10/28/2013 06:29 pm ET Updated Dec 28, 2013

Watch: Saving Democracy Is Up to Citizen Activists

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It's the largest corporate fine in American history -- $13 billion. That's the amount JPMorgan Chase will reportedly pay to settle civil charges around its alleged manipulation of mortgage securities -- a series of shady business deals that five years ago crippled homeowners and helped trigger the meltdown that threatened the world's economy. And that's just the tip of a REALLY big iceberg. What does the settlement tell us about the corruption of American capitalism?

This week on Moyers & Company we pose that question to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gretchen Morgenson, a columnist for The New York Times. We also speak to historian and author Peter Dreier who sees the current political crisis as fraught with possibility for progressives in America -- and shares the reasons he continues to be optimistic, including dynamic grass-roots initiatives around the country and, believe it or not, the radical politics of Dr. Seuss.

Moyers & Company airs weekly on public television. Explore more at

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