This weekend, 77-year-old Bill Moyers returns with his new program, Moyers & Company, on public television stations. I don't recall when I last looked forward to a show with such anticipation as I do with this one. I expect it, as has always been so with Moyers, to be an intense learning experience.
Moyers stands alone. He is the only interviewer on television who does not seek the superficial soundbite from his guests, who does not cut them off in mid-sentence or -thought nor does he tell guests the answer he is looking for with the wording of his questions as most other political interviewers do.
Instead, he allows guests to thoroughly explain their theses as he probes with exacting questions for more information, more detail, more of their knowledge giving us, the audience, the most enlightening and substantive hour of learning on all of TV.
Moyers is returning to television with a show he says is, as in the past, political but not partisan:
"Journalism has long been for me a continuing course in adult education. Given what's happening in this country, it's time to sign up for more classes.
"The lack of civility and common sense that has paralyzed our democracy, the vast economic and social inequality that sends both left and right raging into the streets, the corrosive influence of money in politics - we're in a tailspin with little hope for a course correction from our elected leadership or corporate-dominated media.
"The need for voices of reason, simple and eloquent, has rarely been stronger. Those voices, whether they be from artist or social critic, philosopher or poet, historian or physicist, can bring us truth, inspiration, even hope.
"So I'll be reaching out in this new series to people engaged in the trials and errors of democracy, who have tested their ideas against experience, and who know that the health of our body politic is everybody's business. They help us see the world anew, and to make informed choices."
Ordinarily, I would save this story for Interesting Stuff on Saturday, but I don't want it to get lost among the trivial. The topic of Moyers' premiere show is how Washington, D.C. made the rich richer at the expense of the middle class.
His guests are Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, the authors of Winner Take All Politics and Moyers will comment on the Occupy movement.
To find out when and on what channel Moyers & Company will be broadcast in your area, click here and fill in the requested information.
There is this note at Moyers' website: “Watch this space on Friday for the premiere episode of Moyers & Company, in which Bill explores how America’s gross inequality is no accident...”
I don't know if that means the program will available on that web page today but this is the link for you in case that's so.
Meanwhile, here is Moyers' most excellent appearance on Stephen Colbert's show earlier this week. Don't miss this; both men are brilliant in it.
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