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Moyers & Company
Bill Moyers returns on-air and online in January 2012 with MOYERS & COMPANY, a weekly hour of compelling and vital conversation about life and the state of American democracy, featuring some of the best thinkers of our time. A range of scholars, artists, activists, scientists, philosophers and newsmakers bring context, insight and meaning to important topics. The series occasionally includes Moyers' own timely and penetrating essays on society and government. In a multimedia marketplace saturated with shallow sound bites and partisan name-calling, MOYERS & COMPANY digs deeper. As the Los Angeles Times put it in 2010, "No one on television has centralized the discussion of ideas as much as Moyers... He not only gives a forum to unusual thinkers, he is truly interested in what they have to say and who they are because he believes their ideas really matter. "

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Episode #352
The Children's Climate Crusade
With so many in Congress and state legislatures in denial or simply missing in action, and with the very agencies created to protect our environment hijacked by the polluting industries they were meant to regulate, it may turn out that the judicial system, our children and their children will save us from ourselves. The new legal framework for this 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 - its air, water, land, plants and animals -- are the responsibility of government, held in its trust to insure the survival of all generations to come. It's the brainchild of Bill Moyers' guest this week on the final broadcast of the series Moyers & Company (Note that the BillMoyers.com website will continue). Mary Christina Wood is a legal scholar who wrote the book, "Nature's Trust," tracing this public trust doctrine all the way back to ancient Rome. It is, she writes, "a robust set of legal footholds by which citizens can hold their government officials accountable." Wood tells Bill Moyers, "If this nation relies on a stable climate system, and the very habitability of this nation and all of the liberties of young people and their survival interests are at stake, the courts need to force the agencies and the legislatures to simply do their job." "Climate is not just an environmental issue," she continues. "This is a civilization issue. This is the biggest case that courts will get in terms of the potential harm and in terms of the urgency." Mary Christina Wood teaches law at the University of Oregon and is founding director of that school's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. Her theories are being used in several legal suits filed by the advocacy group Our Children's Trust.
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Episode #351
American Indians Confront Savage Anxieties
American Indians have long had to contend with the myth of the "savage" as well as with the law, especially the language long employed by the courts to legitimize what legal scholar Robert Williams calls "this uniquely American-style, constitutionally sanctioned white racial dictatorship." Robert Williams, himself of Lumbee Indian heritage, has set himself the task of trying to root out the law's bias and to challenge the bigoted ways of talking, thinking, and writing that still shape our attitudes toward the American Indian population. Williams tells Bill Moyers, "When Europeans came to the New World, the first thing they said is, 'Well, Indians don't appreciate property. They're savage. They're backwards. They're uncivilized. And so we really don't have to pay them for it or if we give them a treaty we really don't have to give them what the land is-- is truly worth.' Nothing could be farther from the truth. Tribes have very clear conceptions of their traditional boundaries, they maintain their rights and their claim to sovereignty over the lands according to their own honored traditions and tribal elders." Williams continues, "What we've had is 500 years of taking away from tribes. And it's going to be very hard to start giving back and to start recognizing those things were taken from tribes... And that continual work that Indian leaders, indigenous people are doing throughout the world is getting back what was taken away." Robert Williams teaches law and American Indian studies at the University of Arizona, has represented tribal groups before human rights courts and commissions, adjudicated as a judge for Indian courts of law, and written such influential books as "Like a Loaded Weapon" and "Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization," which show how and why the notion of Indians as war-mongering, unruly savages was used to justify western expansion - and suppression.
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Sun Dec 28th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #350
The New Robber Barons
America's first Gilded Age, more than a century ago, was a time of vast riches and conspicuous consumption, as well as degrading poverty. "It wasn't merely that poverty lived alongside great wealth," historian Steve Fraser tells Bill Moyers on this week's Moyers & Company, "It's that poverty was being created by great wealth." Senators and Representatives were owned by Wall Street and Big Business, and then, as now, those who footed the bill for political campaigns were richly rewarded with favorable laws. We've just watched the Senate and the House -- aided and abetted by President Obama -- pay off financial interests with provisions in the new spending bill that expand the amount of campaign cash wealthy donors can give and let banks off the hook for gambling with customer( and taxpayer) money. The social safety net, Fraser says, has been "shredded to a very significant degree." But what was different about the first Gilded Age is that people rose in rebellion. Today we do not see "that enormous resistance." Nonetheless, he concludes, "people are increasingly fed up... their voices are not being heard. And I think that can only go on for so long without there being more and more outbreaks of what used to be called class struggle, class warfare." Steve Fraser is a writer, editor and scholar of American history. Among his books are Every Man a Speculator, Wall Street: America's Dream Palace and Labor Will Rule. His latest, The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power, will be published early next year.
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Sun Dec 21st @ 11:30 am

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Episode #349
Democrats Bow Down To Wall Street
Bill Moyers talks about trade and politics with outspoken veteran journalist John "Rick" MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper's Magazine. Since 1850, Harper's has thrown open its pages to some of the most ferociously independent voices in American letters -- from Mark Twain, Jack London and Herman Melville to William Styron, Joyce Carol Oates and David Foster Wallace. This author and former newspaperman is resolute in his conviction that while blogging and social media have their place, they are no substitute for journalism. Harper's has a website, but all of its material is behind a paywall - you have to subscribe to the print edition of the magazine to see it. "The web is bad for writers," he told The New York Times this past summer. They're "too exhausted by the pace of an endless news cycle to write poised, reflective stories and... are paid peanuts if they do... And it's bad for readers, who cannot absorb information well on devices that buzz, flash and generally distract." During his more than three decades at the magazine, Rick MacArthur has been as ferocious a champion of democracy and journalism as any of those illustrious bylines that have appeared in its pages -- whether he's writing in Harper's or in such books as The Selling of Free Trade, an expose of how Democrats and Republicans colluded to enact NAFTA -- the North American Free Trade Agreement, and this one - The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. Not only is Rick MacArthur an iconoclast when it comes to cyberspace, he's also outspoken on politics and culture, and in two languages - English and French. In addition to books and his duties at the magazine, he writes opinion columns for the Providence Journal in Rhode Island and a French language newspaper Le Devoir in Montreal. His fierce arrows of outrage are aimed at both political parties, but recently he has been especially incensed by Democrats for abandoning their progressive roots to serve Wall Street, K Street and a cabal of crony capitalists.
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Sun Dec 14th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #348
The United States of Ferguson
In the wake of grand juries in Missouri and New York's Staten Island deciding not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed African Americans, Moyers & Company presents an encore broadcast of Bill Moyers' conversation earlier this year with journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates. First telecast in May 2014, Coates had just written a cover story in The Atlantic magazine, provocatively titled "The Case for Reparations." It urged that we begin a national dialogue on whether the United States should compensate African Americans not only as recognition of slavery's "ancient brutality" -- as President Lyndon Johnson called it - but also as acknowledgement of all the prejudice and discrimination that have followed in a direct line from this, our original sin. His words remarkably prescient in the light of recent events, Coates explained to Moyers, "I am not asking you, as a white person, to see yourself as an enslaver. I'm asking you as an American to see all of the freedoms that you enjoy and see how they are rooted in things that the country you belong to condoned or actively participated in in the past. And that covers everything from enslavement to the era of lynching, when we effectively decided that we weren't going to afford African Americans the same level of protection of the law... "There are plenty of African Americans in this country-- and I would say that this goes right up to the White House-- who are not by any means poor, but are very much afflicted by white supremacy." Reparations, Coates said, are "What the United States, first of all, really owes African Americans, but not far behind that, what it owes itself, because this is really about our health as a country... I firmly believe that reparation is a chance to be pioneers. We say we set all these examples about liberty and freedom and democracy and all that great stuff. Well, here's an opportunity for us to live that out." Ta-Nehisi Coates has written for many publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. He is a senior editor for The Atlantic magazine and author of the 2008 memoir, "The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood."
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Episode #347
The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy
Inequality is a deep and divisive reality. Across our country, millions of people of ordinary means can't afford decent housing. The middle class is being squeezed out as the wealthy drive up real estate values and the working poor are shoved farther into squalor. In "Dark Shadows," a special Moyers & Company essay, Bill Moyers tells how a portion of the famous skyline of Manhattan, towering above the south end of Central Park, is becoming a symbol of how wealth and power get their way without regard for the impact on the lives and neighborhoods of everyday people. Exclusive skyscrapers, climbing higher than ever before, are blocking the light, throwing enormous swathes of the park into darkness. What's more, the apartments are being sold at sky high prices in the multimillions to the international superrich, many of whom will only live in them part-time - if at all -- and often pay little or no city income or property taxes, thanks to the political clout of real estate developers. "The real estate industry here in New York City is like the oil industry in Texas," affordable housing advocate Jaron Benjamin says, "They outspend everybody... They often have a much better relationship with elected officials than everyday New Yorkers do." Meanwhile, fewer and fewer middle and working class people can afford to live in New York City. "The internationalization of New York once meant something actually kind of exotic and exciting and enhanced our diversity," Vanity Fair architecture critic Paul Goldberger notes. "Today, internationalization... seems to symbolize not diversity but a kind of exclusivity." And Jaron Benjamin declares, "Forget about the Statue of Liberty. Forget about Ellis Island. Forget about the idea of everybody being welcome here in New York City. This will be a city only for rich people."
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Sun Nov 30th @ 11:30 am

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