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Bill of Rights, Bill of Responsibility
Bill Maher, of television's "Politically Incorrect", hosts this witty inquiry into the meaning of the Constitution of the United States in our lives today. Drawing examples from current events and pop culture, Maher clearly illustrates that the Constitution is "a living document". Beginning with a brief history and overview of the Constitution, and then focusing on the Bill of Rights, this program demonstrates that history is a continuous process that happens every day all around us. A variety of archival footage is used throughout to provide historical context and familiar contemporary references. The program also emphasizes the responsibilities that go along with living in a society where individual rights are so well-protected. Winner of the Bronze Apple, National Education Media Competition.
01-4302 30 min. $ 79.95 ©1995 1-56450-259-7

01-4405 50 min. $ 19.95 ©2002 1-58565-639-9
01-4403 150 min. $ 59.95 ©2000
13-4952 100 min. $ 49.95 ©1999

Executive Branch of Government: Study of Federal and State Government
This program shows how the Constitution established the Executive Branch; provided for the separation of powers and the relationship of the Executive Branch to the Legislative and Judicial Branches of the federal and state government. Specific roles of the Chief Executive are defined such as Commander-In-Chief; Foreign Policy Director; Legislative Leader; Party Leader; Popular Leader and Chief of State interspersed with interviews of state and national Executive Office Staff, Legislators, Media, Historians and others. Also explains how the role of the Chief Executive has evolved in terms of its influence and exercise of power since the Constitution was ratified.
01-4222 30 min. $ 79.95 ©1994 1-56450-224-4

Forms of Government: What's the Score?
Also known as "the world's longest running game show". Today's contestants: Absolute Monarchy, Representative Democracy, Communism, Socialism, and Fascism. The categories are Power, Law & Order, Liberty & Personal Freedom, Social Contract, and Pix & Nix. Who will be the winner? It's up to your students to decide, as they judge the merits of the various contestants in this one-of-a-kind video game show. As the "contestants" (each representing a different type of government) respond to questions from the host, viewers use a scorecard to rate each form of government on a scale of one to five. The scorecard activity provides a framework for students to evaluate the effectiveness of each type of government in each of the five categories, and to compare and discuss their responses. The game show includes archival footage of government leaders, helping viewers develop a working knowledge of these varying philosophies in governing.
01-4309 30 min. $ 79.95 ©1995 1-56450-258-9

How a Bill Becomes a Law
One-on-one interviews with prominent legislators, lobbyists and special interest group representatives carefully explain how a bill is conceived, moved through or killed in committee, amended, prepared for a vote, and sent for the President's or Governor's signature. Helps students evaluate how political, economic, social, regional, and moral considerations are taken into account when legislators make laws that affect the people of the United States. Taking a look at both the state and national legislatures, this opens viewers' minds to the vital role the legislative process plays in their lives and how individuals and groups can have a voice in shaping the laws that govern our country.
01-4223 30 min. $ 79.95 ©1993 1-56450-189-2

Immigration USA: What You Need to Know
01-0105 60 min. $ 29.95 ©1986

Judicial Branch of Government
This program focuses on the Judicial Branch and its role in government. Students see how its decisions affect our daily lives, how it resolves disputes without bloodshed, how it interprets our laws and explains what they mean, and how it prevents the Legislative and Executive Branches from abusing their power. The Judicial Branch of Government is an excellent supplement to any government curriculum and an effective addition to the programs "How a Bill Becomes a Law" and "The Executive Branch of Government".
01-4308 35 min. $ 79.95 ©1996 1-56450-287-2

United Nations: It's More Than You Think
This introductory program covers all aspects of the United Nations, from its history and status as an international zone in the center of New York City to more traditional explanations of the political divisions between developed and developing worlds. People closely involved with the UN explain the inner workings of this powerful organization, such as tensions in the UN Security Council and the balance of power between nations. It stresses the UN's role in the Gulf War and shows the organization at a turning point. Explains how the UN has changed as a result of the end of the cold war. An impartial overview of the UN's strengths and weaknesses is provided.
01-4224 40 min. $ 79.95 ©1991 1-56450-100-0

Why Vote? A Right & A Responsibility
The program begins with a short history of voting, which lends support and context to the discussion of why it is important to vote. Students see how the right to vote has been fought for throughout history, and why the struggle for universal suffrage has been so long and hard. Examples of very close elections challenge viewers to consider how history would have been charged if these elections had different results. There is also a very helpful and easy-to-follow discussion of how to vote, including registration, absentee voting, and voting machines. Another important feature of the video is an overview of the various kinds of elections (local, state, and national; primary and general; referendums; constitutional amendments). Concluding the program is a balanced discussion of how to evaluate a candidate, which encourages students to take a thorough and critical look at candidates and their positions, their experience, their campaign platforms and other factors.
13-4787 40 min. $ 69.95 ©1996 1-56450-260-0

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