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A protestor holds up a sign that says 'Hell No Obamacare' at a rally
March 5, 2014 | Blog

“Obamacare.” The right loves to hammer the Affordable Care Act with this nickname, and even the rest of us tend to use it. But we should not, for it works at least partly as a racial provocation. Continue reading

Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush
Updated March 4, 2014 | Blog

Adolph Reed, Jr.’s essay — and subsequent discussion with Bill — has kicked off a much-needed conversation. Continue reading

Two book jackets: "1984" by George Orwell and "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
February 27, 2014

Bill recommends investigative journalist Julia Angwin’s new book, Dragnet Nation, and reflects on the striking similarities between some classic dystopian novels and America today. Continue reading

An Occupy Los Angeles protester holds a sign as he walks down the steps during a rally in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. About 100 protesters, chiefly a coalition of labor unions, gathered Thursday morning outside the Bank of America tower on Hope and 3rd streets and marched in a circle chanting "Banks got bailed out, we got sold out." (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
February 21, 2014 | Blog

The cultural critic says the deep state is symptomatic of a neoliberal revolution, where misguided economics drive politics and the welfare state is gutted. Continue reading

President Barack Obama, center, speaks as former Presidents Bill Clinton, left, and George W. Bush, right, listen in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. Bush and Clinton have been asked by Obama to help with US relief efforts after the earthquake in Haiti. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 21, 2014 | Blog

The historian says in the ‘Bill-W.-Obama’ era, a neoliberal consensus defines American politics, with an emphasis on an expansive, militarized foreign policy. Continue reading

Ronald Reagan gives a televised address from the Oval Office, outlining his plan for Tax Reduction Legislation in July 1981.
February 12, 2014 | Blog

The former labor secretary opines on the most important economic lessons we learned in the 30 years following World War II. Continue reading

Beatles invasion flight relived
February 8, 2014 | Blog

Our senior writer reflects on the transformative British band’s first visit to America. Continue reading

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February 3, 2014 | Blog

A new documentary chronicling the education of two Brooklyn children presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. Continue reading

Pete Seeger
January 31, 2014 | Blog

In these clips from interviews with Bill Moyers, Seeger discusses dissent, environmentalism and his hope for a better world. Continue reading

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January 15, 2014 | Blog

The governor and the rocker have had a famously contentious relationship. Continue reading

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January 10, 2014 | Blog

In this video clip, the acclaimed astrophysicist tells us why, when he looks up at the night sky, he knows he’s connected to the stars. Continue reading

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January 10, 2014 | Blog

Mythologist Joseph Campbell talks about how our connection to the universe adds perspective to our lives. Continue reading

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December 27, 2013

Bill talks to best-selling author Thomas Cahill about why Pope Francis has conservatives up in arms. Continue reading

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he leaves the village of Castel Gandolfo, the pontiffs' summer residence in the hills overlooking Rome in August. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
December 25, 2013 | Blog

Pope Francis took over the papal Twitter feed earlier this year. He tweets about the same topics he speaks about: the importance of caring for those less fortunate than ourselves and what it means to live charitably. Here’s a sampling. Continue reading

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

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