NEWSLETTER - Friday, December 28, 2007
“I don't think that real civilization ever occurs because of anything that a nation state does.It occurs because of movements within the nation state that are led by sometimes one individual or a series of individuals.”- Thomas Cahill
Bill Moyers interviews best-selling author and historian Thomas Cahill in a far ranging interview that takes viewers from the Coliseum in Rome to death row in Texas and examines what our attitudes toward cruelty can tell us about who we are as Americans. Cahill is best known for his THE HINGES OF HISTORY series of books, which includes the widely read HOW THE IRISH SAVED CIVILIZATION. Cahill says his books ask how we became the people we are: “It's human cruelty that is evil….We're not willing to acknowledge that this is inside of us. It's there,” he says. ”I'm really interested in…what's good about us.”
BILL MOYERS JOURNAL looks back at an interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
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Weigh in with your thoughts on capital punishment.
Watch and discuss a Web-only interview with Dominique Green, who spent 12 years on death row before being executed.