Moyers & Company
This series investigates issues that matter to American democracy, particularly the continuing influence of big money and corporate self-interest on politics, the economy and daily life. Each week, veteran journalist Bill Moyers hosts compelling conversations with today's top thinkers about new ideas, crucial issues and workable solutions. Select episodes also feature Moyers' own meticulously researched essays on a variety of topics.
Moyers & Company Previous Broadcasts
What The One Percent Don't Want You to Know (Episode #315H)
KQED World: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 -- 7:30 AM
The book that's the talk of academia and the media world isn't a political or celebrity tell-all or the work of a self-help guru. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty, a 42-year-old who teaches at the Paris School of Economics, is an exhaustive study of the history and future of capitalism that confirms what many have believed for a long time - that we have returned to a Gilded Age of extreme income inequality in which vast wealth is more and more concentrated in the hands of a very few, while wages remain stagnant for those workers still managing to hold onto a job.
This week, Bill Moyers talks with Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who has described the book as "a magnificent, sweeping meditation on inequality that will change both the way we think about society and the way we do economics."
In the latest issue of The New York Review of Books, Krugman writes, "At a time when the concentration of wealth and income in the hands of a few has resurfaced as a central political issue, Piketty doesn't just offer invaluable documentation of what is happening, with unmatched historical depth. He also offers what amounts to a unified field theory of inequality." But, Krugman notes, the book "makes it clear that public policy can make an enormous difference, that even if the underlying economic conditions point toward extreme inequality, what Piketty calls 'a drift toward oligarchy' can be halted and even reversed if the body politic so chooses."
Paul Krugman teaches economics and international affairs at Princeton, and will become a professor at the City University of New York's Graduate Center and a distinguished scholar at CUNY's Luxembourg Income Study Center.
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
Fighting for the Four Freedoms (Episode #314H)
KQED World: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 -- 7:30 AM
In January 1941, less than a year before Pearl Harbor and America's entry into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's State of the Union address made it clear that a fight was inevitable, a fight to preserve, protect and defend four essential freedoms: freedom of speech and religion and freedom from want and fear.
This week, historian Harvey J. Kaye, author of the new book, The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great, talks with Bill Moyers about FDR's speech and how it was the cornerstone for the kind of progressive society Roosevelt hoped for but did not live to see at war's end.
Today, the Four Freedoms have been diminished and defiled by a society that gives money and power the strongest voice. Kaye says, "Look what we've done and look what we're allowing to happen now. This cannot be the America that I imagined and most of my fellow Americans imagined."
But, he continues, Americans "Have not forgotten the Four Freedoms as ideals. They have forgotten what it takes to realize them, that we must defend, sustain and secure democracy by enhancing it. That's what Roosevelt knew. That's what Jefferson knew. And no one seems to remember that today. That's what we have to remind people of.
"We need to remember that we're the children and the grandchildren of the generation that beat the Great Depression and defeated fascism and imperialism in World War II and went on to create the strongest and most prosperous country in human history. And how did they do that? By making America freer, more equal and more democratic."
Harvey J. Kaye is the Ben and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and director of the school's Center for History and Social Change.
The broadcast concludes with a Bill Moyers essay remembering his father's reaction to FDR's death, 69 years ago this week.
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 13, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 13, 2014 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 13, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
All Work and No Pay (Episode #313H)
KQED World: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 7:30 AM
You've heard about the wave of protests against fast food chains like McDonald's and Burger King where employees are forced to live on next to nothing. Workers in regular, sit-down restaurants are also penalized. Back in 1991, the National Restaurant Association - often called "the other NRA" - passed around enough campaign contributions to persuade Congress to set the Federal minimum wage for waiters, busboys, and bartenders at only $2.13 an hour. They claim that tips are additional income that makes up the difference. But tips are random and often meager. Restaurant workers struggling to earn a living are twice as likely to be on public assistance.
This week, Bill Moyers talks with Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of ROC-United - the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, whose 13, 000 members across the country are fighting for better wages and working conditions. Because ROC has been making headway, they've got powerful enemies, including Rick Berman, a Washington-based lawyer and PR man, dubbed "Dr. Evil" by 60 Minutes, who specializes in industry-funded attack campaigns against health and safety regulations, the minimum wage and organized labor.
"In any other context, what is it called when an employer practically doesn't pay their workers, full-time workers? It's called slavery," Saru Jayaraman tells Moyers. "So how is it that a major industry has basically convinced America, convinced Congress, that they practically shouldn't have to pay their workers at all? It's purely money and power. And their control over our legislators."
But she remains hopeful: "There's nothing that people cannot achieve once they expose those forces and once they resist. We can actually overcome even the most hardened, monied lobbyists in Washington, DC, or in states around the country. Because ultimately, if we are a true democracy, we cannot cede our democratic powers to these people."
Saru Jayaraman is also director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of Behind the Kitchen Door.
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 12:00 PM