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This edition: Decoding the Campaigns

Episode Details

First aired: February 20, 2012.

We are saturated with deceptive political advertising, aided and abetted now with spending by citizens, corporations, and Super PACs that seem to know no bounds. Add to that the relatively cheap "buys" on media landscape including television, the web, print media, and social networks, and there’s no place for the electorate to escape.

But help is on the way. This week on Moyers & Company, Bill asks political communication expert and “master media decoder” Kathleen Hall Jamieson to separate fact from fiction in the national campaigns thus far. Jamieson runs the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, including the sites and

The show then moves from politics to poetry as Bill welcomes former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, who this very week received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Dove served two terms as Poet Laureate, the youngest and the first African American to be named to that prestigious position. Through an intimate conversation and select readings, Moyers and Dove explore American history, language, culture, and ideas. They also talk about the responsibility – and controversy – that comes with editing a prestigious anthology, as Dove was recently tasked for The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry.

Guest List

Rita Dove U.S. Poet Laureate

Kathleen Hall Jamieson Director of Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania

Bill Moyers Broadcast Journalist, Host of Moyers & Company