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American Indians Confront Savage Anxieties (Episode #351H)

KQED World: Sat, Dec 27, 2014 -- 7:30 AM

American Indians have long had to contend with the myth of the "savage" as well as with the law, especially the language long employed by the courts to legitimize what legal scholar Robert Williams calls "this uniquely American-style, constitutionally sanctioned white racial dictatorship."
Robert Williams, himself of Lumbee Indian heritage, has set himself the task of trying to root out the law's bias and to challenge the bigoted ways of talking, thinking, and writing that still shape our attitudes toward the American Indian population. Williams tells Bill Moyers, "When Europeans came to the New World, the first thing they said is, 'Well, Indians don't appreciate property. They're savage. They're backwards. They're uncivilized. And so we really don't have to pay them for it or if we give them a treaty we really don't have to give them what the land is ruly worth.' Nothing could be farther from the truth. Tribes have very clear conceptions of their traditional boundaries, they maintain their rights and their claim to sovereignty over the lands according to their own honored traditions and tribal elders." < br>Williams continues, "What we've had is 500 years of taking away from tribes. And it's going to be very hard to start giving back and to start recognizing those things were taken from tribes. And that continual work that Indian leaders, indigenous people are doing throughout the world is getting back what was taken away."
Robert Williams teaches law and American Indian studies at the University of Arizona, has represented tribal groups before human rights courts and commissions, adjudicated as a judge for Indian courts of law, and written such influential books as "Like a Loaded Weapon" and "Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization," which show how and why the notion of Indians as war-mongering, unruly savages was used to justify western expansion - and suppression.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 28, 2014 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 28, 2014 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 28, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Dec 27, 2014 -- 12:00 PM

The New Robber Barons (Episode #350H)

KQED World: Sat, Dec 20, 2014 -- 7:30 AM

America's first Gilded Age, more than a century ago, was a time of vast riches and conspicuous consumption, as well as degrading poverty. "It wasn't merely that poverty lived alongside great wealth," historian Steve Fraser tells Bill Moyers, "It's that poverty was being created by great wealth." Senators and Representatives were owned by Wall Street and Big Business, and then, as now, those who footed the bill for political campaigns were richly rewarded with favorable laws. We've just watched the Senate and the House - aided and abetted by President Obama - pay off financial interests with provisions in the new spending bill that expand the amount of campaign cash wealthy donors can give and let banks off the hook for gambling with customer( and taxpayer) money.
The social safety net, Fraser says, has been "shredded to a very significant degree." But what was different about the first Gilded Age is that people rose in rebellion. Today we do not see "that enormous resistance." Nonetheless, he concludes, "people are increasingly fed up. their voices are not being heard. And I think that can only go on for so long without there being more and more outbreaks of what used to be called class struggle, class warfare."
Steve Fraser is a writer, editor and scholar of American history. Among his books are Every Man a Speculator, Wall Street: America's Dream Palace and Labor Will Rule. His latest, The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power, will be published early next year.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 21, 2014 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Dec 21, 2014 -- 4:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 21, 2014 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 21, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Dec 20, 2014 -- 12:00 PM

Democrats Bow Down to Wall Street (Episode #349H)

KQED World: Sat, Dec 13, 2014 -- 7:30 AM

Bill Moyers talks about trade and politics with outspoken veteran journalist John "Rick" MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper's Magazine.
Since 1850, Harper's has thrown open its pages to some of the most ferociously independent voices in American letters - from Mark Twain, Jack London and Herman Melville to William Styron, Joyce Carol Oates and David Foster Wallace. This author and former newspaperman is resolute in his conviction that while blogging and social media have their place, they are no substitute for journalism. Harper's has a website, but all of its material is behind a paywall - you have to subscribe to the print edition of the magazine to see it. "The web is bad for writers," he told The New York Times this past summer. They're "too exhausted by the pace of an endless news cycle to write poised, reflective stories and are paid peanuts if they do. And it's bad for readers, who cannot absorb information well on devices that buzz, flash and generally distract."
During his more than 3 decades at the magazine, Rick MacArthur has been as ferocious a champion of democracy - -- whether he's writing in Harper's or in such books as The Selling of Free Trade, an expose of how Democrats and Republicans colluded to enact NAFTA - the North American Free Trade Agreement, and this one - The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America.
Not only is Rick MacArthur an iconoclast when it comes to cyberspace, he's also outspoken on politics and culture, and in two languages - English and French. In addition to books and his duties at the magazine, he writes opinion columns for the Providence Journal in Rhode Island and a French language newspaper Le Devoir in Montreal. His fierce arrows of outrage are aimed at both political parties, but recently he has been especially incensed by Democrats for abandoning their progressive roots to serve Wall Street, K Street and a cabal of crony capitalists.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 14, 2014 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 14, 2014 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 14, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Dec 13, 2014 -- 12:00 PM

The United States of Ferguson (Episode #348H)

KQED World: Sat, Dec 6, 2014 -- 7:30 AM

In the wake of grand juries in Missouri and New York's Staten Island deciding not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed African Americans, Moyers & Company presents an encore broadcast of Bill Moyers' conversation earlier this year with journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates. First telecast in May 2014, Coates had just written a cover story in The Atlantic magazine, provocatively titled "The Case for Reparations." It urged that we begin a national dialogue on whether the US should compensate African Americans not only as recognition of slavery's "ancient brutality" - as President Lyndon Johnson called it - but also as acknowledgement of all the prejudice and discrimination that have followed in a direct line from this, our original sin.
His words remarkably prescient in the light of recent events, Coates explained to Moyers, "I am not asking you, as a white person, to see yourself as an enslaver. I'm asking you as an American to see all of the freedoms that you enjoy and see how they are rooted in things that the country you belong to condoned or actively participated in in the past. And that covers everything from enslavement to the era of lynching, when we effectively decided that we weren't going to afford African Americans the same level of protection of the law." < br>"There are plenty of African Americans in this country - and I would say that this goes right up to the White House - who are not by any means poor, but are very much afflicted by white supremacy." Reparations, Coates said, are "What the United States, first of all, really owes African Americans, but not far behind that, what it owes itself, because this is really about our health as a country. I firmly believe that reparation is a chance to be pioneers. We say we set all these examples about liberty and freedom and democracy and all that great stuff. Well, here's an opportunity for us to live that out."
Ta-Nehisi Coates has written for many publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. He is a senior editor for The Atlantic magazine and author of the 2008 memoir, "The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 7, 2014 -- 5:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 7, 2014 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Dec 7, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Dec 6, 2014 -- 12:00 PM
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