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Sunday, January 15 at 6 p.m. Moyers & Company

(Rochester, NY) – Bill Moyers returns to WXXI-TV and public television stations across the country with a new series based on the novel idea that to understand politics and democracy – as well as the game of life – “you have to take your eye off the ball.” That was the advice given students by the noted writer Roger Rosenblatt when he taught journalism. “He meant,” says Moyers, “that you miss some of the most important action on the field if you only follow the ball, just as you can miss the real meaning of politics if you only watch the candidates.”Moyers & Company airs Sundays at 6 p.m., beginning January 15 on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

The veteran public broadcaster says he is returning to his first love -- the conversation of democracy – “because talk always matters and ideas always empower, but never more than at a critical moment like this when all of us, no matter our politics or ideology, seem unable to hear, as Campbell might put it with yet another metaphor, ‘the better angels of our nature.’”  The educator Herbert Kohl also got it right when he warned that if we do not provide time for the consideration of people and events in depth, we may end up training another generation of television adults “who know what kind of toilet paper to buy, who know how to argue and humiliate others, but who are thoroughly incapable of discussing, much less dealing with, the major social and economic problems that are tearing America apart.”

Moyers & Company offers compelling and vital conversation about life and the state of American democracy, featuring some of the best thinkers of our time. A range of scholars, artists, activists, scientists, philosophers and newsmakers bring context, insight and meaning to important topics. The series occasionally includes Moyers' own timely and penetrating essays on society and government.

Whether talking to the novelist Salman Rushdie about faith and reason, or the lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson about equality in marriage, or the theologian James Cone about lynching’s “strange fruit,” or The Wire’s David Simon about how his TV series got to the reality of  Baltimore’s “rough streets” better than any straight reporting,  or John Grisham on buying judicial elections, or Nikki Giovanni on the Virginia Tech massacre, or Martin Espada on  the “roaches between the bristles of my toothbrush,”  Moyers has demonstrated time and again how human imagination enriches our own lives and helps us understand the lives of others.

Pictured: Bill Moyers
Credit: Robin Holland


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