The Tavis Smiley Show

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  • Actress-activist Mira Sorvino

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    7/13/12

    The Oscar-winning star of Union Square recounts the adrenaline rush of working on the indie film and explains how audiences can relate to it.
  • Journalist Paul Ingrassia

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    S 2012 : Ep 07.13.12 - 7/13/12

    The Pulitzer Prize winner examines the synonym of Detroit and the auto industry, as detailed in Engines of Change, and weighs in on whether the U.S. is doomed for a double-dip recession.'?
  • Chef Marcus Samuelsson

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    7/13/12

    The award-winning chef serves up a tell-all of his life: struggling with cultural identity, paving the way for diversity in the cooking world and making Harlem a hot spot for foodies'?all described in his memoir, Yes Chef.moreless
  • Actor Jeff Daniels

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    Tavis talks with the Tony-nominated actor about his new series, HBO'?s The Newsroom.
  • Songwriting duo Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Part 2

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    The Bergmans reflect on writing the Good Times theme song and discuss the challenge of finding new ways to talk about love and the hip-hop generation'?s influence on the next wave of writers.moreless
  • Actor Morgan Freeman, Part 1

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    The Academy Award-winning actor explains why he never intends to write a memoir and discusses his acting influences and upcoming film, The Magic of Belle Isle.
  • Singer-songwriter Glen Hansard

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    Tavis talks with the Oscar winner, and half of the acclaimed duo The Swell Season, about his new solo CD, '?Rhythm and Repose.'?
  • Economist Joseph Stiglitz

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    Tavis talks with the Nobel laureate about his book, The Price of Inequality: How Today'?s Divided Society Endangers Our Future.
  • Filmmaker & author Charles Ferguson

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    The Oscar-winning filmmaker-turned-author discusses the reasons for writing his next text, Predator Nation.
  • Author Bonnie St. John

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    The Paralympic medalist and best-selling author discusses what she and her daughter learned while writing her text How Great Women Lead: A Mother-Daughter Adventure into the Lives of Women Shaping the World.
  • Actor Gary Oldman

    Clip

    12/15/11

    Tavis talks with the star of the long-awaited feature film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
  • Documentary filmmaker Carl Colby

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    12/15/11

    Tavis talks with the award-winning filmmaker about his latest documentary, The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby.
  • Journalist Tom Brokaw

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    12/15/11

    The award-winning journalist, out with the new text The Time of Our Lives, discusses the end of the Iraq War and the future of public service in the U.S.
  • Former DC schools chief Michelle Rhee

    Segment

    12/13/11

    Tavis talks education with the former chancellor of the Washington, DC school system.
  • Business exec Bob Knowling

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    11/30/11

    The business exec, who attended the same high school as Tavis, discusses GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, shares what life is like as a Black CEO and talks about his book You Can Get There from Here: My Journey from Struggle to Success.moreless
  • Singer-songwriters Carole King and Louise Goffin

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    11/17/11

    The prolific singer-songwriter and her producer-singer-songwriter daughter discuss King's new CD, "A Holiday Carole," and explain why working together was "like butter."
  • Journalist Amy Waldman

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    11/16/11

    Waldman discusses her debut novel The Submission, which is receiving rave reviews, and shares why she feels fiction is the best place to deal with post-9/11 perceptions of Muslims.
  • Actress Ellen Barkin

    Segment

    11/15/11

    The actress and Another Happy Day producer explains why it took 10 years before she ever auditioned and discusses the rejection that she faced early in her career because of her looks.
  • Cellist Yo-Yo Ma

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    11/14/11

    The 16-time Grammy-winning cellist explains what traveling has done for his music and performs a track from his new bluegrass album "The Goat Rodeo Sessions."
  • Actor Mickey Rourke

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    11/11/11

    The Oscar nominee and star of the fantasy adventure film Immortals explains why he continues to play such physical roles.
  • Historian Niall Ferguson

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    11/10/11

    Tavis talks with the influential British historian about his latest text, Civilization: The West and the Rest.
  • Actor-writer John Lithgow

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    11/9/11

    The award-winning actor and best-selling author discusses the creation of his memoir Drama: An Actor's Education.
  • Actress Laura Dern

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    11/1/11

    Tavis talks with the Oscar-nominated actress about her HBO series, Enlightened, which she also co-created.
  • NBA legend Jerry West

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    10/28/11

    The Basketball Hall of Famer shares stories from his memoir, West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life.
  • Olympic medalist John Carlos

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    10/25/11

    The controversial Olympian discusses his memoir, The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World.
  • "NYT" exec editor Jill Abramson

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    10/25/11

    The new executive editor of The New York Times discusses her plans for one of the world's most respected newspapers.
  • Musician-producer Nile Rodgers Clip

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    10/25/11

    The founder of the R&B group Chic discusses some of his biggest musical hits.
  • Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez

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    10/20/11

    Father-son actors discuss their latest collaboration, The Way, and Estevez shares what it was like to write a role for his dad.
  • Author Michael Lewis

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    10/18/11

    Financial journalist and best-selling writer discusses his new text, Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World.
  • Award-winning actress Stockard Channing

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    10/18/11

    Tony- and Emmy-winning actress talks about her role in the stage production Other Desert Cities.
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