Catalog of Educational Videos Titles R-S

Rain Forest Imperative

25 min.; 7-12; Environment, Social Studies; Distributed by: Environmental Sciences Partnerships for Maine (1992)

Many factors have contributed to the destruction of tropical rain forests. Yet the first step to solving any problem is understanding its origin; therefore, it is critical that we learn about the rain forest crisis. The goal of this program is to help students develop an early awareness of the rain forest crisis and environmental issues. After all, we need to recognize that our actions not only affect us locally, but they also affect our world.

Reaching Higher - 2004

4 programs - 60 min. each; 9-12; Business Education, Guidance; MPBN (2004)

  1. Financial Aid - There are a number of financial factors to consider when going on to higher education. This program will review the ins and outs of the financial aid process - including the different types of financial aid, and the loans and savings plans that are available in Maine.
  2. Continuing Your Education - "Continuing Your Education" covers options such as what schools, programs and resources are available. Learning institutions and topics that will be highlighted include the University of Maine, private colleges, Maine Community College System, adult education and distance learning. Education experts from the Mitchell Institute, University of Maine and the community colleges will be available to answer viewers' questions. Executives from some of Maine's top businesses will also be part of the production discussing their perspectives on the education they expect prospective employees to have in order to qualify for jobs.
  3. Right to Read - "Right To Read" hosted by Ann Murray, is a live one-hour call-in program that guides you through the GED or diploma process and helps you with a variety of literacy challenges. You'll see profiles of Maine people who have experienced literacy hurdles firsthand and how they have overcome their personal struggles. The program explores a wide range of topics from learning disabilities to family literacy needs to English for Speakers of Other Languages. Adult education and other resources are highlighted to aid those beginning on the path of attaining a GED. Members from the Maine Literacy Volunteers of America offer their expertise during the show.
  4. Changing Crossroads - Career Crossroads is geared toward those who are changing careers whether by choice or through layoff or displacement. Taped segments and live studio guests will share their personal stories about their layoff experiences, how if affects their families and how they succeeded in changing careers or finding new employment. Key information regarding what to do if faced with job loss, access to unemployment benefits and stress management will be provided by a host of experts. Moreover, studio guests will be on hand to discuss free services available at Maine's 23 statewide CareerCenters and small business start ups.

Reaching Higher in Maine

2 programs - 60 min. each; 9-12; Business Education, Career Education, Guidance; Produced by: MPBN (1998)

Reaching Higher in Maine aims at giving Maine students the information needed to pursue new academic opportunities, achieve higher education, and advance career goals.

  1. Building Futures through Membership
  2. Understanding Financial Aid

Read with Me

7 min.; K-3; Language Arts; Produced by: MPBN (2000)

This short video is aimed at encouraging and helping families to read together. The video includes several scenarios modeling effective methods for family members and children to read aloud together. This video was produced in partnership with the Maine Family Literacy Task Force, and is supported by a grant from Verizon.

Rehabbing Maine's Wildlife

24 min.; 4-12; Fisheries & Wildlife, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (1994)

There are many dedicated and unpaid licensed wildlife rehabilitators in Maine. This program looks at these people and the techniques they use to care for and ultimately release orphaned and injured wild birds and mammals back into the wild.

Remember the Maine

60 min.; 7-12; History, Maine Studies; Produced by: MPBN (1998)

The battleship "USS Maine" sank on February 15, 18 98. This documentary looks at the history of the ship, the prelude to war which took her to Cuba, and the reaction to her sinking.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

60 min.; 9-12; History, Maine Studies; MPBN, Lewiston, ME (2002)

The "big picture" story of Pearl Harbor is familiar. But on the 60th anniversary of the attack, Maine PBS provided an unforgettable, personal view of what it was like to be part of that momentous day. Remembering Pearl Harbor tells the story of the attach through six Maine people who experienced it in a variety of ways. Among them are a sailor who escaped the sinking battleship West Virginia; another sailor who helped rescue comrades in the harbor, and a third who watched, helplessly, from his ship just offshore. Viewers meet an army veteran who was injured by bombs at a nearby airfield, and a report and his wife, who together sent some of the first messages to the U.S. mainland that fateful morning. Their stories give a dramatic account of life and death, and of how lives were changed forever. They also look at September 11, 2001 , and reflect on how America's latest national tragedy and call to arms compares to that memorable day of 60 years ago.

Resdiscovery Series

5 programs - 15 min. each; 7-12; Science, Space; Produced by: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1991)

1) Flood Below 2) Earthquake Below 3) Pollution Below 4) Tornado Below 5) Hurricane Below

Return of the Caribou

30 min.; 4-12; Fisheries & Wildlife, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (1990)

The Maine Caribou Reintroduction Project 1986 capture of caribou in Newfoundland, transport to Maine, and birth of the first caribou at the Orono holding pens.

Return of the Native

20 min.; 4-12; Fisheries & Wildlife, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (1990)

A look at the native habitat of caribou on the barrens of Newfoundland. Music and natural sounds; no narration.

RFD Maine

6 programs - 30 min. each; 4-12; Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: MPBN (1997)

Hosted by noted Maine author Sanford Phippen, RFD Maine offers a window into the lives of many rural Maine residents. Shows the richness and texture of rural Maine life and introduces the unassuming but strong individuals who are working to keep community and tradition alive.

1) Keeping Traditions Alive 2) Self-Reliance 3) Community Reliance 4) Slices of Maine 5) Young People 6) Changes for the Future

Right Chemistry

3 programs - var. lengths; 7-12; Environment, Health, Safety; Distributed by: Chemical Manufacturers Association (1984)

Discusses chemicals as a source of continuing concern: Are they safe? What do they do to the environment? What is being done to control them?

1) Doing Something (22 min.) 2) The Need to Know (28 min.) 3) The Chemical Industry (5 min.)

Road Diaries

4 programs - 60 min. each; 9-12; Current Issues, Geography, Maine Studies, Social Studies; MPBN, Lewiston, ME (2002)

  1. 101 Western Maine - The six dedicated Road Diaries explorers begin their journey by trekking across the five counties of Western Maine in four days, or more than 40% of the state of Maine! From the Bates Mill complex in Lewiston, to Black Mountain in Rumford, to dogsledding on Moosehead Lake in Greenville, the Road Diaries bus troop sets out to discover not only what makes Western Maine unique, but also what connects this region to the rest of the state.
  2. 102 Southern Maine - From the challenges of urban sprawl to island life on Great Chebeague, the Road Diaries participants embark on a trip to discover not only the attributes of Southern Maine, but also how this region is tied to the rest of the state. Southern Maine is often stereotyped as an extension of Massachusetts, rather than being an authentic part of Maine. Our group explores this generalization, and draws conclusions for themselves about how the character and economy of this southern region fits into the larger picture of the State of Maine.
  3. 103 Eastern Maine - As the Road Diaries bus travels Down East in search of Maine's interconnectedness, local perception of two Maines appears to be alive and well. Residents of Washington and Hancock counties have a distinct perception that they are from the other Maine. Recently over three hundred Maine jobs were terminated, almost half of which were within Washington County. During the August Down East trip, the group will have the chance to come up with an opinion of their own regarding this topical issue by witnessing first hand the remote, sparsely settled north coast.
  4. 104 Northern Maine - This area of Maine, more than any other, was unknown to most of the group. A fact that holds true for many living in the state. Maine's northernmost county is the largest county east of the Mississippi River. The total area encompassed by Aroostook is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined. While its enormity is a great source for trivia, size also provides a challenge to its largely rural population making ti more expensive to deliver goods and services to the people of Aroostook. The Road Diaries travelers set off to find out why jobs are not as easy to come by here as they are in southern Maine. Find out what we learned when Road Diaries visits Aroostook county.

Roanoke Voyages

90 min.; 6-12; History, Native Americans; Produced by: North Carolina Public Television & Lev Sherman (1988)

Dramatic recreation of the first English settlement in America; produced for the 400th anniversary of the Roanoke Voyages (1584-88); historical, cultural, social, and Native American studies.


30 min.; 7-12; Environment, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Public Broadcasting (1986)

Mount Desert Rock is a small outcropping of Maine granite situated approximately 20 miles from Mount Desert Island and the entrance to Frenchman's Bay. The Rock looks at the history of this unusual island used by man for 150 years and by nature for countless millennia. It is only recently that the resources of this little-known island have been tapped - as a navigational landmark, productive fishing area and most recently as a giant open-air research laboratory.

Route '02: An Election 2002 Special

30 min.; 9-12; Current Issues, Government; MPBN, Lewiston, ME (2002)

Don Carrigan climbs into his truck and travels to five communities in different parts of Maine to meet local people who are coping with changes and facing challenges. He hears their stories and explores how the local issues relate to what's happening in other parts of Maine. Carrigan travels to the town of Dayton, Belfast, Dexter and Lubec.

School Zones

3 programs - 60 min. each; 9-12; Current Issues, Maine Studies, Teacher Education; MPBN, Lewiston, ME (2002)

  1. City-wise - Set agains the backgdrop of Maine's largest urban center, this programs reveals an insider's look at Portland High School. Science teacher Donna Barnard takes us behind the scenes for an unprecendented introduction to the oldest public high school in the country where 1100 students use the entire city as their campus. We see first-hand the challenges experienced by today's educators and the lessons students' face in a complex world.
  2. The Challenging Ones - At Searsport District High School, English teacher Kathleen Jenkins meets the challenges of providing students with exposure to life beyond their own backyard.
  3. They Call Him Mr. T - Pricipal David Theoharides is an active educator at Mattanawcook Junior High School in Lincoln. From staff hikes to nearby Katahdin, to being visible at the cross-country meet, Mr. T shares the secret of what it takes to prepare students for tomorrow, today.

Science in Focus: Force and Motion

8 programs - 60 min. each; K-8; Science, Teacher Education; Annenberg/ CPB Channel

Explore science concepts in force and motion and come away with a deper understanding that will help you engage yur students in their own explorations. With science and education experts as your guides, learn more about gravity, friction, air resistance, magnetism, and tension through activities, discussions, and demonstrations. Extensive footage shot in real classrooms shows students learning and building on ideas as they explore the relationships among motion, force, size, mass, and speed. As you watch the students develop understanding through activities that connect science concepts to real-world phenomena, you will be asked to think about your own ideas on force and motion and compare them to what you observe.

  1. Making an Impact
  2. Drag Races
  3. When the Rubber Meets the Road
  4. On a Roll
  5. Keep on Rolling
  6. Force Against Force
  7. The Lure of Magnetism
  8. Bend and Stretch

Science of Teaching Science

8 programs - 90 min. each; K-12; Mathematics, Science, Teacher Education; Annenberg/ CPB Channel

The goal of this series is to provide motivation, encouragement, a variety of models, and support for K-12 teachers who want to explore ways of changing how they teach science. Using video clips that take us into a borad range of classrooms, viewers are provided an opportunity to view how some teachers are approaching the teaching of sicence. (Requires 8 tapes)

  1. Preparing to Teach Science
  2. Eliciting Students' Prior Knowledge
  3. Creating a Context for Learning: Observing Phenomena
  4. Supporting Good Data Collection
  5. Summarizing, Comparing, and Interpreting Results
  6. Special Considerations
  7. Specific Instructional Strategies
  8. Assessing Student Understanding

Scuba & Fishery Management

20 min.; 4-12; Fisheries & Wildlife, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (1992)

The program uses underwater photography, done in Maine, to show bass management, the work of state fisheries biologists, the value of underwater habitat for fish, and how the Fishery Division use scuba equipment to aid them in observing and monitoring Maine's fishery resources.

Sea Change

60 min.; 7-12; Economics, Fisheries & Wildlife, Maine Studies; Produced by: MPBN (1997)

Sea Change looks at the changes and challenges facing Maine's commercial fishing industry. It focuses on the fishermen themselves, and how they are feeling the pressures of change and increased government regulation. Includes sequences of gillnetting, lobstering, and some scenes of groundfish dragging. It also looks ahead at efforts to revive the fish population.

Sealog: Defence

30 min.; 7-12; Archaeology, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Public Broadcasting (1978)

Set in the choppy waters of Penobscot Bay near Stockton Harbor, Sealog: Defence traces the four-year effort of the Maine State Museum, the Institute of Archaeology, and the Maine Maritime Academy to find and identify artifacts from the Defence. It includes footage of the divers on site, various finds undergoing restoration in the Maine State Museum, and still photographs of the underwater work.

Secrets of the Fisher

23 min.; 4-12; Fisheries & Wildlife, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (1993)

Details the on-going cooperative effort between the Fish & Wildlife Research Unit of the University of Maine, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, to study fishers, both in the wild and in captivity. The fisher is a keystone species and is an integral part of the northern forest and is a very good indicator of the forest's overall health.

Seeds of Peace Speech

30 min.; 9-12; Current Issues, Human Rights, Self-Awareness; MPBN, Lewiston, ME (2002)

John Wallach, founder of Seeds of Peace addresses the Maine Legislature. He talks about the camp he developed in 1993 in Otisfield, Maine, after the first attack on the World Trade Center. He discusses how teenagers are brought together from all backgrounds and various countries to inspire hope and encourage peace; to overcome fear and hatred. He gives personal accounts of how the camp has changed the lives of several teenagers and their views on people they once held hatred for.

Seeking Solutions in Maine

60 min.; 9-12; Criminal Justice, Current Issues, Human Rights; Produced by: MPBN (1999)

This live program focuses on how individuals are leading community efforts to fight domestic violence, youth violence, and hate crimes in Maine. Hosted by Don Carrigan, Seeking Solutions in Maine also offers a panel of community leaders in Maine who are working to curb crime.

Seven Maine Forts

30 min.; 7-12; Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: WCSH-TV (1976)

A pictorial visit to historic Forts Knox, Edgecomb, Popham, George, McLeary, Western and Gorges.

Shanty Boys

30 min.; 7-12; Forests & Forestry, History, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Public Broadcasting (1976)

A program designed to recreate both the myths and the realities of the men of Maine who worked in the woods. The program consists of tall tales of the woodsmen's life, woodsmen's songs, and film of woods operations taken circa 1937.

Shedding Light on Science

8 programs - 60 min. each; K-12; Environment, Science, Teacher Education; Annenberg/ CPB Channel

This series uses light as a theme through which to explore topics in physics, chemistry, biology, and Earth science and space science. Unlike most science content courses that approach subject matter through one narrow discipline, these programs show how light is a common thread that runs through many areas of science.

1) Shine and Shadow 2) Laws of Light 3) Pigments, Paint, and Printing 4) Color, Cones, and Corneas 5) Sunlight to Starch 6) Energy and Ecosystems 7) Sun and Seasons 8) Wind and Weather

Sixteenth Maine At Gettysburg

30min with Bonus Materials Produced by: Maine Public Broadcasting (2013)

Often described as the Civil War's turning point, the conflict took place over three days in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was the battle with the largest number of casualties in the war ultimately resulting in Union Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade's Army of the Potomac fending off attacks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, ending Lee's invasion of the North.

Skowhegan State Fair

30 min.; 7-12; Agriculture, Maine Studies, Social Studies; Produced by: Maine Public Broadcasting (1978)

Skowhegan State Fair is a behind-the-scenes look at the nation's oldest continuous agricultural exposition. The half-hour documentary explores a variety of Skowhegan festivities: horsepulling contests, grange exhibits, harness racing, crafts displays, and 4-H activities. The program captures the sights, sounds, and flavors of one of the most popular summer pastimes in Maine - going to the fair.

Smokeless Tobacco

6 min.; 4-12; Alcohol & Drug Education, Health, Smoking; Produced by: Media Source (1986)

The urgency of and interest in the health alerts associated with the growing nationwide use of smokeless tobacco has prompted the Office of Dental Health, Maine Dept. of Human Services to muster a new information initiative on the dental disease and cancer risks triggered by the use of smokeless tobacco. Outlines the health risks and features Maine high school students who talk about their use of chewing tobacco.

Smoking & Teenage Women

5 min.; 7-12; Alcohol & Drug Education, Health, Smoking; Produced by: Media Source (1986)

The good news is that thousands of people have successfully quit cigarette smoking since the 1960's. The bad news is that Maine women are smoking more than the national average for women, and smoking among teenage girls is on the increase. In response to these facts, the Maine Lung Association is escalating its programs aimed at women, especially pregnant women. We look at why more Maine women are smoking and what kind of help is available for them.

Space Works 18: Commitment to Challenge

30 min.; 7-12; Environment, Health, Space; Distributed by: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1988)

Gives a brief overview of the Johnson Space Center including mission operations and planning, new scientific and technological developments, and educational programs. Includes a look at a "cool suit" used by a young boy with a rare physical condition, the ozone hole over Earth, and improvements in aircraft instrument arrangements.

Speak Up, Speak Out: Learning to Say No to Drugs

20 min.; 10-12; Alcohol & Drug Education, Guidance, Health; Distributed by: US Dept. of Education (1988)

As the senior class boards a bus for the trip to Washington, DC, Steve tries to persuade Matt to hold a party in his hotel room the last night of the trip - "a real send off for the senior class." Steve says he'll arrange for alcohol and marijuana, but Matt isn't so sure. His friends show Matt how to recognize and resist Steve's pressure. In the end, Matt refuses to do something he knows is wrong.

Spirit of the Land

2 programs - 30 min. each; 7-12; Anthropology, Native Americans; Produced by: Chevron USA, Inc. (1986)

A series designed to illustrate the rich heritage of native American cultures.

1) Alaska: The Yup'ik Eskimos 2) Hawaii: Continuing Traditions

Sportsman's Ethic

30 min.; 6-12; Environment, Fisheries & Wildlife, Maine Studies; Produced by: Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (2001)

There is an unwritten code we should follow when afield. Sportsman's Ethics are accepted principals governing the conduct of all Sportsman. How you behave effects not only yourself but also the opportunities of others. You can choose to do the right thing or you can pass it by. It's your choice.

State of the State Address 2002

90 min.; 9-12; Current Issues, Government; MPBN, Lewiston, ME (2002)

Live From Augusta, Angus King delivers his annual address which he dedicated to Chuck Cianchette. He focuses on new jobs, welfare reform, education, environment, health issues and the state's infrastructure.

State of the State Address 2002

90 min.; 9-12; Current Issues, Government; MPBN, Lewiston, ME (2002)

Live From Augusta, Angus King delivers his annual address concentrating on the state budget, employment, taxes, rebuilding of the state's infrastructure, education, homeland security and the economy. Follow up comments by members of the Legislature.

State of the Tribes

60 min.; 9-12; Government, Maine Studies, Native Americans; MPBN, Lewiston, ME (2002)

This special hour presents remarks from the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Tribal Governors to legislators in the Maine House Chamber in Augusta on March 11, 2002 . Don Carrigan hosts.

Status of Ducks, 1989

20 min.; 4-12; Fisheries & Wildlife; Produced by: US Fish & Wildlife Service (1990)

An overview of the 1989 duck situation nationwide, with a strong focus on the areas within the Central Flyway. Duck numbers are currently extremely low, primarily due to several years of drought conditions and habitat loss.

Status of Ducks, 1990

22 min.; 4-12; Fisheries & Wildlife; Produced by: US Fish & Wildlife Service (1991)

A look at the importance of habitat to waterfowl reproduction, current effects of drought and agricultural practices on waterfowl populations, annual population fluctuations, and the steps being taken by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, North American Waterfowl Plan, and individual states in a cooperative effort to increase duck populations on the North American Continent. Habitat identification, graph reading, and a career look at waterfowl biologists are included in this follow-up to The Status Of Ducks, 1989.

Story of the Acadians

2 programs - 30 min. each; 9-12; Anthropology, Foreign Countries, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Public Broadcasting (1980)

  1. The Story Of The Acadians - The program centers on the enforced deportation of the French from British Canada in 1755, and traces the historic reasons for the deportation and includes interviews with contemporary historians and native Acadians. It also examines the current life styles of the present day Acadians with glimpses of traditional cooking, dancing, and music.
  2. The Madawaska People - The Madawaska People captures in vivid form the town's annual Acadian Festival, a celebration of their Franco-American heritage. The program also visits Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives John Martin, himself a Franco-American from Eagle Lake, to talk about the economy of the St. John Valley. (1985)

Straight at Ya'

45 min.; 7-9; Alcohol & Drug Education, Guidance, Health; Distributed by: US Dept. of Education (1988)

The teenage star of ABC's Growing Pains, Kirk Cameron, hosts this effective video which takes place in a typical junior high classroom. Kirk engages the kids in a lively discussion which covers such topics as peer pressure, mustering the resolve to say no, and cultivating a positive life style alternative to drug taking.

Straight Up: Talking to Your Kids About Alcohol

60 min.; 7-12; Alcohol & Drug Education, Health; Produced by: Maine Association of Broadcasters (1997)

The program looks at the problem of underage drinking in Maine. Using a documentary format, it explores all aspects of the issue and suggests solutions. The D.A.R.E. program is discussed. A must viewing for students, teachers, and parents.

Swan Island: A Unique Environment

26 min.; 4-12; Environment, Maine Studies; Produced by: Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (1996)

Swan Island or the Steve Powell Wildlife Management Area is one of the more unique places that falls under the control of the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. Since it is only accessible by boat, not many people know what it has to offer; so we'll take you on a tour of the Area.