The ways in which a society behaves — how we acquire knowledge and beliefs and disseminate them through tradition, ritual, education and study — has always been a focus of Bill Moyers and his team. Their thoughtful approach to exploring American culture has been illustrated in a number of series and specials through the years, and continues to be on Moyers & Company.


Writer Doris Lessing, 86, sits in her home in north London. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File)
November 18, 2013 | Blog

In this wide-ranging 2003 interview with Bill, the Nobel-prize winning novelist Doris Lessing, who passed away Sunday, opens up about her fascinating life. Continue reading

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2013 AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 22, 1963 file photo, seen through the foreground convertible's windshield, President John F. Kennedy's hand reaches toward his head within seconds of being fatally shot as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy holds his forearm as the motorcade proceeds along Elm Street past the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas. Gov. John Connally was also shot. (AP Photo/James W. "Ike" Altgens)
November 15, 2013 | Blog

The conductor announced the death of President Kennedy to the audience — and then gave them Beethoven. Continue reading

November 15, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Bill previews the new film Following the Ninth, a documentary exploring the worldwide cultural and political influence of Beethoven’s masterpiece. Continue reading

November 14, 2013 | Blog

Watch some spectacular performances from around the world inspired by Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” Continue reading

Demonstrators parade past the Gate of Heavenly Peace and the portrait of Mao Tse-Tung, to rally in Tiananmen Square of striking students, Thursday, May 18, 1989, Beijing, China. (AP Photo/Sadayuki Mikami)
November 14, 2013

In 1989, protesters blared “Ode to Joy” countering the droning music and speeches of the Chinese Communist Party. Continue reading

American musician Lou Reed performs on the stage in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, July 15, 2003. (AP Photo/MTI, Lajos Soos)
October 28, 2013 | Blog

From Amnesty to Occupy, the Velvet Underground singer was on the frontlines when it mattered. Continue reading

Two broadcasters at the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Radio Conciencia, a worker-run radio station in Immokalee, Florida.
October 24, 2013 | Activism

The FCC is now accepting applications for new low power FM radio stations. Activist Betty Yu explains how community radio can be a catalyst for racial justice, economic equity and human rights. Continue reading

October 18, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Psychologist Sherry Turkle talks to Bill about why we expect too much from technology and not enough from each other. Continue reading

October 17, 2013

Bloggers Kevin Drum and Reihan Salam recommend blogs from opposite sides of the liberal/conservative divide. Continue reading

October 17, 2013

We recreate ourselves as online personae and give ourselves new bodies, homes, jobs and romances. Yet, suddenly, in the half-light of virtual community, we may feel utterly alone. Read more about how culture is changing us in this book excerpt from Sherry Turkle’s recent book, Alone Together. Continue reading

October 16, 2013

This week on Moyers & Company, psychologist Sherry Turkle on why we expect more from technology and less from each other. Watch the technology segment of the show here. Watch the full show here. Continue reading

October 11, 2013

What’s the potential fallout from McCutcheon v. FEC, the campaign finance case currently before the Supreme Court. Continue reading

President Barack Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. President Obama blended the threat of military action with the hope of a diplomatic solution as he works to strip Syria of its chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)
September 18, 2013 | Blog

Historian Bernard Weisberger writes it’s time retire the outworn American creed. Its hidden core of arrogance has often turned it into a kind of nationalism-on-steroids. Continue reading

An armed officer who said he is with the Department of Defense, works near the gate at the Washington Navy Yard, closed to all but essential personnel the day after a gunman launched an attack inside the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
September 17, 2013 | Blog

When a drunken fan runs onto a baseball field during a game, broadcasters always cut away to a shot of the crowd, or of the players milling around in the dugout. Contrast that with how the media reacts to mass shootings, like this week’s killings at the D.C. Naval Yard — they devote days of relentless and sensational coverage teasing out every detail of the lives of the perpetrators. Continue reading

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross in the stadium before the Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 NFL football game in Miami.(AP Photo/Hans Deryk)
September 17, 2013 | Blog

The new Forbes 400 list includes 14 NFL owners. Three are notable, because they are asking taxpayers for help to foot the bill for new stadiums or massive renovation projects. Continue reading

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