Newsletter Friday, July 20, 2007
"The system that we've got has got a lot of problems. Our goal is to show what's wrong with the system in ways that are fun and strange and entertaining." - Mike Bonanno of the Yes Men
This week on Bill Moyers Journal (KCET 8:00 PM)
Bill Moyers gets in on the joke with two impersonators who use satire to make serious points about media consolidation, journalism, business ethics, and separating fact from fiction in a world of spin. The Yes Men - aka Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum - discovered that pranks can get press attention to important issues that would otherwise be ignored.
Renowned poet Martin Espada speaks about his love of language and the human need for poetry as he reflects on how heritage, immigration, violence and war have influenced his work. Espada reads selections from his latest book The Republic of Poetry, which was shortlisted for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.
Bill Moyers highlights some viewer mail.
Public advocacy through performance art? Take our poll and tell us what you think about the Yes Men.
Read more poems from Martin Espada and tell us what you think.
Join us as Bill Moyers Journal remembers poet, musician and historian Sekou Sundiata who passed away this week.
Each week, video, transcripts, and further resources and investigations from Bill Moyers Journal are available online at www.pbs.org/moyers.