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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Pedro Rodriguez, right, talks with Andrus Reyes as they participate in a demonstration on a Burger King parking lot as part of a nationwide protest supporting higher wages for workers in the fast-food industry and other minimum wage jobs in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
March 7, 2014 | Blog

The idea is popular, so low-wage employers have come up with a number of red herrings. Continue reading

An illustrative 1996 cover story urges Bill Clinton to sign welfare reform in The New Republic.
March 6, 2014 | Blog

Princeton political scientist Martin Gilens explains how the media and longstanding racial stereotypes impact anti-poverty policy. Continue reading

Kay Hohler, of West Des Moines, Iowa, sings the national anthem before the start of a Tea Party rally on the steps of the Iowa Statehouse, Thursday, April 15, 2010, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
March 5, 2014 | Blog

Harvard scholar Theda Skocpol says that rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. Continue reading

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth. June 2012. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
March 4, 2014 | Blog

Conservatives say the Lone Star state’s recent record of growth validates their economic agenda. That record crumbles upon inspection. Continue reading

Protesters form a wall of signs at the Occupy Portland camp in downtown Portland, Ore. October 2011. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
February 28, 2014 | Blog

The Left needs to remove its self-imposed limitations and unleash its imagination and courage. Continue reading

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February 27, 2014 | Blog

Our weekly roundup of key money and politics reporting. This week: behind the scenes of a $45.2 billion telecom merger, wealthy brothers aiming big in politics and more Continue reading

This undated photo provided by Facebook shows the server room at the company's data center in Prineville, Ore. (AP Photo/Facebook, Alan Brandt)
February 25, 2014 | Blog

The new trusts — Amazon, Google, Apple — are very different from the old ones, writes George Packer. Continue reading

An architect's rendering of Quixote Village in Olympia, Wash. Image courtesy of Panza.
February 24, 2014 | Activism

Government officials and city planners are beginning to see the tiny-house village as one viable solution for addressing homelessness. Continue reading

In this April, 15, 2008, file photo, Jackie Doyle, of Greenwood Lake, N.Y., second from left, waits in line to mail her husband's taxes at the James A. Farley Main Post Office in New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)
February 22, 2014 | Blog

This proposal can challenge Wall Street by bringing economic equity to Main Street. Continue reading

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February 21, 2014 | Blog

National security and law enforcement aren’t the only areas where the state often operates unseen from the public. Other parts of the government also operate secretly. Continue reading

Demonstrators march through Washington towards the National Mall to rally and demand that the U.S. Congress investigate the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
February 21, 2014 | Blog

The scholar notes that “if absolute power corrupts absolutely, invisible power corrupts invisibly,” but says that the Deep State apparatus is vulnerable to a vigilant public. Continue reading

This undated photo made available by Google shows the Internet wiring at Google's data center in Berkley County, S.C. The fiber optic networks connecting the company's sites can run at speeds that are more than 200,000 times faster than a typical home Internet connection. (AP Photo/Google, Connie Zhou)
February 21, 2014 | Blog

Wednesday’s announcement that the FCC would write new Net neutrality rules was a step in the right direction, but some are concerned that it didn’t go far enough. Continue reading

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman attends a leaders' retreat during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)
February 20, 2014 | Blog

Million-dollar payouts were awarded once the banks knew the individuals were headed for the administration. Continue reading

In this Feb. 17, 2009 file photo, shoppers leave a Wal-Mart in Danvers, Mass. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 said it is realigning its U.S. operations in an effort to give more autonomy to executives in regional markets and reinvigorate U.S. growth.. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)
February 20, 2014 | Blog

The retailer is weighing the low wages it pays its employees against declining sales caused by poor and middle-class customers struggling to buy the company’s cheap imports. Continue reading

Workers check VW Golf cars at the assembly line of the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, eastern Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz)
February 20, 2014 | Blog

Volkswagen workers in Germany are considering how to respond to last week’s UAW vote in Tennessee. Labor leaders may block future expansion in the southern United States. Continue reading

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