ERIC Number: ED461485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation of Nature. A Discussion and Viewer's Guide to the PBS Series.
McDowell, Ceasar L.; Reisner, Marc; Bonk, Laura; Wisehart, Bob
Cadillac Desert is a four-part Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) video series on the remaking of America's West through startling feats of engineering and the consequences that this manipulation of water and nature has wrought. This guide is meant to serve as a resource for discussing the issues raised in the series. The first part of the guide presents a thematic overview of each of the four shows. The first three programs are based on Marc Reisner's groundbreaking book "Cadillac Desert," an examination of how water created the modern American West--the most successful "hydrologic society" in history. The series begins with the story of Los Angeles and its unquenchable thirst for water in "Mulholland's Dream." The second program, "An American Nil," tell how the Colorado River became the most regulated river in history. Next in the series is "The Mercy of Nature" which tracks the political and environmental battles that ended in California's Great Central Valley being transformed from a semiarid desert into the richest agricultural region in the world. The fourth and final program is based on the award-winning book, "Last Oasis" by Sandra Postel. It examines the ramifications of the export of America's water development expertise to the rest of the world, and shows how conservation, recycling, and efficiency offer hopeful and sustainable solutions to the world's gathering water crisis. A synopsis of each major theme, discussion questions, and a list of the key interviewees is included with each show description. Also included in the guide are a resource list, a guide to public discussions, activities for the classroom, and a guide to water resources. (JRH)
Descriptors: Conservation (Concept), Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Learning Activities, Natural Resources, Teaching Guides, Water
Cadillac Desert Outreach Office, Civil Rights Project, Inc., 486 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118-3373. Tel: 617-867-4095; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Video: PMI/Home Vision Select, 4401 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Individual episodes: running time 90 minutes, $29.99; Complete Senses: running time 240 minutes, $79.95). Tel: 800-343-4727 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Guide produced by the Civil Rights Project, Inc., Boston, MA. "Cadillac Desert" television series produced by Trans Pacific Television and KTEH/San Jose Public Television and presented in association with KCET/Los Angeles. Accompanying videotape(s) not available from ERIC. Also supported by the Bullitt Foundation.