Monthly Archives: Nov 2016

Jackie Kennedy and the Modern Presidency

JFK: Fact and Fable is an exclusive original CuriosityStream documentary that explains how television made John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy the ultimate celebrity during his presidency, yet the JFK we remember is actually the one his wife, Jackie, created after his death.

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You’ve heard the phrase: “Behind every successful man, there is a woman.”  In no case is this more true than in the story of John F. Kennedy’s presidency and legacy, the topic of our exclusive original documentary, JFK: Fact and Fable.

If you think you know what to expect, guess again.  The JFK we remember is the one that Jackie Kennedy created.  While she was always pictured by her husband’s side, few people know how much of an impact she made on her own.  From the Oval Office to the Rose Garden to Air Force One, Jackie’s stamp was on everything, and still remains today.  Have you ever noticed how the presidential seal appears whenever the president speaks?  That’s thanks to Jackie.  How did welcoming ceremonies for foreign leaders go from simple airport greetings to elaborate hosted events at the White House?  Jackie again.  And just hours after JFK’s death, still in a blood-splattered dress and carrying the grief of a world in shock, Jackie directed that his funeral reproduce the rites of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral a century earlier.  That decision would forever link JFK to Lincoln.

“He so wanted to be a great president – I think he still can be.” – Jackie Kennedy

Jack and Jackie were both obsessed by the judgements of history.  Two weeks after Jack’s death, Jackie famously stated, “He so wanted to be a great president – I think he still can be.”  She devoted the rest of her life to making him just that.  Today, JFK still remains the most popular U.S. president among those who have no living memory of him.

Watch the trailer below and to learn more about JFK and the influence Jackie had,  revisit our original JFK quiz and stream JFK: Fact and Fable in its entirety, only on CuriosityStream.

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A New Kind of Capitalism

Conscious Capitalism is an exclusive, original CuriosityStream documentary that explores a new twist on the system that fuels wealth and industry in America and for many countries around the globe. Thought leaders, along with the leaders of two corporations — Whole Foods Market and Waste Management — provide an insider’s look at the new face of capitalism.

It used to be that business was about profit, no matter the cost to employees, community and environment.  In our newest documentary, producer Dan Birman asks viewers to imagine a world where a different model operates.

Birman is shining the spotlight on conscious capitalism, the idea that companies can do things differently.  “If a company starts with a purpose, then all other things start to fall in place,” Birman said.  Businesses that subscribe to this idea would choose to reduce the disparity in wages between their managements and employees, be more environment-friendly, and charge fairer prices.  Thus, they build sustainability by gaining the trust of consumers and the community.  Birman admits, “It sounds utopian in some respects, but it’s a great model to at least discuss.”

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“If a company starts with a purpose, then all other things start to fall in place.”

Let’s put this into context.  Have you ever paid a visit to your local Whole Foods and noticed that the employees seem happy and knowledgeable about their product?  That could be attributed to the fact that Whole Foods has revolutionized employee relations by focusing on team member engagement, empowerment, job satisfaction and fair wages, driving down its turnover rate to just 14%, compared to the 47% grocery industry average, according to John Mackey, CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market, who is considered by many to be one of the fathers of the conscious capitalism movement.  Plus, get a behind-the-scenes look at how Waste Management, North America’s leading provider of comprehensive waste management and residential recycling services, is protecting the environment while also generating $13 billion in revenues from lines of business that include recycling, landfill renewable natural gas projects, landfill gas-to-energy projects and carbon sequestration in landfills.

The film not only highlights these success stories, but also gives viewers insight into the four pillars of conscious capitalism and why this new way of doing business works in the modern economy.  I think you’ll find it particularly timely, given the upcoming transfer of power in the U.S. administration and the big question of what is going to happen with the economy.

Watch the trailer below and watch the full documentary here.  Stay curious, everyone.

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A Look Back at American Politics

It’s almost impossible to escape American politics in today’s media. But if you want to take a break from the headlines of 2016, look back at some key moments that have helped to shape America’s political landscape in the featured history content below. Happy streaming!

Harvard University political scientist Danielle Allen explores the bold minds and historical circumstances that resulted in one of the greatest political writings in history, the Declaration of Independence.

 

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Abraham Lincoln was the first president from the Republican party up until his tragic assassination. Revisit Lincoln’s journey, from his early years as a rising politician through his presidency, the Civil War, and ultimately his death.

 

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The JFK we remember today is the one his wife Jackie created. From Air Force One to the Oval Office to the Rose Garden, learn how Jackie Kennedy designed the symbols of presidential power still used today.

 

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Through her unique understanding of some of our greatest presidents, Doris Kearns Goodwin, writer and presidential biographer, provides lessons we all can learn from in our pursuit to live our fullest and most successful lives.

 

Michael Hammerstrom is CuriosityStream’s Manager of Marketing and Engagement. Follow him on Twitter @mhammerstrom.

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