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Bill Moyers

To Endorse, Or Not To Endorse--That Is The (Wrong) Question

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

What if "endorsement" is a political red herring? "Endorsing" suggests approval, but for a lot of us that option is closed. But, hey, we still have to choose--we must choose because democracy itself is at stake today.

Mississippi Needs Inside Agitators

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Mississippi's current political leaders travel to the beat of a different dumber. Whenever another state does something particularly outrageous that threatens to lead it to claiming the title of worst, Mississippi can be counted on to save it by doing something worse.

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

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

This week, I sat down with Rick Shenkman to talk about the brain of the American voter, and what is firing its synapses during this extraordinary primary season.

Friday Talking Points -- Copulating Rodents!

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican presidential nomination race has previously devolved to the level of an elementary school playground (penis-measuring in a national debate), and has now risen to at least high school (if not a college frat house) with the vicious battle going on between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz over who can insult each other's wives the most.

The Art of Persuasion In the Age of Trump

Jeff Norman | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Jeff Norman

Even though Donald Trump wrote The Art of the Deal and frequently flaunts his entrepreneurial, branding and management skills as qualifications to run...

Donald Trump Unleashes the Dogs of War

Mario Almonte | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Mario Almonte

For Donald Trump, this is not going to end well. What began as a lark has turned into an albatross, and he now carries around his neck the ultimate bu...

A Moyers Recommendation: James Autry's 'On Paying Attention'

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.16.2016 | Books
Bill Moyers

I've been reading Jim's poems, and listening to him read them aloud, for 30 years now. They still snatch my breath with revelations of the man's great heart, his keen eye, his feeling for the experience of others.

A Liberating Space for Humane Dialogue on Television

John Bredin | Posted 07.07.2016 | Good News
John Bredin

This year marks the five-year anniversary of Public Voice Salon, a TV show I co-created with my wife that seeks to revive the lost art of human conversation.

Republicans and Wall Street Say, 'To Hell With Protecting the Public!'

Bill Moyers | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

[Banks] want to be able to do things their way, and that's very dangerous," MIT economist Simon Johnson tells me. "'Here we go again' -- I think that's the motto for this Congress."

Bill Moyers' Departure from TV Leaves a Huge Hole

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Not content just to diagnose and document corporate and political malpractice, Moyers has regularly taken his cameras and microphones to cities and towns where unions, community organizations, environmental groups, tenants rights activists, and others were waging grassroots campaigns for change.

Keeping the Light Alive

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

As we mark the anniversary of that heart-breaking event of Dec. 14, 2012, her words echo in my mind and prompt me to re-post the meditation I wrote at the time, "Light in the Darkness."

The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

This week I point to the changing skyline of Manhattan as the physical embodiment of how money and power impact the lives and neighborhoods of everyday people.

Watch: The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In this turbulent midterm election year, two academics decided to practice what they preached. They left the classroom, confronted the reality of down-and-dirty politics, and tried to replace moneyed interests with the public interest.

Remembering Iraq War Veteran Tomas Young

Karin Kamp | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Karin Kamp

We've just heard that Iraq war veteran Tomas Young, one of the first vets to publicly oppose the war, has died at the age of 34. Young was featured in Body of War, a documentary by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro that was featured on Bill Moyers Journal in March 2008.

Why Mel Brooks and Bill Moyers Will Always Idolize Norman Lear

Neal Koch | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Neal Koch

Last Tuesday, Republicans wrested control of the U.S. Senate. Prelude to a 2016 White House smackdown? Bad news for the Left? Maybe. But this coming Tuesday, Veteran's Day, liberal ninja Norman Lear will be celebrated for a lifetime of battling for liberty.

Watch: Bernie Sanders on Breaking Big Money's Grip on Elections

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

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.

WATCH: Restoring an America That Has Lost Its Way

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Author Bob Herbert found an America 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 and the gap between the very rich and everyone else.

IMF Report--Europe Is Becoming Japan

Harlan Green | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

The International Monetary Fund doesn't want to say it outright, but its latest World Economic Outlook shows more stagnation of the European and Japanese economies, and the possibility of a third EU recession since 2008.

Watch: Too Big to Jail?

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation last week reminds us of an infuriating fact: No banking executives have been criminally prosecuted for their role in causing the biggest financial disaster since the Great Depression.

Watch: America's New War in the Middle East

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

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.

Senator Elizabeth Warren for Vice President!

Jay Weston | Posted 11.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Cover of her book. Elizabeth Warren for Vice President! That's the exciting idea which came to mind when I watched her making the rounds of the talk...

Watch: Climate Change, The Next Generation

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Bill Moyers

As world leaders converge for the UN's global summit on climate and thousands gather in New York for the People's Climate March, I talk to 18-year-old Oregonian Kelsey Juliana, who is walking across America to draw attention to global warming.

Watch: Maya Angelou on Facing Evil

Bill Moyers | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

I revisit a 1988 documentary in which Angelou and I attended a conference on "Facing Evil," held in the Hill Country of central Texas. Evil was a topic about which Angelou, the victim of childhood rape and virulent racism, had a lot to say.

Watch: Going Home With Maya Angelou

Bill Moyers | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In this first of two programs celebrating her extraordinary life and legacy, I revisit an episode from his 1982 series Creativity in which Angelou and I returned to the small town of Stamps, Arkansas, where she spent much of her childhood.

Watch: The Conscience of a Compassionate Conservative

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Politicians in Washington, D.C., seem to have stopped talking -- and listening -- to their colleagues across the aisle, contributing to our virtually deadlocked Congress. While Washington appears to have stopped their conversations, I decided to start a new one.