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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 #343
Breaking Big Money's Grip On Elections
On this week's Moyers & Company (check local listings), just days before the midterm elections, Bernie Sanders, Vermont's independent US 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 democracy itself. Just two weeks ago, Senator Sanders was on the other side of the country at a town meeting in Richmond, California. He was there to fire up the supporters of Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and a slate of progressive city council candidates running this year against a ticket backed by the energy giant Chevron, the third largest corporation in the United States. Chevron owns an enormous refinery in Richmond and is spending $3 million to defeat the progressives, who have charged the oil company with damaging the city's economy and environment. Chevron's Richmond money - they're spending at least $100 per voter - is just a fraction of the billions being spent on this year's elections, the most expensive midterms in history. The money has been unleashed by Citizens United, McCutcheon and other court decisions that have turned voting into an auction with the prize to the highest bidder. Because the Supreme Court says money is speech and big business can buy all it wants, corporations are trying to drown out the voice of anyone trying to speak out against them, whether in Congress or a state legislature, on a judge's bench or in city hall. "Apparently for these guys, owning and controlling our economy is not enough," Senator Sanders told the rally. "They now want to own and control the government. And we are not going to allow them to do that. Not in Richmond, not anywhere."
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Episode #344
Airs Friday November 7th
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Episode #345
Airs Friday November 14th
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Episode #346
Airs Friday November 21st
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Episode #347
Airs Friday November 28th
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Episode #348
Airs Friday December 5th
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Episode #349
Airs Friday December 12th
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Episode #350
Airs Friday December 19th
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Episode #351
Airs Friday December 26th
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This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #342
The Fight - and The Right - To Vote
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. A new nationwide effort to suppress the vote, nurtured by the Republican Party's desire to hold onto political power, fear and fierce resistance to inevitable demographic change, has hammered the country. Shelby County v. Holder, last year's Supreme Court decision revoking an essential provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, upped the ante and has encouraged many states to try to impose restrictive voter ID laws, as well as gerrymander congressional districts and limit registration and voting hours. The argument made in favor of this vast disenfranchisement is rampant voter fraud -- that people manipulate the system to cheat and throw elections. But in state after state, there is rarely proof of anyone showing up at the polling place and trying to illegally cast a ballot. This week Bill Moyers talks with an attorney and journalist, each of whom has been deeply involved in the ongoing vote suppression controversy. Sherrilynn Ifill is president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a noted civil rights litigator whose work has included landmark voting rights cases. She notes that, "A core tenet of the civil rights movement rested on the centrality of voting as an expression of citizenship and dignity in our republic." Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and author of the upcoming book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. "Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting," he has written, "a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots."
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Episode #341
Keeping Faith in Democracy
Marilynne Robinson's new book, Lila, has been acclaimed by critics as "unflinching," "an exquisite novel of spiritual redemption and love," and "a book whose grandeur is found in its humility." This week, it was nominated for the National Book Award, the latest of a series of books set in a fictional Iowa town that began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, published in 2004. In addition to her fiction, Robinson is also an accomplished essayist, and on this week's edition of Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers talks with her 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." She tells Moyers, "It seems sometimes as if political discourse is the cheapest intellectual environment that you can enter into... I think that pandering has seduced a lot of public behavior, made people operate at levels that they would not really consider worthy of themselves.... We relapse into what are these ancient models of cruelty and injustice." Marilynne Robinson received the 2012 National Humanities Medal from President Obama for the "moral strength and lyrical clarity" of her work. In addition to her books, she has written for a variety of publications, including Harper's, The Paris Review, and the New York Times Book Review. She is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa's renowned Writers' Workshop.
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Episode #340
Restoring an America That Has Lost Its Way
Three years ago, reporter and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert took to the road and traveled across the United States. What he discovered is chronicled in his new book, "Losing Our Way," stories of brave, hard-working men and women battered by the economic downturn. He found an America in which jobs have disappeared, infrastructure is falling apart and the "virtuous cycle" of well-paid workers spending their wages to power the economy and spark further growth has been broken by greed and the gap between the very rich and everyone else. He tells Bill Moyers, "We've lost our way... We've established a power structure in which the great corporations and the big banks have allied themselves with the national government and, in many cases, local government to pursue corporate interests and financial interests as opposed to those things that would be in the best interests of ordinary working people... It's supposed to be an egalitarian society, a society of rising standards of living, a society of a vast and thriving middle class. And we are getting farther and farther away from that ideal." As for solutions, Herbert says, "People need to start voting against the excessive power of the great moneyed interests. But more than that, we need a movement, a grass roots movement that will fight for the interests of ordinary men and women and for this new generation of Americans that's coming along right now." For nearly two decades, Bob Herbert was a columnist for The New York Times, following a notable newspaper reporting career. He is now a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the public policy and analysis think tank, Demos, and a board member of the Schumann Media Center, from which he is presently on leave working on a major documentary.
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Episode #339
Too Big To Jail?
As President Obama contemplates who will replace Eric Holder, who announced his resignation last week, some lawmakers and outside groups are urging the president to take a tougher position against the financial sector when selecting the next Attorney General. And for good reason. While large banks have been penalized for their role in the housing meltdown, which led to the Great Recession, not a single senior executive has been criminally prosecuted. This week on Moyers & Company (check local listings), veteran bank regulator William K. Black speaks to Moyers about the fraudulent behavior by senior executives that led to the financial crisis, the lack of government oversight that contributed to the meltdown and the deeply-entrenched culture of corruption that's existed for decades. "I blame Holder. I blame Timothy Geithner," Black tells Moyers. "But they are fulfilling administration policies. The problem definitely comes from the top. And remember-- Obama wouldn't have been president but for the financial contribution of bankers." William K. Black is associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He is a white-collar criminologist and a veteran financial regulator and author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One. During the savings and loan scandals of the 1980s Black helped prosecutors convict more than 1,000 bankers. Acclaimed as a litigator himself, he exposed five United States Senators - the Keating Five - who helped Keating cover up his crimes after collecting big campaign contributions.
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Episode #338
America's New War in The Middle East
Jonathan Landay is one of the unsung heroes of Washington journalism. During the buildup to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 he and his colleagues at McClatchy newspapers got the story right, reporting that the government was cooking the intelligence books to make the case for war and that Vice President Dick Cheney and others were even lying. But "official" Washington, including the mainstream media, ignored the inconvenient truths -- with disastrous results. Now Landay is analyzing President Obama's decision to use air power against Sunni Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq: what's different from 11 years ago? Is U.S. intelligence reliable? Last July Landay wrote that the Obama administration knew ISIS was growing but did little to counter it. Why? What has changed? Landay and Moyers are joined by Matthew Hoh, a former Marine Corps captain who fought in Iraq, then joined the Foreign Service and became the widely admired and effective senior American civilian in Afghanistan's Zabul province, a Taliban stronghold. But Hoh resigned in protest when he came to believe that the war was only fueling the insurgency that American troops were trying to put down. In his resignation letter Hoh wrote: "I fail to see the value or the worth in continued U.S. casualties or expenditures of resources in support of the Afghan government in what is, truly, a 35-year old civil war." Now, says Landay, the nightmare of Groundhog Day is happening again -- we face the same problem over and over. Although President Obama has been trying "everything possible" to avoid fighting in the Middle East, we are once again at war there and no one can predict how or when this new round of conflict will end.
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Episode #337
Climate Change: The Next Generation
Kelsey Juliana comes by her activism naturally - her parents met in the 1990's while fighting the logging industry's destruction of old growth forests and she attended her first protest when she was two months old. Now a teenager, and just out of high school, she's co-plaintiff in a major lawsuit that could force the state of Oregon to take a more aggressive stance against the carbon emissions warming the earth and destroying the environment. And she's walking across the United States as part of the Great March for Climate Action, due to arrive in Washington, DC, on November 1. As world leaders converge for the UN's global summit on climate and thousands gather in New York for the People's Climate March, Kelsey Juliana talks with Bill Moyers on this week's edition of Moyers & Company. "You don't have to call yourself an activist to act," she says. "I think that's so important that people my age really get [that] into their heads. As a younger person, I have everything to gain from taking action and everything to lose from not... It's important that youth are the ones who are standing up because of the fact that we do have so much to lose." She tells Moyers, "Something that is valid and important to recognize is that climate change [can be] a selfish issue. It is totally okay to look at this from purely my own life. We don't need to only look at ecology. We can look at it as, 'Why do I care about climate change? Because I want to be able to do things. Because I want to ensure my children will be able to do things.'"
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Sun Sep 21st @ 11:30 am

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Episode #336
Climate Change: Faith and Fact
Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who's also an evangelical Christian, but in the face of those who use religion to deny the worldwide crisis of climate change, she believes that her faith is compatible with science. "...The New Testament talks about how faith is the evidence of things not seen," she tells Bill Moyers. "By definition, science is the evidence of things that are seen, that can be observed, that are quantifiable. And so that's why I see faith and science as two sides of the same coin." The daughter of missionaries, Hayhoe believes she, too, has a mission: "Caring about climate is entirely consistent with who we are as Christians. But over the last several decades...we have increasingly begun to confound our politics with our faith. To the point where instead of our faith dictating our attitudes on political and social issues, we are instead allowing our political party to dictate our attitude on issues that are clearly consistent with who we are... Climate change is a casualty of much larger societal issues. If we can get past the issue of rhetoric and politics, and actually start talking about what's in our hearts, I have seen amazing things happen in terms of moving forward to look at solutions that are consistent with the values that we have." Katharine Hayhoe teaches at Texas Tech University and is director of its Climate Science Center. She is the founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, a scientific research and consulting firm and co-author of A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions. A rising star of climate science, Hayhoe was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2014 and featured in the Emmy Award-winning Showtime documentary series Years of Living Dangerously.
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Sun Sep 14th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #335
Elizabeth Warren, Fighting Back Against The Wall S
In Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren and her brothers grew up in "an America that invested in kids like us and helped build a future where we could flourish." But she writes in her book, A Fighting Chance, "Today the game is rigged - rigged to work for those who have money and power... The optimism that defines us as a people has been beaten and bruised. It doesn't have to be this way." Now the senior US senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren speaks with Bill Moyers on this week's edition of Moyers & Company. The former Harvard Law School professor is an expert on how Wall Street and the banking industry are destroying the middle class and has put that knowledge to powerful use on Capitol Hill. Senator Warren has rapidly become the most authoritative and articulate voice of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Many are urging her to run for president. "This is a fight over economics, a fight over privilege, a fight over power," she told the Netroots Nation conference in July. "But deep down it is a fight over values. Conservatives and their powerful friends will continue to be guided by their internal motto, 'I've got mine. The rest of you are on your own.' Well, we're guided by principle, and it's a pretty simple idea. We all do better when we work together and invest in building a future." Senator Elizabeth Warren has authored or co-authored ten books and is credited with envisioning and developing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which came into being with the passage of the Dodd-Frank banking reform bill. She was chair of the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel during the recent financial meltdown and senior advisor to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission.
26 minutes long
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Sun Sep 7th @ 11:30 am

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