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-known but most never before seen on television – who shared their unique insights on a 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 relevant. (1988, 1990)

  • April 23, 1990 | Updated March 24, 2015 | A World of Ideas
    Bill Moyers talked with Mike Rose, a decades-long advocate for those on the margins of LA. After attending a poor neighborhood school where no one expected him to succeed, Rose because the associate director of the UCLA writing program.
  • April 29, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    Are defense workers' jobs the price for peace?
  • May 6, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    The scientist and writer considered why the language of science reflected patriarchal, masculine metaphors and values — and what it meant for the discipline.
  • May 13, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    The business ethics expert talks about the meaning of work, morality in the stock market and the quest for work-life balance.
  • May 19, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    Bill Moyers' talk with Ruth Macklin about the health-related philosophical problems we can face.
  • May 20, 1990 | Updated March 25, 2015 | A World of Ideas
    The political philosopher discusses the individual's stake in ideas about the common good, distributive justice, democracy and the civic challenge of our times.
  • June 3, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    Bharati Mukherjee, an award-winning novelist and writer, calls America "a stage for transformation" — not only for herself, but also for her fellow immigrants.
  • June 10, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    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.
  • June 17, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    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 23, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    Bill Moyers talks with the philosopher about his study of the role of money in our culture.
  • 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
  • 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 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 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 29, 1990 | A World of Ideas
    Bill Moyers talks with Louis Kelso about capitalism.