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Cellblock at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
December 18, 2013 | Blog

Journalist Chris Hedges recounts his experience teaching writing to a class of 28 prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey. Continue reading

NRA president Charlton Heston holds up a musket as he tells the 5,000 plus members attending an NRA annual meeting in Charlotte, NC, in May, 2000, that they can have his gun when they pry it "from my cold dead hands." (AP Photo/Ric Feld)
December 16, 2013 | Blog

The grim Newtown anniversary reminded us of the moment when Charlton Heston made his boast that gun control advocates would have to pry his rifle from his “cold, dead hands.” Continue reading

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pauses as he listens to a reporters question at the Fort Worth Texas Chamber of Commerce office after he participated in a small business roundtable meeting with area business representatives, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. Across the nation, the GOP is in the midst of an internal war pitting tea partyers like Cruz who argue for ideological purity against more mainstream Republicans advocating a more pragmatic, inclusive party approach to governing. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
November 22, 2013
"The American political, cultural and economic landscape is inhabited by the renewed return of authoritarianism," writes Henry Giroux.
Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh poses with a bust in his likeness during a secretive ceremony inducting him into the Hall of Famous Missourians on Monday, May 14, 2012, in the state Capitol in Jefferson City,  Mo. (AP Photo/Julie Smith)
November 22, 2013
Henry Giroux writes that the "raging narcissism that seems to shape every ad, film, television program and appeal ... is the basis for a new kind of mass illiteracy."
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November 22, 2013
Our society is becoming increasingly reminiscent of dystopian sci-fi films.
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November 22, 2013 | Moyers & Company

This week on Moyers & Company, scholar Henry Giroux connects the dots between our politics and “casino capitalism,” Bill previews a new documentary and a tribute to writer Doris Lessing. Continue reading

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November 22, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Scholar Henry Giroux says America’s current political system is leading to a culture where people are so focused on surviving, they become like ‘the walking dead.’ Continue reading

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November 22, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Bill reflects on his 2003 interview with Nobel-prize winning novelist Doris Lessing, who passed away earlier this week in London. Continue reading

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November 22, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Bill previews a new film about the creation and cultural significance of the 1968 movie classic Night of the Living Dead, which paved the way for the latest zombie craze. Continue reading

Harrison Hall at Miami University. Former Miami University President James Garland wonders whether he did the right thing in working to make the university more attractive to higher income students. (Wikimedia Commons)
November 21, 2013 | Blog

Mark Garland is the ex-president of a public university in Ohio. He shares his second thoughts on some of the decisions he made at Miami University. Continue reading

President John F. Kennedy is shown as he ends his official day after 7:30 pm with a final phone call to his press secretary from his Oval Office desk at the White House in Washington, D.C., March 16, 1961. Spread on the desk are copies of his newly designated official portrait which he autographed. (AP Photo/Henry Burroughs)
November 21, 2013 | Blog

Turner Classic Movies airs four classic vérité documentary films tonight about JFK that are worth watching. Continue reading

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November 20, 2013

This week on Moyers & Company, scholar Henry Giroux connects the dots between our political system and “casino capitalism.” Also, a tribute to writer Doris Lessing. Watch the full show now » Continue reading

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

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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

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