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Trump’s Attack on Bears Ears Could Alter the Course of American Land Conservation Wednesday, December 06, 2017By Kristin Miller, Moyers & Company | News Analysis In July, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke re-evaluated the national monuments created by the Obama administration. That interim report pegged Bear Ears National Monument in Utah as a sure bet for … Continued

Trump’s Attack on Bears Ears Could Alter the Course of American Land Conservation

Wednesday, December 06, 2017
By Kristin Miller, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

In July, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke re-evaluated the national monuments created by the Obama administration. That interim report pegged Bear Ears National Monument in Utah as a sure bet for alteration. The monument as designated by Obama encompasses more than 2,000 square miles long argued over by environmentalists, Native tribes and energy, ranching and development interests. Read more…

The Constitution Gave Us a Tool for Taking Down a Dangerous President

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
By Kristin Miller | Op-Ed

Almost 10 years ago Bill Moyers Journal hosted a freewheeling discussion about impeachment with conservative scholar (and Clinton impeachment article author) Bruce Fein and journalist John Nichols of The Nation. The impetus was a newly released poll that showed some 45 percent of Americans favored starting the impeachment process for President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Read more…

Politics From the Pulpit

Thursday, November 30, 2017
By Susannah Jacob | News Analysis

Tucked inside the enormous House tax proposal is a provision that would roll back a 63-year-old ban on tax-exempt organizations — including churches — from making explicit political endorsements. In 1954, then-Sen. Lyndon Baines Johnson proposed the amendment to section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code after a brutal campaign during which a tax-exempt group ran advertisements labeling him a communist. Read more…

The Trump-Russia Story Is Coming Together. Here’s How to Make Sense of It

Tuesday, Novemeber 28, 2017
By Bill Moyers | Interview

The news is coming so fast and furious, from so many sources and in so many fragments, that it takes more than a scorecard to keep up with the Trump-Russia connection. It takes a timeline — a “map,” if you will, of where events and names and dates and deeds converge into a story that makes sense of the incredible scandal of the 2016 election and now of the Trump Administration. Read more…

We Supported Their Dictators, Led the Failed “War on Drugs” and Now Deny Them Refuge

Saturday, November 25, 2017
By Victoria Sanford, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

President Donald Trump has tied his executive order giving Congress six months to “fix” DACA to constructing a wall between the US and Mexico as well as a rapid and massive deportation of unaccompanied children and families entering the US without a visa.Read more…

There Is More to the Story of Trump’s Latest Unqualified Judicial Nominee

Friday, November 17, 2017
By Gail Ablow, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

One of Trump’s latest judicial nominees, Brett Talley, has caught the public spotlight for good reason. But the glare of his inexperience is obscuring an even more troubling story about what is at stake in Alabama’s Middle District, where there are currently two vacancies on the bench. Read more…

Moyers and McKibben: Time Is Running Out for the Planet

Saturday, November 11, 2017
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview

For 30 years now climate change has been Bill McKibben’s beat, and his latest book, Radio Free Vermont, turns to humor for inspiration as runners go to bottled water for sustenance, and has readers laughing all the way to the finish line. In this interview, McKibben discusses the book and the present political moment.Read more…

Trump Kills CFPB Arbitration Rule: The Little Guy Loses Again

Friday, November 3, 2017
By Gail Ablow, Moyers & Company | Report

President Trump signed a congressional resolution Wednesday that allows financial institutions to block customers (that’s us) from filing class-action lawsuits. In doing so, he grabbed back a tool we were given in July by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that would have helped us fight banks or credit card companies or mortgage lenders and others if they rip us off. Read more…

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on the Urgency of Fighting Against the Racist Right-Wing

Monday, October 30, 2017
By Gail Ablow, Moyers & Company | Interview

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is an assistant professor at the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. After Taylor called Donald Trump “a racist, sexist megalomaniac” at a commencement speech earlier this year, she received several deaths threats, leading her to cancel a number of public-speaking events. Read more…

New Investigative Website Fights Rich and Powerful “Who Call the Shots”

Sunday, October 29, 2017
By Gail Ablow, Moyers & Company | Report

Amanda Weaver is inspiring new politicians from the grass roots of greater Chicago by nurturing, supporting and connecting them with a wider network of allies. As executive director of Reclaim Chicago, a political organization, Weaver encourages everyday people in the neighborhoods and suburbs of the city to run for office. Read more…

New Investigative Website Fights Rich and Powerful “Who Call the Shots”

Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Interview

Wendell Potter returns to journalism. Today, he launches a new organization for investigative reporting called Tarbell — a watchdog we’ll wager can bite as well as bark. He’s named it for — well, that’s what you will find out from this conversation between Potter and our senior writer, Michael Winship. Read more…

One Nation, In Sickness and in Health

Monday, October 23, 2017
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

It’s a given that our health care system, one-sixth of our nation’s economy, is a nightmare. And that despite my encomiums of praise for the medical profession stated above, there also are stinkers out there quick to abuse the system and make a big fast buck, especially in the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries. Read more…

Road Kill: Side-Swiping the Environmental Protection Act

Friday, October 20, 2017
By Gail Ablow, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

A senate appropriations subcommittee, led by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will resist the Trump administration’s efforts to slash spending for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department this week. Last summer, Murkowski warned the White House that there was no chance her panel would agree to cut the EPA’s $8 billion budget by almost a third. But the budget isn’t the only thing that’s endangered. The administration is leading a campaign to toss out a growing list of rules and regulations that protect our environment and the all plants and animals that are trying to thrive alongside us. Read more …

Michelle Alexander and Paul Butler Talking About “Chokehold: Policing Black Men”

Saturday, October 21, 2017
By Staff, Moyers & Company

Earlier this month at the Brooklyn Museum, scholar and MSNBC legal analyst Paul Butler joined Michelle Alexander, civil rights lawyer and author of The New Jim Crow, for a conversation about his latest book, Chokehold: Policing Black Men. As a former federal prosecutor, Butler uses his firsthand experience to demonstrate how the legal system is structured to target and criminalize black men. Read more…

White Nationalism and Christian Right Unite at Values Voter Summit

Friday, October 20, 2017
By Adele M. Stan, Moyers & Company

As the first sitting president to take the podium at Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit, President Trump may have offered history a footnote with his Oct. 13 speech, but by the following day his remarks were all but forgotten, as Steve Bannon’s stemwinder, a steaming stew of vitriol, splashed across mainstream media. On the Sunday shows, Bannon was the focus. Read more…

How the Nazis Used Jim Crow Laws as the Model for Their Race Laws

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

Scholars and historians have argued for years about whether the US’s own regime of racial oppression in any way inspired the Nazis. In this interview, author James Whitman discusses the meticulous record of a meeting of top lawyers in Nazi Germany, which revealed a deep interest in American race policies. Read more…

A Conversation About American Racism with Ibram X. Kendi

Thursday, October 12, 2017
By Christina Greer, Moyers & Company

The judges’ citation for the winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction, Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning, is both unstinting in its praise and a challenge to readers. Kendi lets no American, past or present, off the hook: “Somebody who challenges discrimination, that has an effect, somebody who maintains it, that has an effect, and somebody who does nothing has an effect.” Read more…

The Psychological Ripple Effects of Mass Shootings

Sunday, October 08, 2017
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Interview

The latest mass shooting in America — the largest in modern history — has us once again questioning the role of guns in our society and our willingness to allow weapons and ammunition to proliferate throughout. Read more…

Vulture Capitalists Circle Above Puerto Rico Prey

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview

Puerto Rico is devastated. Two hurricanes plunged the island into darkness and despair. Crops perish in the fields. The landscape of ruined buildings and towns resemble Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped on it. Over 3 million people are desperate for food, water, electricity and shelter. Read more…

Calling Out the Kobach Commission for What It Is

Friday, September 29, 2017
By Emma Olsen Sharkey, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

In the coverage that followed the recent meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity, the media focused on the testimony of John Lott Jr., a gun researcher who argued that the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco’s background check system should be used to check voter eligibility. Read more…

The Americans With Disabilities Act Is Under Threat

Monday, September 25, 2017
By Kristin Miller, Moyers & Company | Report

The optics were bad enough when disabled Americans were being dragged out of capital buildings as they protested potential loss of benefits in the first two iterations of Republican health care bills. For the protestors it was all about Medicaid. The Senate bill did away with Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion which would drop millions of low-income Americans from the rolls. Read more…

Why We Need a Universal Basic Income

Saturday, September 23, 2017
By Keri Leigh Merritt, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

As Labor Day approached this year, I awaited the lip service of Republicans praising “job creators” and business owners. I knew full well there was no chance they’d honor the common laborer — the people who feed, house, and transport them; the workers who keep their cities clean and their towns sanitary; the men and women who have raised their children and taken care of their aging and dying parents. Read more…

Can Trump Pardon Himself and His Children?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
By Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Presidential pardon power is vast, but not limitless. As the Department of Justice makes crystal clear, the presidential pardon power does not extend to crimes that violate the laws of any of the 50 states. Read more…

The Trump Administration Will Always Side With Corporations Over Labor

Sunday, September 17, 2017
By Sharon Block, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

It’s no secret that the Trump administration is corporation-friendly to a fault. For all the talk of the underserved coal miners and workers whose jobs have been stolen by free trade agreements or China, the Oval Office has not been a friendly — or even safe — place for workers in the past eight months. Read more…

Will Trump’s Enduring Legacy Be a Right-Wing Judiciary?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
By Susannah Jacob, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Michael Brennan’s nomination was one of the latest in Trump’s spree to fill as many open judicial seats as quickly as possible with young judges who fit a far-right, conservative mold. Many of these are lifetime appointments. When Trump entered office, he inherited over 100 judicial vacancies. Read more…

Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe on the National Climate Assessment

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
By Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company | Interview

On Monday, Aug. 7, before North Korea, and before Charlottesville, you might recall that The New York Times published an article entitled “Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report” that kicked up a storm of press coverage. The draft report on the state of science relating to climate change and its physical impacts is part of the National Climate Assessment (NCA), which is congressionally mandated every four years. Read more…

White Supremacy in the Age of Trump

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
By Keri Leigh Merritt, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Since before the election, poor white voters largely have been blamed for the rise of Donald Trump. Although their complicity in his election is clear and well established, they’re continually targeted as if their actions are the primary reason Trump won. But in fact, higher-earning, college-educated whites supported him at even greater rates. Read more…

Three Trump Speeches and the Death of a Nation

Sunday, August 06, 2017
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Watching Trump last week during what were, arguably, the worst of many horrible days of this presidency, was to see pure, rampaging id. Aggressive, needy, without logic or reason, Trump continues to rule with ignorance and incoherence, seemingly oblivious to the havoc he causes or maybe just thoroughly enjoying it. Read more…

The Latest Sneaky Attempt to Increase Corporate Political Power

Thursday, August 03, 2017
By John Light, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

“If you want to do something evil, put it inside something boring,” John Oliver said in 2014 of the tireless efforts of telecomm monopolists to get rid of net neutrality. It’s a tried and true strategy of the wealthy and their legislative allies, and, while Donald Trump’s destructive antics continue to hold America’s attention with the same unyielding grip he uses on foreign dignitaries’ hands, there are a lot of boring things ambling through Congress with corporate favors crammed deep inside. Read more…

We Are Radicals at Heart — Don’t Forget It

Tuesday, July 04, 2017
By Harvey J. Kaye, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

History may seem an extravagance in the face of our immediate crises and confrontations. But we must embrace our radical history by enhancing freedom, equality and democracy — not diminishing them. Read more…

NRA Issues Call for White Supremacy and Armed Insurrection

Saturday, July 1, 2017
By Billy Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Take a look at the newest add from the National Rifle Association and ask yourself if they can go any lower. Ponder this flagrant call for violence, this insidious advocacy of hate delivered with a sneer, this threat of civil war, this despicable use of propaganda to arouse rebellion against the rule of law and the ideals of democracy. Read more…

Dark Money Turns Elections Into Trench Warfare

Saturday, June 24, 2017
By Susannah Jacob, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Tuesday night, 55-year-old Republican candidate Karen Handel defeated 30-year-old Democratic hopeful Jon Ossoff and secured the seat in Georgia’s 6th District in the most expensive congressional race in US history. The $28 million raised by the candidates drew national attention, but the contest was also viewed as an early test of each political party’s strength since Trump’s election. Read more…

Dark Money Turns Elections Into Trench Warfare

Friday, June 23, 2017
By Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

In 1920 journalist Walter Lippmann wrote in Liberty and the News, of World War I, “[n]obody, for example, saw this war. Neither the men in the trenches nor the commanding general. The men saw their trenches, their billets, sometimes they saw an enemy trench, but nobody, unless it be the aviators, saw a battle.” Dark money in our elections leads to similar myopia where the public can’t tell what’s really going on as they are asked to do their civic duty and cast their ballots. Read more…

Red Alert: The First Amendment Is in Danger

Monday, June 05, 2017
By Bernard Weisberger, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Having already banned nosy reporters from news corporations that he doesn’t like, branded their employers as enemies of the nation and expressed a wish to departed FBI Director James Comey that those in the White House who leak his secrets should be jailed, why should there be any doubt that Trump would, if he could, clap behind bars reporters whom, in his own cockeyed vision, he saw as hostile? Read more…

Six Things Trump’s FCC Chairman Doesn’t Want You to Know About Net Neutrality

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
By Timothy Karr, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Under its Trump-annointed chairman, Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission decided this month to revisit its net neutrality ruling. The agency has reopened a docket for public comments on Pai’s proposal to undermine the safeguards needed to protect people from having their internet service providers block, throttle or de-prioritize the online content they want to see. Read more…

The Other Special Prosecutor We Need

Monday, May 29, 2017
By Arn Pearson, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

It’s been one revelation after the other these days about President Trump’s attempts to shut down the FBI’s Russiagate investigation. Turn on the news and you’re bound to hear comparisons to Nixon’s Watergate scandal and phrases like “obstruction of justice,” “intimidating a witness” and “cover-up” being hotly debated. Read more…

As Trump Ignores Climate Change, Seas Threaten to Swallow Alaskan Villages

Saturday, May 27, 2017
By John Light, Moyers & Company | Report

Even as the Trump administration struggles to determine how fully to lean into its climate denial — Should the US remain in the Paris Agreement? Should it sign an international declaration that mentions climate change? — Americans in the Arctic are facing the disruptive effects of three record-breakingly warm years following decades of rising temperatures, rising seas and melting permafrost.Read more…

Are EPA Scientists in Trump’s Crosshairs?

Friday, May 26, 2017
By Ben Adler, Moyers & Company | Report

Anyone worried that the Trump administration will politicize or interfere with sound scientific research heard a warning shot earlier this month, when nine members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 18-person Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) suddenly learned that they would not be offered a second three-year term.Read more…

In the Age of Trump, Democracy Reform Is Key

Thursday, May 18, 2017
By Adam Eichen, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

On the surface, it looked like another indication of the backlash against Trump. Approximately 80 people gathered in the pouring rain near Philadelphia’s City Hall Saturday, marking the first day of the March on Harrisburg. Unless we act now, our democracy, the fundamental lifeblood of our political system, may no longer exist. Read more…

How Media Consolidation Threatens Democracy: 857 Channels (and Nothing On)

Monday, May 15, 2017
By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Trump’s Federal Communications Commission plans to continue a decades-long, lobbyist-backed effort to allow media consolidation, helping corporate bottom lines but hurting independent journalism. Read more…

Donald Trump Is Attempting a Coup — We Must Have a Special Prosecutor

Thursday, May 11, 2017
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

So Donald Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director mistreated Hillary Clinton last summer over her use of private emails. Stop laughing. Trump takes us for chumps. The Republic is nothing to him but a crap game. And he loads the dice. Read more…

The US’s Health Is in the Hands of GOP Frat BoysThe US’s Health Is in the Hands of GOP Frat Boys

Monday, May 08, 2017
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Republicans were willing to vote for a lousy, misbegotten piece of legislation just so they could get the first round of tax cuts for the rich and to make it look as if they had accomplished something. Read more…

New Study Documents Wall Street and Telecoms’ Impressive Control of Congress

Thursday, May 04, 2017
By John Light, Moyers & Company | Report

Back in 2006, Democrat Ed Markey, then a congressman and now a senator from Massachusetts, introduced an amendment to protect net neutrality, the dull name for the important idea that all internet traffic be treated equally by internet service providers. This legislation, it turned out, was a cash cow for Congress. Read more…

Photos: Hundreds of Thousands Mobilize for Climate Justice

Monday, May 01, 2017
By John Light and Jessica R. Calderón, Moyers & Company | Photo Essay

On Trump’s hundredth day in office, some 200,000 protesters marched from the Capitol building to the White House to express their concerns about climate change, the environment and climate justice. The marchers surrounded his new home in an attempt to make their displeasure known. Read more…

One Hundred Days of Deconstruction: Part 3

Thurdsay, April 27, 2017
By Steven Harper, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Trump promised to be a transformational leader. It wasn’t an idle threat. He has assembled an unprecedented governmental wrecking crew. This is the third installment on Trump’s unique combination of kleptocracy and kakistocracy that is reshaping America in ways that most of voters won’t like. Read more…

One Hundred Days of Deconstruction: Part 2

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
By Steven Harper, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Beware of the enemy within. With respect to the US government, the ultimate inside job is well underway. Through key Cabinet appointments, Trump is gutting federal agencies that have improved citizens’ daily lives in ways that most Americans will no longer take for granted. Read more…

One Hundred Days of Deconstruction: Part 1

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
By Steven Harper, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Two months into Trump’s presidency, historian Douglas Brinkley said it would be “the most failed 100 days of any president.” David Gergen, a seasoned adviser to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton, agreed. But they’re using a traditional scorecard. With the help of Trump Party senators and loyalists, Steve Bannon and his boss are remaking the US. Read more…

The Waters of Trump’s Washington Are Dark and Deep

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

On Friday, the White House announced that it would no longer make public the logs of who visits the White House. The Obama administration had a policy, with a few exceptions, of keeping such records open and available. But Donald Trump and his gang don’t want you to know with whom they’re doing business. Read more…

Ask Yourself: Will Donald Trump Ever Become President?

Sunday, April 16, 2017
By Robin Claremont, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

After Trump unleashed missiles on a Syrian airfield, members of Washington’s national security establishment and elite pundits swooned. They stood smartly at attention and saluted the commander-in-chief for sending a message to the world, although exactly what the message meant remains far from clear. Read more…

The Surprising Truth Behind Tax Day: Where Your Taxes Go

Saturday, April 15, 2017
By Robin Claremont, Moyers & Company | Report

What if tax day was something we could be proud of as members of a democracy? Would you feel differently about paying taxes if you knew they were going to support public services that you, your family and your community rely on — such as public safety, roads and bridges, schools, health care, social services and national parks? Read more…

The Rich Line Up at the White House ATM

Wednesday, April 05, 2017
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Some of the latest hooey uttered by White House press secretary Sean Spicer — the man from whom a seemingly bottomless wellspring of hooey flows — was his pronouncement the other day that having so many fabulously wealthy men and women working in the White House is a good and wondrous thing. Read more…

Trump and the GOP in Sickness and Ill Health

Thursday, March 30, 2017
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The day after Republicans pulled the plug on Trumpcare (or was it Ryancare?), the front-page headline of the tabloid New York Post asked: “Is There a Doctor in the House?” None were in sight, but there were plenty of quacks wielding butcher knives instead of scalpels as they turned the body politic into a bloody mess and left it gasping for life on the floor of the House. Read more…

The Deep State 2.0

Sunday, March 12, 2017
By Mike Lofgren, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

The prospect of four years of Donald J. Trump’s nonstop rants about imaginary conspiracies against his daughter, wholesale slander against the judicial branch and attacks on the press as enemies of the people has caused some Americans to slip into a comforting form of denial. He will be a blip in our history, they say, because our formal institutions, and the American people, will ultimately prevail against a rogue disruptor. Read more…

Our President Is Up to No Good

Friday, March 10, 2017
By Bill Moyers and Henry A. Giroux, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

As the Global TV Network Chair Professor in McMaster’s English and Cultural Studies Department, Henry A. Giroux has kept a keen eye on American culture and the growth of authoritarian politics in general. After reading Trump’s latest twitter rants, these remarks more pertinent than ever. Read more…

CPAC Dispatch: How Donald Trump Killed Movement Conservatism

Monday, February 27, 2017
By Adele Stan, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Movement conservatism is dead, and Donald Trump killed it. How else to explain the spectacle that is the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference? Now that the “alt-right,” personified by Stephen Bannon, is in the White House, conservative leaders are trying to assess the correct place for it within the greater movement. Read more…

The GOP Plan to Prevent a Repeat of Obama’s Climate Action

Thursday, 9 February 2017
By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, attracted some attention last week for his opposition to a Supreme Court precedent that undergirds many of the regulations put forth by federal agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Communications Commission. Read more…

Scott Pruitt Will Make America Great Again — for Polluters

Wednesday, 1 February 2017
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video

In this video essay, Bill Moyers takes on President Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has a track record of putting the business interests of the energy sector before the environmental and health interests of the public. Read more…

Dare for Democracy: Three Essential Steps

Sunday, 18 December 2016
By Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Many Americans remain in shock and outrage, unable to grasp how a man who told bald-faced lies, who ridiculed and defamed others, and who boasted of sexual assault could yet ascend to the presidency of the United States. Read more…

Hillary Clinton’s Inaugural Address

Saturday, 10 December 2016
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Imagine that a day or two before Donald Trump’s inauguration, Hillary Clinton, as the candidate who received the greatest number of votes — and after a period of personal reflection and evaluation — addresses the nation. Read more…

Climate Action Is Up to the Rest of Us Now

Saturday, 3 December 2016
By Emily Schwartz Greco, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Responsible Americans can’t give up on shrinking the nation’s carbon footprint while a climate denialist and his fellow travelers have their way with the federal government. And while it’s true that market forces will probably help continue to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint, there’s still a lot of work to be done if Trump makes good on his plans to abandon our climate commitments. Read more…

A Progressive Agenda for Renegotiating NAFTA

Thursday, 24 November 2016
By Timothy A Wise, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

During the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada, or withdraw the United States from the pact. Although no one at Trump Tower so far has asked me for advice (and I’m not waiting by my phone for a call), I know a little bit about this subject: Eight years ago I helped convene a panel of experts to make recommendations to another president who promised to rewrite NAFTA. Read more…

Weathering the Trump Climate

Sunday, 20 November 2016
By Emily Schwartz Greco, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Yes, there are reasons to fear an impending environmental disaster: Donald Trump has spent much of his campaign claiming the mantle of climate-change-denier-in-chief, and his vice-presidential running mate isn’t much better. Read more…

What Trump Means for the Economy

Sunday, 13 November 2016
By Simon Johnson, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

We must brace ourselves for some serious economic changes in America. For the first time since 2006, the Republicans control the presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives. There is almost no limit on executive authority in this situation and the primary constraint on legislation is the extent to which Donald Trump and congressional Republicans disagree. Read more…

Will Trump Target Both Documented and Undocumented Immigrants?

Friday, 11 November 2016
By Emily Schwartz Greco, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

President-elect Donald Trump’s fixation with immigration suggests that he may have aspirations beyond deporting as many as 11 million undocumented US residents, building a wall along the southern border and barring Muslims from entering the country. Read more…

The Nasty Fallout From Noth Carolina’s Powerful Hog Industry

Wednesday, 09 November 2016
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Report

A recent editorial in The New York Times on the problem of hog waste in North Carolina nicely illustrates the ugly, long-term consequences of unchecked money in politics. In eastern North Carolina, the Times editorial board writes, “giant pools of bright pink sludge” dot the landscape. They are waste lagoons, places where industrial farms in North Carolina dump billions of gallons of (weak stomach warning) untreated pig urine and feces. North Carolina is home to 8.9 million hogs, making it the second largest pork producer in the nation. Read more…

A Certain Victory for Campaign Finance Reform Looms in Missouri

Sunday, 06 November 2016
By Jo Mannies, Moyers & Company | Report

Campaign finance reformers appear set to celebrate a big win Tuesday in Missouri, where voters are expected to approve a proposed constitutional amendment that would, among other things, reinstate campaign-donation limits in a state that, this year alone, has seen more than $120 million poured into campaigns by writers of six- and seven-figure checks. Read more…

Trickle-Up Democracy: State and Local Ballots Give Voters a Say

Wednesday, 3 November 2016
By Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, Moyers & Company | Report

Even in a presidential campaign where both candidates are speaking out against the influence of big money in politics, it’s easy to be cynical about the prospects for reform. The failure of Congress to take even baby steps in the right direction is enough to dishearten even the most idealistic among us. Read more…

Environmentalists Want Your Help Building a Climate Congress

Monday, 31 October 2016
By Kathy Kiely, Moyers & Company | Report

A group of California activists are building a tool to raise voter awareness about where candidates stand on climate change and they’re focusing their attention not on the White House, but on the institution at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue that’s been most resistant to respond to the problem. Read more…

Long-Standing Economic Issues Cloud the Future of Both Parties

Monday, 24 October 2016
By Sean Posey, Moyers and Company | News Analysis

As the seemingly endless election season ramped up in early 2015, it appeared certain to the punditocracy that we were headed for a rather predictable election year: Hillary Clinton all but wore the mantle of presumptive nominee, and Jeb Bush or perhaps Marco Rubio looked to be the next nominee in the mold of Mitt Romney. Instead, a precedent- and expectation-shattering year left the entire nation struggling to make sense of it. Read more…

The Real Reason to Worry About Immigrant Voting

Friday, 21 October 2016
By Emily Schwartz Greco, Moyers & Company | Report

While Donald Trump blathers on about a rigged election — a theory downplayed by a wide range of experts and his own running mate — and urges vigilance against hordes of undocumented people casting imaginary ballots, one real problem with this year’s electoral process is the opposite of the dire scenarios the GOP nominee is conjuring up. Read more…

The $1 Billion Election No One Is Noticing

Tuesday, 18 October 2016
By John Light, Moyers & Company | Report

Multimillionaire John Brunner is a victim of money in politics. In 2012, he spent millions to win the Republican nomination for US Senate in Missouri and was defeated, in part because Democrats, in the words of Sen. Claire McCaskill, the incumbent who was up for re-election that year, “spent more money for Todd Akin in the last two weeks of the primary than he spent on his whole primary campaign.” Read more…

Trump’s Threat to the First Amendment

Friday, 14 October 2016
By Kathy Kiely, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Could Donald Trump blow a hole in the First Amendment? Journalists and freedom of the press experts are sufficiently concerned about the prospect that they held a panel, broadcast on C-SPAN, to consider the question on Wednesday night at the National Press Club in Washington. Read more…

Clinton Makes Some Sense on Energy Policy; Trump Makes None

Tuesday, 11 October 2016
By Emily Schwartz Greco, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

As the most Jerry Springer-esque presidential debate on record wound down, the conversation swerved from questions like “did Donald Trump sexually assault a TV journalist or just brag about it on his way to a soap opera shoot” to energy policy, a realm most moderators avoid. Read more…

Boots on the Ground for Public Schools

Monday, 10 October 2016
By Sarah Jaffe, Moyers & Company | Report

The shoulder on Highway 9D between Garrison and Cold Spring, New York, is nearly nonexistent in places, and if you attempt to walk side-by-side your pant leg will get covered in burrs. I learned this last Wednesday, when I joined some 20 marchers on their way from New York City to Albany in pursuit of education funding promised a decade earlier. Read more…

Black Lives Matter Cofounder Alicia Garza on the Global Movement for Black Lives

Wednesday, 05 October 2016
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Interview

In this email exchange, Garza talks about the challenges facing the movement, Donald Trump’s recent outreach to black voters and how people of all races can best support the goals of Black Lives Matter. But first, she responds to the latest deadly police shootings of black men. Read more…

Doing What the Feds Won’t on Corporate Political Disclosure

Tuesday, 04 October 2016
By Kathy Kiely, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

The Securities and Exchange Commission won’t do it; Congress is emphatically against the idea. But if you think it’s impossible to get corporations to draw back the curtain on their political contributions in the post-Citizens United era, don’t tell Bruce Freed. Read more…

Standing Firm at Standing Rock: Why the Struggle Is Bigger Than One Pipeline

Friday, 30 September 2016
By Sarah Jaffe, Moyers & Company | Report

The echoes of historic struggles are reminders that the fight for water is just a part of the fight for an entire way of life. The grassroots organizing that brought the camp together has helped tribal governments look past the structures imposed on them by the process of colonization. Read more…

The Tracks of John Boehner’s Tears

Wednesday, 28 September 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

There are a few certainties in this world: fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, John Boehner’s gotta cry. Remember how a year ago — just a year ago — the former speaker of the House wept when Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress? And then only a couple of days later announced he was stepping down as speaker? Read more…

Will the Biggest Generation Seize the Day November 8?

Saturday, 24 September 2016
By Panyin Conduah, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

To say the 2016 presidential election is full of surprises is an understatement, but the biggest surprise yet could be who turns out to be the kingmaker. In a race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that’s so close even Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine is refusing to forecast the outcome, the deciding votes could be in the hands of millennials. Read more…

Trump’s Not-So-Great Game of Setting Expectations

Thursday, 22 Septemeber 2016
By Todd Gitlin, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Trump’s game is crystal clear. He’s going way beyond Bush’s 2000 conventional exercise in expectation-lowering. What you’ll see and hear isn’t about his performance; it’s about the moderators’: He aims to pre-insulate himself from serious questioning. Read more…

Breaking the Climate Procrastination Habit

Wednesday, 21 September 2016
By Emily Schwartz Greco, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

President Barack Obama calls climate change the greatest “threat to future generations.” To do something about it, he raised fuel-efficiency standards, launched his currently stalled Clean Power Plan, and tucked $90 billion in clean energy spending into the 2009 stimulus package. Read more…

Election 2016: There’s No Debate

Tuesday, 20 September 2016
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Let’s call the whole thing off. Not the election, although if we only had a magic reset button we could pretend this sorry spectacle never happened and start all over. Read more…

Guess Who’s Winning the Argument on Trade?

Sunday, 18 September 2016
By Kathy Kiely, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

When Thea Lee began what would turn out to be a career of working on trade issues, 25 years ago at the Economic Policy Institute, she was a bit of an outcast in her profession. Times have changed. Read more…

Fact-Checking in the Age of Trump

Friday, 16 September 2016
By Alicia Shepard, Moyers & Company | Report

Glenn Kessler was going to take the night off from The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” blog and just watch Donald Trump’s long-awaited immigration speech in Phoenix on August 31. Read more…

The Normalization of the Deplorables

Thursday, 15 September 2016
By Todd Gitlin, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Trump’s outrages are so frequent that the mob atmosphere at his rallies is evidently no longer terribly “newsworthy.” While Benghazi and emails remain part of everyday reporting over the months, journalists don’t remind us of Trump’s earlier incitements. Read more…

The Feeble False Modesty of Chris Wallace

Tuesday, 13 September 2016
By Todd Gitlin, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Toward the goal of helping viewers and listeners evaluate the abilities of the candidates, one principle should be simple: It’s better for the moderator to dispute one false claim than none; better two than one; better three than two. Read more…

A Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Bill?

Monday, 12 September 2016
By Kathy Kelly, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

It’s far from the kind of sweeping change that backers of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United want. And it’s a long way from public financing for congressional elections. But supporters of Rep. Paul Gosar’s Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our Elections Act are billing a new campaign finance reform measure as an important sign that Democrats and Republicans can find ways to work together. Read more…

Greasing the Outstretched Palms of the Candidates

Sunday, 11 September 2016
By Michael Winship | News Analysis

The recipe could not be simpler. Mix cynicism with greed, quickly stir and voila! American politics and government served up on a platter to the highest bidder. Read more…

Drugs and Privilege: Big Business, Congress and the EpiPen

Thursday, 01 September 2016
By Michael Winship | News Analysis

Cash and carry has become nothing more than standard operating procedure in politics and government, and it’s wrecking the republic. The whole system is rotten to the core, corrupted by big business and special interests from the seventh son to the seventh son. Read more…

How Billionaire Trump Is Missing Greener Pastures

Wednesday, 31 August 2016
By Emily Schwartz Greco | News Analysis

Considering how much he brags about his business acumen, shouldn’t Donald Trump do a better job of keeping up with economic trends? The “great” America he pines for preceded the advent of today’s globalized information age and the automation that rendered steelmaking a largely worker-free endeavor.Read more…

Trump and His Trumpeting Media

Monday, 29 August 2016
By Todd Gitlin | News Analysis

Insurgent US nativism is flourishing today in no small part because it is encouraged by a national co-production in which two forces converge, intertwine, scratch each others’ backs and otherwise prove mutually indispensable: 1.) Donald Trump and 2.) electronic media, on- and offline. Read more…

Is Trump-Bashing Good for the Media?

Thursday, 25 August 2016
By Neal Gabler | News Analysis

Just about everyone now concedes that the media have it in for Donald Trump. A survey of eight major news organs during the primaries, conducted by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy — one I cited in a previous post — showed that the press grew increasingly hostile to Trump, peaking at 61 percent negative to 39 percent positive at the end of the primary season. Read more…

Trickle-Down Election Economics: How Big Money Can Affect Small Races

Wednesday, 24 August 2016
By Sarah Jaffe | Report

At a press event in Kingston, New York, a Hudson Valley community about 90 miles north of Manhattan, the local Democratic congressional candidate, Zephyr Teachout, earlier this month called for a debate. But not with her Republican opponent, John Faso. Read more…

Enhancing Turnout: A Primary Concern

Tuesday, 23 August 2016
By Allegra Chapman | Report

American democracy has been on a roll. Over the past few weeks, courts across the country have affirmed that we are better when everyone participates and each voter’s voice is heard. Read more…

Donald Trump Must Release His Tax Returns

Friday, 12 August 2016
By Michael Winship | Op-Ed

First things first, Donald Trump: Release. Your. Tax. Returns. Read more…

What the Democratic Party Could Learn From Its Overseas Footsoldiers

Monday, 08 August 2016
By Adam Eichen and Bob Vallier | Op-Ed

The approximately 8 million American expats make up a voting bloc nearly double that of Washington state, the 13th most populous state in the nation. Were they to constitute a state, they would have about 14 electoral votes. Read more…

How the GOP’s Cynical Election Strategy Is Imploding

Friday, 05 August 2016
By David Daley | Op-Ed

As Donald Trump enmeshed himself in a bitter fight with the parents of an American Muslim military hero — and Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and John McCain looked to put distance between themselves and their party’s presidential nominee — there’s actually worse news for Republicans. Read more…

Patriot Games, From Watergate to Email Hacks

Friday, 29 July 2016
By Mike Lofgren | Op-Ed

There has been a break-in at the Democratic National Committee. Documents were stolen with the apparent intention of manipulating the results of a presidential election. Read more…

Convention Dissent: There’s Less Than Meets the Eye

Thursday, 28 July 2016
By Eric Alterman | Op-Ed

On a night of inspiring speeches and calls for unity, a media desperate for a “Democratic disarray” narrative upon which to hang their quote-stringing, I mean reporting, jumped on the recalcitrant Bernie Bros meme and wouldn’t let it go. Read more…

Elizabeth Warren Names Trump’s Racism for What It Is: A Political Weapon

Wednesday, 27 July 2016
By Ian Haney López | News Analysis

The attention on Day One of the Democratic Convention was on healing rifts in the party, but the most significant moment may have slipped under the radar, in the framing of the arguments against Donald Trump. There, something truly new happened, and no one is yet paying attention. Read more…

Will Bernie Sanders’ Political Movement Have Life Beyond the DNC?

Tuesday, 26 July 2016
By John Light | Report

Along with the Democratic party officials, delegates, lobbyists and members of the media who flocked to Philadelphia this weekend came tens of thousands of activists — a number that will likely continue to grow during the four days of the party’s presidential nominating convention, officially kicking off Monday night with speeches from first lady Michelle Obama and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. Read more…

Donald Trump’s Dark and Scary Night

Saturday, 23 July 2016
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship | News Analysis

The GOP’s new big dog blew the whistle Thursday night for nearly an hour and a half and it was loud and shrill enough to reach the ears of every angry, resentful, disaffected white American. The tone was divisive, dark, dystopian and grim. Read more…

What’s on Display in Cleveland? The Republican Id

Thursday, 21 July 2016
By Eric Alterman | News Analysis

What is on display at the RNC in Cleveland is the Republican id. We always suspected it would look something like this. But even though it reared its ugly head on occasion on Fox News or in Congress — on the lips of some right-wing preacher or billionaire hedge-fund manager. Read more…

I Don’t Know Much, but I Know Why Black Lives Matter

Monday, 18 July 2016
By Michael Winship | Opinion

Philando Castile and I share birthdays in July. This year, I celebrated mine with friends and family. But Castile’s friends and family are mourning his death, killed by a police officer in the St. Paul, Minnesota, suburbs after he was pulled over for a broken taillight. Read more…

Is What’s Good for Facebook Not so Good for Democracy?

Saturday, 16 July 2016
By Sarah Jaffe | News Analysis

Around the country, thousands have returned to the streets again to protest the deaths of black people at the hands of the police. One of those deaths, the shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, was broadcast on Facebook Live by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, spurring the outrage that prompted people around the country to act. Read more…

The Icelandic Pirate Party and the Search for a New Democracy

Thursday, 14 July 2016
By Gabriel Dunsmith and Adam Eichen | News Analysis

Inside a modernist warehouse alongside the ocean in Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital city, four men sit around a table discussing the country’s drug policies. A skull-and-crossbones flag adorns the wall and a cheap blow-up sword hangs over one door frame. Though they aren’t wearing eyepatches or hunting for treasure, these Icelanders call themselves Pirates, and they are drafting policy for a new, insurgent political party, the Pirate Party. Read more…

How the Media Overthrew Party Politics

Tuesday, 12 July 2016
By Neal Gabler | Op-Ed

No matter how this presidential election turns out, it is crystal clear we are in the midst of a political revolution — and the media are a primary reason why. Never before has there been a major-party candidate created almost wholly by the media, full-blown and virtually outside the boundaries of the traditional parties’ apparatuses. Read more…

Following Horrific Violence, Something More Is Required of Us

Monday, 11 July 2016
By Michelle Alexander, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

This nation was founded on the idea that some lives don’t matter. Freedom and justice for some, not all. That’s the foundation. Yes, progress has been made in some respects, but it hasn’t come easy. There’s an unfinished revolution waiting to be won. Read more…

For the Senate, Transparency Is a Slow Process

Sunday, 10 July 2016
By Kathy Kiely, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Last week, the books closed on the second quarter of fundraising for this year’s congressional candidates. On July 15, the latest campaign-finance reports are due at the Federal Election Commission, giving the latest update on the money behind some of the people who want to represent us. Read more…

The Democrats Ignore the 500-Pound Lobbyist in the Room

Thursday, 08 July 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

In all of the 35 single-spaced pages of the Democratic Party’s platform draft, there is just one mention of lobbying. One. Oh, it says some fine uplifting things about voters lacking a proper voice in government, about money and politics and the need to overturn Citizens United and Buckley v. Valeo, two of the Supreme Court decisions that unleashed a deluge of dollars into our electoral system. Read more…

Missing the Biggest Story About Trump’s Twitter Images

Wednesday, O6 July 2016
By Todd Gitlin, Moyers & Company | Opinion

Over the holiday weekend, major media rightly piled on about Donald Trump’s recent recycling of neo-Nazi imagery — in particular his Hillary-hating blast featuring a six-point star affixed onto a heap of $100 bills. As both The New York Times and The Washington Post prominently reported, Trump cut and pasted neo-Nazi images from the internet when he unleashed the latest round of his Twitter barrage at Hillary Clinton as “most corrupt candidate ever.” Read more…

Dark Money: How You Can See More of It, Thanks to the FCC

Sunday, 03 July 2016
By Kathy Kiely, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

While the Federal Election Commission may be hopelessly gridlocked along partisan lines when it comes to campaign-finance regulation, another arm of the government is providing journalists and citizen watchdogs with an important new tool for understanding who is trying to influence the election and how much is being spent to do so. Read more…

The Donald Trump Story You’re Not Hearing About

Friday, 24 June 2016
By Todd Gitlin, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

While there are some financial subjects on which the media has dared to grill the billionaire — George Stephanopoulos got Trump to deliver a “no” when he asked about his refusal to release his recent tax returns — there has been remarkably little interest shown in some of Trump’s less-than-savory connections. Read more…

Trump, His Virus and the Dark Age of Unreason

Friday, 17 June 2016
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

There’s a virus infecting our politics and right now it’s flourishing with a scarlet heat. It feeds on fear, paranoia and bigotry. All that was required for it to spread was a timely opportunity — and an opportunist with no scruples. Read more…

The “Truth” According to Trump

Thursday, 16 June 2016
By Todd Gitlin, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

After the weekend’s carnage in Orlando, Donald Trump didn’t wait long before launching yet another guided missile full of insinuation. He didn’t exactly say that the massacre was the doing of an unreconstructed Mau-Mau descendant born in Kenya. Trump is craftier than that. Read more…

Did the Corporate Press Take Down Bernie Sanders?

Wednesday, 15 June 2016
By Neal Gabler, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Last week, even before Hillary Clinton’s primary victory in California assured her the Democratic presidential nomination, the Associated Press had already declared her the presumptive nominee. Bernie Sanders and his supporters were sore, and they had a right to be. Read more…

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Has a Change of Heart, but Too Little, Too Late

Wednesday, 08 June 2016
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Return with us now to the saga of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the soul of the Democratic Party. First, a quick recap: Rep. Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), chair of the Democratic National Committee, also has been an advocate for the payday loan industry. Read more…

How Not to Interview Mitch McConnell

Tuesday, 07 June 2016
By Todd Gitlin, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

While McConnell plays the long game of persuading America that the Republican view of the world is reasonable, Charlie Rose on June 1 responded with his own master game: softball. His delivery is smooth, his windups lengthy and dotted with theatrical pauses. He plays host, not interlocutor.Read more…

Is the Media Recalculating How It Covers Trump?

Friday, 03 June 2016
By Todd Gitlin, Moyers & Company | Report

It may well be that some reporters feeling chagrined that a candidate so indifferent to fact and impervious to correction (“thousands of Muslims” in New Jersey cheered on 9/11, “There is no drought” in California; it would be tedious to go on) has fared so well in the Republican campaign and in polls. Read more…

All the Presumptive Nominee’s Men

Friday, 27 May 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

If for some reason you aren’t already appalled by the specter of a con artist occupying the Oval Office, a man who would lie about what he had for breakfast, look to those with whom he has chosen to surround himself. Start with political dirty trickster and sleaze merchant Roger Stone. Read more…

Elites vs. Too Much Democracy: Andrew Sullivan’s Afraid of Popular Self-Government

Wednesday, 25 May 2016
By Mike Lofgren, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

British expatriate writer Andrew Sullivan recently returned to the public eye with a piece that has aroused considerable comment, some of it reasonably on point, and some bloviatingly incoherent. Read more…

Why Hating the Media Could Make the Difference in November

Tuesday, 24 May 2016
By Neal Gabler, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

As the political pundits keep reminding us, this might be called the “hate” election. Both major parties’ presumptive nominees, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, have historically high net unfavorable ratings — so high that voters are said to be casting their ballots against a candidate rather than in favor of one. The question seems to be: Whom do you hate less? Read more…

Democrats Can’t Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes

Monday, 23 May 2016
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Unless she steps down now, the Democratic convention will be dominated by someone who represents everything that has gone wrong with the party and Washington. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be bringing the gavel down on progressive hopes of returning the party to its legacy. Read more…

Why Trump Can Lie and No One Seems to Care

Monday, 16 May 2016
By Neal Gabler, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

In an ordinary political season, perhaps Trump would be under fire for his habitual untruths, like the one that Ted Cruz’s father might have been involved with Lee Harvey Oswald. This time around, though, neither the media nor the public — least of all his supporters — seem to care. Read more…

The Ghosts of 1968 Haunt the Election of 2016

Sunday, 15 May 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Watching the mad, mad, mad, mad world that is the 2016 presidential campaign, I was trying to remember a presidential campaign that was as jaw-dropping, at least in my lifetime, and easily settled on 1968. Read more…

The Media Myth of the Working-Class Reagan Democrats

Monday, 9 May 2016
By Neal Gabler, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, we are likely to get all sorts of mainstream media analysis about how his narrow pathway to Election Day victory runs through white working-class America, the way Ronald Reagan’s did, while the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, must corral young people, minorities and the well-educated. Read more…

Eddie Glaude Jr. on the US Racial “Value Gap”

Thursday, 5 May 2016
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Audio Interview

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. Read more…

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

Tuesday, 26 April 2016
By Neal Gabler, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

To their everlasting discredit, most of the MSM Big Feet, which is what the late journalist Richard Ben Cramer labeled the self-important, pontificating political reporters and pundits who dominate our press, got it all wrong about Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Read more…

“Eye in the Sky” Screenwriter Guy Hibbert: Drone Warfare and the Kill Chain

Monday, 25 April 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

One key element of the “Rumsfeld Doctrine” of warfare has survived and exponentially grown: drone warfare — small, unmanned aircraft sent into the air for surveillance and combat, delivering payloads allegedly aimed at terrorists and other enemies but all too often deadly to civilians. Read more…

This Election’s Teaching Our Kids Bad Habits

Friday, 22 April 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

As this grim electoral season cycles on, I sometimes think we’re all living in Ghostbusters II, with that river of ugly pink slime coursing underneath our feet, violently reacting to our collective negativity and hate and making them worse. Read more…

Bill Moyers: Campaign Finance Reform — It’s Not Just Liberals Anymore

Thursday, 21 April 2016
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Audio Interview

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. Read more…

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

Thursday, 14 April 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney pushed for, and President Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton consummated, the Panama free trade agreement — an early investment in corporate support and further evidence that both parties are too often in league as agents of corporate interests. Read more…

Why the National Enquirer’s Hot Air Is Filling the Mainstream Media’s Balloon

Tuesday, 04 April 2016
By Neal Gabler, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

“Hot Air” — that was The Huffington Post homepage headline last Sunday on the National Enquirer’s exclusive that GOP presidential aspirant Ted Cruz allegedly had five affairs. Read more…

A Bird, a Plane? No, It’s Superdelegates!

Sunday, 03 April 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Last week, our suggestion that Hillary Clinton call for the resignations of her pals Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz got a big response. But a few people misunderstood what we were saying. Read more…

Donald Trump Triggers a Media Civil War

Tuesday, 29 March 2016
By Neal Gabler, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

If Donald Trump didn’t constitute, in this year’s favorite word, an existential threat to American democracy, the contortions into which he has thrown the Republican Party, as they simultaneously try to thwart him while espousing his basic policies, would be hilarious. Read more…

Time for These Two Democrats to Go

Wednesday, 23 March 2016
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

There are two Democrats whose resignation from office right now would do their party and country a service. Their disappearance might also help Hillary Clinton convince skeptical Democrats that her nomination, if it happens, is about the future, and not about resurrecting and ratifying the worst aspects of the first Clinton reign when she and her husband rarely met a donor to whom they wouldn’t try to auction a sleepover in the Lincoln Bedroom. Read more…

The GOP Elites Have Themselves to Blame

Wednesday, 16 March 2016
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

From their “Dark Money” bagman Karl Rove to their philosophical guru David Brooks, the GOP elites are in a tizzy over saving the Republican Party from Donald Trump and the other intruders, extremists who have fallen in behind Trump as if he were the Pied Piper of Hamelin. But who will save the party from the elites? Read more…

When the Poetry of Campaigning Becomes a Cheesy, Dirty Limerick

Friday, 04 March 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

If, as the saying goes, campaigning is poetry and governing is prose, this year’s GOP presidential race has degenerated into a cheesy, dirty limerick. There’s Donald Trump insulting the size of Marco Rubio’s mouth and ears, and Rubio making fun of Trump’s spray tan and small hands. Read more…

Does Mitch McConnell Really Give a Damn About the Supreme Court?

Friday, 26 February 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Tailoring his positions to adjust to the shifting seasons, what sets Mitch McConnell apart is that his motives aren’t really ideological but so baldly about holding onto personal power. His opposition to Obama’s naming of a Scalia replacement puts him in solid with far-right Republicans. Read more…

ExxonMobil – More than Fifty Proud Years of Melting Glaciers!

Friday, 19 February 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

From the Department of “Time Makes Ancient Good Uncouth” comes this historical oddity, a double page advertisement from the February 2, 1962, issue of LIFE magazine extolling the wonders of Humble Oil and Refining, the company now known as ExxonMobil, proudly boasting that “Each Day Humble Supplies Enough Energy to Melt 7 Million Tons of Glacier!” Read more…

The Kochs Are Ghostwriting the United States’ Story

Wednesday, 10 February 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Gather round for the word of the day: metanarrative. Definitions vary but let’s say it’s one big narrative that connects the meaning of events to a belief thought to be an essential truth, the storytelling equivalent of the unified field theory in physics. Read more…

Naomi Klein: Climate Change “Not Just About Things Getting Hotter”

Thursday, 04 February 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Interview

In a wide-ranging conversation, the journalist and climate activist spoke a great deal about that recent climate agreement in Paris, and more widely about her life and work, politics, the continuing right-wing denial of global warming, and the climate justice movement. Read more…

Let’s Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next

Friday, 29 January 2016
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Despite President Obama’s own apostasy, he has spoken eloquently over the years against the present campaign-finance system. Unfortunately, he has done nothing about it. He’s gone AWOL in our biggest battle for democracy. It’s time for him to make federal contractors disclose their political spending. Read more…

Money Men Say, “Voters Move Over, It’s Not Your Election!”

Monday, 25 January 2016
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Here’s the real value of all that campaign cash and lobbying largesse: underwriting a willingness among legislators and government officials to bend the rules, slip in the necessary loopholes and look the other way when it comes time for the rich to hide their fortunes. Read more…

Tell the Truth About Bernie’s Health Care Stand

Friday, 15 January 2016
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The Clinton campaign just made a serious mistake. They 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. Unfortunately, Chelsea Clinton misrepresented Senator Sanders’ position. Read more…

GOP Tickles the Dragon’s Tail

Thursday, 14 January 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

After years of tickling the dragon’s tail, flirting with the demagoguery of the right wing in the US, and egging on a growing rage within a core constituency of disaffected, working class white Americans, the dragon has started to breathe fire, and the flames have spread in all directions. The result is the maddening success of raving nativist Donald Trump and to a lesser extent, Senator Ted Cruz. Read more…

With the New Year, the American Parade of Politics and Prejudice Marches On

Sunday, 10 January 2016
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Philadelphia, Cradle of Liberty and City of Brotherly Love, was anything but on New Year’s Day. Visiting with family, we’d all decided to meet up at the annual Mummers’ Parade. Read more…

Undercovered in 2015: The Link Between Deportation and Incarceration, and More

Tuesday, 29 December 2015
By Bill Staff and Contributors, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Around this time every year, asks reporters, editors and bloggers which key story they feel the mainstream media failed to cover adequately over the last 12 months. This is the first installment of a two-part series. Read more…

The Christmas Day That Peace Broke Out

Friday, 25 December 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

You would scarcely know it here in the United States, but since last year, the British, French, Germans and others of our western allies have been commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I, a conflict of extreme foolishness and colossal consequences, like almost every other. Read more…

The Plutocrats Are Winning. Don’t Let Them!

Wednesday, 23 December 2015
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The plutocrats are selling off of the Republic, piece by piece. The vast inequality they 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. Read more…

Bad News for Democracy Is Great News for TV Profits

Monday, 21 December 2015
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

The networks have grasped Donald Trump to their collective bosom like the winner of one of those misogynistic, televised beauty pageants he owns. Each pronouncement from the Sultan of Slur is treated as epic, no matter how deeply insulting, bigoted or just plain ridiculous. Read more…

Lurking Within That Ominous, Omnibus Spending Bill

Monday, 21 December 2015
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

There is an unwritten rule in Congress that before you do even a little for the working class you must do a lot for the donor class. So while the $1.1 trillion – yes, that’s a “t” – budget bill now winding its way to passage contains some tax breaks for low-income workers, in reality, it’s a bonanza for Big Business. Read more…

In Congress, Christmas Is a Time of Giving – and Receiving

Sunday, 13 December 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

I was planning to write a festive poem to Congress as they approach their merry holiday recess but couldn’t come up with a rhyme for “dysfunctional.” Read more…

The GOP on the Eve of Destruction

Sunday, 06 December 2015
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

For reasons hard to fathom, the Republicans seem to have made up their minds: they will divide, degrade and secede from the Union. They will do so with bullying, lies and manipulation, a willingness to say anything, no matter how daft or wrong. Read more…

“Spotlight” Celebrates Heroes of Investigative Reporting – and Democracy

Sunday, 29 November 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Film Review

Long before I ever set foot in an actual, working newsroom, I was a sucker for movies and TV shows about journalism and reporters: the snappy dialogue, the nose for a scoop, the determination to get at the truth and expose the bad guys. Read more…

The Disconnect Between Benjamin Netanyahu and Reality

Friday, 13 November 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Netanyahu is part of a bigger problem, ginning up fear and paranoia among the Israeli population to solidify his support, much as he did this past March during the nation’s elections. Because it works so well for him, this disconnect between Netanyahu and reality is commonplace. Read More…

When the Rich Took Over Our Neighborhood

Thursday, 05 November 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The Chinese restaurant across the street from me – one of the last, reasonably priced joints in the neighborhood – closed last weekend. Their lease was up for renewal and the rent increased from $5,000 a month to $25,000. Read More…

The Night the Candidates Were Speechless

Thursday, 29 October 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The convergence of Tuesday night’s broadcast interruption during the first game of the World Series – caused by an electronics failure and power outage – and Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate brings to mind one of the most memorable TV snafus in history. Read More…

The Paradox of Paul Ryan: Why the Tea Party’s Right to Be Wary

Wednesday, 28 October 2015
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Only in a world where Cosmopolitan magazine can declare the Kardashians “America’s First Family” and the multi-billionaire loose cannon Donald Trump is perceived by millions as the potential steward of our nuclear arsenal could about-to-be Speaker of the House Paul Ryan be savaged as insufficiently right-wing. Read more…

What One Historian Wishes Bernie Sanders Said About Being a Socialist

Friday, 16 October 2015
By Bernard Weisberger, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Social democracy simply means is a system that leaves room for small enterprises and individual liberty but also recognizes the fact that we’re all part of a larger community, and what hurts any one group of us eventually hurts us all. Read more…

The Trade Creature Walks Among Us!

Thursday, 08 October 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Die, monster, die! Every time you think that beast called the Trans-Pacific Partnership – TPP for short – is finished, it comes back like a bad penny; or in this case, trillions and trillions and trillions of bad pennies. Read more…

Who’s the Guy in the White Suit Next to All Those Billionaires?

Friday, 02 October 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

If you were taking a close look at and giving a careful listen to some of those surrounding Pope Francis during his visit here in New York last week, you could practically hear joints pop and muscles groan as the superwealthy contorted themselves to thread the needle and purchase their way into the pontiff’s good graces. Read more…

The Pope Smokes Out Congress on Climate Change

Wednesday, 23 September 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The funniest line of the last few days came from Arizona’s Republican Congressman Paul Gosar. Resentful that Pope Francis might blaspheme the sacred chamber of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body with some inconvenient truth about global warming, Gosar announced he would boycott the Holy Father’s visit to Capitol Hill. Read more…

Congress Is a Confederacy of Dunces

Thursday, 17 September 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Already we’re deep into September and Congress has reconvened in Washington, prompting many commentators to compare its return after summer’s recess to that of fresh-faced students coming back to school, sharpening their pencils, ready to learn, be cooperative and prepared for something new. Read more…

For Immigrants – and All of Us – a Time to Fight

Tuesday, 15 September 2015
By Bernard A. Weisberger, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

It has so far annoyed but not really surprised me that Donald Trump, despite being an obnoxious bully, has defied expectations with a steady rise in the public opinion polls. It may be that his buffoonery and megalomania are simply more attractive to some early voters than rival candidates, with their solemn professions that what pushes them into the grind of campaigning is their dedication to promoting the public welfare. Read more…

The August Day Mark Twain Met Donald Trump

Thursday, 10 September 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Vandals and Mark Twain. The two ideas tangoed in my head and naturally danced me over to Donald Trump. We were having a quiet weekend’s interlude in upstate New York but even there it was impossible to ignore the cacophony of Trump’s verbal vandalism and braying pitch to nativism and bigotry. Such jingoism was just the kind of ideological humbuggery Mark Twain loved to puncture. Yet he would agree with Trump’s – and our – disgust for the current, disheveled and inert state of our governance. Read more…

Congress’ Cat Burglars Are Pulling a Fast One on TPP

Tuesday, 23 June 2015
By Bill Moyers and Bernard A. Weisberger, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

“With cat-like tread upon our foes we steal.” So boasted Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance as they decided to try a little burglary for a change. And “steal” is the appropriate word. It’s hardly a surprise that Republican congressional leaders and their cadre of Democratic allies spurred on by Barack Obama are resorting to a bagful of parliamentary tricks to put the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a “take it or leave it but you can’t change it” fast-track to enactment by Tuesday. Read more…

Turn Left on Main Street

Thursday, 04 June 2015
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The progressive agenda isn’t “left wing.” The progressive agenda is the US story – from ending slavery to ending segregation to establishing a woman’s right to vote to Social Security, the right to organize, and the fight for fair pay and against income inequality. Strip those from our history and you might as well contract the US out to the Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Moyers: The Challenge of Journalism Is to Survive in the Pressure Cooker of Plutocracy

Friday, 29 May 2015
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The following remarks were made by Bill Moyers at the presentation of the Helen Bernstein Book Awards for Excellence in Journalism. The ceremony took place at the New York Public Library on May 26, 2015. Read More…

Populism 2015: Construction Crew for Democracy

Monday, 04 May 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

To the blare of sounding brass and booming drums, some 800 activists and community organizers from around the country recently converged on Washington, DC. We are living, breathing proof, they announced, that if we can’t get change from our representatives in the capital, we’ll bring it to them, and work to make them hear what must be done. Read More…

New Report: Big Banks Require Tellers to Use Predatory Practices

Monday, 13 April 2015
By Katie Rose Quandt, Moyers & Company | Report

Front-line workers at our nation’s big banks – tellers, loan interviewers and customer service representatives – are required by their employers to exploit customers, according to a revealing report out today from the Center for Popular Democracy. Read More…

Israelis and Republicans Teach Each Other Politics

Tuesday, 24 March 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

For a long time now, American political consultants have benefited from a lucrative sideline, selling their alleged expertise to politicians in Israel. (It was Democratic strategist James Carville who, after working on a campaign for former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, joked that the key to victory in Israel was who won “that all-important Jewish vote.”) Read More…

Albert Maysles, RIP

Tuesday, 10 March 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

A word about documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, who died last week. He was, as New Yorker film journalist and essayist Richard Brody aptly wrote, “one of the crucial artists of modern documentary filmmaking — or, simply, one of the most important filmmakers of the past half-century.” Read More…

Netanyahu Speaks, Money Talks

Thursday, 05 March 2015
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Netanyahu gets the best of both of Adelson’s worlds – his powerful propaganda machine in Israel and his campaign cash here in the United States. Combined, they allow Netanyahu to usurp American foreign policy as he manipulates an obliging US Congress enamored of Adelson’s millions, pushing it further to the right on Israel and the Middle East. Read More…

“A Red Letter Day” at the FCC – Net Neutrality Wins

Sunday, 01 March 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report

There was snow in Washington, DC, Thursday morning, which always throws the federal capital into tailspins. So the marching band that the media reform group Free Press had hired to throw a parade for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler canceled, the wimps. Nevertheless, a small, hearty group of activists braved the flurries and slippery streets to gather outside the FCC before the day’s historic meeting. They were there to thank Wheeler and celebrate the imminent passage of new rules to protect Net neutrality and preserve a free and open Internet. Read More…

The Awesome Life of a US Congressman

Tuesday, 24 February 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Like one of the characters from “Downton Abbey,” Aaron Schock has made quite a climb, from public servant downstairs to pampered upstairs aristocrat. Meanwhile, when he’s not jetting to and fro, raising and spending cash, perhaps Congressman Aaron Schock can dream up new ways of raking in money — and spending it — as he sits in his ornate new office. What next? Read More…

Your Turn: Aging in America

Saturday, 21 February 2015
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Is the US in a good position to care for aging people? Hundreds of people shared the financial, personal and moral dilemmas they are currently facing in caring for an aging family member or in making decisions about their own futures. Read More…

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away

Friday, 06 February 2015
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

It was hard to get back to sleep the night we heard the news of the Jordanian pilot’s horrendous end. ISIS be damned! I thought. But with the next breath I could only think that our own barbarians did not have to wait at any gate. Read More…

The Super-Rich Can’t Hide From the Rest of Us

Tuesday, 03 February 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The rich getting ready to run away from the mess they’ve helped create. But instead of holding off the barbarians at the gates, they are the barbarians. Take your ill-gotten gains behind the walls of your Fortress of Solitude, you ubermensches, and pull up the drawbridge behind you. Read More…

Dispatch From Sundance: “How to Change the World”

Saturday, 31 January 2015
By Tom Roston, Moyers & Company | Interview

A ragged band of Canadians took a fishing boat into the frigid waters of the North Pacific Ocean in 1971 to try to stop a nuclear weapons test on the island of Amchitka. With that action, they started the environmental group Greenpeace and, in addition to saving many a whale, revolutionized political activism and advocacy journalism. Read More…

Not So Fast, Net Neutrality

Tuesday, 27 January 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Over the last few months, things have been looking good for keeping the Internet open to everyone. A little too good, as far as Congress is concerned, which is why members and the corporate lobbyists who write them hefty checks have launched a last-ditch legislative effort to scuttle net neutrality. Read More…

Why Campaign Finance Reform Is the First Issue That We Must Address

Sunday, 25 January 2015
By Katie Rose Quandt, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

President Obama punctuated his State of the Union with a repeated refrain: “Surely we can agree.” With that mantra, he reminded us of our basic, universally shared values, foremost among them the inherent worth of every American life and the importance of giving all citizens a chance to succeed. Read More…

The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy

Saturday, 24 January 2015
By Henry A. Giroux, Moyers & Company | Book Excerpt

C. Wright Mills argued 50 years ago that one important measure of the demise of vibrant democracy and the corresponding impoverishment of political life can be found in the increasing inability of a society to translate private troubles to broader public issues. Read More…

In SOTU, President Punts on Income Inequality

Thursday, 22 January 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Much of the buildup to President Obama’s State of the Union address made it sound as if he was going to read chapter and verse from French economist Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the 21st Century – you know, last year’s 700-plus page best seller, the one that was unexpectedly all the rage as it argued that vast economic inequality is as much about wealth (what’s owned) as it is about income (what’s earned). That one. Read More…

Simon Johnson: GOP and Wall Street Say to Hell With Protecting the Public!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview

Since December, Congress has twice passed measures to weaken regulations in the Dodd-Frank financial law that are intended to reduce the risk of another financial meltdown. In the last election cycle, Wall Street banks and financial interests spent over $1.2 billion on lobbying and campaign contribution. Read More…

“Je Suis Charlie” – but Not in My Backyard

Sunday, 18 January 2015
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

There’s no question how remarkable it was seeing all those world leaders marching at the front of the line during last Sunday’s massive rally in Paris, a sight so reminiscent of the gathering of international statesmen that in November 1963 solemnly walked behind the caisson carrying the body of President John F. Kennedy. Among them back then: French President Charles de Gaulle and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. Read More…

The Children’s Climate Crusade

Monday, 05 January 2015
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

A new legal framework for the crusade against global warming is called atmospheric trust litigation. It takes the fate of the Earth into the courts, arguing that the planet’s atmosphere are the responsibility of government, held in its trust to insure the survival of all generations to come. It’s the strategy being used by Bill’s recent guest, Kelsey Juliana, a co-plaintiff in a major lawsuit spearheaded by Our Children’s Trust. Read More…

Ursula Le Guin’s Viral Video: “We Will Need Writers Who Can Remember Freedom”

Monday, 29 December 2014
By Staff, Moyers & Company | Video

In accepting the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at this year’s National Book Awards, eminent sci-fi writer Ursula Le Guin made a knock-out speech about the power of capitalism, literature and imagination. Read More…

Native Americans Confront History of Dispossession

Friday, 26 December 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

This week, Bill speaks with Robert A. Williams Jr., a professor specializing in American Indian law, about how deals such as the one with Rio Tinto are a part of American Indian’s tragic history of dispossession. Read More…

It’s a Wonderful Life, Comrade

Wednesday, 24 December 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

A number of years ago, I was telling a longtime city dweller friend of mine yet another story about the small, upstate New York town in which I grew up. Simultaneously baffled and captivated, he said, “I think you were born and raised in Bedford Falls,” the fictional burg at the center of Frank Capra’s classic Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. Read More…

The New Robber Barons

Tuesday, 23 December 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

What happened in Washington over the past several days sounds strikingly familiar to the First Gilded Age more than a century ago, when senators and representatives were owned by Wall Street and big business. Read More…

Democrats Bow Down to Wall Street

Thursday, 18 December 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

John R. MacArthur of Harper’s Magazine says that Republicans and Democrats alike are abandoning the republic in pursuit of big bucks. Read More…

20 Key Findings From the Senate Report on CIA Torture

Thursday, 11 December 2014
By Staff, Moyers & Company | Report

After months of wrangling with intelligence officials, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of its 6,700-page report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs under President George W. Bush. Read More…

The United States of Ferguson

Tuesday, 09 December 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

In the wake of decisions by grand juries in both Missouri and New York’s Staten Island not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed African-Americans, this week we present an encore broadcast of Bill’s conversation earlier this year with journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates. Read More…

Khalil Muhammad on Facing Our Racial Past

Friday, 05 December 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Bill and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, head of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and author of The Condemnation of Blackness, discuss the importance of confronting the contradictions of America’s past to better understand the present. Read More…

The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy

Tuesday, 02 December 2014
By Bill Moyers, 0 Comments | Video Interview

This week Bill points to the changing skyline of Manhattan as the physical embodiment of how money and power impact the lives and neighborhoods of every day people. Soaring towers being built at the south end of Central Park, climbing higher than ever with apartments selling from $30 million to $90 million, are beginning to block the light on the park below. Read More…

How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats

Tuesday, 25 November 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Government has become a clearinghouse for corporations and plutocrats with deep pockets to buy the politicians who grease the wheels for lucrative contracts and easy regulation. It’s all pay for play, and look the other way. Read More…

Dividing the Spoils

Friday, 21 November 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Gifts to politicians that were once called graft or bribes are called contributions. The Supreme Court has granted corporations the rights our founders reserved for people, and told those corporations they can give just about anything they want to elect politicians favorable to their interests. Read More…

Molly Crabapple Illustrates How Mike Brown’s Death Shed Light on Police Brutality

Thursday, 20 November 2014
By Charina Nadura, Moyers & Company | Video

Three months have passed since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, and this week the community there is nervously awaiting the grand jury’s decision whether to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson. On Monday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and issued an executive order to activate the National Guard to act as a backup to police in case protests get out of control. Read More…

How Running for Governor Is Like Selling a Vacuum

Thursday, 20 November 2014
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Video

Zephyr Teachout ran against New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary earlier this year, on a populist platform. While she lost, she received more than a third of the vote and carried almost half of the state’s 62 counties. Read More…

The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics

Tuesday, 18 November 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

On this week’s show, Bill talks with Activist and Campaign Finance Reform Advocate Lawrence Lessig and Professor Zephyr Teachout about their experiences and the hard-fought lessons learned about the state of American democracy. Read More…

“Dude Needs a Vacation,” A Net Neutrality Update

Tuesday, 18 November 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

A week has passed since President Obama surprised everyone with a strong statement in support of Net neutrality, declaring that the Internet should be available to everyone – a public utility like telephone service or electricity. In those seven days, opposition from the telecom and cable companies and their supporters in Congress has countered the initial, intense burst of enthusiasm from the media reform community. Read More…

Facing Down Corporate Election Greed

Tuesday, 11 November 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

In the small city of Richmond, California, a slate of progressive candidates faced off against a challenge from pro-business candidates backed to the tune of more than $3 million by the energy giant Chevron. Read More…

President Obama Tells FCC: Reclassifying the Internet Is “Essential”

Tuesday, 11 November 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report

On Monday, the White House released a statement from President Obama in support of Net neutrality, his strongest and most direct since the 2008 election campaign. “An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life,” he began. Read More…

Corporate Triumphs, Progressive Victories and the Roadmap for a Democratic Revival

Thursday, 06 November 2014
By Peter Dreier, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

while Democrat candidates were going down to defeat, liberals and progressive won some impressive but little-publicized victories on important issues especially in red and purple states, suggesting that voters are not as conservative as the pundits are pontificating. Read More…

Bernie Sanders on Breaking Big Money’s Grip on Elections

Monday, 03 November 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s independent senator, is angry about what he sees as big money’s wholesale purchase of political power. It’s a grave threat, he believes, not only to our electoral process but to democracy itself. Read More…

Chevron’s “Company Town” Fights Back: An Interview with Gayle McLaughlin

Friday, 31 October 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Interview

One of the most interesting and significant elections in the country is happening not at the state or federal level but in the small city of Richmond, California, population just over 100,000. What makes Richmond such a big deal is the enormous influence of Chevron. Read More…

Here’s Something Your State Can Do to Fight Corporate Money in Politics

Thursday, 30 October 2014
By Staff, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Nation Action is the political action blog at The Nation magazine website. The editors post initiatives that their readers can get involved with if they want to become more active on a particular issue. This week, the editors pointed to a campaign that RootsAction, Free Speech for America and The Nation are working on to make corporate campaign donations public information. Read More…

Unbelievable GOP Statements on Voter Suppression

Wednesday, 29 October 2014
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

You would think that making it easier for citizens to vote would be something for everyone in a democracy to celebrate. But the shocking remarks by these six government officials – some of whom will be on the November ballot – tell a different story. Read More…

Don’t Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit

Monday, 27 October 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Our country’s oldest and longest struggle has been to enlarge democracy by making it possible for more and more people to be treated equally at the polls. The right to participate in choosing our representatives – to vote – is the very right that inflamed the American colonies and marched us toward revolution and independence. Read More…

The Fight – and the Right – to Vote

Monday, 27 October 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

The Lone Star state’s voter ID law is part of a nationwide effort to suppress the vote, nurtured by the right’s desire to hold onto power, as demographic changes are altering the electoral landscape. In the last four years, close to half the states in the US have passed laws restricting the right to vote, the most fundamental principle of democracy. Read More…

Marilynne Robinson on Freedom of Thought

Wednesday, 22 October 2014
By Marilynne Robinson, Moyers & Company | Book Excerpt

Over the years of writing and teaching, I have tried to free myself of constraints I felt, limits to the range of exploration I could make, to the kind of intuition I could credit. Read More…

Ebola Fearmongering: The Right’s New Dog Whistle

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
By Ian Haney López, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

While the chance of a significant domestic Ebola outbreak remains virtually nil, the round-the-clock media frenzy is nevertheless contributing to surging anxiety. So too is the rhetoric coming from the right. Read More…

Keeping Faith in Democracy

Monday, 20 October 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

On this week’s show, Bill talks with author Marilynne Robinson about her fervent belief in the power of grace and faith and her devotion to democracy, which she fears “we are gravely in danger of losing.” Read More…

How Does Your State Rank on Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Sunday, 12 October 2014
By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a breakdown of who in the US contributes the most to global warming – by state, by sector and even by individual business. Read More…

Restoring a United States That Has Lost Its Way

Friday, 10 October 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Bob Herbert tells the stories of the brave, hard-working men and women he met who have been battered by the economic downturn. He found a US in which jobs have disappeared, infrastructure is falling apart and the “virtuous cycle” of well-paid workers spending their wages to power the economy has been broken by greed. Read More…

Warsaw Has Lots of Apples – and Candles

Friday, 10 October 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Moscow has banned the importing of fruits and vegetables to Russia, in retaliation for the West’s sanctions against the country. So Poles are being urged to eat apples and then eat some more. It’s their patriotic duty. Read More…

How the Politics of Immigration Is Driving Mass Deportation

Friday, 10 October 2014
By Ian Haney López, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Deportations reached another record high last year. This is a striking development in light of the fact that illegal immigration and Border Patrol apprehensions have been falling for over a decade. Read More…

Are Tiny Houses a Viable Affordable Housing Solution?

Thursday, 09 October 2014
By John Light and Neha Tara Mehta, Moyers & Company | Video Report

Last month’s well attended climate march in New York City showed that we are finally recognizing the harmful effects of our fossil-fuel driven economy on the planet. Some Americans looking to shrink their carbon footprint are doing so by shrinking their homes. Read More…

The United States’ New War in the Middle East

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

As Congress skipped town and avoided a vote on war, President Obama announced this week that the US was taking the lead in bombing jihadists in Iraq and Syria, opening what is being widely interpreted as another long and costly American military campaign in the Middle East. Read More…

“What’s Possible,” a New Film for World Leaders on the Urgency of Global Warming

Friday, 26 September 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report

More than 120 world leaders – including President Barack Obama – kicked off a one-day United Nations’ summit on climate change in New York City by viewing What’s Possible, a short film on the urgency of global warming. Read More…

Climate Change: The Next Generation

Thursday, 25 September 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Kelsey Juliana, an 18-year-old activist, is fighting climate change in the courts and walking across the country to spread the word on global warming. Read More…

The Joys of Abolishing Debt

Tuesday, 23 September 2014
By Astra Taylor, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

For the last two years I have worked as a volunteer debt abolisher for Rolling Jubilee, which just announced the the abolition of nearly $4 million of student debt. It’s a nice addition to the nearly $15 million of medical debt we have erased since November 2012 when the campaign launched. Read More…

Climate Change You Can Believe In

Friday, 19 September 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Climate change deniers persist in telling us it just ain’t so, like the tobacco industry claiming for decade after decade that nicotine wasn’t addictive or that cigarettes couldn’t kill you. Read More…

Elizabeth Warren on Fighting Back Against Wall St. Giants

Monday, 08 September 2014 11:20
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Sen. Warren speaks with Bill Moyers this week about the problems facing middle-class Americans. “Washington works for those who can hire armies of lobbyists, armies of lawyers, and get just the rules they want. It doesn’t work so well for American families,” she says. Read More…

Politicians Show Their Gratitude Where It Count$

Wednesday, 03 September 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart, a poet wrote, and as this year’s summer winds toward its end and elections approach, gratitude is indeed what our politicians have flowing from that space where their hearts should be. Read More…

The Humanity of Michael Brown

Monday, 01 September 2014
By Ian Haney López, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
For a moment, Monday’s funeral for Michael Brown, the young black man shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, pulled our attention away from the protests and militarized police response and back to the body on the street. Read More…

Ferguson Is About Net Neutrality, Too

Thursday, 21 August 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The tragedy and ensuing crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, have shown the ability of social media to get the story told. David Carr wrote in The New York Times that, “Twitter has become an early warning service for news organizations, a way to see into stories even when they don’t have significant reporting assets on the ground. And in a situation hostile to traditional reporting, the crowdsourced, phone-enabled network of information that Twitter provides has proved invaluable.” Read More…

Remembering Robin Williams

Tuesday, 12 August 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Two memories of Robin Williams. The last time I was in his presence was during the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike. Robin showed up to walk our picket line at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, just a couple of blocks from where the Moyers & Company offices are now. Read More…

Justice Ginsburg Wants “Equal Dignity” for Women in Court Decisions

Tuesday, 12 August 2014
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Report
Supreme Court rulings on gay rights are progressively pushing forward, while decisions related to women’s equality are moving in the opposite direction, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says. Read More…

Don’t Be Fooled: Banks Still Too Big to Fail

Wednesday, 06 August 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Last Thursday’s report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on whether or not large financial institutions were still perceived as “too big to fail.” But with just a little time to digest the GAO’s findings, much of the response has shifted to, “Not so fast.” Read More…

Why “Can’t Make Ends Meet” Trumps “Poverty”

Wednesday, 30 July 2014
By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Interview

This week, the Center for Community Change (CCC) released new research that details the way low-income Americans think and talk about living on the edge. It found that the language being used by policymakers and others to describe them is turning off the very people it is supposed to help. Read More…

It’s Not Just Low Pay Stressing Out Part-Time Workers

Tuesday, 29 July 2014
By Neha Tara Mehta, Moyers & Company | Report

Besides struggling to make ends meet because of low wages, millions of part-time workers in America also face uncertainty over when they will be called in to work. Irregular schedules and last-minute notice make it hard for these workers to find other work, go to school and make arrangements for child care or caring for aging parents. Read More…

Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP

Wednesday, 23 July 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the official 2014 platform of the Republican Party of Texas, 40 pages of unrestrained, right-wing bluster against you name it – women, minorities, immigrants, Muslims, gays, Obamacare, the Internal Revenue Service, red light cameras, the EPA, the World Bank, vaccinations — well, you get the picture. Read More…

The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights

Wednesday, 19 July 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis and Video

Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision establishing a woman’s right to an abortion, was issued 41 years ago. Despite consistent public opinion to the contrary, conservatives and the religious right have patiently and relentlessly campaigned against it for decades. And recently, their efforts are finding some success. Read More…

Richard D. Wolff: Capitalism’s Deeper Problem

Thursday, 17 July 2014
By Richard D Wolff, Moyers & Company | News Analysis and Video

Recent press reports refer to troubling price increases for such assets as real estate, government bonds, companies targeted for acquisition and artwork. A New York Times front-page headline read “The Everything Boom, or Maybe the Everything Bubble.” Yet while asset prices soar, the production of goods and services, employment and workers’ incomes are not recovering and resuming growth. Instead, Western Europe, North America and Japan are stuck in a longer, deeper crisis than almost anyone expected. Read More…

No One Expects a Monty Python Fourth of July

Tuesday, 15 July 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
The US and the UK may yet be an ocean apart and separated by a common language but we share a bond of vast wealth at the very top and grievous economic inequality. So, too, are the parallels strong when it comes to the corrupting influence of money in politics. Read More…

Rising Voices for a New Economy

Wednesday, 09 July 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay

In a world where income inequality is squeezing the middle class to the point of oblivion and those with the biggest bank accounts have the loudest voices, two of the nation’s best organizers have decided to turn tradition on its head and join forces. Read More…

Joseph Stiglitz: No, Spiraling Inequality Isn’t Inevitable

Tuesday, 08 July 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay
Last week, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz took to the opinion pages of The New York Times to argue that there’s no such thing as “natural” market forces – markets, and their outcomes, are determined by public policies – by the rules established by governments. Read More…

Bill Moyers and Jim Hightower on Grassroots Growing Against Greed

Monday, 07 July 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Today, we pay tribute to the champions of grassroots action fighting against the moneyed interests trying to buy and control government. One of their most articulate spokesmen is writer and commentator Jim Hightower who travels the country preaching the gospel of populism. A former congressional aide and two-term agriculture commissioner of his native Texas, he is the author of several books and edits a newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown. Read More…

How DC’s Political Intelligence Biz Made Fat Cats Fatter

Tuesday, 01 July 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

Looking over the last few weeks of news, if you would seek a single headline that sums up the Hulk-like grip in which corporate America holds the US Congress, this might be it: “Eric Cantor’s Loss a Blow to Wall Street.” So wrote The Wall Street Journal, that Pravda of the One Percent, on the day after House Majority Leader Cantor lost his Virginia GOP primary to tea party upstart David Brat. Read More…

Andrew Bacevich: Chaos in Iraq

Sunday, 29 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

While armchair warriors in Washington cry “back to Iraq,” former combat veteran and military historian Andrew Bacevich says no way. Read More…

Bill Moyers: The Folly of Attacking Iraq

Thursday, 26 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay

Should we really be listening to Washington’s “armchair warriors” who were wrong before, during and after the Iraq war — and never admitted their wrongdoing? Bill has some ideas. Read More…

Pundits and Partisans Are Up to Old Tricks in Iraq

Sunday, 22 June 2014
By Eric Alterman, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

In a column entitled “Bush’s toxic legacy in Iraq,” terrorism expert Peter Bergen writes about the origins of ISIS, “the brutal insurgent/terrorist group formerly known as al Qaeda in Iraq.” Bergen notes that, “One of George W. Bush’s most toxic legacies is the introduction of al Qaeda into Iraq, which is the ISIS mother ship. If this wasn’t so tragic it would be supremely ironic, because before the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, top Bush officials were insisting that there was an al Qaeda-Iraq axis of evil. Read More…

Financial Reform Rising

Thursday, 19 June 2014
By Simon Johnson, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

The story so far on financial reform is not a pleasant one. Fortunately and perhaps surprisingly, in part through the efforts of a growing number of people – including Anat Admati and Sheila Bair, recently interviewed on Moyers & Company – there is now some movement in the right direction. Read More…

Iraq Is Coming Apart at the Seams – Here’s Our Essential Reader

Thursday, 19 June 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Report

After American troops were withdrawn at the end of 2011, our media’s coverage of the ongoing conflict in Iraq dwindled to almost nothing. But suddenly the country is back in the headlines as a violent militant group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) wages a fierce military campaign across Iraq, overrunning several major cities, including Mosul and Tikrit — Saddam Hussein’s birthplace. Confused about what’s going on? Wondering how the situation became so grim? We’ll try to answer some of the most pressing questions below, with links to in-depth reports for those who want more information. Read More…

Bill Moyers: Too Big to Fail and Getting Bigger

Tuesday, 17 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
In Washington, DC, a bipartisan effort is underway to chip away at the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which is supposed to prevent the type of economic meltdown that brought the world to the brink in 2008. Wall Street banks are lobbying to defang sections of the law related to derivatives — the complex financial contracts at the core of the meltdown. Read More…

Wall Street’s Secret Weapon: Congress

Monday, 16 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay

Why haven’t any big bankers been prosecuted for their role in the housing crisis that led to the Great Recession? These finance executives took part in “scandals that violate the most basic ethical norms,” as the head of the IMF Christine Lagarde put it last month, including illegal foreclosures, money laundering and the fixing of interest rate benchmarks. In fact, banking CEOs not only avoided prosecution but got average pay rises of 10 percent last year, taking home, on average, $13 million in compensation. Read More…

Bill Moyers | Joseph Stiglitz: How Tax Reform Can Save the Middle Class

Thursday, 12 June 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

In part two of his interview, economist Joseph E. Stiglitz says corporate tax abuse has helped make America unequal and undemocratic. But the Nobel Prize-winner has a plan to change that. Read More…

Seven Key Takeaways From Eric Cantor’s Shocking Defeat

Thursday, 12 June 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

No incumbent majority leader had lost a seat in Congress since 1899, when the post was first created. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) broke that streak last night. He’s announced that he’ll step down from leadership within weeks. Read More…

Shots Fired. Madness in Progress.

Sunday, 01 June 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

This is the way it goes, because this is the way it always goes. First, another horrific spree of violence and mass murder as we saw just last Friday in Santa Barbara, California, fueled by irrational fury, much of it perpetrated with guns obtained legally in the hands of someone who should never have been allowed one. Read More…

Memorial Day: For Vets, Too Many Delays and Not Enough Parades

Monday, 26 May 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
This Memorial Day weekend is even more poignant as news continues to break of abuses and preventable deaths in the veteran’s medical system – allegations that data was manipulated to cover up long waits for diagnosis and treatment. Read More…

How Bill Clinton’s Welfare “Reform” Created a System Rife With Racial Biases

Tuesday, 13 May 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Interview
In 1996, Congress “reformed” our existing welfare system in much the same way Representative Paul Ryan wants to “reform” Medicaid and other anti-poverty programs: they killed off the federal entitlement and turned the money over to the states to implement new models of welfare as they saw fit. Read More…

David Suzuki: Time to Get Real on Climate Change

Tuesday, 13 May 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
This week, as the White House issued a landmark report detailing the frightening affects of global warming on our country and President Obama took to the airwaves to drive home that message, Bill Moyers talks with a scientist who has sounded the alarm for decades. Read More…

Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign to Tackle Student Debt and the Privatization of Education

Sunday, 11 May 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Interview

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced a bill addressing two of her top legislative priorities: The crushing burden of student debt and tax loopholes that allow the wealthiest Americans to shell out a smaller share of their incomes than do many of those in the middle class. The measure would allow people who took out student loans at a higher rate than they could get today to refinance their debt the same way one might refinance a home mortgage. It would also give people with high-interest private loans to roll them over into the Federal Direct Loan program. Read More…

A Primer: Just What Is Net Neutrality, and Why All the Fuss?

Wednesday, 07 May 2014
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company

So far, the internet has remained mostly free without explicit neutrality regulations. But some ISPs want to charge a premium to provide content providers a fast-lane on the electronic highway. This has many worried that change could spell the end of an open, fair internet. Read More…

Is Net Neutrality Dead?

Tuesday, 06 May 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
This week, speaking with Bill Moyers about the latest developments with the FCC’s net neutrality rules, are two keen observers of media and the world of cyberspace. David Carr covers the busy intersection of media with business, government and culture for The New York Times. Susan Crawford is a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, contributor to Bloomberg View. Read More…

Don’t Let Net Neutrality Become Another Broken Promise

Friday, 02 May 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Video Essay
The problem with the FCC, Bill Moyers says, is that “Business and government are now so intertwined that public officials and corporate retainers are interchangeable parts of what Chief Justice John Roberts might call ‘the gratitude machine.'” FCC officials, including Tom Wheeler, transit back and forth through the revolving door between public service and lucrative private commerce. Read More…

Five Videos Worth Watching From the Senate Dark Money Hearing

Friday, 02 May 2014
By John Light, Moyers & Company | Report
In yesterday’s hearing on dark money, some very smart people shared their thoughts about big money’s corrupting influence on our democracy, and what might be done to limit it. Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was one of them. Read More…

Fast Food Pulls a Fast One

Wednesday, 30 April 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

Bad enough that the empty calories of many a fast-food meal have all the nutritional value of a fingernail paring. Even worse, the vast profits this industry pulls in are lining the pockets of its CEOs while many of those who work in the kitchens and behind the counters are struggling to eke out a living and can’t afford a decent meal, much less a fast one. Read More…

Government Is Now a Protection Racket for the 1%

Tuesday, 22 April 2014
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Video Essay
A new report shows that top CEOs were paid 331 times more than the average US worker in 2013. At the same time, the poorest fifth of Americans paid an average tax rate of 11 percent while the richest one percent contributed half that rate at state and local levels. In this essay, Bill reflects on the forces that are causing inequality to skyrocket, why it matters and where we’re headed in the future. Read More…

Paul Krugman: What the 1% Don’t Want You to Know

Sunday, 20 April 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report

Economist Paul Krugman explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy – the very system our founders revolted against. Read More…

Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together

Thursday, 10 April 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

As the US Senate holds its first hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner deal – a $45 billion transaction that will affect millions of consumers and further pad some already well-lined pockets – it’s useful to get a look at how our elected officials have benefitted from the largesse of the two companies with an urge to merge. Read More…

Obamacare Is Widening the Gap Between “Red” and “Blue” America

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:54
By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

The fact that the citizens of “red” and “blue” states live in what are essentially two countries with very different governments has largely flown under the radar, but it may become the defining story of our time. Read More…

All Work and No Pay

Tuesday, 08 April 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
This week, Bill speaks with Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, about the group’s fight for better wages and working conditions for America’s 10 million restaurant workers. Read More…

Envy and Jealousy? Gag Me With a Silver Spoon

Tuesday, 25 March 2014
By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed

Home Depot tycoon Ken Langone said that he hopes populist sentiment is “not working, because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don’t survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy.” But this envy and jealousy meme wont’ disappear any time soon. Read More…

What You Need to Know About Dark Money

By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 25 March 2014

If you look up “dark money” in Merriam-Webster, you won’t find a definition, but as of this week, their online unabridged dictionary includes a word that tells a big part of its story — “super PAC.” It’s defined in part as “an independent PAC [political action committee] that can accept unlimited contributions from individuals and organizations (such as corporations and labor unions) and spend unlimited amounts in support of a candidate.” It’s a fitting reminder that four years after Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates of campaign cash, dark money may be here to stay. Read More…

Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections?

Monday, 24 March 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
This week Bill speaks with investigative journalists Kim Barker and Andy Kroll about the role of dark money — and the wealthy donors behind it — in this year’s midterm elections. Read More…

Rachel LaForest and Madeline Janis on Fighting for Fairness

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:48
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview

Economic equality advocates Rachel LaForest, executive director of Right to the City, and Madeline Janis, co-founder and national policy director of Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, discuss with Bill how social action can change both policy and lives. Janis led the fight for a living wage in Los Angeles; LaForest fights for fair and affordable housing across the country. Read More…

No Escaping Dragnet Nation

Tuesday, 18 March 2014
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
This week, as the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein publicly accused the CIA of spying on her committee’s computers, Bill talks with investigative reporter Julia Angwin, author of Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance. Read More…

Remembering Tony Benn

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Take a moment, please, to note the passing of a distinguished spokesman for the left, a man both firebrand and gadfly, of whom many Americans have never even heard. Yet what he did and said are of importance to us all and especially to the cause of democracy. Read More…

Our Chat with Edward Snowden’s Legal Counsel

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News
Wednesday, 11 March 2014

On Monday, via teleconference, whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed a crowd at SXSW, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Speaking from Russia, it was Snowden’s first public address to people in the United States since he fled the country last June and the revelation that he possessed thousands of secret documents obtained while a subcontractor with the National Security Agency (NSA). Read More…

Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Thursday, 06 March 2014

What do Cadillac-driving “welfare queens,” a “food stamp president” and the “lazy, dependent and entitled” 47 percent tell us about post-racial America? They’re all examples of a type of coded racism that this week’s guest, Ian Haney López, writes about in his new book, Dog Whistle Politics. Read More…

How the Gun Lobby Became a Threat to Public Safety

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 05 March 2014

Just a generation ago, the NRA was a nonpartisan and relatively non-ideological organization that advocated for responsible and safe gun ownership in addition to defending gun rights. But in its 20 years under the leadership of chief executive Wayne LaPierre the organization has become another cog in the broader conservative advocacy machine. Read More…

Liberals Face a Hard Day’s Knight?

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 27 February 2014

That’s a pretty pathetic knight up there on the cover of the March issue of Harper’s Magazine. Battered and defeated, his shield in pieces, he’s slumped and saddled backwards on a Democratic donkey that has a distinctly woeful — or bored, maybe — countenance. It’s the magazine’s sardonic way of illustrating a powerful throwing down of the gauntlet by political scientist Adolph Reed, Jr. He has challenged the nation’s progressives with an article in the magazine provocatively titled “Nothing Left: The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals.” Read More…

Adolph Reed Jr.: The Surrender of America’s Liberals

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Thursday, 27 February 2014

In a Web-exclusive interview, political scientist Adolph Reed Jr. talks with Bill Moyers about his new article in the March issue of Harper’s Magazine – a challenge to America’s progressives provocatively titled, “Nothing Left: The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals.” Read More…

A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 21 February 2014

Wednesday’s announcement by Chairman Tom Wheeler that the FCC would write new rules to insure open access to the Internet generally was seen by consumers as a step in the right direction. But media reform advocates were concerned that it didn’t go far enough. Read More…

David Simon on Our Rigged Political System

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
David Simon, journalist and creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme, returns to talk with Bill Moyers about the triumph of capital over democracy. “If I could concentrate and focus on one thing … and start to walk the nightmare back, it would be campaign finance reform” Simon says. Read More…

Why the First Issue Is Money in Politics

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Monday, 17 February 2014
From achieving tax reform to fighting climate change to strengthening the social safety net, we will see no progress until the wealthy entities that benefit can no longer buy up politicians to prevent the status quo from changing. Read More…

Lawrence Lessig’s March to End Corruption

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Monday, 17 February 2014
This week, we bring you a special report on a two-week, 185-mile trek through the winter cold in New Hampshire, led in January by constitutional scholar and activist Lawrence Lessig to raise awareness of the crippling problem of corruption in American politics. Read More…

On the Money: What a Tangled Web We Weave

By Gail Ablow, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Sunday, 16 February 2014

Campaign websites in 2014 aren’t always what they seem -> Deceptive political ads are not new to hardball campaigns, but Time Magazine’s Denver Nicks reports that the National Republican Congressional Committee is mastering fakery on a new frontier — the Internet. The RCC bought hundreds of Web addresses in the names of Democrats running for office and, at last count, had designed 16 fake campaign websites. If people don’t read the fine print they might, unknowingly, donate to the NRCC while they think they are supporting a Democrat. Read More…

Bill McKibben to Obama: Say No to Big Oil

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 10 February 2014
Bill Moyers talks with Bill McKibben, an activist who has dedicated his life to saving the planet from environmental collapse, about his hopes that Americans will collectively pressure Obama to stand up to big oil. Read More…

Advice to Plutocrat Perkins: Time to Shut Up!

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 31 January 2014
There’s a rule of thumb in cyberspace etiquette known as Godwin’s Law, named after Mike Godwin, the Internet lawyer and activist who first came up with it. A variation of that law boils down to this: He who first compares the other side to Nazis loses, and the conversation is at an end. Unless you’re billionaire Tom Perkins, who seems dedicated to digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself. Read More…

The Keystone XL Pipeline’s “Accidental Activists”

By Tara Lohan, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Monday, 27 January 2014
Michael Bishop and other landowners across a 485-mile strip of Oklahoma and Texas had already had their dreams dashed and their land condemned, cleared and bulldozed. And that’s because the Keystone XL pipeline has a northern and a southern leg. Read More…

Facing the Truth in China

By Gail Pellett, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Sunday, 19 January 2014

The blogosphere reporting news from China is abuzz this week with the story of the former Red Guard – now in her 60s – apologizing for her behavior and expressing remorse for what occurred at her elite Beijing high school during the first months of the Cultural Revolution. Read More…

Door Closes to Open Internet, But All May Not Be Lost

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Thursday, 16 January 2014
The federal appeals court decision striking down net neutrality could be reversed, either on appeal to the Supreme Court or by the FCC backing away from decisions it made during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations and taking a stronger stand on behalf of the American people instead of the Verizon’s and AT&T’s. Read More…

North Carolina: Battleground State

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Thursday, 09 January 2014

First it was Wisconsin. Now it’s North Carolina that is redefining the term “battleground state.” On one side: a right-wing government enacting laws that are changing the face of the state. On the other: citizen protesters who are fighting back against what they fear is a radical takeover. This crucible of conflict reflects how the battle for control of American politics is likely to be fought for the foreseeable future: not in Washington, DC, but state by state. Read More…

Four Surefire Tips for Following the Money in Your State

By Andy Kroll, Moyers & Company | Report
Sunday, 05 January 2014

As the “dark money” reporter for Mother Jones, it’s my job to shine as much light on this cash bonanza as I can. I do this using every tool and trick at my disposal: databases, experts, plugged-in sources and good old-fashioned door knocking. Here are four easy-to-use tips for following the money in your state — and throwing some sunlight on the mega-donors trying to sway your elections. Read More…

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 24 December 2013

[Grover] Norquist, president of the conservative Americans for Tax Reform, is infamous for his expressed desire to shrink government “down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” And even though the new budget deal takes a feeble swipe at sequestration and the indiscriminate slashing of government funds, his wish may be coming true. Read more

Michelle Alexander on Bill Moyers: Locked Out of the American Dream

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Michelle Alexander tells Bill that she has seen a grassroots movement brewing in communities across the country, “There are enormous victories that are being achieved precisely because the people whom we have written off and viewed as disposable are reclaiming their voice, standing up, speaking out, organizing even as they struggle to survive.” Read More…

Gunpowder and Blood on Their Cold, Dead Hands

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 17 December 2013

This grim anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., killings, with 28 dead, reminded us of that moment back in 2000 when Charlton Heston made his defiant boast at the NRA convention that gun control advocates would have to pry his rifle from his “cold, dead hands.” You would have thought he had returned to that fantasy world of Hollywood where, in a previous incarnation, he portrayed those famous Indian killers Andrew Jackson and Buffalo Bill Cody, whose Wild West, as Cody marketed it, still courses through the bloodstream of American mythology. Read More…

Richard Slotkin on Guns and Violence

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 16 December 2013
Ahead of the one year anniversary of the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in which Adam Lanza took the lives of 20 school children and six educators, Bill speaks with cultural historian and scholar Richard Slotkin about the role of guns in America’s national psyche. Read More…

Bill Moyers on the NRA: “The Armed Bully of American Politics”

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Sunday, 15 December 2013

Bill discusses the work of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which has just released a moving video urging people to speak out against firearms violence. Read More…

Bill Moyers | The Great American Class War: Plutocracy vs. Democracy

By Bill Moyers, TomDispatch | Speech Excerpt
Thursday, 12 December 2013

I met Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in 1987 when I was creating a series for public television called In Search of the Constitution, celebrating the bicentennial of our founding document. By then, he had served on the court longer than any of his colleagues and had written close to 500 majority opinions, many of them addressing fundamental questions of equality, voting rights, school segregation, and — in New York Times v. Sullivan in particular — the defense of a free press. Read More…

Henry A. Giroux | The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy

By Henry A Giroux, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Monday, 09 December 2013
Stripped of its ethical and political importance, the public has been largely reduced to a space where private interests are displayed and the social order increasingly mimics a giant Dr. Phil show where notions of the public register as simply a conglomeration of private woes, tasks, conversations and problems. Read More…

Henry Giroux on the “School to Prison Pipeline”

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 26 November
Education expert Henry Giroux tells Bill public schools are suffering from an overemphasis on academic testing as teachers are stripped of their powers, in schools with disciplinary systems that resemble prisons. Read More…

Bill Moyers | Henry Giroux: Zombie Politics and Casino Capitalism

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Friday, 22 November 2013
This week on Moyers & Company, author and scholar Henry Giroux explains how our political system has turned people into zombies – “people who are basically so caught up with surviving that they become like the walking dead — they lose their sense of agency, they lose their homes, they lose their jobs.” Read More…

With Today’s Nuclear Option, the Senate Inches Closer to Democracy

By Staff, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 22 November 2013
Last January, Bill Moyers spoke with Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, about the need to eliminate the silent filibuster in the Senate. But in recent years, senators could filibuster without laying out their reasons for doing so. Today, that changes — at least partially. Read More…

Following the Ninth

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 21 November 2013
This week Bill previews the new film Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, a documentary exploring the worldwide cultural and political influence of Beethoven’s masterpiece and its majestic “Ode to Joy.” Read More…

How a Shadowy Network of Corporate Front Groups Distorts the Marketplace of Ideas

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Interview
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Last week, two progressive groups released a report which shines a light on a network of well-funded, ostensibly independent state-based think tanks that are hard at work undermining workers’ rights and environmental and consumer protections. Moyers & Company speaks with Lisa Graves, CMD’s executive director, to discuss the report. Read More…

November Days of Drums

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 21 November 2013
“While many will recall the sound of muffled drums as Kennedy’s horse-drawn funeral caisson was moved through the streets of Washington, I’ll remember Friday, 2 p.m., and the echo of drums in a dark and empty school auditorium.” Read More…

How Big Money and Big Media Undermine Democracy

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Friday, 15 November 2013
This past Tuesday, special interests pumped big money into promoting or tearing down candidates and ballot initiatives in elections across the country. But no one knows the dangers of this “money and media election complex” better than John Nichols and Robert McChesney, who speak with Bill this week on Moyers & Company. Read More…

Rip-off: High Out-of-Pocket Social Costs are a Stealth Tax on the Middle Class and the Poor

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 15 November 2013
Americans’ heavy reliance on the private sector to provide social goods and services doesn’t only result in us paying a lot and getting a lot less for it, compared to other wealthy countries. It also makes the financing of our entire social welfare system far less fair. It’s a great deal for the wealthiest, and a huge rip-off for the rest of us. Read More…

Real-Life Hunger Is No Game

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
“So let me get this straight: fast-food submarine sandwiches are being used to market a motion picture about people who will do anything to survive a dystopian society in which there’s nothing to eat? Yikes.” Read More…

Freedom of Speech in the Digital Age

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Radio Segment
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
In honor of the 10th anniversary of Free Press, Michael Winship sat down with journalist and author Craig Aaron, who in 2011 became the organization’s president and CEO. You can listen to our audio conversation above, read the full transcript or skim the highlights. Read More…

America’s Drone Wars

By Staff, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Thursday, 07 November 2013

The use of drones has intensified under President Obama’s leadership as the number of troops on the ground in Afghanistan and the Pakistani tribal areas has been scaled back. But the drones often kill innocent civilians, including children. That is the subject of Robert Greenwald’s new documentary, Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars. Here, we look at clips from the film, which shares testimony, stories and alarming news on the fatal impact of our drone strategy. Read More…

Dark Money’s New Frontier: State Judicial Elections

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Report
Wednesday, 06 November 2013
In America, we expect that our courts are fair and impartial — that their primary interest is to serve justice under the law. But increasingly, state high courts are falling prey to the same out-of-control, post-Citizens United election spending that has plagued legislative and executive races during the past two election cycles. Read More…

Bill Moyers: Yves Smith and Dean Baker on Secrets in Trade

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 05 November 2013
Some vigilant independent watchdogs are tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations with sources they trust, including Dean Baker and Yves Smith, who join Moyers & Company this week. Read More…

Bill Moyers: Obamacare – The Right Wing’s Alamo

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday, 04 November 2013

As Republican members of Congress demand apologies and administration officials dutifully offer up mea culpas for the botched Obamacare rollout, Bill wonders, wouldn’t it be fair to expect just a morsel of apology from the right as well? Read More…

Hurricane Sandy One Year Later: Lessons Learned and Unlearned

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
In the chaos following Sandy’s landfall, as government agencies and traditional relief organizations like the Red Cross struggled to respond, community groups picked up the slack. Those efforts continue today. Read more…

The Great American Ripoff: The High Cost of Low Taxes

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
The American people pay a similar amount for social services – health care, retirement security, disability and unemployment insurance and the like – as citizens of European countries with supposedly lavish social safety nets. Read more…

An Oasis in a Food Desert

By Karla Murthy and Alexandra Nikolchev, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Since opening last month, America’s first nonprofit grocery store is bringing fresh and affordable fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy to Chester, Pa., a community that has struggled to find healthy food options since the city’s last supermarket closed in 2001. Read more…

Why JPMorgan May Be Getting Off Easy

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
JPMorgan is under investigation on so many fronts it’s hard to keep them sorted out – everything from the deceptive sales in its credit card unit to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme to the criminal manipulation of energy markets and the bribing of Chinese officials. Read more…

Peter Dreier on a New Generation of Activists

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview
Monday, 28 October 2013

Historian Peter Dreier shares why he’s optimistic about America’s future, including dynamic grass-roots initiatives around the country and, believe it or not, the radical politics of Dr. Seuss. Read more…

Politicians’ Extortion Racket?

By Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 24 October 2013

There are two sides to the story of special interest money in Washington, according to an op-ed today in The New York Times by Peter Schweizer, a fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution. While the traditional narrative is that politicians are corrupted by wealthy interests, Schweizer says we may be getting it wrong. Read More…

Will Every State Eventually Expand Medicaid?

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 24 October 2013

While red state Republicans rail against Obamacare, the question of whether their poor constituents are eventually covered under the law’s Medicaid expansion may ultimately come down to state budget realities. Read More… Debacle: Spare Some Blame for Bush and Clinton

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 24 October 2013

If the problem-plagued rollout of is any indication, 25 years of bipartisan efforts to downsize the federal government and turn a broad swath of what was the public sector over to private contractors haven’t yielded the awesome efficiencies the “reinventing government” crowd promised us. What a shocker. Read More….

Bill Moyers: Martin Wolf on the Debt Ceiling Circus

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 21 October 2013

This week, Congress approved an 11th-hour deal to raise the debt ceiling, which threatened to push the global economy over the edge, but instead of resolving the debt crisis lawmakers simply delayed it. Bill speaks to Financial Times chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, who says the US debt ceiling is “the legislative equivalent of a nuclear bomb aimed by the US at itself.” Read More…

The Right’s Closed Information Loop May Set Up the Next Shut Down

By Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 19 October 2013

It’s impossible to say whether we’ll face another crisis of governance in three months, when the stopgap budget resolution passed on Wednesday expires, but it’s clear that the 40 or 50 hardcore, tea party-backed members of Congress who precipitated the shutdown want another crack at it. Read More…

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus – Campaign Cash

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Opinion
Friday, 18 October 2013

If you want to see how grossly money can distort democracy, just go to the state of Virginia, where there are no limits on how big a check can be written for statewide office. Read More…

Ignore the Spin: This Debt Ceiling Crisis Is Not Politics as Usual

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 10 October 2013

Never before has a minority party linked controversial legislative demands with a threat to shut down the government or imperil the global economy. But House Republicans would have you believe otherwise. Read More…

Bill Moyers: On the Sabotage of Democracy

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 08 October 2013

This week’s government shutdown has consequences for all of us, costing an estimated $300 million each day that the government is closed for business. Many Americans have voiced their frustrations with the fallout from the shutdown on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hash tag #DearCongress. Here, Bill Moyers shares his own thoughts on the shutdown, and the resulting sabotage of democracy.

The IRS Scandal That Wasn’t

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:34

In reality, this is a story about how bureaucratic bungling was turned into scandal by right wing politicians desperate to spin gold from straw. But their staged controversy has distracted from a real Washington scandal, our inability to rein in the outrageous amounts of money used by the rich and powerful to secretly broker elections and buy our government.

Pro Football’s Unsportsmanlike Conduct

By Michael Winship and Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Of the 31 owners of NFL teams, seventeen – more than half – are billionaires. Many boast of being self-made, in the image of Horatio Alger, but are now ensconced in luxury skyboxes far above the proletarians whose own dreams of glory ride vicariously on the grunts and groans of bulky but agile gladiators only one play away from a career-ending collision with the laws of physics. Read more…

Bill Moyers: Let Us Now Praise Common Sense

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 17 September 2013

On this week’s Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers says that the White House, Congress and the punditry of the Beltway may ultimately be grateful to a public that weighed in on a potential military strike in Syria – that the collective common sense of everyday people became a force so powerful it could not be ignored. Read more…

In Los Angeles, Labor Redefines Itself

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 11 September 2013

“It’s time to turn America right side up!” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka exhorted those in attendance at the labor alliance’s quadrennial convention in Los Angeles on Monday. Time, he said in his keynote address, to change the ratio of power, to put the 99 percent in charge rather than let the richest one percent dominate government, politics and society. Read More…

Marshall Ganz on Making Social Movements Matter

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 19 August 2013

Bill’s guest, veteran activist and organizer Marshall Ganz, joins Bill to discuss the power of social movements to effect meaningful social change. A social movement legend who dropped out of Harvard to volunteer during Mississippi’s Freedom Summer of 1964, Ganz then joined forces with Cesar Chavez of the United Farmworkers, protecting workers who picked crops for pennies in California. Ganz also had a pivotal role organizing students and volunteers for Barack Obama’s historic 2008 presidential campaign. Now 70, he’s still organizing across the United States and the Middle East, and back at Harvard, teaching students from around the world about what it takes to beat Goliath. Read More…

Cash and Congress: The Tie That Binds

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Sunday, 18 August 2013

But despite what you’ve heard, the spirit of bipartisanship in Washington is not dead. Simply look past the vitriol, bombast and gridlock, then listen for the ka-ching of the nearest cash register, made flesh by friendly lobbyists and special interests. Their fat wallets and deep pockets bring together Democrats and Republicans like no one else in a collegial spirit of kumbaya as they dive for dollars in exchange for their votes and influence. Read More…

Our Growing Racial Wealth Gap

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The vast chasm between the richest one percent of Americans and everyone else continues to widen, and researchers have found that when you factor race into the equation, the economic gap is even more pronounced. Read More…

ALECs Attempts to Thwart Obamacare

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Interview
Wednesday, 14 August 2013

As part of our ongoing focus on the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, we checked in with health insurance executive turned industry whistleblower Wendell Potter to learn about ALEC’s efforts to influence the health care debate and undermine The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). Read More…

Taming Capitalism Run Wild

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 12 August 2013

Modern American capitalism is a story of continued inequality and hardship. Even a modest increase in the minimum wage faces opposition from those who seem to show allegiance first and foremost to America’s wealthy and powerful. Yet some aren’t just wringing their hands about our economic crisis; they’re fighting back. Read More…

Can the Federal Election Commission Be Saved?

By Matea Gold and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Radio Report
Friday, 09 August 2013

Reviews of the effectiveness of Federal Election Commission – mandated by Congress back in 1975 to regulate campaign finance – have never been stellar, but lately the word most commonly used to describe it is “dysfunctional.” Listen to the radio report

The Wall Street Ties of Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner

By Zaid Jilani, Moyers & Company | Report
Tuesday, 06 August 2013
Larry Summers is under no legal requirement to disclose his most recent payments from corporations until he is officially nominated, and if he’s nominated, he’ll most likely be confirmed. Read more…

The Faces of America’s Hungry

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Monday, 05 August 2013

Here in the richest country on earth, 50 million of us — one in six Americans — go hungry. More than a third of them are children. Debates on how to address hunger – in both Congress and the media — are filled with tired clichés about freeloaders undeserving of government help, living large at the expense of honest, hardworking taxpayers. But the documentary A Place at the Table paints a truer picture of America’s poor. Watch the Video

Ken Cook on Improving the Chemical Safety Improvement Act

By Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company | Interview
Sunday, 04 August 2013

The Chemical Safety Improvement Act, co-sponsored by Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA), was introduced earlier this year, shortly before Sen. Lautenberg passed away on June 5, 2013. Read More…

“We Can’t Survive on $7.25”

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 01 August 2013

Fast food workers in seven U.S. cities are walking off the job this week in what organizers say is the largest strike in the industry’s history. The wave of protests began Monday in New York City, where workers earning as little as the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour – in a town where the average rent is over $3,000 a month – demanded $15 per hour and the right to organize. Watch the Video

The Minimum Wage Doesn’t Apply to Everyone

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 30 July 2013

This week marked the four-year anniversary of the last time Congress increased the minimum wage – from $5.15 in 2007 to $7.25 in 2009. Groups demonstrated across the country, demanding increases at both the state and federal level. Read More…

Congress Fiddles While the Western States Burn

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Monday, 29 July 2013

In the weeks and months immediately following 9/11, one of the most touching responses in my neighborhood, not far Ground Zero, was the overwhelming support of police and fire departments from around the country. Read More…

John Lewis Marches On

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Friday, 26 July 2013

I’m writing to let you know of one of the most important and engaging broadcasts we’ve done in this series. Fifty years ago on August 28, 1963, more than a quarter-million people descended on the nation’s capital in a peaceful petition for “jobs and freedoms” that became the historic March on Washington. Read More…

Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Monday, 22 July 2013

And you thought the government didn’t have a jobs program. It does. The problem is that the pay and benefits are lousy, and in many cases the working conditions ain’t so great either. Read More…

Kristi Jacobson and Mariana Chilton on How Hunger Hurts Everyone

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday, 01 July 2013

Here in the richest country on earth, 50 million of us – one in six 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 clichés about freeloaders undeserving of government help, living large at the expense of honest, hardworking taxpayers. Watch the Video

Guns Lost, Stolen or Strayed

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 29 June 2013

Back in January, a month after the Newtown school slayings and just a few days before his second inauguration, Barack Obama announced he would “put everything I’ve got” into the fight against gun violence. Read More…

David Gregory, Glenn Greenwald and the First Amendment

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 28 June 2013

David Gregory ignited further controversy on Meet the Press this weekend when he asked Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first broke the story of Edward Snowden’s leaked NSA documents, this question: “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?” Read More…

Shooting It All in Las Vegas

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 25 June 2013

I’ve just flown back from Vegas, and boy, are my arms tired. And brain boggled. After all these years, it was my first visit, and although I’ve been to Reno and Tahoe and even the casinos of Winnemucca, Nevada – “The Crossroads of the West” – nothing prepared me for the splendor, squalor, sleaze and squander of the ultimate American pleasure dome. Read More…

Denying a Head Start in Washington State

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 06 June 2013

To get a sense of just how foolish and shortsighted the $85 billion across-the-board sequester cuts are you don’t have to look any further than Head Start. The federal government’s only pre-K program, Head Start provides comprehensive, high-quality early education and support services to children and their families living in poverty. Read More…

Good Consumers, Bad Citizens

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 30 May 2013

A few days ago, I was listening to a radio talk show discussion of the bill passed on May 7 by the New York City Council, requiring some businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees. The first caller was indignant. “This bill is anti-consumer!” he bellowed because, he insisted, it would raise prices. I thought, no, this bill is pro-citizen, helping out people, many of them in extremis – and just when did we stop being citizens and become merely consumers? Read More…

Why Tim DeChristopher Went to Prison for His Protest

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Saturday, 25 May 2013

Only weeks after his release from prison, climate activist Tim DeChristopher talks about the necessity of civil disobedience in the fight for environmental justice. Read More…

Enabling Greed Makes US Sick

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Co. | News Analysis
Tuesday, 21 May 2013

At the end of a week that reminds us to be ever vigilant about the dangers of government overreaching its authority, whether by the long arm of the IRS or the Justice Department, we should pause to think about another threat — from too much private power obnoxiously intruding into public life. Read More…

Don’t Shoot – Organize!

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 11 May 2013

We were struck this week by one response to our broadcast last week on gun violence and the Newtown school killings. Read More…

Sandy Hook Promise: There Will Be Change

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 04 May 2013

This week, we spent time with Francine and David Wheeler, parents of six-year-old Ben Wheeler, one of the 20 children and six educators shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Read More…

The Worst Congress Money Can Buy

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 27 April 2013

If you want to see why the public approval rating of Congress is down in the sub-arctic range — an icy 15 percent by last count — all you have to do is take a quick look at how the House and Senate pay worship at the altar of corporations, banks and other special interests at the expense of public aspirations and need. Read More…

Sandra Steingraber’s War on Toxic Trespassers

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Saturday, 27 April 2013

Biologist, mother and activist Sandra Steingraber joins Bill to talk about the need to build awareness about toxins that contaminate our air, water and food — and threaten our children’s health. Read More…

The Boston Manhunt as a “Political” Event

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 25 April 2013

Columnist Glenn Greenwald describes how, in the wake of the Boston bombings, people formed opinions about the world and government based on little information. Read More…

Dance of the Honey Bee

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Report
Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Bill presents and introduces the short documentary “Dance of the Honey Bee.” Read More…

Sherman Alexie on Living Outside Cultural Borders

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Born on a Native American reservation, Sherman Alexie has been navigating the cultural boundaries of American culture in lauded poetry, novels, short stories, screenplays, even stand-up comedy for over two decades. Read More…

Dr. King’s “Two Americas” Truer Now than Ever

By Michael Winship and Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Thursday, 11 April 2013

You may think you know about Martin Luther King, Jr., but there is much about the man and his message we have conveniently forgotten. He was a prophet, like Amos, Isaiah and Jeremiah of old, calling kings and plutocrats to account — speaking truth to power. Read More…

Homeless in High Tech’s Shadow

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 09 April 2013

In California’s Silicon Valley, Facebook, Google and Apple have minted hundreds of new tech millionaires. But not far away, the homeless are building tent cities along a creek in the city of San Jose. Read More…

Economist Richard Wolff Answers Questions

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 04 April 2013

In Bill’s first interview with economist and professor Richard Wolff, he asked viewers to submit questions for Wolff to answer. We received hundreds, some of which the professor tackled on this week’s Moyers & Company. Read More…

Bill Moyers: The Hypocrisy of “Justice for All”

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday, 01 April 2013

Bill reports on the hypocrisy of “justice for all” in a society where billions are squandered for a war born in fraud while the poor are pushed aside. Turns out true justice — not just the word we recite from the Pledge of Allegiance — is still unaffordable for those who need it most. Read More…

Watergate’s Lessons, Washed Away

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 30 March 2013
But the Lessons of Watergate are lessons learned and lost. We’ve got to organize, get our government back and make it accountable. Many believe it will take another scandal the size of Watergate, or worse, to get us back on track. Let’s hope not. Read More…

How Worker-Owned Companies Work

By Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Saturday, 30 March 2013
Economist Richard Wolff is a proponent of democracy at work: an alternative capitalism that thrives on workers directing their own workplaces. In the documentary film Shift Change, producers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young tell the stories of successful cooperative businesses from Spain to San Francisco. We caught up with Dworkin and Young to find out what makes cooperative businesses work. Read More…

The Death Penalty’s Fatal Flaws

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Friday, 29 March 2013
Right now, there are more than 3,100 inmates on death row, and more than 60 percent are members of racial or ethnic minorities. Over time, Supreme Court Justices have fine-tuned the circumstances under which the death penalty may still apply, but no set of laws or jurisprudence can undo wrongful executions – or, it seems, completely prevent them. Read More…

Robert Reich on Lessons Learned From Watergate

By Staff, Moyers & Company | Interview
Friday, 22 March 2013
In this audio exclusive at the event, Moyers & Company senior writer Michael Winship talks with Reich about the ways in which Washington has changed since Watergate, and how the influence of money continues to corrupt politics and exacerbate income inequality in America. Read More…

Alex Steffen on Carbon-Zero Cities

By Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
In 2003, environmental journalist Alex Steffen and Jamais Cascio started a blog called Worldchanging that focused on innovative solutions to the planet’s problems. The blog attracted a global audience and became one of the most trafficked sustainability sites on the Internet. Read More…

Covert Drone Warfare, By the Numbers

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Unmanned drones have been used to kill thousands of suspected militants — and civilians — and not just in open war zones like Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq. Drone strikes have also been used in covert wars in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The graphs below show drone related deaths in these secret wars. Read More…

Jack Lew, Citigroup and the Ugland Truth

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Saturday, 09 March 2013
Along with its sandy beaches and quality snorkeling, the Cayman Islands’ reputation as an offshore tax haven for corporations, banks and hedge funds has become so well-known its financial institutions now are featured in travel brochures as yet another tourist attraction. Read More…

Susan Jacoby on Secularism and Free Thinking

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 07 March 2013
Journalist and historian Susan Jacoby talks with Bill about the role secularism and intellectual curiosity have played throughout America’s history, a topic explored in her new book, The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought. Read More…

Zack Kopplin on Keeping Creationism Out of Public Classrooms

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 05 March 2013
From the time he was a high school senior in his home state of Louisiana, anti-creationism activist Zack Kopplin has been speaking, debating, cornering politicians and winning the active support of 78 Nobel Laureates, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New Orleans City Council, and tens of thousands of students, teachers and others around the country. Read More…

Saru Jayaraman on Justice for Restaurant Workers

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 28 February 2013
Activist and author Saru Jayaraman marches on Washington with restaurant workers struggling to make ends meet, and talks about how we can best support their right to a fair wage. Read More…

The Revolving Door Spins from Sea to Shining Sea

By Michael Winship and Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
To those who would argue that the notion of a perpetual motion machine is impossible, we give you the revolving door — that ever-spinning entrance and exit between public service in government and the hugely profitable private sector. It never stops. Read More…

Richard Wolff on Fighting for Economic Justice and Fair Wages

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Economist Richard Wolff joins Bill to shine light on the disaster left behind in capitalism’s wake, and to discuss the fight for economic justice, including a fair minimum wage. Read More…

POGO Sticks It to the SEC

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Monday, 18 February 2013
According to a major new report from the nonpartisan watchdog POGO – the Project on Government Oversight — hundreds of the agency’s former employees have done or are doing business with the SEC on behalf of the corporations the agency is supposed to regulate. Read More…

Vietnam and America’s “Wandering Ghosts”

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Nick Turse talks to Bill about the ghosts of people and issues not properly put to rest in the years following the Vietnam war. Read More…

Nick Turse Describes the Real Vietnam War

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
TThursday, 14 February 2013
Journalist Nick Turse describes his personal mission to compile a complete and compelling account of the Vietnam War’s horror as experienced by all sides, including innocent civilians who were sucked into its violent vortex. Read More…

The Hubris of the Drones

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 13 February 2013

By the standards of slaughter in Vietnam, the deaths caused by drones are hardly a bleep on the consciousness of official Washington. But we have to wonder if each innocent killed — a young boy gathering wood at dawn, unsuspecting of his imminent annihilation; a student who picked up the wrong hitchhikers; that tribal elder arguing against fanatics — doesn’t give rise to second thoughts by those judges who prematurely handed our president the Nobel Prize for Peace. Read More…

Barack Obama, Drone Ranger

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 02 February 2013
The story of bin Laden’s death is just one aspect of the international manhunt the United States has pursued, a worldwide dragnet of detention and death that has raised troubling questions and fervent debate over the fight against terrorism. What about the undermining of civil liberties here at home? The rights of suspects? The secret surveillance of American citizens? Read More…

Martín Espada’s Poem for Howard Zinn

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Martín Espada reads the poem he wrote to honor his good friend, historian and activist Howard Zinn, whom Espada calls “the most decent, most generous human being I have ever known.” Zinn died in January, 2010. The poem is entitled “Castles for the Laborers and Ballgames on the Radio.” Watch the Video

US Rep. Peter Welch on Amgen’s Sweet Senate Deal

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Co. | Video
Tuesday, 29 January 2013

A recent article in The New York Times reported on a cost-control exception provided to Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology firm. Watch the Video

Foul Play in the Senate

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Saturday, 26 January 2013
Amgen is the world’s largest biotechnology firm, a drug maker that sells a variety of medications. The little clause secretly sneaked into the fiscal cliff bill gives the company two more years of relief from Medicare cost controls for certain drugs used by patients who are on kidney dialysis, including a pill called Sensipar, manufactured by Amgen. Read More…

Larry Cohen on Eliminating Silent Filibusters

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 24 January 2013
BILL MOYERS: Welcome. Circle next Tuesday in red, the 22nd of January. That’s the day the United State Senate could decide whether to return from the dead by reforming the filibuster and allowing democracy to work. Read More…

Corporate Party Favors at the Inaugural Shindig

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Saturday, 19 January 2013
According to records released by the official Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), so far, fewer than a thousand individuals and only eight corporations have contributed money for the long weekend of parties, balls and ceremonies. Most of these companies have ties to the federal government. Restrictions on government contractors giving money to politicians don’t apply to the inaugural. They should. Read More…

Paul Krugman Explains the Keys to Our Recovery

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview
Friday, 18 January 2013
Bill Moyers: Welcome. Just before the holidays, we asked you, our viewers, to recommend the one book you thought President Obama should read as he prepares himself for his second term in office. Read More…

Moyers: On Democracy

Corporate Gold on a Fiscal Cliff

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Tuesday, 15 January 2013

In economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman’s book, End This Depression Now!, there’s a chapter titled “The Second Gilded Age” in which he describes the extraordinary rise in wealth and power of the very rich during this era of unregulated greed. Since Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980, the top one percent of Americans have seen their incomes increase by 275 percent. After accounting for inflation, the typical hourly wage for a worker has increased just $1.23. Read more…

The Recent Unpleasantness at FreedomWorks

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 02 January 2013

As Saturday Night Live’s Stefon would say, this Washington tale has everything: accusations hurled and counter-hurled, handguns, multimillion dollar payoffs — just what we need to briefly distract us as the parties play chicken up on Capitol Hill’s fiscal cliff. Read More…

Bill Moyers: Remember the Victims, Reject the Violence

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Essay
Friday, 21 December 2012
Bill urges us to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre by name. He also rejects the notion of doubling down on guns and armor as a response, and encourages all of us to work hard on realistic and moral solutions. Read More…

Washington’s Revolving Door: As Old as Lincoln

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
The more things change, the more they remain the same. The actual revolving door may not have been invented until 1888, more than 20 years after Lincoln’s death, but the principle already was firmly in place back then and still turning ‘round today, especially among departing members of the House. Read More…

Washington’s Revolving Door Is Hazardous to Our Health

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 14 December 2012
We’ve seen how Washington insiders write the rules of politics and the economy to protect powerful special interests, but now as we enter the holiday season, and a month or so after the election, we’re getting a refresher course in just how that inside game is played, gifts and all. In this round, Santa doesn’t come down the chimney — he simply squeezes his jolly old self through the revolving door. Read More…

Bill Moyers: The Truth Behind Grover Norquist’s Pledge

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Report
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
In an original broadcast essay, Bill says there’s more to Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge than ideology or principle – it’s also about Norquist’s efforts keep taxes low for his donor base of billionaires. Read More…

A Look at the Numbers Behind “Obamacare”

By John Light, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Saturday, 08 December 2012

When the Supreme Court handed down its decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) last June 28, a handful of conservative governors were quick to declare that their states would opt out of the Medicaid expansion program. Although Obamacare will have a hefty price tag, most of the burden will be carried by the federal government. Read More…

Inside the Invisible World of Domestic Work: An Interview With Ai-jen Poo

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Report
Friday, 07 December 2012

Domestic workers – the nannies, housekeepers, and home health aides who care for our young children and elderly parents — have traditionally been excluded from the most basic protections, like minimum wage. Working behind closed doors in private homes, they are vulnerable to abuse and unable to organize. Read More…

ALEC Loses Ground in Election

By John Light, Moyers & Company | Report
Wednesday, 05 December 2012
The Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch reports that during the primary and general elections in the 2012 election cycle, and during recall elections held since 2010, 117 members of the American Legislative Exchange Council lost their seats. Arizona, Wisconsin and Minnesota were three states where ALEC lost considerable ground. Read More…

The United States of ALEC
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video

Monday 3 December 2012

Welcome, to a story that’s been unfolding for more than 30 years but has gone largely untold. That’s the way the central characters wanted it. They were smart and understood something very important: that they might more easily get what they wanted from state capitals than from Washington, DC. So they started putting their money in places like Raleigh, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; and Madison, Wisconsin. That’s because what happens in our state legislatures directly affects our taxes, schools, roads, the quality of our air and water – even our right to vote. Politicians and lobbyists at the core of this clever enterprise figured out how to pull it off in an organized, camouflaged way — covering their tracks while they put one over on an unsuspecting public. This is the story of how and why it worked. Read More…

Journalist Naomi Klein on Capitalism and Climate Change
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday 19 November 2012

Climate change and Hurricane Sandy brought Naomi Klein to town, too. You may know her as the author of “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.” Readers of two influential magazines to put Naomi Klein high on the list of the 100 leading public thinkers in the world. She is now reporting for a new book and documentary on how climate change can spur political and economic transformation. She also has joined with the environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben in a campaign launched this week called “Do the Math.” Read More…

Embrace the Fiscal Cliff

By Simon Johnson, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Watch out for the coming hysteria on the so-called “fiscal cliff.” In the post-election commentary, you will hear numerous voices – definitely on the right but also on the left – arguing that we could not possibly increase taxes this year or next, as this will push our economy back into recession. Do not believe them – this is just the latest disinformation put out by people who agree with Grover Norquist that the real goal of politics should always and everywhere be to reduce taxes and shrink the size of government. Read More…

Barbara Ehrenreich: Kiss Goldman Sachs Goodbye

By Barbara Ehrenreich, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 10 November 2012




I’m waiting for Obama to recognize the existence of widespread poverty – not just the 15 percent who are officially under the poverty line, but the 30 or more percent who barely getting by from week to week. Mr. President, kiss Goldman Sachs goodbye and bail out your real constituency! Read More…

Will the Supreme Court Reaffirm Affirmative Action?

By Laura Flanders, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 07 November 2012

Laura Flanders discusses the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case with Kimberlé Crenshaw and Luke Harris. Watch the Video

What’s Wrong With the Stop Special Interest Money Now Act?

Laura Flanders, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Friday, 02 November 2012
Peter Dreier tells Laura Flanders why he thinks California’s Stop Special Interest Money Now Act is really a sneak attack on unions. Watch the Video

Plutocrats Want to Own Your Vote

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Across America, this divide between the super-rich and everyone else has become a yawning chasm that studies indicate may stifle jobs and growth for years to come. At no time in modern history has the top one hundredth of one percent owned more of our wealth or paid so low a tax rate. But in neither of the two presidential debates so far has the vastness of this astounding inequality gap been discussed. Read More…

Killing the Kids That Don’t Need to Die

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
A few days ago, just shy of the 11th anniversary of our invasion of Afghanistan, we marked a sad and tragic milestone: the 2000th member of the American armed forces to die in combat there…. There are two more presidential debates. They will be yet another hoax unless someone puts to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney the same question asked by Congressman Young: “Why are we killing the kids that don’t need to die?” And then asks it again and again to each of them until we get an honest answer. Read More…

Bill Moyers: Election Expert Richard Hasen on Voter Fraud and Disenfranchisement

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Interview
Friday, 28 September 2012
Richard Hasen’s new book The Voting Wars chronicles the partisan battles over election rules from the 2000 Florida recount to the present. The story continues on his Election Law Blog, the go-to source for updates on the wave of new voter ID laws, registration roll purges, and other efforts to manipulate voter turnout and potentially skew elections. We caught up with Hasen to talk about election fraud, voter suppression and the chances that either could make the difference in a close election this November. Read More…

Bill Moyers: More Money, Less Democracy

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Wednesday, 26 September 2012

In this essay, Bill examines how the Citizens United decision has candidates campaigning for cash more than votes, and how that money – pouring into TV ads and high-paid political consultants – is creating “a racket, plain and simple.” Read More…

Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on the Continuing Power of Karl Rove
By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday 14 September 2012

Bill talks with Craig Unger, author of Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power, about Rove’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering to once again affect the outcome of a presidential election.
“Most people thought he was a creature of the Bush family,” Unger tells Bill. “I think he’s a force more powerful than that.” Read More…

Money in Politics: Where Is the Outrage?

By Bill Moyers and Bernard A. Weisberger, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 31 August 2012
We might wish the uproar from the convention halls of both parties these busy weeks were the wholesome clamor of delegates deliberating serious visions of how we should be governed for the next four years. It rises instead from scripted TV spectacles — grown-ups doing somersaults of make-believe — that will once again distract the public’s attention from the death rattle of American democracy brought on by an overdose of campaign cash. Read More…

The For-Profit College Racket

By Suzanne Merkelson, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 10 August 2012
[The for-profit college] is an industry that is by and large exploitative to its students and useless to the public good. But business seems to be going just fine – for-profit universities have an average profit margin of 19.7 percent. They just won’t tell you that those profits are coming from our taxes – and at the expense of some of the most vulnerable among us. Read More…

Bill Moyers | Suppressing Votes By Law

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 08 August 2012
This week, Bill talks to Keesha Gaskins and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice about new voter ID and other election laws that keep the young, elderly, minorities and the poor from exercising one of the most fundamental American rights. Read More…

Bill Moyers | Veteran Karl Marlantes on What It’s Like to Go to War

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 01 August 2012
Bill talks to Karl Marlantes – a highly-decorated Vietnam veteran, Rhodes Scholar, author, and PTSD survivor – about what we on the insulated outside need to understand about the minds and hearts of our modern warriors. Marlantes shares with Bill intimate stories about how his battlefield experiences both shaped and nearly destroyed him, even after returning to civilian life. Read More…

Moyers and Winship: The NRA Has America Living Under the Gun

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 21 July 2012

Every year there are 30,000 gun deaths and 300,000 gun-related assaults in the U.S. Firearm violence costs our country as much as $100 billion a year. Toys are regulated with greater care and safety concerns than guns. So why do we always act so surprised? Read More…

Moyers: Vandana Shiva on the Problem With Genetically-Modified Seeds

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Saturday, 21 July 2012

Bill talks to scientist and philosopher Vandana Shiva, who’s become a rock star in the global battle over genetically modified seeds. These seeds — considered “intellectual property” by the big companies who own the patents — are globally marketed to monopolize food production and profits. Opponents challenge the safety of genetically modified seeds, claiming they also harm the environment, are more costly, and leave local farmers deep in debt as well as dependent on suppliers. Shiva, who founded a movement in India to promote native seeds, links genetic tinkering to problems in our ecology, economy, and humanity, and sees this as the latest battleground in the war on Planet Earth. Read More…

Bill Moyers | Financial Expert Sheila Bair on Keeping Banks Honest

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Bill talks with financial expert Sheila Bair about the lawlessness of our banking system and the prognosis for meaningful reform. Bair was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush to chair the FDIC. During the 2008 meltdown, she argued that in some cases banks were NOT too big to fail — that instead of bailouts, they should be sold off to healthier competitors. Now a senior adviser to the Pew Charitable Trusts, Bair has organized a private group of financial experts including former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, former Senators Bill Bradley and Alan Simpson, and John Reed, once the chairman of Citicorp, to explore ways to prevent the banking industry from scuttling reforms created by the Dodd-Frank Act. Read More…

Banksters Take Us to the Brink

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 13 July 2012

Every day brings more reminders of the terrible unfairness that besets our country, the tragic reversal of fortune experienced by millions who once had good lives and steady jobs, now gone. Read More…

Unions Are in Peril

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video Interview
Thursday, 12 July 2012
Lost in the Supreme Court media chatter last week: a disturbing ruling in Knox vs. SEIU Local 1000 that restricts labor unions from directing collected dues toward political causes. There’s no similar limit on corporations, naturally – yet another indication that the power and status of modern unions is waning, especially when compared to the unbridled influence of Corporate America. With a sharp decline in union membership, a legion of new enemies, and a series of legal and legislative setbacks, can unions rebound and once again act strongly in the interest of ordinary workers? Read More…

Moyers: On Democracy

Banksters Take Us to the Brink

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday, 13 July 2012

Every day brings more reminders of the terrible unfairness that besets our country, the tragic reversal of fortune experienced by millions who once had good lives and steady jobs, now gone. Read More…

Inequality Rises as Union Numbers Decline

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
By now, we’ve all heard about the growing disparity between rich and poor — and most of us have felt the effects. This chart, posted by Colin Gordon of the Economic Policy Institute, shows how income inequality corresponds to the rise and fall of union membership. Read More…

Bill Moyers | Messing With Texas Textbooks

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 06 July 2012
One of the tasks of the Texas State Board of Education is to update curriculum standards and textbooks for Texas schoolchildren. The Texas school system is so large – 4.8 million textbook-reading schoolchildren as of 2011 – that revisions made by the board are often included in school books across the country, though digital technology has lessened this effect in recent years. In 2010, the board got a lot of attention when it approved over 100 amendments – many of which had a very clear conservative political agenda – to the social studies and economics curriculum standards. Read More…

Bill Moyers | How Citizen Power Can Save a Library

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company
Friday, 29 June 2012
In this web-exclusive Bill Moyers Essay, Bill professes his lifelong love for libraries and their strong cultural value, and points to a crisis in public library funding across the country. But he also shares a unique and controversial community effort in Troy, Michigan that kept its library from becoming a political casualty, and serves as “a reminder of what can happen when we act together.” Read more and watch the video

Bill Moyers | Peter Edelman on Fighting Poverty

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Friday, 29 June 2012
Why, in one of the richest nations in the world, are so many poor people are teetering on the edge? Bill talks with author and advocate Peter Edelman about continuing efforts to fight poverty, and what it will take to keep the needs of poor people on the American political agenda. A former aide to Robert F. Kennedy and faculty director of Georgetown University’s Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy, Edelman’s new book is So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America. Read More…

The President’s Never-Ending Campaign for Cash

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Wednesday, 20 June 2012

My neighborhood has become a cash machine for the Obama re-election campaign…. I still love where I live, but rents, commercial and residential, have skyrocketed; many of the mom-and-pop stores that gave the area character have moved or been forced out of business. How long we happy few, we remnants of the middle class can hang on is the subject of much debate. In the meantime, we have become prime real-estate for Democratic and progressive fundraising. Read More…

Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein on Dark Money

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
While much of the mainstream media looks the other way, some journalists are working hard to identify the fingerprints super PACs and their benefactors leave on our victimized democracy. At the top of this list of journo-detectives are Mother Jones editors Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein, who continue to throw light on what they call “dark money.” In this conversation with Bill, Jeffery and Bauerlein talk about the conspiracy of cash that allows the rich to influence our most fundamental political freedoms. Read More…

Campaign Cash: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company
Friday 15 June 2012
If you’re visiting a candidate this summer and looking for a thoughtful house gift, might we suggest a nice super PAC? Thanks to the Supreme Court and Citizens United, they’re all the rage among the mega-wealthy. All it takes is a little paperwork and a wad of cash and presto, you can have, as The Washington Post describes it, a “highly customized, highly personalized political action committee.”
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On Memorial Day Weekend, America Reckons With Torture

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company
Saturday 26 May 2012

Facing the truth is hard to do, especially the truth about ourselves. So Americans have been sorely pressed to come to terms with the fact that after 9/11 our government began to torture people, and did so in defiance of domestic and international law. Most of us haven’t come to terms with what that meant, or means today, but we must reckon with torture, the torture done in our name, allegedly for our safety. Read More…

A Twenty-One Protest Song Salute

By Staff, Moyers & Company | Video
Wednesday 23 May 2012

Singer and activist Tom Morello says it’s his job as a musician “to steel the backbone of people on the front lines of social justice struggles, and to put wind in sails of those struggles.” Here’s a list of 21 songs that have done just that – from Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power. Watch the videos.

Tom Morello: Troubadour for Justice

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Monday 21 May 2012

Songs of social protest – music and the quest for justice – have long been intertwined, and the troubadours of troubling times – Guthrie, Seeger, Baez, Dylan, and Springsteen among them – have become famous for their dedication to both. Now we can add a name to the ranks of those who lift their voices for social and economic justice: Tom Morello. Morello is the Harvard-educated guitarist who dabbled in politics, then chose rock music to make a difference. He played guitar for the popular band he co-founded – Rage Against the Machine – and then for Audioslave. Rolling Stone chose his album “World Wide Rebel Songs” as one of the best of 2011, and named him one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Watch the video.

Tom Morello Leads the Occupy “Guitarmy” (Video)

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Video
Saturday 19 May 2012

An army of guitarists took to the streets of New York City as part of Occupy Wall Street’s May Day resurgence. Led by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, the ‘guitarmy’ marched peacefully while strumming protest songs including Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land to Morello’s World Wide Rebel Song. The foot soldiers of the guitarmy ranged from seasoned activists and Zuccotti occupiers to high school students at their first protest march. Watch the video

At a Military Hospital, Warriors Are Not the Only Wounded

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Wednesday 16 May 2012

The weather’s getting warmer in Afghanistan and the war there is heating up again. That means – as it has meant every year for more than a decade — that the pace will quicken at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. More casualties will be brought to this largest American military hospital outside the United States. The Critical Care Air Transport teams and their C-17 Globemasters will fly in from “downrange,” as they call the Afghan battleground, and the injured will be brought by ambulance bus from nearby Ramstein Air Force Base to the hospital front door. Read More…

Political Ads: America Discovers Columbus

By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Report
Sunday 13 May 2012

If you live in Columbus, Ohio, my sympathy. Don’t get me wrong. Columbus is a wonderful town – the state capital, birthplace of the late great humorist James Thurber, location of Ohio State University and my brother Tim. But if you’re a television viewer in Columbus you may be wishing about now that you could jump into your set and join the castaways on Survivor. According to the newspaper USA Today, “As the amount of money spent on political persuasion has risen, there are now some places where political ads are more like a steady rain. Here in Columbus, it is pouring.” Read More…

Between Two Worlds – Life on the Border

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview & Video
Wednesday, 09 May 2012

No writer understands the border culture between Mexico and the United States more intimately than Luis Alberto Urrea, whose life is the stuff of great novels. Son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother, Urrea grew up first in Tijuana and then just across the border in San Diego. Over the years he has produced a series of acclaimed novels, including The Hummingbird’s Daughter, The Devil’s Highway, and his latest, Queen of America — each a rich and revealing account of the people of the borderlands that join and separate our two nations. Read More…

Major Super PACs Spent Big on Deceptive Ads

By Theresa Riley, Moyers & Company | News Analysis
Friday, 04 May 2012

According to a new report from the Annenberg Public Policy Center, four super PACs spent over half of their advertising budgets on deceptive ads in the Republican presidential primary. Spending estimates from Kantar Media CMAG and research by reveals that 23.3 million (56.7%) of the 41.1 million dollars was spent on “19 ads containing deceptive or misleading claims.” Read More…

The Best Congress the Banks’ Money Can Buy

Bill Moyers, Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Friday 06 April 2012

Here we go again. Another round of the game we call Congressional Creep. After months of haggling and debate, Congress finally passes reform legislation to fix a serious rupture in the body politic, and the President signs it into law. But the fight’s just begun, because the special interests immediately set out to win back what they lost when the reform became law. Read More…

Why Age and Race Matter in Activism: Five More Points From George Goehl

By Bill Moyers, George Goehl, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Friday, 06 April 2012

After Bill’s conversation with community organizer George Goehl, Goehl mentioned he had five things he wished he’d had a chance to say in the interview, including points about overcoming low economic expectations, the value of younger activist leaders, and the perils of not addressing race. So — because there’s no bad time for a good idea — we turned the cameras back on and recorded this web-exclusive video. Read More…

Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta on Workers’ Rights

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 04 April 2012

Bill Moyers talks with Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta about activism dedicated to restoring workers’ rights — rights they say have been stripped away by corporations. Domestic workers in particular, says Poo, are a “huge and growing part of the 99 percent.” Read More…

Scrutinizing the Threat from Iran

By Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company | Interview
Saturday, 31 March 2012

In the lead up to war in Iraq, misinformation about weapons of mass destruction went virtually unchallenged by the mainstream media. But three reporters for Knight Ridder newspapers (now McClatchy) were skeptical, and their probing investigation of the Bush administration’s justifications for war eventually proved prescient. Read More…

Sergeant Robert Bales and the Trauma of Repeat Deployments

By Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Interview and Video
Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Does Robert Bales, the army staff sergeant who allegedly killed 17 Afghan civilians on March 11, symbolize a larger problem in our military ranks? In this web-exclusive video, Vietnam veteran and military scholar Andrew Bacevich talks with Bill Moyers about Bales’ accountability, the stress of repeated tours on soldiers, and how war itself “compromises our humanity.” Read More…

Andrew Bacevich on Changing Our Military Mindset

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Monday 26 March 2012

This week, on an all-new Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers and Bacevich explore the futility of “endless” wars, and provide a reality check on the rhetoric of American exceptionalism. Read More…

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Moyers & Company Programming Note:

Bill Moyers Programming Note: Popular Culture and Political Culture

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Programming Note
Friday 24 February 2012

How does pop culture not only reflect, but influence political culture? On this weekend’s Moyers & Company (check local listings), historian and culture critic Neal Gabler joins Bill to discuss how representations of heroism in movies shape our expectations of a U.S. President, and how our real-world candidates are packaged into superficial, two-dimensional personas designed to appeal to both the electorate and the media.. Check for your local TV schedule here.

Bill Moyers Essay:

Bill Moyers Essay: Capitalism With a Conscience

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Wednesday, 18 April 2012

With help from the government, a very friendly tax code, and their own coffer-powered influence, big American companies have emerged from the recession flush with cash, less burdened by debt, and with a greater share of the country’s income. As a consequence, Angela Blackwell suggests, people with enormous money and influence often don’t feel connected to the rest of us. Read More…

Who Pays for Political Ads?

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Thursday, 05 April 2012

Great efforts are underway both locally and nationally to keep secret the identities of people and organizations paying for local political advertisements. But Americans can still do something, even when broadcasters shirk their responsibilities. In this essay, Bill Moyers suggests what you can do to bring those names to light. Read More…

The Dangerous Road of Wishful Thinking

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Video
Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Bill Moyers counsels President Obama not to look at America through the rose-colored glasses of people — like Robert Kagan — led by political opportunity and wishful thinking, but by those — like Andrew Bacevich — who see the world as it truly is, and are best poised to make it better. Read More…

To PBS, With (Tough) Love

Bill Moyers, Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed
Saturday, 24 March 2012

A PBS spokesperson told The New York Times that the service “is fully committed to independent films and the diversity of content they provide.” That can quickly be demonstrated by reversing a bad decision and returning to a national core time slot the independent documentaries created — often at real financial sacrifice — by the producers and filmmakers whose own passion is to reveal life honestly and to make plain, for all to see, the realities of inequality and injustice in America. Read More…

Bill Moyers: Freedom of and From Religion

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed and Video
Friday 17 February 2012

The president did something agile and wise the other day. And something quite important to the health of our politics. He reached up and snuffed out what some folks wanted to make into a cosmic battle between good and evil. No, said the president, we’re not going to turn the argument over contraception into Armageddon, this is an honest difference between Americans, and I’ll not see it escalated into a holy war. So instead of the government requiring Catholic hospitals and other faith-based institutions to provide employees with health coverage involving contraceptives, the insurance companies will offer that coverage, and offer it free. Read More…

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Moyers: Ask Bill

Why Is Our Nation So Divided?

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | News Analysis (Video)
Tuesday 31 January 2012

“Why do you think our nation is so divided? Is it because we’re so diverse or is there something else at work here?” Thanks for your question. Read More…

Fighting Back Against Corporate Personhood

Bill Moyers, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. | Book Excerpt
Friday 27 January 2012

Rarely have so few imposed such damage on so many. When five conservative members of the Supreme Court handed for-profit corporations the right to secretly flood political campaigns with tidal waves of cash on the eve of an election, they moved America closer to outright plutocracy, where political power derived from wealth is devoted to the protection of wealth. It is now official: Just as they have adorned our athletic stadiums and multiple places of public assembly with their logos, corporations can officially put their brand on the government of the United States as well as the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the fifty states. Read More…

Letter From Bill Moyers

You already may have heard that I’d be coming back in January with a new series on the public television station nearest you. But you may not have heard exactly why. It’s not just that I lack retirement skills, as my wife and co-editor, Judith, keeps reminding me. Or that the squeaky rocking chair on the front porch got on my nerves. Read More…

Bill Moyers Launches New Series With Three Shows Probing the Reasons for Financial Inequality in America

Bill Moyers is back on TV – and online. Continuing his long-running conversation with the American public, Moyers returns to television in mid-January with Moyers & Company, a weekly series the veteran journalist says will try to make sense of our tumultuous times, “for myself and hopefully for anyone who wants to keep me company.” Read More…

Bill Moyers: He’s Back, Just as Curious as Ever

That didn’t last long. Just 20 months after retiring his PBS series “Bill Moyers Journal,” Mr. Moyers was back in the studio on a Wednesday morning in December, deep in conversation about moral political psychology with the author Jonathan Haidt. Read More…

“Je Suis Charlie” – but Not in My Backyard

Sunday, 18 January 2015 10:48 By Michael Winship, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed