On Common Ground
On Common Ground is a 15-part series designed for use in English as a Second Language classrooms. It offers a basic course in American government and civics and the rights and responsibilities of being an American citizen. Dramatic stories illustrate the many facets of controversial issues, emphasizing that many situations do not have a single right answer, and each program ends with a relevant incident from American history.
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City Hall comes under siege when an unemployed worker blames the government for his legal and financial troubles and decides to take revenge.
Law enforcement and city government personnel attempt to infiltrate a telemarketing boiler room scam that preys on elderly immigrants.
The city is polarized by a proposed highway project that threatens homes in the Latino section.
When compliance with federal law threatens financial disaster, the city government comes into direct conflict with the disabled community and with the judicial branch of the federal government.
An avowed anti-immigrant extremist plans to speak at a rally, forcing the city to grapple with difficult freedom of speech issues.
A law firm headed by two immigrants is divided over representing someone who espouses extreme anti-immigrant sentiments.
An investigative reporter has information that could convict a rapist—but only if the reporter divulges the source of the information.
Following the drug-related death of a high school student, law enforcement officials take questionable measures in seeking justice.
An immigrant businessman who has been physically assaulted by a member of an influential family seeks justice.
When a young man from a wealthy family goes on trial for assault, the truth emerges from an unlikely source.
The race for a city council seat causes deep divisions, especially among black residents of the district.
Flagrant abuses in an inner-city apartment building lead to charges of corruption in City Hall.
As facts about the deplorable conditions in an inner-city apartment building become public, citizens organize in opposition to the city council member who owns the property.
Community tensions run high when an immigrant's controversial small business ignites the anger of neighboring business owners.
The city is embroiled in a civil rights controversy involving City Hall workers, and a TV news anchor fights her own civil rights battle.