Introduces four major choreographers--Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, and Hanya Holt--who revolted against the conventions of ballet to produce American modern dance. Employs film clips and still photographs taken in 1934 to show the dancers and their teachers during the beginning days at Mount Bennington College. Each choreographer explains her/his view of the meaning dance should have within the arts. Includes a full production of Doris Humphrey's Passacaglia by the American Dance
Studies the early stages of the development of the axolotl, an aquatic salamander, with emphasis upon genetically determined characteristics. Mates two wild-type, dark axolotls, each heterozygous for white and albino mutations. Uses time-lapse photography to show cleavage to the blastula stage, gastrulation, and neurulation. Observes rotation and elongation of the embryo, followed by identification of the gills, somites, and eyes. Records as the embryo breaks free of the vitelline membrane. Shows the well-developed gills, heart, and eyes in a later state. Concludes by showing the dark, golden albino, white, and white albino larvae.
Surveys Jewish history as it relates to the Jewish religion. Points out the conviction of the Jewish people that every man has the right of justice, purity, and truth, which even the power of kings cannot erase. Discusses belief of the Jews that they are "the chosen people" and must rise above situations since they were elected, not to special privilege, but to special responsibility. Outlines the concept of the Jewish people that even though suffering, they will have learned more deeply the meaning of freedom and justice. Features Dr. Huston Smith, associate professor of philosophy at Washington University.
Examines the relationship between flooding and land use. Explains that the proximity to transportation, energy, and fertile soil has often outweighed the dangers of flood, and offers dams, levies, and flood-plan zoning as methods of controlling land use on flood plains.
"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.
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.
Shows the relationship of the Constitution to the issue of prior restraint on freedom of expression. Presents the case of Burstyn v. Wilson challenging the constitutionality of New York State's film censorship system and Cantwell v. Connecticut involving questions of freedom of speech and religion. Discusses the questions pertaining to freedom of speech when multiplied via recordings or film, and how the claims of free expression can be weighed against claims for local, state, or federal protection.
Characterizes the land that lies along oceans and large lakes in terms of physical features and uses of the land. Points out that differences in the physical appearance of land near shorelines may be caused by natural forces such as wind and erosion, or by man building inland waterways and constructing recreational facilities. States that nature sometimes ruins what man has built, but that man often destroys the beauty of land that nature has taken a very long time to develop.
"This seventeen-week, half-hour series on comparative religions was the first televised college credit course in the St. Louis area. The program itself was in lecture form, though a good deal different from the ordinary classroom lecture. An attempt was made to relate the ideas of the world's living religions to the problems and hopes of the viewing audience. According to the station the result was first-rate education coupled with tremendous emotional impact. Dr. Houston Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Washington University, conducted the course and registration totaled 1,300"--1955 Peabody Digest. This is the first episode of the series, and philosophy and religion are discussed generally.