Episode Guide - Maclear (Series) (1974-1977)

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Sep 12, 1974 - "The Miracle Seekers," people who travel to the Philippines to seek relief or cures from ailments and diseases through something called "psychic surgery" - described by Maclear as "surgery without a knife, blood without a cut, bare hands penetrating the body to remove tissue without any anesthesia, yet without any pain or scar." Sounds weird - and it is, as graphic footage on the program shows. Also featured are interviews with patients (two of whom are suffering from cancer); Philippine Government and medical personnel; as well as psychic surgeons themselves.

Sep 16, 1976 - "The Take-Away Babies." In the premiere show of the season, correspondent Michael Maclear travels to Thailand for a report on the sad and shocking state of affairs surrounding international baby trafficking in the Third World. Eastern poverty, western affluence, lack of adequate birth control in the east and lucrative sums to be made by profiteering middlemen, are the causes behind the placing of racially mixed children with strange and completely unscreened parents in North America.

Sep 23, 1976 - "Land of Muck and Money." Maclear travels to the tropical island of Nauru, the world's smallest independent republic which is exporting its phosphate-rich land at the suicidal rate of 100 acres a year: The 4,000 inhabitants of this slowly vanishing paradise are so wealthy that none works, people give away money when asked, all vital services are free, yet there is no taxation.

Sep 30, 1976 - "The Twilight Years."

Oct 7, 1976 - "Canada Behind Bars." Correspondent Michael Maclear studies Canada's number one prison city - Kingston - and the relationship between the community and the seven penal institutions around it.

Oct 21, 1976 - "Pop Goes the Revolution." Maclear profiles American rock-singer and actor Dean Reed, who has found stardom in East Germany. The program includes clips of open-air rock concerts with Reed performing, and visits to film studios where he makes Western movies.

Oct 28, 1976 - "The Voices of Silence." For seven years, Greece, the home of democracy, accepted a military dictatorship with little resistance. Correspondent Michael Maclear visits Athens to search for the reasons for this submission.

Nov 4, 1976 - "The Red Danube." Correspondent Michael Maclear takes a look at Hungary through the eyes of four 1956 escapees who return to the country to find the will and desire to resist Soviet oppression gone.

Nov 11, 1976 - "Harry's Digits." Correspondent Michael Maclear presents a profile on the city-state of Singapore and its transition from trading post to industrial nation

Nov 18, 1976 - "King Kung." Maclear reports from the movie capital of the world, Hong Kong, birthplace of the Kung Fu craze.

Dec 2, 1976 - "The Sometimes Samaritan - Part I." Correspondent Maclear offers a provocative investigation of the fate of those refugees who fled Vietnam to find a new life in Canada in the next episodes of Maclear. Part I focuses on the fate of the Bui family who exchanged the rich life of Saigon's privileged class for a dime store existence in Montreal's Rosemont.

Dec 9, 1976 - "The Sometime Samaritan - Part II." Continuing to look into the good and bad of Canada's erratic refugee policy, Michael Maclear offers a further study, taking viewers to the refugee camps of Europe in what he sees as an unfulfilling search for Canadian humanitarianism.

Dec 23, 1976 - "Death Row." Now that the United States has the right to execute convicted killers, the death row continues. Maclear travels to Huntsville, Texas, where 48 men are on death row. He interviews the executioner and those to be executed.

Dec 30, 1976 - "Shock It To Them." From Hollywood, Maclear takes a look at the television and film industry which offers viewers a cultural mindlessness where mediocrity abounds with violence, sex and exploitation films, while grossing more than $6 billion a year.

Jan 6, 1977 - "Children of Main Street." Maclear shows the problems and the pressures of kids growing up on downtown city streets.

Jan 13, 1977 - "Homicide, Zone 1." Maclear investigates the frightening urban trend of unsolved homicides, a phenomenon that is predominant in East Manhattan, New York where 127 strange murders were reported last year. Working with two detectives at the 13th precinct, Maclear is there for the initial reports and subsequent follow-through.

Jan 20, 1977 - Tokyo's harrowing rush hour is the subject of this report, which focuses on one subway terminal used by some four million passengers daily. Michael Maclear is the reporter.

Feb 10, 1977 - "All the Messiah's Men." Michael Maclear follows across America, the bom again movement to which 50 million Americans belong. However, Mactear is troubled by the political overtones of the movement with people like Charles Colson and Eldridge Cleaver joining its ranks.

Jun 25, 1978 - (Assignment Maclear) Host Michael Maclear looks at the contrasting influences in Japanese life today: modern technology and ancient tradition. Filmed in Tokyo and in the countryside. (60 min.)

Jul 2, 1978 - (Assignment Maclear) A report on problems laced by children today. Among the topics: a program to assist children in Honduras, many of whom are orphans; and young people fighting in the streets of Belfast. (60 min.)

Jul 16, 1978 - (Assignment Maclear) Profiles of four men who became converted to new philosophies of life. Singer Dean Reed is one of the communist world's most popular entertainers; astronaut Jim Irwin returned from the moon a born-again Christian; and political figures Charles Colson and Eldridge Cleaver embraced Christianity while in prison.(60 min.)

Aug 13, 1978 - (Assignment Maclear) "No Place To Live" Urban decay is studied through up-to-date looks at Venice, New York City and Elliott Lake, Ontario, each of which is suffering either from lack of money or job insecurity.

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