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.

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March 29, 2014 | Blog

A prerequisite for any adult conversation is telling the truth. The congressman falls monumentally short there. Continue reading

Thousands rally in support of charter schools outside the Capitol in Albany, NY, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)
March 28, 2014 | Moyers & Company

After following the money trail behind the charter school movement, Diane Ravitch — a former assistant secretary of education who once advocated for charters — changed her mind. Continue reading

Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg
March 28, 2014 | Blog

In an excerpt from her book Reign of Error, Diane Ravitch reveals the individuals and corporations behind education reform movement. Continue reading

Diane Ravitch
March 28, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Preeminent education historian and public school advocate Diane Ravitch talks to Bill this week about the private sellout of public schools. Continue reading

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 27, 2014 | Blog

Fighting about whether Paul Ryan is a racist is a very good thing. Continue reading

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch addresses attendees of the Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
March 27, 2014 | Blog

The vast wealth that has accumulated at the top of the American economy isn’t the problem — it’s that political power tends to rise to where the money is. Continue reading

Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, greets supporters after addressing thousands of tea party activists at the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 26, 2014 | Blog

The real cost of conservatives’ cruelty cannot be measured in dollars and cents, but in people’s lives. Continue reading

Diane Ravitch
March 26, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Education historian and public school advocate Diane Ravitch talks to Bill this week about the private sellout of public schools. Watch the full show. Continue reading

Cardinal Timothy Dolan talks to reporters after meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Dolan and bishops from around the state are advocating for a new tax credit for charitable donations made for educational purposes. The legislation would eventually add up to $300 million a year for education, with half going to public school programs and half going to scholarships for students who attend private schools. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Updated March 31, 2014 | Blog

The Catholic archbishop of NY, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, has lobbied for a
new state tax credit for individuals and corporations who donate money to public schools, including religious ones. Continue reading

Kris McBride, Garfield's academic dean and testing coordinator, at left, and Jesse Hagopian, Garfield history teacher and a leader of the school's historic test boycott. (Photo by Betty Udesen.)
March 26, 2014 | Activism

Parents, students, and teachers all over the country have joined the revolt to liberate our kids from a test-obsessed education system. Continue reading

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE AT 3 A.M. EST (5 P.M. JST) - Students Julian Lopez, 12th grade, second left; Ben Montalbano, 11th grade, second right; and James Agostino, 12th grade, right; listen during their Advanced Placement (AP) Physics class at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
March 25, 2014 | Blog

Parties interested in creating a market-based system to replace public education are selling the false narrative that our public schools are obsolete and failing. They are not. Continue reading

At the funeral procession for the unidentified Triangle fire victims, union members carry banners proclaiming "We Mourn Our Loss."
March 25, 2014 | Blog

Back then, and again now, we hear that the key to prosperity is getting government regulations out of businesses’ way. Continue reading

Screenshot of Mother Jones magazine article on the Koch Brothers and the DeVos Family by Andy Kroll
March 24, 2014 | Blog

Here’s some of our favorite clips from Bill’s interview with investigative journalists Kim Barker and Andy Kroll on dark money in the 2014 mid-term elections. Continue reading

Second grade student Kaign Groce, 7, reads a book Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, during a literacy class at the John Fenwick Elementary School in Salem, N.J. New state data show fourth-graders in poor districts like Salem have been making big strides on standardized test. Officials say the progress is because of overhauled teaching methods in lower grades.(AP Photo/ Jose F. Moreno)
March 24, 2014 | Blog

The DOE’s comprehensive civil rights survey revealed this and several other disturbing stats about racial inequality in our public schools.
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Cameron Karnes sorts CDs at Independent Records & Video March 14, 2006, in Denver. As a group, Millennials, the generation born between 1981 and 1999, are characterized as confident, hardworking and technologically fluent. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Kathryn Osler)
March 24, 2014 | Blog

Young people have every reason to feel detached from an array of major institutions that are no longer in tune with the problems that they face. Continue reading

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