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Paying Down the National Debt

Director of the National Economic Council and former Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers talks about the importance of paying down the debt, particularly because the United States is, ". . . a country that chronically under saves."
2015; 2011

Why the GOP Sucks at Courting Millennials: 'The Selfie Vote' Author Kristin Soltis Anderson

Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up) speaks with Reason TV's Nick Gillespie about her impressions of the millennial generation, how they use social media, and how political parties can best reach out to them. A Reason TV production.
2016; 2015

Making a Difference

Former Secretary of Labor and university professor Robert Reich talks about the satisfaction of being part of the process that alters public policy with regard to issues like minimum wage and worker safety. "There is no greater satisfaction than knowing that you have made a difference in enabling sometimes millions of people to live a better life," Secretary Reich notes.
2015; 2011

Prop 13: "Mad as Hell"

In 1978, voters passed Proposition 13, lowering taxes for millions of California homeowners. Decades later, what has it meant for California?
2017; 2016

Successful Campaigns: Image or Reality?

Former White House press secretary Mike McCurry debunks the idea that the images of candidates are manufactured by behind-the-scenes image consultants. "This is really about the qualities of the individual who's running and. . . the camera doesn't lie. . . and the American people are awfully good at picking up...who would be good at this and who wouldn't...If you try to manufacture something, the American people instantly see through it."
2015; 2011

Bill Moyers Journal: Health Care and Finance Reform

The road to health care reform is littered with casualties—most of them President Obama’s progressive allies. In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers is joined by Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, and The Nation’s John Nichols to take a closer look at the newly signed reform legislation and explore why some say that reform is not yet done. In addition, Moyers speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gretchen Morgenson for a candid examination of the obstacles facing substantive finance reform and what Washington’s proposed legislation would—and would not—accomplish. The program concludes with an essay that conjures the spirit of 19th-century satirist Ambrose Bierce as it decries the pernicious influence of moneyed interests on health care and f [...]
2016; 2010

The Big Burn

Inspired by Timothy Egan’s best-selling book, “The Big Burn” is the dramatic story of an unimaginable wildfire that swept across the Northern Rockies in the summer of 1910. The fire devoured more than three million acres in 36 hours, confronting the fledgling U.S. Forest Service with a catastrophe that would define the agency and the nation’s fire policy for the rest of the 20th century and beyond. As America tries to manage its fire-prone landscapes in the 21st century, this film provides a cautionary tale of heroism and sacrifice, arrogance and greed, hubris and, ultimately, humility, in the face of nature’s frightening power. Distributed by PBS Distribution.
2015; 2014

Will the Tech Bubble Burst?: Dan Rather Reports

On this episode of Dan Rather Reports, millions of dollars are pouring into tech start-ups, all hoping to be the next Facebook. But will boom turn to bust? Also, was a government agency too aggressive pursuing commercial fishermen?
2016; 2011

The Universal Basic Income Is the Safety Net of the Future: A Debate

Imagine getting a check from the government every month—$600 or $1,000 guaranteed. It’s happening in Finland and other countries, where pilot programs are being launched to test what is known as a “universal basic income.” Such programs, supporters argue, simplify the social safety net, combat poverty and income inequality, treat all citizens equally, and provide a cushion for workers, giving them latitude to take risks in the job market. But to afford such a program, opponents point out, the government would have to eliminate the rest of the safety net, such as Social Security, food stamps, and housing vouchers. A universal basic income, they argue, would take away the incentive to work, waste money on those who don’t need it, and come at the expense of targeted and effective progra [...]

Amateur Night at City Hall: The Story of Frank L. Rizzo

Amateur Night at City Hall: The Story of Frank L. Rizzo is a colorful portrait of Francis Lazarro Rizzo who rose from tough Philadelphia cop, to law-and-order police commissioner (1967 to 1971), to polarizing mayor of Philadelphia (1972 to 1980). This award-winning documentary was produced in 1977 and released in early 1978. A primary theme is "politics as show business."
2017; 1978

Trump's First Hundred Days: A Debate

The first 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency proved tumultuous and controversial, dividing Americans into supporters and critics. Four subjects in particular drew attention: President Trump's "America First" policy, and what it meant to different people; the Trump administration's impact on the stock market and economy; the team of advisers Trump assembled to guide him; and whether the media and the president treated each other fairly. In four "mini-debates," each of these subjects is discussed and analyzed.

Bill Moyers Journal: Obama's First Year / America's Energy Challenge

Was the Democrats’ senatorial defeat in the 2010 Massachusetts special election a repudiation of Barack Obama? In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers sits down with Princeton University’s Melissa Harris-Lacewell and journalist Eric Alterman to get their perspectives on the state of the nation a year into the Obama administration—and on any lessons the Democrats should take from their defeat at the polls. Then, Moyers talks with Public Agenda’s Jean Johnson and Scott Bittle, coauthors of Who Turned Out the Lights? Your Guided Tour to the Energy Crisis, about how the U.S. can power the nation’s future. An essay honoring Haiti while skewering oversimplified explanations of why that country suffers so concludes the program. Broadcast date: January 22, 2010. (57 minutes)
2016; 2010

From Crack Babies to Oxytots: Lessons Not Learned

In the 1980s, many government officials, scientists, and journalists warned that the country would be plagued by a generation of “crack babies.” They were wrong. More than 25 years later, the media is sounding a similar alarm.
2017; 2015

Wisconsin Group Wants to Turn Student Borrowers Into Activists (6/26/14)

Through the recession, college tuition skyrocketed at public universities to make up for flagging state funding. Some students who borrowed to keep up with rising costs face crushing debt repayments. Hari Sreenivasan travelled to Wisconsin to report on one group hoping to turn the state's student borrowers into a powerful voting bloc.
2017; 2014

Importance of Foreign Policy, the

Former White House press secretary Mike McCurry talks about how the perception of foreign policy has changed for many Americans since the Cold War. "Throughout the years of the Cold War," Mr. McCurry explains, ". . . Americans instinctively knew that foreign policy was important. We were facing a formidable totalitarian threat from overseas." Mr. McCurry says he doesn't blame the American people for not focusing on foreign policy to the extent they once did. "It is the role of...the media to lift up those things that we ought to think about and to make it real."
2015; 2011

Setting Priorities

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker notes that the Secretary of the Treasury has more latitude in determining what to concentrate on than does the Secretary of State. "You're a little bit more hostage to what happens in the world as Secretary of State," Secretary Baker explains.
2015; 2011

Bill Clinton: My Life (7/7/04)

In this 2004 interview, former president Bill Clinton discusses his autobiography "My Life" and reflects on the Monica Lewinsky affair, the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the Bush Administration's foreign policy, and the 2004 presidential campaign.
2017; 2004

Taylor Branch: The Clinton Tapes (10/12/09)

Author Taylor Branch provides an intimate look inside the White House during the presidency of Bill Clinton in his book,The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President. In this interview,Branch explains the premise of the book, how it should be read, and his role in recording history.
2017; 2009

Rise of the Press: America’s Surveillance State—Part 3

This third part of the America's Surveillance State series examines the role of the media in publicizing and combating government wrongdoing. This video explores the experiences and attitudes of the media and whistleblowers post-9/11 with those from the Vietnam era, particularly highlighting government suppression of stories, efforts to force journalists to reveal their sources, and prosecution of journalists and whistleblowers.
2015; 2014

Politics and Compromise: The Art of the Possible

Presidential advisor, political analyst and university professor David Gergen explains that ". . . politics remains the art of the possible. Compromise is not a dirty word, despite the ideologues on both sides who insist that it is."
2015; 2011