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9. Healthcare and Health Reform (November 17, 2009)
Policy, politics, economics, Congress, House of Representatives, Senate, healthcare legislation, costs, insurance, co-payments, health coverage, insurance companies, Congressional Budget Office, Medicare, hospital, taxation, life expectancy, obesity, valu
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Lecture 02: Space Shuttle History
Course - Group - Lecture 02: Space Shuttle History - MIT > Aircraft Systems Engineering > Lecture 02: Space Shuttle History
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02 - Southern Society: Slavery, King Cotton, and Antebellum America's "Peculiar" Region
Professor Blight offers a number of approaches to the question of southern distinctiveness. The lecture offers a survey of that manner in which commentators--American, foreign, northern, and southern--have sought to make sense of the nature of southern society and southern history. The lecture analyzes the society and culture of the Old South, with special emphasis on the aspects of southern life that made the region distinct from the antebellum North. The most lasting and influential sources of
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20 - Guest Lecture by Stephen Schwarzman, Co-founder, Blackstone Group
Stephen Schwarzman, Co-Founder of Blackstone Group, a private equity firm, speaks about his experience in the industry. He discusses his thoughts on global finance, particularly at such an interesting and challenging point in the history of financial institutions. Although the near future might be rough for the United States and economies around the globe, capital does tend to come back and regulators are busy figuring out how best to put safeguards on the system. He also offers career advice an
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19 - The Romanovs and the Russian Revolution
The period between the Russian Revolution of February 1917, which resulted in the overthrow of the autocracy and the establishment of a provisional government, and the Bolshevik Revolution in October of that same year, offers an instructive example of revolutionary processes at work. During this interval, the fate of Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, was bound up in the struggle for power amongst competing political factions in Russia. Until his death, Nicholas was convinced that the Russian
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10 - Popular Protest
Collective violence, in the form of popular protest, was one of the principal ways in which people resisted the expansion of capitalism and the state throughout the nineteenth century. The nature of this protest can be charted through three different, but related examples: grain riots across Europe in the first half of the century, the mythical figure of Captain Swing in England, and the Demoiselles of the Ariège in France. While these movements were ultimately repressed by the forces of capita
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04 - Peter the Great
Peter the Great's historical significance stems not only from his military ambitions and the great expansion of the Russian Empire under his supervision, but also from his efforts to introduce secular, Western customs and ideas into Russian culture. Despite his notorious personal brutality, Peter's enthusiasm for science and modern intellectual concerns made an indelible mark both on Russia's relationship to the West and on its internal politics. The struggle under Peter's reign between Westerni
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01 - Introduction
The course will concern European history from 1648 to 1945. The assigned readings include both standard historical texts and works of fiction, as well as films. Although the period in question encompasses many monumental events and "great men," attention will also be paid to the development of themes over the long term and the experiences of people and groups often excluded from official histories. Among the principle questions to be addressed are the consolidation of state power, the formation
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A Life in Documentary - Paul Watson
Paul Watson is a British Documentary superstar. His 1974 series “The Family” on the Wilkins of Reading, set off the “fly-on-the-wall” genre and is a seminal moment in British television history. He has not stopped since “Sylvania Waters” and “The Fishing Party” and his most recent success has been the 100 minute “Rain in My Heart” on BBC 2, tackling the subject of alcoholism. This is the starting point in this Coventry Conversation with John mair.
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Subaltern Studies thirty years on: some unanswered questions
Dipesh Chakrabarty is currently the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College, University of Chicago. He is also a Faculty Fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, an Associate Faculty of the Department of English, holds a visiting position at the Research School of Humanities & the Arts at ANU and an Honorary Professorial Fellowship with the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne, Au
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Getting Away With Murder: State Violence and Impunity in Phatthalung, 1972-1975
In February 1975, student activists exposed a series of brutal murders of citizens by Communist Suppression Operations Command and other state security forces that had taken place two-and-a-half years earlier in Phatthalung province in mid-southern Thailand. The thang daeng, or 'red drum,' killings gained their name from the method of killing employed. Accused of engaging in Communist activities, or tacit support for them, citizens were arrested, or simply taken, in large sweeps across districts
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Image Games
Christiane Paul delivers the closing keynote at the Art History of Games Symposium on February 6, 2010 in the High Museum of Art's Rich Auditorium on the campus of the Woodruff Arts Center, in midtown Atlanta. The symposium was presented by Georgia Tech and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Starting from a brief outline of the art-historical connections between games and art, the presentation will explore how game art projects have expanded or redefined traditional characteristics of "ima
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Moving Robertson's Windmill
History hits the road when an iconic windmill moves to a new home. Hear the story behind Robertson's Windmill from Jim Horn, CW's Vice President of Research and Historical Interpretation.Author(s): No creator set

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Cities - Sydney, Freetown and Cape Town: Convicts and Empire
Many Sydneysiders think they know all about the history of their city, but few know that its convict past links it firmly to Africa, a continent many Australians know little about. Emma Christopher and Kirsten McKenzie uncover a forgotten history of... (Running Time 81:53)
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History on TV - Laurence Rees
Laurence Rees is Creative Director of BBC Television History programmes and was also, for ten years (1992 to 2002), editor of Timewatch the BBC’s Historical Documentary strand. Under his editorship Timewatch won a host of awards including 3 Emmys. Hear him in conversation with John Mair, reflecting on the huge success of his series, Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution.
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The History of Channel 4 - Channel 4 Day - Maggie Brown
Maggie Brown has been covering the media industry for over twenty years and has built a reputation as one of the countries most respected and highly regarded specialist media journalists. Granted access to Channel 4’s rich archive and frank interviews with the founders, chief executives and stars alike, she has recently completed a fresh British Film Institute history on the channel due out in November. Here she discusses the history of Channel 4.
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Faith and Politics in a Diverse Society - Baroness Amos
Baroness Valarie Amos’s political career began in 1981 where she worked in Equal Opportunities, Training and Management Services until 1989. She was a co-founder of Amos Fraser Bernard, and director (1995-1998) where she advised the South African Government on public service reform, human rights and employment equality. She was created a life peer in 1997 by Tony Blair. From 1998-2001 she was a government whip in the House of Lords. She was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Fo
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The BBC Natural History Unit - Viv Simson
Viv Simson is the Executive Editor with the BBC Natural History Unit. He is responsible for creating, selling and delivering of a number of major series for BBC 1, 2 8 4. The most recent of these series is ‘The Nature of Britain’.
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SP.691 Studies in Women's Life Narratives: Interrogating Marriage: Case Studies in American Law and
Is marriage a patriarchal institution? Much feminist scholarship has characterized it that way, but now in the context of the recent Massachusetts Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, the meaning of marriage itself demands serious re-examination. This course will discuss history, literature, film, and legal scholarship, making use of cross-cultural, sociological, anthropological, and many other theoretical approaches to the marriage question from 1630 to the present. As it turns out,
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Why the Spanish Inquisition was good for Photography - Jonathan Worth, New Photographics
"History is never antiquated, because humanity is always fundamentally the same." ~Walter Rauschenbusch ...it seems hard to believe to us today that the thought of a personal relationship with God (or as Plato described it, being without a Greek word for religion, Love,Knowledge and Truth), through direct prayer, was as alien for them as, lets say for instance, it would be today for us to ask a person depicted within a photograph, for their own version of (news) events... These podcasts are no
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