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0:09Copy video clip URL Political Science.

0:11Copy video clip URL February 15, 1992. Bill and Hillary Clinton campaign in Manchester, New Hampshire. In this clip, they meet a little girl named Destiny. “Destiny! What a wonderful name! Boy, are we glad to meet you. We’ve been looking for you for months.”

0:24Copy video clip URL Vito Marzullo. 1978. The old-time Chicago machine alderman expounds on his philosophies in his trademark style. “You gotta be everything from a street cleaner to a psychiatrist to be an alderman nowadays. The requests and demands that they have nowadays – never in the history! When they come with the demands, I say ‘You outta luck, kid. You don’t make no demands of this alderman.'”

1:09Copy video clip URL April 21, 1955. Richard J. Daley’s first inauguration as Mayor of Chicago. The clip opens with a pan down the line of Daley’s seven children, and ends with his pronouncements about slum clearance.

1:25Copy video clip URL 1969. In a press conference, Mayor Richard J. Daley is asked why so many people are leaving the city and moving to the suburbs. In a classic “Daley-ism,” he responds, “Oh, I don’t know. You could answer that. You’re a journalist. I’m just an ordinary mayor.”

1:36Copy video clip URL 1982. Richard M. Daley announces his own candidacy for mayor of Chicago in a press conference.

1:44Copy video clip URL Clips from Four More Years by TVTV, the first independent videotape broadcast on television. It covers the 1972 Republican National Convention, cutting between Nixon supporters chanting “Four More Years!” and the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, led by Ron Kovic, shouting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho! Tricky Dicky’s gotta go!”

2:06Copy video clip URL 1974. White House pool feed before and during Richard Nixon’s resignation. Nixon jokes around cordially prior to the address, then appears grave as the broadcast begins.

3:55Copy video clip URL World History.

4:00Copy video clip URL Tiananmen Square, May 17, 1989. American teacher Pat Keeton is present at the scene of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations, reporting that nearly two million people may have assembled in the square. Followed by footage from June 4, 1989 at Law University in Beijing, where three students killed by the Chinese military are laid out for the crowd to view.

4:47Copy video clip URL Guatemala, 1989. Human rights activist Amilcar Mendez reports on his ongoing struggle to fight for freedom in Guatemala.

5:14Copy video clip URL Phitsanulok, Thailand, 1985. A street vendor makes food with a flair, tossing it in the air to a boy across the street to plate the dish.

6:10Copy video clip URL Media Studies.

6:13Copy video clip URL In New York City, cab driver Robert Demella rants about television – “Do you realize our generation that grew up on TV is probably the STUPIDEST generation to come down the pike?… If it’s not quick, if it’s not easy, if it’s not fast food junk for the mind, you don’t want to hear about it!”

6:59Copy video clip URL Czechoslovakia, 1989. This piece explains how camcorder video was an important unifying force in the Czech revolution. “Underground until November 17, 1989, the Journal recorded the events on the streets of Prague. They played them back on monitors in key locations [around the country]. The more that people saw of the revolution, the harder it was for the government to stop it. It was through TV, underground revolutionary video, that the Czech revolution was brought to its own people.”

7:56Copy video clip URL Historical Perspectives.

8:01Copy video clip URL Blase Bonpane, organizer for peace. “The young people in the United States must think: If you believe the person living next to you is Saddam Hussein, blow up his house. That’s the way to deal with the problem… That is basically following the policy [of the G.H.W. Bush administration]. These things are intolerable… We can only hope that what we have seen in 1991 is something that will never be repeated.”

8:37Copy video clip URL David Halberstam, journalist/author, 1991. He speaks about his concept of the “American baby” – contemporary young people who have no idea that the “easy affluence” of their parents and grandparents is gone, and that they will be competing for middle class existence with people from all over the globe, people who are “more like their grandparents than they are like them.”

9:40Copy video clip URL Environment.

9:44Copy video clip URL Amazon Rainforest, 1990. Scientists speak about the marvelous diversity of life present in the rainforest and the rapidity with which it is being destroyed.

10:25Copy video clip URL Southeastern Kentucky, 1988. Through century-old contracts used to swindle Appalachian landowners out of the mineral rights to their land, mining companies are devastating rural communities. Over images of the destruction, State Representative Everett Akers declares, “They have taken our rights! They have taken our freedom! When you own and control land you are a free man! When you own land and can’t control it, you’re a slave!… Who gave you permission to steal our land, to kill our land? We can’t produce, we can’t make a living off of our land!… Shame on you! Shame on the courts of Kentucky!”

11:14Copy video clip URL Chicago Characters.

11:18Copy video clip URL 2004. Studs Terkel reflects on the video version of his book, “Working,” which was made by Chicago independent videomakers in 1974. Images of the characters in the video are shown over Terkel’s recollections, ending with a clip of Wheelin’ Lovin’ Al, a colorful parking lot attendant.

11:57Copy video clip URL Baseball Hall of Famer Bill Veeck, sitting in Wrigley Field in 1985, reflects that “I guess I have seen everything in this country… and the most beautiful thing [I’ve ever seen] is a ballpark filled with people.”

12:53Copy video clip URL WBBM news man Joe Cummings, in the WBBM radio studio in 1978.

13:25Copy video clip URL Race.

13:30Copy video clip URL Drive Through Watts. African American James Woods and Caucasian Matthew Lang playfully debate issues of race and representation in America. “I’m not going to call you African-American. It’s a pseudo-statement.” “No, you call me what I want to be called. I’ll call you what you want to be called.” “Call me Babydoll.” “I’ll call you Babydoll. I don’t mind that at all.”

14:17Copy video clip URL Cabrini Green, 1981. The Jesse White Tumblers practice their gymnastic tricks, while explaining the struggles they face in order to perform at the same level as wealthier kids. “If we had what they had, we’d be equal.”

14:58Copy video clip URL American Culture.

15:04. Somewhere in Nevada, a rural dweller explains the prejudices faced by country people, and their reciprocal feeling that it’s the city people who are crazy. He explains that they are just as connected with the outside world as everyone else, via satellite and cable, yet they aren’t living piled on top of one another like people in the city.

15:55Copy video clip URL Arts and Music.

15:57Copy video clip URL At the Checkerboard Lounge on Chicago’s South Side in 1981, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones perform together with Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy.



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