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Nadine Gordimer (screen shot, A World of Ideas, 1990)
July 15, 2014 | Blog

In this 1990 interview with Bill, the late South African writer talks about how she came to understand politics through its effects on people. Continue reading

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Updated June 2, 2014 | Blog

In this clip from a 1973 interview, Bill Moyers asks Maya Angelou, who died last week at the age of 86, about the burgeoning women’s liberation movement and what it means to her. Continue reading

Hands playing a guitar. (Photo: Ginny/Flickr)
May 13, 2014 | Perspectives

A fight that many creators don’t know is unfolding should be of paramount concern. Continue reading

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April 8, 2014 | Blog

His award winning novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is one of the most banned books in America. 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

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

David Simon at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas
January 30, 2014 | Blog

Journalist and creator of The Wire talks about how America is “utterly schizophrenic” when it comes to our society, economy and politics. Continue reading

A sign for Wall Street is displayed on the side of building near the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, March 4, 2013. Uncertainty over the outcome of a budget battle in Washington pushed world stock markets lower on Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
January 30, 2014 | Blog

Thomas Picketty’s book is expected to set off a firestorm in our economic discourse. 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

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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 Philip Levine, a recent US poet laureate, who explores how his years working on Detroit’s assembly lines inspired his poetry. Continue reading

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December 27, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Bill talks to best-selling author Thomas Cahill about why Pope Francis has conservatives up in arms, and to Philip Levine, who explores how his years working on Detroit’s assembly lines inspired his poetry. Continue reading

Workers are photographed on a flywheel assembly line at the Ford Motor Company's Highland Park, Mi., plant in 1913. The use of a moving line reduced a car's assembly time from 12 hours to 93 minutes. The world's first automatic conveyor belt escalated the Industrial Age inspiring Henry Ford toward an unprecedented $5 per day minimum wage and an eight-hour day when auto industry workers were making $2.34 for a nine-hour shift. Faster assemblage meant quicker availability, giving impetus to America's car culture and an ever-increasing mobile society. (AP Photo/Ford Motor Company)
December 19, 2013
A former American poet laureate shares his poetry on life in working class Detroit.
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December 19, 2013

Bill talks to best-selling author Thomas Cahill about why Pope Francis has conservatives up in arms and Philip Levine, who explores how his years working on Detroit’s assembly lines inspired his poetry. Watch the full show now »
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