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
Saving The Earth from Ourselves (Episode #238H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 27, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
Right now, the government of Russia is holding in custody the Arctic Sunrise, a ship crewed by 30 environmental activists from the organization Greenpeace International. They attempted to board a Russian offshore oil platform, demonstrating against drilling for fossil fuels in the fragile environment of the Arctic. Their protest, which may lead to charges of piracy, comes at the same time as news that not so long from now - by mid-century or even sooner - summer in the Arctic Ocean will be ice free. Since 1980, thanks to global warming, the Arctic already has lost around 40% of its sea ice cover, and that is having a huge effect on climate and the way the wheels and gears of the Earth are supposed to work.
According to Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, "Greenpeace activists and other environmental and social activists standing up for a more just, equitable and sustainable world are putting their lives on the line on a regular basis. What is at stake is humanity's ability to live in coexistence with nature for centuries to come." < br />Naidoo dared to scale an oil rig in the Artic only to be hammered with freezing water from a high-powered hose aimed right at him. The charismatic leader of Greenpeace International saved himself by thinking about his daughter, who inspired his activism in the first place. Naidoo was held for 4 days in a Greenland jail after one of these perilous climbs but it was not the first time he's seen the inside of a cell. From his teenage years in South Africa, he was a vocal and powerful opponent of apartheid, incarcerated and beaten so often he finally fled to Britain, where he was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford. When apartheid ended, Naidoo went back to South Africa and became a prominent human rights activist with a growing concern for the impact of climate change on impoverished people of color. In 2009, he brought his negotiating and advocacy skills to the leadership of Greenpeace International, now a worldwide organization of 3 million members. Naidoo joins Moyers & Company this week to discuss the politics of global warming and the urgency of environmental activism.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 30, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 29, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 29, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Sep 29, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 29, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 29, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 28, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 28, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 28, 2013 -- 7:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 28, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
Inequality for All (Episode #237H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 20, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
This week marks both the 5th anniversary of the fiscal meltdown that almost tanked the world economy and the 2nd anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the movement that sparked heightened public awareness of income inequality. Yet the crisis is worse than ever - in the first 3 years of the recovery, 95% of the economic gains have gone only to the top 1% of Americans. And the share of working people in the US who define themselves as lower class is at its highest level in 4 decades.
More and more are fighting back. According to Robert Reich, Bill Clinton's Secretary of Labor: "The core principle is that we want an economy that works for everyone, not just for a small elite. We want equal opportunity, not equality of outcome. We want to make sure that there's upward mobility again, in our society and in our economy."
Reich joins Moyers this week to discuss a new film, Inequality for All, opening in theatres across the country next week. Directed by Jacob Kornbluth, the film aims to be a game-changer in our national discussion of income inequality. Reich, who Time magazine called one of the best cabinet secretaries of the 20th century, stars in this dynamic, witty, and entertaining new film. Reich, a professor at UC Berkeley, is the author of 13 books, including The Work of Nations, available in 22 languages; Aftershock and Supercapitalism, both best sellers; and his latest, Beyond Outrage: What Has Gone Wrong with Our Economy and our Democracy, and How to Fix It.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 23, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 21, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 21, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 21, 2013 -- 7:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 21, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
The Collision of Sports and Politics (Episode #236H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 13, 2013 -- 11:02 PM
On occasion, a sports story breaks free from the sports section - as highlighted by this week's Time magazine cover story, "It's Time to Pay College Athletes". These headlines are less about the latest star or the final score and more about culture, politics, and who we hope to be as Americans. Should we build flashy new arenas in bankrupt cities? Do we cheer from the stands or cringe as we watch our children butt heads on the football field, risking a future of potential brain trauma?
This week Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation - the magazine's first sports editor in the publication's 148 year history - joins Bill Moyers to talk about the collision of sports and politics. As Zirin points out, "there's always so much happening in the world of sports, and there's always so many different ways in which sports, not just reflects our lives, but actually shapes our lives - shapes our understanding of things like racism, sexism, homophobia. It shapes our understanding of our country, of corporations and what's happening to our cities. In so many different ways, sports stories are stories of American life in the 21st century."
- KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 16, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 14, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 14, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 14, 2013 -- 5:02 AM
What Are We Doing In Syria? (Episode #235H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 6, 2013 -- 11:02 PM
With the probability of American intervention, Syria is everywhere in the news. This week Phil Donahue, filling in for Bill Moyers, speaks with NPR Middle East correspondent Deborah Amos and historian and Vietnam veteran Andrew Bacevich about the possible repercussions of our actions in the Middle East.
As he has so often in recent years, historian and analyst Andrew Bacevich is asking the important questions about America's role in the world and specifically why we should go into Syria. Is a military response justified and if we take action, where does it stop? A graduate of West Point and Vietnam veteran, he served for 23 years in the military before becoming a professor at Boston University. His new book, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, asks whether our reliance on a professional military rather than a citizen's army has lured us into a morass of endless war - a trap that threatens not only our global reputation but democracy itself.
Among its deadly side effects, the war in Syria has created a refugee crisis beyond that country's borders - a "disgraceful humanitarian calamity" and "the great tragedy of this century," according to the UN. Deborah Amos is a veteran National Public Radio Middle East correspondent. She wrote about the exiled and dispossessed of the region in her book Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile, and Upheaval in the Middle East and has been in the refugee camps and on the Syrian front lines. Amos joins Donahue for a discussion of the human toll of the Syrian fighting, and the potential impact of millions of displaced people on the region.
As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached an agreement late Tuesday on wording of a new resolution authorizing US military force against the Syrian government, events will likely change quickly. What won't have changed is the need for a full discussion of our motives and American foreign policy, not just when it comes to Syria but in the entire Middle East.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 9, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 7, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 7, 2013 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Sep 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 7, 2013 -- 5:02 AM
John Lewis Marches On (Episode #234H)
KQED World: Sun, Sep 1, 2013 -- 3:00 AM
On an encore rebroadcast of Moyers & Company (check local listings), 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. Moyers and Lewis share their experiences and revelations from the 60's civil rights era. 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 attracted a curious crowd of children and adults, and conducted a spontaneous lesson in civil rights history: http: //billmoyers.com/segment/john-lewis-steps-back-into-history/ 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 ? championed at the March on Washington ? continues to be thwarted.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 2, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 1, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Sep 1, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 1, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Sep 1, 2013 -- 11:30 AM