Synopsis by Alice Day
James Burke's unique programs combine history, economics, and science to provide highly watchable films with rich content. His process of taking disparate elements and finding the thread that weaves them all together is entertaining and educational. In Connections 2: Flexible Response, he discusses the links between Robin Hood, Quaker Oats, windmills, compound interest, decimals, sheep, canals, merchandising, biofeedback, economies, and the movement of food through the body as seen with x-rays. Burke's relaxed style and good humor enhance the productions.
technology, social-change, connection, interdependence, invention