by PBS in 2002. The series is based off of a book called "Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy" written by Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw in 1998. The documentary has since been broken up into three 2-hour long segments which are all available for viewing on PBS. In short, the documentary attempts to document the rise of the free-market economy which reigns in most countries today. The series kicks off at the beginning of WWI in 1914. After a most dreadful war, the economies of most countries are nonexistent. Capitalism comes to rise, but these markets are soon trumped by Hitler and others with their communist and fascist ideas. WWII takes place and after the disintegration of communism, economies are stagnant once again. Things changed when Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan came into power during the 1980's. Both leaders disowned a central planning idea, and adopted ideas of free-market economies with little government regulation. Many countries adopted the free-market idea, and as a result, prospered overall. However, Yergin and Stanislaw, the authors of the book, argue that the era of globalization didn't really begin until 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. As the documentary reaches an end, Yergin and Stanislaw argue the improbability of a globalized, free-market economy existing forever. They argue that many third world countries do not have the resources needed to support such economies, and this will lead to a decline of yet another era of globalization. Watch the series and brush up on your economics!moreless
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    Nightly Business Report

    Nightly Business Report

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    Nightly Business Report (NBR) is the long running financial news program delivering the latest from Wall Street and other major markets from across the world. The current hosts are Tom Hudson, reporting from Miami, and Susie Gharib, reporting from New York. Reporters include Darren Gersh, Diane Estabrook, Erika Miller, Suzanne Pratt, Stephanie Dhue, Scott Gurvey, and Dana Bate. NBR was first broadcast in 1979, and was hosted by anchors Linda O'Bryon and Merwin Sigale, with assistance from Paul Kangas. It wasn't until 1981 that Nightly Business Report began airing across the United States. Throughout its run, NBR has won many awards for its excellence in news coverage. In 2005, NBR was awarded the Emmy for its series on "China's Emergence as an International Economic Power. In 2008, NBR won a Gerald Loeb Award for "India's Promise," an in-depth report on the Indian economy. Nightly Business Report is distributed by PBS and can be seen around the world.moreless
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    The American President

    The American President

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    PBS (Mini-Series 2000)
    The American President is a 2000 PBS documentary series about all the men (up to President Clinton) to hold the highest office in the United States Government. The series is broken into 41 fifteen minute chunks, each one on the life of one of America's presidents. Rather than go the obvious route and sort the episodes chronologically, the presidents are grouped thematically. For example, one episode features five presidents who achieved the office by being the Vice President when the previous President died, such as Lyndon Johnson and Teddy Roosevelt. Another deals with four that achieved the office through military heroism, such as Washington and Eisenhower. The presidents still living at the time of the documentary's production were interviewed and provided vocal narration for their segments, and celebrities such as Walter Cronkite were brought onboard to lend their voice to those who were not. Anyone interested in the history of the presidency will find something to like about The American President.moreless
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    Everyday Edisons

    Everyday Edisons

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    Everyday Edisons is a reality television series currently airing on PBS. Created by Louis Foreman and hosted by Michael Cable, the program revolves around aspiring inventors trying to thrust their idea into the global consciousness. Differing from other reality shows of the same ilk, Everyday Edisons does not eliminate the contestants from the show. Every invention featured on Everyday Edisons is at least put through the process of commercialization. They show then follows each inventor as they attempt to get their product idea actualized. each inventor is given equal opportunity to get their invention made in a world in which investors are often hard to come by. Some products created on the show include products called Befudiom, Tsquare, Koku, and Kineta.moreless