Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley

  • 2013
  • 9 Seasons
  • 5.3  (326)

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.

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Seasons
Episode 396
396. Episode 396
October 21, 2016
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Episode 395
395. Episode 395
October 20, 2016
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Episode 394
394. Episode 394
October 19, 2016
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Cyndi Lauper, Pt. 2
393. Cyndi Lauper, Pt. 2
October 18, 2016
Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper.
Cydi Lauper, Pt. 1
392. Cydi Lauper, Pt. 1
October 17, 2016
Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper.
Episode 391
391. Episode 391
October 14, 2016
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Episode 390
390. Episode 390
October 13, 2016
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Episode 389
389. Episode 389
October 12, 2016
Tavis welcomes violinist Joshua Bell.
Shira Scheindlin
388. Shira Scheindlin
October 11, 2016
Fmr. U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin
Andrew Sullivan
387. Andrew Sullivan
October 10, 2016
Writer and Conservative Political Commentator Andrew Sullivan
Betye Saar
386. Betye Saar
October 7, 2016
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Freddy Hall
385. Freddy Hall
October 6, 2016
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Ellis Hall
384. Ellis Hall
September 23, 2016
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Patrisia Macias-Rojas, Tom Arnold
383. Patrisia Macias-Rojas, Tom Arnold
September 22, 2016
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Dr. Damon Tweedy, Craig Wilder
382. Dr. Damon Tweedy, Craig Wilder
September 21, 2016
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Amy Goodman
381. Amy Goodman
September 20, 2016
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Maureen Dowd
380. Maureen Dowd
September 19, 2016
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Angela Danovi, Robert Reich
379. Angela Danovi, Robert Reich
September 9, 2016
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Robert Hines, Kshama Sawant
378. Robert Hines, Kshama Sawant
September 8, 2016
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Jackie Starkey, Julian Castro
377. Jackie Starkey, Julian Castro
September 7, 2016
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Willie J.R. Fleming, Mia Birdsong
376. Willie J.R. Fleming, Mia Birdsong
September 6, 2016
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Sheldon Danziger
375. Sheldon Danziger
September 5, 2016
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Carole King
374. Carole King
August 19, 2016
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Ben Harper, Viet Thanh Nguyen
373. Ben Harper, Viet Thanh Nguyen
August 18, 2016
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Lonnie Smith
372. Lonnie Smith
August 17, 2016
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Jane Lynch, Nely Galán
371. Jane Lynch, Nely Galán
August 16, 2016
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D.L. Hughley
370. D.L. Hughley
August 15, 2016
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W. Kamau Bell
369. W. Kamau Bell
August 12, 2016
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Laurence Leamer, Walter Mosley
368. Laurence Leamer, Walter Mosley
August 11, 2016
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Terry McMillan
367. Terry McMillan
August 10, 2016
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Viggo Mortensen
366. Viggo Mortensen
August 9, 2016
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Patti Smith
365. Patti Smith
August 8, 2016
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Part 2 of 2: Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin
364. Part 2 of 2: Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin
August 5, 2016
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Part 1 of 2: Park Ranger Betty Reid Soski
363. Part 1 of 2: Park Ranger Betty Reid Soski
August 4, 2016
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Gil Garcetti
362. Gil Garcetti
August 3, 2016
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Shirley Caesar
361. Shirley Caesar
August 2, 2016
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Bonnie Raitt
360. Bonnie Raitt
August 1, 2016
Bonnie Raitt is an award winning singer and member of the Rock and Roll hall of fame.
Lynn Scarlett, Sam Polk
359. Lynn Scarlett, Sam Polk
July 29, 2016
Sam Polk is the Co-founder and CEO of Everytable.
Emilio T. González
358. Emilio T. González
July 28, 2016
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Tim Ridge
357. Tim Ridge
July 27, 2016
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Carrie Severino, Peter Morici
356. Carrie Severino, Peter Morici
July 26, 2016
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The Democratic National Convention is discussed
355. The Democratic National Convention is discussed
July 25, 2016
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Part 2 of 2: Corine Woodley, the mother of Gavin Long, is interviewed
354. Part 2 of 2: Corine Woodley, the mother of Gavin Long, is interviewed
July 22, 2016
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Part 1 of 2: Corine Woodley, the mother of Gavin Long, is interviewed
353. Part 1 of 2: Corine Woodley, the mother of Gavin Long, is interviewed
July 21, 2016
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Ralph Nader
352. Ralph Nader
July 20, 2016
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Hilda Solis, Thomas Perez
351. Hilda Solis, Thomas Perez
July 19, 2016
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Richard A. Clarke
350. Richard A. Clarke
July 18, 2016
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Joshua Cooper Ramo and Take 6 perform
349. Joshua Cooper Ramo and Take 6 perform
July 15, 2016
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Bassem Youssef, Jay Newton-Small
348. Bassem Youssef, Jay Newton-Small
July 14, 2016
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Former Seattle PD chief Norm Stamper
347. Former Seattle PD chief Norm Stamper
July 13, 2016
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Part 2 of 2: Connie Rice and Robin D.G. Kelley discuss the police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana as well as the killing of five police officers in Dallas.
346. Part 2 of 2: Connie Rice and Robin D.G. Kelley discuss the police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana as well as the killing of five police officers in Dallas.
July 12, 2016
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Part 1 of 2: Connie Rice and Robin D.G. Kelley discuss the police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana as well as the killing of five police officers in Dallas.
345. Part 1 of 2: Connie Rice and Robin D.G. Kelley discuss the police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana as well as the killing of five police officers in Dallas.
July 11, 2016
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Nely Galán, Jane Lynch
344. Nely Galán, Jane Lynch
July 8, 2016
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Viggo Mortensen
343. Viggo Mortensen
July 7, 2016
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Norman Lear
342. Norman Lear
July 6, 2016
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Nely Galán, Roseanne Barr
341. Nely Galán, Roseanne Barr
July 5, 2016
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Terry McMillan
340. Terry McMillan
July 4, 2016
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Episode 339
339. Episode 339
July 1, 2016
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Episode 338
338. Episode 338
June 30, 2016
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Episode 337
337. Episode 337
June 29, 2016
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Episode 336
336. Episode 336
June 28, 2016
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Episode 335
335. Episode 335
June 27, 2016
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Episode 334
334. Episode 334
June 24, 2016
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Episode 333
333. Episode 333
June 23, 2016
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Episode 332
332. Episode 332
June 22, 2016
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Episode 331
331. Episode 331
June 21, 2016
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Episode 330
330. Episode 330
June 20, 2016
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Episode 329
329. Episode 329
June 17, 2016
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Episode 328
328. Episode 328
June 16, 2016
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Episode 327
327. Episode 327
June 15, 2016
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Episode 326
326. Episode 326
June 14, 2016
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Episode 325
325. Episode 325
June 13, 2016
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Andre Watts
324. Andre Watts
June 10, 2016
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Maria Toorpakai
323. Maria Toorpakai
June 9, 2016
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Dov Charney
322. Dov Charney
June 8, 2016
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Don Cheadle
321. Don Cheadle
June 7, 2016
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Sally Field
320. Sally Field
June 6, 2016
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Breakthrough medical treatments
319. Breakthrough medical treatments
June 3, 2016
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Criminal justice reform
318. Criminal justice reform
June 2, 2016
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Artists-in-residence program
317. Artists-in-residence program
June 1, 2016
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Technical colleges
316. Technical colleges
May 31, 2016
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Innovative preschool initiative
315. Innovative preschool initiative
May 30, 2016
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Arianna Huffington, Reginald Dwayne Betts
314. Arianna Huffington, Reginald Dwayne Betts
May 27, 2016
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Stephon Alexander
313. Stephon Alexander
May 26, 2016
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Lynn Vavreck, Paul Pierson
312. Lynn Vavreck, Paul Pierson
May 25, 2016
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Sen. Bernie Sanders
311. Sen. Bernie Sanders
May 24, 2016
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Betty Reid Soskin
310. Betty Reid Soskin
May 23, 2016
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Anthony Mackie
309. Anthony Mackie
May 19, 2016
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Kristin Chenoweth
308. Kristin Chenoweth
May 18, 2016
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W. Kamau Bell
307. W. Kamau Bell
May 17, 2016
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Jon Shields, Jonathan Butler
306. Jon Shields, Jonathan Butler
May 16, 2016
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Dr. Lonnie Smith
305. Dr. Lonnie Smith
May 13, 2016
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Dr. David B. Agus, Anna Chlumsky
304. Dr. David B. Agus, Anna Chlumsky
May 12, 2016
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Maria Toorpakai, Rob & Nick Reiner
303. Maria Toorpakai, Rob & Nick Reiner
May 11, 2016
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Rahsaan Bahati, Diane Guerrero
302. Rahsaan Bahati, Diane Guerrero
May 10, 2016
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Wendell Potter
301. Wendell Potter
May 9, 2016
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Katie Couric
300. Katie Couric
May 6, 2016
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Michael Tesler, Akala
299. Michael Tesler, Akala
May 5, 2016
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Gregory Porter
298. Gregory Porter
May 4, 2016
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Adrian Pantoja, Ange-Marie Hancock
297. Adrian Pantoja, Ange-Marie Hancock
May 3, 2016
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Susan Sarandon
296. Susan Sarandon
May 2, 2016
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Shihan Van Clief, Nia Long
295. Shihan Van Clief, Nia Long
April 29, 2016
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Thomas A. Saenz
294. Thomas A. Saenz
April 28, 2016
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Connie Rice
293. Connie Rice
April 27, 2016
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One Great Idea Tour: Southern California
292. One Great Idea Tour: Southern California
April 26, 2016
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A tribute to Prince, Part 2
291. A tribute to Prince, Part 2
April 25, 2016
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A tribute to Prince
290. A tribute to Prince
April 22, 2016
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One Great Idea Tour: Atlanta
289. One Great Idea Tour: Atlanta
April 21, 2016
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One Great Idea Tour: Boston
288. One Great Idea Tour: Boston
April 20, 2016
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One Great Idea Tour: Milwaukee
287. One Great Idea Tour: Milwaukee
April 19, 2016
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One Great Idea Tour: Cleveland
286. One Great Idea Tour: Cleveland
April 18, 2016
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Andrew
285. Andrew "Dice" Clay
April 15, 2016
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Sally Field
284. Sally Field
April 14, 2016
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Robert Greenwald
283. Robert Greenwald
April 13, 2016
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Amy Goodman
282. Amy Goodman
April 12, 2016
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Michael Waldman
281. Michael Waldman
April 11, 2016
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Andre Watts
280. Andre Watts
April 8, 2016
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Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ben Harper
279. Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ben Harper
April 7, 2016
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Arianna Huffington, Reginald Dwayne Betts
278. Arianna Huffington, Reginald Dwayne Betts
April 6, 2016
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Julianne Malveaux, Jordan Smith
277. Julianne Malveaux, Jordan Smith
April 5, 2016
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Piers Morgan, Little Simz
276. Piers Morgan, Little Simz
April 4, 2016
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Dov Charney
275. Dov Charney
April 1, 2016
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Don Cheadle
274. Don Cheadle
March 31, 2016
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James Brolin
273. James Brolin
March 30, 2016
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Chris Isaak, Andra Day
272. Chris Isaak, Andra Day
March 29, 2016
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Dr. Richard Haass, a tribute to Garry Shandling
271. Dr. Richard Haass, a tribute to Garry Shandling
March 28, 2016
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Episode 270
270. Episode 270
March 25, 2016
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Episode 269
269. Episode 269
March 24, 2016
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Episode 268
268. Episode 268
March 23, 2016
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Episode 267
267. Episode 267
March 22, 2016
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Episode 266
266. Episode 266
March 21, 2016
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Patti Smith
265. Patti Smith
March 18, 2016
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Carl Reiner
264. Carl Reiner
March 17, 2016
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Dr. Mary Frances Berry
263. Dr. Mary Frances Berry
March 16, 2016
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Carlos Santana
262. Carlos Santana
March 15, 2016
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Kiefer Sutherland
261. Kiefer Sutherland
March 14, 2016
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Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Connie Rice, Ben Harper
260. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Connie Rice, Ben Harper
March 11, 2016
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Erin Brockovich, Wendell Pierce, Taj Mahal
259. Erin Brockovich, Wendell Pierce, Taj Mahal
March 10, 2016
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Julianne Malveaux, Russlynn Ali, Macy Gray
258. Julianne Malveaux, Russlynn Ali, Macy Gray
March 9, 2016
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Alicia Garza, Rashad Robinson, Talib Kweli
257. Alicia Garza, Rashad Robinson, Talib Kweli
March 8, 2016
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Keith Wailoo, Tamela Mann
256. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Keith Wailoo, Tamela Mann
March 7, 2016
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Episode 255
255. Episode 255
March 4, 2016
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Episode 254
254. Episode 254
March 3, 2016
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Episode 253
253. Episode 253
March 2, 2016
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Episode 252
252. Episode 252
March 1, 2016
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Episode 251
251. Episode 251
February 29, 2016
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Episode 250
250. Episode 250
February 26, 2016
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Episode 249
249. Episode 249
February 25, 2016
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Episode 248
248. Episode 248
February 24, 2016
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Episode 247
247. Episode 247
February 23, 2016
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Episode 246
246. Episode 246
February 22, 2016
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Carole King
245. Carole King
February 19, 2016
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Episode 244
244. Episode 244
February 18, 2016
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Episode 243
243. Episode 243
February 17, 2016
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Episode 242
242. Episode 242
February 16, 2016
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Episode 241
241. Episode 241
February 15, 2016
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Ben Ratliff, Stanley Nelson
240. Ben Ratliff, Stanley Nelson
February 12, 2016
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Carlos Santana
239. Carlos Santana
February 11, 2016
Tavis welcomes legendery musician Carlos Santana.
Seema Mehta, Pilar Marrero, Tom McCarthy
238. Seema Mehta, Pilar Marrero, Tom McCarthy
February 10, 2016
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Carl Reiner
237. Carl Reiner
February 9, 2016
Tavis welcomes actor, comedian, and author Carl Reiner.
Robert C. O'Brien, Kurtis Lee
236. Robert C. O'Brien, Kurtis Lee
February 8, 2016
Tavis welcomes Republican advisor Robert C. O'Brien and reporter Kurtis Lee.
Roger Guenveur Smith, Lenny Abrahamson
235. Roger Guenveur Smith, Lenny Abrahamson
February 5, 2016
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Mike Binder, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
234. Mike Binder, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
February 4, 2016
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Richard Dreyfuss
233. Richard Dreyfuss
February 3, 2016
Tavis welcomes veteran actor Richard Dreyfuss.
Tim Robbins, Bryonn Bain
232. Tim Robbins, Bryonn Bain
February 2, 2016
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Ralph Nader, Jennifer Yuh Nelson
231. Ralph Nader, Jennifer Yuh Nelson
February 1, 2016
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Diane Ladd
230. Diane Ladd
January 29, 2016
Tavis welcomes actress Diane Ladd.
Christine Ebersole & Frank Luntz
229. Christine Ebersole & Frank Luntz
January 28, 2016
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Geoffrey Cowan
228. Geoffrey Cowan
January 27, 2016
Tavis welcomes USC professor and author Geoffrey Cowan.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Patti Davis
227. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Patti Davis
January 26, 2016
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Sen. Trent Lott & Sen. Tom Daschle
226. Sen. Trent Lott & Sen. Tom Daschle
January 25, 2016
Sen. Trent Lott & Sen. Tom Daschle
Patti Smith
225. Patti Smith
January 22, 2016
Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter Patti Smith.
Glenn Frey Tribute - Part 2
224. Glenn Frey Tribute - Part 2
January 21, 2016
A tribute to Glenn Frey continued.
Glenn Frey Tribute - Part 1
223. Glenn Frey Tribute - Part 1
January 20, 2016
Honoring Eagles founding member Glenn Frey.
MLK: A Call to Conscience - Part 2
222. MLK: A Call to Conscience - Part 2
January 19, 2016
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MLK: A Call to Conscience - Part 1
221. MLK: A Call to Conscience - Part 1
January 18, 2016
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Ben Harper
220. Ben Harper
January 15, 2016
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Erin Brockovich, Taj Mahal & Wendell Pierce
219. Erin Brockovich, Taj Mahal & Wendell Pierce
January 14, 2016
Erin Brockovich, Taj Mahal & Wendell Pierce
Julianne Malveaux & Macy Gray
218. Julianne Malveaux & Macy Gray
January 13, 2016
Julianne Malveaux & Macy Gray
Talib Kweli
217. Talib Kweli
January 12, 2016
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Keith Wailoo, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Tamela Mann
216. Keith Wailoo, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Tamela Mann
January 11, 2016
Keith Wailoo, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Tamela Mann
James Taylor
215. James Taylor
January 8, 2016
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James Taylor
214. James Taylor
January 7, 2016
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Ringo Starr
213. Ringo Starr
January 6, 2016
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Ringo Starr
212. Ringo Starr
January 5, 2016
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Tribute to Natalie Cole
211. Tribute to Natalie Cole
January 4, 2016
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Tommy LiPuma
210. Tommy LiPuma
December 18, 2015
Tavis welcomes music producer Tommy LiPuma.
Elizabeth Banks
209. Elizabeth Banks
December 17, 2015
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J.J. Abrams
208. J.J. Abrams
December 16, 2015
Tavis welcomes filmmaker and director J.J. Abrams.
John Williams
207. John Williams
December 15, 2015
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Brian McKnight & Eli Broad
206. Brian McKnight & Eli Broad
December 14, 2015
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Tom Jones
203. Tom Jones
December 11, 2015
Tavis welcomes singer Tom Jones.
Misty Copeland
202. Misty Copeland
December 9, 2015
Tavis welcomes ballet dancer Misty Copeland.
Harvey Keitel
201. Harvey Keitel
December 8, 2015
Tavis welcomes actor Harvey Keitel.
Episode 200
200. Episode 200
December 1, 2015
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Episode 199
199. Episode 199
November 30, 2015
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Mitch Albom
198. Mitch Albom
November 27, 2015
Tavis welcomes author Mitch Albom.
Jewel
197. Jewel
November 26, 2015
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Ian McKellen
196. Ian McKellen
November 25, 2015
Tavis welcomes actor Ian McKellen.
Michael B. Jordan
195. Michael B. Jordan
November 24, 2015
Tavis welcomes actor Michael B. Jordan.
Discussion: Extreme Poverty in America
194. Discussion: Extreme Poverty in America
November 23, 2015
Authors Kathryn J. Edin and Sasha Abramsky discuss extreme poverty in the U.S.
Bryan Cranston
193. Bryan Cranston
November 20, 2015
Tavis welcomes actor Bryan Cranston.
Ted Danson
192. Ted Danson
November 19, 2015
Tavis welcomes actor Ted Danson.
Lou Diamond Phillips, Tracy Chapman
191. Lou Diamond Phillips, Tracy Chapman
November 18, 2015
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Michael McDonald
190. Michael McDonald
November 17, 2015
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter talks about his upcoming Christmas tour.
Melina Abdullah, David Talbot
189. Melina Abdullah, David Talbot
November 16, 2015
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Art Garfunkel
188. Art Garfunkel
November 13, 2015
The legendary singer talks about his illustrious career and his current world tour.
CEO Sangu Delle, Golden Palm Investments; actress Carey Mulligan
187. CEO Sangu Delle, Golden Palm Investments; actress Carey Mulligan
November 12, 2015
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Author Kevin Powell; singer Joss Stone
186. Author Kevin Powell; singer Joss Stone
November 11, 2015
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Actor-director Paul Bettany; actor Anthony Mackie
185. Actor-director Paul Bettany; actor Anthony Mackie
November 10, 2015
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Journalist Rula Jebreal; author David Maraniss
184. Journalist Rula Jebreal; author David Maraniss
November 9, 2015
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Judy Collins
183. Judy Collins
November 6, 2015
Tavis welcomes singer-songwriter Judy Collins.
Austin Beutner
182. Austin Beutner
November 5, 2015
Tavis welcomes former Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner.
Author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon; singer Shemekia Copeland
181. Author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon; singer Shemekia Copeland
November 4, 2015
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Kathy Griffin
180. Kathy Griffin
November 3, 2015
Tavis welcomes comedian Kathy Griffin.
Gloria Steinem
179. Gloria Steinem
November 2, 2015
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A tribute to author Grace Lee Boggs
178. A tribute to author Grace Lee Boggs
October 30, 2015
We honor the life of activist Grace Lee Boggs, who recently passed at 100 years old.
Episode 177
177. Episode 177
October 29, 2015
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Episode 176
176. Episode 176
October 28, 2015
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Kevin Costner, Jon Baird
175. Kevin Costner, Jon Baird
October 27, 2015
Tavis welcomes the Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Costner and his co-author, Jon Baird, on their new novel, "The Explorers Guild."
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski
174. Dr. Freeman Hrabowski
October 26, 2015
Tavis welcomes author Dr. Freeman Hrabowski.
Dick Van Dyke
173. Dick Van Dyke
October 23, 2015
Tavis welcomes actor/author Dick Van Dyke.
Seal
172. Seal
October 22, 2015
Tavis welcomes Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Seal.
Terry Gilliam
171. Terry Gilliam
October 21, 2015
Tavis welcomes actor/director/author Terry Gilliam.
Lawrence Lessig, S. Pearl Sharp
170. Lawrence Lessig, S. Pearl Sharp
October 20, 2015
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Sen. Bernie Sanders
169. Sen. Bernie Sanders
October 19, 2015
Tavis welcomes presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders.
Twyla Tharp
168. Twyla Tharp
October 16, 2015
The renowned choreographer reflects on her celebrated career.
Tim Wise
167. Tim Wise
October 15, 2015
Tavis welcomes activist author Tim Wise.
Los Lobos
166. Los Lobos
October 14, 2015
Tavis welcomes the band Los Lobos.
Henry Greely, Patricia Jennings, Gerry Spence
165. Henry Greely, Patricia Jennings, Gerry Spence
October 13, 2015
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Slavoj Zizek
164. Slavoj Zizek
October 12, 2015
Tavis welcomes philosopher Slavoj Zizek.
Fran Drescher, Rissi Palmer
163. Fran Drescher, Rissi Palmer
October 9, 2015
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Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, Sonia Manzano
162. Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, Sonia Manzano
October 8, 2015
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Slavoj Zizek, Jewel
161. Slavoj Zizek, Jewel
October 7, 2015
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Jewel
160. Jewel
October 6, 2015
Tavis welcomes singer/author Jewel.
Robert Reich
159. Robert Reich
October 5, 2015
Tavis welcomes former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.
Ringo Starr - Part 2
158. Ringo Starr - Part 2
October 2, 2015
Tavis welcomes Ringo Starr, the drummer of the Beatles.
Ringo Starr - Part 1
157. Ringo Starr - Part 1
October 1, 2015
Tavis welcomes Ringo Starr.
James Taylor - Part 2
156. James Taylor - Part 2
September 30, 2015
Singer/Songwriter James Taylor - Part 2
James Taylor - Part 1
155. James Taylor - Part 1
September 29, 2015
Tavis welcomes singer/songwriter James Taylor.
Episode 154
154. Episode 154
September 28, 2015
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Brandi Carlile & Dr. James S. Forrester
153. Brandi Carlile & Dr. James S. Forrester
September 25, 2015
The Green Party presidential candidate shares her platform for her 2016 run.
Dr. Jill Stein
152. Dr. Jill Stein
September 24, 2015
Tavis welcomes presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein.
Thomas Friedman
151. Thomas Friedman
September 23, 2015
Tavis welcomes NYT Columnist Thomas Friedman.
Annie Jacobsen & Rev. James Maher
150. Annie Jacobsen & Rev. James Maher
September 22, 2015
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Sen. Lindsey Graham & Mark Harmon
149. Sen. Lindsey Graham & Mark Harmon
September 21, 2015
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Johnny Mathis
148. Johnny Mathis
September 18, 2015
The legendary singer reflects on his long and illustrious career.
The E Collective, Ravi Patel & Terence Blanchard
147. The E Collective, Ravi Patel & Terence Blanchard
September 17, 2015
Musician Terence Blanchard explains his feelings about the response to Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Richard Haass the president of the Council on Foreign Relations & Hussam Ayloush the chairman of the Syrian American Council
146. Dr. Richard Haass the president of the Council on Foreign Relations & Hussam Ayloush the chairman of the Syrian American Council
September 16, 2015
Summary not available
Former New York Gov. George Pataki & Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
145. Former New York Gov. George Pataki & Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
September 15, 2015
Summary not available
Kamasi Washington
144. Kamasi Washington
September 14, 2015
Tavis welcomes Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington.
Andrew Garfield
143. Andrew Garfield
September 11, 2015
Tavis welcomes actor Andrew Garfield.
Luther
142. Luther "Luke" Campbell; Dana Delany
September 10, 2015
Summary not available
Ann Coulter
141. Ann Coulter
September 9, 2015
Tavis welcomes author Ann Coulter.
Salman Rushdie
140. Salman Rushdie
September 8, 2015
Tavis welcomes author Salman Rushdie.
Reza Aslan
139. Reza Aslan
September 7, 2015
The Iranian-American scholar discusses President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.
Peter Bogdanovich
137. Peter Bogdanovich
September 4, 2015
Tavis welcomes writer/director Peter Bogdanovich.
D'Angelo - Part 2
136. D'Angelo - Part 2
September 3, 2015
Tavis welcomes singer/songwriter D'Angelo.
D'Angelo
135. D'Angelo
September 2, 2015
Tavis welcomes singer/songwriter D'Angelo.
Janet Napolitano
134. Janet Napolitano
September 1, 2015
Tavis welcomes University of California President Janet Napolitano.
Kataalyst Alcindor, Dee Dee Bridgewater
133. Kataalyst Alcindor, Dee Dee Bridgewater
August 31, 2015
Summary not available
Colin Farrell
132. Colin Farrell
July 27, 2015
Summary not available
William Hurt
131. William Hurt
July 24, 2015
Summary not available
Felicity Huffman
130. Felicity Huffman
July 23, 2015
Summary not available
J. Cole
129. J. Cole
July 22, 2015
Summary not available
Sen. Bernie Sanders, J.D. Souther
128. Sen. Bernie Sanders, J.D. Souther
July 21, 2015
Summary not available
Jack Black
127. Jack Black
July 20, 2015
Summary not available
Carmen de Lavallade, J.D. Souther
126. Carmen de Lavallade, J.D. Souther
July 17, 2015
Summary not available
Robert Greenwald, Rufus Jones Jr.
125. Robert Greenwald, Rufus Jones Jr.
July 16, 2015
Summary not available
Chris Tucker
124. Chris Tucker
July 15, 2015
Summary not available
Andrew Cohen, Laura Linney
123. Andrew Cohen, Laura Linney
July 14, 2015
Summary not available
Amb. Johnnie Carson, Oliver Tavakoli
122. Amb. Johnnie Carson, Oliver Tavakoli
July 13, 2015
Summary not available
Liz Garbus, Boney James
121. Liz Garbus, Boney James
July 10, 2015
Summary not available
Kentaro Toyama, Candace Bushnell
120. Kentaro Toyama, Candace Bushnell
July 9, 2015
Summary not available
Tanya Tucker
119. Tanya Tucker
July 8, 2015
The legendary country singer reflects on her career and discusses her return to the stage.
Jessica Jackley, Michael Starr
118. Jessica Jackley, Michael Starr
July 7, 2015
Summary not available
Charlie Wilson
117. Charlie Wilson
July 6, 2015
Summary not available
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Robert Glasper
116. Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Robert Glasper
July 3, 2015
Summary not available
A panel discussion on institutional racism in law enforcement
115. A panel discussion on institutional racism in law enforcement
July 2, 2015
Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey, Capt. John Mutz and Officer Alex Salazar on racism in law enforcement.
Killer Mike
114. Killer Mike
July 1, 2015
Summary not available
Killer Mike
113. Killer Mike
June 30, 2015
Summary not available
David Cruz, Melissa Murray, Dara Tucker
112. David Cruz, Melissa Murray, Dara Tucker
June 29, 2015
Summary not available
Kathy Bates
111. Kathy Bates
June 26, 2015
The Academy Award-winning actress reflects on her stellar career in film and television.
Mark Ruffalo
110. Mark Ruffalo
June 25, 2015
Tavis welcomes actor Mark Ruffalo.
Lincoln Chafee, Alan Rickman
109. Lincoln Chafee, Alan Rickman
June 24, 2015
Summary not available
Sen. Ted Cruz
108. Sen. Ted Cruz
June 23, 2015
Tavis welcomes Republican Presidential Candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
A discussion of the Charleston church shooting
107. A discussion of the Charleston church shooting
June 22, 2015
A discussion of the Charleston church shooting.
Jack G. Shaheen, Randall Robinson
106. Jack G. Shaheen, Randall Robinson
June 19, 2015
Summary not available
William Hurt
105. William Hurt
June 18, 2015
The Oscar-winning actor talks about his new AMC series, HUMANS.
Bobby Caldwell
104. Bobby Caldwell
June 17, 2015
Tavis welcomes singer/songwriter Bobby Caldwell.
Tim Robbins
103. Tim Robbins
June 16, 2015
Tavis welcomes actor Tim Robbins.
Kevin Johnson, Zoe Saldana
102. Kevin Johnson, Zoe Saldana
June 15, 2015
Summary not available
Dr. John
101. Dr. John
June 12, 2015
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer talks his new Louis Armstrong tribute album.
Matthieu Ricard, Charles Lloyd
100. Matthieu Ricard, Charles Lloyd
June 10, 2015
Summary not available
Robert Duvall
99. Robert Duvall
June 9, 2015
Tavis welcomes actor/director Robert Duvall.
Chris Hedges
98. Chris Hedges
June 8, 2015
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses the state of journalism in America.
T.C. Boyle, Blythe Danner
97. T.C. Boyle, Blythe Danner
June 5, 2015
Summary not available
Philip Klinkner, Cassandra Wilson
96. Philip Klinkner, Cassandra Wilson
June 4, 2015
Summary not available
Noam Chomsky, Isaiah Washington
95. Noam Chomsky, Isaiah Washington
June 3, 2015
Summary not available
Erin Brockovich, Hugh Masekela
94. Erin Brockovich, Hugh Masekela
June 2, 2015
Summary not available
Robert Ferguson, Edie Falco
93. Robert Ferguson, Edie Falco
June 1, 2015
Summary not available
Pat Boone
92. Pat Boone
May 29, 2015
Tavis welcomes singer Pat Boone.
Sonia Sanchez, John H. Bracey Jr., James Smethurst
91. Sonia Sanchez, John H. Bracey Jr., James Smethurst
May 28, 2015
The co-editors of "SOS - Calling All Black People" discuss the Black Arts Movement.
Deepak Chopra, Michael Kelly
90. Deepak Chopra, Michael Kelly
May 27, 2015
Summary not available
Roselyn Sanchez
89. Roselyn Sanchez
May 26, 2015
Summary not available
Daina Ramey Berry, Eric Walther, Allyson Hobbs
88. Daina Ramey Berry, Eric Walther, Allyson Hobbs
May 25, 2015
Summary not available
Gregory Pardlo, Josh Groban
87. Gregory Pardlo, Josh Groban
May 22, 2015
Summary not available
Ed Asner, Marcus Miller
86. Ed Asner, Marcus Miller
May 21, 2015
Summary not available
Kristin Davis, Vijay Iyer
85. Kristin Davis, Vijay Iyer
May 20, 2015
Summary not available
David Brooks
84. David Brooks
May 19, 2015
Tavis welcomes New York Times Columnist David Brooks.
B.B. King Tribute - Part 2
83. B.B. King Tribute - Part 2
May 18, 2015
Part 2 of a tribute to blues legend B.B. King, who passed away last week at the age of 89.
Kristin Davis, Vijay Iyer
82. Kristin Davis, Vijay Iyer
May 15, 2015
Summary not available
B.B. King Tribute - Part 1
81. B.B. King Tribute - Part 1
May 14, 2015
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.
Susan Sarandon, Jack Henry Robbins
80. Susan Sarandon, Jack Henry Robbins
May 13, 2015
Tavis welcomes actress Susan Sarandon and her son, Jack Henry Robbins, to discuss their new documentary "Storied Streets."
Richard Haass
79. Richard Haass
May 12, 2015
Tavis welcomes the Council on Foreign Relations President Richard N. Haass.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vijay Iyer
78. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vijay Iyer
May 11, 2015
Summary not available
Boz Scaggs
77. Boz Scaggs
May 8, 2015
Tavis welcomes musician Boz Scaggs.
Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr., Patricia & Alana Raybon
76. Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr., Patricia & Alana Raybon
May 7, 2015
Summary not available
Luis Zayas, Mariel Hemingway
75. Luis Zayas, Mariel Hemingway
May 6, 2015
Summary not available
Ven. Lama Tenzin Dhonden, Kelly Smith, Greg Iles
74. Ven. Lama Tenzin Dhonden, Kelly Smith, Greg Iles
May 5, 2015
Summary not available
Dana Perino
73. Dana Perino
May 4, 2015
Summary not available
Steve Tyrell
72. Steve Tyrell
May 1, 2015
Tavis welcomes singer Steve Tyrell.
Lisa Scottoline
71. Lisa Scottoline
April 30, 2015
Tavis welcomes suspense novelist Lisa Scottoline.
T.C. Boyle, Jason Isaacs
70. T.C. Boyle, Jason Isaacs
April 29, 2015
Summary not available
Lisa Scottoline
69. Lisa Scottoline
April 28, 2015
Summary not available
Joseph Stiglitz
68. Joseph Stiglitz
April 27, 2015
Tavis welcomes Economist/Author Joseph Stiglitz.
Jack Black
67. Jack Black
April 24, 2015
The actor and producer of the play 'Walking the Tightrope' discusses his latest projects.
Michael Gould-Wartofsky, Lisa Scottoline
66. Michael Gould-Wartofsky, Lisa Scottoline
April 23, 2015
Summary not available
Jay Famiglietti, Edie Falco
65. Jay Famiglietti, Edie Falco
April 22, 2015
Summary not available
Ann Louise Bardach, Catherine Murphy
64. Ann Louise Bardach, Catherine Murphy
April 21, 2015
Summary not available
Saru Jayaraman, Grover Norquist
63. Saru Jayaraman, Grover Norquist
April 20, 2015
Summary not available
Tom Burgis, Freida Pinto
62. Tom Burgis, Freida Pinto
April 17, 2015
Summary not available
Peter Diamandis
61. Peter Diamandis
April 16, 2015
Tavis welcomes XPRIZE CEO Peter Diamandis.
Noam Chomsky, Tyler the Creator
60. Noam Chomsky, Tyler the Creator
April 15, 2015
Summary not available
Philip K. Howard, Isaiah Washington
59. Philip K. Howard, Isaiah Washington
April 14, 2015
Summary not available
Randi Weingarten
58. Randi Weingarten
April 13, 2015
The president of the American Federation of Teachers on new changes to public education.
Bill Withers
57. Bill Withers
April 10, 2015
The legendary singer-songwriter on his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Daina Ramey Berry, Eric Walther, Allyson Hobbs
56. Daina Ramey Berry, Eric Walther, Allyson Hobbs
April 9, 2015
Summary not available
Civil War Panel
55. Civil War Panel
April 8, 2015
A panel of esteemed historians reflects on the Civil War on the 150th anniversary of its final battle.
Erin Brockovich, Robert Kenner
54. Erin Brockovich, Robert Kenner
April 7, 2015
Summary not available
Dr. Michael Gazzaniga, Kenneth Shropshire
53. Dr. Michael Gazzaniga, Kenneth Shropshire
April 6, 2015
Summary not available
Darnell Hunt, Blythe Danner
52. Darnell Hunt, Blythe Danner
April 3, 2015
Summary not available
Scott Glenn, Cassandra Wilson
51. Scott Glenn, Cassandra Wilson
April 2, 2015
Summary not available
Robert English, Anton Yelchin
50. Robert English, Anton Yelchin
April 1, 2015
Summary not available
Philip Klinkner, T. Geronimo Johnson
49. Philip Klinkner, T. Geronimo Johnson
March 31, 2015
Summary not available
Judge Damon J. Keith - Part 2
48. Judge Damon J. Keith - Part 2
March 30, 2015
Tavis sits down with Judge Damon J. Keith, the longtime "crusader for justice."
Judge Damon Keith, the Winans
47. Judge Damon Keith, the Winans
March 27, 2015
Summary not available
Detroit Town Hall
46. Detroit Town Hall
March 26, 2015
Tavis welcomes a diverse panel of experts on various social, political, economic, and legal issues that are key to Detroit's turnaround.
M. Roy Wilson
45. M. Roy Wilson
March 25, 2015
Summary not available
Judge Steven Rhodes, Graham Beal, Swarupa Anila
44. Judge Steven Rhodes, Graham Beal, Swarupa Anila
March 24, 2015
Summary not available
Mike Duggan, Stephen Henderson
43. Mike Duggan, Stephen Henderson
March 23, 2015
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson
Bettye LaVette
42. Bettye LaVette
March 20, 2015
The soul singer talks about her new album, 'Worthy,' and performs a song from the project.
Lenny Kravitz
41. Lenny Kravitz
March 19, 2015
Tavis welcomes musician/photographer Lenny Kravitz.
Phillip Atiba Goff, Anne Heche
40. Phillip Atiba Goff, Anne Heche
March 18, 2015
Summary not available
J. Cole
39. J. Cole
March 17, 2015
Tavis welcomes rapper J. Cole.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, Pretty Yende
38. Mayor Bill de Blasio, Pretty Yende
March 16, 2015
Summary not available
Laura Dern, Ziggy Marley
37. Laura Dern, Ziggy Marley
March 13, 2015
Summary not available
Mike Epps, Marion Cotillard
36. Mike Epps, Marion Cotillard
March 12, 2015
Summary not available
Felicity Huffman
35. Felicity Huffman
February 27, 2015
Tavis welcomes the Emmy-award winning actress Felicity Huffman.
Kimberle Crenshaw, Steve Earle
34. Kimberle Crenshaw, Steve Earle
February 26, 2015
Summary not available
Mike Epps, Estelle
33. Mike Epps, Estelle
February 25, 2015
Summary not available
Jeff Bridges, Bill Shore
32. Jeff Bridges, Bill Shore
February 24, 2015
The actor discusses the "No Kid Hungry" campaign with Share Our Strength CEO Bill Shore.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, Geraldo Rivera
31. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Geraldo Rivera
February 23, 2015
Summary not available
Academy Awards preview
30. Academy Awards preview
February 20, 2015
In honor of this weekend's Oscars, we revisit highlights of conversations with nominees.
Marian Wright Edelman, Melissa Manchester
29. Marian Wright Edelman, Melissa Manchester
February 19, 2015
Summary not available
Stuart H. Smith, Nicole Beharie
28. Stuart H. Smith, Nicole Beharie
February 18, 2015
Summary not available
William H. Frey
27. William H. Frey
February 17, 2015
Tavis welcomes demographer and author William H. Frey.
Ai-jen Poo, Sharon Isbin
26. Ai-jen Poo, Sharon Isbin
February 16, 2015
Summary not available
John Oates, Garrett Morris
25. John Oates, Garrett Morris
February 13, 2015
Summary not available
Rosamund Pike, Laura Dern
24. Rosamund Pike, Laura Dern
February 12, 2015
Summary not available
Richard Linklater
23. Richard Linklater
February 11, 2015
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker talks about his 12-year journey making "Boyhood."
Eddie Redmayne
22. Eddie Redmayne
February 10, 2015
The Oscar-nominated actor on playing Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything."
Joyce Carol Oates
21. Joyce Carol Oates
February 9, 2015
The award-winning author talks about her controversial new novel, "The Sacrifice."
Gretchen Parlato, Antonique Smith
20. Gretchen Parlato, Antonique Smith
February 6, 2015
Summary not available
Sean Bean, Ziggy Marley
19. Sean Bean, Ziggy Marley
February 5, 2015
Summary not available
Jill Leovy
18. Jill Leovy
February 4, 2015
Tavis welcomes journalist/author Jill Leovy.
Kevin Costner
17. Kevin Costner
February 3, 2015
Tavis welcomes actor Kevin Costner.
Jessica Neuwirth, Marcus Roberts
16. Jessica Neuwirth, Marcus Roberts
February 2, 2015
Summary not available
Lupe Fiasco, Joanne Froggatt
15. Lupe Fiasco, Joanne Froggatt
January 30, 2015
Summary not available
Damien Chazelle
14. Damien Chazelle
January 29, 2015
Tavis welcomes writer-director Damien Chazelle.
Michael Connelly, Titus Welliver, Nnenna Freelon
13. Michael Connelly, Titus Welliver, Nnenna Freelon
January 28, 2015
Summary not available
Free Speech Panel - Part 2
12. Free Speech Panel - Part 2
January 26, 2015
Part 2 of our talk on FREE SPEECH with Roseanne Barr, Sonali Kolhatkar & Peter Eliasberg.
Free Speech Panel - Part 1
11. Free Speech Panel - Part 1
January 25, 2015
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.
Marcus Roberts
10. Marcus Roberts
January 23, 2015
The musician reflects on his career and plays a song from Romance, Swing and the Blues.
Jorge Ramos, Paulette Brown
9. Jorge Ramos, Paulette Brown
January 22, 2015
Summary not available
Benedict Cumberbatch
8. Benedict Cumberbatch
January 21, 2015
Tavis welcomes Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch.
Jeffrey Sachs
7. Jeffrey Sachs
January 20, 2015
The world-renowned economist analyses the President's State of the Union Address.
Ava DuVernay
6. Ava DuVernay
January 19, 2015
Tavis welcomes director of "Selma" - Ava DuVernay.
Laura Poitras
5. Laura Poitras
January 16, 2015
The filmmaker discusses her new documentary, 'Citizenfour,' about Edward Snowden.
Patrick Stewart
4. Patrick Stewart
January 15, 2015
Tavis welcomes actor Patrick Stewart.
Senators Tim Scott & Cory Booker - Part 2
3. Senators Tim Scott & Cory Booker - Part 2
January 14, 2015
Part 2 of an exclusive talk with the only two African-Americans currently in the Senate.
Senators Tim Scott & Cory Booker - Part 1
2. Senators Tim Scott & Cory Booker - Part 1
January 13, 2015
Part 1 of an exclusive talk with the only two African-Americans currently in the Senate.
Pierre Labossiere, Marion Cotillard
1. Pierre Labossiere, Marion Cotillard
January 12, 2015
Tavis welcomes Pierre Labossiere and Marion Cotillard.
Description

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.

  • Premiere Date
    February 6, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    5.3  (326)