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This news magazine series addresses current affairs with host Bill Moyers, a journalist whose career began during the Kennedy administration. The series first aired on PBS from 1972 to 1976, and it returned in 1979 for another run that ended in 1981. It came back for a final time in 2009 and ended with Moyers' retirement in 2010. Topics covered by the series include presidential politics, military affairs and popular culture.

Bill Moyers Journal is a Documentary & Biography series that is currently running and has 13 seasons (96 episodes). The series first aired on June 30, 2006. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.1.

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13 Seasons, 96 Episodes
June 30, 2006
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Bill Moyers
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Bill Moyers Journal Full Episode Guide

  • Populists against Wall Street and monopolies.

  • Discussion on net neutrality and Wall Street.

  • Simon Johnson and James Kwak discuss Wall Street and Washington.

  • Louise Erdrich discusses her life and work. Historian Andrew Bacevich on Afghanistan.

  • Bill Moyers discusses Inequality in America

  • Specialists discuss the health care reform.

  • Bill Moyers sits down with NYU president and modern renaissance man John Sexton for a wide-ranging conversation about God, baseball, and the importance of thoughtful discourse in society. Born to a struggling Catholic family in Brooklyn, John Sexton still teaches undergraduates in addition to his work as president of one of the world's largest and most prestigious universities.

  • Bill Moyers discusses health care reform with single-payer advocate Dr. Marcia Angell and former insurance insider Wendell Potter.

  • Same sex marriage advocates unite both conservative and liberal lawyers.

  • Bill Moyers Journal revisits the 1999 FRONTLINE special "Justice for Sale" and takes a hard look at how campaign cash in judicial races may sway America's courts.

  • Bill T. Jones on his young LIncoln.

  • How are legislators responding to the Supreme Court's decisions.

  • Assessing President Obama's first year in office.

  • A look at Obama's first year in office.

  • Author and humanitarian Greg Mortenson and Wall Street Correspondent Thomas Frank.

  • David Corn and Kevin Drum, Mother Jones journalists, talk about money, politics and banks.

  • Choreographer/Director Bill T. Jones.

  • Economist Robert Kuttner and journalist Matt Taibbi on Wall Street's power in Washington.

  • Howard Zinn on the people's history. And, organizers George Goehl and Heather Booth.

  • Director Oliver Stone on his experience in Vietnam and his film making.

  • As President Obama prepares to announce how many more troops he will send to Afghanistan, Bill Moyers remembers the presidency of Lyndon Johnson and the agonizing decisions that escalated America's involvement in Vietnam. Through Johnson's secret tapes of phone calls and conversations, and his own reminiscences, Moyers recalls the events that plunged us ever deeper into war.

  • While politicians and the media war over "the public option" and "bending the cost curve," acclaimed actress-playwright Anna Deavere Smith and her one-woman play "LET ME DOWN EASY" give voice to questions of life and death, sickness and healthcare. The JOURNAL visits a new home in New York City for contemplation and celebration of poetry.

  • A Web exclusive interview with Glen Greenwald.

  • Bill Moyers talks with Justice Richard Goldstone, who headed up the controversial UN Human Rights Council investigation into fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.

  • Rory Stewart, director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, on Afghanistan. And, Kavita Ramdas, president and CEO of Global Fund for Women, the largest grant-making foundation focused exclusively on women's rights.

  • Digging deep into the roots and evolution of the American conservative movement, Sam Tanenhaus talks with Bill Moyers about why he believes that conservatism is dead and how it might yet come back to life. With public support for labor unions at its lowest point in 70 years, Bill Moyers talks with labor experts Bill Fletcher and Michael Zweig.

  • With a landmark speech on health reform behind him and tensions rising in war-torn Afghanistan, Bill Moyers Journal looks at President Obama's next big fights. Global health specialist and incoming president of Dartmouth College Dr. Jim Yong Kim shares his expertise in public health. A hard look at the state of affairs in Afghanistan with McClatchy DC Pentagon correspondent Nancy Youssef.

  • In this special performance edition of Bill Moyers Journal acclaimed actor Sam Waterston and historian Harold Holzer explore Lincoln's legacy and legend in the poetry and prose by great American writers across the decades who have wrestled to define the true Lincoln through the lens of their own times.

  • With the nation wondering how to hold the bankers accountable, Bill Moyers sits down with Bill Black, the former senior regulator who cracked down on banks during the 1980s. Plus, alternative media heavyweights Glenn Greenwald and Amy Goodman about what can and can't be addressed in big corporate media.

  • The JOURNAL profiles James Thindwa, a campaigner for economic fairness for working people in Chicago. William Greider sounded the alarm about Washington's unholy alliance with Wall Street and the failure of the Federal Reserve and other regulators to take preventative measures to avoid disaster. Now, he offers suggestions to the question everyone is asking: "What do we do now?"

  • "Old-school socialist" Mike Davis gives his critique of the government's response to the economic crisis and how he thinks it compares to Roosevelt's New Deal. And, Marta Pelaez, president of Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc., with perspective on the human face of the economic downturn and how it may be pushing some families over the edge.

  • Religious scholar Karen Armstrong discusses her work on an international charter for compassion. The renowned author of The Battle for God and The Bible: A Biography, Armstrong is a 2008 recipient of the coveted TED Prize. Armstrong has had a distinguished career encompassing time as a Roman Catholic nun, an academic, and a television broadcaster.

  • He's played heroes, villains, saints, sinners, a ballet-dancing elephant, and a space alien, now actor and children's author John Lithgow - best known as Dick Solomon from 3rd Rock from the Sun - reveals a new side of himself: poetry lover. The award-winning stage and screen star Lithgow shares his favorite poems, insights into acting and thoughts on art.

  • Bill Moyers talks with economist Robert Johnson, who decodes this week's news on the bank bailout, with a hard look at the international ramifications of the plan and a discussion of why nationalization has become a flash point. And, scholar John McWhorter weighs in on whether the U.S. is "a nation of cowards," as Attorney General Eric Holder suggests, on racial issues.

  • Robert G. Kaiser about his new book, SO DAMN MUCH MONEY: THE TRIUMPH OF LOBBYING AND THE CORROSION OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT. Parker J. Palmer, founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage and Renewal on maintaining spiritual wholeness even as the economy and political order seem to come apart. Bill Moyers on Obama's recent announcement of more troops to Afghanistan.

  • Former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), MIT Sloan School of Management professor and senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Simon Johnson examines President Obama's plan for economic recovery. And, Bill Moyers sits down with renowned poet Nikki Giovanni, whose 27 books have spanned the themes of race, politics, sex and violence.

  • To commemorate Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial birthday, Bill Moyers sits down with Eric Foner, author of Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World, Moyers explores how well journalism has responded to the task of getting to the truth and informing the public in an increasingly political media environment with PressThink blogger Jay Rosen and blogger Glenn Greenwald.

  • A closer look at America's history of and current policy on bombing with historian Marilyn Young, author of Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth Century History and former Pentagon official Pierre Sprey, who developed military planes and helped found the military reform movement. And Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian on the future of public higher education and its role in our democracy.

  • Columbia law professor and Nation columnist Patricia Williams and Princeton politics and African American studies professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell about the significance of this election milestone . Political columnist and blogger David Sirota and Wall Street Journal columnist Thomas Frank what must be accomplished for Obama to be considered a progressive President.