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What It's Like to Go to War (Episode #129H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 27, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

America has been at war for over a decade now, with millions of soldiers having seen death and dying up close in Afghanistan and Iraq. But most Americans, watching comfortably on their TVs and computers, witness mostly to statistics, stump speeches, and "expert" rhetoric, don't get what's really going on there.
This week, Bill talks to Karl Marlantes - a highly-decorated Vietnam veteran, Rhodes Scholar, author, and PTSD survivor - about what we on the insulated outside need to understand about the minds and hearts of our modern warriors. Marlantes shares intimate stories about how his battlefield experiences both shaped him and nearly destroyed him, even after returning to civilian life.
"'Thou shalt not kill' is a tenet you just do not violate, and so all your young life, that's drilled into your head," Marlantes tells Bill. "And then suddenly, you're 18 or 19 and they're saying, 'Go get 'em and kill for your country.' And then you come back and it's like, 'Well, thou shalt not kill' again. Believe me, that's a difficult thing to deal with. You take a young man and put him in the role of God, where he is asked to take a life - that's something no 19-year-old is able to handle."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 31, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 30, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
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  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 30, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 30, 2012 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 29, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Jul 29, 2012 -- 5:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 29, 2012 -- 3:30 PM
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  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 29, 2012 -- 7:30 AM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 28, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 28, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 28, 2012 -- 7:30 AM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 28, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

America's "Sacrifice Zones" (Episode #128H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 20, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

* There are forgotten corners of this country where Americans are trapped in endless cycles of poverty, powerlessness, and despair as a direct result of capitalistic greed. Journalist Chris Hedges calls these places "sacrifice zones," and joins Bill this week to explore how areas like Camden, New Jersey; Immokalee, Florida; and parts of West Virginia suffer while the corporations that plundered them thrive. "These are areas that have been destroyed for quarterly profit. We're talking about environmentally destroyed, communities destroyed, human beings destroyed, families destroyed," Hedges tells Bill. "It's the willingness on the part of people who seek personal enrichment to destroy other human beings. And because the mechanisms of governance can no longer control them, there is nothing now within the formal mechanisms of power to stop them from creating essentially a corporate oligarchic state." Hedges also makes the case that journalists "take sides," describing the difference between truth and news. "The really great reporters - and I've seen them in all sorts of news organizations - are management headaches because they care about truth at the expense of their own career," he says.
* Also in the broadcast, a Bill Moyers Essay on how the failure of The DISCLOSE Act should bring anything BUT closure to the fight for government transparency.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 24, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 23, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 23, 2012 -- 7:00 AM
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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 23, 2012 -- 12:00 AM
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  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 22, 2012 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 22, 2012 -- 7:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 21, 2012 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 21, 2012 -- 7:30 AM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 21, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

Banking On Greed (Episode #127H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 13, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

Just when you think the reputation of banks couldn't get any worse, comes word that we've seen nothing yet. As many as 20 banking institutions, including Barclays Bank, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, UBS and HSBC, are reportedly under investigation for illegal and unethical practices toward protecting their profits at all costs and letting others pay for their mistakes. An MIT professor of finance told CNN, "This dwarfs by orders of magnitude any financial scams in the history of markets."
This week financial expert Sheila Bair talks with Bill about the lawlessness of our banking system and the prognosis for meaningful reform. Bair was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush to chair the FDIC. During the 2008 meltdown, she argued that in some cases banks were NOT too big to fail - that instead of bailouts, they should be sold off to healthier competitors. Now a senior adviser to the Pew Charitable Trusts, Bair has organized a private group of financial experts including former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, former Senators Bill Bradley and Alan Simpson, and John Reed, once the chairman of Citicorp, to explore ways to prevent the banking industry from scuttling reforms created by the Dodd-Frank Act.

Also on the show, Bill talks to scientist and philosopher Vandana Shiva, who's become a rock star in the global battle over genetically modified seeds. These seeds - considered "intellectual property" by the big companies who own the patents - are globally marketed to monopolize food production and profits. Opponents challenge the safety of genetically modified seeds, claiming they also harm the environment, are more costly, and leave local farmers deep in debt as well as dependent on suppliers. Shiva, who founded a movement in India to promote native seeds, sees this as the latest battleground in the war on Planet Earth. "When seed is in the hands of five companies - 75% of the commercial seed is already in their hands. 90% of the corn. 90% of the soy. 95% of the cotton - this is an emergency. It is a seed dictatorship." Shiva tells Bill. "And when you control seed, you control food."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 -- 7:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Jul 15, 2012 -- 5:00 PM
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  • KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 14, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
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Is Labor A Lost Cause? (Episode #126H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

* Bill opens this week's show by explaining how last week's Supreme Court decision not to reconsider Citizens United exposes the hoax that Citizens United was ever about "free" speech. In reality, Bill says, it's about carpet bombing elections "with all the tonnage your rich paymasters want to buy."
* Also lost in the Supreme media chatter last week: a disturbing ruling that restricts labor unions from directing collected dues toward political causes. There's no such limit on corporations, naturally - yet another indication that the power and status of modern unions is waning, especially when compared to the unbridled influence of Corporate America. With a sharp decline in union membership, a legion of new enemies, and a series of legal and legislative setbacks, can unions rebound and once again act strongly in the interest of ordinary workers?
This week Bill talks to two people who can best answer the question: Stephen Lerner and Bill Fletcher, Jr. The architect of the SEIU's Justice for Janitors movement, Lerner directed SEIU's private equity project, which worked to expose a Wall Street feeding frenzy that left the working class in a state of catastrophe. Fletcher took his Harvard degree to the Massachusetts shipyards, and worked as a welder before becoming a labor activist. He served as assistant to the president of the AFL-CIO, and is author of the upcoming book They're Bankrupting Us - And 20 Other Myths About Unions.
* Later in the show, Bill talks with and invites readings by poet Philip Appleman, whose creativity spans a long life filled with verse, fiction, philosophy, religion... and Darwinism. Appleman's latest collection is Perfidious Proverbs.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 11, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 10, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
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  • KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 7, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

Confronting The Contradictions of America's Past (Episode #125H)

KQED World: Sun, Jul 1, 2012 -- 7:30 AM

* Bill opens this weekend's episode with thoughts about the origins and lessons of Independence Day. We should remember, he says, that behind this Fourth of July holiday are human beings, like Thomas Jefferson, who were as flawed and conflicted as they were inspired, who espoused great humanistic ideals while behaving with reprehensible racial discrimination. That conflict - between what we know and how we live - is still a struggle in contemporary politics and society.
* No stranger to the contradictions of history and their racial touchpoints is Bill's studio guest Khalil Muhammad. Head of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Muhammad is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness, which connects American histories of race, crime and the making of urban America to modern headlines. Muhammad and Moyers discuss the importance of confronting the contradictions of America's past.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 4, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 3, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 1, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Jul 1, 2012 -- 5:00 PM
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