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The Fight - and the Right - to Vote (Episode #342H)

KQED World: Sat, Oct 25, 2014 -- 7:30 AM

In the last 4 years, close to half the states in the US have passed laws restricting the right to vote, the most fundamental principle of democracy. A new nationwide effort to suppress the vote, nurtured by the Republican Party's desire to hold onto political power, fear and fierce resistance to inevitable demographic change, has hammered the country. Shelby County v. Holder, last year's Supreme Court decision revoking an essential provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, upped the ante and has encouraged many states to try to impose restrictive voter ID laws, as well as gerrymander congressional districts and limit registration and voting hours.
The argument made in favor of this vast disenfranchisement is rampant voter fraud - that people manipulate the system to cheat and throw elections. But in state after state, there is rarely proof of anyone showing up at the polling place and trying to illegally cast a ballot.
This week Bill Moyers talks with an attorney and journalist, each of whom has been deeply involved in the ongoing vote suppression controversy. Sherrilynn Ifill is president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a noted civil rights litigator whose work has included landmark voting rights cases. She notes that, "A core tenet of the civil rights movement rested on the centrality of voting as an expression of citizenship and dignity in our republic."
Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and author of the upcoming book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. "Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting," he has written, "a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 26, 2014 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 26, 2014 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 26, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Oct 25, 2014 -- 4:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 25, 2014 -- 12:00 PM

Keeping Faith In Democracy (Episode #341H)

KQED World: Sat, Oct 18, 2014 -- 7:30 AM

Marilynne Robinson's new book, Lila, has been acclaimed by critics as "unflinching," "an exquisite novel of spiritual redemption and love," and "a book whose grandeur is found in its humility." This week, it was nominated for the National Book Award, the latest of a series of books set in a fictional Iowa town that began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, published in 2004.
In addition to her fiction, Robinson is also an accomplished essayist, and this week, Bill Moyers talks with her 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."
She tells Moyers, "It seems sometimes as if political discourse is the cheapest intellectual environment that you can enter into. I think that pandering has seduced a lot of public behavior, made people operate at levels that they would not really consider worthy of themselves. We relapse into what are these ancient models of cruelty and injustice."
Marilynne Robinson received the 2012 National Humanities Medal from President Obama for the "moral strength and lyrical clarity" of her work. In addition to her books, she has written for a variety of publications, including Harper's, The Paris Review, and the New York Times Book Review. She is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa's renowned Writers' Workshop.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 19, 2014 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 19, 2014 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 19, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 18, 2014 -- 12:00 PM

Restoring An America That Has Lost Its Way (Episode #340H)

KQED World: Sat, Oct 11, 2014 -- 7:30 AM

3 years ago, reporter and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert took to the road and traveled across the United States. What he discovered is chronicled in his new book, "Losing Our Way," stories of brave, hard-working men and women battered by the economic downturn. He 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 and spark further growth has been broken by greed and the gap between the very rich and everyone else.
He tells Bill Moyers, "We've lost our way. We've established a power structure in which the great corporations and the big banks have allied themselves with the national government and, in many cases, local government to pursue corporate interests and financial interests as opposed to those things that would be in the best interests of ordinary working people. It's supposed to be an egalitarian society, a society of rising standards of living, a society of a vast and thriving middle class. And we are getting farther and farther away from that ideal."
As for solutions, Herbert says, "People need to start voting against the excessive power of the great moneyed interests. But more than that, we need a movement, a grass roots movement that will fight for the interests of ordinary men and women and for this new generation of Americans that's coming along right now."
For nearly two decades, Bob Herbert was a columnist for The New York Times, following a notable newspaper reporting career. He is now a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the public policy and analysis think tank, Demos, and a board member of the Schumann Media Center, from which he is presently on leave working on a major documentary.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 12, 2014 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Oct 12, 2014 -- 4:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 12, 2014 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 12, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 11, 2014 -- 12:00 PM

Too Big to Jail? (Episode #339H)

KQED World: Sat, Oct 4, 2014 -- 7:30 AM

As President Obama contemplates who will replace Eric Holder, who announced his resignation last week, some lawmakers and outside groups are urging the president to take a tougher position against the financial sector when selecting the next Attorney General. And for good reason. While large banks have been penalized for their role in the housing meltdown, which led to the Great Recession, not a single senior executive has been criminally prosecuted.
This week, veteran bank regulator William K. Black speaks to Moyers about the fraudulent behavior by senior executives that led to the financial crisis, the lack of government oversight that contributed to the meltdown and the deeply-entrenched culture of corruption that's existed for decades. "I blame Holder. I blame Timothy Geithner," Black tells Moyers. "But they are fulfilling administration policies. The problem definitely comes from the top. And remember - Obama wouldn't have been president but for the financial contribution of bankers."
William K. Black is associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He is a white-collar criminologist and a veteran financial regulator and author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One. During the savings and loan scandals of the 1980s Black helped prosecutors convict more than 1000 bankers. Acclaimed as a litigator himself, he exposed 5 United States Senators - the Keating Five - who helped Keating cover up his crimes after collecting big campaign contributions.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 5, 2014 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Oct 5, 2014 -- 4:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 5, 2014 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Oct 5, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Oct 4, 2014 -- 4:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Oct 4, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
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