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Part II: Television Productions, 1986-2009 (continued)
BOX 247-250 "Campaign Finances: Abuses and Reforms," 1996-1997
This production contains three segments produced for Public Broadcasting Service's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and served as a companion piece for "The People and the Power Game." The first segment, “The Niagara of Money,” explores the breakdown of the Campaign Finance Reform Act of 1974 and how the Federal Election Commission has allowed the election system to be overwhelmed by the volume of money. The segment “Big Sugar-Sweet Deal” looks at campaign contributions and their ability to influence legislation, with a specific example of the sugar industry’s lobbying for import restrictions. The final segment, “Reform - As Maine Goes…?” focuses on the efforts of campaign finance reform, and specifically the push for public financing of elections in Maine and the McCain-Feingold proposal (later the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act). Materials include research, interview transcripts, and segment planning documents.
Arranged alphabetically by topic or material type.
BOX 247 Briefing book, 1997
BOX 247 Budget, 1997
BOX 247 Contacts, 1997
BOX 247 ETV Endowment of South Carolina / South Carolina ETV, 1997
BOX 247 Interview transcripts, 1997
(2 folders)
BOX 248 (2 folders)
DF Interview transcripts, digital files, 1997
Digital ID: mss62065_198_052
Digital ID: mss62065_198_067
BOX 248 Miscellany, 1997
BOX 248 NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, 1997
BOX 248 Production bible
BOX 248 Segment I, 1997
(2 folders)
BOX 248 Segment II, 1997
(1 folder)
BOX 249 (1 folder)
BOX 249 Segment III, 1997
BOX 249 Project planning, 1996-1997
BOX 249 Research, 1996-1997
DF Research, digital files, 1996-1997
Digital ID: mss62065_198_200
DF Research, digital files, 1996-1997
Digital ID: mss62065_198_200
BOX 249 Schedules, 1997
BOX 249 Segment planning
BOX 249 Segment I, 1997
(2 folders)
BOX 250 Segment II, 1997
(2 folders)
BOX 250 Segment III, 1997
(2 folders)
BOX 250 Staff, 1997
BOX 250 Stock footage, 1997
BOX 250 Traffic book, 1997
(2 folders)
BOX 251-260 "Can You Afford to Retire?," 1998-2006
This subseries contains segment planning material, research files, and interview transcript and transcript pulls related to Smith’s Public Broadcasting Service Frontline episode, "Can You Afford to Retire?," which explores the shift away from employer-sponsored retirement plans in America’s private sector workforce. This documentary more broadly details the rise and fall of corporate pension funds and the move to 401k retirement accounts and covers the impact that United Airlines’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy had on its employee’s pension plans.
Arranged alphabetically by topic or material type.
BOX 251 Concepts and work plans, 2006
BOX 251 Contacts, 2006
BOX 251 Frontline
BOX 251 Budget, 2006
BOX 251 Contracts and agreements, 2005-2006
(2 folders)
BOX 251 Interview notes, 2006
BOX 251 Interview transcripts, 2006
(2 folders)
BOX 252 (5 folders)
BOX 252 Notebooks, 2006
BOX 252 Outreach, 2006
BOX 253 Production bible, 2006
(4 folders)
BOX 253 Publicity
BOX 253 Advertising and reviews, 2006
BOX 253 General, 2006
BOX 253 Rebroadcast, 2006
BOX 253 Research
BOX 253 401(k)'s, 2005-2006
BOX 254 Bankruptcy, 2005
BOX 254 Bethlehem Steel, 1998-2005
BOX 254 Defined benefit vs. defined contribution plans, 2005
BOX 254 Delphi Automotive, 2005
BOX 254 Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), defined benefit plan, 2005
(2 folders)
BOX 254 Interview notes, miscellaneous, 2005
BOX 254 Miscellany, 2005
BOX 254 National Semiconductor Corp., 2005-2006
BOX 254 Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., 2005-2006
BOX 255 Pensions, 2005
(2 folders)
BOX 255 Scouting trips, circa 2006
BOX 255 United Airlines
BOX 255 Airline Pilots Association (AIPA), 2005
BOX 255 Davidovich, Greg, 2005
BOX 255 General, 2005
(2 folders)
BOX 255 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), 2005
BOX 255 Sprayregen, James, 2006
BOX 255 Schedule and air date, 2006
BOX 255 Scripts, 2006
(2 folders)
BOX 256 Shoot books
BOX 256 Boston, Mass., 2006
(2 folders)
BOX 256 Chicago, Ill., 2006
BOX 256 Cleveland, Ohio, 2006
BOX 256 Cleveland, Ohio, and Chicago, Ill., 2006
BOX 257 Nebraska, 2006
(3 folders)
BOX 257 New York, N.Y., 2006
(3 folders)
BOX 257 Texas, 2006
(2 folders)
BOX 258 Washington, D.C., 2006
(4 folders)
BOX 258 Staff, 2005-2006
BOX 258 Transcript pulls, 2006
(3 folders)
BOX 259 (6 folders)
BOX 260 (3 folders)
BOX 260 Viewer responses, 2006
(2 folders)
BOX 260 Website, 2006
BOX 260-287 "Challenge to America," 1991-1998
In "Challenge to America," the first major documentary from Hedrick Smith Productions, Smith contrasts the American economy with Germany and Japan, highlighting the differences to urge reform among large United States corporations in the face of an increasingly global market. The four-part series sees Smith interviewing the leaders of major companies such as Mitsubishi Jūkōgyō Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Jidōsha Kabushiki Kaisha, Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft, Airbus Industrie, Ford Motor Company, Boeing Company, General Motors Corporation, International Business Machines Corporation, and Motorola among others. Program one, "Old Ways New Game," looks at how global competition has changed companies and the strategies companies in the automobile and information technology industries adopted. Program two, "The Heart of the Nation," compares the educational systems in the United States, Germany, and Japan and how those systems prepare students entering the work force. Program three, "The Culture of Commerce," looks at the roles of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and their role in shaping the companies, and the limits to their power in other countries as they balance share-holder and labor interests. Program four, "Winning Strategies," details five American success stories that echo the lessons from Germany and Japan. In addition to the four programs, Smith interviewed President Bill Clinton about his administration’s response to the problems raised by the series. Preliminary work and research on a follow-up to "Challenge to America," which eventually became "Surviving the Bottom Line," is also featured in this series. Materials include interview transcripts, production bibles, segment planning material, research, financial material, and other production materials.
Arranged alphabetically by topic or material type.
BOX 260 Awards, 1994-1996
BOX 260 Contacts, 1993
(1 folder)
BOX 261 (1 folder)
DF Contacts, digital file, 1993
Digital ID: mss62065_198_010
BOX 261 Contracts, 1992-1993
(2 folders)
BOX 261 Copyright, 1993-1994
BOX 261 Credits, 1993
BOX 261 Distribution, 1993-1998
(2 folders)
BOX 262 (5 folders)
BOX 262 Edits and superimpositions, 1993
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