Bill Moyers Journal - Season 2007

Friday 8:00 PM on PBS Premiered Nov 14, 1972 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • The Journal: Crisis in Capitalism?
    Author Benjamin Barber about how capitalism isn't living up to its potential to serve society. Also on the program: is it time to rewrite the Constitution? Moyers gets perspective Sanford Levinson, author of Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It). And an update on changes to media regulations.moreless
  • The Journal: Katrina Recovery Woes
    Two years after Katrina, casinos, hotels and condos are coming back strong in the hardest hit areas of Mississippi, but tens of thousands of people are still displaced. Bill Moyers Journal profiles a group known as The Steps Coalition, which is fighting on behalf of families who are still in need of housing. Also on the program, a different take on immigration from author Manuel A. Vasquez.moreless
  • The Journal: Historian Thomas Cahill
    Bill Moyers interviews best-selling historian Thomas Cahill in a far ranging interview that takes viewers from the Coliseum in Rome to death row in Texas.Cahill, who is best known for his The Hinges of History series of books, which includes the widely read How the Irish Saved Civilization.
  • The Journal: Big Media
    The Journal: Big Media
    Episode 11.01.07
    Big Media is pushing the FCC to relax ownership rules. How it affects minority media ownership in America. Also on the program, Moyers interviews Katherine S. Newman, author of The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America, about the millions in America, who despite decent wages can't access public assistance and are one step away from poverty.moreless
  • Bill Moyers Journal: Unitary Executive Power
    The unprecedented presidential power that some say has been amassed by the Bush administration-and wielded, often secretly, in the name of national security. Charles Fried served as solicitor general in the Reagan Administration, and Fritz Schwarz, who served as chief counsel to the Church Committee, which uncovered decades of abuse by the CIA and other intelligence agencies.moreless
  • The Journal: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater
    Blackwater CEO Erik Prince has been answering questions about his security firm and its involvement in the shooting deaths of Iraqi civilians.Bill Moyers interviews journalist Jeremy Scahill to help separate the spin from the reality. Scahill is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of the bestselling book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.moreless
  • The Journal: Wall Street Woes
    Could we see a repeat of the big stock market crash of '29? Veteran market watcher Robert Kuttner and Wall Street insider William H. Donaldson on the current economic landscape and discuss the risks of the deregulation of the financial industry. Novelist and essayist Anouar Majid, on his most recent book, A CALL FOR HERESY: WHY DISSENT IS VITAL TO ISLAM AND AMERICA and honoring Doris Lessing.moreless
  • Christians United For Israel
    Christians United For Israel
    Episode 10.05.07
    BILL MOYERS JOURNAL reports on the politically powerful group Christians United for Israel, whose leader, Pastor John Hagee, advocates for a preemptive strike against Iran.
  • John Bogel
    John Bogel
    Episode 09.28.07
    John Bogle, 77, created The Vanguard Group, Inc. in 1974, which today is one of the two largest mutual fund organizations in the world, and was was the first index mutual fund. He retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the fund in 1996, yet remained Senior Chairman until 2000. In 2000, Mr. Bogle established the Bogle Financial Markets Research Center with Vanguard, which supports his continuing work on behalf of mutual fund investors.moreless
  • Rachel Carson
    Rachel Carson
    Episode 09.21.07
    The Environmental Protection Agency looks to her as a founding inspiration and the Fish & Wildlife Service as a source of agency pride. The EPA's official history site states: "There is no question...that SILENT SPRING prompted the Federal Government to take action against water and air pollution, as well as against the misuse of pesticides several years before it otherwise might have moved." But the common view of Rachel Carson's impact goes far beyond government bureaucracy. Carson and her most famous book, SILENT SPRING, are credited with no less than inspiring the modern global environmental movement. In its collection of the 100 most important people of the 20th Century, TIME magazine said: "Before there was an environmental movement, there was one brave woman and her very brave book." In 2007, the centenary of Carson's birth is being celebrated around the world, and her work is still making waves just as it did in 1962.moreless
  • License to Spy
    License to Spy
    Episode 09.07.07
    On August 5, President Bush signed into law the Protect America Act, which temporarily amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), allowing the government greater power to eavesdrop on telephone calls and e-mail conversations between American citizens and international suspects without warrants. The White House says that new Act provides necessary revisions to legislation which "has not kept pace with revolutionary changes in technology" and better addresses the needs of intelligence professionals.moreless
  • Robert Bly
    Robert Bly
    Episode 08.31.07
    Born in western Minnesota in 1926, Robert Bly enlisted in the Navy when he was 18, where he spent two years, before attending Harvard and later the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop. In 1966 he co-founded American Writers Against the Vietnam War and helped lead the opposition among writers to this war. Almost 40 years later, he wrote one of the first poems against the Iraq war in August 2002 before the invasion.moreless
  • Low-Power Radio - Michael J. Copps
    LPFM activist Hannah Sassaman and media journalist Rick Karr discuss the current battle to protect and bolster low-power FM radio. Plus, a look back at how low-power radio helped to save lives after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Mass Media and Katrina Hero
    Mass Media and Katrina Hero
    Episode 08.23.07
    Media consolidation isn't widely covered by the mainstream press, but potential changes being considered to the rules governing the nation's big media companies could have far reaching effects on democracy. A report on the disappearance of local news and community radio and in-depth interviews with journalist Rick Karr, media activist Hannah Sassaman, and FCC Commissioner Michael Copps.moreless
  • Katrina Revisited
    Katrina Revisited
    Episode 08.17.07
    As the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, Bill Moyers gets two views on what the disaster and its aftermath says about American culture and values with Princeton's Melissa Harris-Lacewell and author and environmental activist Mike Tidwell. "What are we going to do in terms of who we are for making resiliency in the face of disaster possible? Because the human experience is going to be that we're going to face a variety of negative, disastrous experiences." -- Melissa Harris-Lacewellmoreless
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
    Barbara Ehrenreich
    Episode 08.03.07
    After studying theoretical physics at Reed College and earning a Ph.D. in cell biology from Rockefeller University, Barbara Ehrenreich joined a small nonprofit in New York City in the late 60's, advocating for better health care for the city's poor. She began researching and writing investigative stories for the company's monthly bulletin, and as she explains in her biography, "There was no decision to become a writer; that was just something I started doing." What Ehrenreich calls her "big writing break," was a cover story for MS. MAGAZINE about feminism and heart disease, which lead to steady essay writing and opinion pieces in MS., MOTHER JONES, THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, HARPER'S and other magazines.moreless
  • Earmark Reform?
    Earmark Reform?
    Episode 07.27.07
    Do you know where your tax dollars are going? How about to build 10 multi-million-dollar military cargo planes that the Pentagon hasn't asked for? What about to fund the "Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree" in Spruce Pine, North Carolina? These congressional pet projects, sometimes referred to as pork-barrel spending, are these days more commonly called earmarks. They are provisions inserted into bills that allocate funds directly to colleges, local agencies, or private businesses, without public hearing or oversight. And since so many recent scandals and ethics inquiries have surfaced that revolve around congressional favors and earmarks, the Jack Abramoff affair perhaps the most infamous and widespread, many watchdog groups have been reading the fine print and publishing earmark information so taxpayers can see exactly how their representatives are spending their money.moreless
  • The Journal: Earmarks and Al Qaeda and Iraq
    As the Bush administration promotes the idea that Al Qaeda is the enemy in Iraq, exploring who the U.S. is really fighting. Also, a report on the hidden spending provisions used by Congress known as earmarks, cash pipelines added to legislation without any debate, public hearing or oversight which are often used as payback for political contributions.moreless
  • The Journal: The Yes Men and Martin Espada
    The Yes Men - aka Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum - who discovered that pranks could get press attention to important issues that would otherwise be ignored. Renowned poet Martin Espada speaks about his love of language and the human need for poetry as he reflects on how heritage and immigration, and violence and war, have influenced his workmoreless
  • The Journal: Tough Talk on Impeachment
    Talk of impeachment is gaining steam as a new opinion poll says that nearly half of Americans favor the impeachment of the President and more than half believe Vice President Cheney should be impeached. Perspective from Constitutional scholar Bruce Fein, who wrote the first article of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, and The Nation's John Nichols, author of The Genius of Impeachmentmoreless
  • The Journal: E.O. Wilson
    The Journal: E.O. Wilson
    Episode 07.05.07
    E.O. Wilson is one of the world's foremost authorities on biology speaks about what humankind needs to understand about the Earth to heal it and about his latest project The Encyclopedia of Life - a digital, online catalog of every single living species on the planet. And, the Earth Conservation Corps (ECC), composed of young adults from the banks of the Anacostia River.moreless
  • The Journal: Labor's Andy Stern, Activist Grace Lee Boggs
    Andrew Stern, the president of Service Employees International Union-the fastest growing union in the nation-weighs in. Also on the program, Bill Moyers interviews writer, activist, and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs, who has taken part in some of the seminal civil rights struggles in U.S. history, about her belief that real change for democracy will come from the grassroots.moreless
  • The Journal: CEOs Flying High
    While a $1.4 billion a year cut in labor expenses have ensured lower costs, why are airline executives still executives still flying high on salaries, stock options and benefits while workers and retirees see cuts in pay and compensation? Journalist Christian Parenti, just back from his fourth visit to Afghanistan. Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopal Church.moreless
  • Bill Moyers Journal: Europe and Islam, America and Race
    In her book Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, Melissa Harris-Lacewell studies various ways that racial and political issues are discussed in America. Harper's Magazine's John R. MacArthur, author of The Selling of "Free Trade": NAFTA, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy, and writer Bruce Bawer on the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Europe.moreless
  • The Journal: Jonathan Miller & Carlo Bonini
    Investigative reporter Carlo Bonini, takes viewers on the trail of the forged intelligence documents purporting that Iraq sought to buy yellowcake uranium from Niger. Jerry Miller, the 200th person exonerated by postconviction DNA testing about clearing his name; and British renaissance man - physician, author, & director of theater and opera - Jonathan Miller about the hidden story of atheism.moreless
  • The Journal: Keeping the Faith
    Bill Moyers Journal takes viewers to commencement at Pat Robertson's Regents University for a closer look at its mission to ensure Biblical principles are reflected in the law of the land. Nick Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief of the libertarian monthly Reason magazine. Historian Marilyn B. Young, co-editor of Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam: Or, How Not to Learn from the Past.moreless