Moyers & Company
Bill Moyers' weekly edition featuring 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
John Lewis Marches On (Episode #229H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 26, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
This week, two icons of the 60's civil rights era - Bill Moyers and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) - meet to share experiences and revelations about the momentous March on Washington which they both attended 50 years ago.
Their discussion takes them to the spot in front of the Lincoln Memorial where Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bayard Rustin, Roy Wilkins, and others famously spoke about freedom and justice, creating critical momentum for both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. While there, Moyers and Lewis attract the attention of schoolchildren, and conduct a spontaneous living history lesson.
The March on Washington is largely remembered for King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The 23-year-old Lewis, newly named to lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was the youngest of the featured speakers, but among the most defiant.
Now a 14-term congressman from Georgia, Lewis shares new insight into how the event unfolded - including last-minute conflicts over his own manuscript. He also discusses the continuing challenges to racial and economic equality, and his unwavering dedication to nonviolence and brotherly love as a means toward a more just end - even when facing inevitable violence and brutality.
"To look out and see the best of America convinced me more than anything else that this is the product, this is the work of the movement," Lewis tells Moyers. "Sometimes you have to not just dream about what could be - you get out and push and you pull and you preach. And you create a climate and environment to get those in high places, to get men and women of good will in power to act."
Threading rarely-seen documentary footage into their conversation, Moyers - who was deputy director of the newly-created Peace Corps at the time - also shares his own memories of the day. He concludes with an essay about how the pursuit of equal rights and opportunities for all Americans - so championed at the March on Washington - continues to be thwarted.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
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- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 27, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
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- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 27, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
A New Case for Gun Control (Episode #228H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
* The death of Trayvon Martin has ignited debate not just over our justice system, but on legislation such as the "stand your ground" laws that contributed to the tragic result. This week, Bill talks with author and gun control advocate Tom Diaz about how a lethal combination of self-defense laws and concealed carry laws - championed by the NRA and the gun industry - dilutes our legal protections against gun violence. He warns that the genie is out of the bottle and we should be gravely concerned about the unrelenting marketing of guns. Diaz's latest book is The Last Gun: How Changes in the Gun Industry Are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It.
* Also on the show, a hard look at the plight of the men and women who bend to the earth in backbreaking labor, picking fruits, vegetables, and tobacco. Despite miracles of agricultural progress and innovation over the decades, the harsh lives and working conditions of migrant laborers have changed very little. Their cause has been championed in the past by Edward Murrow, Cesar Chavez, and the United Farmworkers, but that list is incomplete without Baldemar Velasquez. Velasquez was among hundreds of thousands of children who joined their migrant parents working long hours in the fields. Inspired by that early experience, Velasquez founded the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in 1967. A 1989 MacArthur Fellow, Velasquez joins Bill to talk about the ongoing David vs. Goliath struggles to ensure fairness for American farmworkers.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
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- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
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- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
Distracted from Democracy (Episode #227H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 12, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
* Across the world - Greece, Spain, Brazil, Egypt - citizens are turning angrily to their governments to demand economic fair play and equality. But here in America, with few exceptions, the streets and airwaves remain relatively silent. In a country as rich and powerful as America, why is there so little outcry about the ever-increasing, deliberate divide between the very wealthy and everyone else?
This week, media scholar Marty Kaplan points to a number of forces keeping these issues and affected citizens in the dark - especially our well-fed appetite for media distraction. An award-winning columnist and head of the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California, Kaplan also talks about the appropriate role of journalists as advocates for truth.
* Later on the show, acclaimed historian Gary May puts the recent Supreme Court decision gutting the Voting Rights Act into historical perspective, noting it's just one moment in a long, ongoing struggle to ensure voting rights for every American. A specialist in American political, diplomatic and social history, May's latest book is Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 15, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 14, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Jul 14, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 14, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 14, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
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- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
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- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
Surviving The New American Economy (Episode #226H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 5, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
22 years ago, Bill Moyers started documenting the story of two ordinary families in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - families whose breadwinners had lost well-paying factory jobs. Relying on the belief that hard work is the key to a good living and better life, the Stanleys and the Neumanns, like millions of others, went about pursuing the American dream. But as they found other jobs, got re-trained, and worked any time and overtime, they still found themselves on a downward slope, working harder and longer for less pay and fewer benefits, facing devastating challenges and difficult choices.
This week, Moyers revisits his reports on the Stanleys and Neumanns - whose stories Bill updates on the July 9 Frontline report "Two American Families." He also talks with the authors of two important books about how the changing nature of the economy is affecting everyone: Barbara Miner, a public education advocate who's been following the decline of her own Milwaukee hometown for nearly 40 years; and author, activist and playwright Barbara Garson, who's published a number of books about the changing lives of working Americans. Her most recent is Down the Up Escalator: How the 99% Live in the Great Recession.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 8, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 7, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Jul 7, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 7, 2013 -- 3:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jul 7, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
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- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 6, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Jul 6, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
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- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 6, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
The Faces of America's Hungry (Episode #225H)
KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 1, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
* Here in the richest country on earth, 50 million of us - 1 in 6 Americans - go hungry. More than a third of them are children. And yet Congress can't pass a Farm Bill because our representatives continue to fight over how many billions to slash from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps. The debate is filled with tired cliches about freeloaders undeserving of government help, living large at the expense of honest, hardworking taxpayers. But a new documentary, A Place at the Table, paints a truer picture of America's poor.
This week Kristi Jacobson, one of the film's directors and producers, and Mariana Chilton, director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, join Bill to break these stereotypes apart and share how hunger hits hard at people from every walk of life. The story of American families facing food insecurity is as frustrating as it is heartbreaking, because the truth is as avoidable as it is tragic.
"If we could think about poverty during childhood as a type of a disease, if we could pay as much attention to poverty for children as we pay attention to infectious disease, we might be able to do something in this country," Chilton explains to Bill.
* Also, on the program, journalist Greg Kaufmann - who's dedicated himself to the beat of poverty, food and politics - talks about the need to meet and accurately understand Americans in poverty to truly help them. A frequent contributor for The Nation, Kaufmann claims that the poor have been stereotyped and demonized in an effort to justify huge cuts in food stamps and other programs low-income Americans rely on to survive.
"People are working and they're not getting paid enough to feed their families, pay their utilities, pay for their housing, pay for the healthcare," Kaufmann tells Bill. "50% of the jobs in this country pay less than $34,000 a year. 25% pay less than the poverty line for a family of 4 - which is $23,000 a year. So if you're not paying people enough to pay for the basics, they're going to need help getting food."