New home sales bounce
Summary of business headlines: Sales of newly built American homes rose in September; Mortgage demand up but still tepid; Durable goods orders a mixed bag; Fed move still anticipated.
Brooksley Born accepts 2009 JFK Profile in Courage Award
Brooksley Born, former chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in recognition of the political courage that she demonstrated in sounding early warnings about conditions that contributed to the current global financial crisis.
Sheila Bair accepts 2009 JFK Profile in Courage Award
Sheila Bair, Chairman of the FDIC, was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in recognition of the political courage that she demonstrated in sounding early warnings about conditions that contributed to the current global financial crisis.
Mom Loved Him Best: Bert & Ivan Sutherland
[Recorded February 3, 2004] Computing industry legends and brothers Bert and Ivan Sutherland reminisce about their collective 100 plus years with computers and electronics. Bert Sutherland developed, managed and mentored some of the most important computing innovations of the past half-century, from Bolt, Beranek & Newman ( BBN) and Xerox PARC in the 1970s to managing Java development at Sun Microsystems Laboratories in the 1990s. Ivan Sutherland is considered by many to be the creator of comp
1963 Timesharing: A Solution to Computer Bottlenecks
[Recorded: May 9, 1963] This vintage film features MIT Science Reporter John Fitch at the MIT Computation Center in an extended interview with MIT professor of computer science Fernando J. Corbato. The film was co-produced by WGBH (Boston) and MIT. The prime focus of the film is timesharing, one of the most important developments in computing, and one which has come in and out of favor several times over the last several decades as the dichotomy between remote and centrally-managed computing r
Sun Microsystems Founders Panel
[Recorded Jan 11, 2006] Scott McNealy, Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Joy and Vinod Khosla, with moderator John Gage share their personal stories of the early days at Sun. When Xerox PARC loaned the Stanford Engineering Department an entire Alto Ethernet network with a laser printer, then-graduate student Andy Bechtolsheim redesigned it into a prototype and attached it to Stanford Universitys computer network. Sun Microsystems grew out of this prototype, and the companys name came from the acrony
Hackers Phishers and Carders, Oh My!
[Recorded April 21, 2010] Stalking, scams, theft, underhanded business tactics, vandalism and the like have existed for millennia, and have found ways to exploit emerging technologies from check writing to the telegraph. The Internet age is no exception. A fair amount of early cyber crime fit the popular image of the pimply-faced teenager in his bedroom, breaking into government networks for the thrill of it. But today, a growing class of professional criminals is targeting ordinary users and
The Atanasoff-Berry Computer In Operation
[Recorded: 1999] The Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC) occupies a special place in the history of computing in part for its technical accomplishments but also for being at the center of a landmark legal case. It was built by Iowa physics professor John Vincent Atanasoff and graduate student Clifford Berry. Technically, the ABC was an electronic equation solver. It could find solutions to systems of simultaneous linear equations with up to 29 unknowns, a type of problem encountered in Atansasoff'
How Indian MIT and IIT Graduates Have Shaped Computer History
[Recorded July 15, 2010] In the last fifteen years the very names Bangalore and Silicon Valley have become evocative of the important connections between India and the United States in the global IT industry. Historian Ross Bassett argues that the linkages between the two countries are far older and deeper than is widely known. In the course of his research, he found that Indian graduates of MIT significantly influenced the creation of modern technological India. In the colonial period, a small
Redstockings, Riot Grrls, Three Generation of Feminism in Conversation
Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, lead a dynamic panel of feminists including Alix Kates Shulman, Farai Chideya, and Marisa Meltzer in a discussion of where feminism is today and where it needs to go in the twenty-first century. This event took place at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on March 20, 2010. Video courtesy Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.
Piano Bed in Luce Visible Storage
The piano was an important element of the parlor in the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was a focus of family life and attested to the social aspirations of the owner. The consumer of this convertible piano-bed could, in a way, have his cake and eat it too--enjoying the propriety that a piano conferred on his parlor while gaining a reasonably comfortable sleeping unit for a large family living in limited space. The amusing idea of sleeping in a piano (or a fancy
The 54th BFI London Film Festival Vodcast Day 1
The 54th BFI London Film Festival In Partnership with American Express began with the European gala premiere screening of Never Let Me Go. Based on the much beloved novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day) and directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), the film features some of the UK's brightest young talent in the form of Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield. This first of the festival's daily vodcasts features all the film's key talent and creative team as they arrive a
The 54th BFI London Film Festival Vodcast Day 2
On the Day 2 of The 54th BFI London Film Festival, we spoke to international filmmakers including Kiran Rao (Dhobi Ghat) and Pernille Fischer Christensen (A Family). The second annual keynote speech was given by Ken Loach, one of the UK's most acclaimed directors. During the event, presented in conjunction with Skillset, Loach encouraged the audience to be the change they wanted to see in the film industry. Mark Romanek, director of Never Let Me Go, gave the first of the American Express Screen
The 54th BFI London Film Festival Vodcast Day 3
On Day 3 of the 54th BFI London Film Festival we attended the inaugural filmmakers tea, where we spoke to Derek Cianfrance about his acclaimed film Blue Valentine. In the West End Lucy Walker, the director of Waste Land, told us about her latest documentary, which explores the lives of garbage pickers in Rio through an art project developed by artist Vik Muniz. Blue Valentine also had its UK premiere that evening, with star Michelle Williams in attendance. The third day of the festival closed wi
The 54th BFI London Film Festival Vodcast Day 4
On Day 4 of The 54th BFI London Film Festival, producer Mark Lipson presented Tabloid, his latest collaboration with acclaimed documentarian Errol Morris. At BFI Southbank, artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah discussed his latest film The Nine Muses, a lyrical set of tone poems looking at mass migration to post war Britain. On the red carpet Anton Corbijn presented his latest film The American starring George Clooney - with co-stars Violante Placido and Thekla Reuten in attendance. Finally Artis
The 54th BFI London Film Festival Vodcast Day 5
Day 5 of the 54th BFI London Film Festival brought us the European premiere presentation of Africa United, an uplifting and eye-opening story about two Rwandan children who travel to South Africa to pursue their world cup dreams, and on the red carpet we spoke to director Debs Gardner-Paterson and the young stars of the film. At the second filmmaker's tea we spoke to Geoff Marslett about his rotoscope animated film Mars, and legendary American indie director John Sayles (Amigo). Finally, the Sig
The 54th BFI London Film Festival Vodcast Day 9
Day 9 of the 54th London Film Festival saw another set of interviews with filmmakers at The May Fair Hotel, including Imani Director Caroline Kamya and Amir Bar-Lev Director of The Tillman Story. At BFI Southbank, Scottish actor and director Peter Mullan gave a masterclass on his career in film to an enthralled audience. We also spoke to the creative team behind Patagonia, which explores the connection between Wales and this South American region. The evening ended with the European premiere of
54th BFI London Film Festival Vodcast Day 11
Day 11 of the 54th BFI London Film Festival saw Colin Firth's organisation Brightwide hold their second annual event at BFI Southbank. The featured film was Christy Turlington Burns' documentary No Woman No Cry which investigates maternal mortality and pregnancy care worldwide. Darren Aronofsky gave an American Express Screen Talk, discussing a life in pictures. At the filmmaker tea we caught up with a number of international directors, including Jamie Thraves (Treacle Jr) and Kim Longinotto (Pi
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Put this video in full-screen mode so students can see the words of Beatrix Potter's story and her illustrations. Narrated by an American male, this can be used as a read-along. (6:03)
The 54th BFI London Film Festival Vodcast Day 15
On Day 15 the BFI London Film Festival held its second annual Awards ceremony. The Best British Newcomer Award, in partnership with Swarovski, was presented by Andy Serkis and went to Clio Barnard, for The Arbor. The Sutherland Award for the most original feature debut was presented by Michael Winterbottom and Olivia Williams and also went to Clio Barnard for the Arbor. The Grierson Award for best documentary was presented by Jon Snow and went to Janus Metz for Armadillo. The Best Film Award, in