Sunday, 21 December 2014 / TRUTH-OUT.ORG
  • Ferguson Reverberates Around the World

    The Ferguson protests seized the attention of people all over the world and gave them a sense of the unvarnished truth of Black American life.

  • Hollywood, the Police and the Poor

    The film "Nightcrawler" is garnering rave reviews and is indeed beautifully photographed, well made and entertaining - but the reviews, like the movie itself, erase entire chunks of our society and its reality.

Moyers & Company

By Bill Moyers, Truthout | Series

Democrats Bow Down to Wall Street

Thursday, 18 December 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

John R. MacArthur of Harper's Magazine says that Republicans and Democrats alike are abandoning the republic in pursuit of big bucks. Read More ...

20 Key Findings From the Senate Report on CIA Torture

Thursday, 11 December 2014
By Staff, Moyers & Company | Report

After months of wrangling with intelligence officials, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of its 6,700-page report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs under President George W. Bush. Read more ...

The United States of Ferguson

Tuesday, 09 December 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

In the wake of decisions by grand juries in both Missouri and New York's Staten Island not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed African-Americans, this week we present an encore broadcast of Bill's conversation earlier this year with journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates. Read more ...

Khalil Muhammad on Facing Our Racial Past

Friday, 05 December 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Bill and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, head of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and author of The Condemnation of Blackness, discuss the importance of confronting the contradictions of America's past to better understand the present. Read more ...

The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy

Tuesday, 02 December 2014
By Bill Moyers, 0 Comments | Video Interview

This week Bill points to the changing skyline of Manhattan as the physical embodiment of how money and power impact the lives and neighborhoods of every day people. Soaring towers being built at the south end of Central Park, climbing higher than ever with apartments selling from $30 million to $90 million, are beginning to block the light on the park below. Read more ...

How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats

Tuesday, 25 November 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Government has become a clearinghouse for corporations and plutocrats with deep pockets to buy the politicians who grease the wheels for lucrative contracts and easy regulation. It's all pay for play, and look the other way. Read more ...

Dividing the Spoils

Friday, 21 November 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Gifts to politicians that were once called graft or bribes are called contributions. The Supreme Court has granted corporations the rights our founders reserved for people, and told those corporations they can give just about anything they want to elect politicians favorable to their interests. Read more ...

Molly Crabapple Illustrates How Mike Brown's Death Shed Light on Police Brutality

Thursday, 20 November 2014
By Charina Nadura, Moyers & Company | Video

Three months have passed since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, and this week the community there is nervously awaiting the grand jury’s decision whether to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson. On Monday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and issued an executive order to activate the National Guard to act as a backup to police in case protests get out of control. Read more ...

How Running for Governor Is Like Selling a Vacuum

Thursday, 20 November 2014
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Video

Zephyr Teachout ran against New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary earlier this year, on a populist platform. While she lost, she received more than a third of the vote and carried almost half of the state’s 62 counties. Read more ...

The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics

Tuesday, 18 November 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

On this week's show, Bill talks with Activist and Campaign Finance Reform Advocate Lawrence Lessig and Professor Zephyr Teachout about their experiences and the hard-fought lessons learned about the state of American democracy. Read more ...

"Dude Needs a Vacation," A Net Neutrality Update

Tuesday, 18 November 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

A week has passed since President Obama surprised everyone with a strong statement in support of Net neutrality, declaring that the Internet should be available to everyone - a public utility like telephone service or electricity. In those seven days, opposition from the telecom and cable companies and their supporters in Congress has countered the initial, intense burst of enthusiasm from the media reform community. Read more ...

Facing Down Corporate Election Greed

Tuesday, 11 November 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

In the small city of Richmond, California, a slate of progressive candidates faced off against a challenge from pro-business candidates backed to the tune of more than $3 million by the energy giant Chevron. Read more ...

President Obama Tells FCC: Reclassifying the Internet Is "Essential"

Tuesday, 11 November 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report

On Monday, the White House released a statement from President Obama in support of Net neutrality, his strongest and most direct since the 2008 election campaign. "An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life," he began. Read more ...

Corporate Triumphs, Progressive Victories and the Roadmap for a Democratic Revival

Thursday, 06 November 2014
By Peter Dreier, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

while Democrat candidates were going down to defeat, liberals and progressive won some impressive but little-publicized victories on important issues especially in red and purple states, suggesting that voters are not as conservative as the pundits are pontificating. Read more ...

Bernie Sanders on Breaking Big Money's Grip on Elections

Monday, 03 November 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Bernie Sanders, Vermont's independent senator, is angry about what he sees as big money's wholesale purchase of political power. It's a grave threat, he believes, not only to our electoral process but to democracy itself. Read more ...

Chevron's "Company Town" Fights Back: An Interview with Gayle McLaughlin

Friday, 31 October 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Interview

One of the most interesting and significant elections in the country is happening not at the state or federal level but in the small city of Richmond, California, population just over 100,000. What makes Richmond such a big deal is the enormous influence of Chevron. Read more ...

Here's Something Your State Can Do to Fight Corporate Money in Politics

Thursday, 30 October 2014
By Staff, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Nation Action is the political action blog at The Nation magazine website. The editors post initiatives that their readers can get involved with if they want to become more active on a particular issue. This week, the editors pointed to a campaign that RootsAction, Free Speech for America and The Nation are working on to make corporate campaign donations public information. Read more ...

Unbelievable GOP Statements on Voter Suppression

Wednesday, 29 October 2014
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

You would think that making it easier for citizens to vote would be something for everyone in a democracy to celebrate. But the shocking remarks by these six government officials - some of whom will be on the November ballot - tell a different story. Read more ...

Don't Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit

Monday, 27 October 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Our country's oldest and longest struggle has been to enlarge democracy by making it possible for more and more people to be treated equally at the polls. The right to participate in choosing our representatives - to vote - is the very right that inflamed the American colonies and marched us toward revolution and independence. Read more ...

The Fight - and the Right - to Vote

Monday, 27 October 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

The Lone Star state's voter ID law is part of a nationwide effort to suppress the vote, nurtured by the right's desire to hold onto power, as demographic changes are altering the electoral landscape. In the last four years, close to half the states in the US have passed laws restricting the right to vote, the most fundamental principle of democracy. Read more ...

Marilynne Robinson on Freedom of Thought

Wednesday, 22 October 2014
By Marilynne Robinson, Moyers & Company | Book Excerpt

Over the years of writing and teaching, I have tried to free myself of constraints I felt, limits to the range of exploration I could make, to the kind of intuition I could credit. Read more ...

Ebola Fearmongering: The Right's New Dog Whistle

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
By Ian Haney López, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

While the chance of a significant domestic Ebola outbreak remains virtually nil, the round-the-clock media frenzy is nevertheless contributing to surging anxiety. So too is the rhetoric coming from the right. Read more ...

Keeping Faith in Democracy

Monday, 20 October 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

On this week's show, Bill talks with author Marilynne Robinson about her fervent belief in the power of grace and faith and her devotion to democracy, which she fears "we are gravely in danger of losing." Read more ...

How Does Your State Rank on Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Sunday, 12 October 2014
By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a breakdown of who in the US contributes the most to global warming - by state, by sector and even by individual business. Read more ...

 

Restoring a United States That Has Lost Its Way

Friday, 10 October 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Bob Herbert tells the stories of the brave, hard-working men and women he met who have been battered by the economic downturn. He found a US in which jobs have disappeared, infrastructure is falling apart and the "virtuous cycle" of well-paid workers spending their wages to power the economy has been broken by greed. Read more ...

 

Warsaw Has Lots of Apples - and Candles

Friday, 10 October 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Moscow has banned the importing of fruits and vegetables to Russia, in retaliation for the West's sanctions against the country. So Poles are being urged to eat apples and then eat some more. It's their patriotic duty. Read more ...

 

How the Politics of Immigration Is Driving Mass Deportation

Friday, 10 October 2014
By Ian Haney López, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Deportations reached another record high last year. This is a striking development in light of the fact that illegal immigration and Border Patrol apprehensions have been falling for over a decade. Read more ...

 

Are Tiny Houses a Viable Affordable Housing Solution?

Thursday, 09 October 2014
By John Light and Neha Tara Mehta, Moyers & Company | Video Report

Last month's well attended climate march in New York City showed that we are finally recognizing the harmful effects of our fossil-fuel driven economy on the planet. Some Americans looking to shrink their carbon footprint are doing so by shrinking their homes. Read more ...

 

The United States' New War in the Middle East

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

As Congress skipped town and avoided a vote on war, President Obama announced this week that the US was taking the lead in bombing jihadists in Iraq and Syria, opening what is being widely interpreted as another long and costly American military campaign in the Middle East. Read more ...

 

"What's Possible," a New Film for World Leaders on the Urgency of Global Warming

Friday, 26 September 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report

More than 120 world leaders - including President Barack Obama - kicked off a one-day United Nations' summit on climate change in New York City by viewing What's Possible, a short film on the urgency of global warming. Read more ...

 

Climate Change: The Next Generation

Thursday, 25 September 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Kelsey Juliana, an 18-year-old activist, is fighting climate change in the courts and walking across the country to spread the word on global warming. Read more ...

 

The Joys of Abolishing Debt

Tuesday, 23 September 2014
By Astra Taylor, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

For the last two years I have worked as a volunteer debt abolisher for Rolling Jubilee, which just announced the the abolition of nearly $4 million of student debt. It's a nice addition to the nearly $15 million of medical debt we have erased since November 2012 when the campaign launched. Read more ...

 

Climate Change You Can Believe In

Friday, 19 September 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Climate change deniers persist in telling us it just ain't so, like the tobacco industry claiming for decade after decade that nicotine wasn't addictive or that cigarettes couldn't kill you. Read more ...

 

Elizabeth Warren on Fighting Back Against Wall St. Giants

Monday, 08 September 2014 11:20
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
 
Sen. Warren speaks with Bill Moyers this week about the problems facing middle-class Americans. "Washington works for those who can hire armies of lobbyists, armies of lawyers, and get just the rules they want. It doesn't work so well for American families," she says. Read more ...

 

Politicians Show Their Gratitude Where It Count$

Wednesday, 03 September 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart, a poet wrote, and as this year's summer winds toward its end and elections approach, gratitude is indeed what our politicians have flowing from that space where their hearts should be. Read more ...

 

The Humanity of Michael Brown

Monday, 01 September 2014
By Ian Haney López, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
 
For a moment, Monday's funeral for Michael Brown, the young black man shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, pulled our attention away from the protests and militarized police response and back to the body on the street. Read more ...

 

Ferguson Is About Net Neutrality, Too

Thursday, 21 August 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The tragedy and ensuing crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, have shown the ability of social media to get the story told. David Carr wrote in The New York Times that, “Twitter has become an early warning service for news organizations, a way to see into stories even when they don’t have significant reporting assets on the ground. And in a situation hostile to traditional reporting, the crowdsourced, phone-enabled network of information that Twitter provides has proved invaluable.” Read more ...

 

Remembering Robin Williams

Tuesday, 12 August 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
 
Two memories of Robin Williams. The last time I was in his presence was during the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike. Robin showed up to walk our picket line at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, just a couple of blocks from where the Moyers & Company offices are now. Read more ...

 

Justice Ginsburg Wants "Equal Dignity" for Women in Court Decisions

Tuesday, 12 August 2014
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Report
 
Supreme Court rulings on gay rights are progressively pushing forward, while decisions related to women's equality are moving in the opposite direction, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says. Read more ...

 

Don't Be Fooled: Banks Still Too Big to Fail

Wednesday, 06 August 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Last Thursday's report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on whether or not large financial institutions were still perceived as "too big to fail." But with just a little time to digest the GAO's findings, much of the response has shifted to, "Not so fast."  Read more ...

 

Why "Can't Make Ends Meet" Trumps "Poverty"

Wednesday, 30 July 2014
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Interview

This week, the Center for Community Change (CCC) released new research that details the way low-income Americans think and talk about living on the edge. It found that the language being used by policymakers and others to describe them is turning off the very people it is supposed to help. Read more ...

 

It's Not Just Low Pay Stressing Out Part-Time Workers

Tuesday, 29 July 2014
By Neha Tara Mehta, Moyers & Company | Report

Besides struggling to make ends meet because of low wages, millions of part-time workers in America also face uncertainty over when they will be called in to work. Irregular schedules and last-minute notice make it hard for these workers to find other work, go to school and make arrangements for child care or caring for aging parents. Read more ...

 

Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP

Wednesday, 23 July 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the official 2014 platform of the Republican Party of Texas, 40 pages of unrestrained, right-wing bluster against you name it - women, minorities, immigrants, Muslims, gays, Obamacare, the Internal Revenue Service, red light cameras, the EPA, the World Bank, vaccinations — well, you get the picture. Read more ...

 

The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights

Wednesday, 19 July 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis and Video

Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's landmark decision establishing a woman's right to an abortion, was issued 41 years ago. Despite consistent public opinion to the contrary, conservatives and the religious right have patiently and relentlessly campaigned against it for decades. And recently, their efforts are finding some success. Read more ...

 

Richard D. Wolff: Capitalism's Deeper Problem

Thursday, 17 July 2014
By Richard D Wolff, Moyers & Company | News Analysis and Video

Recent press reports refer to troubling price increases for such assets as real estate, government bonds, companies targeted for acquisition and artwork. A New York Times front-page headline read “The Everything Boom, or Maybe the Everything Bubble.” Yet while asset prices soar, the production of goods and services, employment and workers’ incomes are not recovering and resuming growth. Instead, Western Europe, North America and Japan are stuck in a longer, deeper crisis than almost anyone expected. Read more ...

 

No One Expects a Monty Python Fourth of July

Tuesday, 15 July 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
 
The US and the UK may yet be an ocean apart and separated by a common language but we share a bond of vast wealth at the very top and grievous economic inequality. So, too, are the parallels strong when it comes to the corrupting influence of money in politics. Read more ...
 
 

Rising Voices for a New Economy

Wednesday, 09 July 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay

In a world where income inequality is squeezing the middle class to the point of oblivion and those with the biggest bank accounts have the loudest voices, two of the nation's best organizers have decided to turn tradition on its head and join forces. Read more ...

 

Joseph Stiglitz: No, Spiraling Inequality Isn't Inevitable

Tuesday, 08 July 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay
 
Last week, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz took to the opinion pages of The New York Times to argue that there's no such thing as "natural" market forces - markets, and their outcomes, are determined by public policies - by the rules established by governments. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers and Jim Hightower on Grassroots Growing Against Greed

Monday, 07 July 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Today, we pay tribute to the champions of grassroots action fighting against the moneyed interests trying to buy and control government. One of their most articulate spokesmen is writer and commentator Jim Hightower who travels the country preaching the gospel of populism. A former congressional aide and two-term agriculture commissioner of his native Texas, he is the author of several books and edits a newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown. Read more ...

 

How DC's Political Intelligence Biz Made Fat Cats Fatter

Tuesday, 01 July 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Looking over the last few weeks of news, if you would seek a single headline that sums up the Hulk-like grip in which corporate America holds the US Congress, this might be it: “Eric Cantor’s Loss a Blow to Wall Street.” So wrote The Wall Street Journal, that Pravda of the One Percent, on the day after House Majority Leader Cantor lost his Virginia GOP primary to tea party upstart David Brat. Read more ...

 

Andrew Bacevich: Chaos in Iraq

Sunday, 29 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

While armchair warriors in Washington cry “back to Iraq,” former combat veteran and military historian Andrew Bacevich says no way. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers: The Folly of Attacking Iraq

Thursday, 26 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay

Should we really be listening to Washington’s “armchair warriors” who were wrong before, during and after the Iraq war — and never admitted their wrongdoing? Bill has some ideas. Read more ...

 

Pundits and Partisans Are Up to Old Tricks in Iraq

Sunday, 22 June 2014
By Eric Alterman, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

In a column entitled “Bush’s toxic legacy in Iraq,” terrorism expert Peter Bergen writes about the origins of ISIS, “the brutal insurgent/terrorist group formerly known as al Qaeda in Iraq.” Bergen notes that, “One of George W. Bush’s most toxic legacies is the introduction of al Qaeda into Iraq, which is the ISIS mother ship. If this wasn’t so tragic it would be supremely ironic, because before the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, top Bush officials were insisting that there was an al Qaeda-Iraq axis of evil. Read more ...

 

Financial Reform Rising

Thursday, 19 June 2014
By Simon Johnson, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The story so far on financial reform is not a pleasant one. Fortunately and perhaps surprisingly, in part through the efforts of a growing number of people – including Anat Admati and Sheila Bair, recently interviewed on Moyers & Company – there is now some movement in the right direction. Read more ...

 

Iraq Is Coming Apart at the Seams - Here's Our Essential Reader

Thursday, 19 June 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Report

After American troops were withdrawn at the end of 2011, our media’s coverage of the ongoing conflict in Iraq dwindled to almost nothing. But suddenly the country is back in the headlines as a violent militant group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) wages a fierce military campaign across Iraq, overrunning several major cities, including Mosul and Tikrit — Saddam Hussein’s birthplace. Confused about what’s going on? Wondering how the situation became so grim? We’ll try to answer some of the most pressing questions below, with links to in-depth reports for those who want more information. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers: Too Big to Fail and Getting Bigger

Tuesday, 17 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
 
In Washington, DC, a bipartisan effort is underway to chip away at the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which is supposed to prevent the type of economic meltdown that brought the world to the brink in 2008. Wall Street banks are lobbying to defang sections of the law related to derivatives — the complex financial contracts at the core of the meltdown. Read more ...

 

Wall Street's Secret Weapon: Congress

Monday, 16 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay

Why haven’t any big bankers been prosecuted for their role in the housing crisis that led to the Great Recession? These finance executives took part in “scandals that violate the most basic ethical norms,” as the head of the IMF Christine Lagarde put it last month, including illegal foreclosures, money laundering and the fixing of interest rate benchmarks. In fact, banking CEOs not only avoided prosecution but got average pay rises of 10 percent last year, taking home, on average, $13 million in compensation. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers | Joseph Stiglitz: How Tax Reform Can Save the Middle Class

Thursday, 12 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

In part two of his interview, economist Joseph E. Stiglitz says corporate tax abuse has helped make America unequal and undemocratic. But the Nobel Prize-winner has a plan to change that. Read more ...

 

Seven Key Takeaways From Eric Cantor's Shocking Defeat

Thursday, 12 June 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

No incumbent majority leader had lost a seat in Congress since 1899, when the post was first created. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) broke that streak last night. He's announced that he'll step down from leadership within weeks. Read more ...

 

Shots Fired. Madness in Progress.

Sunday, 01 June 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

This is the way it goes, because this is the way it always goes. First, another horrific spree of violence and mass murder as we saw just last Friday in Santa Barbara, California, fueled by irrational fury, much of it perpetrated with guns obtained legally in the hands of someone who should never have been allowed one. Read more ...

 

Memorial Day: For Vets, Too Many Delays and Not Enough Parades

Monday, 26 May 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
 
This Memorial Day weekend is even more poignant as news continues to break of abuses and preventable deaths in the veteran's medical system - allegations that data was manipulated to cover up long waits for diagnosis and treatment. Read more ...

 

How Bill Clinton's Welfare "Reform" Created a System Rife With Racial Biases

Tuesday, 13 May 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Interview
 
In 1996, Congress "reformed" our existing welfare system in much the same way Representative Paul Ryan wants to "reform" Medicaid and other anti-poverty programs: they killed off the federal entitlement and turned the money over to the states to implement new models of welfare as they saw fit. Read more ...

 

David Suzuki: Time to Get Real on Climate Change

Tuesday, 13 May 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
 
This week, as the White House issued a landmark report detailing the frightening affects of global warming on our country and President Obama took to the airwaves to drive home that message, Bill Moyers talks with a scientist who has sounded the alarm for decades. Read more ...

 

Elizabeth Warren's Campaign to Tackle Student Debt and the Privatization of Education

Sunday, 11 May 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Interview

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced a bill addressing two of her top legislative priorities: The crushing burden of student debt and tax loopholes that allow the wealthiest Americans to shell out a smaller share of their incomes than do many of those in the middle class. The measure would allow people who took out student loans at a higher rate than they could get today to refinance their debt the same way one might refinance a home mortgage. It would also give people with high-interest private loans to roll them over into the Federal Direct Loan program. Read more ...

 

A Primer: Just What Is Net Neutrality, and Why All the Fuss?

Wednesday, 07 May 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company

So far, the internet has remained mostly free without explicit neutrality regulations. But some ISPs want to charge a premium to provide content providers a fast-lane on the electronic highway. This has many worried that change could spell the end of an open, fair internet. Read more ...

 

Is Net Neutrality Dead?

Tuesday, 06 May 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
 
This week, speaking with Bill Moyers about the latest developments with the FCC's net neutrality rules, are two keen observers of media and the world of cyberspace. David Carr covers the busy intersection of media with business, government and culture for The New York Times. Susan Crawford is a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, contributor to Bloomberg View. Read more ...

 

Don't Let Net Neutrality Become Another Broken Promise

Friday, 02 May 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Video Essay
 
The problem with the FCC, Bill Moyers says, is that "Business and government are now so intertwined that public officials and corporate retainers are interchangeable parts of what Chief Justice John Roberts might call 'the gratitude machine.'" FCC officials, including Tom Wheeler, transit back and forth through the revolving door between public service and lucrative private commerce. Read more ...

 

Five Videos Worth Watching From the Senate Dark Money Hearing

Friday, 02 May 2014
By John Light, Moyers & Company | Report
 
In yesterday's hearing on dark money, some very smart people shared their thoughts about big money's corrupting influence on our democracy, and what might be done to limit it. Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was one of them. Read more ...

 

Fast Food Pulls a Fast One

Wednesday, 30 April 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

Bad enough that the empty calories of many a fast-food meal have all the nutritional value of a fingernail paring. Even worse, the vast profits this industry pulls in are lining the pockets of its CEOs while many of those who work in the kitchens and behind the counters are struggling to eke out a living and can't afford a decent meal, much less a fast one. Read more ...

 

Government Is Now a Protection Racket for the 1%

Tuesday, 22 April 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Video Essay
 
A new report shows that top CEOs were paid 331 times more than the average US worker in 2013. At the same time, the poorest fifth of Americans paid an average tax rate of 11 percent while the richest one percent contributed half that rate at state and local levels. In this essay, Bill reflects on the forces that are causing inequality to skyrocket, why it matters and where we're headed in the future. Read more ...
 
 

Paul Krugman: What the 1% Don't Want You to Know

Sunday, 20 April 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report

Economist Paul Krugman explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy – the very system our founders revolted against. Read more ...

 

Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together

Thursday, 10 April 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

As the US Senate holds its first hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner deal - a $45 billion transaction that will affect millions of consumers and further pad some already well-lined pockets - it’s useful to get a look at how our elected officials have benefitted from the largesse of the two companies with an urge to merge. Read more ...

 

Obamacare Is Widening the Gap Between "Red" and "Blue" America

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:54
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

The fact that the citizens of “red” and “blue” states live in what are essentially two countries with very different governments has largely flown under the radar, but it may become the defining story of our time. Read more ...

All Work and No Pay

Tuesday, 08 April 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
 
This week, Bill speaks with Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, about the group's fight for better wages and working conditions for America's 10 million restaurant workers. Read more ...

 

Envy and Jealousy? Gag Me With a Silver Spoon

Tuesday, 25 March 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Home Depot tycoon Ken Langone said that he hopes populist sentiment is "not working, because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don't survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy." But this envy and jealousy meme wont' disappear any time soon. Read more ...

 

What You Need to Know About Dark Money

By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 25 March 2014

If you look up "dark money" in Merriam-Webster, you won't find a definition, but as of this week, their online unabridged dictionary includes a word that tells a big part of its story — "super PAC." It's defined in part as "an independent PAC [political action committee] that can accept unlimited contributions from individuals and organizations (such as corporations and labor unions) and spend unlimited amounts in support of a candidate." It's a fitting reminder that four years after Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates of campaign cash, dark money may be here to stay. Read more ...

 

Who's Buying our Midterm Elections?

Monday, 24 March 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
 
This week Bill speaks with investigative journalists Kim Barker and Andy Kroll about the role of dark money — and the wealthy donors behind it — in this year’s midterm elections. Read more ...

 

Rachel LaForest and Madeline Janis on Fighting for Fairness

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:48
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Economic equality advocates Rachel LaForest, executive director of Right to the City, and Madeline Janis, co-founder and national policy director of Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, discuss with Bill how social action can change both policy and lives. Janis led the fight for a living wage in Los Angeles; LaForest fights for fair and affordable housing across the country. Read more ...

 

No Escaping Dragnet Nation

Tuesday, 18 March 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
 
This week, as the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein publicly accused the CIA of spying on her committee’s computers, Bill talks with investigative reporter Julia Angwin, author of Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance. Read more ...

 

Remembering Tony Benn

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
 
Take a moment, please, to note the passing of a distinguished spokesman for the left, a man both firebrand and gadfly, of whom many Americans have never even heard. Yet what he did and said are of importance to us all and especially to the cause of democracy. Read more ...

 

Our Chat with Edward Snowden's Legal Counsel

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News
Wednesday, 11 March 2014

On Monday, via teleconference, whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed a crowd at SXSW, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Speaking from Russia, it was Snowden's first public address to people in the United States since he fled the country last June and the revelation that he possessed thousands of secret documents obtained while a subcontractor with the National Security Agency (NSA). Read more ...

 

Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Thursday, 06 March 2014

What do Cadillac-driving “welfare queens,” a “food stamp president” and the “lazy, dependent and entitled” 47 percent tell us about post-racial America? They’re all examples of a type of coded racism that this week’s guest, Ian Haney López, writes about in his new book, Dog Whistle Politics. Read more ...

 

How the Gun Lobby Became a Threat to Public Safety

 By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Just a generation ago, the NRA was a nonpartisan and relatively non-ideological organization that advocated for responsible and safe gun ownership in addition to defending gun rights. But in its 20 years under the leadership of chief executive Wayne LaPierre the organization has become another cog in the broader conservative advocacy machine. Read more ...

 

Liberals Face a Hard Day's Knight?

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 27 February 2014

That’s a pretty pathetic knight up there on the cover of the March issue of Harper’s Magazine. Battered and defeated, his shield in pieces, he’s slumped and saddled backwards on a Democratic donkey that has a distinctly woeful — or bored, maybe — countenance. It’s the magazine’s sardonic way of illustrating a powerful throwing down of the gauntlet by political scientist Adolph Reed, Jr. He has challenged the nation’s progressives with an article in the magazine provocatively titled “Nothing Left: The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals.” Read more ...

 

Adolph Reed Jr.: The Surrender of America's Liberals

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Thursday, 27 February 2014

In a Web-exclusive interview, political scientist Adolph Reed Jr. talks with Bill Moyers about his new article in the March issue of Harper’s Magazine – a challenge to America’s progressives provocatively titled, “Nothing Left: The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals.” Read more ...

 

A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 21 February 2014

Wednesday's announcement by Chairman Tom Wheeler that the FCC would write new rules to insure open access to the Internet generally was seen by consumers as a step in the right direction. But media reform advocates were concerned that it didn't go far enough. Read more ...

David Simon on Our Rigged Political System

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
 
David Simon, journalist and creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme, returns to talk with Bill Moyers about the triumph of capital over democracy. “If I could concentrate and focus on one thing … and start to walk the nightmare back, it would be campaign finance reform” Simon says. Read more ... 

 

Why the First Issue Is Money in Politics

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Monday, 17 February 2014
 
From achieving tax reform to fighting climate change to strengthening the social safety net, we will see no progress until the wealthy entities that benefit can no longer buy up politicians to prevent the status quo from changing. Read more ...

 

Lawrence Lessig's March to End Corruption

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Monday, 17 February 2014
 
This week, we bring you a special report on a two-week, 185-mile trek through the winter cold in New Hampshire, led in January by constitutional scholar and activist Lawrence Lessig to raise awareness of the crippling problem of corruption in American politics. Read more ...

 

On the Money: What a Tangled Web We Weave

By Gail Ablow, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Sunday, 16 February 2014

Campaign websites in 2014 aren’t always what they seem -> Deceptive political ads are not new to hardball campaigns, but Time Magazine’s Denver Nicks reports that the National Republican Congressional Committee is mastering fakery on a new frontier — the Internet. The RCC bought hundreds of Web addresses in the names of Democrats running for office and, at last count, had designed 16 fake campaign websites. If people don’t read the fine print they might, unknowingly, donate to the NRCC while they think they are supporting a Democrat. Read more ...

 

Bill McKibben to Obama: Say No to Big Oil

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 10 February 2014
 
Bill Moyers talks with Bill McKibben, an activist who has dedicated his life to saving the planet from environmental collapse, about his hopes that Americans will collectively pressure Obama to stand up to big oil. Read more ...

 

Advice to Plutocrat Perkins: Time to Shut Up!

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 31 January 2014
 
There's a rule of thumb in cyberspace etiquette known as Godwin's Law, named after Mike Godwin, the Internet lawyer and activist who first came up with it. A variation of that law boils down to this: He who first compares the other side to Nazis loses, and the conversation is at an end. Unless you're billionaire Tom Perkins, who seems dedicated to digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself. Read more ...

 

The Keystone XL Pipeline's "Accidental Activists"

By Tara Lohan, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Monday, 27 January 2014
 
Michael Bishop and other landowners across a 485-mile strip of Oklahoma and Texas had already had their dreams dashed and their land condemned, cleared and bulldozed. And that’s because the Keystone XL pipeline has a northern and a southern leg. Read more ...
 
 

Facing the Truth in China

By Gail Pellett, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Sunday, 19 January 2014

The blogosphere reporting news from China is abuzz this week with the story of the former Red Guard – now in her 60s – apologizing for her behavior and expressing remorse for what occurred at her elite Beijing high school during the first months of the Cultural Revolution. Read more ...

 

Door Closes to Open Internet, But All May Not Be Lost

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Thursday, 16 January 2014
 
The federal appeals court decision striking down net neutrality could be reversed, either on appeal to the Supreme Court or by the FCC backing away from decisions it made during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations and taking a stronger stand on behalf of the American people instead of the Verizon's and AT&T's. Read more ...

 

North Carolina: Battleground State

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Thursday, 09 January 2014

First it was Wisconsin. Now it’s North Carolina that is redefining the term “battleground state.”  On one side:  a right-wing government enacting laws that are changing the face of the state. On the other:  citizen protesters who are fighting back against what they fear is a radical takeover. This crucible of conflict reflects how the battle for control of American politics is likely to be fought for the foreseeable future: not in Washington, DC, but state by state. Read more ...

 

Four Surefire Tips for Following the Money in Your State

By Andy Kroll, Moyers & Company | Report
Sunday, 05 January 2014

As the “dark money” reporter for Mother Jones, it’s my job to shine as much light on this cash bonanza as I can. I do this using every tool and trick at my disposal: databases, experts, plugged-in sources and good old-fashioned door knocking. Here are four easy-to-use tips for following the money in your state — and throwing some sunlight on the mega-donors trying to sway your elections. Read more ...

 

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 24 December 2013

[Grover] Norquist, president of the conservative Americans for Tax Reform, is infamous for his expressed desire to shrink government “down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” And even though the new budget deal takes a feeble swipe at sequestration and the indiscriminate slashing of government funds, his wish may be coming true. Read more...

 

Michelle Alexander on Bill Moyers: Locked Out of the American Dream

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Sunday, 22 December 2013
 
Michelle Alexander tells Bill that she has seen a grassroots movement brewing in communities across the country, “There are enormous victories that are being achieved precisely because the people whom we have written off and viewed as disposable are reclaiming their voice, standing up, speaking out, organizing even as they struggle to survive.” Read more ...

 

Gunpowder and Blood on Their Cold, Dead Hands

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 17 December 2013

This grim anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., killings, with 28 dead, reminded us of that moment back in 2000 when Charlton Heston made his defiant boast at the NRA convention that gun control advocates would have to pry his rifle from his “cold, dead hands.” You would have thought he had returned to that fantasy world of Hollywood where, in a previous incarnation, he portrayed those famous Indian killers Andrew Jackson and Buffalo Bill Cody, whose Wild West, as Cody marketed it, still courses through the bloodstream of American mythology. Read more ...

 

Richard Slotkin on Guns and Violence

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 16 December 2013
 
Ahead of the one year anniversary of the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in which Adam Lanza took the lives of 20 school children and six educators, Bill speaks with cultural historian and scholar Richard Slotkin about the role of guns in America’s national psyche. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers on the NRA: "The Armed Bully of American Politics"

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Sunday, 15 December 2013

Bill discusses the work of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which has just released a moving video urging people to speak out against firearms violence. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers | The Great American Class War: Plutocracy vs. Democracy

By Bill Moyers, TomDispatch | Speech Excerpt
Thursday, 12 December 2013

I met Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in 1987 when I was creating a series for public television called In Search of the Constitution, celebrating the bicentennial of our founding document.  By then, he had served on the court longer than any of his colleagues and had written close to 500 majority opinions, many of them addressing fundamental questions of equality, voting rights, school segregation, and -- in New York Times v. Sullivan in particular -- the defense of a free press. Read more ...

 

Henry A. Giroux | The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy

By Henry A Giroux, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Monday, 09 December 2013
 
Stripped of its ethical and political importance, the public has been largely reduced to a space where private interests are displayed and the social order increasingly mimics a giant Dr. Phil show where notions of the public register as simply a conglomeration of private woes, tasks, conversations and problems. Read More...
 
 

Henry Giroux on the "School to Prison Pipeline"

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 26 November
 
Education expert Henry Giroux tells Bill public schools are suffering from an overemphasis on academic testing as teachers are stripped of their powers, in schools with disciplinary systems that resemble prisons. Read More...
 
 

Bill Moyers | Henry Giroux: Zombie Politics and Casino Capitalism

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Friday, 22 November 2013
 
This week on Moyers & Company, author and scholar Henry Giroux explains how our political system has turned people into zombies – “people who are basically so caught up with surviving that they become like the walking dead — they lose their sense of agency, they lose their homes, they lose their jobs.” Read more ...
 
 

With Today’s Nuclear Option, the Senate Inches Closer to Democracy

By Staff, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 22 November 2013
 
Last January, Bill Moyers spoke with Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, about the need to eliminate the silent filibuster in the Senate. But in recent years, senators could filibuster without laying out their reasons for doing so. Today, that changes — at least partially. Read more ...

 

Following the Ninth

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 21 November 2013
 
This week Bill previews the new film Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, a documentary exploring the worldwide cultural and political influence of Beethoven’s masterpiece and its majestic “Ode to Joy.” Read more ...  
 

How a Shadowy Network of Corporate Front Groups Distorts the Marketplace of Ideas

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Interview
Thursday, 21 November 2013
 
Last week, two progressive groups released a report which shines a light on a network of well-funded, ostensibly independent state-based think tanks that are hard at work undermining workers’ rights and environmental and consumer protections. Moyers & Company speaks with Lisa Graves, CMD’s executive director, to discuss the report. Read more ... 
 
 

November Days of Drums

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 21 November 2013
 
"While many will recall the sound of muffled drums as Kennedy’s horse-drawn funeral caisson was moved through the streets of Washington, I’ll remember Friday, 2 p.m., and the echo of drums in a dark and empty school auditorium." Read more ...

 

How Big Money and Big Media Undermine Democracy

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Friday, 15 November 2013
 
This past Tuesday, special interests pumped big money into promoting or tearing down candidates and ballot initiatives in elections across the country. But no one knows the dangers of this “money and media election complex” better than John Nichols and Robert McChesney, who speak with Bill this week on Moyers & Company. Read more ...
 
 

Rip-off: High Out-of-Pocket Social Costs are a Stealth Tax on the Middle Class and the Poor

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 15 November 2013
 
Americans’ heavy reliance on the private sector to provide social goods and services doesn’t only result in us paying a lot and getting a lot less for it, compared to other wealthy countries. It also makes the financing of our entire social welfare system far less fair. It’s a great deal for the wealthiest, and a huge rip-off for the rest of us. Read more ...
 
 

Real-Life Hunger Is No Game

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
 
 "So let me get this straight: fast-food submarine sandwiches are being used to market a motion picture about people who will do anything to survive a dystopian society in which there’s nothing to eat? Yikes." Read more ...

 

Freedom of Speech in the Digital Age

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Radio Segment
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
 
In honor of the 10th anniversary of Free Press, Michael Winship sat down with journalist and author Craig Aaron, who in 2011 became the organization’s president and CEO. You can listen to our audio conversation above, read the full transcript or skim the highlights. Read more ...

 

America's Drone Wars

By Staff, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Thursday, 07 November 2013

The use of drones has intensified under President Obama's leadership as the number of troops on the ground in Afghanistan and the Pakistani tribal areas has been scaled back. But the drones often kill innocent civilians, including children. That is the subject of Robert Greenwald's new documentary, Unmanned: America's Drone Wars. Here, we look at clips from the film, which shares testimony, stories and alarming news on the fatal impact of our drone strategy. Read more ...

 

Dark Money’s New Frontier: State Judicial Elections

By John Light, Moyers & Company  | Report
Wednesday, 06 November 2013
 
In America, we expect that our courts are fair and impartial — that their primary interest is to serve justice under the law. But increasingly, state high courts are falling prey to the same out-of-control, post-Citizens United election spending that has plagued legislative and executive races during the past two election cycles. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers: Yves Smith and Dean Baker on Secrets in Trade

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 05 November 2013
 
Some vigilant independent watchdogs are tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations with sources they trust, including Dean Baker and Yves Smith, who join Moyers & Company this week. Read more ...
 
 

Bill Moyers: Obamacare - The Right Wing's Alamo

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday, 04 November 2013

As Republican members of Congress demand apologies and administration officials dutifully offer up mea culpas for the botched Obamacare rollout, Bill wonders, wouldn’t it be fair to expect just a morsel of apology from the right as well? Read more ...

 

Hurricane Sandy One Year Later: Lessons Learned and Unlearned

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
 
In the chaos following Sandy’s landfall, as government agencies and traditional relief organizations like the Red Cross struggled to respond, community groups picked up the slack. Those efforts continue today. Read more...

 

The Great American Ripoff: The High Cost of Low Taxes

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
 
The American people pay a similar amount for social services – health care, retirement security, disability and unemployment insurance and the like – as citizens of European countries with supposedly lavish social safety nets. Read more...

 

An Oasis in a Food Desert

By Karla Murthy and Alexandra Nikolchev, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
 
Since opening last month, America’s first nonprofit grocery store is bringing fresh and affordable fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy to Chester, Pa., a community that has struggled to find healthy food options since the city’s last supermarket closed in 2001. Read more...

 

Why JPMorgan May Be Getting Off Easy

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
 
JPMorgan is under investigation on so many fronts it’s hard to keep them sorted out – everything from the deceptive sales in its credit card unit to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme to the criminal manipulation of energy markets and the bribing of Chinese officials. Read more...

 

Peter Dreier on a New Generation of Activists

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview
Monday, 28 October 2013

Historian Peter Dreier shares why he's optimistic about America's future, including dynamic grass-roots initiatives around the country and, believe it or not, the radical politics of Dr. Seuss. Read more...

 

Politicians' Extortion Racket?

By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 24 October 2013

There are two sides to the story of special interest money in Washington, according to an op-ed today in The New York Times by Peter Schweizer, a fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution. While the traditional narrative is that politicians are corrupted by wealthy interests, Schweizer says we may be getting it wrong. Read more ...

 

Will Every State Eventually Expand Medicaid?

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 24 October 2013

While red state Republicans rail against Obamacare, the question of whether their poor constituents are eventually covered under the law’s Medicaid expansion may ultimately come down to state budget realities. Read more ...

 

Healthcare.gov Debacle: Spare Some Blame for Bush and Clinton

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 24 October 2013

If the problem-plagued rollout of healthcare.gov is any indication, 25 years of bipartisan efforts to downsize the federal government and turn a broad swath of what was the public sector over to private contractors haven’t yielded the awesome efficiencies the “reinventing government” crowd promised us. What a shocker. Read more ....

 

Bill Moyers: Martin Wolf on the Debt Ceiling Circus

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 21 October 2013

This week, Congress approved an 11th-hour deal to raise the debt ceiling, which threatened to push the global economy over the edge, but instead of resolving the debt crisis lawmakers simply delayed it. Bill speaks to Financial Times chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, who says the US debt ceiling is "the legislative equivalent of a nuclear bomb aimed by the US at itself." Read more ...

 

The Right's Closed Information Loop May Set Up the Next Shut Down

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 19 October 2013

It’s impossible to say whether we’ll face another crisis of governance in three months, when the stopgap budget resolution passed on Wednesday expires, but it’s clear that the 40 or 50 hardcore, tea party-backed members of Congress who precipitated the shutdown want another crack at it. Read more ...

 

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus - Campaign Cash

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Opinion
Friday, 18 October 2013

If you want to see how grossly money can distort democracy, just go to the state of Virginia, where there are no limits on how big a check can be written for statewide office. Read more ...

 

Ignore the Spin: This Debt Ceiling Crisis Is Not Politics as Usual

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 10 October 2013

Never before has a minority party linked controversial legislative demands with a threat to shut down the government or imperil the global economy. But House Republicans would have you believe otherwise. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers: On the Sabotage of Democracy

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 08 October 2013

This week's government shutdown has consequences for all of us, costing an estimated $300 million each day that the government is closed for business. Many Americans have voiced their frustrations with the fallout from the shutdown on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hash tag #DearCongress. Here, Bill Moyers shares his own thoughts on the shutdown, and the resulting sabotage of democracy.

 

The IRS Scandal That Wasn't

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:34

In reality, this is a story about how bureaucratic bungling was turned into scandal by right wing politicians desperate to spin gold from straw. But their staged controversy has distracted from a real Washington scandal, our inability to rein in the outrageous amounts of money used by the rich and powerful to secretly broker elections and buy our government.

 

Pro Football's Unsportsmanlike Conduct

By Michael Winship and Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 

Of the 31 owners of NFL teams, seventeen - more than half - are billionaires. Many boast of being self-made, in the image of Horatio Alger, but are now ensconced in luxury skyboxes far above the proletarians whose own dreams of glory ride vicariously on the grunts and groans of bulky but agile gladiators only one play away from a career-ending collision with the laws of physics. Read more...

 

Bill Moyers: Let Us Now Praise Common Sense

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 17 September 2013

On this week’s Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers says that the White House, Congress and the punditry of the Beltway may ultimately be grateful to a public that weighed in on a potential military strike in Syria - that the collective common sense of everyday people became a force so powerful it could not be ignored. Read more...

 

In Los Angeles, Labor Redefines Itself

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 11 September 2013

“It’s time to turn America right side up!” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka exhorted those in attendance at the labor alliance’s quadrennial convention in Los Angeles on Monday. Time, he said in his keynote address, to change the ratio of power, to put the 99 percent in charge rather than let the richest one percent dominate government, politics and society. Read more ...

 

Marshall Ganz on Making Social Movements Matter

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 19 August 2013

Bill's guest, veteran activist and organizer Marshall Ganz, joins Bill to discuss the power of social movements to effect meaningful social change. A social movement legend who dropped out of Harvard to volunteer during Mississippi's Freedom Summer of 1964, Ganz then joined forces with Cesar Chavez of the United Farmworkers, protecting workers who picked crops for pennies in California. Ganz also had a pivotal role organizing students and volunteers for Barack Obama's historic 2008 presidential campaign. Now 70, he's still organizing across the United States and the Middle East, and back at Harvard, teaching students from around the world about what it takes to beat Goliath. Read more ...

 

Cash and Congress: The Tie That Binds

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Sunday, 18 August 2013

But despite what you’ve heard, the spirit of bipartisanship in Washington is not dead. Simply look past the vitriol, bombast and gridlock, then listen for the ka-ching of the nearest cash register, made flesh by friendly lobbyists and special interests. Their fat wallets and deep pockets bring together Democrats and Republicans like no one else in a collegial spirit of kumbaya as they dive for dollars in exchange for their votes and influence. Read more ...

 

Our Growing Racial Wealth Gap

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The vast chasm between the richest one percent of Americans and everyone else continues to widen, and researchers have found that when you factor race into the equation, the economic gap is even more pronounced. Read more ...

 

ALECs Attempts to Thwart Obamacare

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Interview
Wednesday, 14 August 2013

As part of our ongoing focus on the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, we checked in with health insurance executive turned industry whistleblower Wendell Potter to learn about ALEC’s efforts to influence the health care debate and undermine The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). Read more ...

 

Taming Capitalism Run Wild

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 12 August 2013

Modern American capitalism is a story of continued inequality and hardship. Even a modest increase in the minimum wage faces opposition from those who seem to show allegiance first and foremost to America's wealthy and powerful. Yet some aren't just wringing their hands about our economic crisis; they're fighting back. Read more ...

 

Can the Federal Election Commission Be Saved?

By Matea Gold and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Radio Report
Friday, 09 August 2013

Reviews of the effectiveness of Federal Election Commission - mandated by Congress back in 1975 to regulate campaign finance - have never been stellar, but lately the word most commonly used to describe it is “dysfunctional.” Listen to the radio report ...

 

The Wall Street Ties of Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner

By Zaid Jilani, Moyers & Company | Report
Tuesday, 06 August 2013
Larry Summers is under no legal requirement to disclose his most recent payments from corporations until he is officially nominated, and if he’s nominated, he’ll most likely be confirmed. Read more...

 

The Faces of America's Hungry

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 05 August 2013

Here in the richest country on earth, 50 million of us — one in six Americans — go hungry. More than a third of them are children. Debates on how to address hunger – in both Congress and the media — are filled with tired clichés about freeloaders undeserving of government help, living large at the expense of honest, hardworking taxpayers. But the documentary A Place at the Table paints a truer picture of America’s poor. Watch the Video ...

 

Ken Cook on Improving the Chemical Safety Improvement Act

By Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company | Interview
Sunday, 04 August 2013

The Chemical Safety Improvement Act, co-sponsored by Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA), was introduced earlier this year, shortly before Sen. Lautenberg passed away on June 5, 2013. Read more ...

 

"We Can't Survive on $7.25"

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 01 August 2013

Fast food workers in seven U.S. cities are walking off the job this week in what organizers say is the largest strike in the industry’s history. The wave of protests began Monday in New York City, where workers earning as little as the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour - in a town where the average rent is over $3,000 a month - demanded $15 per hour and the right to organize. Watch the Video ...

 

The Minimum Wage Doesn't Apply to Everyone

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 30 July 2013

This week marked the four-year anniversary of the last time Congress increased the minimum wage - from $5.15 in 2007 to $7.25 in 2009. Groups demonstrated across the country, demanding increases at both the state and federal level. Read more ...

 

Congress Fiddles While the Western States Burn

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Monday, 29 July 2013

In the weeks and months immediately following 9/11, one of the most touching responses in my neighborhood, not far Ground Zero, was the overwhelming support of police and fire departments from around the country. Read more ...

 

John Lewis Marches On

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Friday, 26 July 2013

I’m writing to let you know of one of the most important and engaging broadcasts we’ve done in this series. Fifty years ago on August 28, 1963, more than a quarter-million people descended on the nation’s capital in a peaceful petition for “jobs and freedoms” that became the historic March on Washington. Read more ...

 

Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Monday, 22 July 2013

And you thought the government didn’t have a jobs program. It does. The problem is that the pay and benefits are lousy, and in many cases the working conditions ain’t so great either. Read more ...

 

Kristi Jacobson and Mariana Chilton on How Hunger Hurts Everyone

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday, 01 July 2013

Here in the richest country on earth, 50 million of us - one in six Americans - go hungry. More than a third of them are children. And yet Congress can’t pass a Farm Bill because our representatives continue to fight over how many billions to slash from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps. The debate is filled with tired clichés about freeloaders undeserving of government help, living large at the expense of honest, hardworking taxpayers. Watch the Video ...

 

Guns Lost, Stolen or Strayed

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 29 June 2013

Back in January, a month after the Newtown school slayings and just a few days before his second inauguration, Barack Obama announced he would “put everything I’ve got” into the fight against gun violence. Read more ...

 

David Gregory, Glenn Greenwald and the First Amendment

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 28 June 2013

David Gregory ignited further controversy on Meet the Press this weekend when he asked Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first broke the story of Edward Snowden’s leaked NSA documents, this question: "To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?" Read more ...

 

Shooting It All in Las Vegas

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 25 June 2013

I've just flown back from Vegas, and boy, are my arms tired. And brain boggled. After all these years, it was my first visit, and although I've been to Reno and Tahoe and even the casinos of Winnemucca, Nevada - "The Crossroads of the West" - nothing prepared me for the splendor, squalor, sleaze and squander of the ultimate American pleasure dome. Read more ...

 

Denying a Head Start in Washington State

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 06 June 2013

To get a sense of just how foolish and shortsighted the $85 billion across-the-board sequester cuts are you don’t have to look any further than Head Start. The federal government’s only pre-K program, Head Start provides comprehensive, high-quality early education and support services to children and their families living in poverty. Read more ...

 

Good Consumers, Bad Citizens

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 30 May 2013

A few days ago, I was listening to a radio talk show discussion of the bill passed on May 7 by the New York City Council, requiring some businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees. The first caller was indignant. “This bill is anti-consumer!” he bellowed because, he insisted, it would raise prices. I thought, no, this bill is pro-citizen, helping out people, many of them in extremis - and just when did we stop being citizens and become merely consumers? Read more ...

 

Why Tim DeChristopher Went to Prison for His Protest

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Saturday, 25 May 2013

Only weeks after his release from prison, climate activist Tim DeChristopher talks about the necessity of civil disobedience in the fight for environmental justice. Read more ...

 

Enabling Greed Makes US Sick

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Co. | News Analysis
Tuesday, 21 May 2013

At the end of a week that reminds us to be ever vigilant about the dangers of government overreaching its authority, whether by the long arm of the IRS or the Justice Department, we should pause to think about another threat — from too much private power obnoxiously intruding into public life. Read more ...

 

Don't Shoot - Organize!

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 11 May 2013

We were struck this week by one response to our broadcast last week on gun violence and the Newtown school killings. Read more ...

 

Sandy Hook Promise: There Will Be Change

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 04 May 2013

This week, we spent time with Francine and David Wheeler, parents of six-year-old Ben Wheeler, one of the 20 children and six educators shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Read more ...

 

The Worst Congress Money Can Buy

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 27 April 2013

If you want to see why the public approval rating of Congress is down in the sub-arctic range — an icy 15 percent by last count — all you have to do is take a quick look at how the House and Senate pay worship at the altar of corporations, banks and other special interests at the expense of public aspirations and need. Read more ...

 

Sandra Steingraber's War on Toxic Trespassers

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Saturday, 27 April 2013
 

Biologist, mother and activist Sandra Steingraber joins Bill to talk about the need to build awareness about toxins that contaminate our air, water and food — and threaten our children’s health. Read more ...

 

The Boston Manhunt as a "Political" Event

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 25 April 2013
 

Columnist Glenn Greenwald describes how, in the wake of the Boston bombings, people formed opinions about the world and government based on little information. Read more ...

 

Dance of the Honey Bee

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Report
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
 

Bill presents and introduces the short documentary "Dance of the Honey Bee." Read more ...

 

Sherman Alexie on Living Outside Cultural Borders

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
 

Born on a Native American reservation, Sherman Alexie has been navigating the cultural boundaries of American culture in lauded poetry, novels, short stories, screenplays, even stand-up comedy for over two decades. Read more ...

 

Dr. King’s "Two Americas" Truer Now than Ever

By Michael Winship and Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 11 April 2013
 

You may think you know about Martin Luther King, Jr., but there is much about the man and his message we have conveniently forgotten. He was a prophet, like Amos, Isaiah and Jeremiah of old, calling kings and plutocrats to account — speaking truth to power. Read more ...

 

Homeless in High Tech's Shadow

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 09 April 2013
 

In California’s Silicon Valley, Facebook, Google and Apple have minted hundreds of new tech millionaires. But not far away, the homeless are building tent cities along a creek in the city of San Jose. Read more ...

 

Economist Richard Wolff Answers Questions

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 04 April 2013
 

In Bill’s first interview with economist and professor Richard Wolff, he asked viewers to submit questions for Wolff to answer. We received hundreds, some of which the professor tackled on this week’s Moyers & Company. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers: The Hypocrisy of "Justice for All"

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday, 01 April 2013
 

Bill reports on the hypocrisy of “justice for all” in a society where billions are squandered for a war born in fraud while the poor are pushed aside. Turns out true justice — not just the word we recite from the Pledge of Allegiance — is still unaffordable for those who need it most. Read more ...

 

Watergate's Lessons, Washed Away

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 30 March 2013
 
But the Lessons of Watergate are lessons learned and lost. We’ve got to organize, get our government back and make it accountable. Many believe it will take another scandal the size of Watergate, or worse, to get us back on track. Let’s hope not. Read more ...

 

How Worker-Owned Companies Work

By Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Saturday, 30 March 2013
 
Economist Richard Wolff is a proponent of democracy at work: an alternative capitalism that thrives on workers directing their own workplaces. In the documentary film Shift Change, producers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young tell the stories of successful cooperative businesses from Spain to San Francisco. We caught up with Dworkin and Young to find out what makes cooperative businesses work. Read more ...

 

The Death Penalty's Fatal Flaws

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Friday, 29 March 2013
 
Right now, there are more than 3,100 inmates on death row, and more than 60 percent are members of racial or ethnic minorities. Over time, Supreme Court Justices have fine-tuned the circumstances under which the death penalty may still apply, but no set of laws or jurisprudence can undo wrongful executions - or, it seems, completely prevent them. Read more ...

 

Robert Reich on Lessons Learned From Watergate

By Staff, Moyers & Company | Interview
Friday, 22 March 2013
 
In this audio exclusive at the event, Moyers & Company senior writer Michael Winship talks with Reich about the ways in which Washington has changed since Watergate, and how the influence of money continues to corrupt politics and exacerbate income inequality in America. Read more ...

 

Alex Steffen on Carbon-Zero Cities

By Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
 
In 2003, environmental journalist Alex Steffen and Jamais Cascio started a blog called Worldchanging that focused on innovative solutions to the planet’s problems. The blog attracted a global audience and became one of the most trafficked sustainability sites on the Internet. Read more ...

 

Covert Drone Warfare, By the Numbers

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
 
Unmanned drones have been used to kill thousands of suspected militants — and civilians — and not just in open war zones like Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq. Drone strikes have also been used in covert wars in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The graphs below show drone related deaths in these secret wars. Read more ...

 

Jack Lew, Citigroup and the Ugland Truth

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Saturday, 09 March 2013
 
Along with its sandy beaches and quality snorkeling, the Cayman Islands’ reputation as an offshore tax haven for corporations, banks and hedge funds has become so well-known its financial institutions now are featured in travel brochures as yet another tourist attraction. Read more ...

 

Susan Jacoby on Secularism and Free Thinking

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 07 March 2013
 
Journalist and historian Susan Jacoby talks with Bill about the role secularism and intellectual curiosity have played throughout America’s history, a topic explored in her new book, The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought. Read more ...

 

Zack Kopplin on Keeping Creationism Out of Public Classrooms

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 05 March 2013
 
From the time he was a high school senior in his home state of Louisiana, anti-creationism activist Zack Kopplin has been speaking, debating, cornering politicians and winning the active support of 78 Nobel Laureates, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New Orleans City Council, and tens of thousands of students, teachers and others around the country. Read more ...

 

Saru Jayaraman on Justice for Restaurant Workers

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 28 February 2013
 
Activist and author Saru Jayaraman marches on Washington with restaurant workers struggling to make ends meet, and talks about how we can best support their right to a fair wage. Read more ...

 

The Revolving Door Spins from Sea to Shining Sea

By Michael Winship and Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
 
To those who would argue that the notion of a perpetual motion machine is impossible, we give you the revolving door — that ever-spinning entrance and exit between public service in government and the hugely profitable private sector. It never stops. Read more ...

 

Richard Wolff on Fighting for Economic Justice and Fair Wages

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
 
Economist Richard Wolff joins Bill to shine light on the disaster left behind in capitalism's wake, and to discuss the fight for economic justice, including a fair minimum wage. Read more ...

 

POGO Sticks It to the SEC

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Monday, 18 February 2013
 
According to a major new report from the nonpartisan watchdog POGO – the Project on Government Oversight — hundreds of the agency's former employees have done or are doing business with the SEC on behalf of the corporations the agency is supposed to regulate. Read more ...

 

Vietnam and America's "Wandering Ghosts"

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 14 February 2013
 
Nick Turse talks to Bill about the ghosts of people and issues not properly put to rest in the years following the Vietnam war. Read more ...

 

Nick Turse Describes the Real Vietnam War

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
TThursday, 14 February 2013
 
Journalist Nick Turse describes his personal mission to compile a complete and compelling account of the Vietnam War’s horror as experienced by all sides, including innocent civilians who were sucked into its violent vortex. Read more ...

 

The Hubris of the Drones

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
 

By the standards of slaughter in Vietnam, the deaths caused by drones are hardly a bleep on the consciousness of official Washington. But we have to wonder if each innocent killed — a young boy gathering wood at dawn, unsuspecting of his imminent annihilation; a student who picked up the wrong hitchhikers; that tribal elder arguing against fanatics — doesn’t give rise to second thoughts by those judges who prematurely handed our president the Nobel Prize for Peace. Read more ...

 

Barack Obama, Drone Ranger

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 02 February 2013
 
The story of bin Laden's death is just one aspect of the international manhunt the United States has pursued, a worldwide dragnet of detention and death that has raised troubling questions and fervent debate over the fight against terrorism. What about the undermining of civil liberties here at home? The rights of suspects? The secret surveillance of American citizens? Read more ...

 

Martín Espada's Poem for Howard Zinn

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
 

Martín Espada reads the poem he wrote to honor his good friend, historian and activist Howard Zinn, whom Espada calls “the most decent, most generous human being I have ever known.” Zinn died in January, 2010. The poem is entitled “Castles for the Laborers and Ballgames on the Radio.” Watch the Video ...

 

US Rep. Peter Welch on Amgen’s Sweet Senate Deal

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Co. | Video
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
 

A recent article in The New York Times reported on a cost-control exception provided to Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology firm. Watch the Video ...

 

Foul Play in the Senate

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Saturday, 26 January 2013
 
Amgen is the world’s largest biotechnology firm, a drug maker that sells a variety of medications. The little clause secretly sneaked into the fiscal cliff bill gives the company two more years of relief from Medicare cost controls for certain drugs used by patients who are on kidney dialysis, including a pill called Sensipar, manufactured by Amgen. Read more ...

 

Larry Cohen on Eliminating Silent Filibusters

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 24 January 2013
 
BILL MOYERS: Welcome. Circle next Tuesday in red, the 22nd of January. That's the day the United State Senate could decide whether to return from the dead by reforming the filibuster and allowing democracy to work. Read more ...

 

Corporate Party Favors at the Inaugural Shindig

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Saturday, 19 January 2013
 
According to records released by the official Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), so far, fewer than a thousand individuals and only eight corporations have contributed money for the long weekend of parties, balls and ceremonies. Most of these companies have ties to the federal government. Restrictions on government contractors giving money to politicians don’t apply to the inaugural. They should. Read more ...

 

Paul Krugman Explains the Keys to Our Recovery

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview
Friday, 18 January 2013
 
Bill Moyers: Welcome. Just before the holidays, we asked you, our viewers, to recommend the one book you thought President Obama should read as he prepares himself for his second term in office. Read more ...
 

Moyers: On Democracy 

Corporate Gold on a Fiscal Cliff 

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
 

In economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman’s book, End This Depression Now!, there’s a chapter titled “The Second Gilded Age” in which he describes the extraordinary rise in wealth and power of the very rich during this era of unregulated greed. Since Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980, the top one percent of Americans have seen their incomes increase by 275 percent. After accounting for inflation, the typical hourly wage for a worker has increased just $1.23. Read more...

The Recent Unpleasantness at FreedomWorks

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 02 January 2013
 

As Saturday Night Live’s Stefon would say, this Washington tale has everything: accusations hurled and counter-hurled, handguns, multimillion dollar payoffs — just what we need to briefly distract us as the parties play chicken up on Capitol Hill’s fiscal cliff. Read more ... 

Bill Moyers: Remember the Victims, Reject the Violence

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay
Friday, 21 December 2012
 
Bill urges us to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre by name. He also rejects the notion of doubling down on guns and armor as a response, and encourages all of us to work hard on realistic and moral solutions. Read more ...
 
 

Washington's Revolving Door: As Old as Lincoln

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
 
The more things change, the more they remain the same. The actual revolving door may not have been invented until 1888, more than 20 years after Lincoln’s death, but the principle already was firmly in place back then and still turning ‘round today, especially among departing members of the House. Read more ...
 
 
 

Washington's Revolving Door Is Hazardous to Our Health

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 14 December 2012
 
We’ve seen how Washington insiders write the rules of politics and the economy to protect powerful special interests, but now as we enter the holiday season, and a month or so after the election, we’re getting a refresher course in just how that inside game is played, gifts and all. In this round, Santa doesn’t come down the chimney — he simply squeezes his jolly old self through the revolving door. Read more ...
 
 

Bill Moyers: The Truth Behind Grover Norquist's Pledge

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
 
In an original broadcast essay, Bill says there’s more to Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge than ideology or principle - it’s also about Norquist’s efforts keep taxes low for his donor base of billionaires. Read more ...

 

A Look at the Numbers Behind "Obamacare"

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Saturday, 08 December 2012
 

When the Supreme Court handed down its decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) last June 28, a handful of conservative governors were quick to declare that their states would opt out of the Medicaid expansion program. Although Obamacare will have a hefty price tag, most of the burden will be carried by the federal government. Read more ...

 

Inside the Invisible World of Domestic Work: An Interview With Ai-jen Poo

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Report
Friday, 07 December 2012
 

Domestic workers - the nannies, housekeepers, and home health aides who care for our young children and elderly parents — have traditionally been excluded from the most basic protections, like minimum wage. Working behind closed doors in private homes, they are vulnerable to abuse and unable to organize. Read more ...


ALEC Loses Ground in Election

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Report
Wednesday, 05 December 2012
 
The Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch reports that during the primary and general elections in the 2012 election cycle, and during recall elections held since 2010, 117 members of the American Legislative Exchange Council lost their seats. Arizona, Wisconsin and Minnesota were three states where ALEC lost considerable ground. Read more ...

 

The United States of ALEC
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video

Monday 3 December 2012

Welcome, to a story that's been unfolding for more than 30 years but has gone largely untold. That's the way the central characters wanted it. They were smart and understood something very important: that they might more easily get what they wanted from state capitals than from Washington, DC. So they started putting their money in places like Raleigh, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; and Madison, Wisconsin. That's because what happens in our state legislatures directly affects our taxes, schools, roads, the quality of our air and water - even our right to vote. Politicians and lobbyists at the core of this clever enterprise figured out how to pull it off in an organized, camouflaged way -- covering their tracks while they put one over on an unsuspecting public. This is the story of how and why it worked. Read More ...

 

Journalist Naomi Klein on Capitalism and Climate Change
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday 19 November 2012

Climate change and Hurricane Sandy brought Naomi Klein to town, too. You may know her as the author of "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism." Readers of two influential magazines to put Naomi Klein high on the list of the 100 leading public thinkers in the world. She is now reporting for a new book and documentary on how climate change can spur political and economic transformation. She also has joined with the environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben in a campaign launched this week called "Do the Math." Read more ...

Embrace the Fiscal Cliff

By Simon Johnson, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
 

Watch out for the coming hysteria on the so-called “fiscal cliff.” In the post-election commentary, you will hear numerous voices – definitely on the right but also on the left – arguing that we could not possibly increase taxes this year or next, as this will push our economy back into recession. Do not believe them – this is just the latest disinformation put out by people who agree with Grover Norquist that the real goal of politics should always and everywhere be to reduce taxes and shrink the size of government. Read more ...

 

Barbara Ehrenreich: Kiss Goldman Sachs Goodbye

By Barbara Ehrenreich, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 10 November 2012
 

I’m waiting for Obama to recognize the existence of widespread poverty - not just the 15 percent who are officially under the poverty line, but the 30 or more percent who barely getting by from week to week. Mr. President, kiss Goldman Sachs goodbye and bail out your real constituency! Read more ...

 

Will the Supreme Court Reaffirm Affirmative Action?

By Laura Flanders, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 07 November 2012
 

Laura Flanders discusses the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case with Kimberlé Crenshaw and Luke Harris. Watch the Video ...

 

What's Wrong With the Stop Special Interest Money Now Act?

Laura Flanders, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Friday, 02 November 2012
 
Peter Dreier tells Laura Flanders why he thinks California’s Stop Special Interest Money Now Act is really a sneak attack on unions. Watch the Video ...

 

Plutocrats Want to Own Your Vote

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
 

Across America, this divide between the super-rich and everyone else has become a yawning chasm that studies indicate may stifle jobs and growth for years to come. At no time in modern history has the top one hundredth of one percent owned more of our wealth or paid so low a tax rate. But in neither of the two presidential debates so far has the vastness of this astounding inequality gap been discussed. Read more ...

 

Killing the Kids That Don't Need to Die

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
 
A few days ago, just shy of the 11th anniversary of our invasion of Afghanistan, we marked a sad and tragic milestone: the 2000th member of the American armed forces to die in combat there.... There are two more presidential debates. They will be yet another hoax unless someone puts to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney the same question asked by Congressman Young: “Why are we killing the kids that don’t need to die?” And then asks it again and again to each of them until we get an honest answer. Read more ...

 


Bill Moyers: Election Expert Richard Hasen on Voter Fraud and Disenfranchisement

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Interview
Friday, 28 September 2012
 
Richard Hasen's new book The Voting Wars chronicles the partisan battles over election rules from the 2000 Florida recount to the present. The story continues on his Election Law Blog, the go-to source for updates on the wave of new voter ID laws, registration roll purges, and other efforts to manipulate voter turnout and potentially skew elections. We caught up with Hasen to talk about election fraud, voter suppression and the chances that either could make the difference in a close election this November. Read more ...
 
 

Bill Moyers: More Money, Less Democracy

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
 

In this essay, Bill examines how the Citizens United decision has candidates campaigning for cash more than votes, and how that money - pouring into TV ads and high-paid political consultants - is creating "a racket, plain and simple." Read more ...

 

Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on the Continuing Power of Karl Rove
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday 14 September 2012

Bill talks with Craig Unger, author of Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power, about Rove's behind-the-scenes maneuvering to once again affect the outcome of a presidential election.
"Most people thought he was a creature of the Bush family," Unger tells Bill. "I think he's a force more powerful than that." Read more ...

 

Money in Politics: Where Is the Outrage?

By Bill Moyers and Bernard A. Weisberger, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 31 August 2012
 
We might wish the uproar from the convention halls of both parties these busy weeks were the wholesome clamor of delegates deliberating serious visions of how we should be governed for the next four years. It rises instead from scripted TV spectacles — grown-ups doing somersaults of make-believe — that will once again distract the public’s attention from the death rattle of American democracy brought on by an overdose of campaign cash. Read more ...
 
 

The For-Profit College Racket

By Suzanne Merkelson, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 10 August 2012
 
[The for-profit college] is an industry that is by and large exploitative to its students and useless to the public good. But business seems to be going just fine – for-profit universities have an average profit margin of 19.7 percent. They just won't tell you that those profits are coming from our taxes – and at the expense of some of the most vulnerable among us. Read more ...
 
 

Bill Moyers | Suppressing Votes By Law

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 08 August 2012
 
This week, Bill talks to Keesha Gaskins and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice about new voter ID and other election laws that keep the young, elderly, minorities and the poor from exercising one of the most fundamental American rights. Read more ...
 
 
 

Bill Moyers | Veteran Karl Marlantes on What It's Like to Go to War

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 01 August 2012
 
Bill talks to Karl Marlantes - a highly-decorated Vietnam veteran, Rhodes Scholar, author, and PTSD survivor - about what we on the insulated outside need to understand about the minds and hearts of our modern warriors. Marlantes shares with Bill intimate stories about how his battlefield experiences both shaped and nearly destroyed him, even after returning to civilian life. Read more ...

 

Moyers and Winship: The NRA Has America Living Under the Gun

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 21 July 2012
 

Every year there are 30,000 gun deaths and 300,000 gun-related assaults in the U.S. Firearm violence costs our country as much as $100 billion a year. Toys are regulated with greater care and safety concerns than guns. So why do we always act so surprised? Read more ...

 

Moyers: Vandana Shiva on the Problem With Genetically-Modified Seeds

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Saturday, 21 July 2012
 

Bill talks to scientist and philosopher Vandana Shiva, who’s become a rock star in the global battle over genetically modified seeds. These seeds — considered “intellectual property” by the big companies who own the patents — are globally marketed to monopolize food production and profits. Opponents challenge the safety of genetically modified seeds, claiming they also harm the environment, are more costly, and leave local farmers deep in debt as well as dependent on suppliers. Shiva, who founded a movement in India to promote native seeds, links genetic tinkering to problems in our ecology, economy, and humanity, and sees this as the latest battleground in the war on Planet Earth. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers | Financial Expert Sheila Bair on Keeping Banks Honest

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
 

Bill talks with financial expert Sheila Bair about the lawlessness of our banking system and the prognosis for meaningful reform. Bair was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush to chair the FDIC. During the 2008 meltdown, she argued that in some cases banks were NOT too big to fail — that instead of bailouts, they should be sold off to healthier competitors. Now a senior adviser to the Pew Charitable Trusts, Bair has organized a private group of financial experts including former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, former Senators Bill Bradley and Alan Simpson, and John Reed, once the chairman of Citicorp, to explore ways to prevent the banking industry from scuttling reforms created by the Dodd-Frank Act. Read more ...

 

Banksters Take Us to the Brink

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 13 July 2012
 

Every day brings more reminders of the terrible unfairness that besets our country, the tragic reversal of fortune experienced by millions who once had good lives and steady jobs, now gone. Read more ...

 

Unions Are in Peril

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Thursday, 12 July 2012
 
Lost in the Supreme Court media chatter last week: a disturbing ruling in Knox vs. SEIU Local 1000 that restricts labor unions from directing collected dues toward political causes. There's no similar limit on corporations, naturally – yet another indication that the power and status of modern unions is waning, especially when compared to the unbridled influence of Corporate America. With a sharp decline in union membership, a legion of new enemies, and a series of legal and legislative setbacks, can unions rebound and once again act strongly in the interest of ordinary workers? Read more ...
 

Moyers: On Democracy

Banksters Take Us to the Brink

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 13 July 2012
 

Every day brings more reminders of the terrible unfairness that besets our country, the tragic reversal of fortune experienced by millions who once had good lives and steady jobs, now gone. Read more ...

 

Inequality Rises as Union Numbers Decline

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
 
By now, we've all heard about the growing disparity between rich and poor — and most of us have felt the effects. This chart, posted by Colin Gordon of the Economic Policy Institute, shows how income inequality corresponds to the rise and fall of union membership. Read more ...
 
 

Bill Moyers | Messing With Texas Textbooks

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 06 July 2012
 
One of the tasks of the Texas State Board of Education is to update curriculum standards and textbooks for Texas schoolchildren. The Texas school system is so large - 4.8 million textbook-reading schoolchildren as of 2011 - that revisions made by the board are often included in school books across the country, though digital technology has lessened this effect in recent years. In 2010, the board got a lot of attention when it approved over 100 amendments - many of which had a very clear conservative political agenda - to the social studies and economics curriculum standards. Read more ...
 
 

Bill Moyers | How Citizen Power Can Save a Library

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company
Friday, 29 June 2012
 
In this web-exclusive Bill Moyers Essay, Bill professes his lifelong love for libraries and their strong cultural value, and points to a crisis in public library funding across the country. But he also shares a unique and controversial community effort in Troy, Michigan that kept its library from becoming a political casualty, and serves as “a reminder of what can happen when we act together.” Read more and watch the video ...
 
 

Bill Moyers | Peter Edelman on Fighting Poverty

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Friday, 29 June 2012
 
Why, in one of the richest nations in the world, are so many poor people are teetering on the edge? Bill talks with author and advocate Peter Edelman about continuing efforts to fight poverty, and what it will take to keep the needs of poor people on the American political agenda. A former aide to Robert F. Kennedy and faculty director of Georgetown University’s Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy, Edelman’s new book is So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America. Read more ...
 
 

The President's Never-Ending Campaign for Cash

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
 

My neighborhood has become a cash machine for the Obama re-election campaign.... I still love where I live, but rents, commercial and residential, have skyrocketed; many of the mom-and-pop stores that gave the area character have moved or been forced out of business. How long we happy few, we remnants of the middle class can hang on is the subject of much debate. In the meantime, we have become prime real-estate for Democratic and progressive fundraising. Read more ...

 

Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein on Dark Money

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
 
While much of the mainstream media looks the other way, some journalists are working hard to identify the fingerprints super PACs and their benefactors leave on our victimized democracy. At the top of this list of journo-detectives are Mother Jones editors Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein, who continue to throw light on what they call “dark money.” In this conversation with Bill, Jeffery and Bauerlein talk about the conspiracy of cash that allows the rich to influence our most fundamental political freedoms. Read more ...
 
 

Campaign Cash: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company
Friday 15 June 2012
 
If you're visiting a candidate this summer and looking for a thoughtful house gift, might we suggest a nice super PAC? Thanks to the Supreme Court and Citizens United, they're all the rage among the mega-wealthy. All it takes is a little paperwork and a wad of cash and presto, you can have, as The Washington Post describes it, a "highly customized, highly personalized political action committee."
 
 

On Memorial Day Weekend, America Reckons With Torture

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company
Saturday 26 May 2012
 

Facing the truth is hard to do, especially the truth about ourselves. So Americans have been sorely pressed to come to terms with the fact that after 9/11 our government began to torture people, and did so in defiance of domestic and international law. Most of us haven’t come to terms with what that meant, or means today, but we must reckon with torture, the torture done in our name, allegedly for our safety. Read more ...

 

A Twenty-One Protest Song Salute

By Staff, Moyers & Company | Video
Wednesday 23 May 2012
 

Singer and activist Tom Morello says it’s his job as a musician “to steel the backbone of people on the front lines of social justice struggles, and to put wind in sails of those struggles.” Here’s a list of 21 songs that have done just that - from Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power. Watch the videos.

 

Tom Morello: Troubadour for Justice

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday 21 May 2012

Songs of social protest - music and the quest for justice - have long been intertwined, and the troubadours of troubling times - Guthrie, Seeger, Baez, Dylan, and Springsteen among them - have become famous for their dedication to both. Now we can add a name to the ranks of those who lift their voices for social and economic justice: Tom Morello. Morello is the Harvard-educated guitarist who dabbled in politics, then chose rock music to make a difference. He played guitar for the popular band he co-founded - Rage Against the Machine - and then for Audioslave. Rolling Stone chose his album "World Wide Rebel Songs" as one of the best of 2011, and named him one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Watch the video.

 

Tom Morello Leads the Occupy "Guitarmy" (Video)

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Video
Saturday 19 May 2012
 

An army of guitarists took to the streets of New York City as part of Occupy Wall Street's May Day resurgence. Led by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, the 'guitarmy' marched peacefully while strumming protest songs including Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land to Morello's World Wide Rebel Song. The foot soldiers of the guitarmy ranged from seasoned activists and Zuccotti occupiers to high school students at their first protest march. Watch the video ...

 

At a Military Hospital, Warriors Are Not the Only Wounded

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday 16 May 2012 
 

The weather’s getting warmer in Afghanistan and the war there is heating up again. That means – as it has meant every year for more than a decade — that the pace will quicken at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. More casualties will be brought to this largest American military hospital outside the United States. The Critical Care Air Transport teams and their C-17 Globemasters will fly in from “downrange,” as they call the Afghan battleground, and the injured will be brought by ambulance bus from nearby Ramstein Air Force Base to the hospital front door. Read more ...

 

Political Ads: America Discovers Columbus

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Sunday 13 May 2012
 

If you live in Columbus, Ohio, my sympathy. Don’t get me wrong. Columbus is a wonderful town – the state capital, birthplace of the late great humorist James Thurber, location of Ohio State University and my brother Tim. But if you’re a television viewer in Columbus you may be wishing about now that you could jump into your set and join the castaways on Survivor. According to the newspaper USA Today, “As the amount of money spent on political persuasion has risen, there are now some places where political ads are more like a steady rain. Here in Columbus, it is pouring.” Read more ...

 

Between Two Worlds - Life on the Border

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview & Video
Wednesday, 09 May 2012
 

No writer understands the border culture between Mexico and the United States more intimately than Luis Alberto Urrea, whose life is the stuff of great novels. Son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother, Urrea grew up first in Tijuana and then just across the border in San Diego. Over the years he has produced a series of acclaimed novels, including The Hummingbird’s DaughterThe Devil’s Highway, and his latest, Queen of America — each a rich and revealing account of the people of the borderlands that join and separate our two nations. Read more ...

 

Major Super PACs Spent Big on Deceptive Ads

By Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 04 May 2012
 

According to a new report from the Annenberg Public Policy Center, four super PACs spent over half of their advertising budgets on deceptive ads in the Republican presidential primary. Spending estimates from Kantar Media CMAG and research by FactCheck.org reveals that 23.3 million (56.7%) of the 41.1 million dollars was spent on “19 ads containing deceptive or misleading claims.” Read more ...

 

The Best Congress the Banks’ Money Can Buy

Bill Moyers, Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday 06 April 2012
 

Here we go again. Another round of the game we call Congressional Creep. After months of haggling and debate, Congress finally passes reform legislation to fix a serious rupture in the body politic, and the President signs it into law. But the fight’s just begun, because the special interests immediately set out to win back what they lost when the reform became law. Read more ...

 

Why Age and Race Matter in Activism: Five More Points From George Goehl

By Bill Moyers, George Goehl, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Friday, 06 April 2012
 

After Bill’s conversation with community organizer George Goehl, Goehl mentioned he had five things he wished he’d had a chance to say in the interview, including points about overcoming low economic expectations, the value of younger activist leaders, and the perils of not addressing race. So — because there’s no bad time for a good idea — we turned the cameras back on and recorded this web-exclusive video. Read more ...

 

Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta on Workers' Rights

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 
 

Bill Moyers talks with Ai-jen Poo and  Sarita Gupta about activism dedicated to restoring workers’ rights — rights they say have been stripped away by corporations. Domestic workers in particular, says Poo, are a “huge and growing part of the 99 percent.” Read more ...

 

Scrutinizing the Threat from Iran

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Interview
Saturday, 31 March 2012
 

In the lead up to war in Iraq, misinformation about weapons of mass destruction went virtually unchallenged by the mainstream media. But three reporters for Knight Ridder newspapers (now McClatchy) were skeptical, and their probing investigation of the Bush administration’s justifications for war eventually proved prescient. Read more ...

 

Sergeant Robert Bales and the Trauma of Repeat Deployments

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
 

Does Robert Bales, the army staff sergeant who allegedly killed 17 Afghan civilians on March 11, symbolize a larger problem in our military ranks? In this web-exclusive video, Vietnam veteran and military scholar Andrew Bacevich talks with Bill Moyers about Bales' accountability, the stress of repeated tours on soldiers, and how war itself "compromises our humanity." Read more ...

 

Andrew Bacevich on Changing Our Military Mindset

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Monday 26 March 2012
 

This week, on an all-new Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers and Bacevich explore the futility of "endless" wars, and provide a reality check on the rhetoric of American exceptionalism. Read more ...

 

See video and transcripts from previous programs.

 

Moyers & Company Programming Note:

 

Bill Moyers Programming Note: Popular Culture and Political Culture

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Programming Note
Friday 24 February 2012


How does pop culture not only reflect, but influence political culture? On this weekend’s Moyers & Company (check local listings), historian and culture critic Neal Gabler joins Bill to discuss how representations of heroism in movies shape our expectations of a U.S. President, and how our real-world candidates are packaged into superficial, two-dimensional personas designed to appeal to both the electorate and the media.. Check for your local TV schedule here.
 

Bill Moyers Essay:

 

Bill Moyers Essay: Capitalism With a Conscience

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
 

 With help from the government, a very friendly tax code, and their own coffer-powered influence, big American companies have emerged from the recession flush with cash, less burdened by debt, and with a greater share of the country’s income. As a consequence, Angela Blackwell suggests, people with enormous money and influence often don’t feel connected to the rest of us. Read more ...

 

Who Pays for Political Ads?

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 05 April 2012
 

Great efforts are underway both locally and nationally to keep secret the identities of people and organizations paying for local political advertisements. But Americans can still do something, even when broadcasters shirk their responsibilities. In this essay, Bill Moyers suggests what you can do to bring those names to light. Read more ...

 

The Dangerous Road of Wishful Thinking

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video 
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
 

Bill Moyers counsels President Obama not to look at America through the rose-colored glasses of people — like Robert Kagan — led by political opportunity and wishful thinking, but by those — like Andrew Bacevich — who see the world as it truly is, and are best poised to make it better. Read more ...

 

To PBS, With (Tough) Love

Bill Moyers, Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed 
Saturday, 24 March 2012
 

A PBS spokesperson told The New York Times that the service “is fully committed to independent films and the diversity of content they provide.” That can quickly be demonstrated by reversing a bad decision and returning to a national core time slot the independent documentaries created — often at real financial sacrifice — by the producers and filmmakers whose own passion is to reveal life honestly and to make plain, for all to see, the realities of inequality and injustice in America. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers: Freedom of and From Religion

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed and Video
Friday 17 February 2012


The president did something agile and wise the other day. And something quite important to the health of our politics. He reached up and snuffed out what some folks wanted to make into a cosmic battle between good and evil. No, said the president, we’re not going to turn the argument over contraception into Armageddon, this is an honest difference between Americans, and I’ll not see it escalated into a holy war. So instead of the government requiring Catholic hospitals and other faith-based institutions to provide employees with health coverage involving contraceptives, the insurance companies will offer that coverage, and offer it free. Read more ...
 

To read more in the Bill Moyers essay series, click here.

Moyers: Ask Bill

 

Why Is Our Nation So Divided?

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis (Video)
Tuesday 31 January 2012


"Why do you think our nation is so divided? Is it because we’re so diverse or is there something else at work here?" Thanks for your question. Read more ...
 
 
 

Fighting Back Against Corporate Personhood

Bill Moyers, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. | Book Excerpt
Friday 27 January 2012
 

Rarely have so few imposed such damage on so many. When five conservative members of the Supreme Court handed for-profit corporations the right to secretly flood political campaigns with tidal waves of cash on the eve of an election, they moved America closer to outright plutocracy, where political power derived from wealth is devoted to the protection of wealth. It is now official: Just as they have adorned our athletic stadiums and multiple places of public assembly with their logos, corporations can officially put their brand on the government of the United States as well as the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the fifty states. Read more ...

 

Letter From Bill Moyers

You already may have heard that I'd be coming back in January with a new series on the public television station nearest you. But you may not have heard exactly why. It's not just that I lack retirement skills, as my wife and co-editor, Judith, keeps reminding me. Or that the squeaky rocking chair on the front porch got on my nerves. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers Launches New Series With Three Shows Probing the Reasons for Financial Inequality in America

Bill Moyers is back on TV - and online.  Continuing his long-running conversation with the American public, Moyers returns to television in mid-January with Moyers & Company, a weekly series the veteran journalist says will try to make sense of our tumultuous times, "for myself and hopefully for anyone who wants to keep me company." Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers: He’s Back, Just as Curious as Ever

That didn’t last long. Just 20 months after retiring his PBS series “Bill Moyers Journal,” Mr. Moyers was back in the studio on a Wednesday morning in December, deep in conversation about moral political psychology with the author Jonathan Haidt. Read more ...

Bill Moyers

A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times, one that resonates with multiple generations. In 2012, at the age of 77, Moyers begins his latest media venture with the launch of "Moyers & Company." With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill Moyers has produced such groundbreaking public affairs series as "NOW with Bill Moyers" (2002-2005) and "Bill Moyers Journal" (2007-2010). 

For his work, Moyers has received more than 30 Emmys, two prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys, and three George Polk Awards. Moyers' most recent book, "Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues," was published in May 2011. He currently serves as president of the Schumann Media Center, a nonprofit organization that supports independent journalism.


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Democrats Bow Down to Wall Street

Thursday, 18 December 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

John R. MacArthur of Harper's Magazine says that Republicans and Democrats alike are abandoning the republic in pursuit of big bucks. Read More ...

20 Key Findings From the Senate Report on CIA Torture

Thursday, 11 December 2014
By Staff, Moyers & Company | Report

After months of wrangling with intelligence officials, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of its 6,700-page report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs under President George W. Bush. Read more ...

The United States of Ferguson

Tuesday, 09 December 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

In the wake of decisions by grand juries in both Missouri and New York's Staten Island not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed African-Americans, this week we present an encore broadcast of Bill's conversation earlier this year with journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates. Read more ...

Khalil Muhammad on Facing Our Racial Past

Friday, 05 December 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Bill and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, head of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and author of The Condemnation of Blackness, discuss the importance of confronting the contradictions of America's past to better understand the present. Read more ...

The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy

Tuesday, 02 December 2014
By Bill Moyers, 0 Comments | Video Interview

This week Bill points to the changing skyline of Manhattan as the physical embodiment of how money and power impact the lives and neighborhoods of every day people. Soaring towers being built at the south end of Central Park, climbing higher than ever with apartments selling from $30 million to $90 million, are beginning to block the light on the park below. Read more ...

How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats

Tuesday, 25 November 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Government has become a clearinghouse for corporations and plutocrats with deep pockets to buy the politicians who grease the wheels for lucrative contracts and easy regulation. It's all pay for play, and look the other way. Read more ...

Dividing the Spoils

Friday, 21 November 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Gifts to politicians that were once called graft or bribes are called contributions. The Supreme Court has granted corporations the rights our founders reserved for people, and told those corporations they can give just about anything they want to elect politicians favorable to their interests. Read more ...

Molly Crabapple Illustrates How Mike Brown's Death Shed Light on Police Brutality

Thursday, 20 November 2014
By Charina Nadura, Moyers & Company | Video

Three months have passed since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, and this week the community there is nervously awaiting the grand jury’s decision whether to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson. On Monday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and issued an executive order to activate the National Guard to act as a backup to police in case protests get out of control. Read more ...

How Running for Governor Is Like Selling a Vacuum

Thursday, 20 November 2014
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Video

Zephyr Teachout ran against New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary earlier this year, on a populist platform. While she lost, she received more than a third of the vote and carried almost half of the state’s 62 counties. Read more ...

The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics

Tuesday, 18 November 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

On this week's show, Bill talks with Activist and Campaign Finance Reform Advocate Lawrence Lessig and Professor Zephyr Teachout about their experiences and the hard-fought lessons learned about the state of American democracy. Read more ...

"Dude Needs a Vacation," A Net Neutrality Update

Tuesday, 18 November 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

A week has passed since President Obama surprised everyone with a strong statement in support of Net neutrality, declaring that the Internet should be available to everyone - a public utility like telephone service or electricity. In those seven days, opposition from the telecom and cable companies and their supporters in Congress has countered the initial, intense burst of enthusiasm from the media reform community. Read more ...

Facing Down Corporate Election Greed

Tuesday, 11 November 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

In the small city of Richmond, California, a slate of progressive candidates faced off against a challenge from pro-business candidates backed to the tune of more than $3 million by the energy giant Chevron. Read more ...

President Obama Tells FCC: Reclassifying the Internet Is "Essential"

Tuesday, 11 November 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report

On Monday, the White House released a statement from President Obama in support of Net neutrality, his strongest and most direct since the 2008 election campaign. "An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life," he began. Read more ...

Corporate Triumphs, Progressive Victories and the Roadmap for a Democratic Revival

Thursday, 06 November 2014
By Peter Dreier, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

while Democrat candidates were going down to defeat, liberals and progressive won some impressive but little-publicized victories on important issues especially in red and purple states, suggesting that voters are not as conservative as the pundits are pontificating. Read more ...

Bernie Sanders on Breaking Big Money's Grip on Elections

Monday, 03 November 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Bernie Sanders, Vermont's independent senator, is angry about what he sees as big money's wholesale purchase of political power. It's a grave threat, he believes, not only to our electoral process but to democracy itself. Read more ...

Chevron's "Company Town" Fights Back: An Interview with Gayle McLaughlin

Friday, 31 October 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Interview

One of the most interesting and significant elections in the country is happening not at the state or federal level but in the small city of Richmond, California, population just over 100,000. What makes Richmond such a big deal is the enormous influence of Chevron. Read more ...

Here's Something Your State Can Do to Fight Corporate Money in Politics

Thursday, 30 October 2014
By Staff, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Nation Action is the political action blog at The Nation magazine website. The editors post initiatives that their readers can get involved with if they want to become more active on a particular issue. This week, the editors pointed to a campaign that RootsAction, Free Speech for America and The Nation are working on to make corporate campaign donations public information. Read more ...

Unbelievable GOP Statements on Voter Suppression

Wednesday, 29 October 2014
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

You would think that making it easier for citizens to vote would be something for everyone in a democracy to celebrate. But the shocking remarks by these six government officials - some of whom will be on the November ballot - tell a different story. Read more ...

Don't Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit

Monday, 27 October 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Our country's oldest and longest struggle has been to enlarge democracy by making it possible for more and more people to be treated equally at the polls. The right to participate in choosing our representatives - to vote - is the very right that inflamed the American colonies and marched us toward revolution and independence. Read more ...

The Fight - and the Right - to Vote

Monday, 27 October 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

The Lone Star state's voter ID law is part of a nationwide effort to suppress the vote, nurtured by the right's desire to hold onto power, as demographic changes are altering the electoral landscape. In the last four years, close to half the states in the US have passed laws restricting the right to vote, the most fundamental principle of democracy. Read more ...

Marilynne Robinson on Freedom of Thought

Wednesday, 22 October 2014
By Marilynne Robinson, Moyers & Company | Book Excerpt

Over the years of writing and teaching, I have tried to free myself of constraints I felt, limits to the range of exploration I could make, to the kind of intuition I could credit. Read more ...

Ebola Fearmongering: The Right's New Dog Whistle

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
By Ian Haney López, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

While the chance of a significant domestic Ebola outbreak remains virtually nil, the round-the-clock media frenzy is nevertheless contributing to surging anxiety. So too is the rhetoric coming from the right. Read more ...

Keeping Faith in Democracy

Monday, 20 October 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

On this week's show, Bill talks with author Marilynne Robinson about her fervent belief in the power of grace and faith and her devotion to democracy, which she fears "we are gravely in danger of losing." Read more ...

How Does Your State Rank on Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Sunday, 12 October 2014
By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a breakdown of who in the US contributes the most to global warming - by state, by sector and even by individual business. Read more ...

 

Restoring a United States That Has Lost Its Way

Friday, 10 October 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Bob Herbert tells the stories of the brave, hard-working men and women he met who have been battered by the economic downturn. He found a US in which jobs have disappeared, infrastructure is falling apart and the "virtuous cycle" of well-paid workers spending their wages to power the economy has been broken by greed. Read more ...

 

Warsaw Has Lots of Apples - and Candles

Friday, 10 October 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Moscow has banned the importing of fruits and vegetables to Russia, in retaliation for the West's sanctions against the country. So Poles are being urged to eat apples and then eat some more. It's their patriotic duty. Read more ...

 

How the Politics of Immigration Is Driving Mass Deportation

Friday, 10 October 2014
By Ian Haney López, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Deportations reached another record high last year. This is a striking development in light of the fact that illegal immigration and Border Patrol apprehensions have been falling for over a decade. Read more ...

 

Are Tiny Houses a Viable Affordable Housing Solution?

Thursday, 09 October 2014
By John Light and Neha Tara Mehta, Moyers & Company | Video Report

Last month's well attended climate march in New York City showed that we are finally recognizing the harmful effects of our fossil-fuel driven economy on the planet. Some Americans looking to shrink their carbon footprint are doing so by shrinking their homes. Read more ...

 

The United States' New War in the Middle East

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

As Congress skipped town and avoided a vote on war, President Obama announced this week that the US was taking the lead in bombing jihadists in Iraq and Syria, opening what is being widely interpreted as another long and costly American military campaign in the Middle East. Read more ...

 

"What's Possible," a New Film for World Leaders on the Urgency of Global Warming

Friday, 26 September 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report

More than 120 world leaders - including President Barack Obama - kicked off a one-day United Nations' summit on climate change in New York City by viewing What's Possible, a short film on the urgency of global warming. Read more ...

 

Climate Change: The Next Generation

Thursday, 25 September 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Kelsey Juliana, an 18-year-old activist, is fighting climate change in the courts and walking across the country to spread the word on global warming. Read more ...

 

The Joys of Abolishing Debt

Tuesday, 23 September 2014
By Astra Taylor, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

For the last two years I have worked as a volunteer debt abolisher for Rolling Jubilee, which just announced the the abolition of nearly $4 million of student debt. It's a nice addition to the nearly $15 million of medical debt we have erased since November 2012 when the campaign launched. Read more ...

 

Climate Change You Can Believe In

Friday, 19 September 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Climate change deniers persist in telling us it just ain't so, like the tobacco industry claiming for decade after decade that nicotine wasn't addictive or that cigarettes couldn't kill you. Read more ...

 

Elizabeth Warren on Fighting Back Against Wall St. Giants

Monday, 08 September 2014 11:20
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
 
Sen. Warren speaks with Bill Moyers this week about the problems facing middle-class Americans. "Washington works for those who can hire armies of lobbyists, armies of lawyers, and get just the rules they want. It doesn't work so well for American families," she says. Read more ...

 

Politicians Show Their Gratitude Where It Count$

Wednesday, 03 September 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart, a poet wrote, and as this year's summer winds toward its end and elections approach, gratitude is indeed what our politicians have flowing from that space where their hearts should be. Read more ...

 

The Humanity of Michael Brown

Monday, 01 September 2014
By Ian Haney López, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
 
For a moment, Monday's funeral for Michael Brown, the young black man shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, pulled our attention away from the protests and militarized police response and back to the body on the street. Read more ...

 

Ferguson Is About Net Neutrality, Too

Thursday, 21 August 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The tragedy and ensuing crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, have shown the ability of social media to get the story told. David Carr wrote in The New York Times that, “Twitter has become an early warning service for news organizations, a way to see into stories even when they don’t have significant reporting assets on the ground. And in a situation hostile to traditional reporting, the crowdsourced, phone-enabled network of information that Twitter provides has proved invaluable.” Read more ...

 

Remembering Robin Williams

Tuesday, 12 August 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
 
Two memories of Robin Williams. The last time I was in his presence was during the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike. Robin showed up to walk our picket line at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, just a couple of blocks from where the Moyers & Company offices are now. Read more ...

 

Justice Ginsburg Wants "Equal Dignity" for Women in Court Decisions

Tuesday, 12 August 2014
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Report
 
Supreme Court rulings on gay rights are progressively pushing forward, while decisions related to women's equality are moving in the opposite direction, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says. Read more ...

 

Don't Be Fooled: Banks Still Too Big to Fail

Wednesday, 06 August 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Last Thursday's report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on whether or not large financial institutions were still perceived as "too big to fail." But with just a little time to digest the GAO's findings, much of the response has shifted to, "Not so fast."  Read more ...

 

Why "Can't Make Ends Meet" Trumps "Poverty"

Wednesday, 30 July 2014
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Interview

This week, the Center for Community Change (CCC) released new research that details the way low-income Americans think and talk about living on the edge. It found that the language being used by policymakers and others to describe them is turning off the very people it is supposed to help. Read more ...

 

It's Not Just Low Pay Stressing Out Part-Time Workers

Tuesday, 29 July 2014
By Neha Tara Mehta, Moyers & Company | Report

Besides struggling to make ends meet because of low wages, millions of part-time workers in America also face uncertainty over when they will be called in to work. Irregular schedules and last-minute notice make it hard for these workers to find other work, go to school and make arrangements for child care or caring for aging parents. Read more ...

 

Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP

Wednesday, 23 July 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the official 2014 platform of the Republican Party of Texas, 40 pages of unrestrained, right-wing bluster against you name it - women, minorities, immigrants, Muslims, gays, Obamacare, the Internal Revenue Service, red light cameras, the EPA, the World Bank, vaccinations — well, you get the picture. Read more ...

 

The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights

Wednesday, 19 July 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis and Video

Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's landmark decision establishing a woman's right to an abortion, was issued 41 years ago. Despite consistent public opinion to the contrary, conservatives and the religious right have patiently and relentlessly campaigned against it for decades. And recently, their efforts are finding some success. Read more ...

 

Richard D. Wolff: Capitalism's Deeper Problem

Thursday, 17 July 2014
By Richard D Wolff, Moyers & Company | News Analysis and Video

Recent press reports refer to troubling price increases for such assets as real estate, government bonds, companies targeted for acquisition and artwork. A New York Times front-page headline read “The Everything Boom, or Maybe the Everything Bubble.” Yet while asset prices soar, the production of goods and services, employment and workers’ incomes are not recovering and resuming growth. Instead, Western Europe, North America and Japan are stuck in a longer, deeper crisis than almost anyone expected. Read more ...

 

No One Expects a Monty Python Fourth of July

Tuesday, 15 July 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
 
The US and the UK may yet be an ocean apart and separated by a common language but we share a bond of vast wealth at the very top and grievous economic inequality. So, too, are the parallels strong when it comes to the corrupting influence of money in politics. Read more ...
 
 

Rising Voices for a New Economy

Wednesday, 09 July 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay

In a world where income inequality is squeezing the middle class to the point of oblivion and those with the biggest bank accounts have the loudest voices, two of the nation's best organizers have decided to turn tradition on its head and join forces. Read more ...

 

Joseph Stiglitz: No, Spiraling Inequality Isn't Inevitable

Tuesday, 08 July 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay
 
Last week, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz took to the opinion pages of The New York Times to argue that there's no such thing as "natural" market forces - markets, and their outcomes, are determined by public policies - by the rules established by governments. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers and Jim Hightower on Grassroots Growing Against Greed

Monday, 07 July 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Today, we pay tribute to the champions of grassroots action fighting against the moneyed interests trying to buy and control government. One of their most articulate spokesmen is writer and commentator Jim Hightower who travels the country preaching the gospel of populism. A former congressional aide and two-term agriculture commissioner of his native Texas, he is the author of several books and edits a newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown. Read more ...

 

How DC's Political Intelligence Biz Made Fat Cats Fatter

Tuesday, 01 July 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Looking over the last few weeks of news, if you would seek a single headline that sums up the Hulk-like grip in which corporate America holds the US Congress, this might be it: “Eric Cantor’s Loss a Blow to Wall Street.” So wrote The Wall Street Journal, that Pravda of the One Percent, on the day after House Majority Leader Cantor lost his Virginia GOP primary to tea party upstart David Brat. Read more ...

 

Andrew Bacevich: Chaos in Iraq

Sunday, 29 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

While armchair warriors in Washington cry “back to Iraq,” former combat veteran and military historian Andrew Bacevich says no way. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers: The Folly of Attacking Iraq

Thursday, 26 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay

Should we really be listening to Washington’s “armchair warriors” who were wrong before, during and after the Iraq war — and never admitted their wrongdoing? Bill has some ideas. Read more ...

 

Pundits and Partisans Are Up to Old Tricks in Iraq

Sunday, 22 June 2014
By Eric Alterman, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

In a column entitled “Bush’s toxic legacy in Iraq,” terrorism expert Peter Bergen writes about the origins of ISIS, “the brutal insurgent/terrorist group formerly known as al Qaeda in Iraq.” Bergen notes that, “One of George W. Bush’s most toxic legacies is the introduction of al Qaeda into Iraq, which is the ISIS mother ship. If this wasn’t so tragic it would be supremely ironic, because before the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, top Bush officials were insisting that there was an al Qaeda-Iraq axis of evil. Read more ...

 

Financial Reform Rising

Thursday, 19 June 2014
By Simon Johnson, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The story so far on financial reform is not a pleasant one. Fortunately and perhaps surprisingly, in part through the efforts of a growing number of people – including Anat Admati and Sheila Bair, recently interviewed on Moyers & Company – there is now some movement in the right direction. Read more ...

 

Iraq Is Coming Apart at the Seams - Here's Our Essential Reader

Thursday, 19 June 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Report

After American troops were withdrawn at the end of 2011, our media’s coverage of the ongoing conflict in Iraq dwindled to almost nothing. But suddenly the country is back in the headlines as a violent militant group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) wages a fierce military campaign across Iraq, overrunning several major cities, including Mosul and Tikrit — Saddam Hussein’s birthplace. Confused about what’s going on? Wondering how the situation became so grim? We’ll try to answer some of the most pressing questions below, with links to in-depth reports for those who want more information. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers: Too Big to Fail and Getting Bigger

Tuesday, 17 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
 
In Washington, DC, a bipartisan effort is underway to chip away at the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which is supposed to prevent the type of economic meltdown that brought the world to the brink in 2008. Wall Street banks are lobbying to defang sections of the law related to derivatives — the complex financial contracts at the core of the meltdown. Read more ...

 

Wall Street's Secret Weapon: Congress

Monday, 16 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay

Why haven’t any big bankers been prosecuted for their role in the housing crisis that led to the Great Recession? These finance executives took part in “scandals that violate the most basic ethical norms,” as the head of the IMF Christine Lagarde put it last month, including illegal foreclosures, money laundering and the fixing of interest rate benchmarks. In fact, banking CEOs not only avoided prosecution but got average pay rises of 10 percent last year, taking home, on average, $13 million in compensation. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers | Joseph Stiglitz: How Tax Reform Can Save the Middle Class

Thursday, 12 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

In part two of his interview, economist Joseph E. Stiglitz says corporate tax abuse has helped make America unequal and undemocratic. But the Nobel Prize-winner has a plan to change that. Read more ...

 

Seven Key Takeaways From Eric Cantor's Shocking Defeat

Thursday, 12 June 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

No incumbent majority leader had lost a seat in Congress since 1899, when the post was first created. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) broke that streak last night. He's announced that he'll step down from leadership within weeks. Read more ...

 

Shots Fired. Madness in Progress.

Sunday, 01 June 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

This is the way it goes, because this is the way it always goes. First, another horrific spree of violence and mass murder as we saw just last Friday in Santa Barbara, California, fueled by irrational fury, much of it perpetrated with guns obtained legally in the hands of someone who should never have been allowed one. Read more ...

 

Memorial Day: For Vets, Too Many Delays and Not Enough Parades

Monday, 26 May 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
 
This Memorial Day weekend is even more poignant as news continues to break of abuses and preventable deaths in the veteran's medical system - allegations that data was manipulated to cover up long waits for diagnosis and treatment. Read more ...

 

How Bill Clinton's Welfare "Reform" Created a System Rife With Racial Biases

Tuesday, 13 May 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Interview
 
In 1996, Congress "reformed" our existing welfare system in much the same way Representative Paul Ryan wants to "reform" Medicaid and other anti-poverty programs: they killed off the federal entitlement and turned the money over to the states to implement new models of welfare as they saw fit. Read more ...

 

David Suzuki: Time to Get Real on Climate Change

Tuesday, 13 May 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
 
This week, as the White House issued a landmark report detailing the frightening affects of global warming on our country and President Obama took to the airwaves to drive home that message, Bill Moyers talks with a scientist who has sounded the alarm for decades. Read more ...

 

Elizabeth Warren's Campaign to Tackle Student Debt and the Privatization of Education

Sunday, 11 May 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Interview

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced a bill addressing two of her top legislative priorities: The crushing burden of student debt and tax loopholes that allow the wealthiest Americans to shell out a smaller share of their incomes than do many of those in the middle class. The measure would allow people who took out student loans at a higher rate than they could get today to refinance their debt the same way one might refinance a home mortgage. It would also give people with high-interest private loans to roll them over into the Federal Direct Loan program. Read more ...

 

A Primer: Just What Is Net Neutrality, and Why All the Fuss?

Wednesday, 07 May 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company

So far, the internet has remained mostly free without explicit neutrality regulations. But some ISPs want to charge a premium to provide content providers a fast-lane on the electronic highway. This has many worried that change could spell the end of an open, fair internet. Read more ...

 

Is Net Neutrality Dead?

Tuesday, 06 May 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
 
This week, speaking with Bill Moyers about the latest developments with the FCC's net neutrality rules, are two keen observers of media and the world of cyberspace. David Carr covers the busy intersection of media with business, government and culture for The New York Times. Susan Crawford is a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, contributor to Bloomberg View. Read more ...

 

Don't Let Net Neutrality Become Another Broken Promise

Friday, 02 May 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Video Essay
 
The problem with the FCC, Bill Moyers says, is that "Business and government are now so intertwined that public officials and corporate retainers are interchangeable parts of what Chief Justice John Roberts might call 'the gratitude machine.'" FCC officials, including Tom Wheeler, transit back and forth through the revolving door between public service and lucrative private commerce. Read more ...

 

Five Videos Worth Watching From the Senate Dark Money Hearing

Friday, 02 May 2014
By John Light, Moyers & Company | Report
 
In yesterday's hearing on dark money, some very smart people shared their thoughts about big money's corrupting influence on our democracy, and what might be done to limit it. Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was one of them. Read more ...

 

Fast Food Pulls a Fast One

Wednesday, 30 April 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

Bad enough that the empty calories of many a fast-food meal have all the nutritional value of a fingernail paring. Even worse, the vast profits this industry pulls in are lining the pockets of its CEOs while many of those who work in the kitchens and behind the counters are struggling to eke out a living and can't afford a decent meal, much less a fast one. Read more ...

 

Government Is Now a Protection Racket for the 1%

Tuesday, 22 April 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Video Essay
 
A new report shows that top CEOs were paid 331 times more than the average US worker in 2013. At the same time, the poorest fifth of Americans paid an average tax rate of 11 percent while the richest one percent contributed half that rate at state and local levels. In this essay, Bill reflects on the forces that are causing inequality to skyrocket, why it matters and where we're headed in the future. Read more ...
 
 

Paul Krugman: What the 1% Don't Want You to Know

Sunday, 20 April 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report

Economist Paul Krugman explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy – the very system our founders revolted against. Read more ...

 

Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together

Thursday, 10 April 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

As the US Senate holds its first hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner deal - a $45 billion transaction that will affect millions of consumers and further pad some already well-lined pockets - it’s useful to get a look at how our elected officials have benefitted from the largesse of the two companies with an urge to merge. Read more ...

 

Obamacare Is Widening the Gap Between "Red" and "Blue" America

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:54
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

The fact that the citizens of “red” and “blue” states live in what are essentially two countries with very different governments has largely flown under the radar, but it may become the defining story of our time. Read more ...

All Work and No Pay

Tuesday, 08 April 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
 
This week, Bill speaks with Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, about the group's fight for better wages and working conditions for America's 10 million restaurant workers. Read more ...

 

Envy and Jealousy? Gag Me With a Silver Spoon

Tuesday, 25 March 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Home Depot tycoon Ken Langone said that he hopes populist sentiment is "not working, because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don't survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy." But this envy and jealousy meme wont' disappear any time soon. Read more ...

 

What You Need to Know About Dark Money

By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 25 March 2014

If you look up "dark money" in Merriam-Webster, you won't find a definition, but as of this week, their online unabridged dictionary includes a word that tells a big part of its story — "super PAC." It's defined in part as "an independent PAC [political action committee] that can accept unlimited contributions from individuals and organizations (such as corporations and labor unions) and spend unlimited amounts in support of a candidate." It's a fitting reminder that four years after Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates of campaign cash, dark money may be here to stay. Read more ...

 

Who's Buying our Midterm Elections?

Monday, 24 March 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
 
This week Bill speaks with investigative journalists Kim Barker and Andy Kroll about the role of dark money — and the wealthy donors behind it — in this year’s midterm elections. Read more ...

 

Rachel LaForest and Madeline Janis on Fighting for Fairness

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:48
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Economic equality advocates Rachel LaForest, executive director of Right to the City, and Madeline Janis, co-founder and national policy director of Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, discuss with Bill how social action can change both policy and lives. Janis led the fight for a living wage in Los Angeles; LaForest fights for fair and affordable housing across the country. Read more ...

 

No Escaping Dragnet Nation

Tuesday, 18 March 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
 
This week, as the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein publicly accused the CIA of spying on her committee’s computers, Bill talks with investigative reporter Julia Angwin, author of Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance. Read more ...

 

Remembering Tony Benn

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
 
Take a moment, please, to note the passing of a distinguished spokesman for the left, a man both firebrand and gadfly, of whom many Americans have never even heard. Yet what he did and said are of importance to us all and especially to the cause of democracy. Read more ...

 

Our Chat with Edward Snowden's Legal Counsel

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News
Wednesday, 11 March 2014

On Monday, via teleconference, whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed a crowd at SXSW, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Speaking from Russia, it was Snowden's first public address to people in the United States since he fled the country last June and the revelation that he possessed thousands of secret documents obtained while a subcontractor with the National Security Agency (NSA). Read more ...

 

Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Thursday, 06 March 2014

What do Cadillac-driving “welfare queens,” a “food stamp president” and the “lazy, dependent and entitled” 47 percent tell us about post-racial America? They’re all examples of a type of coded racism that this week’s guest, Ian Haney López, writes about in his new book, Dog Whistle Politics. Read more ...

 

How the Gun Lobby Became a Threat to Public Safety

 By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Just a generation ago, the NRA was a nonpartisan and relatively non-ideological organization that advocated for responsible and safe gun ownership in addition to defending gun rights. But in its 20 years under the leadership of chief executive Wayne LaPierre the organization has become another cog in the broader conservative advocacy machine. Read more ...

 

Liberals Face a Hard Day's Knight?

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 27 February 2014

That’s a pretty pathetic knight up there on the cover of the March issue of Harper’s Magazine. Battered and defeated, his shield in pieces, he’s slumped and saddled backwards on a Democratic donkey that has a distinctly woeful — or bored, maybe — countenance. It’s the magazine’s sardonic way of illustrating a powerful throwing down of the gauntlet by political scientist Adolph Reed, Jr. He has challenged the nation’s progressives with an article in the magazine provocatively titled “Nothing Left: The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals.” Read more ...

 

Adolph Reed Jr.: The Surrender of America's Liberals

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Thursday, 27 February 2014

In a Web-exclusive interview, political scientist Adolph Reed Jr. talks with Bill Moyers about his new article in the March issue of Harper’s Magazine – a challenge to America’s progressives provocatively titled, “Nothing Left: The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals.” Read more ...

 

A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 21 February 2014

Wednesday's announcement by Chairman Tom Wheeler that the FCC would write new rules to insure open access to the Internet generally was seen by consumers as a step in the right direction. But media reform advocates were concerned that it didn't go far enough. Read more ...

David Simon on Our Rigged Political System

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
 
David Simon, journalist and creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme, returns to talk with Bill Moyers about the triumph of capital over democracy. “If I could concentrate and focus on one thing … and start to walk the nightmare back, it would be campaign finance reform” Simon says. Read more ... 

 

Why the First Issue Is Money in Politics

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Monday, 17 February 2014
 
From achieving tax reform to fighting climate change to strengthening the social safety net, we will see no progress until the wealthy entities that benefit can no longer buy up politicians to prevent the status quo from changing. Read more ...

 

Lawrence Lessig's March to End Corruption

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Monday, 17 February 2014
 
This week, we bring you a special report on a two-week, 185-mile trek through the winter cold in New Hampshire, led in January by constitutional scholar and activist Lawrence Lessig to raise awareness of the crippling problem of corruption in American politics. Read more ...

 

On the Money: What a Tangled Web We Weave

By Gail Ablow, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Sunday, 16 February 2014

Campaign websites in 2014 aren’t always what they seem -> Deceptive political ads are not new to hardball campaigns, but Time Magazine’s Denver Nicks reports that the National Republican Congressional Committee is mastering fakery on a new frontier — the Internet. The RCC bought hundreds of Web addresses in the names of Democrats running for office and, at last count, had designed 16 fake campaign websites. If people don’t read the fine print they might, unknowingly, donate to the NRCC while they think they are supporting a Democrat. Read more ...

 

Bill McKibben to Obama: Say No to Big Oil

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 10 February 2014
 
Bill Moyers talks with Bill McKibben, an activist who has dedicated his life to saving the planet from environmental collapse, about his hopes that Americans will collectively pressure Obama to stand up to big oil. Read more ...

 

Advice to Plutocrat Perkins: Time to Shut Up!

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 31 January 2014
 
There's a rule of thumb in cyberspace etiquette known as Godwin's Law, named after Mike Godwin, the Internet lawyer and activist who first came up with it. A variation of that law boils down to this: He who first compares the other side to Nazis loses, and the conversation is at an end. Unless you're billionaire Tom Perkins, who seems dedicated to digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself. Read more ...

 

The Keystone XL Pipeline's "Accidental Activists"

By Tara Lohan, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Monday, 27 January 2014
 
Michael Bishop and other landowners across a 485-mile strip of Oklahoma and Texas had already had their dreams dashed and their land condemned, cleared and bulldozed. And that’s because the Keystone XL pipeline has a northern and a southern leg. Read more ...
 
 

Facing the Truth in China

By Gail Pellett, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Sunday, 19 January 2014

The blogosphere reporting news from China is abuzz this week with the story of the former Red Guard – now in her 60s – apologizing for her behavior and expressing remorse for what occurred at her elite Beijing high school during the first months of the Cultural Revolution. Read more ...

 

Door Closes to Open Internet, But All May Not Be Lost

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Thursday, 16 January 2014
 
The federal appeals court decision striking down net neutrality could be reversed, either on appeal to the Supreme Court or by the FCC backing away from decisions it made during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations and taking a stronger stand on behalf of the American people instead of the Verizon's and AT&T's. Read more ...

 

North Carolina: Battleground State

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Thursday, 09 January 2014

First it was Wisconsin. Now it’s North Carolina that is redefining the term “battleground state.”  On one side:  a right-wing government enacting laws that are changing the face of the state. On the other:  citizen protesters who are fighting back against what they fear is a radical takeover. This crucible of conflict reflects how the battle for control of American politics is likely to be fought for the foreseeable future: not in Washington, DC, but state by state. Read more ...

 

Four Surefire Tips for Following the Money in Your State

By Andy Kroll, Moyers & Company | Report
Sunday, 05 January 2014

As the “dark money” reporter for Mother Jones, it’s my job to shine as much light on this cash bonanza as I can. I do this using every tool and trick at my disposal: databases, experts, plugged-in sources and good old-fashioned door knocking. Here are four easy-to-use tips for following the money in your state — and throwing some sunlight on the mega-donors trying to sway your elections. Read more ...

 

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 24 December 2013

[Grover] Norquist, president of the conservative Americans for Tax Reform, is infamous for his expressed desire to shrink government “down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” And even though the new budget deal takes a feeble swipe at sequestration and the indiscriminate slashing of government funds, his wish may be coming true. Read more...

 

Michelle Alexander on Bill Moyers: Locked Out of the American Dream

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Sunday, 22 December 2013
 
Michelle Alexander tells Bill that she has seen a grassroots movement brewing in communities across the country, “There are enormous victories that are being achieved precisely because the people whom we have written off and viewed as disposable are reclaiming their voice, standing up, speaking out, organizing even as they struggle to survive.” Read more ...

 

Gunpowder and Blood on Their Cold, Dead Hands

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 17 December 2013

This grim anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., killings, with 28 dead, reminded us of that moment back in 2000 when Charlton Heston made his defiant boast at the NRA convention that gun control advocates would have to pry his rifle from his “cold, dead hands.” You would have thought he had returned to that fantasy world of Hollywood where, in a previous incarnation, he portrayed those famous Indian killers Andrew Jackson and Buffalo Bill Cody, whose Wild West, as Cody marketed it, still courses through the bloodstream of American mythology. Read more ...

 

Richard Slotkin on Guns and Violence

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 16 December 2013
 
Ahead of the one year anniversary of the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in which Adam Lanza took the lives of 20 school children and six educators, Bill speaks with cultural historian and scholar Richard Slotkin about the role of guns in America’s national psyche. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers on the NRA: "The Armed Bully of American Politics"

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Sunday, 15 December 2013

Bill discusses the work of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which has just released a moving video urging people to speak out against firearms violence. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers | The Great American Class War: Plutocracy vs. Democracy

By Bill Moyers, TomDispatch | Speech Excerpt
Thursday, 12 December 2013

I met Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in 1987 when I was creating a series for public television called In Search of the Constitution, celebrating the bicentennial of our founding document.  By then, he had served on the court longer than any of his colleagues and had written close to 500 majority opinions, many of them addressing fundamental questions of equality, voting rights, school segregation, and -- in New York Times v. Sullivan in particular -- the defense of a free press. Read more ...

 

Henry A. Giroux | The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy

By Henry A Giroux, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Monday, 09 December 2013
 
Stripped of its ethical and political importance, the public has been largely reduced to a space where private interests are displayed and the social order increasingly mimics a giant Dr. Phil show where notions of the public register as simply a conglomeration of private woes, tasks, conversations and problems. Read More...
 
 

Henry Giroux on the "School to Prison Pipeline"

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 26 November
 
Education expert Henry Giroux tells Bill public schools are suffering from an overemphasis on academic testing as teachers are stripped of their powers, in schools with disciplinary systems that resemble prisons. Read More...
 
 

Bill Moyers | Henry Giroux: Zombie Politics and Casino Capitalism

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Friday, 22 November 2013
 
This week on Moyers & Company, author and scholar Henry Giroux explains how our political system has turned people into zombies – “people who are basically so caught up with surviving that they become like the walking dead — they lose their sense of agency, they lose their homes, they lose their jobs.” Read more ...
 
 

With Today’s Nuclear Option, the Senate Inches Closer to Democracy

By Staff, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 22 November 2013
 
Last January, Bill Moyers spoke with Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, about the need to eliminate the silent filibuster in the Senate. But in recent years, senators could filibuster without laying out their reasons for doing so. Today, that changes — at least partially. Read more ...

 

Following the Ninth

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 21 November 2013
 
This week Bill previews the new film Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, a documentary exploring the worldwide cultural and political influence of Beethoven’s masterpiece and its majestic “Ode to Joy.” Read more ...  
 

How a Shadowy Network of Corporate Front Groups Distorts the Marketplace of Ideas

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Interview
Thursday, 21 November 2013
 
Last week, two progressive groups released a report which shines a light on a network of well-funded, ostensibly independent state-based think tanks that are hard at work undermining workers’ rights and environmental and consumer protections. Moyers & Company speaks with Lisa Graves, CMD’s executive director, to discuss the report. Read more ... 
 
 

November Days of Drums

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 21 November 2013
 
"While many will recall the sound of muffled drums as Kennedy’s horse-drawn funeral caisson was moved through the streets of Washington, I’ll remember Friday, 2 p.m., and the echo of drums in a dark and empty school auditorium." Read more ...

 

How Big Money and Big Media Undermine Democracy

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Friday, 15 November 2013
 
This past Tuesday, special interests pumped big money into promoting or tearing down candidates and ballot initiatives in elections across the country. But no one knows the dangers of this “money and media election complex” better than John Nichols and Robert McChesney, who speak with Bill this week on Moyers & Company. Read more ...
 
 

Rip-off: High Out-of-Pocket Social Costs are a Stealth Tax on the Middle Class and the Poor

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 15 November 2013
 
Americans’ heavy reliance on the private sector to provide social goods and services doesn’t only result in us paying a lot and getting a lot less for it, compared to other wealthy countries. It also makes the financing of our entire social welfare system far less fair. It’s a great deal for the wealthiest, and a huge rip-off for the rest of us. Read more ...
 
 

Real-Life Hunger Is No Game

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
 
 "So let me get this straight: fast-food submarine sandwiches are being used to market a motion picture about people who will do anything to survive a dystopian society in which there’s nothing to eat? Yikes." Read more ...

 

Freedom of Speech in the Digital Age

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Radio Segment
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
 
In honor of the 10th anniversary of Free Press, Michael Winship sat down with journalist and author Craig Aaron, who in 2011 became the organization’s president and CEO. You can listen to our audio conversation above, read the full transcript or skim the highlights. Read more ...

 

America's Drone Wars

By Staff, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Thursday, 07 November 2013

The use of drones has intensified under President Obama's leadership as the number of troops on the ground in Afghanistan and the Pakistani tribal areas has been scaled back. But the drones often kill innocent civilians, including children. That is the subject of Robert Greenwald's new documentary, Unmanned: America's Drone Wars. Here, we look at clips from the film, which shares testimony, stories and alarming news on the fatal impact of our drone strategy. Read more ...

 

Dark Money’s New Frontier: State Judicial Elections

By John Light, Moyers & Company  | Report
Wednesday, 06 November 2013
 
In America, we expect that our courts are fair and impartial — that their primary interest is to serve justice under the law. But increasingly, state high courts are falling prey to the same out-of-control, post-Citizens United election spending that has plagued legislative and executive races during the past two election cycles. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers: Yves Smith and Dean Baker on Secrets in Trade

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 05 November 2013
 
Some vigilant independent watchdogs are tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations with sources they trust, including Dean Baker and Yves Smith, who join Moyers & Company this week. Read more ...
 
 

Bill Moyers: Obamacare - The Right Wing's Alamo

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday, 04 November 2013

As Republican members of Congress demand apologies and administration officials dutifully offer up mea culpas for the botched Obamacare rollout, Bill wonders, wouldn’t it be fair to expect just a morsel of apology from the right as well? Read more ...

 

Hurricane Sandy One Year Later: Lessons Learned and Unlearned

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
 
In the chaos following Sandy’s landfall, as government agencies and traditional relief organizations like the Red Cross struggled to respond, community groups picked up the slack. Those efforts continue today. Read more...

 

The Great American Ripoff: The High Cost of Low Taxes

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
 
The American people pay a similar amount for social services – health care, retirement security, disability and unemployment insurance and the like – as citizens of European countries with supposedly lavish social safety nets. Read more...

 

An Oasis in a Food Desert

By Karla Murthy and Alexandra Nikolchev, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
 
Since opening last month, America’s first nonprofit grocery store is bringing fresh and affordable fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy to Chester, Pa., a community that has struggled to find healthy food options since the city’s last supermarket closed in 2001. Read more...

 

Why JPMorgan May Be Getting Off Easy

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
 
JPMorgan is under investigation on so many fronts it’s hard to keep them sorted out – everything from the deceptive sales in its credit card unit to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme to the criminal manipulation of energy markets and the bribing of Chinese officials. Read more...

 

Peter Dreier on a New Generation of Activists

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview
Monday, 28 October 2013

Historian Peter Dreier shares why he's optimistic about America's future, including dynamic grass-roots initiatives around the country and, believe it or not, the radical politics of Dr. Seuss. Read more...

 

Politicians' Extortion Racket?

By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 24 October 2013

There are two sides to the story of special interest money in Washington, according to an op-ed today in The New York Times by Peter Schweizer, a fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution. While the traditional narrative is that politicians are corrupted by wealthy interests, Schweizer says we may be getting it wrong. Read more ...

 

Will Every State Eventually Expand Medicaid?

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 24 October 2013

While red state Republicans rail against Obamacare, the question of whether their poor constituents are eventually covered under the law’s Medicaid expansion may ultimately come down to state budget realities. Read more ...

 

Healthcare.gov Debacle: Spare Some Blame for Bush and Clinton

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 24 October 2013

If the problem-plagued rollout of healthcare.gov is any indication, 25 years of bipartisan efforts to downsize the federal government and turn a broad swath of what was the public sector over to private contractors haven’t yielded the awesome efficiencies the “reinventing government” crowd promised us. What a shocker. Read more ....

 

Bill Moyers: Martin Wolf on the Debt Ceiling Circus

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 21 October 2013

This week, Congress approved an 11th-hour deal to raise the debt ceiling, which threatened to push the global economy over the edge, but instead of resolving the debt crisis lawmakers simply delayed it. Bill speaks to Financial Times chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, who says the US debt ceiling is "the legislative equivalent of a nuclear bomb aimed by the US at itself." Read more ...

 

The Right's Closed Information Loop May Set Up the Next Shut Down

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 19 October 2013

It’s impossible to say whether we’ll face another crisis of governance in three months, when the stopgap budget resolution passed on Wednesday expires, but it’s clear that the 40 or 50 hardcore, tea party-backed members of Congress who precipitated the shutdown want another crack at it. Read more ...

 

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus - Campaign Cash

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Opinion
Friday, 18 October 2013

If you want to see how grossly money can distort democracy, just go to the state of Virginia, where there are no limits on how big a check can be written for statewide office. Read more ...

 

Ignore the Spin: This Debt Ceiling Crisis Is Not Politics as Usual

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 10 October 2013

Never before has a minority party linked controversial legislative demands with a threat to shut down the government or imperil the global economy. But House Republicans would have you believe otherwise. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers: On the Sabotage of Democracy

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 08 October 2013

This week's government shutdown has consequences for all of us, costing an estimated $300 million each day that the government is closed for business. Many Americans have voiced their frustrations with the fallout from the shutdown on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hash tag #DearCongress. Here, Bill Moyers shares his own thoughts on the shutdown, and the resulting sabotage of democracy.

 

The IRS Scandal That Wasn't

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:34

In reality, this is a story about how bureaucratic bungling was turned into scandal by right wing politicians desperate to spin gold from straw. But their staged controversy has distracted from a real Washington scandal, our inability to rein in the outrageous amounts of money used by the rich and powerful to secretly broker elections and buy our government.

 

Pro Football's Unsportsmanlike Conduct

By Michael Winship and Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 

Of the 31 owners of NFL teams, seventeen - more than half - are billionaires. Many boast of being self-made, in the image of Horatio Alger, but are now ensconced in luxury skyboxes far above the proletarians whose own dreams of glory ride vicariously on the grunts and groans of bulky but agile gladiators only one play away from a career-ending collision with the laws of physics. Read more...

 

Bill Moyers: Let Us Now Praise Common Sense

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 17 September 2013

On this week’s Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers says that the White House, Congress and the punditry of the Beltway may ultimately be grateful to a public that weighed in on a potential military strike in Syria - that the collective common sense of everyday people became a force so powerful it could not be ignored. Read more...

 

In Los Angeles, Labor Redefines Itself

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 11 September 2013

“It’s time to turn America right side up!” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka exhorted those in attendance at the labor alliance’s quadrennial convention in Los Angeles on Monday. Time, he said in his keynote address, to change the ratio of power, to put the 99 percent in charge rather than let the richest one percent dominate government, politics and society. Read more ...

 

Marshall Ganz on Making Social Movements Matter

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 19 August 2013

Bill's guest, veteran activist and organizer Marshall Ganz, joins Bill to discuss the power of social movements to effect meaningful social change. A social movement legend who dropped out of Harvard to volunteer during Mississippi's Freedom Summer of 1964, Ganz then joined forces with Cesar Chavez of the United Farmworkers, protecting workers who picked crops for pennies in California. Ganz also had a pivotal role organizing students and volunteers for Barack Obama's historic 2008 presidential campaign. Now 70, he's still organizing across the United States and the Middle East, and back at Harvard, teaching students from around the world about what it takes to beat Goliath. Read more ...

 

Cash and Congress: The Tie That Binds

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Sunday, 18 August 2013

But despite what you’ve heard, the spirit of bipartisanship in Washington is not dead. Simply look past the vitriol, bombast and gridlock, then listen for the ka-ching of the nearest cash register, made flesh by friendly lobbyists and special interests. Their fat wallets and deep pockets bring together Democrats and Republicans like no one else in a collegial spirit of kumbaya as they dive for dollars in exchange for their votes and influence. Read more ...

 

Our Growing Racial Wealth Gap

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The vast chasm between the richest one percent of Americans and everyone else continues to widen, and researchers have found that when you factor race into the equation, the economic gap is even more pronounced. Read more ...

 

ALECs Attempts to Thwart Obamacare

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Interview
Wednesday, 14 August 2013

As part of our ongoing focus on the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, we checked in with health insurance executive turned industry whistleblower Wendell Potter to learn about ALEC’s efforts to influence the health care debate and undermine The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). Read more ...

 

Taming Capitalism Run Wild

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 12 August 2013

Modern American capitalism is a story of continued inequality and hardship. Even a modest increase in the minimum wage faces opposition from those who seem to show allegiance first and foremost to America's wealthy and powerful. Yet some aren't just wringing their hands about our economic crisis; they're fighting back. Read more ...

 

Can the Federal Election Commission Be Saved?

By Matea Gold and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Radio Report
Friday, 09 August 2013

Reviews of the effectiveness of Federal Election Commission - mandated by Congress back in 1975 to regulate campaign finance - have never been stellar, but lately the word most commonly used to describe it is “dysfunctional.” Listen to the radio report ...

 

The Wall Street Ties of Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner

By Zaid Jilani, Moyers & Company | Report
Tuesday, 06 August 2013
Larry Summers is under no legal requirement to disclose his most recent payments from corporations until he is officially nominated, and if he’s nominated, he’ll most likely be confirmed. Read more...

 

The Faces of America's Hungry

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 05 August 2013

Here in the richest country on earth, 50 million of us — one in six Americans — go hungry. More than a third of them are children. Debates on how to address hunger – in both Congress and the media — are filled with tired clichés about freeloaders undeserving of government help, living large at the expense of honest, hardworking taxpayers. But the documentary A Place at the Table paints a truer picture of America’s poor. Watch the Video ...

 

Ken Cook on Improving the Chemical Safety Improvement Act

By Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company | Interview
Sunday, 04 August 2013

The Chemical Safety Improvement Act, co-sponsored by Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA), was introduced earlier this year, shortly before Sen. Lautenberg passed away on June 5, 2013. Read more ...

 

"We Can't Survive on $7.25"

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 01 August 2013

Fast food workers in seven U.S. cities are walking off the job this week in what organizers say is the largest strike in the industry’s history. The wave of protests began Monday in New York City, where workers earning as little as the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour - in a town where the average rent is over $3,000 a month - demanded $15 per hour and the right to organize. Watch the Video ...

 

The Minimum Wage Doesn't Apply to Everyone

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 30 July 2013

This week marked the four-year anniversary of the last time Congress increased the minimum wage - from $5.15 in 2007 to $7.25 in 2009. Groups demonstrated across the country, demanding increases at both the state and federal level. Read more ...

 

Congress Fiddles While the Western States Burn

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Monday, 29 July 2013

In the weeks and months immediately following 9/11, one of the most touching responses in my neighborhood, not far Ground Zero, was the overwhelming support of police and fire departments from around the country. Read more ...

 

John Lewis Marches On

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Friday, 26 July 2013

I’m writing to let you know of one of the most important and engaging broadcasts we’ve done in this series. Fifty years ago on August 28, 1963, more than a quarter-million people descended on the nation’s capital in a peaceful petition for “jobs and freedoms” that became the historic March on Washington. Read more ...

 

Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Monday, 22 July 2013

And you thought the government didn’t have a jobs program. It does. The problem is that the pay and benefits are lousy, and in many cases the working conditions ain’t so great either. Read more ...

 

Kristi Jacobson and Mariana Chilton on How Hunger Hurts Everyone

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday, 01 July 2013

Here in the richest country on earth, 50 million of us - one in six Americans - go hungry. More than a third of them are children. And yet Congress can’t pass a Farm Bill because our representatives continue to fight over how many billions to slash from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps. The debate is filled with tired clichés about freeloaders undeserving of government help, living large at the expense of honest, hardworking taxpayers. Watch the Video ...

 

Guns Lost, Stolen or Strayed

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 29 June 2013

Back in January, a month after the Newtown school slayings and just a few days before his second inauguration, Barack Obama announced he would “put everything I’ve got” into the fight against gun violence. Read more ...

 

David Gregory, Glenn Greenwald and the First Amendment

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 28 June 2013

David Gregory ignited further controversy on Meet the Press this weekend when he asked Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first broke the story of Edward Snowden’s leaked NSA documents, this question: "To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?" Read more ...

 

Shooting It All in Las Vegas

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 25 June 2013

I've just flown back from Vegas, and boy, are my arms tired. And brain boggled. After all these years, it was my first visit, and although I've been to Reno and Tahoe and even the casinos of Winnemucca, Nevada - "The Crossroads of the West" - nothing prepared me for the splendor, squalor, sleaze and squander of the ultimate American pleasure dome. Read more ...

 

Denying a Head Start in Washington State

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 06 June 2013

To get a sense of just how foolish and shortsighted the $85 billion across-the-board sequester cuts are you don’t have to look any further than Head Start. The federal government’s only pre-K program, Head Start provides comprehensive, high-quality early education and support services to children and their families living in poverty. Read more ...

 

Good Consumers, Bad Citizens

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 30 May 2013

A few days ago, I was listening to a radio talk show discussion of the bill passed on May 7 by the New York City Council, requiring some businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees. The first caller was indignant. “This bill is anti-consumer!” he bellowed because, he insisted, it would raise prices. I thought, no, this bill is pro-citizen, helping out people, many of them in extremis - and just when did we stop being citizens and become merely consumers? Read more ...

 

Why Tim DeChristopher Went to Prison for His Protest

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Saturday, 25 May 2013

Only weeks after his release from prison, climate activist Tim DeChristopher talks about the necessity of civil disobedience in the fight for environmental justice. Read more ...

 

Enabling Greed Makes US Sick

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Co. | News Analysis
Tuesday, 21 May 2013

At the end of a week that reminds us to be ever vigilant about the dangers of government overreaching its authority, whether by the long arm of the IRS or the Justice Department, we should pause to think about another threat — from too much private power obnoxiously intruding into public life. Read more ...

 

Don't Shoot - Organize!

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 11 May 2013

We were struck this week by one response to our broadcast last week on gun violence and the Newtown school killings. Read more ...

 

Sandy Hook Promise: There Will Be Change

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 04 May 2013

This week, we spent time with Francine and David Wheeler, parents of six-year-old Ben Wheeler, one of the 20 children and six educators shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Read more ...

 

The Worst Congress Money Can Buy

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 27 April 2013

If you want to see why the public approval rating of Congress is down in the sub-arctic range — an icy 15 percent by last count — all you have to do is take a quick look at how the House and Senate pay worship at the altar of corporations, banks and other special interests at the expense of public aspirations and need. Read more ...

 

Sandra Steingraber's War on Toxic Trespassers

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Saturday, 27 April 2013
 

Biologist, mother and activist Sandra Steingraber joins Bill to talk about the need to build awareness about toxins that contaminate our air, water and food — and threaten our children’s health. Read more ...

 

The Boston Manhunt as a "Political" Event

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 25 April 2013
 

Columnist Glenn Greenwald describes how, in the wake of the Boston bombings, people formed opinions about the world and government based on little information. Read more ...

 

Dance of the Honey Bee

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Report
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
 

Bill presents and introduces the short documentary "Dance of the Honey Bee." Read more ...

 

Sherman Alexie on Living Outside Cultural Borders

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
 

Born on a Native American reservation, Sherman Alexie has been navigating the cultural boundaries of American culture in lauded poetry, novels, short stories, screenplays, even stand-up comedy for over two decades. Read more ...

 

Dr. King’s "Two Americas" Truer Now than Ever

By Michael Winship and Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 11 April 2013
 

You may think you know about Martin Luther King, Jr., but there is much about the man and his message we have conveniently forgotten. He was a prophet, like Amos, Isaiah and Jeremiah of old, calling kings and plutocrats to account — speaking truth to power. Read more ...

 

Homeless in High Tech's Shadow

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 09 April 2013
 

In California’s Silicon Valley, Facebook, Google and Apple have minted hundreds of new tech millionaires. But not far away, the homeless are building tent cities along a creek in the city of San Jose. Read more ...

 

Economist Richard Wolff Answers Questions

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 04 April 2013
 

In Bill’s first interview with economist and professor Richard Wolff, he asked viewers to submit questions for Wolff to answer. We received hundreds, some of which the professor tackled on this week’s Moyers & Company. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers: The Hypocrisy of "Justice for All"

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday, 01 April 2013
 

Bill reports on the hypocrisy of “justice for all” in a society where billions are squandered for a war born in fraud while the poor are pushed aside. Turns out true justice — not just the word we recite from the Pledge of Allegiance — is still unaffordable for those who need it most. Read more ...

 

Watergate's Lessons, Washed Away

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 30 March 2013
 
But the Lessons of Watergate are lessons learned and lost. We’ve got to organize, get our government back and make it accountable. Many believe it will take another scandal the size of Watergate, or worse, to get us back on track. Let’s hope not. Read more ...

 

How Worker-Owned Companies Work

By Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Saturday, 30 March 2013
 
Economist Richard Wolff is a proponent of democracy at work: an alternative capitalism that thrives on workers directing their own workplaces. In the documentary film Shift Change, producers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young tell the stories of successful cooperative businesses from Spain to San Francisco. We caught up with Dworkin and Young to find out what makes cooperative businesses work. Read more ...

 

The Death Penalty's Fatal Flaws

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Friday, 29 March 2013
 
Right now, there are more than 3,100 inmates on death row, and more than 60 percent are members of racial or ethnic minorities. Over time, Supreme Court Justices have fine-tuned the circumstances under which the death penalty may still apply, but no set of laws or jurisprudence can undo wrongful executions - or, it seems, completely prevent them. Read more ...

 

Robert Reich on Lessons Learned From Watergate

By Staff, Moyers & Company | Interview
Friday, 22 March 2013
 
In this audio exclusive at the event, Moyers & Company senior writer Michael Winship talks with Reich about the ways in which Washington has changed since Watergate, and how the influence of money continues to corrupt politics and exacerbate income inequality in America. Read more ...

 

Alex Steffen on Carbon-Zero Cities

By Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
 
In 2003, environmental journalist Alex Steffen and Jamais Cascio started a blog called Worldchanging that focused on innovative solutions to the planet’s problems. The blog attracted a global audience and became one of the most trafficked sustainability sites on the Internet. Read more ...

 

Covert Drone Warfare, By the Numbers

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
 
Unmanned drones have been used to kill thousands of suspected militants — and civilians — and not just in open war zones like Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq. Drone strikes have also been used in covert wars in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The graphs below show drone related deaths in these secret wars. Read more ...

 

Jack Lew, Citigroup and the Ugland Truth

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Saturday, 09 March 2013
 
Along with its sandy beaches and quality snorkeling, the Cayman Islands’ reputation as an offshore tax haven for corporations, banks and hedge funds has become so well-known its financial institutions now are featured in travel brochures as yet another tourist attraction. Read more ...

 

Susan Jacoby on Secularism and Free Thinking

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 07 March 2013
 
Journalist and historian Susan Jacoby talks with Bill about the role secularism and intellectual curiosity have played throughout America’s history, a topic explored in her new book, The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought. Read more ...

 

Zack Kopplin on Keeping Creationism Out of Public Classrooms

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 05 March 2013
 
From the time he was a high school senior in his home state of Louisiana, anti-creationism activist Zack Kopplin has been speaking, debating, cornering politicians and winning the active support of 78 Nobel Laureates, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New Orleans City Council, and tens of thousands of students, teachers and others around the country. Read more ...

 

Saru Jayaraman on Justice for Restaurant Workers

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 28 February 2013
 
Activist and author Saru Jayaraman marches on Washington with restaurant workers struggling to make ends meet, and talks about how we can best support their right to a fair wage. Read more ...

 

The Revolving Door Spins from Sea to Shining Sea

By Michael Winship and Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
 
To those who would argue that the notion of a perpetual motion machine is impossible, we give you the revolving door — that ever-spinning entrance and exit between public service in government and the hugely profitable private sector. It never stops. Read more ...

 

Richard Wolff on Fighting for Economic Justice and Fair Wages

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
 
Economist Richard Wolff joins Bill to shine light on the disaster left behind in capitalism's wake, and to discuss the fight for economic justice, including a fair minimum wage. Read more ...

 

POGO Sticks It to the SEC

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Monday, 18 February 2013
 
According to a major new report from the nonpartisan watchdog POGO – the Project on Government Oversight — hundreds of the agency's former employees have done or are doing business with the SEC on behalf of the corporations the agency is supposed to regulate. Read more ...

 

Vietnam and America's "Wandering Ghosts"

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 14 February 2013
 
Nick Turse talks to Bill about the ghosts of people and issues not properly put to rest in the years following the Vietnam war. Read more ...

 

Nick Turse Describes the Real Vietnam War

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
TThursday, 14 February 2013
 
Journalist Nick Turse describes his personal mission to compile a complete and compelling account of the Vietnam War’s horror as experienced by all sides, including innocent civilians who were sucked into its violent vortex. Read more ...

 

The Hubris of the Drones

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
 

By the standards of slaughter in Vietnam, the deaths caused by drones are hardly a bleep on the consciousness of official Washington. But we have to wonder if each innocent killed — a young boy gathering wood at dawn, unsuspecting of his imminent annihilation; a student who picked up the wrong hitchhikers; that tribal elder arguing against fanatics — doesn’t give rise to second thoughts by those judges who prematurely handed our president the Nobel Prize for Peace. Read more ...

 

Barack Obama, Drone Ranger

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 02 February 2013
 
The story of bin Laden's death is just one aspect of the international manhunt the United States has pursued, a worldwide dragnet of detention and death that has raised troubling questions and fervent debate over the fight against terrorism. What about the undermining of civil liberties here at home? The rights of suspects? The secret surveillance of American citizens? Read more ...

 

Martín Espada's Poem for Howard Zinn

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
 

Martín Espada reads the poem he wrote to honor his good friend, historian and activist Howard Zinn, whom Espada calls “the most decent, most generous human being I have ever known.” Zinn died in January, 2010. The poem is entitled “Castles for the Laborers and Ballgames on the Radio.” Watch the Video ...

 

US Rep. Peter Welch on Amgen’s Sweet Senate Deal

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Co. | Video
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
 

A recent article in The New York Times reported on a cost-control exception provided to Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology firm. Watch the Video ...

 

Foul Play in the Senate

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Saturday, 26 January 2013
 
Amgen is the world’s largest biotechnology firm, a drug maker that sells a variety of medications. The little clause secretly sneaked into the fiscal cliff bill gives the company two more years of relief from Medicare cost controls for certain drugs used by patients who are on kidney dialysis, including a pill called Sensipar, manufactured by Amgen. Read more ...

 

Larry Cohen on Eliminating Silent Filibusters

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 24 January 2013
 
BILL MOYERS: Welcome. Circle next Tuesday in red, the 22nd of January. That's the day the United State Senate could decide whether to return from the dead by reforming the filibuster and allowing democracy to work. Read more ...

 

Corporate Party Favors at the Inaugural Shindig

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Saturday, 19 January 2013
 
According to records released by the official Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), so far, fewer than a thousand individuals and only eight corporations have contributed money for the long weekend of parties, balls and ceremonies. Most of these companies have ties to the federal government. Restrictions on government contractors giving money to politicians don’t apply to the inaugural. They should. Read more ...

 

Paul Krugman Explains the Keys to Our Recovery

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview
Friday, 18 January 2013
 
Bill Moyers: Welcome. Just before the holidays, we asked you, our viewers, to recommend the one book you thought President Obama should read as he prepares himself for his second term in office. Read more ...
 

Moyers: On Democracy 

Corporate Gold on a Fiscal Cliff 

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
 

In economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman’s book, End This Depression Now!, there’s a chapter titled “The Second Gilded Age” in which he describes the extraordinary rise in wealth and power of the very rich during this era of unregulated greed. Since Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980, the top one percent of Americans have seen their incomes increase by 275 percent. After accounting for inflation, the typical hourly wage for a worker has increased just $1.23. Read more...

The Recent Unpleasantness at FreedomWorks

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 02 January 2013
 

As Saturday Night Live’s Stefon would say, this Washington tale has everything: accusations hurled and counter-hurled, handguns, multimillion dollar payoffs — just what we need to briefly distract us as the parties play chicken up on Capitol Hill’s fiscal cliff. Read more ... 

Bill Moyers: Remember the Victims, Reject the Violence

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay
Friday, 21 December 2012
 
Bill urges us to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre by name. He also rejects the notion of doubling down on guns and armor as a response, and encourages all of us to work hard on realistic and moral solutions. Read more ...
 
 

Washington's Revolving Door: As Old as Lincoln

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
 
The more things change, the more they remain the same. The actual revolving door may not have been invented until 1888, more than 20 years after Lincoln’s death, but the principle already was firmly in place back then and still turning ‘round today, especially among departing members of the House. Read more ...
 
 
 

Washington's Revolving Door Is Hazardous to Our Health

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 14 December 2012
 
We’ve seen how Washington insiders write the rules of politics and the economy to protect powerful special interests, but now as we enter the holiday season, and a month or so after the election, we’re getting a refresher course in just how that inside game is played, gifts and all. In this round, Santa doesn’t come down the chimney — he simply squeezes his jolly old self through the revolving door. Read more ...
 
 

Bill Moyers: The Truth Behind Grover Norquist's Pledge

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
 
In an original broadcast essay, Bill says there’s more to Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge than ideology or principle - it’s also about Norquist’s efforts keep taxes low for his donor base of billionaires. Read more ...

 

A Look at the Numbers Behind "Obamacare"

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Saturday, 08 December 2012
 

When the Supreme Court handed down its decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) last June 28, a handful of conservative governors were quick to declare that their states would opt out of the Medicaid expansion program. Although Obamacare will have a hefty price tag, most of the burden will be carried by the federal government. Read more ...

 

Inside the Invisible World of Domestic Work: An Interview With Ai-jen Poo

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Report
Friday, 07 December 2012
 

Domestic workers - the nannies, housekeepers, and home health aides who care for our young children and elderly parents — have traditionally been excluded from the most basic protections, like minimum wage. Working behind closed doors in private homes, they are vulnerable to abuse and unable to organize. Read more ...


ALEC Loses Ground in Election

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Report
Wednesday, 05 December 2012
 
The Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch reports that during the primary and general elections in the 2012 election cycle, and during recall elections held since 2010, 117 members of the American Legislative Exchange Council lost their seats. Arizona, Wisconsin and Minnesota were three states where ALEC lost considerable ground. Read more ...

 

The United States of ALEC
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video

Monday 3 December 2012

Welcome, to a story that's been unfolding for more than 30 years but has gone largely untold. That's the way the central characters wanted it. They were smart and understood something very important: that they might more easily get what they wanted from state capitals than from Washington, DC. So they started putting their money in places like Raleigh, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; and Madison, Wisconsin. That's because what happens in our state legislatures directly affects our taxes, schools, roads, the quality of our air and water - even our right to vote. Politicians and lobbyists at the core of this clever enterprise figured out how to pull it off in an organized, camouflaged way -- covering their tracks while they put one over on an unsuspecting public. This is the story of how and why it worked. Read More ...

 

Journalist Naomi Klein on Capitalism and Climate Change
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday 19 November 2012

Climate change and Hurricane Sandy brought Naomi Klein to town, too. You may know her as the author of "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism." Readers of two influential magazines to put Naomi Klein high on the list of the 100 leading public thinkers in the world. She is now reporting for a new book and documentary on how climate change can spur political and economic transformation. She also has joined with the environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben in a campaign launched this week called "Do the Math." Read more ...

Embrace the Fiscal Cliff

By Simon Johnson, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
 

Watch out for the coming hysteria on the so-called “fiscal cliff.” In the post-election commentary, you will hear numerous voices – definitely on the right but also on the left – arguing that we could not possibly increase taxes this year or next, as this will push our economy back into recession. Do not believe them – this is just the latest disinformation put out by people who agree with Grover Norquist that the real goal of politics should always and everywhere be to reduce taxes and shrink the size of government. Read more ...

 

Barbara Ehrenreich: Kiss Goldman Sachs Goodbye

By Barbara Ehrenreich, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 10 November 2012
 

I’m waiting for Obama to recognize the existence of widespread poverty - not just the 15 percent who are officially under the poverty line, but the 30 or more percent who barely getting by from week to week. Mr. President, kiss Goldman Sachs goodbye and bail out your real constituency! Read more ...

 

Will the Supreme Court Reaffirm Affirmative Action?

By Laura Flanders, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 07 November 2012
 

Laura Flanders discusses the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case with Kimberlé Crenshaw and Luke Harris. Watch the Video ...

 

What's Wrong With the Stop Special Interest Money Now Act?

Laura Flanders, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Friday, 02 November 2012
 
Peter Dreier tells Laura Flanders why he thinks California’s Stop Special Interest Money Now Act is really a sneak attack on unions. Watch the Video ...

 

Plutocrats Want to Own Your Vote

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
 

Across America, this divide between the super-rich and everyone else has become a yawning chasm that studies indicate may stifle jobs and growth for years to come. At no time in modern history has the top one hundredth of one percent owned more of our wealth or paid so low a tax rate. But in neither of the two presidential debates so far has the vastness of this astounding inequality gap been discussed. Read more ...

 

Killing the Kids That Don't Need to Die

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
 
A few days ago, just shy of the 11th anniversary of our invasion of Afghanistan, we marked a sad and tragic milestone: the 2000th member of the American armed forces to die in combat there.... There are two more presidential debates. They will be yet another hoax unless someone puts to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney the same question asked by Congressman Young: “Why are we killing the kids that don’t need to die?” And then asks it again and again to each of them until we get an honest answer. Read more ...

 


Bill Moyers: Election Expert Richard Hasen on Voter Fraud and Disenfranchisement

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Interview
Friday, 28 September 2012
 
Richard Hasen's new book The Voting Wars chronicles the partisan battles over election rules from the 2000 Florida recount to the present. The story continues on his Election Law Blog, the go-to source for updates on the wave of new voter ID laws, registration roll purges, and other efforts to manipulate voter turnout and potentially skew elections. We caught up with Hasen to talk about election fraud, voter suppression and the chances that either could make the difference in a close election this November. Read more ...
 
 

Bill Moyers: More Money, Less Democracy

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
 

In this essay, Bill examines how the Citizens United decision has candidates campaigning for cash more than votes, and how that money - pouring into TV ads and high-paid political consultants - is creating "a racket, plain and simple." Read more ...

 

Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on the Continuing Power of Karl Rove
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday 14 September 2012

Bill talks with Craig Unger, author of Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power, about Rove's behind-the-scenes maneuvering to once again affect the outcome of a presidential election.
"Most people thought he was a creature of the Bush family," Unger tells Bill. "I think he's a force more powerful than that." Read more ...

 

Money in Politics: Where Is the Outrage?

By Bill Moyers and Bernard A. Weisberger, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 31 August 2012
 
We might wish the uproar from the convention halls of both parties these busy weeks were the wholesome clamor of delegates deliberating serious visions of how we should be governed for the next four years. It rises instead from scripted TV spectacles — grown-ups doing somersaults of make-believe — that will once again distract the public’s attention from the death rattle of American democracy brought on by an overdose of campaign cash. Read more ...
 
 

The For-Profit College Racket

By Suzanne Merkelson, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 10 August 2012
 
[The for-profit college] is an industry that is by and large exploitative to its students and useless to the public good. But business seems to be going just fine – for-profit universities have an average profit margin of 19.7 percent. They just won't tell you that those profits are coming from our taxes – and at the expense of some of the most vulnerable among us. Read more ...
 
 

Bill Moyers | Suppressing Votes By Law

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 08 August 2012
 
This week, Bill talks to Keesha Gaskins and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice about new voter ID and other election laws that keep the young, elderly, minorities and the poor from exercising one of the most fundamental American rights. Read more ...
 
 
 

Bill Moyers | Veteran Karl Marlantes on What It's Like to Go to War

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 01 August 2012
 
Bill talks to Karl Marlantes - a highly-decorated Vietnam veteran, Rhodes Scholar, author, and PTSD survivor - about what we on the insulated outside need to understand about the minds and hearts of our modern warriors. Marlantes shares with Bill intimate stories about how his battlefield experiences both shaped and nearly destroyed him, even after returning to civilian life. Read more ...

 

Moyers and Winship: The NRA Has America Living Under the Gun

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 21 July 2012
 

Every year there are 30,000 gun deaths and 300,000 gun-related assaults in the U.S. Firearm violence costs our country as much as $100 billion a year. Toys are regulated with greater care and safety concerns than guns. So why do we always act so surprised? Read more ...

 

Moyers: Vandana Shiva on the Problem With Genetically-Modified Seeds

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Saturday, 21 July 2012
 

Bill talks to scientist and philosopher Vandana Shiva, who’s become a rock star in the global battle over genetically modified seeds. These seeds — considered “intellectual property” by the big companies who own the patents — are globally marketed to monopolize food production and profits. Opponents challenge the safety of genetically modified seeds, claiming they also harm the environment, are more costly, and leave local farmers deep in debt as well as dependent on suppliers. Shiva, who founded a movement in India to promote native seeds, links genetic tinkering to problems in our ecology, economy, and humanity, and sees this as the latest battleground in the war on Planet Earth. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers | Financial Expert Sheila Bair on Keeping Banks Honest

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
 

Bill talks with financial expert Sheila Bair about the lawlessness of our banking system and the prognosis for meaningful reform. Bair was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush to chair the FDIC. During the 2008 meltdown, she argued that in some cases banks were NOT too big to fail — that instead of bailouts, they should be sold off to healthier competitors. Now a senior adviser to the Pew Charitable Trusts, Bair has organized a private group of financial experts including former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, former Senators Bill Bradley and Alan Simpson, and John Reed, once the chairman of Citicorp, to explore ways to prevent the banking industry from scuttling reforms created by the Dodd-Frank Act. Read more ...

 

Banksters Take Us to the Brink

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 13 July 2012
 

Every day brings more reminders of the terrible unfairness that besets our country, the tragic reversal of fortune experienced by millions who once had good lives and steady jobs, now gone. Read more ...

 

Unions Are in Peril

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Thursday, 12 July 2012
 
Lost in the Supreme Court media chatter last week: a disturbing ruling in Knox vs. SEIU Local 1000 that restricts labor unions from directing collected dues toward political causes. There's no similar limit on corporations, naturally – yet another indication that the power and status of modern unions is waning, especially when compared to the unbridled influence of Corporate America. With a sharp decline in union membership, a legion of new enemies, and a series of legal and legislative setbacks, can unions rebound and once again act strongly in the interest of ordinary workers? Read more ...
 

Moyers: On Democracy

Banksters Take Us to the Brink

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 13 July 2012
 

Every day brings more reminders of the terrible unfairness that besets our country, the tragic reversal of fortune experienced by millions who once had good lives and steady jobs, now gone. Read more ...

 

Inequality Rises as Union Numbers Decline

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
 
By now, we've all heard about the growing disparity between rich and poor — and most of us have felt the effects. This chart, posted by Colin Gordon of the Economic Policy Institute, shows how income inequality corresponds to the rise and fall of union membership. Read more ...
 
 

Bill Moyers | Messing With Texas Textbooks

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 06 July 2012
 
One of the tasks of the Texas State Board of Education is to update curriculum standards and textbooks for Texas schoolchildren. The Texas school system is so large - 4.8 million textbook-reading schoolchildren as of 2011 - that revisions made by the board are often included in school books across the country, though digital technology has lessened this effect in recent years. In 2010, the board got a lot of attention when it approved over 100 amendments - many of which had a very clear conservative political agenda - to the social studies and economics curriculum standards. Read more ...
 
 

Bill Moyers | How Citizen Power Can Save a Library

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company
Friday, 29 June 2012
 
In this web-exclusive Bill Moyers Essay, Bill professes his lifelong love for libraries and their strong cultural value, and points to a crisis in public library funding across the country. But he also shares a unique and controversial community effort in Troy, Michigan that kept its library from becoming a political casualty, and serves as “a reminder of what can happen when we act together.” Read more and watch the video ...
 
 

Bill Moyers | Peter Edelman on Fighting Poverty

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Friday, 29 June 2012
 
Why, in one of the richest nations in the world, are so many poor people are teetering on the edge? Bill talks with author and advocate Peter Edelman about continuing efforts to fight poverty, and what it will take to keep the needs of poor people on the American political agenda. A former aide to Robert F. Kennedy and faculty director of Georgetown University’s Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy, Edelman’s new book is So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America. Read more ...
 
 

The President's Never-Ending Campaign for Cash

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
 

My neighborhood has become a cash machine for the Obama re-election campaign.... I still love where I live, but rents, commercial and residential, have skyrocketed; many of the mom-and-pop stores that gave the area character have moved or been forced out of business. How long we happy few, we remnants of the middle class can hang on is the subject of much debate. In the meantime, we have become prime real-estate for Democratic and progressive fundraising. Read more ...

 

Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein on Dark Money

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
 
While much of the mainstream media looks the other way, some journalists are working hard to identify the fingerprints super PACs and their benefactors leave on our victimized democracy. At the top of this list of journo-detectives are Mother Jones editors Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein, who continue to throw light on what they call “dark money.” In this conversation with Bill, Jeffery and Bauerlein talk about the conspiracy of cash that allows the rich to influence our most fundamental political freedoms. Read more ...
 
 

Campaign Cash: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company
Friday 15 June 2012
 
If you're visiting a candidate this summer and looking for a thoughtful house gift, might we suggest a nice super PAC? Thanks to the Supreme Court and Citizens United, they're all the rage among the mega-wealthy. All it takes is a little paperwork and a wad of cash and presto, you can have, as The Washington Post describes it, a "highly customized, highly personalized political action committee."
 
 

On Memorial Day Weekend, America Reckons With Torture

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company
Saturday 26 May 2012
 

Facing the truth is hard to do, especially the truth about ourselves. So Americans have been sorely pressed to come to terms with the fact that after 9/11 our government began to torture people, and did so in defiance of domestic and international law. Most of us haven’t come to terms with what that meant, or means today, but we must reckon with torture, the torture done in our name, allegedly for our safety. Read more ...

 

A Twenty-One Protest Song Salute

By Staff, Moyers & Company | Video
Wednesday 23 May 2012
 

Singer and activist Tom Morello says it’s his job as a musician “to steel the backbone of people on the front lines of social justice struggles, and to put wind in sails of those struggles.” Here’s a list of 21 songs that have done just that - from Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power. Watch the videos.

 

Tom Morello: Troubadour for Justice

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday 21 May 2012

Songs of social protest - music and the quest for justice - have long been intertwined, and the troubadours of troubling times - Guthrie, Seeger, Baez, Dylan, and Springsteen among them - have become famous for their dedication to both. Now we can add a name to the ranks of those who lift their voices for social and economic justice: Tom Morello. Morello is the Harvard-educated guitarist who dabbled in politics, then chose rock music to make a difference. He played guitar for the popular band he co-founded - Rage Against the Machine - and then for Audioslave. Rolling Stone chose his album "World Wide Rebel Songs" as one of the best of 2011, and named him one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Watch the video.

 

Tom Morello Leads the Occupy "Guitarmy" (Video)

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Video
Saturday 19 May 2012
 

An army of guitarists took to the streets of New York City as part of Occupy Wall Street's May Day resurgence. Led by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, the 'guitarmy' marched peacefully while strumming protest songs including Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land to Morello's World Wide Rebel Song. The foot soldiers of the guitarmy ranged from seasoned activists and Zuccotti occupiers to high school students at their first protest march. Watch the video ...

 

At a Military Hospital, Warriors Are Not the Only Wounded

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday 16 May 2012 
 

The weather’s getting warmer in Afghanistan and the war there is heating up again. That means – as it has meant every year for more than a decade — that the pace will quicken at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. More casualties will be brought to this largest American military hospital outside the United States. The Critical Care Air Transport teams and their C-17 Globemasters will fly in from “downrange,” as they call the Afghan battleground, and the injured will be brought by ambulance bus from nearby Ramstein Air Force Base to the hospital front door. Read more ...

 

Political Ads: America Discovers Columbus

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Sunday 13 May 2012
 

If you live in Columbus, Ohio, my sympathy. Don’t get me wrong. Columbus is a wonderful town – the state capital, birthplace of the late great humorist James Thurber, location of Ohio State University and my brother Tim. But if you’re a television viewer in Columbus you may be wishing about now that you could jump into your set and join the castaways on Survivor. According to the newspaper USA Today, “As the amount of money spent on political persuasion has risen, there are now some places where political ads are more like a steady rain. Here in Columbus, it is pouring.” Read more ...

 

Between Two Worlds - Life on the Border

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview & Video
Wednesday, 09 May 2012
 

No writer understands the border culture between Mexico and the United States more intimately than Luis Alberto Urrea, whose life is the stuff of great novels. Son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother, Urrea grew up first in Tijuana and then just across the border in San Diego. Over the years he has produced a series of acclaimed novels, including The Hummingbird’s DaughterThe Devil’s Highway, and his latest, Queen of America — each a rich and revealing account of the people of the borderlands that join and separate our two nations. Read more ...

 

Major Super PACs Spent Big on Deceptive Ads

By Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 04 May 2012
 

According to a new report from the Annenberg Public Policy Center, four super PACs spent over half of their advertising budgets on deceptive ads in the Republican presidential primary. Spending estimates from Kantar Media CMAG and research by FactCheck.org reveals that 23.3 million (56.7%) of the 41.1 million dollars was spent on “19 ads containing deceptive or misleading claims.” Read more ...

 

The Best Congress the Banks’ Money Can Buy

Bill Moyers, Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday 06 April 2012
 

Here we go again. Another round of the game we call Congressional Creep. After months of haggling and debate, Congress finally passes reform legislation to fix a serious rupture in the body politic, and the President signs it into law. But the fight’s just begun, because the special interests immediately set out to win back what they lost when the reform became law. Read more ...

 

Why Age and Race Matter in Activism: Five More Points From George Goehl

By Bill Moyers, George Goehl, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Friday, 06 April 2012
 

After Bill’s conversation with community organizer George Goehl, Goehl mentioned he had five things he wished he’d had a chance to say in the interview, including points about overcoming low economic expectations, the value of younger activist leaders, and the perils of not addressing race. So — because there’s no bad time for a good idea — we turned the cameras back on and recorded this web-exclusive video. Read more ...

 

Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta on Workers' Rights

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 
 

Bill Moyers talks with Ai-jen Poo and  Sarita Gupta about activism dedicated to restoring workers’ rights — rights they say have been stripped away by corporations. Domestic workers in particular, says Poo, are a “huge and growing part of the 99 percent.” Read more ...

 

Scrutinizing the Threat from Iran

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Interview
Saturday, 31 March 2012
 

In the lead up to war in Iraq, misinformation about weapons of mass destruction went virtually unchallenged by the mainstream media. But three reporters for Knight Ridder newspapers (now McClatchy) were skeptical, and their probing investigation of the Bush administration’s justifications for war eventually proved prescient. Read more ...

 

Sergeant Robert Bales and the Trauma of Repeat Deployments

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
 

Does Robert Bales, the army staff sergeant who allegedly killed 17 Afghan civilians on March 11, symbolize a larger problem in our military ranks? In this web-exclusive video, Vietnam veteran and military scholar Andrew Bacevich talks with Bill Moyers about Bales' accountability, the stress of repeated tours on soldiers, and how war itself "compromises our humanity." Read more ...

 

Andrew Bacevich on Changing Our Military Mindset

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Monday 26 March 2012
 

This week, on an all-new Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers and Bacevich explore the futility of "endless" wars, and provide a reality check on the rhetoric of American exceptionalism. Read more ...

 

See video and transcripts from previous programs.

 

Moyers & Company Programming Note:

 

Bill Moyers Programming Note: Popular Culture and Political Culture

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Programming Note
Friday 24 February 2012


How does pop culture not only reflect, but influence political culture? On this weekend’s Moyers & Company (check local listings), historian and culture critic Neal Gabler joins Bill to discuss how representations of heroism in movies shape our expectations of a U.S. President, and how our real-world candidates are packaged into superficial, two-dimensional personas designed to appeal to both the electorate and the media.. Check for your local TV schedule here.
 

Bill Moyers Essay:

 

Bill Moyers Essay: Capitalism With a Conscience

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
 

 With help from the government, a very friendly tax code, and their own coffer-powered influence, big American companies have emerged from the recession flush with cash, less burdened by debt, and with a greater share of the country’s income. As a consequence, Angela Blackwell suggests, people with enormous money and influence often don’t feel connected to the rest of us. Read more ...

 

Who Pays for Political Ads?

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 05 April 2012
 

Great efforts are underway both locally and nationally to keep secret the identities of people and organizations paying for local political advertisements. But Americans can still do something, even when broadcasters shirk their responsibilities. In this essay, Bill Moyers suggests what you can do to bring those names to light. Read more ...

 

The Dangerous Road of Wishful Thinking

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video 
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
 

Bill Moyers counsels President Obama not to look at America through the rose-colored glasses of people — like Robert Kagan — led by political opportunity and wishful thinking, but by those — like Andrew Bacevich — who see the world as it truly is, and are best poised to make it better. Read more ...

 

To PBS, With (Tough) Love

Bill Moyers, Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed 
Saturday, 24 March 2012
 

A PBS spokesperson told The New York Times that the service “is fully committed to independent films and the diversity of content they provide.” That can quickly be demonstrated by reversing a bad decision and returning to a national core time slot the independent documentaries created — often at real financial sacrifice — by the producers and filmmakers whose own passion is to reveal life honestly and to make plain, for all to see, the realities of inequality and injustice in America. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers: Freedom of and From Religion

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed and Video
Friday 17 February 2012


The president did something agile and wise the other day. And something quite important to the health of our politics. He reached up and snuffed out what some folks wanted to make into a cosmic battle between good and evil. No, said the president, we’re not going to turn the argument over contraception into Armageddon, this is an honest difference between Americans, and I’ll not see it escalated into a holy war. So instead of the government requiring Catholic hospitals and other faith-based institutions to provide employees with health coverage involving contraceptives, the insurance companies will offer that coverage, and offer it free. Read more ...
 

To read more in the Bill Moyers essay series, click here.

Moyers: Ask Bill

 

Why Is Our Nation So Divided?

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis (Video)
Tuesday 31 January 2012


"Why do you think our nation is so divided? Is it because we’re so diverse or is there something else at work here?" Thanks for your question. Read more ...
 
 
 

Fighting Back Against Corporate Personhood

Bill Moyers, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. | Book Excerpt
Friday 27 January 2012
 

Rarely have so few imposed such damage on so many. When five conservative members of the Supreme Court handed for-profit corporations the right to secretly flood political campaigns with tidal waves of cash on the eve of an election, they moved America closer to outright plutocracy, where political power derived from wealth is devoted to the protection of wealth. It is now official: Just as they have adorned our athletic stadiums and multiple places of public assembly with their logos, corporations can officially put their brand on the government of the United States as well as the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the fifty states. Read more ...

 

Letter From Bill Moyers

You already may have heard that I'd be coming back in January with a new series on the public television station nearest you. But you may not have heard exactly why. It's not just that I lack retirement skills, as my wife and co-editor, Judith, keeps reminding me. Or that the squeaky rocking chair on the front porch got on my nerves. Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers Launches New Series With Three Shows Probing the Reasons for Financial Inequality in America

Bill Moyers is back on TV - and online.  Continuing his long-running conversation with the American public, Moyers returns to television in mid-January with Moyers & Company, a weekly series the veteran journalist says will try to make sense of our tumultuous times, "for myself and hopefully for anyone who wants to keep me company." Read more ...

 

Bill Moyers: He’s Back, Just as Curious as Ever

That didn’t last long. Just 20 months after retiring his PBS series “Bill Moyers Journal,” Mr. Moyers was back in the studio on a Wednesday morning in December, deep in conversation about moral political psychology with the author Jonathan Haidt. Read more ...

Bill Moyers

A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times, one that resonates with multiple generations. In 2012, at the age of 77, Moyers begins his latest media venture with the launch of "Moyers & Company." With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill Moyers has produced such groundbreaking public affairs series as "NOW with Bill Moyers" (2002-2005) and "Bill Moyers Journal" (2007-2010). 

For his work, Moyers has received more than 30 Emmys, two prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys, and three George Polk Awards. Moyers' most recent book, "Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues," was published in May 2011. He currently serves as president of the Schumann Media Center, a nonprofit organization that supports independent journalism.


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