The Tavis Smiley Show

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  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Political theorist Benjamin Barber

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    9/9/11

    The distinguished Demos fellow and president of CivWorld and the Interdependence Movement recounts his whereabouts on 9/11 and explains why borders don't matter anymore.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Actress Jenna Fischer

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    7/19/11

    Tavis talks with the Emmy-nominated actress about her role in NBC's hit comedy The Office and her new film.
  • L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

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    7/19/11

    Tavis talks with the Los Angeles mayor about his new role as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
  • China - Roundtable

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    7/18/11

    On the final night of the week's look at the People's Republic of China, Tavis hosts a panel panel of prominent Chinese Americans for a wide-ranging discussion about the country, including the good and the bad of its economic boom, the environment, human rights and the complexity of U.S.-China relations.moreless
  • China - Education

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    7/15/11

    In this fourth episode of the special series on the People's Republic of China - the final program on the road - Tavis talks in depth with some of the students at one of China's top schools.moreless
  • China - The Hip-Hop Culture

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    7/14/11

    In tonight's show, a black entrepreneur shares the backstory of his successful pilgrimage from North Carolina to Shanghai and his unique perspective on chinese culture and the role "race" plays in this once isolated country.moreless
  • China - The Economy

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    7/11/11

    In the first show of this week's special broadcasts on the People's Republic of China, Tavis discusses the country's economic and technology boom with Victor Yuan, board chair of China's most prestigious polling firm, and with venture capitalist Kai Fu Lee (pictured left). CEO and chair of Innovation Works and one of the "godfathers" of Chinese technology.moreless
  • Actor-activist Don Cheadle

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    7/11/11

    The Oscar-nominated actor, who exec-produces and stars in The Guard, explains why it gets harder every year to make movies.
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