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Moyers & Company Previous Broadcasts

Trading Democracy for "Security" (Episode #216H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Apr 26, 2013 -- 11:00 PM

* The violent Boston rampage triggered a local and federal response that, according to journalist Glenn Greenwald, adds a new dimension to troubling questions about government secrecy, overreach, and what we sacrifice in the name of national security. Greenwald joins Bill this week to peel back layers that reveal what the Boston bombings and drone attacks have in common, and how secrecy leads to abuse of government power.
* Also on the show, political scholars Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann tell Bill that Congress' failure to make progress on gun control last week - despite support for background checks from 90% of the American public - is symptomatic of a legislative branch reduced to dysfunction, partisan ravings and obstruction. A year ago, the two - who had strong reputations as non-partisan analysts - decided to speak truth to power with their book It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism. In it, they argue that congressional gridlock is mostly the fault of the right wing of the Republican Party, which engages in "policy hostage-taking" to extend their political war against the president. What's more, Ornstein and Mann say, the mainstream media and media fact-checkers add to the problem by pretending both parties are equally to blame.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 29, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 -- 5:00 AM

A Mother Fights Toxic Trespassers (Episode #215H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Apr 19, 2013 -- 11:00 PM

This week: biologist, mother and activist Sandra Steingraber explains why she was willing to go to jail for blocking access to the construction of a storage and transportation facility involved in the controversial process of fracking. Steingraber has become internationally known for building awareness about the toxic trespassers she says are contaminating our air, water, and food - and threatening our children's health. With government captured by the very industries it's supposed to regulate, Steingraber has lost patience with politicians and corporations, but says our kids need to know "mom is on the job" of preventing destruction to the environment.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 22, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 21, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 21, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 21, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 21, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 20, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 20, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 20, 2013 -- 5:00 AM

Living Outside Tribal Lines (Episode #214H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Apr 12, 2013 -- 11:00 PM

* This week's episode begins with a report on striking extremes of wealth and poverty on display in California's Silicon Valley. Facebook, Google, and Apple are minting millionaires while the area's homeless - who've grown 20% in the last 2 years - are living in tent cities at their virtual doorsteps. These are the human faces of economic inequality.
* Later, Bill is joined by writer Sherman Alexie. Born on a Native American Reservation, Alexie has been navigating the cultural boundaries of American culture in lauded poetry, novels, short stories, screenplays, even stand-up comedy for over two decades. Alexie discusses the challenges of living in different cultures at the same time, and shares his irreverent perspective on contemporary American life.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 15, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 14, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Apr 14, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 14, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 14, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 14, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 5:00 AM

MLK's Dream of Economic Justice (Episode #213H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Apr 5, 2013 -- 11:00 PM

* Martin Luther King, Jr., who died 45 years ago this month, had long known that racial equality was inextricably linked to economic equity - fairness for all, including working people and the poor. In the last year of his life, as he moved toward Memphis and assassination, Dr. King announced the Poor People's Campaign to demand an "Economic Bill of Rights" for all Americans, regardless of color. But nearly a half-century later, that dream is still a dream deferred. This week, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch and author and theologian James Cone join Bill to discuss Dr. King's vision of economic justice, and why so little has changed for America's most oppressed.
* Also on the show, poet Kyle Dargan, whose poetry provides a window into the humanity that Branch & Cone say is essential to get people working towards justice, visits Bill to talk about and read from his work.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 8, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 -- 5:00 AM

And Justice for Some (Episode #212H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 1, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court's landmark decision in the case of Gideon v. Wainwright established the constitutional right of criminal defendants to legal representation, even if they can't afford it. The Court ruled there shouldn't be one kind of justice for the rich and another for the poor, but the scales of the American legal system still tilt heavily in favor of the white and wealthy. This week, attorney and legal scholar Bryan Stevenson exposes the system's failures, and ongoing struggles at the crossroads of race, class and justice.
Stevenson's Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative has reversed the death sentences of more than 75 inmates. But right now, there are more than 3100 inmates on death row, and more than 60% are members of racial or ethnic minorities. Over time, Supreme Court Justices have fine-tuned the circumstances under which the death penalty may still apply, but no set of laws or jurisprudence can undo wrongful executions - or, it seems, completely prevent them. According to journalists Martin Clancy and Tim O'Brien, authors of Murder at the Supreme Court, in recent years at least 18 inmates were released from death row because DNA evidence proved their innocence. These cases are among more than 140 death penalty exonerations over the last three decades.
The broadcast closes with a Bill Moyers Essay on the hypocrisy of "justice for all" in a society where billions are squandered for a war born in fraud while the poor are pushed aside.

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