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Moyers & Company, with journalist Bill Moyers, is a weekly series of smart talk and ideas aimed at helping viewers make sense of our tumultuous times through the insight of America’s strongest thinkers. Airing on public television stations across the country, the series continues Moyers’ long-running conversation with the public by offering a forum to writers, journalists, scientists, philosophers

American Indians Confront "Savage Anxieties"

24m 43s

Earlier this month, as part of the $585 billion defense bill for 2015, Congress passed a measure that would give lands sacred to American Indians in Arizona to a foreign company. This week, Bill speaks with Robert A. Williams Jr., a professor specializing in American Indian law, about how such deals are a part of American Indian's tragic history of dispossession.

Episodes

  • American Indians Confront "Savage Anxieties": asset-mezzanine-16x9

    American Indians Confront "Savage Anxieties"

    S3 E52 - 24m 43s

    Earlier this month, as part of the $585 billion defense bill for 2015, Congress passed a measure that would give lands sacred to American Indians in Arizona to a foreign company. This week, Bill speaks with Robert A. Williams Jr., a professor specializing in American Indian law, about how such deals are a part of American Indian's tragic history of dispossession.

  • The Children’s Climate Crusade: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Children’s Climate Crusade

    S3 E51 - 24m 43s

    The very agencies created to protect our environment have been hijacked by the polluting industries they were meant to regulate. It may just turn out that the judicial system, our children and their children will save us from ourselves, Mary Christina Wood, a legal scholar, tells Bill Moyers this week.

  • The New Robber Barons: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The New Robber Barons

    S3 E50 - 24m 43s

    We've just watched as Washington paid 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. It all sounds strikingly familiar to the First Gilded Age, says historian Steve Fraser. But back then people rose in rebellion against the powers that be.

  • Democrats Bow Down to Wall Street: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Democrats Bow Down to Wall Street

    S3 E49 - 24m 43s

    Bill speaks with outspoken veteran journalist John R. MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine, about the problems with the Obama-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated in secret and Hillary Clinton's possible presidential campaign.

  • The United States of Ferguson: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The United States of Ferguson

    S3 E48 - 22m 28s

    In the wake of decisions by grand juries in both Missouri and New York’s Staten Island not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed African-Americans, this week we present an encore broadcast of Bill’s conversation earlier this year with journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates.

  • The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy : asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy

    S3 E47 - 22m 28s

    This week Bill Moyers looks at 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.

  • How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats

    S3 E46 - 24m 43s

    This week, Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout return to talk about the corrupting influence of money in politics — a subject both have studied as scholars — and how they’re fighting to reform the system.

  • The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics

    S3 E45 - 24m 43s

    In this turbulent midterm election year, two academics -- Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout -- left the classroom and confronted the reality of down-and-dirty politics, attempting to replace moneyed interests with the public interest. Neither was successful – this year, at least – but on this week’s show, Bill speaks with them about the hard-fought lessons learned on the state of American.

  • Facing Down Corporate Election Greed: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Facing Down Corporate Election Greed

    S3 E44 - 24m 43s

    In the small city of Richmond, California, a slate of progressive candidates prevailed over pro-business candidates backed by over $3 million from the energy giant Chevron. This week, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and reporter Harriet Rowan, a college student and journalist who uncovered the Chevron funding story, talk about the role unlimited sums of corporate cash have played in Richmond.

  • Breaking Big Money’s Grip on Elections: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Breaking Big Money’s Grip on Elections

    S3 E43 - 24m 43s

    Days ahead of the midterm elections, Sen. 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 to democracy itself.

  • The Fight — and the Right — to Vote: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Fight — and the Right — to Vote

    S3 E42 - 24m 43s

    The Supreme Court has upheld Texas' harsh voter ID law for the upcoming midterm elections. The law is part of a nationwide effort to suppress the vote, nurtured by the right’s desire to hold onto power. Bill speaks with Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Ari Berman, a journalist with The Nation, about the ongoing vote suppression controversy.

  • Keeping Faith in Democracy: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Keeping Faith in Democracy

    S3 E41 - 24m 43s

    Marilynne Robinson’s new book,  “Lila,” has just been nominated for the National Book Award, the latest of a series of books set in a fictional Iowa town.  In addition to her fiction, she is also an accomplished essayist, and on this week’s show, Bill talks with her about her fervent belief in the power of grace and faith and her devotion to democracy.

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