Moyers & Company
Bill Moyers returns with a 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. As the Los Angeles Times put it in 2010, "No one on television has centralized the discussion of ideas as much as Moyers. He not only gives a forum to unusual thinkers, he is truly interested in what they have to say and who they are because he believes their ideas really matter."
Moyers & Company Previous Broadcasts
Taming Capitalism Run Wild (Episode #207H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 22, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
* Even as President Obama's talking points champion the middle class and condemn how our economy caters to the very rich, the truth behind modern American capitalism is a story of continued inequality and hardship. Even a modest increase in the minimum wage - as suggested by the president - faces opposition from those who apparently pledge allegiance first and foremost to America's wealthy and powerful.
Yet some aren't just wringing their hands about our economic crisis; they're fighting back. This week, economist Richard Wolff joins Bill to shine light on the disaster left behind in capitalism's wake, and discusses how to battle for economic justice. A noted professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and now visiting professor at Manhattan's New School, Wolff has written many books on the effects of rampant capitalism, including Capitalism Hits the Fan.
* Also on the broadcast, activist and author Saru Jayaraman marches on Washington with restaurant workers struggling to make ends meet, and talks about how we can best support their right to a fair wage. Jayaraman is the co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, which works to improve pay and working conditions for America's 10 million-plus restaurant workers. She is also the author of Behind the Kitchen Door, a new expose of the restaurant industry.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Feb 23, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
The Fight to Keep Democracy Alive (Episode #206H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 -- 11:03 PM
* As President Obama gave his State of the Union address on Tuesday, many wondered why there was not a word in the speech about taming the power of private money over public policy. There's no question that big money calls the shots, or at least tilts the debate, on many issues vital to America's democracy and integrity.
This week, Bill is joined by Dan Cantor, Executive Director of New York's Working Families Party, and Jonathan Soros, co-founder of the "Friends of Democracy" super PAC and a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. They explore the virus in our politics, and what can realistically be done about it. The two have joined forces to curb the influence of money on politics, even if it means creating yet another big money super PAC to battle for - instead of against - democracy.
* Also on the program, Bill discusses the power of poetry with MartÃn Espada.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 18, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 -- 5:03 AM
Who's Widening America's Digital Divide (Episode #205H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 8, 2013 -- 11:03 PM
* America has a wide digital divide - high-speed Internet access is available only to those who can afford it, at prices much higher and speeds much slower in the US than they are around the world.
But neither has to be the case, says Susan Crawford, former special assistant to President Obama for science, technology and innovation, and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. Crawford joins Bill to discuss how our government has allowed a few powerful media conglomerates to put profit ahead of the public interest - rigging the rules, raising prices, and stifling competition. As a result, Crawford says, all of us are at the mercy of the biggest business monopoly since Standard Oil in the first Gilded Age a hundred years ago. "The rich are getting gouged, the poor are very often left out, and this means that we're creating, yet again, two Americas, and deepening inequality through this communications inequality," Crawford tells Bill.
* Also on the show, journalist Nick Turse describes his unprecedented efforts to compile a complete and compelling account of the Vietnam War's horror as experienced by all sides, including innocent civilians who were sucked into its violent vortex. Turse, who devoted 12 years to tracking down the true story of Vietnam, unlocked secret troves of documents, interviewed officials and veterans - including many accused of war crimes - and traveled throughout the Vietnamese countryside talking with eyewitnesses to create his book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 11, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Feb 9, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 9, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Feb 9, 2013 -- 5:03 AM
Are Drones Destroying Our Democracy? (Episode #204H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 1, 2013 -- 11:03 PM
* In the fight against terrorism, the American military's escalating drone program has become the face of our foreign policy in Pakistan, Yemen and parts of Africa. And while the use of un-manned drones indeed protects American soldiers, the growing number of casualties - which include civilians as well as suspected terrorists - has prompted a UN investigation into both the legality and the deadly toll of these strikes. This week, Bill explores the moral and legal implications of using drones to target our enemies, both foreign and American. His guests include: Vicki Divoll, a former general counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and former deputy legal adviser to the C.I.A.'s Counterterrorism Center; and Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. < br />* Also on the show, Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi on the continuing lack of accountability for America's big bankers.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 4, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 3, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Feb 3, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 3, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 3, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Feb 2, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 2, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Feb 2, 2013 -- 5:03 AM
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