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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
February 6, 2013
News, Talk & Interview
5.9/10
Cast: Tavis Smiley
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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

  • Bonnie Raitt is an award winning singer and member of the Rock and Roll hall of fame.

  • Sam Polk is the Co-founder and CEO of Everytable.

  • 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.

  • The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter talks about his upcoming Christmas tour.

  • The legendary singer talks about his illustrious career and his current world tour.

  • Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter Judy Collins.

  • Tavis welcomes former Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner.

  • Tavis welcomes comedian Kathy Griffin.

  • We honor the life of activist Grace Lee Boggs, who recently passed at 100 years old.

  • 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.

  • The renowned choreographer reflects on her celebrated career.

  • 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.

  • The Green Party presidential candidate shares her platform for her 2016 run.

  • Tavis welcomes presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein.

  • Tavis welcomes NYT Columnist Thomas Friedman.

  • The legendary singer reflects on his long and illustrious career.

  • Musician Terence Blanchard explains his feelings about the response to Hurricane Katrina.

  • Tavis welcomes Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Andrew Garfield.

  • Tavis welcomes author Ann Coulter.

  • Tavis welcomes author Salman Rushdie.

  • The Iranian-American scholar discusses President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.

  • 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.

  • The legendary country singer reflects on her career and discusses her return to the stage.

  • Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey, Capt. John Mutz and Officer Alex Salazar on racism in law enforcement.

  • The Academy Award-winning actress reflects on her stellar career in film and television.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Mark Ruffalo.

  • Tavis welcomes Republican Presidential Candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

  • A discussion of the Charleston church shooting.

  • The Oscar-winning actor talks about his new AMC series, HUMANS.

  • Tavis welcomes singer/songwriter Bobby Caldwell.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Tim Robbins.

  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer talks his new Louis Armstrong tribute album.

  • Tavis welcomes actor/director Robert Duvall.

  • The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses the state of journalism in America.

  • 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.

  • The actor and producer of the play 'Walking the Tightrope' discusses his latest projects.

  • Tavis welcomes XPRIZE CEO Peter Diamandis.

  • The president of the American Federation of Teachers on new changes to public education.

  • The legendary singer-songwriter on his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  • 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

  • The soul singer talks about her new album, 'Worthy,' and performs a song from the project.

  • 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.

  • The musician reflects on his career and plays a song from Romance, Swing and the Blues.

  • Tavis welcomes Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch.

  • The world-renowned economist analyses the President's State of the Union Address.

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

  • The filmmaker discusses her new documentary, 'Citizenfour,' about Edward Snowden.

  • 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.

  • The 80-year-old senior senator from Michigan reflects on his tenure in the U.S. Senate.

  • Ballmer talks about his early experiences as owner of a major sports team.

  • Lansbury assesses her career and returning, at age 89, to the role that won her a Tony.

  • The Broadway favorite discusses her parallel careers in stage, TV, film and music.

  • The nine-time Grammy winner explains why her CD is a change in the direction of her music.

  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reminisces about her music career.

  • Tavis welcomes Paul Boden and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

  • The 'Beyond the Lights' co-star & director-writer discuss the importance of their film.

  • The model-turned-Oscar winner unpacks the second volume of her memoirs.

  • The influential broadcaster reflects on finding passions and realizing dreams.

  • The influential broadcaster reflects on finding passions and realizing dreams.

  • 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.

  • The actress, producer & former model talks about her need to take a break from acting.

  • Ritz comments on his connection with the African American musical culture.

  • The visionary TV producer shares stories from his six-plus decades in show business.

  • Tavis welcomes singer songwriter Annie Lennox.

  • Tavis welcomes singer songwriter Annie Lennox.

  • Tavis welcomes Robert Weissman and Jeremy Renner.

  • Stewart talks about her work in some interesting indie films, including 'Camp X-Ray.

  • The award-winning artist & 10 year breast cancer survivor talks about her latest project.

  • The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer offers a look at life with one of the world's biggest bands.

  • Into her eighth decade, the incomparable actress-activist reflects on her career.

  • The two-time Academy Award winner discusses her latest film projects.

  • The two-time Academy Award winner discusses her latest film projects.

  • The best-selling novelist reflects on the acclaim she's received for her work.

  • The Emmy-, Grammy- and Tony-nominated performer talks about her current projects.

  • The multitalented artist shares stories from his autobiography.

  • 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.

  • Moreno shares stories from her one-of-a-kind career.

  • Jones talks about his documentary on jazz legend Clark Terry and a blind piano prodigy.

  • Harris defines his role in 'Frontera,' which examines immigration issues & the law.

  • 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.

  • The Harvard-trained lawyer examines excessive sentencing.

  • Tavis welcomes comedienne Joan Rivers.

  • Tavis welcomes comedienne Joan Rivers.

  • Music legends Savage & Elliott reflect on their careers with the rock band Def Leppard.

  • Music legends Savage & Elliott reflect on their careers with the rock band Def Leppard.

  • 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.

  • The dancer who's been called the Baryshnikov of jookin' describes the street dance.

  • Lamb talks about his book, \"Sundays at Eight,\" from his 25 years of hosting on C-SPAN.

  • Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter Bill Medley.

  • One of the most famous chefs in the world offers tips for healthy eating.

  • 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.

  • The award-winning actress discusses her roles in her latest�and very different�projects.

  • 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.

  • The \"Mad Men\" showrunner talks about the final season of his award-winning series.

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

  • Sowore and Khan weigh in on the crisis of Nigeria’s stolen girls.

  • 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.

  • Cash explains why her latest effort is a marked departure from her earlier work.

  • The acclaimed documentarian discusses his latest film on the Gettysburg Address.

  • The renowned rocker imparts his unique wisdom on resisting pigeonholing.

  • 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.

  • The acclaimed author unpacks his text on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • 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.

  • One of the funniest comedians around, Conway recounts stories from his inspiring memoir.

  • 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.

  • The award-winning actor previews his latest film & comments on the work of his foundation.

  • Tavis welcomes actor Harry Lennix.

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

  • With 16 Grammys between the two of them, Edmonds and Braxton reflect on their history.

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

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

  • The Disney legend reviews his long and varied career as an animator.

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

  • Tavis welcomes singers Merry Clayton and Darlene Love.

  • The four-time Emmy winner talks about his latest projects.

  • 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.

  • The Broadway legend reflects on her history-making career.

  • 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.

  • The scion of a family of politicians explains why he chose acting as his career.

  • 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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