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Bill Moyers in Conversation

New for 2016! This audio-only podcast from BillMoyers.com offers 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, like the 2016 Election. Subscribe to the podcast for an audio version of this Web-only series.

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New for 2016! This audio-only podcast from BillMoyers.com offers 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, like the 2016 Election. Subscribe to the podcast for an audio version of this Web-only series.

Rank #1: Khalil Gibran Muhammad on Our Crisis of Racial Justice

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I paid a visit to New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture recently to help a large gathering of the Schomburg’s devoted friends and visitors say goodbye — very reluctantly — to Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad. He’s been the beloved director of the Schomburg for the past five years and has done much to expand the reach and the influence of the Harlem institution that devotes itself to researching and disseminating the history of African Americans. But Muhammad is also a scholar and he is now eager to evaluate everything he has gleaned about the contemporary concerns of black America from a new vantage point. He’s on his way to join Harvard University’s faculty as a professor of history, race and public policy at the Kennedy School of Government.

Jul 08 2016

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Rank #2: Putting the Freeze on Global Warming

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Two leaders of the climate change divestment campaign are urging institutions to break ties with the fossil fuel industry.

Apr 25 2014

22mins

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Rank #3: The Book That Explains Why Voters Are So Angry (and Why They Have a Right to Feel That Way)

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Here’s what the 2016 election should be about: Winner-Take-All Politics — How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. It’s a groundbreaking account of how our political system was hijacked by the super rich and engineered to work for them at the expense of everyone else. Two of our top political scientists – Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson – published it four years ago to wide acclaim.

Jun 06 2016

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Rank #4: United States of ALEC — A Follow-Up

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Get updated on the secretive scheme to remake America by changing its laws, one state house at a time.

Jun 21 2013

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Rank #5: Maya Angelou on Facing Evil

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Bill Moyers revisits a 1988 documentary in which he and Maya Angelou attended a conference held in the Hill Country of central Texas. Watch the first program: Going Home With Maya Angelou

Aug 14 2014

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Rank #6: The Faces of America’s Hungry

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The tragic truth about hunger, food insecurity and poverty in America.

Jun 28 2013

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Rank #7: How Tax Reform Can Save the Middle Class

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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. Watch part one of Bill's interview with Stiglitz

Jun 06 2014

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Rank #8: Is the Supreme Court Out of Order?

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Following several high-profile, controversial decisions, Bill speaks to NY Times columnist Linda Greenhouse and Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about the agenda of the Roberts court.

Jul 11 2014

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Rank #9: Keeping Faith in Democracy

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson talks to Bill about what the title character of her new book Lila, says about the state of democracy in America.

Oct 17 2014

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Rank #10: Joseph E. Stiglitz Calls for Fair Taxes for All

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The Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz on why America’s future prosperity depends on tax reform today. Watch part two of Bill's interview with Stiglitz

May 30 2014

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Rank #11: No Escaping Dragnet Nation

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A year ago, Edward Snowden leaked classified documents on America's mass surveillance program. Investigative reporter Julia Angwin tells Bill what surprised her most about the revelations.

Mar 14 2014

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Rank #12: The Toxic Politics of Science

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Bill explores why lead and other toxins continue to threaten America. Also, how money still secretly rules Washington.

May 13 2013

51mins

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Rank #13: Climate Change — Faith and Fact

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Christian and climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe talks to Bill about ending the gridlock between politics, science and faith.

Sep 12 2014

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Rank #14: Too Big to Jail?

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A veteran bank regulator lays bare how Washington and Wall Street are joined in a culture of corruption.

Oct 03 2014

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Rank #15: The Lies That Lead to War

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This week Bill speaks with investigative journalist Charles Lewis about why facts, logic and reason are often missing in the rush to war.

Jun 27 2014

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Rank #16: The New Robber Barons

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Washington continues to reward wealthy donors and Wall St but what about everyday Americans? Author and historian Steve Fraser has answers.

Dec 19 2014

22mins

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Rank #17: Encore: How Tax Reform Can Save the Middle Class

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In part two of his interview, Joseph E. Stiglitz says corporate abuse of our tax system has helped make America unequal and undemocratic. But the Nobel Prize-winning economist has a plan to change that. Watch part one

Aug 28 2014

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Rank #18: All Work and No Pay

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Did you know the federal minimum wage for millions of restaurant workers is $2.13 an hour? Advocate Saru Jayaraman says that's not only unfair but unsafe.

Apr 04 2014

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Rank #19: The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy

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From luxury skyscrapers -- taller, more expensive and exclusive than ever before -- the dark shadows of plutocracy are spreading across the commons of democracy.

Nov 28 2014

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Rank #20: How People Power Generates Change

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Activists Marshall Ganz, Rachel LaForest and Madeline Janis share how organized people can successfully fight organized money.

May 10 2013

52mins

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REMEMBERING JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG

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Bill Moyers sit down with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to discuss the most pressing global issues faced by present-day women leaders.

Sep 19 2020

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John Lewis Marches On

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On August 6, 1965, Rep. John Lewis looked on as President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. In this video, he reflects on how the March on Washington led to key civil rights laws.

Aug 21 2020

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Meeting Moby Dick

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Even if you haven’t read Herman Melville’s classic American novel, Moby Dick, you are probably quite familiar with the concept of “the white whale” — an obsessive search for a goal that is not attainable and might ultimately lead to your demise.

Jul 24 2020

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Fighting for the Four Freedoms

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Historian Harvey J. Kaye talks to Bill about why FDR's "Four Freedoms” -- freedom from fear and want and freedom of speech and religion -- are more important now than ever.

May 21 2020

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There Goes the Rule of Law

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"So much of the rule of law, as it turns out, was built on soft norms, not on regulations and statutes and constitutional directives I think that we all think that this machinery is more robust than it really is." Bill Moyers talks with Supreme Court expert Dahlia Lithwick.

Mar 23 2020

43mins

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Losing Reality: Can We Get the Truth Back?

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In the Trump era we find ourselves engulfed in two realities. Bill Moyers and Robert Jay Lifton in conversation.

Mar 04 2020

48mins

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Khalil Gibran Muhammad on Our Crisis of Racial Justice

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I paid a visit to New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture recently to help a large gathering of the Schomburg’s devoted friends and visitors say goodbye — very reluctantly — to Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad. He’s been the beloved director of the Schomburg for the past five years and has done much to expand the reach and the influence of the Harlem institution that devotes itself to researching and disseminating the history of African Americans. But Muhammad is also a scholar and he is now eager to evaluate everything he has gleaned about the contemporary concerns of black America from a new vantage point. He’s on his way to join Harvard University’s faculty as a professor of history, race and public policy at the Kennedy School of Government.

Jul 08 2016

36mins

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The Book That Explains Why Voters Are So Angry (and Why They Have a Right to Feel That Way)

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Here’s what the 2016 election should be about: Winner-Take-All Politics — How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. It’s a groundbreaking account of how our political system was hijacked by the super rich and engineered to work for them at the expense of everyone else. Two of our top political scientists – Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson – published it four years ago to wide acclaim.

Jun 06 2016

35mins

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Bill Moyers in Conversation: Eddie Glaude Jr. on Why Black Votes Matter

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My guest is Eddie Glaude Jr., author of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. In the first part of our conversation, professor Glaude and I discussed the crisis that continues to engulf black America. "We talk about the achievement gap, we talk about the empathy gap, we talk about the wealth gap," Glaude explained, "and the value gap is this: the belief that white people matter more than others. And to the extent to which that belief animates our social arrangements, our political practices, our economic realities, under different material conditions, as long as that belief obtains, democracy will always be an abeyance in this country." We continue with Professor Glaude’s proposal to upend our politics and launch a revolution of values.

May 02 2016

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Bill Moyers in Conversation: Eddie Glaude Jr. on America’s Racial ‘Value Gap’

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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. Its power comes because the author does not begin with “pristine principles or with assumptions about our inherent goodness. Rather, its view of democracy,” as he writes, “emerges out of an unflinching encounter with lynching trees, prison cells, foreclosed homes, young men and women gunned down by police and places where ‘hope, unborn, had died.’”

Apr 28 2016

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

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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. Now, political insiders know Richard Painter well as President George W. Bush’s White House counselor and chief ethical advisor. He’s now teaching law at the University of Minnesota, and he’s causing heads to turn with a book advocating that we reduce the power of big money in politics.

Apr 20 2016

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

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On the eve of the New York primary, Bill Moyers sat down to talk with Rick Shenkman, the historian, editor and publisher of the indispensable website History News Network. Shenkman tells Bill that it's the voters and their emotions, not the candidates and their ideas, that will determine the outcome of the election in November. Shenkman's latest book is 'Political Animals: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics.'

Apr 15 2016

42mins

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The Children’s Climate Crusade

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A new generation turns an ancient idea into a crusade to save the future.

Jan 02 2015

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American Indians Confront “Savage Anxieties”

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Legal expert Robert A. Williams Jr. says stereotypes about American Indians have been codified into laws and government policies, with devastating consequences.

Dec 26 2014

22mins

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The New Robber Barons

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Washington continues to reward wealthy donors and Wall St but what about everyday Americans? Author and historian Steve Fraser has answers.

Dec 19 2014

22mins

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The United States of Ferguson

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In an encore broadcast, journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about the nation’s legacy of slavery and white supremacy.

Dec 05 2014

22mins

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The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy

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From luxury skyscrapers -- taller, more expensive and exclusive than ever before -- the dark shadows of plutocracy are spreading across the commons of democracy.

Nov 28 2014

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How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats

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Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout return to talk about the corrupting influence of money in politics, and their push to change the system.

Nov 21 2014

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The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics

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Two college professors leave academia for the rough-and-tumble world of electoral politics. What did they learn?

Nov 14 2014

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Facing Down Corporate Election Greed

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On Election Day, a small California city took on one of the biggest corporations in America… and declared victory.

Nov 07 2014

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Terrific

By Lettheonionring - May 27 2020
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Accessible and excellent as always without drawing attention to himself!

True treasure in American media

By Kodmry - Jan 27 2015
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He should forego TV. Just audio longer. An hour a week.