The Films

Program One: The Greatest Invention

From impressions in clay to hieroglyphs. And how do they write in Chinese?

Program Two: The Art and the Craft

Authors Margaret Atwood, Elmore Leonard, and Quincy Troupe tell us how writers write. The technicians created the quill pen and papyrus, movable type, the book, and the keyboard. Whatever happened to the typewriter?

Program Three: The Literate Society

How writing changes.  Who determines how words are spelled?  How do children learn to read and write? And views of the future from Peter Lyman, Daniel Greenstein, and Tim Berens-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.


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