Bill Moyers Journal: Dem Primary Election + Our Daily Meds + Updates

Dandelion Salad

Bill Moyers Journal
PBS
May 16, 2008

Christopher Edley and Maria Echaveste

Bill Moyers interviews Berkeley Law professors Christopher Edley, Jr. and Maria Echaveste — he’s for Obama and she’s for Clinton. They met working in the Clinton administration and now, having been married for nine years, Edley and Echaveste are both advising their respective candidates. The couple have also written together in an article entitled “Color, Values, America” about what needs to happen for the nation to get the most out of this election season:

The next president should recognize that leading the nation on issues of race and rights is not only the way to reach hearts and civic souls but is also a necessary strategy to bridge the differences that could produce consensus on bold progress. The campaign apparatchiks and their cousins in the punditry are wrong. This is not the third rail. This is the way forward.

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Melody Petersen

Pharmaceutical companies were given a stern reprimand on May 8th in a hearing before U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce investigative panel. Rep. Bart Stupak, Democrat of Michigan, criticized what he considers misleading television commercials and suggested that Congress should consider restricting direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising to protect consumers.

DTC advertising is a method Melody Petersen knows well. In her newest book, OUR DAILY MEDS: HOW THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES TRANSFORMED THEMSELVES INTO SLICK MARKETING MACHINES AND HOOKED THE NATION ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, she describes drugmakers as an industry whose core drive is profit, and one that has insinuated itself, through money, into every level of drug research.

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JOURNAL Updates

The world doesn’t stop just because the news cycle shifts. At the JOURNAL we focus on matters that are often less than fully covered by major media — and we use the power of the Internet to keep you up to date on stories that we have covered. Below you’ll find new information on stories you’ve seen on THE JOURNAL.

Philippe Sands

The Farm Bill

The Democratic Republic of Congo

Blackwater

Life in Sadr City

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Bill Moyers Journal: Philippe Sands

Bill Moyers Journal: Hunger in America + Exposé Farm Subsidies + Soup Kitchen

Bill Moyers Journal: Hope in the Congo + 100 Years of Darkness + Bread for the World

Bill Moyers Journal: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater (video; Iraq)