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Part II: Television Productions, 1986-2009 (continued)
BOX 495-527 "Surviving the Bottom Line," 1994-2000
Originally starting out as a planned sequel to "Challenge to America," "Surviving the Bottom Line" evolved into a four-part series looking at the United States economy and how many Americans struggle to survive. The series begins with “Running With the Bulls,” a look at corporate America and how chief executive officers (CEOs) grapple with investors from Wall Street to balance running companies while promoting stock growth. Through interviews with former executives, Hedrick Smith covers the merger of Chase and Chemical Banks, the rapid expansion of ValuJet, and the cost cutting of CEO Albert J. Dunlap at Sunbeam Products. In “Living on the Fault Line,” Smith travels to San Diego to explore the transition the city made from manufacturing to high-tech industry. One example is Qualcomm, which compensates its engineers and programmers well, but relies on temporary employment for its manufacturing division. Personal stories of these temporary employees are told, and illustrate the hardships of needing to work over sixty to eighty hours per week to keep benefits at the expense of seeing their families. “Learning to Survive” explores the ways public education is adapting to the challenges of a changing economy and how schools are preparing students for the workforce. Smith travels to two schools in Shanghai, China; the Alliance Schools Initiative in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas; the Academy of Health and Bioscience in Oakland, California; and the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College; to detail the different programs these schools are offering to prepare students for a global economy. Finally, in “Beating the Bottom Line,” Smith looks at how various company executives have changed their approaches in managing profits by sharing with employees to lessen the wealth gap. Companies visited include the Hathaway Shirt Company and their partnership with Waterville, Maine to help keep the company afloat despite cheaper imported textiles; and Harman International’s refusal to lower costs by moving its production to Mexico. Labor unions and their roles in protecting jobs in a Newport News, Virginia shipyard and Northwest Airlines is also covered. Finally, Smith travels to the Netherlands to interview the president of Holland’s Social Economic Council, and learns of the various worker protections the Dutch government provides for its citizens. Some footage from this documentary was used for the The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer production of “High Skills Tech Gap.” Material in this subseries includes production bibles, digital files, interview transcripts, and segment planning documents.
Arranged alphabetically by topic or material type.
BOX 495 Arthur P .Sloan Foundation, 1996-1999
(3 folders)
BOX 495 Awards, 1998-1999
BOX 495 China
BOX 495 Contacts, 1997
BOX 495 General, 1997
BOX 495 Notebooks, 1997
BOX 496 Trip, 1997
BOX 496 Concept pieces, 1994-1997
(2 folders)
BOX 496 Contact lists, 1997
BOX 496 Credits, 1997
BOX 496 Crew information, 1997
DF Digital files, 1997
Digital ID: mss62065_198_067
Digital ID: mss62065_198_068
Digital ID: mss62065_198_156
BOX 496 Distribution, 1997-1998
(2 folders)
BOX 497 ETV Endowment of South Carolina / South Carolina ETV, 1997-1998
(4 folders)
BOX 497 Field tape logs, 1997
(3 folders)
BOX 498 (2 folders)
BOX 498 Graphics, 1997
BOX 498 Follow-ups
BOX 498 Austin, Tex., 1998
BOX 498 NewsHour, 1998
BOX 498 Rebroadcasts, 1998
BOX 498 Spin-off, 1998
Interview transcripts
BOX 498 Chemical and Chase Banks, 1997
(2 folders)
BOX 499 China, 1997
(3 folders)
DF Digital files, 1997
Digital ID: mss62065_198_062
Digital ID: mss62065_198_065
BOX 499 Dunlap, Al / Oster / Sunbeam, 1997
(3 folders)
BOX 500 (5 folders)
BOX 501 Harman International, 1997
(3 folders)
BOX 501 Hathaway Shirt Co., 1997
(2 folders)
BOX 501 Holland, 1997
(3 folders)
BOX 502 "Living on the Fault Line," 1997
(6 folders)
BOX 503 (1 folders)
BOX 503 Oakland, Calif., 1997
(4 folders)
BOX 503 Ohio, 1997
(1 folder)
BOX 504 (2 folders)
BOX 504 Price, Michael, 1997
(3 folders)
BOX 504 Texas, 1997
(1 folder)
BOX 505 (2 folders)
BOX 505 Union Capital, 1997
(4 folders)
BOX 506 United Airlines, 1997
(2 folders)
BOX 506 Valujet, 1997
(2 folders)
BOX 506 Wall Street, 1997
(2 folders)
BOX 507 (2 folders)
BOX 507 Legal issues, 1997-1998
BOX 507 Memoranda, 1997
(3 folders)
BOX 508 (2 folders)
BOX 508 Music and dubbing, 1997
BOX 508 Notebooks, 1997
(2 folders)
BOX 509 Photographs, 1997
BOX 509 Post-production, 1998
Production bibles
BOX 509 Program 1: "Running with the Bulls," 1997-1998
(5 folders)
BOX 510 (2 folders)
DF Program 1: "Running with the Bulls," digital files, 1997-1998
Digital ID: mss62065_198_459
Digital ID: mss62065_198_460
Digital ID: mss62065_198_461
Digital ID: mss62065_198_462
Digital ID: mss62065_198_463
BOX 510 Program 2: "Living on the Fault Line," 1997-1998
(4 folders)
BOX 511 (2 folders)
BOX 511 Program 3: "Learning to Survive," 1997-1998
(4 folders)
DF Program 3: "Learning to Survive," digital files, 1997-1998
Digital ID: mss62065_198_452
Digital ID: mss62065_198_453
Digital ID: mss62065_198_455
BOX 512 Program 4: "Beating the Bottom Line," 1997-1998
(4 folders)
DF Program 4: "Beating the Bottom Line," digital files, 1997-1998
Digital ID: mss62065_198_448
Digital ID: mss62065_198_449
Digital ID: mss62065_198_450
Digital ID: mss62065_198_451
BOX 512 Program formats, 1997-1998
Proposals
BOX 512 "Bottom Line America," 1997
DF Digital files, 1996
Digital ID: mss62065_198_011
Digital ID: mss62065_198_061
BOX 512 "Downsizing the American Dream," 1996
BOX 512 Public Broadcasting System, 1997-1998
BOX 512 Publicity
BOX 512 Advertising budget, 1997-1998
BOX 513 Advertising scripts, 1997
BOX 513 Miscellany, 1997-1998
BOX 513 Op-Ed pages, 1997-1998
(2 folders)
BOX 513 Owen Comora Associates, 1997-1998
(2 folders)
BOX 513 Photograph lists, 1997-1998
BOX 513 Postcards, 1997-1998
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