Caption: Bill Moyers, Credit: Dale Robbins
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Bill Moyers 

Moyers & Company Show 114: An Optimist for Our Times

From: Moyers & Company
Series: Moyers & Company
Length: 53:00

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Angela Blackwell has spent her adult life advocating practical ways to fulfill America’s promise of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for all. Now, with our middle class struggling, poverty rising, and inequality growing, the founder and chief executive officer of PolicyLink, an influential research center, finds reasons for hope in the face of these hard realities. (AIR WINDOW: April 11 - 19, 2012)

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On this week’s Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers and Blackwell discuss what fuels her optimism. “I'm not discouraged, and I wouldn't even dream of giving up, because we're at a moment right now where I think we have more possibility than I've seen in my adult lifetime,” Blackwell tells Moyers. “Part of what I've been feeling is that all the issues are finally on the table… So many people who are being left behind are now in places where they have voice, and influence, and they're forcing their way into the conversation.”

“America doesn’t want to talk about race,” she states, but says the future “is a five-year-old Latina girl. It is a seven-year-old black boy. What happens to them will determine what America looks like…. and so this country, as a democracy, really cannot expect to continue to be proud on the world stage, competitive in the global economy, or having a democracy it can put forward as working in a multi-racial society if we don't invest in the people who are the future.”

Piece Description

On this week’s Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers and Blackwell discuss what fuels her optimism. “I'm not discouraged, and I wouldn't even dream of giving up, because we're at a moment right now where I think we have more possibility than I've seen in my adult lifetime,” Blackwell tells Moyers. “Part of what I've been feeling is that all the issues are finally on the table… So many people who are being left behind are now in places where they have voice, and influence, and they're forcing their way into the conversation.”

“America doesn’t want to talk about race,” she states, but says the future “is a five-year-old Latina girl. It is a seven-year-old black boy. What happens to them will determine what America looks like…. and so this country, as a democracy, really cannot expect to continue to be proud on the world stage, competitive in the global economy, or having a democracy it can put forward as working in a multi-racial society if we don't invest in the people who are the future.”

Timing and Cues

Timing and Cues
Timings are as they occur with a 5-minute news hole after the billboard.

Moyers & Company 1114 Billboard: 00:00 – 01:00
In cue: [MUSIC] "I’m Bill Moyers. This week on Moyers & Company"
Out cue: "...after the news."

NPR Newscast Hole: 1:00 - 6:00

Moyers & Company 114 -- Segment 1: 6:00 – 29:00
In cue: [MUSIC] "Welcome, I’m Bill Moyers and you’re listening to Moyers & Company..."
Out cue: "… we’ll be right back after the break."

Station Break: 29:00 – 30:00

Moyers & Company 114 – Segment 2: 30:00 – 59:00
In cue: [MUSIC] "I’m Bill Moyers and this is Moyers & Company, I’m talking to Angela Glover Blackewell…"
Out cue: "…that’s why we’re your retirement company"

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
TBD Jamie Lawrence Moyers and Company. Good Mood Records LLC, Elliot Music Co. Inc. ASCAP 2012 :00