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The Cola Conquest
Using the story of the most successful commercial brand in world history, The Cola Conquest is a revealing examination of popular culture in America and the exportation of American commercialism around the globe. Beginning its inquiry in 1895, The Cola Conquest traces the evolution of commercial supply and demand, and…
The Economics of Happiness
Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people…
The Crisis of Civilization - Investigating Global Disasters
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The End of Poverty? - An Exploration of World Poverty
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End of the Rainbow - The Impact of Global Extractive Industries
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The Cola Conquest - Part 1
Part of the Series: The Cola Conquest
Through a century of image-making with master artists -- including the creation of our modern version of Santa -- Coke sheds its patent medicine image to become first the drink for young moderns, and finally the most recognized brand name on earth. Coke's success spawns numerous imitators, including Pepsi, which…
The Cola Conquest - Part 2
Part of the Series: The Cola Conquest
During World War II, Coca-Cola becomes an essential morale booster for the troops and a worldwide symbol of the American way of life. As the Cold War turns frigid, former Pepsi lawyer, Richard Nixon, gives Pepsi a decade-plus jump on Coke behind the Iron Curtain. But when the Berlin Wall…
The Cola Conquest - Part 3
Part of the Series: The Cola Conquest
Tea spills in China, wine in France and blood in Guatemala, as Coca-Cola teaches the world to acquire a taste for "The Real Thing." But as Coke -- and Pepsi -- are busy abroad conquering new markets, upstart colas are nipping at their heels back home. From the jungles of…
The Global Marketplace: How Will You Compete?
In this new and up-to-date program, young workers learn the importance of the global marketplace. As workers, they will be required to compete for employment with people of different nationalities from all over the world. What skills will best help them stay competitive? What can they bring to the market…
Every Three Seconds - Choosing Action Over Apathy
In a society where materialism reigns, what is the real secret to happiness? Award-winning filmmaker Daniel Karslake (For the Bible Tells Me So) tells the unforgettable stories of five regular folks - a boy, a college student, a thirty-something and two seniors - whose lives went from ordinary to extraordinary…
Diverted To Delhi
An Aussie shopper phoning Coles Myer, an English housewife ringing Harrods and a New York stockbroker calling American Express all have one thing in common - their customer service queries are likely to be re-routed to India and answered by Indians impersonating local operators. This form of outsourcing is now…