Bill Moyers Journal - Season 2009

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


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  • The Journal: Bill T. Jones
    The Journal: Bill T. Jones
    Episode 12.24.09
    At the close of Lincoln's bicentennial year, Bill Moyers Journal takes a unique look at the 16th President. Moyers speaks with critically acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones about his creative process, his insights into Lincoln, and how dance can give us fresh perspective on America's most-studied president.
  • The Journal: Howard Zinn
    The Journal: Howard Zinn
    Episode 12.11.09
    Historian Howard Zinn has chronicled centuries of people's struggles against oppression. He joins Bill Moyers to discuss the voices of today's people and his new film THE PEOPLE SPEAK. And, organizers George Goehl and Heather Booth on turning anger into action.
  • The Journal: LBJ's Road to War
    As President Obama prepares to announce how many more troops he will send to Afghanistan, Bill Moyers remembers the presidency of Lyndon Johnson and the agonizing decisions that escalated America's involvement in Vietnam. Through Johnson's secret tapes of phone calls and conversations, and his own reminiscences, Moyers recalls the events that plunged us ever deeper into war.moreless
  • The Journal: Anna Deavere Smith
    While politicians and the media war over "the public option" and "bending the cost curve," acclaimed actress-playwright Anna Deavere Smith and her one-woman play "LET ME DOWN EASY" give voice to questions of life and death, sickness and healthcare. The JOURNAL visits a new home in New York City for contemplation and celebration of poetry.moreless
  • The Journal: Economic Recovery in Reivew
    With Americans still facing rising unemployment, foreclosures, and declining property values, renowned economist James K. Galbraith on whether we've averted another crisis and how to get help for the middle class. And, National Review senior editor Richard Brookhiser talks about his mentor William F. Buckley, Jr. and today's conservative movement.
  • Judge Richard Goldstone
    Judge Richard Goldstone
    Episode 10.22.09
    Bill Moyers talks with Justice Richard Goldstone, who headed up the controversial UN Human Rights Council investigation into fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.
  • Redefining the United States
    Redefining the United States
    Episode 10.15.09
    Journalist Mark Danner speaks with Bill Moyers about Obama's challenges in resetting the mindset of America from war to peace, and redefining the US as a nation. The Journal profiles public health doctor America Bracho, who serves her Santa Ana, CA community -- notorious for crime, poverty and disease -- with her organization, Latino Health Access.moreless
  • America's economy reformed?
    America's economy reformed?
    Episode 10.08.09
    Just over a year after economic calamity brought promises of reform to Washington is it business as usual for Wall Street? Former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson and US Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) join Bill Moyers for a report card on the bailouts and to find out whether efforts of reform have been derailed. Bill Moyers remembers his friend, renowned physician and mountaineer Charlie Houston.moreless
  • A New Direction for Afghanistan?
    Rory Stewart, director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, on Afghanistan. And, Kavita Ramdas, president and CEO of Global Fund for Women, the largest grant-making foundation focused exclusively on women's rights.
  • The Journal: Is Conservatism Dead?
    Digging deep into the roots and evolution of the American conservative movement, Sam Tanenhaus talks with Bill Moyers about why he believes that conservatism is dead and how it might yet come back to life. With public support for labor unions at its lowest point in 70 years, Bill Moyers talks with labor experts Bill Fletcher and Michael Zweig.moreless
  • Is Conservatism Dead?
    Is Conservatism Dead?
    Episode 09.17.09
    Digging deep into the roots and evolution of the American conservative movement, Sam Tanenhaus talks with Bill Moyers about why he believes that conservatism is dead and how it might yet come back to life. With public support for labor unions at its lowest point in 70 years, Bill Moyers talks with labor experts Bill Fletcher and Michael Zweig.moreless
  • Obama at the Crossroads
    Obama at the Crossroads
    Episode 09.10.09
    With a landmark speech on health reform behind him and tensions rising in war-torn Afghanistan, Bill Moyers Journal looks at President Obama's next big fights. Global health specialist and incoming president of Dartmouth College Dr. Jim Yong Kim shares his expertise in public health. A hard look at the state of affairs in Afghanistan with McClatchy DC Pentagon correspondent Nancy Youssef.moreless
  • Floyd Abrams and Trevor Potter
    Next week, the Supreme Court reconvenes early for a special hearing on the constitutionality of campaign finance limits for corporations. To hear the arguments, Bill Moyers sits down with Trevor Potter, president and general counsel of The Campaign Legal Center and a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, and Floyd Abrams, a First Amendment attorneymoreless
  • The Journal: Money-Driven Medicine
    The film MONEY-DRIVEN MEDICINE reveals how a profit-hungry "medical-industrial complex" has turned health care into a system where millions are squandered on unnecessary tests, unproven and sometimes unwanted procedures and overpriced prescription drugs.
  • Katrina Recovery Gone Wrong?
    Katrina Recovery Gone Wrong?
    Episode 08.23.09
    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, and examines what's happened to the money Congress sent to rebuild.moreless
  • The Journal: Critical Condition
    Filmmaker Roger Weisberg puts a human face to the 47 million uninsured in America in CRITICAL CONDITION. The film follows families fighting illness without health coverage.
  • The Journal: A Conservative Plan for Healthcare?
    Conservative journalist David Frum worries that Republicans would only win a failing status quo in their fight to kill health care reform. Also on the program, the JOURNAL sorts fact from spin in the health care debate. Media analyst Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Kaiser Family Foundation president and CEO Drew Altman discuss the messages in health care ads today.moreless
  • Profits Before Patients
    Profits Before Patients
    Episode 07.30.09
    With almost 20 years inside the health insurance industry, Wendell Potter saw for-profit insurers hijack our health care system and put profits before patients. Now, he speaks with Bill Moyers about how those companies are standing in the way of health care reform. And, a Bill Moyers Essay.
  • Debating Health Care Reform
    Debating Health Care Reform
    Episode 07.23.09
    Bill Moyers sits down with Trudy Lieberman and Dr. Marcia Angell to discuss health care reform. And BILL MOYERS JOURNAL revisits a tough look at the hostile industry of "Shock Jock" media.
  • Robert Wright on the Idea of God
    In his new book, "The Evolution of God," bestselling author Robert Wright examines how the idea of God has changed through history. Wright sits down with Bill Moyers to discuss why he thinks the notion of God is imperative to a moral society. And, Bill Moyers talks with two environmental activists who are disappointed in Obama's progress on climate change. Plus, a Bill Moyers essay on health care.moreless
  • Profits Over People
    Profits Over People
    Episode 07.09.09
    With almost 20 years inside the health insurance industry, Wendell Potter saw for-profit insurers hijack our health care system and put profits before patients. Now, he speaks with Bill Moyers about how those companies are standing in the way of health care reform. And, a Bill Moyers Essay.
  • Faith & Social Justice
    Faith & Social Justice
    Episode 07.02.09
    Bill Moyers speaks with Cornel West, Serene Jones, and Gary Dorrien for a fresh take on what our core ethics and values as a society say about America's politics, policy, and the challenges of balancing capitalism and democracy.
  • W.S. Merwin
    W.S. Merwin
    Episode 06.25.09
    On the heels of winning this year's Pulitzer prize for poetry, W.S. Merwin joins Bill Moyers for a wide-ranging conversation about language, his writing process, the natural world, and the insights gleaned from a much-lauded career of more than 50 years.
  • The Journal: Foreign Lobbying. Imam Zaid Shakir
    Harper's Magazine editor Ken Silverstein on going undercover to recruit lobbyists to help improve the image of Turkmenistan, a corrupt foreign government with appalling human rights abuses. Imam Zaid Shakir has been called a voice of conscience for American Muslims, but his views on Islam in America put him at the center of a heated debate about faith and culture.moreless
  • Women Fight for Peace
    Women Fight for Peace
    Episode 06.18.09
    Instructed by a dream and organized in prayer, Leymah Gbowee and thousands of everyday women in Liberia confronted warlords and a corrupt president to successfully fight for peace and dignity in their war-torn nation. Journal guest host Lynn Sherr interviews Leymah Gbowee and Abigail Disney, who documented their inspiring tale in the award-winning film Pray the Devil Back to Hell.moreless
  • Robert Reich and Kaye and Brookhiser
    Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich sits down with Bill Moyers to talk about the influence of lobbyists on policy, the economy, and the ongoing debate over public health care. On the 200th anniversary of Thomas Paine's death, Bill Moyers discusses the influential early American with scholar Harvey J. Kaye and National Review senior editor Richard Brookhiser.moreless
  • The Journal: The Costs of War and Media Analysis
    Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill on the human and financial costs of America's wars. Scahill is author of the best-selling book Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army. And, On the Media host Brooke Gladstone and NYU journalism professor and PressThink blogger Jay Rosen sort the messages and spin from the week's news.moreless
  • The Journal: Maxine Hong Kingston
    Maxine Hong Kingston, acclaimed author of many books including the award-winning The Woman Warrior and her latest book Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace. For the past 15 years, Kingston has been working with veterans - as well as other survivors of war to convert the horrors they experienced into the words and stories that Kingston believes will help them cope and survive.moreless
  • 5/21/09
    Advocate Donna Smith on how our broken system is hurting ordinary Americans. Then, policy analysts and physicians Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen and David Himmelstein of Physicians for a National Health Program join Bill Moyers for a frank discussion about the political and logistical feasibility of a single-payer system amidst the troubled economy and a government dominated by lobbyists.moreless
  • The Journal: Pakistan Analysis and Educated Consumers
    As the world follows the violence and unrest in Pakistan, Bill Moyers speaks with historian Juan Cole and journalist Shahan Mufti about the U.S. relationship with Pakistan, how it relates to the war in Afghanistan, and why they think Pakistan is not likely to become a failed state anytime soon. Daniel Goleman on how better educated consumers can help build a sustainable economy.moreless
  • The Journal: U.S. Torture and Consequences?
    Bill Moyers sits down with Bruce Fein, former deputy attorney general under President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the American Freedom Agenda, and Mark Danner, who has been reporting on the US treatment and interrogation of detainees. Also on the program, the Journal profiles Steve Meacham, a Massachusetts community organizer fighting to keep working people in their homes.moreless
  • The Journal: Jon Stewart & Josh Marshall
    Jon Stewart, the anchor of the award-winning The Daily Show for eight years, about why so many get their news and analysis from his fake news show. Also on the program: Josh Marshall, blogger and publisher of the influential, gives his perspective on role of politics in the recent firings of federal prosecutors. And Bill Moyers remembers David Halberstam.moreless
  • David Simon
    Episode 04.17.09
    From crime beat reporter for the BALTIMORE SUN to award-winning screenwriter of HBO's critically-acclaimed The Wire, David Simon talks with Bill Moyers about inner-city crime and politics, storytelling and the future of journalism today.
  • Bill Moyers Journal: Robert G. Kaiser & Parker Palmer
    Robert G. Kaiser about his new book, SO DAMN MUCH MONEY: THE TRIUMPH OF LOBBYING AND THE CORROSION OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT. Parker J. Palmer, founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage and Renewal on maintaining spiritual wholeness even as the economy and political order seem to come apart. Bill Moyers on Obama's recent announcement of more troops to Afghanistan.moreless
  • Bill Moyers Journal: Lincoln's Legacy, Modern Journalism
    To commemorate Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial birthday, Bill Moyers sits down with Eric Foner, author of Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World, Moyers explores how well journalism has responded to the task of getting to the truth and informing the public in an increasingly political media environment with PressThink blogger Jay Rosen and blogger Glenn Greenwald.moreless
  • Bill Moyers Journal: America's Policy on Bombing
    A closer look at America's history of and current policy on bombing with historian Marilyn Young, author of Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth Century History and former Pentagon official Pierre Sprey, who developed military planes and helped found the military reform movement. And Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian on the future of public higher education and its role in our democracy.moreless
  • Bill Moyers Journal: Expectations of the Obama Administration
    Columbia law professor and Nation columnist Patricia Williams and Princeton politics and African American studies professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell about the significance of this election milestone . Political columnist and blogger David Sirota and Wall Street Journal columnist Thomas Frank what must be accomplished for Obama to be considered a progressive President.moreless
  • Bill Moyers Journal: A Working Class Renaissance?
    United Steelworkers' International President Leo Gerard on the Obama administration and what kind of stimulus might be needed and what the future of American industry might look like. An update on the SEATTLE TIMES reporters who uncovered how members of Congress had awarded federal dollars for questionable purposes. Plus, Bill Moyers reflects on recent violence in the Middle Eastmoreless