This week on NOW:
What you see of the political conventions on television is only part of
the story. Behind the scenes and away from the rhetoric at the
convention halls, lavish parties sponsored by corporate interests
celebrate the union of money and politics. Bill Moyers interviews ABC
News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross about his reporting of
the close ties between big corporate donors and the elected officials
they're courting and provides a candid look at the parties that the
Democrats and Republicans don't want you to see.
David Brancaccio talks to NOW's regular analysts about the state of the
economy and its implications for the outcome of the elections, and
whether the Republicans will be targeting their base or the undecided
with their message during next week's Republican National Convention.
Kevin Phillips was the chief political strategist for Richard Nixon's
victory in 1968 and wrote the bombshell book EMERGING REPUBLICAN
MAJORITY. Award-winning journalist Michel Martin spent more than a
decade reporting on politics at THE WASHINGTON POST and THE WALL STREET
JOURNAL, where she was White House Correspondent. Currently, she
contributes to ABC News' NIGHTLINE, where she has been for the past
"It's a deep crisis," says senior editor of IN THESE TIMES and CHICAGO
TRIBUNE op-ed columnist Salim Muwakkil about the plight of black men in
the inner city. "Prison occupies too much space in African-American
culture. Many young people look at it as a rite of passage." Bill
Moyers interviews Muwakkil about a population he says is being ravaged
by an epidemic of incarceration and an issue being ignored by both
candidates this election year. A journalist since 1977, Muwakkil's
writing has appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, WASHINGTON POST,
NEW YORK NEWSDAY, BALTIMORE SUN, and THE TORONTO STAR, among others.
Muwakkil is also a contributing author to six books, and he lectures
frequently on issues of race, culture and politics.