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The United States in twentieth century culture

Introduction and contents

The material here is derived from a discontinued Open University course: The United States in twentieth century culture. The material is presented in designated sections and primarily as a series of audio files. No other materials are supplied for this course.

The sections included are:

  1. The changing structure of the entertainment industry (part 1)

  2. The changing structure of the entertainment industry (part 2)

  3. Markets in action: retail markets

  4. Markets in action: The Futures market

  5. US government at Federal, state, city and local level (part 1)

  6. US government at Federal, state, city and local level (part 2)

  7. Vietnam and American foreign policy

  8. Vietnam and Robert McNamara

  9. American themes

  10. Clinton and congress: what went wrong?

Learning outcomes

  • This material is taken from a discontinued Open University course. It is intended for re-purposing and re-use by educators rather than for use directly by learners. Learning outcomes appropriate to the original course are not provided within the material, but it is intended that educators will construct new learning outcomes appropriate to the re-use they make of this material.

The United States in twentieth century culture

About the course

Suggested study time: 10 hours

Format: a series of 10 audio files

Where is this material from?

This is an undergraduate level 2 course from the Faculty of Social Sciences presented between 1994 and 2005. The materials accessible here were recorded at different times during this period. Each audio file is dated where known. No other text based materials are available for this course at present.

1 The changing structure of the entertainment industry (part 1)

Richard Maidment holds a discussion with three American colleagues who contribute to or report about the American entertainment industry. The audio programme was recorded in 1993 and was 27 minutes in length.

Participants in the audio programme were:

  • Richard Maidment Professor of International Relations at The Open University

  • Scott Vorse a member of the Bannon & Co Bank, Beverley Hills

  • Peter Bart the editor of Variety magazine

  • Judy Brennan a reporter for Variety magazine

  • Steve Bannon the founder of Bannon & Co Bank

  • Michael Medved a critic and author.

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Section 1: Related educational resources

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  • Section 2: The changing structure of the entertainment industry (part 2)

  • DD200_2: Who are Europeans?

2 The changing structure of the entertainment industry (part 2)

Richard Maidment continues a discussion with three American colleagues who contribute to the entertainment industry. The audio programme was recorded in 1993 and was originally 13 minutes in length.

Participants in the audio programme were:

  • Richard Maidment Professor of International Relations at The Open University

  • Scott Vorse a member of the Bannon & Co Bank

  • Steve Bannon the founder of Bannon & Co Bank

  • Allen de Bevoise a member of A and D Communications.

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Section 2: Related educational resources

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Section 1: The changing structure of the entertainment industry (part 1)

DD200_2: Who are Europeans?

3 Markets in action: retail markets

Grahame Thompson talks to a number of people related to the retail markets of America. The audio programme was recorded in 1994 and originally was 22 minutes in length.

Participants in the audio programme were:

  • Grahame Thompson Professor of Political Economy at the Open University

  • Gloria Kriesman Vice President of Public Relations at Macys Department Store

  • Robert Samuelson a Newsweek reporter

  • Randy Lapidas General Manager of the Burlington Mall in Massachusetts.

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B825_1 Marketing communications as a strategic function.

4 Markets in action: the futures market

Grahame Thompson talked to a number of people related to the Futures markets of America. The audio programme was recorded in 1994 and originally was 26 minutes in length.

Participants in the audio programme were:

  • Grahame Thompson Professor of Political Economy at The Open University

  • Kevin Casey Managing Director of Bear Sterns (an oil trading company)

  • Patrick Thompson President of the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex)

  • Scott a trader in one of New York's electronic trading companies

  • Jane D’Arista an academic at Boston University.

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Section 4: Related educational resources

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5 US government at Federal, state, city and local level (part 1)

Richard Maidment talks to a number of people related to the Federal, state, city and local level of government in America. The audio programme was recorded in 1993 and 1994 and was originally 26 minutes in length.

Participants in the audio programme were:

  • Richard Maidment Professor of International Relations at The Open University

  • James Thurber Professor of government at the American University

  • Tom Bradley retired Mayor of Los Angeles

  • Leticia Quesada President of the Los Angeles Board of Education

  • Ed Edelman Member of the Board of Supervisors for the county of Los Angeles.

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Section 5: Related educational resources

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TL_CIT4 Democracy? You think you know?

DD203_1 The politics of devolution

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6 US government at Federal, state, city and local level (part 2)

Richard Maidment talks to a number of people related to the Federal, state, city and local level of government in America. The second part of the audio programme contains President Harry Truman’s speech of 12 March 1947 talking about foreign policy particularly in relation to post World War II. The studio programme was recorded in 1994 and was originally 9 minutes in length. President Truman’s speech is 18 minutes in length.

Participants in the audio programme were:

  • Richard Maidment Professor of International Relations at The Open University

  • James Thurber Professor of government at the American University

  • Max Salter Mayor of Beverley Hills.

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The next two audios contain a speech given by President Truman on 12 March 1947 to a joint session of Congress. A transcript is available for this speech at the Avalon Project.

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Section 6: Related educational resources

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TL_CIT4 Democracy? You think you know?

DD203_1 The politics of devolution

DD200_1 A Europe of the Regions?

7 Vietnam and American foreign policy

Tony McGrew talks to a number of people about the War in Vietnam and American involvement both in terms of foreign policy as well as the impact on the American people. The audio programme was recorded in 2000 and includes excerpts of radio broadcasts from the 1960s. It was originally 44 minutes in length.

Participants in the audio programme were:

  • Tony McGrew Professor of International Relations at Southampton University

  • Bob Garson Reader in American Studies at Keele University

  • Chris Coker Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics.

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Section 7: Related educational resources

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TL_CIT4 Democracy? You think you know?

DD203_1 The politics of devolution

DD200_1 A Europe of the Regions?

8 Vietnam and Robert McNamara

Tony McGrew talks to Robert McNamara, Defense Secretary during President Kennedy’s adminsitration. McNamara reflects on key aspects of American foreign policy since World War II. The audio programme was recorded in 1993 and was originally 41 minutes in length.

Participants in the audio programme were:

  • Tony McGrew Professor of International Relations at Southampton University

  • Robert McNamara Defense secretary during President Kennedy’s term of office.

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Section 8: Related educational resources

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TL_CIT4 Democracy? You think you know?

DD203_1 The politics of devolution

DD200_1 A Europe of the Regions?

9 American themes

Richard Maidment talks to Ian Bell and David Goldblatt, fellow Open University academics, about the prominent themes of America in the twentieth century. The audio programme was recorded in 1995 and was originally 30 minutes in length.

Participants in the audio programme were:

  • Richard Maidment Professor of International Relations at The Open University

  • Ian Bell Professor of American Studies at Keele University

  • David Goldblatt an academic at The Open University

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Section 9: Related educational resources

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TL_CIT4 Democracy? You think you know?

DD203_1 The politics of devolution

DD200_1 A Europe of the Regions?

10 Clinton and Congress: what went wrong?

Richard Maidment talks to a number of US politicians regarding their views of President Clinton’s time in office. The audio programme was recorded in 1995 and was originally 29 minutes in length.

Participants in the audio programme were:

  • Richard Maidment Professor of International Relations at The Open University

  • James Thurber Professor of Government at The American University

  • Roger Davidson Professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland

  • Charles Jones Professor of government at The Brookings Institution, Washington

  • Steve Horn Republican congressman Long Beach, California

  • Connie Morella Republican congresswoman in Maryland

  • Henry Waxman Democrat congressman Hollywood and Beverley Hills, California

  • David Dreier Republican congressman in California

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Section 10: Related educational resources

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TL_CIT4 Democracy? You think you know?

DD203_1 The politics of devolution

DD200_1 A Europe of the Regions?

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