Now - Season 2

Friday 9:00 PM on PBS Premiered Jan 18, 2002 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • Speaking to Power
    Speaking to Power
    Episode 48
    Despite an increasing intolerance and fundamentalism of church in America today, Riverside Church in New City has become a remarkable beacon of light and hope to the religious world. Bill Moyers shows how the leaders of this church have embraced a doctrine that is changing religion in America. His findings show how peace and tolerance are becoming possible in a seemingly dark and hopeless world.moreless
  • Bargain Shopping
    Bargain Shopping
    Episode 47
    David Brancaccio of the talk show Now investigates retailing giant Wal-mart's decision to open 40 supercenters in California and Las Vegas and how the costs will affect the tax-payers of these communities. Samantha Power is also interviewed on this episode regarding the justice measures for tyrannical leaders such as Saddam Hussein.moreless
  • Veil of Secrecy
    Veil of Secrecy
    Episode 46
    In this episode of Now, Dorothy Rabinowitz and David Brancaccio join Bill Moyers to discuss government secrecy. Investigations include everything from toxic air pollution to automobile safety. The show discusses how over the years the government has become more secretive regarding important issues, leaving everyone in danger. Later, Bill Moyers speaks with New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer regarding the US mutual fund industry, the Clean Air Act, and corporate reform.moreless
  • Media and Democracy
    Media and Democracy
    Episode 45
    A former Major League Baseball pitcher tries to save an old ballpark in a report on media and its relationship with big business, which opens the first segment in this three-part episode. Afterwards, NOW heads to Africa to report on a polio outbreak in the Republic of Congo, and host, Bill Moyers, ends the episode with an interview with John Leonard from New York Magazine.moreless
  • A Question of Fairness
    NOW examines three powerful stories, illustrating the toll government policies favoring corporations over "the people" has on the nation's citizens. First, NAFTA's role in throwing a mill town of Pennsylvania into the class of the working-poor. Second, the collapse of WorldCom and 1990s deregulation laws that snatched the futures of individual investors away. Last, good intentions of Alabama's governor to bridge the gap between the poor and rich are derailed by greedy corporations.moreless
  • Cash and Carry
    Cash and Carry
    Episode 43
    Episode 43 of season 2 of the PBS show NOW with Bill Moyers, originally aired on 11/14/03. The episode was entitled Cash and Carry, and featured guest commentators Bob Barr, a conservative republican congressman from Georgia who discussed civil liberties, and conservationist Stewart Udall who discussed environmental policies. Bill Moyers and David Brancaccio reported on current news events.moreless
  • Coming Home
    Coming Home
    Episode 42
    Coming Home from the show Now is a PBS special that tells the stories of the US troops that are one by one getting discharged from the Army. Many soldiers have various health issues, and post traumatic stress disorder is reported in a large number of returning soldiers. This program focuses on how the Army is claiming that a large amount of soldiers had pre exisiting issues of mental illness, and now, unfortunately, these individuals are not receiving the assistance they need.moreless
  • Judgement Day
    Judgement Day
    Episode 41
    President Bush's nomination of Janice Rogers to the DC Circuit's US Court of Appeals has sparked major controversy. The NY Times called her a divisive nominee, while Lawyers Weekly referred to her as a compelling and extraordinary nominee. NOW takes viewers inside committee chambers to experience, first-hand, the stakes of this controversial nomination. Featuring: NOW's David Brancaccio with Bill Emmott and NOW's Bill Moyers with Wendy Kaminer. In another story, NOW examines how polio vaccinations could help saves lives in other countries.moreless
  • Downward Mobility
    Downward Mobility
    Episode 40
    There's a war brewing up between Tyson Foods, a meat-processing corporation, and union workers in Jefferson, Wisconsin. The wage war relates to the corporation's attempts to cut workers' benefits and wages. This could lead to poverty in this small US town, bringing down its middle-class. NOW examines the emotional and combative labor strike. Featuring: NOW's Bill Moyers, Joseph C. Hough, NOW's David Brancaccio and NPR's Sarah Chayes.moreless
  • New Math?
    New Math?
    Episode 39
    Secretary of Education Rod Paige has enacted what many have called the "Houston Miracle" - a distinct drop in dropout rates and a rise in test scores. Critics, however, say that what Paige has done has engineered test falsification. NOW takes a look at this scandal and its impact on education.moreless
  • Funding Faith
    Funding Faith
    Episode 38
    Host Bill Moyers and reporter David Brancaccio take an in-depth look at the Federal Communications Commission's relationship to faith-based programs. Funding religious initiatives leads to complicated issues, leaving many people dissatisfied on either side of the issue. Guests on the show include John Ridley, an acclaimed director, and John Bogle, a leading figure in the investment industry.moreless
  • God and Government
    God and Government
    Episode 37
    God and Government from the show Now is a PBS program hosted by David Branaccio. It focuses on the Separation of Church and State and gives insight to how the Constitutional Convention decided that there should be no religious test and that religious issues should be left within the states. This program also examines the fact that the well known phrase of Separation of Church and State is nowhere to be found in the Constitution when it is such a large issue in today's world.moreless
  • Clearing the Air
    Clearing the Air
    Episode 36
    Christine Todd Whitman is the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The former New Jersey governor was a supporter of pro-environmental policies. Two years after taking the job, she resigned from the EPA, after much criticism from the Bush Administration. NOW takes a look at how politics overrules environmental protection from Whitman's first-hand information. Also featuring: NOW's Bill Moyers, Philip Clapp, National Environmental Trust President, Deborah Amos of NPR and author, Walter Mosley.moreless
  • Unanswered Questions
    The episode Unanswered Questions revolves around the repercussions of September 11th, two years later. The episode shows four New Jersey widows, who demand answers about if the government knew anything ahead of time and if anything could have prevented their husbands deaths. Now also interviews George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist, who has donated billions to try and achieve democracy.moreless
  • Women's Work
    Women's Work
    Episode 34
    Women's Work from the show Now is a special program on the PBS network hosted by Bill Moyers that investigates the difference in pay between men and women. Gender inequality is still an issue in today's world, and UNIFEM (United Nation's Development Fund For Women) is working hard to obtain equal pay and opportunities for women.moreless
  • Foreign Service?
    Foreign Service?
    Episode 33
    The "Foreign Service?" episode of Now takes a look at the increasing number of American companies that are resorting to outsourcing of jobs as a means of handling economic recession. The episode focuses on India where most American financial and customer support calls and technology jobs are outsourced, thereby causing its own skilled workforce to suffer.moreless
  • Losing Access
    Losing Access
    Episode 32
    Reporter Caroline Hawley travels to Iraq to examine new conflicts. Meanwhile, in the United States, the NOW team looks at the question of community access media. In San Jose, California, thousands of people may lose a source of communication and education due to legal battles with Comcast. Guests include civil liberties expert David Cole and journalist Bob Herbert .moreless
  • Inside the Pentagon
    Inside the Pentagon
    Episode 31
    Episode 31 from season 2 of the PBS show NOW with Bill Moyers, originally aired on 8/1/03, and is entitled Inside the Pentagon. Bill Moyers interviews Chuck Spinney, a former Air Force Captain and longtime military analyst for the Pentagon who became known as a leader of the defense reform movement. Sometimes referred to as a whistleblower, Spinney testified before Congress about waste within the military. The full hour of this episode is dedicated to the nation's defense.moreless
  • Changing Channels
    Changing Channels
    Episode 30
    Media deregulation takes a center stage when NOW covers a vote in the House of Representatives that was written to overturn part of a FCC ruling which would deregulate the media industry. Later, Bill Moyers talks to scientist, Leon Kass, about ethics and interviews former Senator Max Cleland about pre-9/11 security breaches.moreless
  • Food Fight
    Food Fight
    Episode 29
    Food Fight from the show NOW takes viewers to Tar Heel, North Carolina. In its second season, airing on July 18, 2003, the NOW team investigates an ongoing battle to unionize a pork processing plant. NOW's journalist Maria Hinojosa gets direct access to the plant, which allows her to film inside Smithfield Packing, the world's largest pork processing plant.moreless
  • A Justice for All?
    A Justice for All?
    Episode 28
    In the episode titled "A Justice for All?", Now looks at William Pryor's nomination as judiciary to President Bush that has worried the Democrats because of his strong ideologies on sovereign states and gay rights. The episode delves into whether he will uphold justice impartially. Then, Bill Moyers interviews Jon Stewart, comedian for "The Daily Show", where he presents the news in a unique parodical fashion.moreless
  • Pension Pain
    Pension Pain
    Episode 27
    "Forty-four million Americans are counting on pensions to be there when they retired but Congress is entertaining legislation that could put their pensions on the line. NOW explains how accounting loopholes are used by companies to avoid paying you what you have earned. NOW reports from Baghdad with Deb Amos on what the effects of our troops in Iraq are from both sides since 19 American soldiers died in enemy fire after President's declaration on May 1. Also, Bill Moyer's interviews Erica Jong."moreless
  • Rebuilding Lives
    Rebuilding Lives
    Episode 26
    Rebuilding Lives from the show NOW, profiles the organization Free at Last, and its founder David Lewis. In its second season, airing June 20, 2003, the NOW team talks in-depth to Lewis concerning his decision to return to his home town of East Palo Alto, California. Lewis plans to create an organization that helps people recover from substance abuse starting within their own community.moreless
  • The Case For War
    The Case For War
    Episode 25
    The Case for War is an episode of the PBS television series Now. In this episode, foreign policy analysts discuss the evidence used to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Was the war a necessity, or would containment have been a better option? Watch The Case for War, and find out.moreless
  • Financing the Settlements
    In "Financing the Settlements", NOW looks at America's program of aid to Israel. Between 1979 and 2003, the US sent around $3 billion a year to Israel with the aim of reducing the burden of defense spending for the embattled Middle Eastern power. The show raises concerns that some of this aid has gone towards financing disputed settlements. Producer: Bob Abeshouse. Editor: Vincent Liota.moreless
  • Revolving Door
    Revolving Door
    Episode 23
    Revolving Door From the show Now is a PBS program that follows the political career of J. Stephen Griles of the Department of Interior. This report looks into an investigation on Griles and his ethics due to the fact that some of his behaviors have rasied concern in various environmental groups. Bill Moyers conducts a series of interviews with associates of Giles in order to learn more about his policies.moreless
  • On the Industry Dime
    On the Industry's Dime looks at the relationship between the Federal Communication Commission and private media companies in the lead up to the announcement of the decision on expanding ownership. The Center for Public Integrity's Chuck Lewis voices his opinions on the verdict. Next, Will Hutton from the UK's Observer comments on America's isolationism, and NOW interviews the band Los Lobos.moreless
  • Politics of Choice
    Politics of Choice
    Episode 21
    This episode investigates the claims made by pro-choice activists that Washington has begun a campaign to overturn women's reproductive rights. Also in this episode, an interview with Molly Ivins about WMDs in Iraq and democracy in America, as well as an interview with author Elaine Pagels about religion in the modern world.moreless
  • Health, Wealth, and Bill Gates
    On the episode Health, Wealth, and Bill Gates from the show Now airing May 9, 2003, Bill Moyers interviews Microsoft mogul and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates. The interview covers Mr. Gates' extensive wealth and why he is dedicating a bulk of it to public health issues like AIDS treatment and vaccinations in the Third World.moreless
  • Corporate Reform Updates
    NOW examines how investors may have gotten defrauded as a result of the dip in the market, and suggests that investors could be duped again by unscrupulous stockbrokers. Bill Moyers also interviews Bharati Mukherjee about her 1985 Air India investigation, and her unique take on one of the greatest air tragedies of our time. FCC commissioner Michael Copps also chimes in with his take on media deregulation, while David Grossman discusses his compilation of essays, DEATH AS A WAY OF LIFE: ISRAEL TEN YEARS AFTER OSLO.moreless
  • The View from Cairo
    The View from Cairo
    Episode 18
    The View from Cairo from the show Now focuses on several topics, with the main being an examination of the effect of the Iraq war on Cairo and Arab communities around the world. Others include discussions on the impact of deregulation on the quality of media, the 2003 crackdown on Cuban dissidents, and photographs taken of the conflict fought between the Sandinistas and Contras in Nicaragua.moreless
  • Time OR Money
    Time OR Money
    Episode 17
    In the episode Time Or Money, Bill Moyers explores how the new bill in Congress will benefit workers in America, with its payment for working overtime or claiming time off instead. He talks to economic journalist Jeff Madrick about the country's economy during and after the war. He interviews writer Steven Brill about his book based on America's recovery after the 9/11 attacks and titled After.moreless
  • Lawsuits and the Gun Industry
    Lawsuits and the Gun Industry from the show Now is a PBS special report focusing on the various lawsuits that take place due to misuse of guns, which can lead to personal injury and death. There was a bill presented in 2003 that would indemnify the gun industry against future gun lawsuits, and currently, that bill is up for dismissal. This program examines the pros and cons of this issue and offers an inside look into the world of firearms.moreless
  • Big Media
    Big Media
    Episode 15
    Big Media from the show Now is a PBS special hosted by Bill Moyers. It follows the development and growth of current media outlets, and takes a deeper look into the 43 million dollar deal between GE and Vivendi, as well as the impact that powerful media outlets like Clear Channel and Cumulus Media are having on the general public.moreless
  • Guns or Butter
    Guns or Butter
    Episode 14
    Do the Iraqi citizens really want help from the US? Many have armed themselves against US coalition troops. With county, state and city governments facing economic shortfalls, can the country really afford the proposed tax cuts? NOW examines these cuts, who they'll benefit and how they'll potentially effect the US economy. Featuring: NOW's Bill Moyers, Shafeeq Ghabra, an Arab scholar in Kuwait, Charles Lewis of Center for Public Integrity and Serena Cruz, Multnomah County Commissioner.moreless
  • Homeland Insecurity
    Homeland Insecurity
    Episode 13
    "Homeland Insecurity" is split into three segments. The first questions the security of America's chemical plants and examines the debate over who is ultimately responsible for protecting these plants from terrorist attacks -- private industry or the federal government. In the second segment, the novelist and poet Alice Walker discusses her anti-war activism and her latest work, "Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems." The episode ends with an interview of Boston College professor Alan Wolfe on the topic of the war in Iraq.moreless
  • What's Next for Iraq?
    The show "Now" airs on PBS. Its episdode "What's Next for Iraq" aired in the March of 2003. It covers the role of the then recent start of the war in Iraq. The show discusses some of the possible outcomes that could arise from America's role overseas. It provides an interesting view point.moreless
  • Coercive Inspections
    Coercive Inspections has Dr. Jessica Mathews explaining this new approach for international inspection teams to operate in Iraq, involving the use of force if necessary. She talks to Now correspondent Bill Moyers about America's role in the war and its impact on the entire world. The next guest on the episode, Dr. Mark Siegel, discusses the detrimental effects of the recent advertising freedom given to pharmaceutical companies.moreless
  • Selling War
    Selling War
    Episode 10
    Bill Moyer discusses the economic effects of war with Lew Rockwell, and how he believes smaller government could solve the fiscal problems of the country. There is also discussion with Chris Hedges about the human effects of war. Later, Bill has round table discussion about the effects of religion on war and whether democracy is the answer to horrific battles justified in the name of God.moreless
  • The Massing of the Media
    The Massing of the Media from the show Now is a PBS special program that focuses on the purchase of local radio and television stations by publishing conglomerates. The FCC is currently considering a proposal that would allow these large corporations to purchase the stations, and the issue lies with the local communities strongly opposing this proposal.moreless
  • Media and Politics
    Media and Politics
    Episode 8
    In the episode Media and Politics, Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh shares the hidden details of the evacuation of enemy troops cornered by U.S. forces in Afghanistan. They were taken to Pakistan under the leadership of Pervez Musharraf co-ordinating with the American government. This is followed by Now host Bill Moyers talking to author Robert McChesney and correspondent John Nichols about corporates influencing the media in the U.S.moreless
  • What Money Buys
    What Money Buys
    Episode 7
    What Money Buys from the show Now is a PBS program that focuses on the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, a bill that bans unregulated dontations to the political parties. It follows the release of various documents that show how representatives of the political parties obtain large campaign donations, and the documents that have been released so far are causing friction and controversy with the public as well as within the political parties.moreless
  • Bracing for Bioterror
    Smallpox has returned after over 20 years of eradication. Some officials worry that samples of the deadly virus may be in the hands of other countries, such as North Korea and Iraq. NOW takes a look at the threat of using smallpox as a bio-weapon, the President's 3-phase vaccination program and financial and human costs of protecting the US against it. Featuring: NOW's Bill Moyers, Chuck Lewis and Frank Rich.moreless
  • Going it Alone?
    Going it Alone?
    Episode 5
    "Going it Alone?" provides excellent coverage of President Bush's rally to gain international support in his decision to go to war with Iraq. Host Bill Moyers interviews political author John MacArthur about the power of the media in the President's State of the Union address and its effect on nations in Europe and the Middle East. Focus is also given to fuel efficiency drives in the U.S.moreless
  • Close Call
    Close Call
    Episode 4
    In "Close Call", NOW looks at the monitoring of nuclear power stations in the US -- specifically, Ohio's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station. The station's reactor head was discovered to be suffering from the most extensive corrosion ever found in a US nuclear power station and disaster was only narrowly averted. With Bill Moyers. Produced by Keith Brown.moreless
  • Toolbooths on the Digital Highway
    The idea of intellectual property and who owns it continues to be a hot topic, especially with recent legislation passed by Congress. Congress passed a bill allowing corporations to hang on to their intellectual property for far longer than has previously been allowed. What's ultimately at stake is private control by corporations and the government and our overriding public interest. NOW examines this legislation and why we should be concerned.moreless
  • In the Red
    In the Red
    Episode 2
    Correspondent, Deborah Amos interviews California's inaugural Governor Gray Davis and Dan Walters, a political columnist at the Sacramento Bee, and others about the budget crisis facing many states. The majority of states are facing a miserable fiscal prospect. A 2003 report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities outlines the projected total deficit figures for the 2004 fiscal year. These total deficit figures are projected to be somewhere between $70 and $85 billion. How will these huge budget deficits effect public services and what can states and the federal government do to change these spiraling stastistics?moreless
  • Whose God?
    Whose God?
    Episode 1
    In the segment, Whose God, Bill Moyers leads an interactive with six panelists, discussing how God can be comforting and loving, worshipped by so many followers, but also viewed as a God who doles out injustice and cruelty. In the days following September 11, 2001, Americans struggle more with practicing tolerance and acceptance, especially as others move to the country bringing their own ideals and beliefs with them.moreless
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