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Bill Moyers Journal: Robert Bly and Grace Lee Boggs

The poetry of Robert Bly explores startling truths at the heart of American culture and spirituality. Bill Moyers talks with the celebrated author about his life in letters—during which Bly has produced more than thirty books, including the National Book Award winner The Light Around the Body, in addition to cofounding American Writers Against the Vietnam War in 1966. Bly also discusses his 1990 work Iron John: A Book About Men—an international best-seller which has been translated into several languages. In a subsequent segment, the program features another evocative conversation with civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs. Broadcast date: August 31, 2007. (58 minutes)
2016; 2007

Bill Moyers Journal: 21st-Century Populism / Writer Barry Lopez

The final edition of the Journal begins by examining the new populism: after a report on Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, proud and vocal inheritors of America’s populist spirit, Bill Moyers sits down with populist agitator Jim Hightower to look at the history and legacy of people’s movements and to discuss how ordinary people can reclaim their political power. Then, Moyers is joined by the award-winning writer Barry Lopez to discuss nature, spirit, and the human condition. Through novels, essays, articles, and stories—and collaborations with musicians, playwrights, photographers, and artists—Lopez has arguably become the messenger of America’s ecological unconscious. An introduction to the new public affairs program Need to Know and a heartfelt thank-you to all who have made [...]
2016; 2010

Joseph Heller: "The Loyalty Oath Crusade"

The captain called it "The Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade" and, as he told his squadron, people who really did owe allegiance to their country would be proud to pledge it as often as he forced them to. So every enlisted man was required to sing the Star-Spangled Banner before using the ketchup in the mess hall, and each crew member had to sign an oath before picking up his parachute. The entire camp snarled into a knot of pledging and singing soldiers, and bombing missions were delayed for hours. The Loyalty Oath Crusade was fiction, in the novel Catch 22 created nearly 40 years ago by one of America’s great masters of the absurd. But as Joseph Heller says in this program with Bill Moyers, sometimes you can’t tell the difference between absurdity and politics. For nearly 40 years, the [...]
2016; 1988