The Tavis Smiley Show - Season 2

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  • Sean Payton
    Sean Payton
    Episode 160
    7/12/10
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    Tavis Smiley interviews the head coach of the Super Bowl-winning New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton.
  • Serena Williams
    Serena Williams
    Episode 155
    10/17/09
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    Tavis Smiley interviews the #1 ranked female tennis player in the world, Serena Williams.
  • Oscar de la Hoya
    Oscar de la Hoya
    Episode 133
    6/18/08
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    Tavis Smiley interviews legendary boxer "The Golden Boy" Oscar de la Hoya.
  • Venus Williams
    Venus Williams
    Episode 101
    7/15/10
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    Tavis Smiley interviews female tennis player, Venus Williams.
  • Ray Lines, Eric Braeden
    5/2/05
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    Ray Lines, creator of CleanFlicks, makes the case that cleaning up objectionable content in DVDs is in the best interest of Hollywood and families. Next, Young and the Restless star Eric Braeden grants Tavis an interview before he leaves to tour Auschwitz, Poland.
  • Alex Gibney, Kellita Smith
    4/29/05
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    Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney examines what happened to Enron. Next, Kellita Smith shares her experience working with comedian Bernie Mac.
  • Wendy Lazarus, Quang X. Pham
    4/28/05
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    Wendy Lazarus, so-founder of the Children's Partnership, shares insights into the current health care crisis for children. Next, Quang X. Pham shares his story which starts as a refugee in Vietnam and continues on to become a pilot in the Marines and a successful entrepreneur.
  • Jorge Ramos, John Sayles
    4/27/05
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    Jorge Ramos, a broadcaster for Univision, shares his take on the United States' immigration dilemma. Next, John Sayles, an independent feature pioneer, discusses Hollywood's difficulty with truthful stories.
  • Jack Welch, Tori Amos
    4/26/05
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    Jack Welch, previous GE CEO, explains a winning strategy for companies. Next, musician Tori Amos describes how being a mom has impacted her life.
  • Maureen Dowd, Erykah Badu
    4/25/05
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    Maureen Dowd, author, discusses the battle of the sexes. Next, Erykah Badu explains her unique upbringing and the gifts she received from all of her mothers.
  • Francine Kaufman, Omar Epps
    4/22/05
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    Dr. Kaufman, author of "Diabesity", fears this generation of children may live shorter amounts of time than their parents' generation. Next, Omar Epps, television star, discusses his blooming career and his family.
  • Reg Weaver, John Shelby Spong
    4/21/05
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    Reg Weaver, president of the NEA, explains funding No Child Left Behind and the first national lawsuit on the episode. Next, Bishop Spong details different interpretations of the Bible's scriptures.
  • Howard Dean, Ice Cube
    4/20/05
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    Howard Dean wants to use his position as DNC chair to focus the party. Next, Ice Cube explains how he has capitalized on opportunities.
  • Wendy Lindley, Jay Roach
    4/19/05
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    Judge Lindley provides a choice between the justice system and a compassionate alternative. Next, director Jay Roach promotes his new project, Recount.
  • Lan Samantha Chang, Eric Idle
    4/18/05
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    Ms. Chang explains her new position as the head of the Iowa Writers' Worksop. Next, Eric Idle describes his life since Python.
  • John Rogers, Doris Roberts
    4/15/05
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    The CEO of Ariel Capital Management, John Roberts, discusses mutual funds. Next, Doris Roberts wants to use her success on Everybody Loves Raymond to help children with AIDS.
  • Scott Sandage, Malcolm-Jamal Warner
    4/14/05
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    Scott Sandage, author, promotes his book, Born Losers: A History of Failure in America. Next, Malcolm-Jamal Warner describes the process of coming to age in the public eye.
  • Oral Lee Brown, Steve Zahn
    4/13/05
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    Oral Lee Brown, famous philanthropist, describes how she sent an entire class of elementary students to college. Next, movie star Steve Zahn describes his less than dramatic approach to acting.
  • Pat Williams, Rev. El Green
    4/12/05
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    Pat Williams promotes his new book about Jackie Robinson's legacy in baseball and sports in general. Next, Rev. Al Green discusses how he achieves a musical balance between gospel and secular pressures.
  • Jay Rockefeller, Anthony LaPaglia
    4/11/05
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    Senator Rockefeller comments on the upcoming confirmation debate over John Negroponte. Next, Anthony LaPaglia expresses the problems associated with independent film making.
  • Thomas L. Friedman, Omarion
    4/8/05
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    Thomas L. Friedman, from the New York Times, discusses the globalization of business. Next, Omarion explains his position in the breakup of B2K.
  • David Stern, Moby
    David Stern, Moby
    Episode 59
    4/7/05
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    NBA commissioner David Stern discusses the future of professional basketball. Next, innovative artist Moby reflects on his creative process.
  • Harry Reid, Diahann Carroll
    4/6/05
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    Senator Reid and Tavis discuss the upcoming fight over judges with Republicans and the shaky future of the social security system. Next, Diahann Carroll reflects on her legacy in show business.
  • Roderick Jackson, David Duchovny
    4/5/05
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    The Supreme Court has finally ruled in favor of Roderick Jackson's gender equality suit. He chooses Tavis' show as his first TV interview. Next, David Duchovny drops by to promote is directorial debut, House of D.
  • Andrew Young, Cynthia Nixon
    4/4/05
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    Tavis remembers his visit with the Pope and pays a final tribute. Next, Andrew Young joins in with his memories of Pope John Paul II. Finally, Cynthia Nixon discusses her life now that Sex and the City is finished.
  • Don Hewitt, Jimmy Smits
    4/1/05
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    The creator of 60 Minutes, Don Hewitt, reflects on encouraging America's youth to watch news programs. Next, Jimmy Smits discusses joining the award-winning The West Wing.
  • Gail Wyatt, Michael Clark Duncan
    3/31/05
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    Dr. Wyatt explores African American women and the AIDS crisis. Next, Michael Clark Duncan, movie star, reminisces about being a bodyguard to celebrities.
  • Roland Fryer, Regina King
    3/30/05
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    Roland Fryer, talented Harvard economist, ponders whether the implications of his studies takes focus from America's racial unrest. Next, Regina King, actress on the rise, discusses the oddity of being a native of L.A. Finally, Tavis gives a moving a tribute to the talent, skill and personality of Johnnie Cochran.
  • George Pelecanos, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon
    George Pelecanos elaborates on where he gets his best-selling crime novel ideas. Next, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, star of Eyes, explains her journey to learning the English language.
  • Marie Smith, Shonda Rhimes
    3/28/05
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    Marie Smith, President of the AARP, analyzes the increasing number of seniors and the possible changes to Social Security and Medicare. Next, Shonda Rhimes, creator of the hit drama Grey's Anatomy, ponders cast diversity on network television.
  • Azadeh Moaveni, Radha Mitchell
    3/25/05
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    Azadeh Moaveni considers whether President Bush's Middle East plan involves attacking Iraq. Next, Radha Mitchell discusses the recent surge of Australian stars in Hollywood.
  • Margaret Wertheim, Sugar Ray Leonard
    3/24/05
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    The founder of the Institute for Figuring, Margaret Wertheim, explores the continuing debate between science and faith. Next, Sugar Ray Leonard discusses his new role as TV host and the need for reform in boxing.
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton, Erika Christensen
    Washington D.C.'s Congressional delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, discusses Terry Schiavo and the moral implications of her case. Next, Erika Christensen discusses growing up as an actress and balancing a family and a career in Hollywood.
  • Bob Edwards
    Bob Edwards
    Episode 48
    3/22/05
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    Famed radio host, Bob Edwards, addresses several controversial topics: his dismissal by NPR, the Bush White House versus the press, and satellite radio.
  • Peter Whybrow, Alfre Woodard
    3/21/05
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    Dr. Whybrow discusses his new self help book and living a healthier life. Next, Alfre Woodard, an award-winning actress, describes her childhood.
  • Susan Collins, John Legend
    3/18/05
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    Senator Susan Collins describes women's roles in Iraq. Next, John Legend performs and discusses the future of music.
  • Stan Lee, Winky Wright
    3/17/05
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    Comic book legend Stan Lee describes his superhero friends. Next, Winky Wright discusses boxing and his life when the fight is over.
  • Joe Barton, Stephen Collins
    3/16/05
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    Rep. Barton (Texas) looks ahead to the Congressional hearings on steroid use in professional baseball. Next, actor Stephen Collins discusses his varied career and his long lasting hit, 7th Heaven.
  • Norm Coleman, Mary McCormack
    3/15/05
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    Republican Senator Coleman explains his opposition to some of his own party's proposed tax cuts. Next, Mary McCormack (West Wing, Murder One) shares her experiences with first time motherhood, stem cell research, and juvenile diabetes.
  • Drew Carey
    Drew Carey
    Episode 42
    3/14/05
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    Drew Carey, comedian and television star, discusses his life before he became a star. He also shares his memories of Johnny Carson and promotes his new movie.
  • Suze Orman, Lang Lang
    3/4/05
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    Suze Orman, a personal finance expert, promotes her new self-help book. Next, keyboard master Lang Lang displays the piano talent that makes his a world renowned prodigy.
  • Debbie Stabenow, Michael Chiklis
    3/3/05
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    Senator Stabenow analyzes Social Security's future and the cost of Medicare. Next, Michael Chiklis (star of The Shield) discusses his work on the hit show and his work with the Children's Lifesaving Organization.
  • Brian France, De La Soul
    3/2/05
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    Brian France, NASCAR CEO, comments on auto racing's meteoric rise in popularity. Next, De La Soul reflect on the mystique of rappers and hip-hop.
  • Ken Mehlman, Bobby Houston and Robert Hudson
    Ken Mehlman, chair of the Republican National Committee, analyzes the GOP's campaign. Next, Bobby Houston and Robert Hudson assess the impact of winning an Oscar on their documentary film careers.
  • Steven Bochco
    Steven Bochco
    Episode 37
    2/28/05
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    Steven Bochco is an award winning TV producer and writer. He reflects on broadcast TV's limits and the challenge of adding diversity to a primetime lineup.
  • Jim Wallis, Cicely Tyson
    2/25/05
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    Jim Wallis, evangelical crusader, promotes his new book, God's Politics. Next, Cicely Tyson, Hollywood legend, shares her memories of her friend and colleague, Ossie Davis.
  • Lowell Steward and Bill Terry, Michael Tucker and Jon Powers
    Lowell Steward and Bill Terry, famed Tuskegee Airmen, remember some of their WWII experiences. Next, filmmaker Michael Tucker and Captain Jon Powers promote their Iraq war documentary.
  • Fred Gregory, Ludacris
    2/23/05
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    NASA's new acting chief, Fred Gregory, discusses the impacts of the Challenger disaster. Next, Rapper-actor Ludacris reflects on the evolution of hip-hop.
  • Melissa Boyle Mahle, BeBe Winans
    2/22/05
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    Melissa Boyle Mahle, a former intelligence officer, shares an insider's view of CIA. Next, BeBe Winans promotes his newest gospel release, Dream.
  • Ossie Davis, Attallah Shabazz
    2/21/05
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    Actor, activist and Hollywood legend, Ossie Davis, reflects on the 40th anniversary of Malcolm X's death. Then, Malcolm's oldest daughter reflects on her father's legacy in civil rights.
  • Lionel Richie, Oscar Brown Jr.
    2/18/05
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    Lionel Richie looks back on the impact of the revolutionary charity single, "We are the World." Next, "the father of rap," Oscar Brown, contemplates his title and sings "People of Soul."
  • LeVar Burton, Donald Bogle
    2/17/05
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    LeVar Burton is a talent in Hollywood. He also a strong proponent of children's literacy programs. Next, Donald Bogle promotes his newest book (Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams) about media studies.
  • Cornelius Hopper, Bob Eubanks
    2/16/05
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    Dr. Hopper is a leader in the medical field whose newest cause is inner-city medicine. Next, gameshow host Bob Eubanks discusses his life on television.
  • Andrew Tobias, Adam Duritz
    2/16/05
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    Andrew Tobias discusses personal finance. Next, Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz enjoys the success of having an Oscar nominated song.
  • Blanche Lincoln, Mos Def
    2/14/05
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    Senator Lincoln (Arkansas) discusses her reservations about Bush's new budget and the negative impact it will have on most Americans. Next, Mos Def, rapper and actor, shares secrets about his diverse career.
  • John Lewis, Laura Linney
    2/11/05
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    Congressman John Lewis is touted as one of the leaders of the Civil Rights movement. He leads Tavis through a retrospective on the milestones of the movement. Next, Laura Linney discusses her second Oscar nomination, this time for the bio-pic Kinsey.
  • Harry Johnson, S. Epatha Merkerson
    2/10/05
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    Harry Johnson has taken on the huge task of spearheading the MLK national monument in Washington D.C. He shares the joys and challenges of the project. Next, Law and Order's S. Epatha Merkerson discusses the award winning HBO film Lackawanna Blues.
  • Bill Maher, Sophie Okonedo
    2/9/05
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    Acid-tongued comedian, Bill Maher, discusses the past election and the issues that were ignored. Next, best Supporting Actress Nominee, Sophie Okonedo, talks about reality in film making and how Hotel Rwanda changed her life.
  • Allan Sloan, James O. Horton
    2/8/05
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    Respected financial journalist, Allan Sloan, drops by to analyze President Bush's social security plan. Next, Dr. James O. Horton is a noted historian who advised on the PBS documentary Slavery and the Making of America. He discusses the legacy of slavery in the US.
  • Annette Bening
    Annette Bening
    Episode 22
    2/7/05
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    Award-winning actress, Annette Bening, talks about her Oscar nomination, her family, and working in film.
  • Shola Lynch, Brian McKnight
    2/4/05
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    Shola Lynch makes her filmmaking debut with Chisolm '72, the story of the first serious campaign for President by an African-American woman. Lynch promotes the documentary. Next, crooner Brian McKnight explains that his talent is a gift that God wants him to use.
  • Harry Jackson, Hall and Oates
    2/3/05
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    Harry Jackson, Maryland Bishop, ponders the growing number of African American ministers. Next, best-selling duo John Hall and Darryl Oates unveil their new Cd and play a song from the album. They also discuss their long and varied career.
  • Roseanne Barr
    Roseanne Barr
    Episode 19
    2/2/05
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    Roseanne Barr has had a varied career. She discusses a range of topics with Tavis, including: Johnny Carson, stand-up comedy, and her relationships.
  • Marc Morial, LeAnn Rimes
    2/1/05
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    Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League, explains the relevance of his organization along with the status of urban voting. Next, country superstar LeAnn Rimes opens up about show business and family.
  • Jibreel Khazan, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil; Bill Nelson
    "The Greensboro Four" inspired the civil rights movement in the 60s. The three remaining members discuss sit-ins with Tavis. Next, Bill Nelson, Florida Senator, discusses the Iraq war and the state of the election process.
  • Essie Mae Washington-Williams, Vanessa L. Williams
    Essie Mae Washington-Williams, the secret daughter of the late Senator Strom Thurmond, has recently released an autobiography about growing up as the hidden daughter of the powerful and conservative politician. Next, singer/actress Vanessa L. Williams shares how she's survived in Hollywood during tough times.
  • Andy Garcia, Marc Forster
    1/27/05
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    Cuban actor, Andy Garcia, explains the influence his heritage has on his acting and his life. Next, Finding Neverland director Marc Forster describes the roller coaster ride after the movie's critical success. Plus, he describes his reaction to being forgotten by the Oscars.
  • Newt Gingrich, Virginia Madsen
    1/26/05
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    Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, discusses today's state of politics with Tavis. Next, actress Virginia Madsen, fresh off her success in Sideways, explains her desire to keep working in show business.
  • Adriana Bosch, Oliver Platt
    1/25/05
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    Filmmaker Adriana Bosch has established herself as a premiere director of documentaries. Her newest effort is a profile of her home country's Fidel Castro. Next, Huff's Oliver Platt ponders what draws him to his characters.
  • Christopher Cannon, John Leguizamo
    1/24/05
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    Dr. Christopher Cannon explains a few facts about heart disease. Next, John Leguizamo has established himself as a serious and comedic actor. He critiques Hollywood's use of Latin stars.
  • Kiron Skinner, Minnie Driver
    1/21/05
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    Dr. Skinner discusses US foreign policy with Tavis. Then, Minnie Driver sings a song off her new CD to prove that she's more than an actress.
  • Farrah Gray, Carrie Fisher
    1/20/05
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    Farrah Gray is a twenty-year old millionaire who has written down his business secrets in the book Reallionaire. Next, Carrie Fisher has cemented her place in pop history with successful books and an incredible acting career. She reveals her take on the Star Wars legacy to Tavis.
  • Linda Ellerbee, Phil Vassar
    1/19/05
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    Award winning journalist Linda Ellerbee shares the revelations she found when hosting the PBS documentary, Auschwitz. Next, Phil Vassar shares his views on country music and story telling.
  • Laurence Fishburne
    Laurence Fishburne
    Episode 8
    1/18/05
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    Actor Laurence Fishburne promotes his new movie, Assault on Precinct 13. He also shares info about his impressive awards list and his work with UNICEF.
  • Coretta Scott King
    Coretta Scott King
    Episode 7
    1/17/05
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    Tavis interviews the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. on the day the country celebrates her husband's legacy.
  • John Travolta
    John Travolta
    Episode 6
    1/14/05
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    Hollywood icon and all around nice guy, John Travolta stops by to discuss his new films, his family, his Hollywood career, and self motivated learning.
  • Janis Kearney, Michael McDonald
    1/13/05
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    Janis Kearney has an impressive writing background, including being the first Presidential diarist. She discusses her experiences with Bill Clinton and growing up as one of 19 children. Next, Michael McDonald promotes his new CD, a second tribute to Motown. He also performs one of the songs from the album.
  • Christopher Hitchens, Don Cheadle
    1/12/05
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    Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair writer, considers the upcoming Iraqi elections. Don Cheadle, SAG nominee for Hotel Rwanda, discusses the importance of that story being told.
  • Christopher Paul Curtis, Kevin Bacon
    1/11/05
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    Christopher Paul Curtis explains that he learned to write his extraordinary prose on the GM assembly line. Kevin Bacon, actor/director, analyzes the potential impact of his newest film, The Woodsman.
  • Ken Burns
    Ken Burns
    Episode 2
    1/10/05
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    Ken Burns, acclaimed documentary filmmaker, promotes his new project, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.
  • Rabbi Michael Lerner, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Dr. Richard Mouw, Rev. Cecil "Chip" Murray
    Tavis has a roundtable discussion about America's morality with a variety of guests.
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