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

James-Cone-Taylor-Branch_5451_FS
April 5, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Theologian James Cone and historian Taylor Branch join Bill to discuss Dr. King’s other dream: economic justice. Continue reading

James-Cone-Taylor-Branch_5412_SG1
April 5, 2013

Theologian James Cone and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch join Bill to discuss Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of economic justice. Continue reading

James-Cone-Taylor-Branch_5538_promo
April 3, 2013

Theologian James Cone and historian Taylor Branch join Bill to discuss Dr. King’s other dream — of economic equality, and why so little has changed for America’s most oppressed. Continue reading

rerrewrew
April 3, 2013

In a preview of this week’s show, James Cone and Taylor Branch describe racial justice as a “gateway” to opportunities for broader civil rights and economic equality. Continue reading

map_carousel
March 29, 2013

See where each U.S. state draws the line on capital punishment. Continue reading

Nixon Library Watergate
March 29, 2013 | Blog

Michael Winship says the Watergate scandal produced heroes and accountability, both of which are in very short supply today. Continue reading

John Grisham on Bill Moyers Journal in 2008
March 29, 2013 | Moyers Moments

The bestselling author tells Bill how our legal system deals out justice unevenly, with terrible consequences and cost. Continue reading

A gavel replica and law books are shown in the office of California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George at his office in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
March 29, 2013 | Blog

Although public support of capital punishment has been falling since its peak in 1994, approval numbers have plateaued in the 60th percentile over the past decade. Continue reading

Lawyers David Boies and Theodore Olson, greet the public at a rally on Wednesday in West Hollywood, Calif. August 2010 (AP Photo/Adam Lau)
March 26, 2013 | Blog

Lawyers Theodore Olson and David Boies discuss their ideological differences on Supreme Court cases Bush V. Gore and Citizens United. Continue reading

President Bush speaks at a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
March 20, 2013 | Blog

It’s been a decade since the start of the Iraq War, but many of those responsible would rather not reminisce about the true roles they played. Continue reading

Former Senator Russ Feingold speaks at a Common Cause conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate.
March 15, 2013 | Blog

Michael Winship talks with the economist about lessons on government transparency that America learned, then forgot, in the years since Watergate. Continue reading

Joseph Campbell Headshot 7
March 15, 2013 | Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth (1988)

Watch excerpts from ‘The Power of Myth’, the beloved 1988 PBS series featuring mythologist and storyteller Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers. Continue reading

H_Moyers_Campbell
March 8, 2013 | Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth (1988)

Joseph Campbell encourages the audience to discover what excites them, and to make that the basis for their personal journeys. Continue reading

Joseph Campbell Headshot 1
March 8, 2013 | Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth (1988)

Joseph Campbell explains why myths appeal to people across all cultures. Continue reading

Joseph Campbell Headshot 7
March 8, 2013 | Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth (1988)

Joseph Campbell explains how ancient myths bring humans to understand and accept birth, growth and death. Continue reading

Page 8 of 15« First...678910...Last »