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INTERESTING STUFF: 14 January 2012

Elder Treasure, Bill Moyers Returns


Moyers & Company from on Vimeo.

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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Love Moyers & Colbert:)The video is priceless. Dee

My husband says "Hooray for Ronni for the Colbert video and the news of Moyers new show".
It took a bit of searching but we found the schedule for our local PBS. Thanks Ronni

I hope I can get home in time to see this. I was just thinking that you would be a good person to go on the show.

Mage B and others:
Be sure to check your local channels for repeats of the program during the following week and after.

Also, do check Moyers' website. I suspect we will able to watch online after the initial TV broadcast.

It's so interesting that a man who did his early politics in the service of a man who I spent my youth excoriating (Moyers started out working for Lyndon Johnson) has turned out to be a national treasure. There's a lesson in there somewhere.

I've subscribed to the podcast; that's how I've usually gotten Moyers.

It is definitely a breath of fresh air that Bill Moyers is returning to PBS.

I saw him on Colbert and they were both terrific.

I can't wait to see how many votes Colbert gets in the South Carolina Primary. What great entertainment he is....

Colbert couldn't get to Moyers and Moyers' equanimity and obvious enjoyment of the experience will draw me to watch him this weekend. Civility, as Debbie Wasserman Schultz so aptly pointed out this week, is in short supply these days.

I am so disappointed. I just checked to get the schedule and MOYERS AND COMPANY is not scheduled on Cox Cable now.

I love Bill Moyers and never missed one of this shows. I do hope it's repeated on the Internet.

Bill Moyers one of my heros. Thanks for giving me a heads up on his new program -- barbara

His new program airs Sunday mornings at 11am in my area. Am definitely looking forward to his return.

Hope to be able to watch the shows online. Bill Moyers is one of the very best and has opened a world of ideas for many, me included!

The video is great and Moyer's show will be too. Now how about Colbert for President?!! You think the special interest group composed of people who are corporations will vote for him?...

Thank you, Ronni. I’d not yet heard about his new program venture. Your helpfulness in bringing such programming to our attention is much appreciated. I, for one, have missed hearing his measured stance via the public airwaves.

Thanks for the shout out. I've been a Moyers groupie forever, and continually listen to (on podcast) or watch (on the internet) his earlier shows. When I got the alert this week on iTunes that he's baaaaack, I promptly subscribed to the podcast series. Beats rushing to tune in on someone else's schedule or requiring access to a broadcasting station. Remember that awesome series, Genesis? I'm trying to figure out how to painlessly transfer the series from audiotape to mp3 files...

Thanks for the heads up. I think Moyers is a total class act.

If you haven't done it recently I would love a blog post about which news shows you enjoy and watch regularly. Do you watch Fareed Zakaria?

Oh thank you! I had not heard about this, and the first airing in my area is tonight with several repeats this weekend.

Bill Moyers is a treasure.

Ronni, you hit the jackpot with this blog! Thank you!

Great piece. Moyers is a national treasure, and was terrific with Colbert! Looking forward to watching the show.

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