Speeches by Bill Moyers

Read a variety of 21st century speeches by Bill Moyers that use history to bring vital context to the present, and that connect the dots to reveal truths — both affirming and alarming — about American culture and democracy.  This is the first time Bill’s speeches have been presented in one place online, and we’re adding more all the time.

EXPLORE Speeches by Bill Moyers

FDR handwritten notes of four freedoms
April 10, 2014 | Speeches

Listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlining the Four Freedoms to Congress in 1941. Continue reading

November 16, 2012 | Speeches

Public remarks from Bill Moyers for the Forrest Church Lecture Series at the Union Theological Seminary. Continue reading

November 16, 2011 | Speeches

Excerpted from a November 10, 2011 keynote speech Bill Moyers delivered at American Public Television’s annual conference. Continue reading

November 1, 2011 | Speeches

In this 2011 speech, Bill Moyers traces the history of the 40-year crusade by the rich against the institutions, ideas, and laws that helped create America’s iconic middle class. Continue reading

John Gardner, Chairman of Common Cause, is seen speaking at a Washington news conference. November 1974. (AP Photo)
October 6, 2010 | Speeches

Remarks by Bill Moyers at the 40th Anniversary of Common Cause in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

January 12, 2007 | Speeches

Bill delivered this speech to the Media Reform Conference in Memphis, Tennessee on January 12, 2007. Continue reading

House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi celebrates with fellow Democrats at an election-night rally in Washington. November 2006. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 12, 2006 | Speeches

Bill Moyers delivered these remarks in New York City on December 12, 2006 to the New Democracy Project. Continue reading

October 31, 2006 | Speeches

Bill Moyers delivered these remarks in San Diego on October 27, 2006 to the Council of Great City Schools, an organization of the nation’s largest urban public school systems. Continue reading

February 23, 2006 | Speeches

Bill Moyers’ March 4, 2004 speech on the issue of money and politics. Continue reading

December 9, 2005 | Speeches

Bill Moyers delivered this address on December 9, 2005 for the 20th anniversary of the National Security Archive, a non-governmental research institute and library at The George Washington University. The Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading

February 25, 2005 | Speeches
Speech by Bill Moyers
June 3, 2004 | Speeches

Bill Moyers Speech Inequality Matters, DEMOS June 3, 2004 New York University. Continue reading

March 30, 2000 | Speeches
Prepared remarks for the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
June 23, 1988 | Speeches

Remarks by Bill Moyers at the University of Minnesota in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Hubert H. Humphrey’s speech to the Democratic National Convention in 1948. Continue reading