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Moyers & Company

Airs Sundays at 10 a.m. on KPBS TV

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Bill Moyers returned on-air and online in January 2012 with MOYERS & COMPANY, a weekly hour of compelling and vital conversation about life and the state of American democracy, featuring some of the best thinkers of our time. A range of scholars, artists, activists, scientists, philosophers and newsmakers bring context, insight and meaning to important topics.

The series occasionally includes Moyers' own timely and penetrating essays on society and government. In a multimedia marketplace saturated with shallow sound bites and partisan name-calling, MOYERS & COMPANY digs deeper. As the Los Angeles Times put it in 2010, “No one on television has centralized the discussion of ideas as much as Moyers... He not only gives a forum to unusual thinkers, he is truly interested in what they have to say and who they are because he believes their ideas really matter.”

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Topics for Sunday, November 16, 2014:

In this turbulent midterm election year, two academics decided to practice what they preached. They left the classroom, confronted the reality of down-and-dirty politics, and tried to replace moneyed interests with the public interest. Neither was successful – this year, at least – but on this week’s edition of MOYERS & COMPANY, they discuss with Bill Moyers their experiences and the hard-fought lessons learned about the state of American democracy.

Lawrence Lessig teaches law at Harvard, is director of that university’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and founded the University of Chicago’s Center for Internet and Society. A well-known Internet activist and campaign finance reform advocate, this election cycle, he started Mayday.US, a crowd-funded SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs. Its mission, Lessig says, is to reduce the influence of money in politics and make it politically toxic to oppose campaign finance reform. Lessig’s six congressional picks in truly competitive races went down to defeat in the midterms, but he told a reporter, “The fight to root out corruption in our politics is one of the most important in our time, and we will continue to pursue it with fierce urgency.”

Zephyr Teachout is a professor of constitutional and property law at Fordham Law School and this year became a political candidate – going up against incumbent New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary. She received more than a third of the vote and carried 30 of the state’s 62 counties, surprising everyone – including Cuomo. Her new book, “Corruption in America,” is a history of the corrosive influence of money in politics. In it she writes, “What America now faces, if we do not change the fundamental structures of the relationship of money to legislative power, is neither mob rule nor democracy, but oligarchy.”

Bill Moyers is on Facebook, and you can follow @BillMoyers on Twitter. Miss last week's episode? MOYERS & COMPANY is available for online viewing.

The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics

The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

In this turbulent midterm election year, two academics -- Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout -- left the classroom and confronted the reality of down-and-dirty politics, attempting to replace moneyed interests with the public interest. Neither was successful – this year, at least – but on this week’s show, Bill speaks with them about the hard-fought lessons learned on the state of American democracy.

Preview: Marilynne Robinson on Keeping Faith in Democracy

Moyers & Company: Climate Change: Faith and Fact

Climate Change: Faith and Fact from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

The Conscience of a Compassionate Conservative

Full Show: The Conscience of a Compassionate Conservative from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

Politicians in Washington, D.C., seem to have stopped talking — and listening — to their colleagues across the aisle, contributing to our virtually deadlocked Congress. While Washington appears to have stopped their conversations, Bill decided to start a new one. This week he speaks with the American Enterprise Institute’s president Arthur C. Brooks, whose political views in large measure differ from his own, on how to fight America’s widening inequality.

Time to Get Real on Climate Change

In this episode of MOYERS & COMPANY, David Suzuki, a geneticist who has made science exciting to millions of TV viewers, warns that we’re burning up the planet, but there’s still a chance we can make it.

Susan Crawford on Why Our Internet Access Is Slow, Costly and Unfair

Susan Crawford on Why US Internet Access is Slow, Costly, and Unfair from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

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All Work and No Pay

All Work and No Pay from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

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Public Schools For Sale?

Public Schools for Sale? from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

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No Escaping Dragnet Nation

No Escaping Dragnet Nation from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

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Moyers & Company: Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections? Preview

Preview: Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections? from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

In this episode, two investigative journalists talk to Bill Moyers about the role of dark money — and the wealthy donors behind it — in this year’s midterm elections.

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