Social Change

In the famous words of Frederick Douglass, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” History proves Douglass right — meaningful change in America has been initiated by activists and dissenters who demanded it. Bill Moyers has examined dissent and social change throughout his career, using stories of the abolition, suffrage, labor and populist movements to frame continuing, contemporary fights for human rights, including civil and voting rights, and women’s and gay rights.

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Plant Explosion Investigation
December 30, 2013 | Blog

As 2013 comes to an end, we asked editors, journalists and friends of What story deserved more attention this year? Continue reading

The news conference of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appears on a television screen at a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
December 27, 2013 | Blog

Two headline-grabbing numbers suggest we’re picking up the tab for a good chunk. Continue reading

Philadelphia mural. (Photo: Shrub 75/flickr)
December 27, 2013 | Activism

The city is home to more than 40,000 vacant properties. Now neighborhoods are hoping a new public entity can help them bounce back from the post-industrial blues. Continue reading

December 27, 2013

Best-selling author and historian Thomas Cahill talks to Bill in a wide-ranging conversation covering everything from the bubonic plague to Christopher Columbus to the nature of human progress. Continue reading

December 27, 2013

Bill talks to best-selling author Thomas Cahill about why Pope Francis has conservatives up in arms. Continue reading

Demonstrators protesting for $15/hour wages and proper treatment for fast-food workers march in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
December 27, 2013 | Blog

While Washington was stuck in the grip of the politics of obstruction, grassroots activists around the country did their part, and they scored some major wins for economic justice, civil liberties and democracy. Continue reading

Image courtesy of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
December 27, 2013 | Blog

Economists Dean Baker and Jared Bernstein have written a new book about how to cure what ails the American economy. Continue reading

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort in 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures.
December 26, 2013 | Blog

Wall Street institutions claim to be meritocracies, but a Bloomberg report suggests otherwise. Continue reading

Senator Kirsten Gilibrand
December 23, 2013 | Blog

New legislation would partially protect the wages of workers who take time off for the medical needs of themselves or their families. Continue reading

December 23, 2013 | Blog

Everyone seems to be talking about inequality. If you’ve got questions, we’ve (hopefully) got the answers. Continue reading

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December 20, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander tells Bill about an emerging movement that aims to end mass incarceration and its impact on America. Continue reading

December 20, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Bill Moyers introduces Susan Burton who turned her life around after serving time for drug-related felonies and now helps formerly-incarcerated women rebuild their lives. Continue reading

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December 20, 2013

Bill Moyers speaks with activist Michelle Alexander about the key to unlocking our dehumanizing system of incarceration, and shares a clip from a film about an ex-convict who helps women get back on their feet after prison. Continue reading

California Prisons Realignment
December 20, 2013

Michelle Alexander explains how she came to understand that the racial caste system in America has not ended, it’s just been redesigned. Continue reading

An inmate at the Mule Creek State Prison sits on his bunk bed in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners in Ione, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
December 20, 2013 | Blog

Mass incarceration has become a form of legalized discrimination that makes it more difficult for millions to participate in basic aspects of our democracy. Continue reading

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