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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 637 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,325 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Bonus interviews from NOW with Bill Moyers and Bill Moyers Journal featuring Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Walker, Isabel Allende, Arundhati Roy, and others.
16-page viewer’s guide with introduction by Bill Moyers, participant biographies, and an article on Americans’ reading habits
Author book lists and biographies of Bill Moyers and bonus interview subjects

Editorial Reviews

Celebrated authors discuss their work, politics, morals, and the future of American society

"Exploring, illuminating, defining" --The New York Times

Writers give voice to the thoughts, dreams, and discontents of our times in these selections from the Peabody Award-winning PBS series. Join Bill Moyers as he engages 13 celebrated literary figures—“people with ideas and vision and insight” (The New York Times)—in wide-ranging conversations about life, art, and contemporary issues. Participants include Nobel Prize winners Toni Morrison and Nadine Gordimer, sharing their thoughts on moral imagination in storytelling; pioneering journalist and novelist Tom Wolfe, discussing Wall Street and neighborhood politics; and acclaimed writer and thinker Isaac Asimov, talking about science and social change.

Hailing from six nations and representing literary forms from poetry to performance, these gifted artists offer thought-provoking perspectives on the human condition that are both uniquely personal and universally relevant.

In a broadcasting career spanning nearly 40 years, journalist Bill Moyers distinguished himself at Newsday, NBC, CBS, and PBS. His many honors include lifetime achievement Emmy® and Peabody awards.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 27, 2010
No interviewer matches Bill Moyers for intellectual, in-depth thought drawing ability. A set of PBS Moyers interviews, with celebrated authors. This is not a how-to study of writers' techniques, but instead a small glimpse into the impromptu minds' thought of 21 crown authors. Interviews originated from the late 80's to 2010. The authors came from a variety of country origins. Topics addressed include the occasional book by the author, politics, personal lifestyles, author beliefs, religion, dissent, and science. The list is more varied than the authors. This is NOT mass market paperback, steamy romance, or cookie-cutter Amish authors. These authors articulate on many topics, causes, or issues near to their hearts and writing topics.

These are intellectual literacy giants and will not be appreciated by all. But even those who typically read the lighter forms of publication may find a new writer to try. Personally, I immediately went to the library and checked out "Shadow Tag" (2010, Louise Erdrich). Some interviews will surprise, some will inspire, all enlighten and provide new insight into the authors' work.

Episodes each about ½ hour & have SUBTITLES
1 CHINUA ACHEBA- African politics, "Things Fall Apart" '58, "Anthills of the Savannah"
2 & 3 ISAAC ASIMOV- Science, religion & more from a science fiction writer
4 E.L. DOCTOROW- "Ragtime" and "Book of Daniel" were 2 books that inspired films
5 M.F.K. FISHER- Cooking and aging "We must grow old, we must eat.", is she really "past vanity?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fritz Pointer on December 2, 2012
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These are some of the world's leading thinkers and writers. Their insights and eloquence are a complement to human intelligence and courage. If only television could be even as remotely intelligent. Fritz Pointer
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