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The great health care debate This program examines the role of the media and special interest groups in the recent demise of national health care reform. More than $100 million has been spent on public relations, advertising, lobbying, and lawyering in connection with the health care debate, and nearly 100 public relations and lobbying firms have influenced it. These facts raise some tough questions about how our democracy works. How truthful is the information disseminated about health care reform? How do the special interests of an advocacy group shape its message?
David Puttnam British film producer David Puttnam talks to Bill Moyers about movies and their role in shaping society's values. He offers his observations on arts and culture.
America, what went wrong? Bill Moyers looks at the economic condition of the country, using as a basis for discussion the book by reporters Donald Barlett and James Steele. The premise is that the government has a secret "rule book" that caused the economic disturbances of disappearing good paying jobs, corporate takeover frenzy, and businesses moving headquarters, plants or money overseas for the good of their bottom lines.
Bill T. Jones A look at dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones's highly acclaimed dance,"Still/Here". At workshops around the country, people facing life-threatening illnesses are asked to remember the highs and lows of their lives, and even imagine their own deaths. They then transform these feelings into expressive movement, which Jones incorporates into the dance "Still/Here". Jones deomonstrates the movements of his life story--his first encounter with white people, confusion over his sexuality, his partner Arnie Zane's untimely death from AIDS, and Jones's own HIV status.
Voices of memory Li-Young Lee and Gerald Stern offer poems that reveal the deep power of memory to inform and illuminate immediate experience. Stern's Jewish heritage provides him with the direction to resurrect and reconstruct past experiences. Lee's poetry reflects his struggle with his Chinese heritage since he has never lived in Chinese society. Includes interviews with the poets by Bill Moyers.
Bill Moyers journal The Bush Administration is ending just as, ..., the conservative movement has run out of gas... In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers is joined by conservatives Mickey Edwards and Ross Douthat, who discuss why they believe their movement has gone off track and what it means for the Republican Party. The program ends with an introduction to Deepening the American Dream, an online project that features some of Moyer's notable guests laying out their vision for the future of the American dream.
Tu Wei-ming Bill Moyers interviews Tu Wei-ming who discusses the relevance of Confucian philosophy to our times and the recent student movement in China. Tu Wei-ming suggests that the humanism of Confucius can help us sort out some of the ethical problems of today.