Democracy & Government

The importance of democracy and politics in our daily lives is a driving force behind our journalism, whether it’s an ongoing examination of the political engineering of inequality or exposing the revolving door of power and influence that spins individuals in and out of jobs in the public and private sectors. Below are a variety of programs and interviews that illustrate democratic principles and the ways in which they’ve come under fire and been defended. Be inspired, encouraged, and alarmed… but mostly be aware.

EXPLORE Democracy & Government

Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. (Photo: Dale Robbins)
April 4, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Did you know the federal minimum wage for millions of restaurant workers is $2.13 an hour? Advocate Saru Jayaraman says that’s not only unfair but unsafe. Continue reading

George Washington painting by Charles Wilson Peale, 1772
April 3, 2014

From George Washington to Shaun McCutcheon, a timeline of America’s history of political money games. Continue reading

Waitress in restaurant
April 3, 2014 | Blog

Tell us what you think: What’s wrong with the way restaurant workers are treated and compensated? Continue reading

Scene_at_the_Signing_of_the_Constitution_of_the_United_States
April 3, 2014 | Blog

The conservative justices, who often justify their rulings as true to the founders’ intentions, chose to ignore those same intentions on McCutcheon, writes Lawrence Lessig. Continue reading

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Martin Luther King, Jr. on Aug. 6, 1965 upon signing the Voting Rights Act. Credit: Yoichi R. Okamoto, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
April 3, 2014 | Blog

The same people who favor unlimited secret money in US elections are the ones funding the effort to make it harder for people to vote. Continue reading

In this Feb. 28, 2014 photo, Students from City School in Grand Blanc test the strength of their small, handmade boats at the Sloan Museum, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Samuel Wilson)
April 2, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Bill continues his conversation with education historian Diane Ravitch about the privatization of public education. (Watch part I of the interview.) Continue reading

Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. (Photo: Dale Robbins)
April 2, 2014

Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, talks to Bill about food workers fight for a living wage. Watch the full show now » Continue reading

Supreme Court Justices, from left, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justices of the Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan applaud State of the Union Address,12 Feb 2013 (Rex Features via AP Images)
April 2, 2014 | Blog

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that the ruling “creates huge loopholes in the law” and “undermines, perhaps devastates, what remains of campaign finance reform.” Continue reading

This artist rendering shows the Supreme Court Justices. (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren)
April 2, 2014 | Blog

Today, the Roberts Court rolled back 40 years of campaign finance law. Continue reading

Voting Machines
April 1, 2014 | News & Notes

The Working Families Party slams Albany for its failure to overhaul New York’s system of election funding, calling it a “lost opportunity.” Continue reading

Obama and Pope Francis
April 1, 2014 | Blog

The “Nuns on the Bus” leader reflects on the significance of the recent meeting of the pontiff and the president at the Vatican. Continue reading

Workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Workers at the plant will decide in a three-day vote Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, whether they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file)
April 1, 2014 | Blog

Documents obtained by a local TV station show that Gov. Bill Haslam offered VW an incentive package with plenty of strings attached. Continue reading

chris christie
April 1, 2014 | Blog

A number of GOP governors made the trek to Las Vegas over the weekend in an attempt to attract hundreds of millions in campaign donations from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Continue reading

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his wife Tonette cheer as Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., August 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
April 1, 2014 | Activism

The Kochs are meddling in local elections today in Wisconsin, while communities across the state will vote to get money out of politics. Watch this space. Continue reading

school_to_prison_pipeline_cc_img
March 31, 2014 | Blog

Young black children make up almost half of all out-of-school suspensions for preschoolers, leaving them with the unacceptable message that their behavior is more deserving of punishment. Continue reading

Page 2 of 7912345...102030...Last »