How does pop culture not only reflect, but influence political culture? On this weekend’s Moyers & Company, historian and culture critic Neal Gabler joins Bill to discuss how representations of heroism in movies shape our expectations of political candidates.
Also on the show, Bill talks with acclaimed poet and Poetry Magazine editor Christian Wiman about how finding true love and being diagnosed with a rare and incurable blood cancer reignited his religious passion as well as his creative expression.
Finally, is it fair for parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children on the basis of religion or philosophy? In a new broadcast essay, Bill Moyers weighs the value of personal liberty versus the greater public health.
But wait, there’s more…
After watching this week’s episode, visit our website for more video and interactive features, exclusively on BillMoyers.com:
- Neal Gabler’s ‘Ten Great Political Films’ (including his all-time favorite, which you’ll have to click to see)
- Interactive: Mapping Global Disease Outbreaks
- Going Behind “The Vaccine War”: Frontline producer Jon Palfreman talks about the immunization controversy and what he learned while making his documentary
- Exclusive Video: Christian Wiman reads two of his poems from his collection Every Riven Thing, in which he recalls images and moments from his West Texas youth.
- This week’s On Democracy column by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, “Mike Daisey Takes a Bite Out of Apple“: A monologist takes on America’s consumer-driven lust for iPods, iPhones and iPads, and the human toll taken by their manufacture.
- Interview with Oscar Nominee Danfung Dennis on how he wants war reporting to evolve. He hopes immersive technology will help you see war as it really is.
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