Moyers & Company Episodes

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Moyers & Company Season 1 episodes

Ending the Silence on Climate Change Season 1, Episode 42

The influence of the NRA and gun lobby on Congress and state legislatures is discussed. Also: Anthony Leiserowitz of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication on galvanizing communities to act on climate change. read more

Rewriting the Story of America Season 1, Episode 41

The evolution of the American story is discussed with author Junot Díaz ("This Is How You Lose Her"). read more

What We Can Learn From Lincoln Season 1, Episode 40

A discussion with "Lincoln" screenwriter Tony Kushner about Abraham Lincoln, compromise and American democracy. Also: Bill Moyers reflects on the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. read more

Fiscal Cliffs and Fiscal Realities Season 1, Episode 39

The fiscal cliff and jobs crisis are discussed with political-economic analysts Bruce Bartlett and Yves Smith. Also: poet James Autry on raising a child with autism. read more

Big Media's Power Play Season 1, Episode 38

A proposed loosening of media-ownership rules by the FCC is discussed with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who opposes the plan. Also: former Republican congressman Mickey Edwards offers his take on the fiscal cliff debate. read more

Hurricanes, Capitalism & Democracy Season 1, Episode 37

Naomi Klein ("The Shock Doctrine") on how the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy can be a catalyst for transforming politics and the economy; former FEC chairman Trevor Potter on the impact of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision on the 2012 and future elections. read more

The Election is Over - Now What? Season 1, Episode 36

What's next for America now that the election is over. Guests include the Atlantic's James Fallows, former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert and National Review Online's Reihan Salam. read more

What Did the Debates Tell Us? Season 1, Episode 35

Analysis of the presidential debates with Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Annenberg Public Policy Center) and Marty Kaplan (Norman Lear Center). Also: former TARP special inspector general Neil Barofsky is interviewed. read more

Plutocracy Rising Season 1, Episode 34

The political influence of the moneyed elite is discussed with Chrystia Freeland ("Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else") and Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone). read more

Justice Not Politics Season 1, Episode 33

The erosion of glaciers in Switzerland, Greenland, Iceland and Alaska is discussed with nature photographer James Balog. Also: the politicization of state courts is discussed with Sally Pederson and Joy Corning of Justice Not Politics, a bipartisan group in Iowa that champions judicial independence. read more

Hispanic America's Turn Season 1, Episode 32

Univision's Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas discuss their responsibilities as reporters and as representatives of their culture. Also: their approaches to the 2012 presidential race and such issues as immigration. read more

United States of ALEC Season 1, Episode 31

An examination of the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council. Also: Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Annenberg Public Policy Center) on the 2012 presidential race. read more

Elections for Sale Season 1, Episode 30

Former FEC chairman Trevor Potter (Campaign Legal Center) discusses money and politics. read more

The One-Percent Court Season 1, Episode 29

The Supreme Court is discussed with Katrina vanden Heuvel (Nation) and law professor Jamie Raskin (American University). Also: Craig Unger ("Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power") is interviewed. read more

Challenging Power, Changing Politics Season 1, Episode 28

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala. read more

The Resurrection of Ralph Reed Season 1, Episode 27

Examining the return to power within GOP circles of Ralph Reed, the former Christian Coalition leader who now heads the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Also: ex-Republican congressional staff member Mike Lofgren discusses his book "The Party Is Over," about the increasing influence of religious fundamentalism within the GOP. read more

Nuns, Faith, and Politics Season 1, Episode 26

A report on the "Nuns on the Bus" tour opposing the Ryan budget. Also: a conversation with Sister Simone Campbell of NETWORK, the Catholic lobbying group behind "Nuns on the Bus," and Catholic Thing editor in chief Robert Royal, who believes the nuns have become too outspoken and political. read more

Suppressing the Vote Season 1, Episode 25

Voter ID laws are discussed with the Brennan Center for Justice's Michael Waldman and Keesha Gaskins. Also: filmmaker Anthony Baxter ("You've Been Trumped!") is interviewed. read more

What It's Like to Go to War Season 1, Episode 24

Author and Vietnam veteran Karl Marlantes discusses the realities of war and the experiences of soldiers on and off the battlefield. read more

America's "Sacrifice Zones" Season 1, Episode 23

Journalist Chris Hedges ("Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt") discusses areas of America that are mired in poverty, including Camden, N.J., and Immokalee, Fla. read more

Banking on Greed Season 1, Episode 22

Reforming the banking system is discussed with former FDIC chair Sheila Bair; genetically modified seeds are discussed with scientist Vandana Shiva, who advocates the use of native seeds. read more

Is Labor a Lost Cause? Season 1, Episode 21

The future of unions is discussed with union organizers Stephen Lerner and Bill Fletcher Jr. ("They're Bankrupting Us!"). Also: the Supreme Court decision not to reconsider its Citizens United ruling; a conversation with poet Philip Appleman. read more

Confronting the Contradictions of America's Past Season 1, Episode 20

The contradictions of America's past are discussed with historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture), author of "The Condemnation of Blackness." read more

How Big Banks Victimize Our Democracy Season 1, Episode 19

Big banks and government are discussed by Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone) and Yves Smith (Naked Capitalism). Also: author Peter Edelman ("So Rich, So Poor") on the fight to end poverty. read more

Dark Money in Politics Season 1, Episode 18

Big money and politics are discussed with Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein (Mother Jones). Also: historian Thomas Frank ("Pity the Billionaire") on concentrated money and democracy. read more

Reckoning With Torture Season 1, Episode 17

The use of torture by the U.S. government is discussed with Larry Siems (PEN American Center), author of "The Torture Report," and filmmaker Doug Liman ("Reckoning With Torture"). read more

Tom Morello: A Troubadour for Justice Season 1, Episode 16

Activist-guitarist Tom Morello is interviewed. read more

Fighting for Fair Play on TV and Taxes Season 1, Episode 15

The role that media misinformation may play in the 2012 presidential election is discussed with Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Annenberg Public Policy Center). Also: National Nurses United executive director RoseAnn DeMoro on economic inequality and a proposed tax on the financial sector that would fund social programs and job creation. read more

Between Two Worlds: Life on the Border Season 1, Episode 14

Writer Luis Alberto Urrea ("Queen of America") is interviewed. read more

Big Money, Big Media, Big Trouble Season 1, Episode 13

The impact of big money and big media on American democracy is discussed with Marty Kaplan, director of USC's Norman Lear Center. Also: modern-day McCarthyism. read more

The Case for Old-School Faith & Politics Season 1, Episode 12

Nation columnist Eric Alterman ("The Cause") on American liberalism; New York Times columnist Ross Douthat ("Bad Religion") on Christianity in America. Also: a Bill Moyers essay on keeping political and issue advertising off public TV and radio. read more

An Optimist for Our Times Season 1, Episode 11

PolicyLink founder-CEO Angela Blackwell is interviewed. read more

Gambling With Your Money Season 1, Episode 10

Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker discusses efforts to overturn the Volcker Rule, a section of the Dodd-Frank Law that restricts banks from making certain types of speculative investments. Also: author Carne Ross ("The Leaderless Revolution") is interviewed. read more

Standing Up for Democracy Season 1, Episode 9

The 99% Spring initiative is discussed with activists George Goehl (National People's Action), Ai-Jen Poo (National Domestic Workers Alliance) and Sarita Gupta (Jobs With Justice). Also: how people can discover who's paying for political ads. read more

Moving Beyond War Season 1, Episode 8

America's approach to Iran is discussed with Col. Andrew Bacevich (USA Ret.). read more

Where Do Movies End and Politics Begin? Season 1, Episode 7

Historian-culture critic Neal Gabler on how pop culture reflects and influences political culture; Poetry Magazine editor Chris Woman on how finding true love and being diagnosed with a rare blood cancer reignited his religious passion and creativity. Also: personal liberty vs. the greater public health when it comes to vaccinations for children. read more

Decoding the Campaigns Season 1, Episode 6

Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Annenberg Public Policy Center) on political spin vs. facts; former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove on American history, language, culture and ideas. read more

Economic Malpractice and the Millennials Season 1, Episode 5

The financial realities faced by the millennial generation are discussed with Heather McGhee (Demos). Also: conservative economist Bruce Bartlett ("The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform—Why We Need It and What It Will Take") is interviewed. read more

How Do Conservatives and Liberals See the World? Season 1, Episode 4

The ways that conservatives and liberals see the world is discussed with psychologist Jonathan Haidt (University of Virginia). Also: a Bill Moyers essay on why Newt Gingrich might be afraid of Saul Alinsky. read more

How Big Banks Are Rewriting the Rules of Our Economy Season 1, Episode 3

The relationship between big banks and government is discussed with former Citigroup chairman John Reed and former senator Byron Dorgan. read more

Crony Capitalism Season 1, Episode 2

The Wall Street-Washington, D.C., relationship is discussed with former White House budget director David Stockman, who served in the Reagan administration. Also: Gretchen Morgenson (New York Times on how money and political clout enable industries to escape regulation. read more

On Winner-Take-All Politics Season 1, Episode 1

The gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. is discussed with political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson ("Winner-Take-All Politics") in the premiere of Bill Moyers' public-affairs series. read more

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