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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. "

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #330
Airs Friday August 1st
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Sun Aug 3rd @ 11:30 am

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Episode #331
Airs Friday August 8th
24 minutes long
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Episode #332
Airs Friday August 15th
24 minutes long
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Sun Aug 17th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #333
Airs Friday August 22nd
26 minutes long
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Sun Aug 24th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #334
Airs Friday August 29th
26 minutes long
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Sun Aug 31st @ 11:30 am

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Episode #335
Airs Friday September 5th
26 minutes long
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Episode #336
Airs Friday September 12th
26 minutes long
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Episode #337
Airs Friday September 19th
26 minutes long
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Sun Sep 21st @ 11:30 am

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Episode #338
Airs Friday September 26th
26 minutes long
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This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #329
The Conscience of a Compassionate Conservative
Arthur C. Brooks says that despite the heated rhetoric of the far right, the compassionate conservatism once touted by George W. Bush isn't dead. It's alive and well at the conservative American Enterprise Institute -- AEI - where Brooks became president in 2009. Residing now at the top of the conservative pecking order in Washington, Brooks advises Republican leaders in Congress and spreads AEI's message to a wider audience. His specialty, as Newsweek describes it, is "translating ideas from policy speak into soaring moral prose." One of his key ideas: The endgame of free enterprise is not to preserve wealth but to create opportunity for the poor. This week on Moyers & Company (check local listings), Moyers and Brooks engage in a lively exchange over the safety net, which Brooks supports for the very poor, and a hike in the minimum wage, which he opposes. "The problem with the minimum wage is that it hurts the people it's supposed to help," he claims. "...It's the worst way to try to wipe out the unemployment scourge that we have in this country. We don't have a low wage problem. We have an unemployment problem in the bottom 50%. America has left the bottom behind. And we have a conspiracy -- we have a left wing politically that talks about solutions, but has no implementable answers that actually help poor people. And we have a right wing that traditionally doesn't even talk about poverty." Moyers presses Brooks on why companies like Target, McDonald's and Walmart don't pay a living wage to their employees who then have to rely on public programs to support themselves - in Walmart's case, about $4,000 per worker. Brooks argues the market doesn't support higher wages and agrees that the country needs public policies that make work pay for those who perform it. While "free enterprise is a system of institutions and cultural values that respect the individual," he says, "... it has no hostility" toward the idea of government or a safety net. Once a classical musician who took his French horn on the road with the fabled guitarist Charlie Byrd, - Arthur Brooks taught economics, government and social entrepreneurship at Syracuse University. He is the author of hundreds of articles and ten books, including his most recent, "The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise."
26 minutes long
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Sun Jul 27th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #328
The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights
Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's landmark decision establishing a woman's right to an abortion, was issued more than 40 years ago, but conservatives and the religious right have been crusading ever since to have it overturned. Despite consistent public opinion to the contrary, they have patiently and relentlessly campaigned against the ruling. Their efforts are finding some success. Two major decisions and a surprise emergency ruling by the Supreme Court this last session limited health insurance coverage for contraception and gave protesters increased rights to demonstrate outside abortion clinics. Several states -- especially in the South -- and in the name, they say, of women's health, have passed regulations that creatively use technicalities to limit access to clinics. Bill Moyers talks about the politics of reproductive freedom with Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. For nearly a century, Planned Parenthood has been the leading advocate for reproductive health care in the United States, with 69 affiliates nationwide, operating more than 700 health centers. Cecile Richards has been an organizer of low-wage janitors, hotel and health care workers, the founder of the Texas Freedom Network, which defends civil liberties and religious freedom in her native state, and a deputy chief of staff to the Democratic leader in the House, Nancy Pelosi.
26 minutes long
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Sun Jul 20th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #327
Is The Supreme Court Out of Order?
The latest session of the US Supreme Court -- just ended -- was especially contentious, with important decisions on the separation of church and state, organized labor, campaign finance reform and birth control, among others, splitting the court along its 5-4 conservative/liberal divide. What's more, critics increasingly question whether the court is as corrupted by the influence of big money as the US Congress that sits just across Capitol Hill. On the other hand, nearly two-thirds of the court's decisions this term were unanimous -- the first time that's happened in more than sixty years. But there's more to that seeming unanimity than meets the eye: in some instances, conservative justices went along but expressed their wish that the court had gone even further to the right, and many believe that some of the decisions might simply be a preliminary step toward a more significant breaking of legal precedent in years to come. All of these nuances are best assessed by two experienced and knowledgeable reporters for whom the Supreme Court has been both their beat and the target of their interpretive skills. They talk with Bill Moyers on this week's edition of Moyers & Company (check local listings). Linda Greenhouse covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times for thirty years and still writes a bi-weekly column on the law for that newspaper. She is a lecturer, senior research scholar and the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence at the Yale Law School. Dahlia Lithwick is a National Magazine Award winner and a senior editor at Slate.com, where she writes the website's "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" columns. Currently, she is working on a book about the four women who have served as Supreme Court justices.
26 minutes long
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Sun Jul 13th @ 11:29 am

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Episode #326
Grassroots Grow Against Greed
This Fourth of July weekend, as the United States celebrates independence and democracy, Moyers & Company pays tribute to the champions of grass roots action fighting against the moneyed interests trying to buy and control government. These populists are seeking real change -- not from the right or the left but from the bottom up. 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 of progressive wit and wisdom and edits a newsletter, "The Hightower Lowdown." Hightower tells Bill Moyers, "There is a growing rebellion and an increasing awareness among different groups fighting different battle that they are connected... People are beginning to get together and see their common interest." He adds, "There is a greater power that is building up in the countryside, simmering, bubbling in different places and that's going to come together." Following Hightower's conversation with Bill Moyers, a documentary spotlights the recent Rising Voices for a New Economy conference in Washington, D.C., at which 1100 grass roots members of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and the National People's Action Together (NPA) rallied to learn organizing methods and put truth to the power of government and corporate America. According to NDWA director Ai-jen Poo, "The interests and forces that we're up against are so very powerful that we can't afford not to build a movement that is as inclusive and is broad and as deep as it can possibly be." NPA director George Goehl agrees but cautions that it means, "All of us bending towards each other. It means all of us giving up some control and some of what we would love to have be at the center of the fight so we could collectively have more power."
26 minutes long
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Sun Jul 6th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #325
The Truth Vs. Dc's Propaganda Machine
As the exploding crisis in Iraq spotlights once again the tragic record of American policy in the Middle East, Bill Moyers speaks with investigative journalist Charles Lewis, whose new book, "935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity," details the many government falsehoods that have led us into the current nightmare. Lewis details the deceptions and illusions that have caused "most Americans and their elected representatives to completely ignore facts, logic, and reason in the rush to war." A complicit partner, he says, is a media intent on preserving the status quo and never offending the ruling elite. On this week's Moyers & Company (check local listings), Lewis tells Bill Moyers, "An outrageous thing happened. We lost $2 trillion. More than 100,000 people died. Folks are going to be maimed for life in the tens of thousands... And no one has ever acknowledged that this was a war on a lark. It was a complete war of choice, because a certain little faction wanted to do it and they orchestrated it... Did they make statements that weren't true? The answer is yes." He concludes, "If we don't have information that we can trust, and we actually can't even agree on what the truth is, forget it. It's over. We're not going to have a country. It's going to hit an iceberg here. And the question is not, 'Will that happen,' it's 'How soon will it happen?' . ..We have a problem. Until we solve it, we're staring into the abyss. I'm convinced of it." Charles Lewis is a former producer for "60 Minutes" and founder of the Center for Public Integrity, one of the world's largest news organizations dedicated to independent, investigative journalism. The recipient of a coveted MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," Lewis was presented PEN USA's First Amendment Award "for expanding the reach of investigative journalism, for his courage in going after a story regardless of whose toes he steps on, and for boldly exercising his freedom of speech and freedom of the press." This week's broadcast begins with a Moyers essay on the foresight of the legendary Lawrence of Arabia, who, after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, predicted the trap in which the West would fall attempting to interfere in the Middle East.
26 minutes long
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Sun Jun 29th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #324
Chaos in Iraq
As militant Islamic forces intent on the creation of a Mideast-wide theocracy sweep across Iraq with little or no resistance, the escalating bloodbath has triggered a renewed debate on how muscular our foreign policy must be. This week on Moyers & Company (check local listings), Bill Moyers speaks with historian and combat veteran Andrew Bacevich about what the crisis in Iraq tells us about America's role in the world. Many of the same neoconservatives who beat the drum of war in 2003 want to see boots on the ground in Iraq once again. One of their leading lights, Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution, argues that the United States once had "a sense of global responsibility that equated American interests with the interests of many others around the world." Bacevich disagrees. "Phrases like 'world order' and 'global responsibility' obfuscate," he writes. "Purporting to clarify, they merely gloss over... "If Americans appear disinclined to have a go at overthrowing Syria's Assad or at restoring the Crimea to Ukrainian control, it's due to their common-sense assessment of what US policy in very recent years has produced," he says. Our policy in Iraq has "destabilized much of the greater Middle East while exacerbating anti-Americanism across the Islamic world." Andrew Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he received his Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, served taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University. Among his many articles and books, Bacevich is most recently the editor of The Short American Century: A Postmortem and author of Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country.
26 minutes long
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Sun Jun 22nd @ 11:30 am

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Episode #323
Too Big To Fail and Getting Bigger
Remember those scary days six summers ago when the ground began shaking beneath our feet? Banks and other businesses had borrowed too much money and indulged in too many questionable practices while their supposed regulators in government looked the other way. In the worst crash since 1929, the entire financial system trembled and almost fell apart. As government and central banks pumped massive amounts of money into the banks and the economy, the stock market turned around and the panic subsided. Nonetheless, millions of everyday Americans lost their jobs or saw their homes foreclosed, or both, and are still hurting, while the one percent reaps new wealth -- the culpable bankers among them. The banks have completely ignored the lessons of 2008 and are indulging in the same behaviors that got us into such serious trouble. That's unacceptable, says economist Anat Admati, co-author of the book, The Bankers' New Clothes. Real reform is the only answer or the next meltdown could be fatal. This week on Moyers & Company (check local listings), Admati tells Bill Moyers, "What we have is a really unhealthy system that we perversely get talked into subsidizing and supporting. The financial system continues to be fragile and the banks continue to live dangerously. And when you speed at 100 miles an hour, you might explode and harm other people." As for reform, Admati says, "We have some tweaks. We have messy, unfocused efforts. But we haven't really gotten to the heart of the matter and really managed to control this system effectively. "Banks have to do much less of their business with borrowed money - a whopping 95% off their investments are made with it now -- and not be able to always rely on government for a bailout: "I'm not saying it's the silver bullet and the only thing. But it's the no-brainer thing to do because it would only reduce all the distortion and correct what's wrong now. And almost everything that's wrong basically comes down to too much bank borrowing and bad regulation." Anat Admati is the George G.C. Parker professor of finance and economics at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. She has served on the board of the American Finance Association and is an advisor to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. She's been at the forefront of the debate on how best to regulate our banks and is one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People for 2014.
26 minutes long
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Sun Jun 15th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #322
Stiglitz On Tax Reform To Save The Middle Class
This week on Moyers & Company (check local listings), the Nobel Laureate economist Joseph E. Stiglitz says the economic situation in America is grave. Inequality is too great, unemployment too high, public investments too meager, corporations too greedy, and the tax code too biased toward the very rich. "We already have a system that isn't working," he tells Bill Moyers. "We already have a tax system that has contributed to making America the most unequal society of the advanced countries... "We can have a tax system that can help create a fairer society. Only ask the people at the top to pay their fair share. It's not asking a lot. It's just saying the top 1% shouldn't be paying a lower tax rate than somebody much further down the scale - [they] shouldn't have the opportunity to move money offshore." Stiglitz believes that taxes can be used as incentives: "If your taxes say we want to encourage real investments in America, then you get real investment in America... But I also believe that you have to shape incentives and that markets on their own don't necessarily shape them the right way." The economist concludes that the barriers to solving our problems are political, not economic, and we can change what's wrong if enough of us insist. Now a professor at Columbia University, Joseph E. Stiglitz served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Clinton White House, as chief economist of the World Bank and is currently president of the International Economic Association. He is a best-selling author with a worldwide following that includes presidents and prime ministers. Last week, he published a new call to action, a 27-page report for the Roosevelt Institute on how to reform our tax system and rebuild our country.
24 minutes long
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Sun Jun 8th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #321
No To Tax Dodgers, Yes To Fair Play
A new report by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz for the Roosevelt Institute suggests that paying our fair share of taxes and cracking down on corporate tax dodgers could be a cure for inequality and a faltering economy. This week on Moyers & Company (check local listings), Stiglitz tells Bill Moyers that Apple, Google, GE and a host of other Fortune 500 companies are creating what amounts to "an unlimited IRA for corporations," some of them paying no taxes whatsoever. The result? Vast amounts of lost revenue for our treasury and the exporting of much-needed jobs to other countries. "I think we can use our tax system to create a better society, to be an expression of our true values." Stiglitz tells Bill Moyers. "But if people don't think that their tax system is fair, they're not going to want to contribute. It's going to be difficult to get them to pay. And, unfortunately, right now, our tax system is neither fair nor efficient." Stiglitz continues, "We have a tax system that reflects not the interest of the middle. We have a tax system that reflects the interest of the one percent... What I want to do is create a tax system that has incentives to create jobs. And if you tell a corporation, 'Look, if you don't create jobs, you're taking out of our system, you're not putting anything back, you're going to pay a high tax. But if you put back into our system by investing, then you can get your tax rate down.' That seems to me common sense, particularly in a time like today, when 20 million Americans need a full-time job and can't get one." Joseph Stiglitz's best-selling books, including The Price of Inequality, The Trillion Dollar War and Freefall have shaped worldwide debates on globalization, income inequality and the role of government in the financial marketplace. He is currently a professor at Columbia University, a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and president of the International Economic Association. Stiglitz served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton, and as chief economist of the World Bank.
24 minutes long
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Sun Jun 1st @ 11:30 am

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