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Tavis Smiley

All Episodes 2015 - 2016

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  • 2020-03-01T22:30:00-05:00s at 2020-03-01T22:30:00-05:00 on PBS
  • 2004-01-06T03:30:00Z
  • 30 mins
  • 1 day, 7 hours, 0 mins (62 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Talk Show, News
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Welcome to the Tavis Smiley guide at TV Tome. Tavis Smiley has interviews with news makers, politicians and celebrities. There is no editor for this show. If you would like to be the editor look here for details.
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86 episodes

2004x01 Bill Cosby; Al Jarreau

  • Season Premiere

    2004-01-06T03:30:00Z — 30 mins

In our inaugural episode, Bill Cosby chats with Tavis about life and his new book, I Am What I Ate...and I'm Frightened!!!; and special musical guest Al Jarreau sings Jacaranda Bougainvillea to close the show.

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EPI’s Algernon Austin Austin summarizes the EPI’s “The Unfinished March” report, which addresses changes that have—or have not—occurred in the 50 years since the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Marian Wright Edelman & Dr. Mary Frances Berry Two longtime activists—the Children’s Defense Fund founder and the former Civil Rights Commission chair—discuss the work being done to make the goals of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom a reality.

Historian Clayborne Carson Carson reflects on the 1963 march—his first demonstration—and one of its complex and multifaceted leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King III & Rev. Bernice A. King Two of Dr. King’s three surviving children talk about the legacy of their activist father.

Educator Rafe Esquith An innovative, award-winning classroom teacher, Esquith gives the backstory to his book of no-nonsense advice, Real Talk for Real Teachers. Trumpeter-composer Chris Botti The accomplished musician talks about winning a Grammy this year for his CD, “Impressions,” and his versatility in both jazz and pop.

2013x809 Jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter

  • 2013-09-01T02:30:00Z — 30 mins

The gifted, multiple Grammy winner explains why he’s celebrating his milestone birthday with new music.

Sociologist Nancy DiTomaso A vice dean at Rutgers Business School, DiTomaso shares her conclusions of 12 years of research into the causes of minority unemployment. Jazz musician Charlie Haden The legendary jazz bassist reflects on his 50-year music career that’s still going strong and the jazz studies program that he founded.

Richard Haass, CFR president The longtime diplomat and president of the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations think tank assesses the situation in Syria. Australian actress Toni Collette The Oscar-nominated actress discusses her highly anticipated fall TV series, Hostages, and her film, The Way, Way Back.

2013x812 Writer Terry McMillan

  • 2013-09-05T02:30:00Z — 30 mins

The best-selling author, whose work changed publishing and film, describes the premise of her latest novel, Who Asked You?

2013x813 Earth, Wind & Fire

  • 2013-09-06T02:30:00Z — 30 mins

Three of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s founding members—Ralph Johnson, Philip Bailey and Verdine White—talk about working on their first studio project together in eight years.

Actress Gina Torres The stage, film and TV actress catches us up on her latest projects, including the legal drama, Suits, on the USA Network. Disability rights activist Ben Foss The successful entrepreneur and prominent disability rights leader explains how best to think of dyslexia.

Sen. Bernie Sanders Described by the NYT as a master of retail politics, the Vermont senator previews the congressional agenda following the summer recess. Writer Mitchell S. Jackson The award-winning writer reflects on beating the odds, as portrayed in his debut novel, The Residue Years.

2013x816 Blues artist B.B. King, Part 1

  • 2013-09-11T02:30:00Z — 30 mins

One of the most influential blues musicians of all time, the legendary King reflects on his longevity in the business.

2013x817 Blues artist B.B. King, Part 2

  • 2013-09-12T02:30:00Z — 30 mins

The conversation continues with one of the most celebrated electric blues artists of the late 20th century.

The prominent health expert and perhaps the most trusted family doctor in the U.S. previews season 5 of his Emmy-winning syndicated TV show.

In separate conversations, McNair and Braddock comment on the 50th anniversary of the event that galvanized the civil rights movement in the U.S. The former U.S. attorney reflects on the significance of events in Birmingham, AL 50 years ago.

2013x821 Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad

  • 2013-09-17T02:30:00Z — 30 mins

The world-class athlete reflects on the mental, physical and spiritual strength that brought her to her goal.

2013x822 Journalist Mark Leibovich

  • 2013-09-18T02:30:00Z — 30 mins

The veteran political journalist dissects his text, This Town, one of the hottest political books of the year.

2013x823 Emmy-nominated actress Laura Dern

  • 2013-09-19T02:30:00Z — 30 mins

The award-winning actress opens up about her character in the HBO series, Enlightened, which she also co-created.

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