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Bill Moyers

Keeping the Light Alive

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 12.11.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 tal...

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.

Watch: Is the Supreme Court Out of Order?

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The latest session of the US Supreme Court was especially contentious, with important decisions on the separation of church and state, organized labor, campaign finance reform, birth control and women's health, among others, splitting the court along its 5-4 conservative-liberal divide.

What We Can Learn From Lawrence of Arabia

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Not for the last time in the Middle East would disaster come from the blundering ignorance and blinding arrogance of foreign intruders convinced by magical thinking of their own omnipotence and righteousness. How soon we forget. How often we repeat.

Watch: Andrew Bacevich on the Chaos in Iraq

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The escalating bloodbath in Iraq has triggered renewed debate on how muscular America's foreign policy should be. This week, I speak with combat veteran and historian Andrew Bacevich about the events unfolding in Iraq and what they say about America's role in the world.

Watch: Wall Street's Secret Weapon: Congress

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Why haven't any big bankers been prosecuted for their role in the housing crisis that led to the Great Recession?

Watch: How Tax Reform Can Save the Middle Class

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In the second part of his interview with me, the Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz says that such lucrative loopholes are contributing to America's inequality problem and persistent unemployment rate.

Happy 80th Birthday, Bill Moyers

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Bill Moyers, who turned 80 on Thursday, has been one of the most prolific and influential figures in American journalism.

Bill Moyers and Our Call to Bear Witness in a Time of Crisis

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At a time when we find ourselves in near-despair over a democratic process increasingly influenced by concentrated economic power, let us heed the visionaries in our midst who offer bold alternatives.

Watch: Joseph E. Stiglitz Calls for Fair Taxes for All

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

A new report by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz for the Roosevelt Institute suggests that paying our fair share of taxes and cracking down on corporate tax dodgers could be a cure for inequality and a faltering economy.

WATCH: Ta-Nehisi Coates Discusses 'The Case For Reparations'

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 05.23.2014 | Black Voices

In his groundbreaking piece "The Case for Reparations," Ta-Nehisi Coates presents a powerful argument deconstructing the effects of white supremacy on...

Watch: The War on Climate Scientists

Bill Moyers | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

News reports like this show that climate change is serious, but corporations and even some governments seem recklessly determined to minimize or deny the reality of global warming, as well as undermine the authority of scientists.