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Bill Moyers in Conversation
53 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
John Lewis Marches On
On August 6, 1965, Rep. John Lewis looked on as President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. In this video, he reflects on how the March on Washington led to key civil rights laws.
22 minutes | May 21, 2020
Fighting for the Four Freedoms
Historian Harvey J. Kaye talks to Bill about why FDR's "Four Freedoms” -- freedom from fear and want and freedom of speech and religion -- are more important now than ever.
37 minutes | Jul 8, 2016
Khalil Gibran Muhammad on Our Crisis of Racial Justice
I paid a visit to New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture recently to help a large gathering of the Schomburg’s devoted friends and visitors say goodbye — very reluctantly — to Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad. He’s been the beloved director of the Schomburg for the past five years and has done much to expand the reach and the influence of the Harlem institution that devotes itself to researching and disseminating the history of African Americans. But Muhammad is also a scholar and he is now eager to evaluate everything he has gleaned about the contemporary concerns of black America from a new vantage point. He’s on his way to join Harvard University’s faculty as a professor of history, race and public policy at the Kennedy School of Government.
35 minutes | Jun 6, 2016
The Book That Explains Why Voters Are So Angry (and Why They Have a Right to Feel That Way)
Here’s what the 2016 election should be about: Winner-Take-All Politics — How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. It’s a groundbreaking account of how our political system was hijacked by the super rich and engineered to work for them at the expense of everyone else. Two of our top political scientists – Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson – published it four years ago to wide acclaim.
25 minutes | May 2, 2016
Bill Moyers in Conversation: Eddie Glaude Jr. on Why Black Votes Matter
My guest is Eddie Glaude Jr., author of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. In the first part of our conversation, professor Glaude and I discussed the crisis that continues to engulf black America. "We talk about the achievement gap, we talk about the empathy gap, we talk about the wealth gap," Glaude explained, "and the value gap is this: the belief that white people matter more than others. And to the extent to which that belief animates our social arrangements, our political practices, our economic realities, under different material conditions, as long as that belief obtains, democracy will always be an abeyance in this country." We continue with Professor Glaude’s proposal to upend our politics and launch a revolution of values.
39 minutes | Apr 28, 2016
Bill Moyers in Conversation: Eddie Glaude Jr. on America’s Racial ‘Value Gap’
I’m holding in my hand what has been called “one of the most daring books of the 21st century,” a “book for the ages,” “bracing,” “unrelenting.” The title is Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and it breathes with prophetic fire. Its power comes because the author does not begin with “pristine principles or with assumptions about our inherent goodness. Rather, its view of democracy,” as he writes, “emerges out of an unflinching encounter with lynching trees, prison cells, foreclosed homes, young men and women gunned down by police and places where ‘hope, unborn, had died.’”
38 minutes | Apr 20, 2016
Bill Moyers: Campaign Finance Reform — It’s Not Just Liberals Anymore
When I first met Richard Painter some months ago, I thought he must be the loneliest man in the Republican Party. He’s a conservative, and, of course, I’m not. But he believes, as I do, that there’s too much money in politics. Now, political insiders know Richard Painter well as President George W. Bush’s White House counselor and chief ethical advisor. He’s now teaching law at the University of Minnesota, and he’s causing heads to turn with a book advocating that we reduce the power of big money in politics.
42 minutes | Apr 15, 2016
Bill Moyers in Conversation: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics
On the eve of the New York primary, Bill Moyers sat down to talk with Rick Shenkman, the historian, editor and publisher of the indispensable website History News Network. Shenkman tells Bill that it's the voters and their emotions, not the candidates and their ideas, that will determine the outcome of the election in November. Shenkman's latest book is 'Political Animals: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics.'
23 minutes | Jan 2, 2015
The Children’s Climate Crusade
A new generation turns an ancient idea into a crusade to save the future.
23 minutes | Dec 26, 2014
American Indians Confront “Savage Anxieties”
Legal expert Robert A. Williams Jr. says stereotypes about American Indians have been codified into laws and government policies, with devastating consequences.
23 minutes | Dec 19, 2014
The New Robber Barons
Washington continues to reward wealthy donors and Wall St but what about everyday Americans? Author and historian Steve Fraser has answers.
23 minutes | Dec 5, 2014
The United States of Ferguson
In an encore broadcast, journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about the nation’s legacy of slavery and white supremacy.
23 minutes | Nov 28, 2014
The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy
From luxury skyscrapers -- taller, more expensive and exclusive than ever before -- the dark shadows of plutocracy are spreading across the commons of democracy.
23 minutes | Nov 21, 2014
How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats
Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout return to talk about the corrupting influence of money in politics, and their push to change the system.
23 minutes | Nov 14, 2014
The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics
Two college professors leave academia for the rough-and-tumble world of electoral politics. What did they learn?
23 minutes | Nov 7, 2014
Facing Down Corporate Election Greed
On Election Day, a small California city took on one of the biggest corporations in America… and declared victory.
23 minutes | Oct 31, 2014
Bernie Sanders on Breaking Big Money’s Grip on Elections
The only independent member of the US Senate tells Bill big money’s purchase of political power is a grave threat, and shares his plan to put government back in voters' control.
23 minutes | Oct 24, 2014
The Fight — and the Right — to Vote
Two experts on American elections talk to Bill about the plot to keep citizens away from the ballot box. And don't miss: Exclusive web-extra video
23 minutes | Oct 17, 2014
Keeping Faith in Democracy
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson talks to Bill about what the title character of her new book Lila, says about the state of democracy in America.
23 minutes | Oct 9, 2014
Restoring an America That Has Lost Its Way
Reporter Bob Herbert on his new book, Losing Our Way, an intimate and heartrending portrait of America in economic despair.
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