The Economy

From the first rumblings of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, the Bill Moyers team has stayed on the story of the 2008 economic collapse and its continuing aftermath with bold, original reporting, essays and insightful interviews. From economists to community organizers, Wall Street financiers to historians, Moyers’ guests have provided powerful insight into the roots of the crisis and have stimulated a crucial national dialogue on its causes, effects and possible solutions.

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January 2, 2014 | Activism

A leading activist for home care workers says victories won in 2013 shows that the arc of justice bends, but slowly. She’s hoping to pick up the pace in the coming year. Continue reading

The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, Monday, June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 2, 2014 | Activism

In 2014, why not assert a progressive politics that is more vital and determined than what has been known to this point? Continue reading

December 31, 2013 | Blog

College graduates who borrowed for bachelor’s degrees granted in 2012 have an average student loan debt of $29,400. Continue reading

Sister Diane Donoghue, right, and Sister Simone Campbell, left, lead the way as the the "Nuns on the Bus" arrive on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 31, 2013 | Activism

We asked some of the people trying to change the world for the better to tell us what made them proud in 2013, and what their hopes and dreams are for 2014. Continue reading

Demonstrators holds a sign and chant slogans outside of a Wendy's fast food restaurant, Thursday, April 4, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 30, 2013 | Activism

We asked some of the people trying to change the world for the better to tell us what made them proud in 2013, and what their hopes and dreams are for 2014. Continue reading

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

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

December 24, 2013 | Blog

Corporate profits have rebounded while more than four million Americans have been without work for six months or longer. 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

In this March 29, 2013 photo, women walk past blighted row houses in Baltimore. Baltimore is far from the worst American city for poverty, but it faces all the problems of cities where vast numbers of the poor now live. The U.S. Census Bureau puts the number of Americans in poverty at levels not seen since the mid-1960s, while $85 billion in federal government spending cuts that began last month are expected to begin squeezing services for the poor nationwide. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
December 20, 2013 | Activism

A Baltimore mother is fighting to hold accountable those responsible for her city’s urban decay. Continue reading

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