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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 of 77, Moyers began his latest media venture with the launch of Moyers & Company on air and online at BillMoyers.com – providing “conversations on democracy” and explorations of contemporary culture, making sense of what matters to us all.

With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill Moyers has produced such groundbreaking public affairs series as NOW with Bill Moyers (from 2002 through 2005) and Bill Moyers Journal (from 2007 through 2010). Since the company’s founding in 1986, other notable productions have included the landmark 1988 series, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, as well as Healing and the Mind, The Language of Life, Genesis, On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying, Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home, America’s First River, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience, Faith & Reason, and Moyers on America.

Moyers began his journalism career at age 16 as a cub reporter for his hometown daily newspaper in Marshall, Texas. He was a founding organizer and deputy director of the Peace Corps and special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Moyers served as Johnson’s press secretary from 1965 to 1967.

As publisher of Newsday from 1967 to 1970, Moyers brought aboard writers including Pete Hamill, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Saul Bellow, and led the paper to two Pulitzer Prizes. In 1976, he was the senior correspondent for the distinguished documentary series CBS Reports and later a senior news analyst for The CBS Evening News.

For his work, Bill Moyers has received more than 30 Emmys, two prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys, and three George Polk Awards. In the first year it was bestowed, Moyers received the prestigious Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he also received the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association and has been honored by the Television Critics Association for outstanding career achievement.

Moyers was elected to the Television Hall of Fame in 1995. A year later he received the Charles Frankel Prize (now the National Humanities Medal) from the National Endowment for the Humanities “for outstanding contributions to American cultural life.” In 2005, Moyers received the PEN USA Courageous Advocacy Award for his passionate, outspoken commitment to freedom of speech and his dedication to journalistic integrity. He has also been honored with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications calls Moyers, “One of the few broadcast journalists who might be said to approach the stature of Edward R. Murrow. If Murrow founded broadcast journalism, Moyers significantly extended its traditions.”

Moyers’ books include such bestsellers as Listening to America, The Power of Myth, Healing and the Mind, The Language of Life, Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times, and Moyers on Democracy. His 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 non-profit organization that supports independent journalism.

Married for more than 55 years, Judith and Bill Moyers have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Entries by Bill Moyers

Donald Trump's Dark And Scary Night

(11) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 3:39 PM

The GOP's new big dog blew the whistle Thursday night for nearly an hour and a half and it was loud and shrill enough to reach the ears of every angry, resentful, disaffected white American. The tone was divisive, dark, dystopian and grim.

Here was the alpha dog of the...

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Today, John Lewis Stood Up For Human Dignity Once Again

(174) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 6:02 PM

A sit-in by the civil-rights icon on the floor of the House of Representatives is a powerful statement against gun violence.

On March 7, 1965, 25-year-old John Lewis, already a veteran of the Freedom Rides, Mississippi's Freedom Summer and Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington, walked ahead of 600...

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Trump, His Virus and the Dark Age of Unreason

(30) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 7:14 AM

There's a virus infecting our politics and right now it's flourishing with a scarlet heat. It feeds on fear, paranoia and bigotry. All that was required for it to spread was a timely opportunity -- and an opportunist with no scruples.

There have been stretches of history when this virus...

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Wasserman Schultz Has a Change of Heart, But Too Little, Too Late

(677) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 11:29 PM

Return with us now to the saga of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the soul of the Democratic Party.

First, a quick recap: Rep. Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), chair of the Democratic National Committee, also has been an advocate for the payday loan industry. The website Think Progress even described her as...

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Democrats Can't Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes!

(697) Comments | Posted May 21, 2016 | 7:28 AM

The Democratic National Committee chair has thrown fuel on the flames of infighting just as the party faces a critical November election.

To paraphrase the words of that Scottish master Robert Burns, the best laid plans of mice, men -- and women -- go often astray, or "gang aft agley,"...

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In Conversation With Eddie Glaude, on 'Democracy in Black'

(6) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 11:25 AM

'Democracy in Black' book cover and Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr.
Democracy in Black book cover and Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr.

In a new two-part podcast, I talk to Princeton professor Eddie Glaude, Jr., author of Democracy in Black: How...

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In Conversation: Eddie Glaude Jr. on America's Racial 'Value Gap'

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 10:38 AM

Note: This interview is part one of a two-part series. Look for the second installment on Monday, May 2.

 


 

I'm holding in my hand what has been called "one of the most daring books of the 21st century," a "book for the ages," "bracing," "unrelenting." The title is Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and it breathes with prophetic fire.

Its power comes because the author does not begin with "pristine principles or with assumptions about our inherent goodness." Rather, its view of democracy, as he writes, "emerges out of an unflinching encounter with lynching trees, prison cells, foreclosed homes, young men and women gunned down by police and places where 'hope, unborn, had died.'"

Democracy in Black is rich in history and bold in opinion, and inconvenient truths leap from every page. For example, and I'm quoting the book again, "black people must lose their blackness if America is to be transformed. But of course, white people get to stay white."

The book opens in Ferguson, Missouri, with the author talking to three, dynamic young black women, newly born to activism, and it closes in the intimacy of the reader's heart, where each of us wrestles with the question of whether we can indeed change the habits of racism and create together a new politics based on a revolution in values.

The author is Eddie Glaude Jr. Glaude was raised in the Deep South, in Moss Point, Mississippi, and still remembers the Ku Klux Klan burning a cross at the fairground. He's now a professor of religion and African-American studies at Princeton University, where he also chairs the Center for African-American Studies. This is his third book, and he's a member in good standing of the black establishment, which he rigorously calls to account in Democracy in Black.

Listen to our conversation by clicking on the stream above. You can also download it and take it with you, or click to read the full transcript. Sign up for our audio podcast feed to get new conversations as soon as we record...

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In Conversation: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics [AUDIO]

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 10:03 AM

The historian Rick Shenkman is editor and publisher of the indispensable website History News Network. I'm a fan and recently had the pleasure of reading his latest book, Political Animals: How Our Stone-age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics.

Shenkman himself possesses quite a highly evolved...

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Time for These Two Democrats to Go

(821) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 7:54 AM

They represent everything wrong with the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton should tell them to take a hike.

There are two Democrats whose resignation from office right now would do their party and country a service.

Their disappearance might also help Hillary Clinton convince skeptical Democrats that her nomination, if it...

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The GOP Elites Have Themselves to Blame

(259) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 7:21 AM

Trump's the symptom, not the disease. The Republican establishment has been infecting the body politic for years.

From their "Dark Money" bagman Karl Rove to their philosophical guru David Brooks, the GOP elites are in a tizzy over saving the Republican Party from Donald Trump and the other intruders, extremists...

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A Tale of Two Goons

(47) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 1:11 PM

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Left: Ted Cruz at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2015. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr cc 2.0) Right: NHL player John Scott. (Screenshot, CBS sports)

We found ourselves this week talking about two very different guys,...

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Let's Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next

(36) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 12:44 PM

Barack Obama once confessed to politics' original sin but has yet to atone for it. He now has an opportunity to do so.

I speak of his promiscuous relationship with money in politics. During his 2008 race for the White House, Obama opted out of the public funding system for...

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Money Men Say, Voters Move Over, It's Not Your Election!

(174) Comments | Posted January 23, 2016 | 2:46 PM

David Brooks is a worried man.

Like many establishment Republicans, the conservative columnist for The New York Times sees the barbarians pouring through the gates and fears for both his party and the republic. Hail, Trump! Hail, Cruz! It's enough to send a sober centrist dashing through the Forum in...

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A Drone Protestor Heads to Jail

(34) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 9:52 AM

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A US drone aircraft lands at Afghanistan's Jalalabad Airport. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

This post first appeared at BillMoyers.com.

Mary Anne Grady Flores is in jail today and American citizens everywhere can surely breathe a sigh of relief that we...

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Tell the Truth About Bernie's Health Care Stand

(537) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 7:15 PM

The Clinton campaign just made a serious mistake.

They sent Hillary and Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea out on behalf of her mother to bash Senator Bernie Sanders on the issue of health care.

What's so wrong with that? Don't all candidates use family surrogates when and where they can? The...

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The Plutocrats Are Winning. Don't Let Them!

(223) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 8:22 AM

In the fall of 2001, in the aftermath of 9/11, as families grieved and the nation mourned, Washington swarmed with locusts of the human kind: wartime opportunists, lobbyists, lawyers, ex-members of Congress, bagmen for big donors: all of them determined to grab what they could for their corporate clients and...

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Bad News for Democracy Is Great News for TV Profits

(26) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 3:03 PM

Television news has gone off its rocker and turned our politics into the equivalent of a freak show's hall of mirrors.

The networks have grasped Donald Trump to their collective bosom like the winner of one of those misogynistic, televised beauty pageants he owns. Each pronouncement from the Sultan of...

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Lurking Within That Ominous Omnibus Spending Bill

(61) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 3:22 PM

There is an unwritten rule in Congress that before you do even a little for the working class you must do a lot for the donor class. So while the $1.1 trillion -- yes, that's a "t" -- budget bill now winding its way to passage contains some tax breaks...

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The GOP on the Eve of Destruction

(510) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 2:04 PM

For reasons hard to fathom, the Republicans seem to have made up their minds: they will divide, degrade and secede from the Union.

They will do so with bullying, lies and manipulation, a willingness to say anything, no matter how daft or wrong. They will do so by spending unheard...

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The Paradox of Paul Ryan: Why the Tea Party's Right to Be Wary

(65) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 8:09 AM

Only in a world where Cosmopolitan magazine can declare the Kardashians "America's First Family" and the multi-billionaire loose cannon Donald Trump is perceived by millions as the potential steward of our nuclear arsenal could about-to-be Speaker of the House Paul Ryan be savaged as insufficiently right-wing.

This...

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