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  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sojourners magazine Jim Wallis

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    10/17/11

    In the last night of discussions on poverty in America the president CEO of Sojourners and chair of the World Economic Forums Global Agenda Council on Faith shares his observations after recently visiting the Occupy Wall Street protestsmoreless
  • Economist Jeffrey Sachs

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    10/14/11

    The noted economist, director of Columbia's Earth Institute and co-founder of Millennium Promise explains how we can end poverty globally.
  • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

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    10/13/11

    The Secretary of Health and Human Services identifies what the current administration has gotten right in dealing with the issue of poverty.
  • The Poverty Tour - Part 3

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    10/13/11

    Tonight's discussion on poverty in America - "No Room at the Inn" - continues with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and a focus on the housing crisis.
  • The Poverty Tour Part 1

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    10/11/11

    Tavis begins this week of shows on poverty in the US with a theme of Suffering to Speak in which he and Princeton professor Dr Cornel West explain why they felt it was important to embark upon their 11 city 11 state Poverty Tour this past summermoreless
  • Writer Michael Starr - WEB EXCLUSIVE

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    10/6/11

    Tavis shares his favorite Redd Foxx joke, highlighted in Michael Starr's new book, "Black and Blue: The Redd Foxx Story".
  • Environmental advocate Van Jones

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    9/29/11

    The environmental advocate discusses his new American Dream Movement and explains how the progressive movement has failed to make good on the promise of change espoused by President Obama's '08 election campaign.
  • Entertainer Tony Bennett

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    9/29/11

    The 15-time Grammy Award-winning singer shares his thoughts on the late Amy Winehouse.
  • Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins

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    9/26/11

    The jazz great-and recently named 2011 Kennedy Center Honors recipient-talks about his new album "Road Shows, Vol. 2" and explains why, at age 81, he still practices every day.
  • Environmentalist Wangari Maathai

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    9/26/11

    Environmental activist and Nobel laureate discusses her time in the U.S. during the civil rights era, the negative media attention on Africa and challenges for the African citizenry.
  • Journalist Ron Suskind

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    9/22/11

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist shares what he learned about President Obama from their hour-long conversation, which was part of the research for the new book, Confidence Men.
  • Actor-producer-activist Danny Glover

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    9/21/11

    The actor, activist and co-producer of the documentary The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 discusses the impact of violence and non-violence on the African American struggle.
  • Actor-producer-activist Danny Glover

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    9/21/11

    The actor, activist and co-producer of the documentary The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 discusses the impact of violence and non-violence on the African American struggle.
  • Former U.S. attorney Douglas Jones

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    9/7/11

    Jones discusses his work prosecuting the suspects in the re-opened case of the '63 church bombing in Birmingham, AL that killed four girls and the curious case that he's now involved in with the father of one of those little girls.moreless
  • Filmmaker Jim Whitaker

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    9/7/11

    The director-producer discusses the five people featured in Rebirth, his feature-length documentary about the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
  • Law professor-author Randall Kennedy

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    9/2/11

    The Harvard law professor and author of The Persistence of the Color Line explains why he believes that the nation's first Black president is not going to be a transformative president when it comes to race.moreless
  • Professor Mansour El-Kikhia

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    8/25/11

    Tavis talks with the exiled Libyan dissident and political science department chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio about the situation in his native country.
  • Professor Mansour El-Kikhia

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    8/25/11

    Tavis talks with the exiled Libyan dissident and political science department chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio about the situation in his native country.
  • Author Harry Markopolos

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    8/23/11

    Tavis talks with the whistleblower whose book on the Bernie Madoff scheme, No One Would Listen, is the basis for the new film Chasing Madoff.
  • Opera singer Jessye Norman

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    7/25/11

    Legendary opera singer, who opens the L.A. MUSE/IQUE concert series this month, reflects on some of the performances in her career that she deems classic.
  • Actress Rose Byrne

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    7/21/11

    Tavis talks with the Emmy-nominated actress about the new season of TV's Damages.
  • Economist Alan Blinder

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    7/21/11

    Princeton professor and former vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors discusses the lack of meaningful national dialogue on the unemployment rate and shares his thoughts on how the U.S. can fix its jobs problem.moreless
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