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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: An Optimist for Our Times

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Angela Blackwell has spent her adult life advocating practical ways to fulfill America's promise of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" for all. Now, with our middle class struggling, poverty rising, and inequality growing, the founder and chief executive officer of PolicyLink, an influential research center, finds reasons for hope. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers and Blackwell discuss what fuels her optimism. "I'm not discouraged, and I wouldn't even dream of giving up, because we're at a moment right now where I think we have more possibility than I've seen in my adult lifetime," Blackwell tells Moyers. "So many people who are being left behind are now in places where they have voice and influence.... America doesn't want to talk about race, but the future is a five-year-old Latina girl. It is a seven-year-old black boy. What happens to them will determine what America looks like.
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57 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 06, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Part of the series Moyers & Company.
Variant Title
Optimist for Our Times
  • Moyers Introduces Angela Blackwell (2:56)
  • Where You Live Brings Opportunity (2:35)
  • Critical Need for Adequate Transportation (3:23)
  • What Your Zip Code Says About You (0:45)
  • Moving Beyond Equal Opportunity (2:37)
  • Talking About Race (2:16)
  • "Race Still Controls Everything in America" (2:42)
  • Blackwell's Experience With Racism (3:01)
  • Blackwell's Parents (0:55)
  • Affordable and Accessible Education (3:40)
  • Antipathy Towards Higher Education (2:48)
  • Halt of Upward Mobility (2:10)
  • Minorities Familiar With High Unemployment (1:50)
  • Case Study in "Equity" (3:06)
  • Changing the Nature of Voting Public (1:22)
  • Politics of Discord (2:17)
  • "The Age of Austerity" (1:45)
  • Wealthy Can Pay More (1:31)
  • Occupy Wall Street (3:30)
  • Class Warfare (3:50)
  • Philanthropist Bernard Rapoport (1917 - 1912) (3:00)
  • Credits and Sponsorship: Moyers & Company: An Optimist for Our Times (1:51)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2012
Recording Info
Broadcast date: April 13, 2012.
Publisher no.
48996 Films Media Group
1streaming video file (57 min.) : d., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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