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Bill Moyers Journal: Poet Nikki Giovanni / Economist Simon Johnson

Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech, is the author of 27 books. Her work has spanned the themes of love and sex, anger and grief, race, politics, and violence, and in this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers and Giovanni discuss her book Bicycles: Love Poems. She also reads four poems from it. In addition, Moyers and Simon Johnson, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, examine President Obama’s economic recovery plan, discussing the roots of the crisis, the failures of the finance industry and the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and what may and may not work in the government’s latest attempt to fix the economy. Broadcast date: February 13, 2009. (57 minutes)
2016; 2009

Bill Moyers Journal: John Grisham on Justice / Campaign Ad Spending

In this program, Bill Moyers and John Grisham, best-selling author of The Firm, The Pelican Brief, and The Rainmaker, engage in a far-ranging conversation that offers insights into the background and beliefs that influence Grisham’s work and provides an unexpected look at his views about the state of the nation. Also on the program: Katherine S. Newman, coauthor of The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America, on the state of the economy; a look at the predicted $2.5 billion political ad budget for the 2008 election, a windfall for Big Media; and an essay that separates the facts from the spin at the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland. Broadcast date: January 25, 2008. (58 minutes)
2016; 2008