Farewell

Bill Moyers reading his iPad on set (Credit: Dale Robbins)

By Bill Moyers | December 15, 2017 | Editor's Desk

When I turned 80 three years ago, I retired my weekly PBS series and have since focused on the web with a small, dedicated team as the avenue for our journalism. Now it’s time for another farewell. Read More

Jane: Documenting Passion

Scientist Jane Goodall in Gombe National Park, 1965. (Photo courtesy of Jane Goodall Institute)

By Titi Yu | December 14, 2017 | History

The new documentary Jane was shortlisted for an Oscar nomination this month in the category of best documentary feature. The film takes the audience back to 1960, when Jane Goodall, the famous primatologist, first discovers the wonders of Tanzania’s Gombe National Park and begins her lifelong love of chimpanzees. Read More

The Self-Help Guru Who Shaped Trump’s Worldview

Donald Trump, Ivana Trump, Ruth Stafford Peale and her husband, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, attend The Power of Positive Thinking author's 90th birthday celebration at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in May 1988 in New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

By Chris Lehmann | December 14, 2017 | Democracy & Government

Taking stock of the first official year of Trump in power means withstanding a multifront assault on reality. Presented in a relentless barrage of Make America Great Again hyperbole, the president’s crushing failures are magically transformed into unprecedented successes, and all expressions of dissent become the work of petty ingrates, ideological fabulists and privileged elites. His signature initiatives — the shameful tax bill and the mercifully stalled Obamacare repeal — become historic windfalls for the very middle- and working-class constituencies they deliberately set out to beggar, to say nothing of how Trump and his apparatchiks have disfigured basic and hitherto ... Read More

After Alabama: An Organized Hope Is the Way Forward

Voters stand in a long line that stretches out the door to vote at Beulah Baptist Church polling station in Montgomery, Alabama, on Dec. 12, 2017. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

By Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes | December 13, 2017 | Democracy & Government

Of late, politics has been, to borrow a phrase from my youth, a hot mess. Some hot messes are the sort that people pull up their lawn chairs and get a big bucket of hot buttered popcorn and a grape or orange soda and watch the show unfolding before them. Other hot messes, like the one in Alabama, are fraught and cause people to get out and vote for their lives and their beliefs because it will not do to stay home and hope that the blight will just go away. Read More

A Timeline: Russia and President Trump

Composite: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images); National security adviser Michael Flynn (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images); President-elect Donald Trump (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Steven Harper | December 12, 2017 | Democracy & Government

When it comes to Donald Trump, his campaign and their dealings with Russia past and present, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the players without a scorecard. We have one of sorts — a deeply comprehensive timeline detailing what actually happened and what’s still happening in the ever-changing story of the president, his inner circle and a web of Russian oligarchs, hackers and government officials. Read More