History

An understanding of our history is as crucial to a successful democratic society as it is essential to the well-examined life of the individual. As historian Howard Zinn told Bill Moyers, “I think the more people learn about the past… the more that they will understand that it is possible for people to change the world.” Start your understanding with some of the series and specials below.

EXPLORE History

Mike Lofgren
February 21, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Former GOP congressional analyst Mike Lofgren talks to Bill about America’s “Deep State,” in which elected and unelected figures collude to serve powerful vested interests. Also, an exclusive essay on the Deep State, by Lofgren. Continue reading

The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, Monday, June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 21, 2014 | Blog

In a must-read essay, former GOP congressional analyst Mike Lofgren analyzes America’s “Deep State,” in which elected and unelected figures collude to serve powerful vested interests. Continue reading

Mike LofgrenCROPPED
February 20, 2014

This week, former GOP Congressional Analyst Mike Lofgren joins Bill to talk about what he calls our “deep state,” in which elected and unelected figures collude to serve powerful vested interests. Watch the full show now » 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)
February 17, 2014 | Blog

Many lessons can be learned from the union election at the Tennessee VW factory. One especially important one concerns how “outside influence” works so one-sidedly in the United States. 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

A TV screen shows a news report of Edward Snowden at a shopping mall in Hong Kong Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
February 11, 2014 | Blog

What will it take to change a democracy driven by fear? 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

David Simon
February 4, 2014 | Blog

Watch clips from Bill’s interview with David Simon, journalist and creator of The Wire in which he talks the “astonishing” rise of libertarianism, the tragedy of capitalism and why he’s want push politicians to the curb. 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

Pete Seeger in 1955 (Photo: Frank Palumbo/Library of Congress)
January 28, 2014 | Blog

Our senior writer remembers what the folksinger’s music meant to him. Continue reading

Illustration from 1902 Scribner edition of Mody Dick. (Image: I. W. Taber)
January 27, 2014 | Blog

Two characters from Herman Melville’s novels foretold the dangerous future of American empire. Continue reading

In this July 12, 2013 file photo, abortion rights supporters rally on the floor of the State Capitol rotunda in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa, File)
January 22, 2014 | Blog

Writer Janet Reitman takes a look at the changing tactics of the anti-abortion movement for Rolling Stone. Continue reading

Reflection of semi-truck in side view mirror with plane flying above (Photo by: Tetra Images/AP Images)
January 21, 2014 | Blog

Americans aren’t moving much, and when they do they’re leaving the places with the most opportunity. Continue reading

MLK
January 20, 2014 | Activism

Nearly 50 years after his death it is King’s words and deeds that live on in the American memory — not that of the racists who hated him or the Black Power advocates who scorned him. Continue reading

A man cycles past old portraits of late communist leader Mao Zedong on the wall of an alley in Shanghai, China. Worn out portraits and slogans from the 1960s and 1970s, when Mao's cult of personality was at its peak, can still be found across China. (AP Photo)
January 18, 2014 | Blog

The blogosphere was abuzz this week after a former Red Guard member apologized for her behavior during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. A journalist who covered South Africa’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission thinks China should consider implementing one of its own. Continue reading

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