A World of Ideas

A series of half-hour interviews exploring the ideas and values shaping our future. A World of Ideas with Bill Moyers aired in 1988 and 1990 and featured scientists, writers, artists, philosophers, historians – some well know, most never before seen on television – who share their unique insights on a wide variety of important issues. Bill Moyers engages with these figures – “people with ideas and vision and insight” (The New York Times) and offers thought-provoking perspectives on the human condition that are both uniquely personal and uniquely relevant. (1988, 1990)

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  • November 25, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    Part II of Bill Moyers' discussion with Latino grassroots organizer Ernie Cortés. They discuss Cortes' works with the Industrial Areas Foundation, which he co-founded.
  • November 18, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    This Texas-based MacArthur Genius award winner organizes and empowers people to take on issues that matter to them and qualitatively improve their lives.
  • November 11, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    The prolific scholar of Islam discusses historic relations between Islam and the West, how the two can co-exist and the state of Western presence in the Middle East.
  • November 7, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    Gro Harlem Brundtland, prominent environmentalist and first woman to be elected Prime Minister of Norway speaks with Bill Moyers.
  • October 28, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    Watch part two of Bill Moyers discussion with bioethicist Dr. Ruth Macklin about the ethical and moral dilemmas surrounding abortion.
  • October 14, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    The second part of an discussion between acclaimed journalist and essayist Richard Rodriguez and Bill Moyers.
  • October 7, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    The acclaimed journalist and essayist tells Bill Moyers about the intersection of his personal life and the most vexing cultural and political problems facing America.
  • September 30, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    One of the founders of the modern environmental movement sits down with Bill Moyers to discuss a wide range of topics including nuclear power, soil erosion, deforestation and world health.
  • September 9, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    In a discussion with Bill Moyers, the author provides insight into her thoughts on the changing role of women in society.
  • September 2, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    The leader of the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union reflects on his long life in the American labor movement and the role of labor in the new global economy with Bill Moyers
  • July 29, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    Bill Moyers talks with Louis Kelso about capitalism.
  • July 22, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    The Nobel Prize-winning professor of theoretical physics discusses the simplicity and complexity of the universe with Bill Moyers.
  • July 15, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    A professor of Chinese history and philosophy at Harvard University, talks to Bill Moyers about the ways in which Confucianism meshes with Western technology and democratic values.
  • July 8, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    The author of The Frenzy of Renown talks to Bill Moyers about the phenomenon of fame and the world's obsession with celebrity.
  • July 1, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    Jeannette Halen, a concert pianist, music teacher, and novelist, shares her thoughts with Bill Moyers on the structure of music and fiction and the importance of "emotional memory" in her work