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Bill Moyers Journal: Sanford Levinson on a New Constitutional Convention / Crisis in Capitalism?

As holiday cheer vies with rampant consumerism, Bill Moyers interviews political theorist Benjamin Barber about the dangers of capitalism run wild. Barber—best-selling author of Jihad Vs. McWorld and Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults and Swallow Citizens Whole—deplores an economic system that manufactures consumer needs rather than goods that meet real human needs. Also on the program: University of Texas Law School professor Sanford Levinson discusses his most recent book, Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It); plus, a Bill Moyers essay highlighting the implications of the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball. Broadcast date: December 21, 2007. (58 minutes)
2016; 2007

Next Stop Istanbul: The Refugee Crisis

With neighboring Syria in ruins and stricken by a civil war, Turkey keeps its borders closed in exchange for billions of euros from the European Union. Many Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans have managed to cross the porous borders and are now in Istanbul, the gateway to Europe. Will they stay there or is crossing to Europe too irresistible? Last year, thousands drowned during the sea crossing to Europe. After the agreement between Turkey and the EU, checkpoints and patrols along the coast have increased. Turkey is coming down harder on the human traffickers: hundreds of them have been arrested. Still they can’t stop people crossing into Europe. ‘The flow of refugees to Europe will never stop. If one route is blocked, we will find a different one’, says a human trafficker from Istanbul. Th [...]
2017; 2016

Assisting Third World Nations

Professor of Sociology and History Craig Calhoun talks about the challenge of providing First World technology to Third World countries. He notes that without adaptations that take into account the specific conditions and environment in a Third World location, it is almost impossible to transfer First World technology to a Third World setting.
2015; 2011

Episode 4: Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?

In one of history’s most fascinating unsolved mysteries, former Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa went missing on July 30, 1975, never to be found. Hoffa, a hero to many working Americans, played a major role in the growth and development of the trucking union. But he fell afoul of the law, with allegations that the powerful pension fund was under mob control and used, among other things, to finance Vegas casinos. What exactly happened to Hoffa that day, and why? Recently declassified FBI files and interviews with people close to the story allow a detailed accounting of what likely occurred. The investigation is an exploration of Hoffa’s final days and hours and a revelatory window on power and corruption in the post-war era labor movement.
2017; 2015

The Special U.S.-Saudi Relationship Has Outlived Its Usefulness: A Debate

Since 1945, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met onboard the USS Quincy, the United States and Saudi Arabia have maintained a special relationship, with oil, military cooperation, and intelligence sharing at its foundation. But the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the revolution in fracking in America, concerns over human rights, and diverging interests in the Middle East have all put strains on this relationship. After 70 years, has the special U.S.-Saudi relationship outlived its usefulness?

My Vietnam Your Iraq

My Vietnam Your Iraq tells the stories of Vietnam veterans and their children who have served in Iraq. Their stories examine the pride, challenges, fears, and the myriad of emotions they have experienced during and after deployment.
2017; 2011

Persian Gulf War: Part 1

Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait resulted in more than one million troops facing off against each other in the desert of the Persian Gulf. The Allied Coalition's air war, known as Operation Desert Storm, involved the most sophisticated technological weaponry available.
2017; 2003

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

Big Noise Dispatches No. 1

Dispatches No. 1 collects radical investigations, analysis and on-the-ground video from the Big Noise team working on four continents.
2017; 2007

Space Conquest

It’s the Cold War between the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. The Soviet Union has a clear lead in the conquest of space. America fully understands all that is at stake politically on April 12, 1961: Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man to make a journey into space. The news creates a huge impact around the world. The Soviet Union now appears to be the most advanced nation on the planet. Khrushchev announces swaggeringly: “The Capitalist countries are trying to catch up with us!” Since January 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy has been leading the U.S.A. He is an ardent supporter of the space program even though the accumulated delay behind the U.S.S.R. seems insurmountable... Then, on September 12, 1962, Kennedy makes a speech that becomes famous: “We choose to go to the Moon.” These words give a [...]
2017; 2016

Ideology and the East

Are the idealogies of the West distorting the portrayal of the violence of ISIS? Is Islam really the root of the problem? The Speaker Myriam Francois-Cerrah argues that the terror in the East has little to do with religion.
2017; 2015

Report From Saigon

In the summer of 1966, WNET travelled to Saigon for a news-making story on the information gap in the reporting of the Vietnam War.
2017; 1970

Globalization: Winners and Losers (Part Two)

Professor of Sociology and History Craig Calhoun states that there is no truly level playing field on which global commerce can play out, because every country in the world imposes some form of restrictions on trade.
2015; 2011

Diary of a Student Revolution

This program reveals the views and actions of two opponents: The radical student group staging a protest over the issue of on-campus industrial recruitment and the college president. A film crew follows the student group and the president throughout the 10-day demonstration.
2017; 1969

Brexit and Exit

This episode of the exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary returns to the House as Brexit hits the lords with a bang when they vote on leaving Europe and become the center of the nation's attention. They also have their biggest ceremonial day of the year when the Queen pays her annual visit. Lords turn out in massive numbers to have their say on the most important issue in decades and decide whether to rebel on Brexit or not. And on Queen's Speech day, there are ermine gowns to put on and ancient traditions to follow, but Her Majesty's impending arrival isn't exciting Lord Foulkes, who feels it is an irritating distraction. The House's Victorian sewage system is on its last legs and not equipped to deal with so many lords. To fix the many structural problems, an inquiry is consideri [...]

10 Homes That Changed America

10 Homes that Changed America highlights ten architecturally adventuresome dwellings, which provided Americans with more than just a “roof over their heads”—these homes elevated living to an art form. Meet the talented architects who brought these buildings to life, along with their often-eccentric clients, and the lucky individuals who live in these historic homes today. A primer in domestic architecture, 10 Homes will also offer a lesson in the history of American domestic life, as the evolving design of these homes over time reveals America’s changing relationship with nature, technology, and each other.
2017; 2016

The Other Man

It could have been a bloodbath of historic proportions. Instead, one man made the end of apartheid possible. In February 1990, President F.W. de Klerk lifted the ban on the African National Congress and ordered the release of Nelson Mandela. As the world celebrated, Mandela would go on to become South Africa's first democratically elected president with de Klerk serving as his deputy president. De Klerk's history is complicated. A virulent defender of white Africans and their privileges, he helped lead the fight against ANC activists. His own presidency was marred by violence, often at the hands of the security forces he controlled. What pushed this man to reverse his beliefs and jumpstart the process of making South Africa a more equal and just nation? Featuring in-depth interviews [...]
2017; 2015

Taking It to the Street: Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring—Dan Rather Reports

On this episode, Dan Rather Reports will examine the current global citizen uprising behind the “Occupy Wall Street” gatherings, how corporate America is reacting, and the actions of the big banks, which sold faulty investments? In addition, we'll speak with Middle East expert Fouad Ajami, who discusses the Arab Spring and how it currently resonates on Wall Street and around the globe. Finally, an interview with Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, one of three women recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
2016; 2011

Gaddafi's Last Day: Dan Rather Reports

On the one-year anniversary of his death, an investigation into the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Libya’s longtime ruler.
2016; 2012

People, Power and Varoufakis: A New Democracy for Europe?

If the European leaders won’t start to listen to their citizens soon, the European Union will be a thing of the past. For this reason, former Greek minister of Finance, Yanis Varoufakis, has started a grass roots movement which is rapidly gaining support all over Europe. What is the most frightening thing for the political order in Europe? Not terrorism, migration or the international competitive position, its democracy. If the European leaders won’t listen to the citizens of the 28 countries that make up the Union, it will disintegrate before long, says Greek economist and former minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis. That is why he has started a political movement, which is rapidly joined by all sorts of civil initiative organizations, from Berlin to Zagreb. What would a new, truly [...]
2017; 2016