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Summary: More money is owed to banks than actually exists in circulation-some say the idea of loans is to keep money in short supply so that an economy based on a frightening "myth of scarcity" is created. This program poses provocative questions about the philosophy of our monetary system. To what extent does a society's financial structure affect its cultural outlook? Can we learn from the economy of...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Summary: Life is risky—which is why people buy insurance. But when disaster overwhelms conventional insurance systems, should the state step in? In this program, economics expert Niall Ferguson travels to post-Katrina New Orleans to evaluate the free market’s ability to help victims of the catastrophe. Ferguson then delves into one of the earliest insurance schemes, the Scottish Ministers’ Widows Fund;...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: How did the American credit market become so entwined with—and dependent on—Chinese lending? This program examines the rise and potential decline of “Chimerica,” the financial marriage between two of the world’s biggest economic powers. Historian Niall Ferguson shows how the Chinese “savings glut” led to excessively easy American borrowing and prompted the subprime mortgage crisis of 2007....

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: From “promises to pay” on ancient Babylonian tablets to the insolvency of present-day consumerist America, this program explains the origins of credit and debt and why credit networks are central to civilization. Historian Niall Ferguson examines financial transactions recorded in cuneiform; the transition from Roman numerals to Arabic symbols for greater speed and efficiency among medieval...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: What better way to understand a financial disaster than to meet the kind of people who created it? This CNBC Original documentary investigates the origins of the global economic crisis through eyewitness accounts from mortgage brokers, investment bankers, naive home buyers, and equally naive investors-as well as former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, who encouraged shifts away from...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Beginning in the strange and chaotic world of war financing, this program explores the origins and development of bond trading. Historian Niall Ferguson profiles military backers and bankrollers through the centuries, linking their activities to the rise and fall of governments, the volatile fortunes of their constituents, and the fluctuations of global markets. Viewers will learn about Sir...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: In the mid-1980s, the markets were soaring with no end in sight. Then came October 19th, 1987. This CNBC Original documentary examines the biggest stock market crash in U.S. history, as told through firsthand accounts from traders, reporters who covered the story, and such power brokers as former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, former NYSE chairman John Phelan, and Leo Melamed,...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Why do stock markets produce bubbles, and what makes them burst? In this program, financial scholar Niall Ferguson examines the origins of the joint stock company and the modern share trading system, highlighting some of history’s most notorious market meltdowns. Analyzing the herd instinct and its role in economic upswings and downturns, Ferguson draws parallels between the 2001 Enron...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: The diamond trade generates hundreds of millions of dollars per year and, according to many experts, has financed armed conflicts in Sierra Leone, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This program follows National Geographic Magazine writer Andrew Cockburn and photographer Teun Voeten as they examine the global traffic in diamonds and its sweeping effects on culture, history, and society.

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: Patterns of urbanization and poverty are playing an increasingly heavy role in the debate over globalization and market regulation. In a hard-hitting analysis of the issues, this program assembles a wide-ranging set of opinions from scholars and experts-as well as from ordinary individuals around the world who face urban hardships and obstacles to their livelihoods every day. Commentators...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Billionaires are popping up all over India, but 300 million of its people still live on less than a dollar a day. This CNBC Original program examines the astonishing new power of the Indian economy as well as its growing pains. Reporting on a wide range of business and economics topics, the program presents interviews with key players in India’s rise—including Ravi Kant, managing director of...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Contrary to widespread perception, real estate is no different than any other financial asset—its value can plunge. This program examines the volatility of property investment and the ramifications of buying and selling bulk mortgages and mortgage-backed securities. Beginning with an example from British history, scholar Niall Ferguson discusses the fate of the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, whose...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Transactions that use "time dollars," or currency offered and consumed in the form of services, have become more than just a novelty. This program looks at organized systems known as time banks, through which thousands of people-many of whom would likely subsist on charity or government aid in the traditional cash economy-now maintain rewarding and productive lives. Taking a global approach,...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2007

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Taylor, Timothy

Summary: Provides basic understanding of economic matters that will help explain both the U.S. and global economies on the microeconomics and macroeconomics levels. Defines basics terms used in economics to help non-specialists develop and understanding of how market forces relate to one another and affect fiscal health.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: The Teaching Co. 2005

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4 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 330 TAY
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Summary: Once again in the U.S., the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Is history repeating itself? In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers interviews Steve Fraser, author of Wall Street: America's Dream Palace, about the modern parallels to and differences from the first Gilded Age, the big disparity between the wealthy and the impoverished, and the increasing strain on...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: This program explains how the U.S. subprime market grew from the post-9/11 rise of easy credit, which was then exploited by predatory lenders; subsequent widespread defaults and foreclosures; the attendant market correction; and the resulting threat of recession. Yale University's Robert Schiller; BusinessWeek's Matthew Goldstein; Nouriel Roubini, of the Stern School of Business; JPMorgan's...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Focusing on the subprime mortgage crisis, this edition of the Journal travels to Cleveland, Ohio-the heart of the nation's mortgage meltdown. Correspondent Rick Karr examines the state of Slavic Village, where more than 1,000 homes stand vacant and decaying in a neighborhood that once thrived with families living the American dream of home ownership. Then, Bill Moyers gets perspective on the...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: All of the measures by the feds to stem the tide in the financial meltdown have added hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. national debt. This episode of Frontline reports on how this debt constrains and challenges the Obama administration and on the growing chorus that, without fiscal reform, the U.S. government may face a debt crisis of its own in years to come that would make the...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Hazel Henderson believes the old models for development are changing, going beyond GDP and GNP to broader indicators of wealth based on peace and human rights. According to Henderson, the rise of nonprofits, NGOs, and volunteer workers has challenged old-fashioned corporate mentalities, and the concept of socially responsible investing is gaining momentum. Is an era of environmental...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Are the days of the traditional cash economy numbered? This program examines ground-breaking monetary systems designed to benefit disadvantaged segments of the population and build strength in the small business sector-not only in the United States, but also in Mexico, India, Poland, and Britain. Traveling to each country, the program showcases remarkable financial innovations-including the...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: More than just the basis of the U.S. monetary system, the dollar has also been a catalyst for globalization and a symbol of American power. But with more dollars outside America than within its borders and a euro that's steadily gaining respect in the global marketplace, is the day of the almighty dollar nearly done? This program provides the bedrock for building a stronger understanding of...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: How is the word "capital" related to "cattle"? What does the goddess Juno have to do with money? And is a "buck" related to a male deer? This intriguing documentary investigates the evolution of money and its impact on world history. Composed of a seamless flow of artwork, artifacts, archival footage, and film shot on location, the program spans 5,000 years, beginning with the agrarian...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: In 13th- and 14th-century Tuscany, money became the new tool of power as industry, trade, and finance flourished. This program follows the remarkable rise of the great banking families whose groundbreaking innovations in finance led to the economics of international big business practiced today. Merchant bankers also supported the aims of the Catholic Church by using their extraordinary wealth...

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: The United States, the world’s strongest economic power, is also the world’s largest debtor nation. Will America’s ever-increasing trade imbalance and economic deficit trigger a global economic calamity? This program travels from East Coast to West via the Rust Belt to check the financial pulse of the nation—and to capture in images the reality of an economic system spinning out of control....

Format: software, multimedia

Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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