A World of Ideas (1988, 1990)

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.

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  • November 18, 1990 | A World of Ideas (1988, 1990)
    This Texas-based MacArthur Genius award winner organizes and empowers people to take on issues that matter to them and qualitatively improve their lives.
  • October 14, 1990 | A World of Ideas (1988, 1990)
    The second part of an discussion between acclaimed journalist and essayist Richard Rodriguez and Bill Moyers.
  • October 7, 1990 | A World of Ideas (1988, 1990)
    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 (1988, 1990)
    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 (1988, 1990)
    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 (1988, 1990)
    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 22, 1990 | A World of Ideas (1988, 1990)
    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 (1988, 1990)
    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 (1988, 1990)
    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 (1988, 1990)
    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
  • June 23, 1990 | A World of Ideas (1988, 1990)
    Bill Moyers talks with the philosopher about his study of the role of money in our culture.
  • June 17, 1990 | A World of Ideas (1988, 1990)
    In part two of Bill Moyers' discussion with William Shirer, the famed journalist discusses the evil of Nazi Germany and his post-WWII life
  • June 10, 1990 | A World of Ideas (1988, 1990)
    In this program with Bill Moyers, Shirer discusses his experiences as a journalist in Europe, his firsthand impressions of Hitler, and expresses his concerns about the reunified Germany.
  • May 20, 1990 | Updated March 25, 2015 | A World of Ideas (1988, 1990)
    The political philosopher discusses the individual's stake in ideas about the common good, distributive justice, democracy and the civic challenge of our times.
  • May 13, 1990 | A World of Ideas (1988, 1990)
    The business ethics expert talks about the meaning of work, morality in the stock market and the quest for work-life balance.