Sociology


Abortion: Stories Women Tell 93 min.

Though the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade protected a woman’s right to choose, abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in America today. In the last several years, many states have imposed restrictions on access to abortion, including Missouri, where only one abortion clinic remains open in the entire state, and where patients and their doctors must navigate a 72-hour w...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Rock and a Hard Place 82 min.

An unprecedented and enlightening look inside a youth-prison boot camp, Rock and a Hard Place focuses on the lives of a diverse group of incarcerated young people in Florida, each of whom are granted a second chance: the opportunity to trade an extensive prison sentence for a fresh start by completing the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Department Boot Camp Program. This one-o...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Crowd & The Cloud 240 min.

Smartphones, computers and mobile technology are allowing people to become part of a revolutionary, 21st century way of doing science. By observing their environment, monitoring neighborhoods, and collecting information about the world around them, citizens are helping professional scientists advance knowledge while speeding up new discoveries and innovations. The results are improving health and...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Crowd & The Cloud: Episode 1—Even Big Data Starts Small 57 min.

20,000 volunteers across the U.S. measure precipitation: when extreme weather hits, emergency managers turn their data into life-saving alerts. Armchair mappers worldwide update information used by first responders after the Nepal earthquake. A new project, EyesOnALZ, enlists the crowd to speed up research on Alzheimer’s disease. DIY enthusiasts from Public Lab map the BP oil spill with kites, bal...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Crowd & The Cloud: Episode 2—Citizens + Scientists 58 min.

Citizen scientists track air and water pollution at fracking sites in windswept Wyoming and 5 other states, using simple but science-based techniques developed by the “Bucket Brigade.” On idyllic East Coast trout streams, volunteers from Trout Unlimited monitor water quality regularly, generating baseline data that will prove invaluable in the event of future pollution events. Community members co...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Crowd & The Cloud: Episode 3—Viral vs. Virus 58 min.

Sensors on asthma inhalers generate real-time maps of environmental dangers to help patients, physicians and disease detectives in Louisville, Kentucky. Street knowledge was also crucial in a historic medical breakthrough: John Snow’s mapping of cholera fatalities in 19th century London. In West Oakland, California, citizens confront air pollution and rising asthma rates by collecting traffic data...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Crowd & The Cloud: Episode 4—Citizens4Earth 58 min.

Counting birds for more than 100 years generates data on a changing climate and there’s an app for that: eBird. Surfer science using smart tech tracks ocean acidification and coastal temperatures in the Smartfin project, a recent startup. We spend “A Year in the Life of Citizen Science” including a Thanksgiving Monarch Butterfly Watch in California. Seasonal change is tracked by Latina and Native...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

My Reality: A Hidden America 41 min.

In this video, ABC News reports on the shrinking middle class and the growing economic disparity between the wealthy and the rest of the population. Diane Sawyer investigates the working class and how the "American Dream" appears more untenable than ever. Connecting to people across the country through social media, fast food workers; contract employees; and low wage earners reveal the struggles a...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Behind the Statistics 20 min.

Statistical data is rightly seen as a central feature of much psychological research, but students need to understand the important methodological processes underpinning the production of such data. In this film, we go Behind the Statistics to look at the various factors -- from sampling techniques, through ideas about correlation and causation to experimental design -- that can influence the reli...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

New! Rikers: An American Jail 57 min.

The United States is facing a crisis of mass incarceration with over 2.2 million people packed into its jails and prisons. To understand the human toll of this crisis, Rikers Island is a good place to start. Of the more than 7,500 people detained at Rikers Island on any given day, almost 80% have not yet been found guilty or innocent of the charges they face. All are at risk in the pervasive cultu...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016