Jon Stewart, during his guest interview, mentions the Billy Joel song, "We didn't start the fire." This song chronicles world events from 1949 to 1989 and was released in November of 1989.
Bill Moyers: Sometimes the best of people are tempted to do the worst of things…for the best of intentions because it's a rough and reckless world out there.
Jon Stewart: You seem more dispirited about what's going on now…more dispirited about the state of the country than you seemingly have been in the past.
Bill Moyers: I'm not dispirited. I said to a friend of mine on Wall Street some time ago, "Are you optimistic?" And he said, "I am." "Why do you look so worried?" "Because I'm not sure my optimism is justified." And I feel that way from time to time about democracy. I say, in the book, that democracy is a story of narrow escapes and we may be running out of luck because we have created problems that our politics will not solve…my great concern, I have five great grandchildren, for them and the young people in your audience-they're not going to have a more level playing ground…
Jon Stewart: But doesn't the pendulum swing? I'm always confident. Hopefully, it doesn't take another depression but hopefully the pendulum swings. I'm always confident that it feels like, throughout our history, we've progressed from some egregious acts to more mildly egregious acts…We've made progress…
Bill Moyers: …not without a struggle…
Bill Moyers: Democracy has come close before. Abolition, slavery, the Civil War, the Reconstruction, the Red Scare of 1910, the Great Depression, World War II, Watergate.
Jon Stewart: Sounds like a Billy Joel song…We didn't start the fire!
Jon Stewart: Technology necessary yet heartless. But sometimes a hero comes along and elevates a boiler plate "the rising cost of gasoline is crushing everyone in its wake" story with a simple turn of phrase that lifts the nation's spirits. (shows clip featuring a young man, saying "I'm going to just close my eyes and pump.")
Moment of Zen: Features CNN's Ari Fleischer, discussing the fast pace at which gas prices are rising.
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