Moyers & Company
Bill Moyers' weekly hour of compelling and vital conversation about life and the state of American democracy, featuring some of the best thinkers of our time. A range of scholars, artists, activists, scientists, philosophers and newsmakers bring context, insight and meaning to important topics. The series occasionally includes Moyers' own timely and penetrating essays on society and government. In a multimedia marketplace saturated with shallow sound bites and partisan name-calling, this series digs deeper.
Moyers & Company Previous Broadcasts
What's Fueling The Modern Abortion Debate? (Episode #203H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 -- 11:03 PM
* This year marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that overturned many federal and state restrictions on a woman's right to an abortion. But while polls show that most Americans support the decision, and that a majority - for the first time - believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, anti-abortion forces show no sign of relenting. A study by the Guttmacher Institute reported that state legislatures passed 92 provisions restricting a woman's access to reproductive health care in 2011 - a number four times higher than the previous year.
This week, Bill discusses the changing face of the reproductive rights movement and those it serves - as well as the success of social conservatives on the abortion front - with Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and Lynn Paltrow, founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women.
* In a second segment, Bill talks to US Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) on the bipartisan bill to repeal the $500 million mysterious Congressional giveaway to the drug company Amgen.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 27, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
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Fighting The Filibuster (Episode #202H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 -- 11:03 PM
* President Obama's second inauguration will be a day of celebration, but whether or not he accomplishes his second-term goals depends on what happens the next day - Tuesday, January 22 - on Capitol Hill. That's when the US Senate decides the fate of the filibuster. Once "the world's most deliberative body", the Senate has become a graveyard of democracy where, says Bill Moyers, "grown men and women are zombified in a process no respectable witch doctor would emulate for fear of a malpractice suit."
The 112th Congress that just ended - the least productive in the record books - ground to a halt as Republicans mounted scores of filibusters to stop bills, nominations, and judicial appointments. As a result, there are more judicial vacancies today than when Barack Obama took his first oath of office. With minimal effort - and hardly a word spoken - a minority of 41 Senators can prevent the legislators from even discussing issues and legislation; all that's needed is a phone call to the cloakroom to bring the Senate to its knees. The filibuster is "a triumph of hypocrisy," Moyers says, because the party in the majority always wants to reform it, until that same party winds up in the minority and wants to keep it.
On this week's episode Larry Cohen, president of the 700,000-member Communications Workers of America, joins Moyers to make the case for common-sense reform that would bring the Senate back to serving democracy. Cohen is a leader of the Democracy Initiative, a coalition of nearly 100 progressive organizations campaigning to change the filibuster rules. But time is not on their side. Unless the Senate reforms the filibuster on the first day of the new 113th Congress - Tuesday, January 22 - the minority wrecking crew remains in charge.
* Later in the show, the combativeness of politics gives way to the clarity of poetry, as poet Martín Espada joins Bill to examine life through verse. A one-time lawyer and advocate, Espada has published more than 15 books of poems, translations, and essays, including his latest poetry collection, The Trouble Ball.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
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- KQED Plus: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
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Paul Krugman On Why Jobs Come First (Episode #201H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 -- 11:02 PM
* Our current obsession with slashing the deficit is getting in the way of real work that needs to be done to preserve both our economy and our democracy. It's all about jobs, says Paul Krugman, who joins Bill Moyers this week. The Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist explains why our top priority should be getting America back to work - if only Congress and the President would stop throwing distractions in the way. Krugman's latest book, End This Depression Now!, is a warning of the fiscal perils ahead and a prescription to safely avoid them.
* Later on the show, Bill explains how last week's fiscal cliff deal gave tens of billions in tax breaks to Wall Street and corporations - what even The Wall Street Journal calls a "crony capitalist blowout."
- KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
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- KQED World: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
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- KQED Plus: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 -- 5:02 AM
Ending The Silence On Climate Change (Episode #152H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
* Even as sadness turns to outrage over the Newtown tragedy, and powerful coalitions of leaders and celebrities speak out, those who value guns over lives continue unfazed and unabated. Bill Moyers reports on how the NRA and gun merchants continue to strong-arm Congress and state legislatures into keeping any and all discussion of sensible gun control off the table.
* Also on the show, remember climate change? For the first time since 1984, the issue didn't even come up in a presidential debate. But bringing climate change back into our national conversation is as much a communications challenge as it is a scientific one. Scientist Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, joins Bill to describe his efforts to do what even Hurricane Sandy couldn't - galvanize communities over what's arguably the greatest single threat facing humanity. Leiserowitz, who specializes in the psychology of risk perception, knows better than anyone if people are willing to change their behavior to make a difference.
- KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
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- KQED Plus: Sat, Jan 5, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
Rewriting The Story of America (Episode #151H)
KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
The life and work of Junot Diaz contains many worlds - and that makes him all the more worth listening to. His books, including National Book Award finalist This Is How You Lose Her and Pulitzer Prize-winner The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, journey between the old and the new, and between the America that was and the America we're becoming. Born in the Dominican Republic, but raised in New Jersey and American to the core, Junot Diaz is a spotter of the future, a curator of the past, a man of the here-and-now.
Diaz joins Bill Moyers to discuss the evolution of the great American story. Along the way he offers funny and perceptive insights into his own work, as well Star Wars, Moby Dick, and America's inevitable shift to a majority minority country. "There is an enormous gap between the way the country presents itself and imagines itself and projects itself, and the reality of this country," Diaz tells Bill. "Whether we're talking about the Latino community in North Carolina, a whole new progressive generation of Cuban Americans in Florida, a very out queer community across the United States, or an enormous body of young voters who are either ignored or pandered to, I think we're having a new country emerging that's been in the making for a long time, and that I think for the first time is revealing itself more fully to the entire country."
- KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 1:00 AM