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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Are you living the best life you can? Is the rest of the world? Who is? Is anyone? Surely someone has come up with the answers. We must always question and seek the truth to improve ourselves, our lives and our world.

Can Self-Government Survive? - Michael Sandel
Michael Sandel has been teaching the largest undergraduate class at Harvard. Called "Justice," it fulfills Harvard’s core curriculum requirement in moral reasoning. Leading his students through works by Plato, Aristotle, Locke, and Immanuel Kant, he helps them understand that they have a stake in ideas about the common good, distributive justice, and democracy. Sandel is concerned with the civic challenge of our times. In this program with Bill Moyers, Sandel discusses his views on what is needed for self-government to survive under modern conditions. (30 minutes, color)

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A Confucian Life in America: Tu Wei-ming
Whether lecturing at Beijing University or in his classroom at Harvard University, Tu Wei-ming personifies the meeting of East and West. A student of modern thought and very much a modern man himself, his roots run back to Confucius, the philosopher of ancient China. To anyone who thinks Confucianism quaint or irrelevant, Tu Wei-ming argues that the humanism of the old sage can help us sort out some contemporary ethical problems. In his view, the ways in which the humanistic philosophy of the East meshes with Western technology and democratic values tell us much about the future of China and industrial East Asia, and about our survival on an endangered planet. He returns to China regularly to lecture on Confucian thought. In this program with Bill Moyers, Tu Wei-ming discusses the relevance of Confucian philosophy to our times. (30 minutes, color)

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Ethics and Scientific Progress: Maxine Singer
Back in the early ’70s, when scientists first learned to manipulate the living gene, they put a moratorium on some kinds of molecular experiments to give themselves time to think about what they were doing and set some guidelines for the research. Now genetic research is in full swing, as scientists work on projects ranging from developing more fertile chickens to curing cancer. But even as the discoveries mount, the dissenting voices are also rising. In this program with Bill Moyers, Dr. Maxine Singer, the geneticist, discusses her concerns with the ethics of science, the dilemmas of choice, and the consequences that so often accompany scientific progress. She also talks about the image of scientists in our society and the ethics of genetic engineering. (30 minutes, color)

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Existentialism
In France, philosophy is as much a part of the national character as soccer is in Britain. In this program, contemporary philosophers Anthony Grayling, Catherine Audard, and Andy Leak discuss the history of existentialism, from the 19th century to the 1960s, with a special emphasis on Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. Readings from Sartre’s Nausea and Camus’ The Outsider are included, as well as commentary on the terms "bad faith" and "the absurd." An existential soccer match adds a touch of metaphysical humor. A BBC Production. (29 minutes, color)

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Facing Evil
This program offers the intimate testimonies of eloquent men and women as they discuss their dramatic confrontations with the force of evil—and the discovery that exploring evil leads to revelations about goodness. Among those featured in the broadcast are poet Maya Angelou, who speaks of being raped as a child; scholar Raul Hilberg, who discusses the Holocaust; philosopher Philip Hallie, who speaks of his experiences as a soldier in World War II; and Dr. Samuel D. Proctor, minister and educator, who tells of the racial hatred he has experienced. They are joined by dancer, choreographer, and author Chung-Liang Al Huang and former U.S. Representative Barbara Jordan. This program with Bill Moyers offers an unusual series of personal testimonies on the persistent question of the relationship between good and evil. (90 minutes, color)

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Heidegger and Modern Existentialism
In this program, world-renowned author and professor Bryan Magee and William Barret of New York University examine the basic theory of existentialism as founded by Martin Heidegger, and later propagated by Jean-Paul Sartre. Barret discusses Heidegger’s notions of being, existence as task, cosmic roots, and alienation. Sartre’s concept of absolute human freedom is discussed as having promoted human dignity and individualism in the impersonal modern society. A BBC Production. (47 minutes, color)

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Jean-Paul Sartre: The Road to Freedom
Jean-Paul Sartre’s abstract ideas, grounded in everyday life, crystallized the mood of the times and became both a rallying point for youth and a touchstone for reaction to world events. This program uses archival footage; accounts by some of Sartre’s close friends, including Olivier Todd, Jean Pouillon, and Michelle Vian; and interviews with Jonathan Ree, Baroness Mary Warnock, Patrick Vaudey, Bernard Levy, and other experts to analyze Sartre’s life and existential outlook from the vantage point of World War II and its aftermath. Dramatized excerpts of Nausea and No Exit underscore Sartre’s themes of alienation and commitment and offer a glimpse of his vision of hell. (50 minutes, color)

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Legislating Morality: There Oughta Be a Law!
When Americans become outraged with behavior considered immoral or unethical, a typical response is to call on state legislatures or Congress to pass legislation outlawing it. Can government impose morality on its people by banning negative behavior or mandating positive behavior? History suggests that such efforts, though well-intentioned in many cases, are often ineffective. This program examines the successes and failures of law as a source of ethics in the U.S. with former New York governor Mario Cuomo; legal scholar Thomas DiBacco of American University; and Nadine Strossen, President of the American Civil Liberties Union. (28 minutes, color)

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Living in the Information Age: Vartan Gregorian
It has been calculated that the available knowledge in the world doubles every 5 years; we are increasing our store of knowledge much faster than we are learning how to retrieve and use it. What is the danger of intellectual gridlock when the mind is jammed thinking about such questions? In this program with Bill Moyers, Brown University President Vartan Gregorian shares his views on the information age. Education must show a direct connection between this information and life, Gregorian says. (30 minutes, color)

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Money and Culture: Jacob Needleman
Jacob Needleman, author and professor of philosophy and comparative religion, says he writes for people like himself who want to return to the basic questions: Who am I? Why am I on Earth? How do I engage in making a living and still keep my soul? In this program with Bill Moyers, Needleman discusses the role of money in our society and its power to shape our culture and our souls. (30 minutes, color)

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Mortal Choices and Public Policy: Ruth Macklin
Pregnancy, once the most private of concerns, has become the center of public controversy. Contraceptives, abortion, fetal alcohol syndrome, and related issues have put the debate in the headlines, in the courts, and on the streets. Ruth Macklin, professor of bioethics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, has worked with medical students and professionals to suggest intelligent ways of thinking through the moral obligations they face in their daily work, defining the philosophical principles that doctors and patients face when confronted with such issues as suffering, choosing who receives care, and allowing dignity to the dying. In this program with Bill Moyers, Macklin explores the philosophical problems that can confront any of us—patient and family, parent and child, the living and dying—at any time. (52 minutes, color)

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A New History of the World
Is there such a thing as a just war? Is terrorism ever morally acceptable? And can ancient art change the current view of history? This program investigates these and other questions with political philosopher Michael Walzer, who examines the origins of modern terrorism; classicist Glen Bowersock, whose study of ancient mosaics is helping him deepen his understanding of great conquests from antiquity; and Oleg Grabar, a historian of Islamic art, who discusses the religious and political volatility of the Dome of the Rock. In addition, Kirk Varnedoe, formerly of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, talks about Jackson Pollock and what exactly makes modern art so modern. (57 minutes, color) Part of the Series Big Ideas

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The Truth about Lying
Whether it is done in self-defense, to inflate the ego, or simply to make others feel better, lying is far more common than most people believe. According to Michael Lewis, of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, "In a single day, most of us lie, I would say, a minimum of 25 times." In this program, Dr. Lewis and social psychologist Robert Feldman, of the University of Massachusetts, join ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer to confront the truth about lying. "It says something about our society and the way modern life has evolved," says a disheartened Dr. Feldman. (21 minutes, color)

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What Is Truth?
The concept of truth is, by its very nature, broader than the terms used to define it. To what degree, then, can truth be quantified? In this classic program, Sir Peter Strawson and the late Gareth Evans, both of the University of Oxford, collaborate in an attempt to arrive at an undifferentiated concept of truth by analyzing the similarities and differences among truth statements made in ordinary language. In the course of their discussion, they delve into the semantic theory of truth, define primary and extended senses of truth, and apply their conclusions to empirical facts, arithmetic, higher mathematics, logic, and morals. (25 minutes, b&w)

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Who Plays God? Medicine, Money, and Ethics in American Health Care
This program explores a variety of life-and-death situations to illustrate the spectrum of highly controversial ethical decisions made on a daily basis in modern American medicine. Hosted by ABC News medical correspondent George Strait, and featuring noted authorities such as health-care economist Uwe Reinhardt, the program takes an in-depth look at the decisions that underlie the use of health-care dollars. When is life support provided and stopped? Who gets the transplants, the best technology and treatments? Who lives longer and who does not? The program features five segments that portray choices concerning prolonged life support, the painful struggle of extremely premature babies, the allocation of organ transplants, the crises that accompany the inaccessibility of health insurance, and the often thwarted desire to die with dignity. (2 hours, color)

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Winning, Greed, and Self-Interest: Michael Josephson
Fatherhood changed everything for Michael Josephson. He taught law school for 20 years in Los Angeles and ran a successful business, but as he watched his son grow up, he began to think less about the letter of the law and more about the spirit of it. He then moved on to found the Josephson Institute for the Advancement of Ethics. In this program with Bill Moyers, Josephson discusses the lack of ethical standards in our society and the philosophy of winning, greed, and self-interest. Acting ethically, he says, is easier said than done, but it’s the only way to make a world fit for our children. (30 minutes, color)

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