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Progressives Pick Up The Pieces (#242)

Financial journalist Gretchen Morgenson discusses banks and the corruption of American capitalism. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: 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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    Organizer Marshall Ganz and economic equality advocates Rachel LaForest and Madeline Janis appear. [56 minutes]

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    Mark Leibovich of The New York Times Magazine discusses Washington, DC's bipartisan lust for power. [56 minutes]

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    Professor Heather Gerken discusses the Supreme Court and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. [56 minutes]

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    The Trans-Pacific Partnership and its possible effect on trade unions and the economy are examined. [56 minutes]

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    Cultural historian Richard Slotkin studies the violence that has taken root in American culture. [56 minutes]

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    Civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander discusses the mass incarceration of African Americans. [56 minutes]

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    Jesuit-educated author and historian Thomas Cahill gives his perspective on Pope Francis. [56 minutes]

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    Citizen protesters fight back against laws enacted by North Carolina's right wing government. [56 minutes]

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  • The Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part 2 (#309)

    This week on Moyers & Company (check local listings), more from author and legal scholar Ian Haney Lopez as he talks further with Bill about dog whistle politics - code words that use race to turn Americans against each other. Politicians manipulate deep prejudice to rouse hostility against minorities and the government, and summon support for policies that make economic inequality even worse. According to Haney Lopez, "This use of race has allowed an extreme faction of conservatives, those most dedicated to the power of big money, to the power of corporations to not only hijack American democracy, but to hijack the Republican Party." He reviews the use of the dog whistle in recent political history, from the "Southern strategy" developed by Republicans in the 60s and Democratic President Bill Clinton's welfare reform and anti-crime policies, to the tea party movement - which he says has legitimate issues but has "accepted the conservative line that was happened in their lives is really the fault of minorities" -- and current attacks on President Obama's Affordable Care Act: "The subtext is, 'Here comes a black man who exemplifies the way in which the Federal government is now by and for minorities." "Dog whistling" is going to evolve, Haney Lopez says "in a way that brings in certain portions of the Latino population, certain portions of the Asian population, that's what it's likely to do. Unless we start addressing this within minority communities, but also in terms of national politics, we should expect these sorts of racial provocations to continue to define our politics for the next decade, two decades, three decades." Ian Haney Lopez, a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, is a senior fellow at the policy analysis and advocacy group, Demos. [24 minutes]

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    This week on Moyers & Company (check local listings), as Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower and Senator Dianne Feinstein, usually a staunch defender of the intelligence community, loudly and publicly speak out against the intrusion of internet spying, Bill talks with investigative reporter Julia Angwin, author of Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance. Her book chronicles a cyberworld of indiscriminate tracking, where government and business are stockpiling data about us at an unprecedented pace. Today's headlines make Angwin's findings even more relevant and powerful. Julia Angwin set out to see if she could escape the dragnets that were secretly collecting even the most mundane details of her everyday life. She told Google good-bye, unfriended Facebook, unlinked from LinkedIn - and discovered just how difficult it is to untether the electronic umbilical cord and escape scrutiny. Reporters are a prime target for internet snooping, says Angwin, "Journalists are the canary in the coal mine. We're the first ones to seriously feel the impact of total surveillance, which means we can't protect our sources. But what happens next? What happens next is we're not good watch dogs for democracy. And that's a very worrisome situation." She wondered whether government snooping is the price of security: "I thought, 'Okay, let's see, maybe this is really worth it. Maybe we're going to find out that we're really safe.' So I looked at all the literature about government surveillance and crime and how much does it work. And what I found is, it's not particularly effective." Julia Angwin, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, covered the business and technology beat at The Wall Street Journal for thirteen years, and is now working for the independent news organization ProPublica. [24 minutes]

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    Author Maya Angelou returns to her childhood town of Stamps, Arkansas in this footage from 1982. [24 minutes]

  • Facing Evil with Maya Angelou (#332)

    In this second of two programs celebrating the life and work of the late Maya Angelou, Bill Moyers revisits a 1988 documentary in which he and Angelou attended a conference on "Facing Evil," held in the Hill Country of central Texas. Evil was a topic about which Angelou, the victim of childhood rape and virulent racism, had a lot to say. Rape caused her to retreat into silence for five years. she said, and was "a dire kind of evil, because rape on the body of a young person more often than not introduces cynicism, and there is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic, because it means the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. In my case I was saved in that muteness, you see, in the sordida, I was saved. And I was able to draw from human thought, human disappointments and triumphs, enough to triumph myself." She recites the lyrics of a song she wrote for Roberta Flack about Angelou's crippled Uncle Willie, who made sure she and others knew their lessons and "left for our generation and generations to come a legacy so rich. " She reads from the poetry of African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar as well her own: "There in those pleated faces/I see the auction block/The chains and slavery's coffles/The whip and lash and stock./My fathers speak in voices/That shred my fact and sound/They say, but, sugar, it was our submission/that made your world go round.'' She tells the conference, "We need the courage to create ourselves daily, to be bodacious enough to create ourselves daily -- as Christians, as Jews, as Muslims, as thinking, caring, laughing, loving human beings," she says. I think that the courage to confront evil and turn it by dint of will into something applicable to the development of our evolution, individually and collectively, is exciting, honorable." [24 minutes]

  • No to Tax Dodgers, Yes to Fair Play (#333)

    Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz discusses cracking down on corporate tax dodgers. [26 minutes]

  • Stiglitz On Tax Reform to Save The Middle Class (#334)

    This week, in an encore presentation of Moyers & Company (check local listings), the Nobel Laureate economist Joseph E. Stiglitz says he's infuriated by America's growing inequality and at how the tax code has been manipulated and abused to place the burden on the earners of ordinary income -- instead of the rich and powerful most able to pay. "We already have a system that isn't working," he tells Bill Moyers. "... That has contributed to making America the most unequal society of the advanced countries... But he has a solution. Joseph Stiglitz recently published a call to action, a 27-page report for the Roosevelt Institute on how to reform our tax system and rebuild our country. "We can have a tax system that can help create a fairer society," he says. "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." 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. [26 minutes]

  • Elizabeth Warren, Fighting Back against the Wall Street Giants (#335)

    Senator Warren discusses how Wall Street and the banking industry are destroying the middle class. [26 minutes]

  • Climate Change: Faith and Fact (#336)

    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. [26 minutes]

  • Climate Change: The Next Generation (#337)

    Teenager Kelsey Juliana discusses activism and the Great March for Climate Action in Washington DC. [26 minutes]

  • America's New War in the Middle East (#338)

    Jonathan Landay discusses the President's decision to use air power against Sunni Islamic militants. [26 minutes]

  • Too Big to Jail? (#339)

    Bank regulator William K. Black discusses the fraudulent behavior of senior banking executives. [26 minutes]

  • Restoring An America That Has Lost Its Way (#340)

    Bob Herbert focuses on hard-working people battered by the economic downturn in "Losing Our Way." [26 minutes]

  • Keeping Faith In Democracy (#341)

    Author Marilynne Robinson discusses her belief in the power of faith and her devotion to democracy. [26 minutes]

  • The Fight - and the Right - to Vote (#342)

    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." [26 minutes]

  • Breaking Big Money's Grip On Elections (#343)

    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders discusses big money's wholesale purchase of political power. [26 minutes]

  • Facing Down Corporate Election Greed (#344)

    The role unlimited sums of corporate cash played in a Richmond, California election is discussed. [26 minutes]

  • The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money In Politics (#345)

    Academics Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout discuss reducing the influence of money in politics. [26 minutes]

  • How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats (#346)

    Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout return to discuss the corrupting influence of money in politics. [26 minutes]

  • The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy (#347)

    Bill Moyers discusses exclusive skyscrapers that block the light on Central Park in Manhattan. [24 minutes]

  • The United States of Ferguson (#348)

    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." [24 minutes]

  • Democrats Bow Down to Wall Street (#349)

    Bill Moyers talks about trade and politics with outspoken veteran journalist John "Rick" MacArthur. [26 minutes]

  • The New Robber Barons (#350)

    Historian Steve Fraser compares America's first Gilded Age, more than a century ago, to today. [26 minutes]

  • American Indians Confront Savage Anxieties (#351)

    Robert Williams discusses how laws and the courts legitimize bigotry towards American Indians. [26 minutes]

  • The Children's Climate Crusade (#352)

    Atmospheric trust litigation is the new legal framework for this crusade against global warming. [26 minutes]

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