You may have already heard that I’m coming back in January with a new series on the public television station nearest you. But you may not have heard exactly why. It’s not just that I don’t have any retirement skills, as my wife and co-editor, Judith, keeps reminding me. Or that the squeaking rocking chair got on my nerves. I’m coming back because in tumultuous times like these I relish the company of people who make sense of the tumult. Those are the people I’ll bring to my new broadcast, Moyers & Company.
Journalism has long been for me a continuing course in adult education. Given what’s happening nowadays, I’m signing up for more classes. Battered by a hundred new sensations every day, I swing between gloom and hope. I wonder if any of us in this disputatious, over-analyzed, over-televised, over-wired and under-tenderized country know what the deuce we’re talking about, myself included. Well into my seventh decade, all my illusions are up for grabs and I find myself reassessing many of the assumptions that served me comfortably much of my life.
I need all the help I can get in figuring out how to remain faithful to what really matters.
So I’ll be reaching out in this new series to people who have tested their ideas against experience, who are engaged in the trials and errors of democracy, and who believe the health of our body politic is everybody’s business. George Orwell believed that “all issues are political issues.” Scientists, historians, artists, novelists, physicians and physicists – they all help us see the world anew, and to make informed choices. So this will be a political series, but not a partisan one. In the conversation of democracy, everyone’s invited.
This includes you.
You’re welcome to share opinions in the marketplace of ideas we’ll be offering with our all-new website, billmoyers.com. Our aim is dialogue, not diatribe, and we want you in it.
So join us – on Moyers & Company – in January.
(In truth, I never cared for that rocking chair anyway.)