Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Ethics in America II

In the late 1980s, PBS aired a series called Ethics in America that was developed by Fred Friendly (www.fredfriendly.org). It is a 10-part series that looked at ethics in the media, government, medicine, law, business, military, and other aspects of life. It drew together distinguished panelists who were asked to respond to hypothetical cases posed to them throughout the series. After Fred Friendly's death in 1998, his company, Fred Friendly Seminars continued to produce programming.

Last year, Fred Friendly Seminars began production of an Ethics in America II series. The series is complete and will air later this year on PBS. In the meantime, you can view the various segments for free at
http://www.learner.org/series/ethics2. That site also has links to pdfs of discussion guides and an online source reader.

The business ethics show, “Risk, Reward, and Responsibility: Ethics in Business,” is at


Bill Jacobson said...

Thank you for tipping us off to this Jeffrey! I loved the original Ethics in America series and I am definitely looking forward to the new series.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting us know!! I catch the older shows on the Annenberg and I can't wait for the new ones.

I really wish this was mandatory viewing when I was in high school! American History would have seemed much more alive if I would have known then that some of these debates were present in the founding of our country, and are still going on two hundred years later!