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.

EXPLORE The Economy

Piles of U.S. currency. March 2007. (AP Photo/PGR-HO)
April 3, 2014 | Blog

They hope to extend the “GE loophole” without a lot of public attention. Continue reading

In this Feb. 28, 2014 photo, Students from City School in Grand Blanc test the strength of their small, handmade boats at the Sloan Museum, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Samuel Wilson)
April 2, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Bill continues his conversation with education historian Diane Ravitch about the privatization of public education. (Watch part I of the interview.) Continue reading

For rent sign stands sentry outside an existing home on the market in the Country Club area southeast of downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 2, 2014 | Blog

Seeing a profitable opening in the wake of the foreclosure crisis, investment groups have worked diligently to bring a “rentership society” into being. Continue reading

Obama and Pope Francis
April 1, 2014 | Blog

The “Nuns on the Bus” leader reflects on the significance of the recent meeting of the pontiff and the president at the Vatican. Continue reading

Workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Workers at the plant will decide in a three-day vote Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, whether they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file)
April 1, 2014 | Blog

Documents obtained by a local TV station show that Gov. Bill Haslam offered VW an incentive package with plenty of strings attached. Continue reading

In this photo taken Nov. 23, 2009, Lisa Zilligen, 28, serves lunch to her three children, Miles, 20 months, Olivia 6, left, and Danielle, 8, in her home in Chicago. Zilligen, a single mother and full-time student at Loyola University has been getting food stamps for the past several months; sometimes the allotment runs out before the end of the month and the family ends up visiting a food pantry. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
March 28, 2014 | Blog

Single moms and absentee dads are not the problem. And going to college does not mean you’ll escape the poverty trap. Continue reading

Thousands rally in support of charter schools outside the Capitol in Albany, NY, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)
March 28, 2014 | Moyers & Company

After following the money trail behind the charter school movement, Diane Ravitch — a former assistant secretary of education who once advocated for charters — changed her mind. Continue reading

Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg
March 28, 2014 | Blog

In an excerpt from her book Reign of Error, Diane Ravitch reveals the individuals and corporations behind education reform movement. Continue reading

Diane Ravitch
March 28, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Preeminent education historian and public school advocate Diane Ravitch talks to Bill this week about the private sellout of public schools. Continue reading

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch addresses attendees of the Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
March 27, 2014 | Blog

The vast wealth that has accumulated at the top of the American economy isn’t the problem — it’s that political power tends to rise to where the money is. Continue reading

Diane Ravitch
March 26, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Education historian and public school advocate Diane Ravitch talks to Bill this week about the private sellout of public schools. Watch the full show. Continue reading

Cardinal Timothy Dolan talks to reporters after meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Dolan and bishops from around the state are advocating for a new tax credit for charitable donations made for educational purposes. The legislation would eventually add up to $300 million a year for education, with half going to public school programs and half going to scholarships for students who attend private schools. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Updated March 31, 2014 | Blog

The Catholic archbishop of NY, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, has lobbied for a
new state tax credit for individuals and corporations who donate money to public schools, including religious ones. Continue reading

map of the United States displaying the 21 states that have raised state minimum wage over the federal minimum in recent decades.
March 26, 2014 | Blog

Dig into the debate over dollars and cents in this interactive explainer, produced by Newsbound. Continue reading

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE AT 3 A.M. EST (5 P.M. JST) - Students Julian Lopez, 12th grade, second left; Ben Montalbano, 11th grade, second right; and James Agostino, 12th grade, right; listen during their Advanced Placement (AP) Physics class at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
March 25, 2014 | Blog

Parties interested in creating a market-based system to replace public education are selling the false narrative that our public schools are obsolete and failing. They are not. Continue reading

At the funeral procession for the unidentified Triangle fire victims, union members carry banners proclaiming "We Mourn Our Loss."
March 25, 2014 | Blog

Back then, and again now, we hear that the key to prosperity is getting government regulations out of businesses’ way. Continue reading

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