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   Elections and Politics

Polling and Statistics- Films.com

This program shows how statistics are used to forecast the outcome of elections, and how faulty polling methodology produces inaccurate results. The program focuses on the 1992 British parliamentary elections, in which four major polling companies predicted the wrong outcome... Video Link

Exclusive to Al-Jazeera: Media and Democracy in the Middle East- Films.com

This Wide Angle documentary goes behind the scenes at al-Jazeera’s broadcast headquarters in Qatar during its nonstop coverage of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The program highlights the Arab-language network’s differences from its Western counterparts, yet also illustrates striking similarities between al-Jazeera’s media sensibilities and those familiar to most Americans... Video Link

Kofi Annan: UN Secretary-General, 1997–2006- Films.com

Professing the goal of “bringing the United Nations closer to the people,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan ushered in a new era of UN involvement with international social and medical issues... Video Link

Third Parties in American Politics- Films.com

America is the only advanced democracy with a two-party system. Advocates says it helps unite a vast, multi-ethnic nation. But third-party candidates have had a major influence on American presidential elections... Video Link

Bill Moyers Journal: George Soros on the Downturn / Dirty Politics ’08- Films.com

George Soros has been warning for years of a financial meltdown fueled by easy credit and sleepy regulation. In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers sits down with Soros—author of The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What It Means—to talk about the global capital crisis, how he saw it coming, and what can be done about it now... Video Link

Bill Moyers Journal: MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann / Ronald Walters on Race in Politics- Films.com

Joined by MSNBC’s popular and provocative Keith Olbermann, Bill Moyers explores the changing face of journalism while gaining insight into the defiant stance of Olbermann’s political commentaries... Video Link

Moyers & Company: Suppressing the Vote- Films.com

The fight against voter fraud is a solution in search of a problem—these days, documented instances of voter fraud are virtually nonexistent. Nonetheless, since the 2010 midterm elections, ten states have passed laws requiring government-issued photo IDs to vote, identification that for many is too expensive or otherwise difficult to obtain... Video Link

Voting: A Right and a Responsibility- Films.com

Why should I vote? Does my vote count? This program addresses these questions and reinforces the importance of voting to the political process. The program begins with a history of voting, and the struggles of women and African-Americans to gain voting rights... Video Link

Elections and Political Parties- Films.com

A government of the people, by the people, and for the people isn’t possible without the laborious process of nominating and electing candidates, in a manner fair and free to all citizens. How did this process begin and how has it evolved over the course of American history? Video Link