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Tavis Smiley hosts an informative talk show on PBS by the same name "Tavis Smiley." He has been working in broadcasting since 1996 when he received his first start on the "Tom Joyner Morning Show." Tavis has gone on to work on popular television networks, such as, BET, bringing his unique views to a national audience. Mr. Smiley has also hosted his own show on NPR, "The Tavis Smiley Show, which ended in 2004.

His hopes to reach a more diverse audience landed him a home on the PBS network, the network which is funded by foundations, corporations, and donations from private citizens among others.

PBS broadcasts an array of different television programs such as; children shows, documentaries, concerts, etc.

Tavis has indeed found a home with this network. Sitting down to a different topic and guest each time, whether interviewing a best-selling author or an award winning actress or actor, asking questions the public would want to know and involving the viewing audience by intriguing conversation.

If you are looking for straight forward, honest, no holds bar information, Tavis Smiley is the one to tune into and watch. In this 30 minute show, Tavis is able to bring to the public an in-depth look into the subject matter discussed. His accomplishment from this show has won him several NAACP image awards.

Besides being on this show, Tavis can also add author and director as just a few other impressive accomplishments.

Catch Tavis Smiley on the PBS network. Check your local listings as times may vary.

Weekdays 11:55 PM et/pt on PBS
6 Seasons, 1605 Episodes - Currently Airing
January 5, 2004
News, Talk & Interview
5.9/10
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Tavis Smiley Full Episode Guide

  • Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper.

  • Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper.

  • Tavis welcomes violinist Joshua Bell.

  • Fmr. U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin

  • Writer and Conservative Political Commentator Andrew Sullivan

  • Tavis welcomes legendery musician Carlos Santana.

  • Tavis welcomes actor, comedian, and author Carl Reiner.

  • Tavis welcomes Republican advisor Robert C. O'Brien and reporter Kurtis Lee.

  • Tavis welcomes veteran actor Richard Dreyfuss.

  • Tavis welcomes actress Diane Ladd.

  • Tavis welcomes USC professor and author Geoffrey Cowan.

  • Sen. Trent Lott & Sen. Tom Daschle

  • Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter Patti Smith.

  • A tribute to Glenn Frey continued.

  • Honoring Eagles founding member Glenn Frey.

  • Erin Brockovich, Taj Mahal & Wendell Pierce

  • Julianne Malveaux & Macy Gray

  • Keith Wailoo, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Tamela Mann

  • Tavis welcomes music producer Tommy LiPuma.

  • Tavis welcomes filmmaker and director J.J. Abrams.

  • Tavis welcomes singer Tom Jones.

  • Tavis welcomes ballet dancer Misty Copeland.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Harvey Keitel.

  • Tavis welcomes author Mitch Albom.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Ian McKellen.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Michael B. Jordan.

  • Authors Kathryn J. Edin and Sasha Abramsky discuss extreme poverty in the U.S.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Bryan Cranston.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Ted Danson.

  • Tavis welcomes singer Art Garfunkel.

  • Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter Judy Collins.

  • Tavis welcomes former Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner.

  • Tavis welcomes comedian Kathy Griffin.

  • Tavis welcomes the Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Costner and his co-author, Jon Baird, on their new novel, "The Explorers Guild."

  • Tavis welcomes author Dr. Freeman Hrabowski.

  • Tavis welcomes actor/author Dick Van Dyke.

  • Tavis welcomes Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Seal.

  • Tavis welcomes actor/director/author Terry Gilliam.

  • Tavis welcomes presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders.

  • Tavis welcomes dancer choreographer Twyla Tharp.

  • Tavis welcomes activist author Tim Wise.

  • Tavis welcomes the band Los Lobos.

  • Tavis welcomes philosopher Slavoj Zizek.

  • Tavis welcomes singer/author Jewel.

  • Tavis welcomes former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

  • Tavis welcomes Ringo Starr, the drummer of the Beatles.

  • Tavis welcomes Ringo Starr.

  • Singer/Songwriter James Taylor - Part 2

  • Tavis welcomes singer/songwriter James Taylor.

  • Tavis welcomes presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein.

  • Tavis welcomes NYT Columnist Thomas Friedman.

  • Tavis welcomes singer Johnny Mathis.

  • Tavis welcomes Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Andrew Garfield.

  • Tavis welcomes author Ann Coulter.

  • Tavis welcomes author Salman Rushdie.

  • Tavis welcomes writer and scholar Reza Aslan.

  • Tavis welcomes writer/director Peter Bogdanovich.

  • Tavis welcomes singer/songwriter D'Angelo.

  • Tavis welcomes singer/songwriter D'Angelo.

  • Tavis welcomes University of California President Janet Napolitano.

  • Tavis welcomes actress Kathy Bates.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Mark Ruffalo.

  • Tavis welcomes Republican Presidential Candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

  • A discussion of the Charleston church shooting.

  • Tavis welcomes actor William Hurt.

  • Tavis welcomes singer/songwriter Bobby Caldwell.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Tim Robbins.

  • Tavis welcomes musician Dr. John.

  • Tavis welcomes actor/director Robert Duvall.

  • Tavis welcomes journalist Chris Hedges.

  • Tavis welcomes singer Pat Boone.

  • The co-editors of "SOS - Calling All Black People" discuss the Black Arts Movement.

  • Tavis welcomes New York Times Columnist David Brooks.

  • Part 2 of a tribute to blues legend B.B. King, who passed away last week at the age of 89.

  • Part one of our two-part tribute to the life and legacy of the great B.B. King, who passed away last night at the age of 89.

  • Tavis welcomes actress Susan Sarandon and her son, Jack Henry Robbins, to discuss their new documentary "Storied Streets."

  • Tavis welcomes the Council on Foreign Relations President Richard N. Haass.

  • Tavis welcomes musician Boz Scaggs.

  • Tavis welcomes singer Steve Tyrell.

  • Tavis welcomes suspense novelist Lisa Scottoline.

  • Tavis welcomes Economist/Author Joseph Stiglitz.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Jack Black.

  • Tavis welcomes XPRIZE CEO Peter Diamandis.

  • Tavis welcomes AFT President Randi Weingarten.

  • Tavis welcomes singer/songwriter Bill Withers.

  • A panel of esteemed historians reflects on the Civil War on the 150th anniversary of its final battle.

  • Tavis sits down with Judge Damon J. Keith, the longtime "crusader for justice."

  • Tavis welcomes a diverse panel of experts on various social, political, economic, and legal issues that are key to Detroit's turnaround.

  • Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson

  • Tavis welcomes singer Bettye LaVette.

  • Tavis welcomes musician/photographer Lenny Kravitz.

  • Tavis welcomes rapper J. Cole.

  • Tavis welcomes the Emmy-award winning actress Felicity Huffman.

  • The actor discusses the "No Kid Hungry" campaign with Share Our Strength CEO Bill Shore.

  • In honor of this weekend's Oscars, we revisit highlights of conversations with nominees.

  • Tavis welcomes demographer and author William H. Frey.

  • The Oscar-nominated filmmaker talks about his 12-year journey making "Boyhood."

  • The Oscar-nominated actor on playing Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything."

  • The award-winning author talks about her controversial new novel, "The Sacrifice."

  • Tavis welcomes journalist/author Jill Leovy.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Kevin Costner.

  • Tavis welcomes writer-director Damien Chazelle.

  • Part 2 of our talk on FREE SPEECH with Roseanne Barr, Sonali Kolhatkar & Peter Eliasberg.

  • In night one of two-night conversation on FREE SPEECH IN AMERICA, we talk to an all-star panel featuring publisher and activist Larry Flynt, author and comedian Maz Jobrani, and Peter Eliasberg of the ACLU.

  • Tavis welcomes pianist Marcus Roberts.

  • Tavis welcomes Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch.

  • Tavis welcomes economist Jeffrey Sachs.

  • Tavis welcomes director of "Selma" - Ava DuVernay.

  • Tavis welcomes filmmaker Laura Poitras.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Patrick Stewart.

  • Part 2 of an exclusive talk with the only two African-Americans currently in the Senate.

  • Part 1 of an exclusive talk with the only two African-Americans currently in the Senate.

  • Tavis welcomes Pierre Labossiere and Marion Cotillard.

  • Tavis welcomes guitarist-singer-songwriter Lindsey Buckingham.

  • Sen. Carl Levin, Marcus Baram

  • Tavis welcomes actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth.

  • Tavis welcomes Paul Boden and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

  • Tavis welcomes broadcaster Cristina Saralegui.

  • Tavis welcomes saxophonist Dave Koz.

  • Tavis welcomes actor-director Tommy Lee Jones.

  • Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter William "Smokey" Robinson.

  • Parker & Purdie-Vaughns examine the role of the media in perpetuating bias.

  • Tavis welcomes jazz legend Herbie Hancock.

  • Tavis welcomes comedian-actor Andrew Dice Clay.

  • Tavis welcomes actress-producer Renee Russo.

  • Tavis welcomes attorney-activist Connie Rice.

  • Tavis welcomes singer songwriter Annie Lennox.

  • Tavis welcomes singer songwriter Annie Lennox.

  • Tavis welcomes Robert Weissman and Jeremy Renner.

  • Tavis welcomes actress Kristen Stewart.

  • Tavis welcomes musician Melissa Etheridge.

  • Tavis welcomes musician-songwriter Joe Perry.

  • Tavis welcomes actress Cicely Tyson.

  • Tavis welcomes Jazz Vocalist Al Jarreau.

  • Tavis welcomes actress Hilary Swank.

  • Tavis welcomes writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

  • Tavis welcomes singer-actress Vanessa Williams.

  • Tavis welcomes jazz artist George Benson.

  • Tavis welcomes entertainment execs Berry Gordy and Suzanne de Passe.

  • Tavis welcomes author Gail Sheehy.

  • Tavis welcomes Nicholas Kristof.

  • Tavis welcomes dancer-actor Mikhail Baryshnikov.

  • Tavis welcomes actress Rita Moreno.

  • Tavis welcomes producer-musician Quincy Jones.

  • Tavis welcomes actor-director-producer Ed Harris.

  • Hip-hop pioneer, Chuck D, discusses the current state of the rap culture and his new solo CD, "The Black in Man."

  • Tavis welcomes musician, actor, activist Ruben Blades.

  • Tavis welcomes magazine founder Bhaskar Sunkara.

  • Tavis welcomes renowned business leader and philanthropist Eli Broad.

  • Tavis welcomes attorney-activist Bryan Stevenson.

  • Tavis welcomes comedienne Joan Rivers.

  • Tavis welcomes comedienne Joan Rivers.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Beau Bridges.

  • Tavis welcomes Def Leppard's Joe Elliott & Rick Savage.

  • Tavis was joined by Michael Levi and Elizabeth Economy who discuss their text on China, and award-winning singer-songwriter Yuna.

  • Tavis welcomes award-winning actor-musician Hugh Laurie.

  • Tavis welcomes dancer Charles "Lil Buck" Riley.

  • Tavis welcomes C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb.

  • Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter Bill Medley.

  • Tavis welcomes chef Wolfgang Puck.

  • Carl and Rob Reiner, the father and son duo, reflect on their relationship and their careers.

  • Tavis remembers Ruby Dee, the legend of stage and screen and passionate activist.

  • Tavis welcomes actress Allison Janney.

  • Tavis reflects on conversations with the pioneering and esteemed poet, writer, civil rights activist and professor.

  • Tavis welcomes David Goodman, president of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, named after his brother who was killed during the Civil Rights movement.

  • Tavis welcomes writer-producer Matthew Weiner.

  • Tavis welcomes Grammy-award winning opera singer Renee Fleming.

  • Omoyele Sowore, Amber Khanon

  • Tavis welcomes comedian-filmmaker Mel Brooks in this two-part special.

  • Tavis welcomes comedian-filmmaker Mel Brooks in this two-part special.

  • Tavis welcomes director-writer Amma Asante.

  • Tavis welcomes author, actress, activist Marlo Thomas.

  • Tavis welcomes comic duo Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong.

  • Tavis welcomes Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts.

  • Broadcast veteran Larry King discusses the Donald Sterling scandal.

  • Tavis welcomes dancer-actor Mikhail Baryshnikov.

  • Tavis welcomes writer Barbara Ehrenreich.

  • Tavis welcomes hip-hop artist Nas.

  • Tavis welcomes writer Jackie Collins.

  • Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash.

  • Tavis welcomes filmmaker Ken Burns.

  • Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter David Crosby.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Frank Langella.

  • Tavis welcomes drummer-composer Steward Copeland.

  • The real-life Rwandan hero reflects on one of the worst mass slaughters in modern history.

  • Tavis welcomes writer Clay Risen.

  • Tavis welcomes Erika Andiola, Marielena Hincapie, and bassist Nathan East.

  • Now a U.S. citizen, the former child slave opens up about her harrowing real-life story, as detailed in her book, "Hidden Girl," and her subsequent life in the U.S.

  • Tavis welcomes comedian-actor Tim Conway.

  • Tavis welcomes musicians Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman as they discuss their newest project, the musical, "Harmony."

  • Tavis welcomes investigative journalist Eric Schlosser and Brian Jay Jones, author of the Jim Henson biography, to the show.

  • Tavis talks with award winning author Edwidge Danticat, whose books include "Brother, I'm Dying" and "Claire of the Sea Light."

  • We revisit highlights of conversations with some of the 2014 Oscar nominees.

  • Tavis welcomes actor-producer Forest Whitaker.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Harry Lennix.

  • Tavis welcomes Grammy winners Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Toni Braxton.

  • British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor discusses his work in "12 Years a Slave."

  • The four-time Emmy winner, actor-director David Hyde Pierce.

  • Tavis welcomes animator Floyd Norman.

  • Love & Clayton share stories of their indelible vocal work behind some of the greats.

  • Tavis welcomes singers Merry Clayton and Darlene Love.

  • Tavis honors the life of Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman.

  • Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo.

  • Tavis welcomes NFL pioneer James Harris & writer Sam Freedman.

  • Tavis welcomes Broadway legend Chita Rivera.

  • Tavis welcomes Violinist-conductor Itzhak Perlman.

  • Tavis welcomes Jim Cramer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

  • Tavis welcomes Julie Delpy and Robert Hilburn.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Kenneth Branagh.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Don Cheadle.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Bruce Dern.

  • Tavis welcomes violinist Joshua Bell.

  • Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Stacy Keach.

  • Tavis welcomes famed architect Frank Gehry.

  • Tavis interviews NBA Hall of Famer Julius "Dr. J." Erving.

  • Tavis welcomes Anjelica Houston.

  • Tavis welcomes actress Angela Lansbury.

  • Tavis interviews the award-winning author about his choice of President Woodrow Wilson as a biography subject.

  • Tavis welcomes film composer Hans Zimmer.

  • Honoring Nelson Mandela's life and legacy.

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