Poets & Writers

“All important events in the world — whether admirable or monstrous — are always spearheaded in the realm of words,” said the late Czech author, playwright, political activist, and statesman Vaclav Havel. The intersection of literature and real life has always been a keen interest of Bill Moyers, who has invited many writers and poets to share their work and perspectives with him over the years.

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November 22, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Bill reflects on his 2003 interview with Nobel-prize winning novelist Doris Lessing, who passed away earlier this week in London. Continue reading

The four freedoms medal winners at the awards ceremony in New York appear in the bottom row. From left to right: Sister Simone Campbell, Ameena Matthews, Wendell Berry, Paul Krugman and (last three on right) the Coalition of  Immokalee Workers. (Photo Credit: Prisca Edwards Photography)
October 17, 2013 | Activism

Paul Krugman, Wendell Berry and Sister Simone Campbell were among those awarded with a Four Freedoms Medal. Continue reading

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October 11, 2013

Read an excerpt from historian Joyce Appleby’s latest book ‘Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination.’ Continue reading

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October 4, 2013 | Moyers & Company

In a rare television interview, environmental legend and writer Wendell Berry leaves his Kentucky farm for an inspiring conversation. Continue reading

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October 3, 2013

Writer and farmer Wendell Berry examines America’s agriculture “emergency” and lays out his plan for solving it. Continue reading

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October 2, 2013

The visionary poet, environmentalist and farmer Wendell Berry reads and talks about two of his poems — “The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer” and “A Poem on Hope.” Continue reading

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May 13, 2013 | Blog

As The Great Gatsby movie opens, Michael Winship remembers the last, strange chapter of the Fitzgerald story. Continue reading

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May 3, 2013

Watch Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, Bernice Johnson Reagon and Tom Morello talk with Bill about the unifying power of music. Continue reading

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May 3, 2013 | Moyers Moments

The legendary singer tells Bill what the song “Amazing Grace” means to him. Continue reading

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May 3, 2013 | Moyers Moments

The former Rage Against the Machine guitarist discusses the role of music in political protest. Continue reading

Peter Yarrow and the Wheelers perform with other musicians in a concert to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.
May 3, 2013

Watch Newtown parents and legendary singers raise their voices to uplift a community following the Sandy Hook massacre. Continue reading

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May 3, 2013 | Moyers Moments

In this 1994 Moyers Moment, the folk singer reflects on the role his music played over several decades of American history. Continue reading

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, a drilling rig is set up near a barn in Springville, Pa., to tap gas from the giant Marcellus Shale gas field. In an unlikely partnership between longtime adversaries, some of the nation's biggest energy companies and environmental groups announced Wednesday, March 20, 2013 that they have agreed on a voluntary set of standards for gas and oil fracking in the Northeast. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
April 19, 2013
In this column from Orion magazine, Sandra Steingraber writes about the movement among people of faith to fight fracking in New York while scientists stay silent.
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April 12, 2013

Writer Sherman Alexie describes living in two different cultures at the same time. Continue reading

In this Friday, June 8, 2012 photo, nurses walk under dimmed lighting during "quiet time" at the Newborn Family Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
April 12, 2013 | Book Club

In “Blankets,” an excerpt from Sherman Alexie’s new collection entitled Blasphemy, he recounts his attempts to comfort his ailing father as he recovered from surgery. Continue reading

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