Moyers & Company

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Moyers & Company
Moyers & Company logo.png
Presented by Bill Moyers
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 50 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s) New York City
Running time 57 minutes
Production company(s) Public Affairs Television
WNET
Distributor American Public Television
Broadcast
Original channel Syndicated, on most PBS stations
Original run January 13, 2012 – present
External links
Website

Moyers & Company is a commentary and interview television show hosted by Bill Moyers, and broadcast via syndication on public television stations in the United States. The weekly show covers current affairs affecting everyday Americans, and features extended conversations with guests on issues of the day. It premiered on January 13, 2012 and is scheduled to conclude on January 2, 2015.[1]

The show is produced by Public Affairs Television, taped in the studios of New York City PBS affiliate station WNET, and distributed by American Public Television (APT)[2] with major funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.[3]

History[edit]

Longtime tele-journalist Bill Moyers, best known for hosting Bill Moyers Journal, and, Now on PBS, retired from PBS in April 2010 (amid behind-the-scenes pressure from PBS leadership throughout the second Bush Administration, which had moved to "create balance" by increasing politically conservative programming at the expense of liberal programs like Moyers').[4] In August 2011, Moyers announced that he would come out of retirement to host a new show, titled Moyers & Company.[5] Despite Moyers receiving $2 million in funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, alone (a perennial sponsor of PBS programming), and Moyers' track record of creating and hosting 2 hit PBS shows, PBS did not offer the new show a time slot on its 2012 network schedule.[5] Instead, the show is syndicated (i.e., distributed one station at-a-time) by American Public Television to local public television stations.[5]

Moyers said that he returned to television because "nothing else was as interesting. I had done some writing and speaking, but I love television. It lets me work with colleagues and comrades. And I had breath and I had energy and I had funders." He said the show would focus less on field reporting and more on "meaty conversations".[6]

Moyers has also said that he intends for the show to run for two years, then retire at age 80.[6]

Broadcast[edit]

Moyers & Company is distributed by APT for free to public television stations (PBS affiliates), who air it either in prime time on Fridays or afternoon on weekends.[5][7] It is broadcast in 93% of all television markets in the United States, including 27 of the top 30.[7]

The show is also available on radio and online.[8]

List of episodes[edit]

The following is a listing of previously broadcast episodes.[9]

Original air date Title Guests
January 13, 2012 "Winner-Take-All Politics" Jacob Hacker, Paul Pierson
January 20, 2012 "Crony Capitalism" David Stockman, Gretchen Morgenson
January 27, 2012 "How Big Banks Are Rewriting the Rules of our Economy" John S. Reed, Byron Dorgan
February 3, 2012 "How Do Conservatives and Liberals See the World?" Jonathan Haidt
February 10, 2012 "Economic Malpractice and the Millennials" Heather McGhee
February 17, 2012 "Decoding the Campaigns" Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Rita Dove
February 24, 2012 "Where Movies End and Politics Begins" Neal Gabler, Christian Wiman
March 23, 2012 "Moving Beyond War" Andrew Bacevich
March 29, 2012 "Standing Up for Democracy" George Goehl, Ai-jen Poo, Sarita Gupta
April 5, 2012 "Gambling with Your Money" Paul Volcker, Carne Ross
April 13, 2012 "An Optimist for Our Times" Angela Blackwell
April 20, 2012 "The Case for Old-School Faith and Politics" Eric Alterman, Ross Douthat
April 27, 2012 "Big Money, Big Media, Big Trouble" Marty Kaplan
May 4, 2012 "Between Two Worlds — Life on the Border" Luis Alberto Urrea
May 11, 2012 "Fighting for Fair Play on TV and Taxes" Kathleen Hall Jamieson, RosaAnn DeMoro (Robin Hood tax)
May 18, 2012 "Tom Morello, Troubadour for Justice" Tom Morello
May 25, 2012 "Reckoning with Torture" Larry Siems and Doug Liman
June 15, 2012 "Dark Money in Politics" Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein; Thomas Franks
June 22, 2012 "How Big Banks Victimize Our Democracy" Matt Taibbi and Yves Smith; Peter Edelman
June 29, 2012 "Confronting the Contradictions of America's Past" Khalil Gibran Muhammad
July 6, 2012 "Is Labor a Lost Cause?" Stephen Lerner and Bill Fletcher, Jr.; Moyer's opinion piece presented a critique of the recent US Supreme Court decision on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission; Philip Appleman, poet
July 13, 2012 "Banking on Greed" Sheila Bair; Vandana Shiva
July 20, 2012 "Capitalism’s ‘Sacrifice Zones’" Chris Hedges
July 27, 2012 "What It’s Like to Go to War" Karl Marlantes
August 3, 2012 "Suppressing the Vote" Keesha Gaskins and Michael Waldman; Anthony Baxter
August 24, 2012 "Nuns, Faith and Politics" Sister Simone Campbell and Robert Royal (author)
August 31, 2012 "The Resurrection of Ralph Reed" This episode tracks Reed’s rise, fall, and return; Mike Lofgren
Sept. 7, 2012 "Challenging Power, Changing Politics" Senator Bernie Sanders; Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala
Sept. 14, 2012 "The One Percent Court" Katrina vanden Heuvel and Jamie Raskin; Craig Unger
Sept. 21, 2012 "Elections for Sale" Trevor Potter
Sept. 28, 2012 "United States of ALEC" A report on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of; Kathleen Hall Jamieson
October 5, 2012 "Hispanic America’s Turn" Jorge Ramos (news anchor) and María Elena Salinas
October 12, 2012 "Justice, Not Politics" James Balog; Sally Pederson and Joy Corning
October 19, 2012 "Plutocracy Rising" Matt Taibbi and Chrystia Freeland
October 26, 2012 "What’s Behind the Presidential Campaign Messages?" Marty Kaplan and Kathleen Hall Jamieson; Neil Barofsky
Nov. 9, 2012 "The Election is Over — Now What?" Bob Herbert and Reihan Salam; James Fallows
Nov. 16, 2012 "Hurricanes, Capitalism & Democracy" Naomi Klein; Trevor Potter
Dec. 7, 2012 "Big Media’s Power Play" Senator Bernie Sanders; Mickey Edwards
Dec. 14, 2012 "Fiscal Cliffs and Fiscal Realities" Bruce Bartlett and Yves Smith; James Autry
Dec. 21, 2012 "What We Can Learn from Lincoln" Tony Kushner
Dec. 28, 2012 "Rewriting the Story of America" Junot Díaz
January 4, 2013 "Ending the Silence on Climate Change" Anthony Leiserowitz
January 11, 2013 "Paul Krugman on Why Jobs Come First" Paul Krugman
January 18, 2013 "Fighting for Filibuster Reform" Larry Cohen (union leader); poet Martín Espada
January 25, 2013 "Foul Play in the Senate, and Today’s Abortion Debate" Rep. Peter Welch; Jessica González-Rojas and Lynn Paltrow
February 1, 2013 "Are Drones Destroying our Democracy?" Matt Taibbi; Vicki Divoll and Vincent Warren
February 8, 2013 "Who’s Widening America’s Digital Divide?" Susan P. Crawford; Nick Turse
February 15, 2013 "The Fight to Keep Democracy Alive" Dan Cantor and Jonathan Soros; poet Martín Espada
February 22, 2013 "Taming Capitalism Run Wild" Economist Richard D. Wolff; activist and author Saru Jayaraman
March 1, 2013 "Fighting Creeping Creationism" Zack Kopplin; Susan Jacoby
March 7, 2013 "What We Can Learn From Lincoln" Tony Kushner
March 15, 2013 "Ending the Silence on Climate Change"
March 22, 2013 "What Has Capitalism Done for Us Lately?" Sheila Bair; Richard Wolff
March 27, 2013 "The Death Penalty’s Fatal Flaws" Martin Clancy; Tim O’Brien
March 29, 2013 "And Justice for Some" Bryan Stevenson; Martin Clancy; Tim O’Brien
April 19, 2013 The Toxic Assault on Our Children Sandra Steingraber

Reception[edit]

Associated Press critic Frazier Moore said the program would be "gratefully received" by those who have followed Moyers throughout his career. He added that the show promised to be "no less important, thoughtful and far-flung in its interests than his past TV projects, addressing subjects that range from politics to poetry, and with a nuanced approach that defies the polarization endemic to most TV interview programs."[6] David Bianculli of NPR called the show's premiere "one of my favorite TV moments of this year" calling Moyers's new role "valuable".[7] Richard Huff of New York's Daily News gave the premiere a 3/5 rating and remarked, "Moyers’ genial way makes it easy to digest for those willing to invest a quietly paced hour."[4]

Brian Lowry noted Moyers's unabashedly liberal perspective, but argued that "[e]ven if you reject every word he says, it’s a valuable articulation of a certain point of view... without name-calling, raising voices or fabricating arguments."[10]

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting commended the return of Moyers on public television for again airing voices unrepresented and underrepresented in the commercial media[11] while questioning PBS's commitment to fulfilling its stated mission of airing those voices.[12]

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