Digital Resource of the Week: BBC Four Collections

BBC Four, one of the television and radio stations of the British Broadcasting Corporation, has made many of its programs available online. Called BBC Four Collections, they include:

All American programs aired in the mid 1960s and have continued through 2011. Most are a half hour to an hour in length and cover topics such as The Devil’s Music (that would be the Blues), an interview with Maya Angelou, a profile of Jackson Pollock, and the sex scandal of New York’s Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.


Victoria Spivey sings the Blues
Victoria Spivey sings the Blues

Army: A Very British Institution is about the history of the British Armed Forces.

Radio 4 Collections is broken into 4 areas: art, history, science, and society. There are interviews with theater actors and playwrights and programs about the ancient world.

Talk, a radio broadcast series, includes interviews with influential contemporary figures such as actor Nigel Hawthorne, artist Henry Moore, and film director Orson Welles.


Salvador Dali on Melancholic British Art
Salvador Dali on Melancholic British Art

Library staff recommendation: Bag It

Bag It
Directed by Suzan Beraza
Greenfield DVD GD1027

The plastic bag, the plastic water bottle, the plastic liner in your to-go coffee cup.

The plastic grocery bag is the number-one consumer item in the world: 500 billion bags are used every year. Made out of a non-renewable product (oil) that takes 70 million years to create, used for a few minutes, it lasts just about forever in the landfill. This informative and entertaining documentary takes an eye-opening look at the ultra-thin plastic bag and other plastic convenience items and the price we pay for them. You’ll never again see that bag caught in the tree or blowing down the street in the same way.

Recommended by Sara MacDonald

Library Staff Recommendation: Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968

Casey Murphy
Casey Murphy

Casey Murphy, Greenfield Circulation Assistant, recommends:

Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968

Greenfield DVD

Full of terrific archival footage and interviews with the curator, artists, and historians, this documentary shines a light on some of the most intriguing artists in art history, the women of Pop. This documentary is a multifaceted gem of facts and curiosities about each artist and the work represented.
If you like this, take a look at the exhibition catalog:
Seductive Subversion : Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968