This week on Moyers & Company, America has become the world's Incarceration Nation and there's a movement building to change course. Michelle Alexander is at the heart of it and says we can put an end to our dehumanizing penal system and give people a new start in life.
Poet Philip Levine joins Bill to discuss why Americans have lost sight of who really keeps the country afloat – the hard working men and women who toil, unsung and unknown, in our nation’s fields and factories.
During the years he himself spent in the grit, noise and heat of the assembly lines of Detroit auto plants, Levine discovered that his gift for verse could provide “a voice for the voiceless.” In his conversation with Bill, Levine reads from his collection of poetry and reflects on the personalities that inspired him, including women he met while working in a plumbing parts factory. “The work was hard and the women would get very tired and you couldn’t help but feel, ‘Oh my God, this is so tough; this is so dehumanizing,” Levine tells Moyers.
Philip Levine is the author of twenty collections of poems and books of translations and essays. He is the recipient of the Pulitzer and two National Book Awards and recently served as the nation’s poet laureate at the Library of Congress.
This week on Moyers & Company, State of Conflict: North Carolina, offers a documentary report from the state that votes both blue and red and sometimes purple. Now, however, Republicans are steering North Carolina far to the right: slashing taxes on corporations and the wealthy, providing vouchers to private schools, cutting unemployment benefits, refusing to expand Medicaid, and rolling back electoral reforms, including voting rights.