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  • The Bourbons, The Wampum and Boodle Boys, and Stalin's Mortimer Snerd | Moira Rankin

    The Bourbons, The Wampum and Boodle Boys, and Stalin's Mortimer Snerd

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    • By Moira Rankin
    • Narrated By Lisa Simeone, Moira Rankin
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    It was a year of upsets. 1948 the Democratic party faced extraordinary challenges: how to forge an alliance between Southern conservatives, Western progressives and big city labor; how to incorporate a civil rights plank; how to quell the rise of a third party. Republicans gathered for their convention, confident the party would capture the White House.

  • Funeral in Irian Jaya | Moira Rankin,Vicki Monks

    Funeral in Irian Jaya

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    • By Moira Rankin, Vicki Monks
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, Vicki Monks
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    We travel to one of the most inaccessible parts of Indonesia, the mountainous area of Irian Jaya, which shares a peninsula with Papua, New Guinea. Here development is forcing some of the most rapid cultural, environmental and social changes occurring in any part of the world. As tribal peoples leave the Stone Age and leapfrog into the 20th century, tourist dollars turn tribal rituals into kitsch. To capitalize on vast natural resources, the government is building roads to connect the interior to the coastline.

  • Time Capsule in Siberia | Moira Rankin

    Time Capsule in Siberia

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    • By Moira Rankin
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, Moira Rankin
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    A frozen lake in the Arctic Circle is telling us how sensitive the poles are to climate change. Producer Moira Rankin takes us to Lake El'gygytgyn and reports on the 3.6 million year record of climate change that scientists have unearthed from the lake's bottom. Chief scientist Julie Brigham-Grette from the University of Massachusetts details her findings that the slightest change in climate produces significant changes in the environment.

  • Last Out | Moira Rankin,Dan Collison

    Last Out

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    • By Moira Rankin, Dan Collison
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, Moira Rankin, Dan Collison, and others
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    If you are a baseball junkie, this program is for you. Producers Moira Rankin and Dan Collison explore the baseball fan's addiction to the game as they follow two die-hard enthusiasts to see how they endure the off-season. Along the way, they find solace in winter trade news, visit a psychologist, drop in on a support group, and reach nirvana and spring training.

  • Roads | Moira Rankin

    Roads

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    • By Moira Rankin
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, Moira Rankin
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    From reckless taxi drivers to women who are digging ditches and breaking rock by hand, roads are a buzzword in South Africa. Driving cattle is tough under any circumstances. But try crossing a six-lane highway every day: now that is real trouble. When it's your livelihood, you improvise with a daring plan.

  • Missionaries | Moira Rankin

    Missionaries

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    • By Moira Rankin
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev
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    They were the first outsiders to come to an isolated mountaintop on an isolated island, Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Outsiders who will never become insiders, the missionaries of Irian Jaya introduced the 20th century to the native peoples. Although they came to educate, offer health care and save souls, ultimately, as this portrait by producer Moira Rankin reveals, the greatest effect of their work is on their own personal development.

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