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
Living Outside Tribal Lines (Episode #221H)
KQED Plus: Fri, May 31, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
* This week's encore broadcast 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. He shares his irreverent perspective on contemporary American life, and discusses the challenges of living in two different cultures at the same time - especially when one has so much dominance over the other. "I know a lot more about being white than you know about being Indian," Alexie tells Bill.
Going to Jail for Justice (Episode #220H)
KQED Plus: Fri, May 24, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
* In December 2008, during the closing weeks of the Bush White House, 27-year-old environmental activist Tim DeChristopher went to protest the auction of gas and oil drilling rights to more than 150,000 acres of publicly-owned Utah wilderness. But instead of yelling slogans or waving a sign, DeChristopher disrupted the proceedings by starting to bid. Given an auction paddle designating him "Bidder 70", DeChristopher won a dozen land leases worth nearly $2 million. He was arrested for criminal fraud, found guilty, and sentenced to two years in federal prison - even though the new Obama Administration had since declared the oil and gas auction null and void.
This week, DeChristopher - who was released less than a month ago - joins Bill to talk about the necessity of civil disobedience in the fight for justice, how his jury was ordered to place the strict letter of the law over moral conscience, and the future of the environmental movement. Bidder 70, a new documentary chronicling DeChristopher's legal battle and activism, opened May 17. DeChristopher is co-founder of the grassroots environmental group Peaceful Uprising.
* Also on the show, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Gretchen Morgenson tells Bill that, 5 years after the country's economic near-collapse, banks are still too big to fail, too big to manage, and too big to trust. Stockholders' reaffirmation of Jamie Dimon as JP Morgan Chase's chairman and CEO this week - despite a year of accusations and investigations at the bank - is further evidence, she says, of an unchecked system that continues to covet profits and eschew accountability, putting our economy and democracy at risk. Morgenson also discusses how behemoth companies like Apple manipulate the system and avail themselves of the biggest tax loopholes money and influence can buy.
- KQED Plus: Mon, May 27, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, May 26, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, May 26, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, May 26, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, May 26, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
The Toxic Politics of Science (Episode #219H)
KQED Plus: Fri, May 17, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
* Science can be a battleground - witness the politics of climate change, the teaching of evolution, the uncharted terrain of genetic modification and stem cell research, among other contentious issues. But when industries release untested chemicals into our environment - putting profits before public health - our children are the first to suffer. Nowhere is this more troubling than in the ongoing story of lead poisoning.
This week, Bill talks with David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, public health historians who've been taking on the chemical industry for years - writing about the hazards of industrial pollution and the neglect of worker safety - despite industry efforts to undermine them. Their latest book, Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children, is the culmination of 20 years of research. Markowitz and Rosner warn that, for young children, there's no safe level of exposure to this dangerous toxin still lurking in millions of homes.
Rosner and Markowitz discuss thwarted efforts to hold the lead industry accountable, failed attempts to find cheap solutions, and the cost to the future of our children. As long as the chemical industry and its powerful lobbies prevail in blocking efforts to reform outdated laws, the authors say, we will continue to float in a soup of toxins - inhaling, drinking, and absorbing chemicals that we may learn, years later, have put us all in harm's way.
* Also on the show, Bill is joined by the heads of two independent watchdog groups keeping an eye on government as well as on powerful interests - like chemical companies - seeking to influence it. Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics and OpenSecrets.org, and Danielle Brian, who runs the Project on Government Oversight, talk to Bill about the importance of transparency to our democracy, and their efforts to scrutinize who's giving money, who's receiving it, and most importantly, what's expected in return.
- KQED Plus: Mon, May 20, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, May 19, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, May 19, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, May 19, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, May 19, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
How People Power Generates Change (Episode #218H)
KQED Plus: Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
With our democracy threatened by plutocrats and the politicians in their pockets more than ever, the antidote to organized money is organized people. It takes time and effort, but across the country, grass roots democracy is growing. Individuals are banding together, organizing toward common goals and demanding change - and often delivering it. On this week's episode, we'll meet three organizers leading the way.
Marshall Ganz is a social movement legend who dropped out of Harvard to become a volunteer during Mississippi's Freedom Summer of 1964. He then joined forces with Cesar Chavez of the United Farmworkers, protecting workers who picked crops for pennies in California's fields and orchards. Ganz also had a pivotal role organizing students and volunteers for Barack Obama's historic 2008 presidential campaign. Now 70, he's still organizing across the US and the Middle East, and back at Harvard, teaching students from around the world about what it takes to beat Goliath.
Later on the broadcast, economic equality advocates Rachel LaForest, executive director of Right to the City, and Madeline Janis, co-founder and national policy director of Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, discuss with Bill how social action can change both policy and lives. Janis led the fight for a living wage in Los Angeles; LaForest fights for fair and affordable housing across the country.
- KQED Plus: Mon, May 13, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, May 12, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, May 12, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, May 12, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, May 12, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED World: Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
The Sandy Hook Promise (Episode #217H)
KQED Plus: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
Francine and David Wheeler's youngest son Ben was killed in the December 14th attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Their grief has led them to the Sandy Hook Promise, a now-nationwide group founded by Newtown friends and neighbors to heal the hurt and find new ways to talk about and campaign against the scourge of gun violence in the US. One of their allies is folksinger and activist Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, who joined with the Wheelers and others in a February concert of harmony, resilience and solidarity.
This week, we see excerpts from the concert, soon to appear on many public television stations. Francine Wheeler and Peter Yarrow discuss with Bill the power of music to create change, and their mission to protect children and adults from gun violence in communities across America. Later, the conversation continues as David Wheeler joins his wife to talk with Bill about what can be done and if the gun issue can be addressed rationally in a way that includes diverse viewpoints and bypasses partisan brinkmanship.
- KQED Plus: Mon, May 6, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, May 5, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, May 5, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, May 5, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, May 5, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, May 4, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, May 4, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, May 4, 2013 -- 5:00 AM