Explains how industrialized New England, unable before the depression to compete with the cheap labor of the South and some foreign countries, diversified her economy and became a leader in such technologies as plastic, radar, and rubber production. Presents scenic views of New England's mountain and coastal areas, and something of the background of stoicism that has tempered the New Englander's character.
Describes man's interest in the world of space and portrays some of his exploratory efforts. Shows how the Hayden Planetarium conducts an imaginary trip to the moon, describes Mount Palomar Observatory's telescope, and discusses radio astronomy and rocket exploration. Explores man's ability to fly at high speeds through ground tests in a test chamber, and the effect of rocket flight on white mice. Includes shots of the earth from an ascending rocket and photographs of eruptions on the sun and planets.
Discusses recent drug discoveries such as sulfa, penicillin, and streptomycin; increased opportunities for medical students from all parts of the world to study in this country such problems as the Rh blood factor and malnutrition; and progress in the control of heart disease, cancer, and rheumatic fever up to 1948.
Shows three distinct tendencies in present-day farming: large-scale, factory-style farming with crops scientifically scheduled and treated; the cooperative technique under which small land-owners group together for more favorable production and distribution; and the way of the traditional independent farmer.
Follows the newspaper story of a little girl rescued by some Boy Scouts from the time the reporter learns of it until the completed paper is sold on the street. Explains the work of the staff members and the mechanical devices involved. Suggests the importance of the daily newspaper to society.
Discusses the problems involved in adopting children today. Shows acceptable procedures of adoption, the precautions taken to insure future happiness, the dangers of black-market adoptions, and the problem of older children who are less frequently adopted.
"Stridently anti-Japanese film that attempts to convey an understanding of Japanese life and philosophy so that the U.S. may more readily defeat its enemy. Depicts the Japanese as "primitive, murderous and fanatical." With many images of 1930s and 1940s Japan, and a portentious [sic] and highly negative narration by Joseph C. Grew, former U.S. ambassador to Japan."--Internet Archive.
From the series Ripples. Chris survives separation from his parents and endures a lonely night in a hospital bed in this continuation of Going to the Hospital. He meets other hospitalized children, learns to swallow a pill and likes a visit from his dad that includes a present. It's not so much fun when parents go home, the lights go out, the nurse is gone, and the other kids are asleep; but Chris figures out a way to get company that will help him fall asleep.
Reviews the important wartime changes and also points out their lasting effect upon the entire nation, as manufacturers planned to keep industry in the West after World War II. Offers glimpses of such Pacific Coast industries as shipbuilding, aircraft production, lumber, oil, steel, and synthetic rubber.
A father and his two sons make a hike a demonstration of conservation and safety practices and introduces the viewer to plant and animal life, geological formations and the physical facilities of the park. A fish biologist working in the park talks to them and introduces the phases of his work.