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Public education is becoming big business as bankers, hedge-fund managers and private-equity investors are entering what they consider to be an “emerging market.” Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education, says the privatization of public education has to stop. She was an advocate school choice and charter schools, but after careful investigation, has changed her mind.
Three times as much money has been raised for this year’s elections as four years ago, when the Citizens United decision was announced. Bill speaks with investigative journalists Kim Barker and Andy Kroll about the role of dark money -- and the wealthy donors behind it -- in this year's midterm elections.
Bill speaks with investigative reporter Julia Angwin, author of the new book ‘Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance,’ about the indiscriminate tracking of our everyday lives -- where government and business are stockpiling data about us at an unprecedented pace.
Bill Moyers continues his conversation with author and legal scholar Ian Haney López about dog whistle politics – code words that use race to turn Americans against each other. Politicians manipulate deep prejudice to rouse hostility against minorities and the government, according to Haney López, and summon support for policies that make economic inequality even worse.
Mike Lofgren, a congressional staff member for 28 years, joins Bill Moyers to talk about what he calls Washington's "Deep State," in which elected and unelected figures collude to protect and serve powerful vested interests. “It is how we had deregulation, financialization of the economy, the Wall Street bust, the erosion or our civil liberties and perpetual war," Lofgren tells Moyers.
David Simon, creator of “The Wire” and “Treme,” is back to talk about how moneyed interests have purchased the American government and activist Lawrence Lessig leads a trek through frozen New Hampshire to raise awareness of political corruption.
After the State Department issued a long-awaited environmental impact statement on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline last week, those opposed to the project have intensified their push for the Obama Administration to reject it. This week, Bill Moyers talks with environmentalist Bill McKibben about his hopes that Americans will collectively pressure Obama to stand up to big oil.
Ian Haney López joins Bill to talk about dog whistle politics and how racism has changed in America since the civil rights era. The dog whistle of racism, he says, is “the dark magic” by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests.
David Simon, creator of the TV series ‘The Wire,’ talks with Bill about America’s capitalism crisis. It’s a reality check from a journalist who uses TV drama to report on America from the bottom up. "The horror show is we are going to be slaves to profit. Some of us are going to be higher on the pyramid and we'll count ourselves lucky and many more will be marginalized and destroyed."
This week on Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers concludes his conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson about why science literacy is critical to the future of our democracy, economy and standing in the world. They also discuss the dangers created by those who would deny scientific fact and block important research.
This week on Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers continues his conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson about the nature of the universe and whether faith and science can be reconciled.
This week on Moyers & Company, Bill talks with the astrophysicist about his redux of the famous Carl Sagan series and why science and science literacy matter in a democracy.