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Here Are Four Ways to Fight for Democracy

As we slog through another negative, money-saturated presidential campaign, Americans are doing everything they can to let their leaders know they are fed up.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 READ MORE


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The Mainstream Media’s Big Disconnect: Why They Don’t Get Middle America

The top journalists covering the elections are out of touch. No wonder they’re missing this year’s big stories.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE


Bill Moyers: Campaign Finance Reform — It’s Not Just for Liberals Anymore (Audio)

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The journalist sits down with former Bush administration lawyer Richard Painter to discuss why conservatives should care about the influence of money in politics—and how they can fight to get it out.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Bill Moyers: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics (Audio)

In an audio interview, journalist Bill Moyers sat down with historian Rick Shenkman to talk about the brain of the American voter and what is firing its synapses during this extraordinary primary season.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Panama Papers Offer More Evidence That Free Trade Isn’t Really Free

As much as President Clinton and President Obama like to talk about “free trade” deals, the truth is that the working class ends up paying.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



It’s Time for Democrats Rahm Emanuel and Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Go

They represent everything wrong with the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton should tell them to take a hike.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE



Sanders’ Call to Rein In Wall Street, Artfully Clear (VIDEO)

At the heart of the matter is Bernie calling out the way Wall Street money has corrupted our democracy and perhaps most especially our election process. So when I went looking for ways to illustrate how that might have come into play on issues of deep concern to me, I found something that was instructive.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE



Let’s Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next

It’s time for the president to make federal contractors disclose their political spending.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE



A Drone Protester Heads to Jail

Mary Anne Grady Flores, 59, will serve six months for photographing a peaceful protest outside Hancock Field Air National Guard Base near Syracuse, N.Y., where the U.S. trains pilots to launch drone strikes in the Middle East, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



Tell the Truth About Bernie’s Health Care Stand

The Clinton campaign just made a serious mistake: It sent Hillary and Bill Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, out on behalf of her mother to bash Sen. Bernie Sanders on the issue of health care—and the ploy backfired.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



The Plutocrats Are Winning. Don’t Let Them!

The vast inequality that the plutocrats and the oligarchs are creating is a death sentence for government by consent of the people. This is the fight of our lives, and how it ends is up to us.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE


New Hope for the Climate Crusade

A promising new legal framework that recognizes Earth’s ecologies as a public trust could compel local and state legislators to take action to protect the planet by convincing courts that environmental protection is the responsibility of the government.

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Iraq Is Coming Apart at the Seams — Here’s an Essential Reader

Confused about what’s going on in Iraq? Wondering how the situation became so grim?

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



Prosecutors May Finally Go After Criminal Mega-Banks

The biggest banks pose a challenge for prosecutors.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent

The evidence of income inequality just keeps mounting.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE


‘The Fight to Save Our Democracy ... Just Got Harder’

“Two events this week have made the fight to save democracy from big money, already an uphill battle, even harder,” the introduction to Bill Moyers’ latest video essay says.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Bill Moyers: Who’s Buying Our Elections?

Bill Moyers interviews Kim Barker and Andy Kroll about the explosion of dark money spending in this year’s midterm elections, and the impact of looming Supreme Court decisions.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Deep State Is Vulnerable to People Power

Mike Lofgren’s long experience on the Hill has given him a small window, he might say only an aperture, into a vast network of unaccountable governmental and private institutions he calls the “Deep State.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE


Bill Moyers on ‘Dark Money’s’ Influence on North Carolina

The treasured American broadcast journalist tells “Democracy Now!” how untraceable political donations have shoved North Carolina to the political right.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Moyers Discuss Science and Democracy

The noted astrophysicist says you cannot be a full participant in a democratic society unless you have a base understanding of science that Americans have not achieved.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Neil deGrasse Tyson and the New ‘Cosmos’

Almost 35 years after the original “Cosmos” ignited the imaginations of English-speaking audiences, Neil deGrasse Tyson, whom journalist Bill Moyers describes as “America’s most popular scientist,” has updated the series for a new generation.

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Bill Moyers: Gunfighter Nation

With yet another school shooting in the news, Bill Moyers speaks with cultural historian Richard Slotkin about America’s gun problem.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Great American Class War

Toward the end of his tenure, when he was writing an increasing number of dissents on the Rehnquist Court, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan was asked if he was getting discouraged. He smiled and said, “Look, pal, we’ve always known—the Framers knew—that liberty is a fragile thing. You can’t give up.” And he didn’t.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE


Henry Giroux Gets Urgent With Bill Moyers

Truthout and Truthdig contributor and revolutionary firebrand Henry Giroux appeared on “Moyers & Company” on Friday to play the role of cultural pathologist and make the crises of global capitalism and democracy blindingly clear.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Quitting Your Job to Fight the Necessary Fight

After realizing American politics would not permit real solutions to a range of the most important issues, Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers independently left their careers in medicine to advocate for the public interest directly. This week they told Bill Moyers about their personal struggles for policy change.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


How Big Money and Big Media Undermine Democracy

Reporters John Nichols and Robert McChesney spoke with Bill Moyers about the dangers of “money and [the] media election complex.”

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Bill Moyers: Historian Is Optimistic About New Activists

Peter Dreier says “this is an incredible turning point in American history. ...”

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


The Debt Ceiling Circus: The Show Must Go On

Rather than resolving the debt crisis, lawmakers’ 11th-hour deal to raise the debt ceiling, which threatened to push the global economy over the edge,  simply delayed it. Financial Times chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, tells Bill Moyers the U.S. debt ceiling is “the legislative equivalent of a nuclear bomb aimed by the U.S. at itself.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


The GOP ‘Sabotage of Democracy’

“Despite what they say,” journalist Bill Moyers says in his weekly essay, “Obamacare is only one” of the targets of the Republican-led government shutdown.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Capitalism Run Wild

If you missed economist Richard Wolff talking about economic disparity on the most recent “Moyers & Company,” you can watch the whole episode right here.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Climate Change Is Here; Why Aren’t We Doing Anything About It?

Regarding the impending climate crisis, Yale scientist Anthony Leiserowitz tells Bill Moyers: “You almost couldn’t design a problem that is a worse fit with our underlying psychology.” The solution? Part of it involves turning the issue into talking points for conservatives.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Keeping Creationism Out of Public Schools

Zack Kopplin, a 19-year-old Rice University student waging a national campaign in defense of science education, spoke with Bill Moyers about his opposition to laws that make it easier to teach creationism in public schools.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


How a Higher Minimum Wage Helps the Whole Economy

Economist Richard Wolff tells Bill Moyers the argument that a higher minimum wage kills jobs makes no sense.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Nick Turse and the Real Vietnam War

Nick Turse’s new book, “Kill Anything That Moves,” is a ghastly revelation of previously unreported war crimes committed in Vietnam in the wake of the My Lai Massacre. He tells Bill Moyers how 15 years ago a staffer at the National Archives outside Washington, D.C., pointed him toward the “horror trove” of accounts that led to the book.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Why Is America’s Internet So Slow?

“We’re stuck with ... old-fashioned technology,” Bill Moyers says, “because, as [communications law expert] Susan Crawford explains, our government has allowed a few giant conglomerates to rig the rules, raise prices and stifle competition. Just like Standard Oil in the first Gilded Age a century ago.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Eliminating the Silent Filibuster

There was just one filibuster in the six years that Lyndon Johnson served as Senate majority leader in the late 1950s. In Harry Reid’s tenure, the stalling tactic has been used almost 400 times, Larry Cohen, a leader of the Democracy Initiative, told Bill Moyers on the latest edition of “Moyers & Company.”

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Krugman on Why Jobs Come First

New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman drew on 20th century U.S. history to explain to Bill Moyers how a Washington that was willing to spend could end the present American depression.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Ending the Silence on Climate Change

“What should really be scaring the daylights out of us—the crisis which could make all the others irrelevant—is global warming,” Bill Moyers says on the latest edition of “Moyers & Company.” “Get this one wrong and it’s over—not just for the USA, but for planet Earth.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Junot Diaz Tells a Story of America

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and MIT creative writing professor talks with Bill Moyers about race politics after Obama’s re-election and the change he’s witnessed in the attitudes of college students in recent decades.

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


What’s to Learn From ‘Lincoln’?

Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner, author of the screenplay for “Lincoln,” sits down with Bill Moyers for a winding conversation about how the script was written and whether comparisons between Barack Obama and the 16th president are fair.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Fiscal Cliffs and Fiscal Realities

“What do you both think the public needs to know about this economic debate going on right now?” Bill Moyers asked Naked Capitalism editor Yves Smith and Reagan and Bush economic adviser Bruce Bartlett.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Naomi Klein on the Link Between Climate Change and Capitalism

In an appearance on “Moyers & Company” over the weekend, Naomi Klein told Bill Moyers that the recent devastation left by Superstorm Sandy could be the catalyst for economic and political change in this country.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


The Election Is Over: Now What?

Days after the election, Bill Moyers brought together Bob Herbert and Reihan Salam, on the political left and right respectively, to discuss where the United States and its two major political parties are headed.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


The Debates: That Empty Feeling

What did we not learn about the condition of our country over the course of four presidential debates? Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Marty Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center at USC, assess the debates with Bill Moyers.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Plutocracy Rising

Matt Taibbi and Chrystia Freeland join Bill Moyers for a conversation on how far the 1 percent will go to keep themselves in charge.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Trevor Potter Talks Campaign Finance, Super PACs With Bill Moyers

The former Federal Election Commission chairman sits down with the “Moyers & Company” host to discuss the November ballot, the need to reform the campaign finance system and his well-known appearances on “The Colbert Report.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Mitt Tells the Truth

Like everyone else, we watched the movie of the week — that clandestine video from Mitt Romney’s fundraiser in Florida. Thanks to that anonymous cameraperson, we now have a record of what our modern day, wealthy gentry really thinks about the rest of us — and it’s not pretty.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 READ MORE


Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Visits ‘Moyers & Company’

As Bill Moyers explores in the latest edition of his program, third parties have a place in the American political system, despite the fact that it’s dominated by Democrats and Republicans.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Religion, Politics and Paul Ryan’s Budget

Is Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s budget blueprint inconsistent with Catholic teachings? Bill Moyers and guests Robert Royal and Sister Simone Campbell discuss that and other issues of faith and politics in the latest episode of “Moyers & Company.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Frisking History for Some Insights on Racism

In an urgent and informed discussion on race relations spanning America’s early history to the stop-and-frisk policies of the present, author, historian and New York Public Library research director Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad tells Bill Moyers how the nation’s laws were written to control black Americans.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


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