Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues

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This “provocative” and “absorbing” (Star Tribune) companion book to Bill Moyer’s acclaimed PBS series invites readers into conversations with some of the most captivating voices on the scene today, in what Kirkus calls “a glittering array of discussions.” From Jon Stewart on politics and media to Michael Pollan on food, The Wire creator David Simon on the mean streets of our cities, James Cone and Shelby Steele on race in the age of Obama, Robert Bly and Nikki Giovanni on the power of poetry, Barbara Ehrenreich ...
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Overview


This “provocative” and “absorbing” (Star Tribune) companion book to Bill Moyer’s acclaimed PBS series invites readers into conversations with some of the most captivating voices on the scene today, in what Kirkus calls “a glittering array of discussions.” From Jon Stewart on politics and media to Michael Pollan on food, The Wire creator David Simon on the mean streets of our cities, James Cone and Shelby Steele on race in the age of Obama, Robert Bly and Nikki Giovanni on the power of poetry, Barbara Ehrenreich on the hard times of working Americans, and Karen Armstrong on faith and compassion, Moyer’s own intelligence and insight match that of his guests and their discussions animate many of the most salient issues of our time.

With extensive commentary from Moyers, marked by his customary “respect, intelligence, curiosity, humor, and graciousness” (Booklist), here are the debates; cultural currents; and, above all, lively minds that shape the conversation of democracy.

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Editorial Reviews

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I should begin by admitting that I'm not a frequent Bill Moyers Journal viewer. To be honest, I'd generally prefer to read than watch talking heads. That said, I was honestly taken aback by how appealing I found this mammoth (546 page) book of interviews. When I first perused this book, I only dipped into the conversations with favorite authors (Sam Tanenhaus, Simon Johnson, Barbara Ehrenreich, E.O. Wilson, Robert Bly, Karen Armstrong, W.S Merwin), but before long I was wading into exchanges with writers whose names I hardly knew; for example, historian Douglas Blackmon, activist Grace Lee Boggs, or Invasion of The Party Snatchers author Victor Gold. Nearly every one of these diverse interviews taught me something. In fact, this book was so good, I rationed it: I read no more than one interview before I went to bed. —R.J. Wilson, Bookseller, #1002, New York NY

Publishers Weekly
Culled from Moyers’s third PBS series, which ran from 2007 to 2010, there’s no small talk or superficiality in these interviews with 47 "independent thinkers." The topics are far-reaching (faith, populism, the Israeli occupation of Gaza, aging, lynching in America, health care, capitalism, capital punishment, lobbyists in Washington), and the guest list is wide-ranging (pediatrician Margaret Flowers, biologist E. O. Wilson, historian Howard Zinn, economist Victor Greidel, writer David Simon, minister Jeremiah Wright, lawyer Philippe Sands, journalist Victor Gold, novelist John Grisham, theologian James Cone). Karen Armstrong urges us to find the commonalities in diverse religious traditions, notably compassion. Jeremy Scahill alerts us that Blackwater’s Eric Prince "is a man who is building up nothing short of a parallel national security apparatus." John Lithgow shares some of his favorite poems; Jane Goodall turns one’s attention to the animal world. In an era of much instant and ephemeral talk, it is a pleasurable thing to hold this "book of ideas." These challenging, engaged conversations reward the reader’s serious attention. There are no sound bites here, just food for thought. (June)
Kirkus Reviews

A collection of bracing interviews with American writers and thinkers.

Veteran journalist and nine-time Peabody Award winner Moyers (Moyerson Democracy, 2008, etc.) gathers a glittering array of discussions with authors, activists, historians, social scientists and others that were broadcast on his public-affairs program Bill Moyers Journal in 2007–10. Focusing on topics both timely and timeless—torture, health-care reform, the U.S. economy, aging, compassion, God, among many others—the insatiably curious Moyers prods disparate intellectuals into candid talk about their sphere of interest.Often progressive, always articulate, the interviewees include historians Thomas Cahill, Nell Painter and Howard Zinn; poets Robert Bly, Nikki Giovanni and W.S. Merwin; journalists Douglas Blackmon, Barbara Ehrenreich, William Greider, Robert Kaiser and Robert Wright; and activists Grace Lee Boggs (grassroots democracy), Jim Hightower (corporate power), Michael Pollan (food), Jane Goodall (animals) and Holly Sklar (workers). Each interview illuminates some main current in American life. Jon Stewart argues for the importance of joking about absurd world events; novelist Louise Erdrich reflects on the fractured inner life of a mother and writer of mixed ancestry; journalist Sam Tanenhaus distinguishes between the conservatism of Glenn Beck and William F. Buckley Jr.; and Republican insider Victor Gold tells why he awaits "a rebirth of Goldwater." Judge Richard Goldstone discusses his controversial report on human-rights violations in the Gaza War, and streetwise reporter David Simon, best known for his HBO series The Wire, makes a strong case for crime as the best keyhole into how our society really works. When biologist E.O. Wilson reminds us that human activity is wiping out much of the rest of life on the planet, Moyers suspects that such life would probably survive without us. "Oh, it would do wonderfully well without us," says the scientist.

A bright treat for browsers.

From the Publisher

“Perhaps the finest interviewer alive today.”
The Star Tribune

“I can think of no journalist, now or at any time across the annals of our past, who has contributed so much to democracy’s dialogue.”
—Michael Copps, FCC commissioner

“[Moyers] has always been about something beyond the moment. Or put another way, while everyone else in the media has been exploring topography, Moyers has been exploring geology.”
—Neal Gabler, Los Angeles Times

“In an era of much instant and ephemeral talk, it is a pleasurable thing to hold this ‘book of ideas.’”
Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595586247
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/17/2011
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Moyers

From his early years as a Texas journalist to his role as one of the organizers of the Peace Corps, top assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, publisher of Newsday, senior correspondent and analyst for CBS News, and producer of many of public television’s groundbreaking series, Bill Moyers has been actively engaged in some of the most volatile episodes of the past fifty years. Moyers is the host, most recently, of Bill Moyers Journal on PBS. He is the winner of more than thirty Emmy Awards, and the author of the bestselling books Listening to America, A World of Ideas, and Healing and the Mind.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Jon Stewart 1

Michael Pollan 9

Louise Erdrich 21

Nikki Giovanni 32

Andrew Bacevich 47

Robert Wright 62

David Simon 75

Victor Gold 89

Nell Painter 96

Jim Hightower 101

Richard Goldstone 110

Robert Bly 127

Jeremy Scahill 140

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot 160

John Lithgow 172

William Greider 185

Karen Armstrong 196

Ross Douthat and Mickey Edwards 206

Grace Lee Boggs 225

James K. Galbraith 233

Douglas Blackmon 246

Sam Tanenhaus 254

Maxine Hong Kingston 264

E.O. Wilson 274

Simon Johnson 285

Holly Sklar 295

Jane Goodall 302

James Cone 316

David Boies and Ted Olson 328

Wendell Potter 342

Benjamin Barber 355

Margaret Flowers 364

Philippe Sands 373

Howard Zinn 385

Michelle Alexander and Bryan Stevenson 396

Thomas Cahill 415

Shelby Steele 428

Robert Kaiser 439

Barbara Ehrenreich 449

Martín Espada 455

John Grisham 462

Susan Jacoby 471

Jim Yong Kim 481

W.S. Merwin 491

Mike Davis 507

Reverend Jeremiah Wright 518

Barry Lopez 538

Select Bibliography of the Guests Interviewed 547

Permissions 557

Index 559

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Truly the conversation continues

    I picked up the book after seeing Bill Moyers's interview on The Daily Show. The book was different from what I expected in a good way. For some reason, I thought it would be a collection of his impressions of the various interviews he conducted during his long career. Instead, he lets his subjects express their thoughts and feelings as they are without filtering through his own perception or judgment. It's almost akin to reading the interview transcripts, but they are all fascinating. The people in this book are from wide-ranging fields - entertainment to academia to politics. Immensely enjoyable to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Highly recommended, almost like hearing the interviews in person!

    What a wonderful compilation of fantastic interviews, from all walks of life and all professions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Excellent bk

    Gave you a good background on many areas. Excellent book.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    Thoughtful and Relevant

    I had not previously read anything from Bill Moyers, but have been a long-time admirer of his work. Living overseas, I did not have the opportunity to watch the interviews captured in this book, but I found them insightful and useful to introduce me to people I had not heard of, or didn't know well.

    A bright light in journalism, which shines even brighter now compared to the dismal product flung at us every day now, dumbed-down for competitive or ideological reasons.

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