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Fri, 06 May 2011 12:00:03 PSTTavis talks with Grammy-winning neo-soul singer-songwriter Raphael Saadiq, who also performs a track from his new CD, "Stone Rollin'."
Thu, 05 May 2011 12:00:03 PSTTavis talks with actor-director Kenneth Branagh about his latest project, Thor.
Wed, 04 May 2011 12:00:03 PSTTavis talks with Emmy-winning actor and Blue Bloods star Tom Selleck.
Tue, 03 May 2011 12:00:03 PSTTavis talks with scientist-conservationist and best-selling author Tim Flannery and funk icon Bootsy Collins.
Mon, 02 May 2011 12:00:03 PSTTavis talks with award-winning actress and one of the original "Dreamgirls" Loretta Devine.
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTIn the final night of shows from NY, Tavis talks with celebrated dancer-choreographer and soon-to-be artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Robert Battle and with the new director of the city's famed Schomburg Center Khalil Gibran Muhammad.
Thu, 28 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTTavis talks with award-winning movie mogul Harvey Weinstein about his latest film, the animated feature Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, and his career as co-founder of both Miramax Films and The Weinstein Company.
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTTavis talks with billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros, founder and chairman of Open Society Foundations, about his life, his career and the latest financial news.
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTIn New York, Tavis talks with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric about her broadcasting career, her advocacy work for cancer research and her new book, The Best Advice I Ever Got.
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTIn the first of this week's shows from New York, Tavis talks with Mayor Michael Bloomberg about the challenges his city faces, including education, the economy and immigration.
Fri, 22 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTRock icon Robbie Robertson explains why he's so transparent at this point in his life and describes his new CD, 'How to Become Clairvoyant"—one of the most talked about projects of the year. Controversial publisher Larry Flynt discusses his commitment to free speech and reveals some of what he learned in the research for his new book, One Nation Under Sex.
Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTPioneering surgeon Dr. Augustus White, professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School, talks about his memoir, Seeing Patients, which chronicles his journey from Jim Crow-era Tennessee and also offers insight into how unconscious stereotyping influences doctor-patient interactions, diagnosis and treatment.
Wed, 20 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTTwelve-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris explains her passion for rescuing dogs, finding her own voice in music and the track about Emmett Till on her latest CD—her 21st studio album—"Hard Bargain."
Tue, 19 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTActress Ashley Judd, author of All That Is Bitter and Sweet, reflects on the risk in combining her occupation with her activism and comments on whether she remains hopeful, given all that she's seen in her humanitarian work.
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTAward-winning investigative reporter and former investment banker William Cohan assesses the impact of Standard & Poor's downgrading its credit outlook for the U.S. and discusses Goldman Sachs, the subject of his new text, Money and Power.
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTEntertainment exec Peter Guber explains the concept of his book on success, Tell to Win. Sarah Vowell, author of Unfamiliar Fishes, discusses the annexations of Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Guam and explains why the summer of 1898 is when the U.S. really became a superpower.
Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTRebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, describes the reaction to her book, which remains on The New York Times best-seller list. Actress Robin Wright explains the backstory of the character she plays in the new film The Conspirator.
Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTMassachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick comments on President Obama's speech on his deficit reduction plan, explains how the budget battle is impacting the states and talks about his new memoir A Reason to Believe. Actress Dana Delany discusses her Desperate Housewives days and her starring character in the new ABC drama Body of Proof.
Tue, 12 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTPulitzer Prize-winning writer Joseph Lelyveld discusses his controversial new biography Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India, and compares and contrasts Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mon, 11 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTInternationally recognized physicist and best-selling author Michio Kaku talks about his new text, Physics of the Future, which offers a provocative vision for the coming century. NFL star Ray Lewis shares his thoughts on the league's labor dispute.
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTTurnabout is fair play in part two of Tavis as "guest" on his own show, fielding questions from venerable talk-show host Larry King—his first time interviewing since stepping down from his namesake CNN program. Tonight, Tavis explains why he doesn't think anyone can be successful without experiencing failure and breaks down the chapters of his upcoming book Fail Up.
Thu, 07 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTIn part 1 of a two-part conversation and a first for Tavis on his own show, legendary talk-show host Larry King turns the tables and conducts his first interview since retiring from CNN. Tavis tells King that failure has come to be a friend—a concept explained in the upcoming book Fail Up.
Wed, 06 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTMaryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Ranking Member on the House Budget Committee, discusses the federal budget impasse and efforts to reach a compromise. Golden Globe-winning actress Kim Cattrall looks back on her SATC years and talks about her new star vehicle—the indie film Meet Monica Velour.
Tue, 05 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTThe Globe and Mail's European bureau chief Doug Saunders explains the concept of an "arrival city"—the title of his new book—and how it is reshaping the world. Best-selling mystery writer Michael Connelly, author of The Lincoln Lawyer and The Fifth Witness, tells Tavis why he fictionalizes real world events in his writing.
Mon, 04 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTNew York Times reporter Stephen Farrell shares what he learned from his experience as a captive in Libya last month. Tavis also pays tribute to celebrated historian Dr. Manning Marable, who passed away on the eve of the release of what's been called his "crowning achievement"—the biography of Malcolm X.
Fri, 01 Apr 2011 12:00:03 PSTGayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, discusses women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and explains why nothing changes the dynamic in a family like a woman earning an income. And, Grammy-winning artist Raphael Saadiq gives a sneak preview performance of a track from his newest CD, "Stone Rollin'."
Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTWashington Post journalist and "The Fix" blogger Chris Cillizza goes inside the budget battle and discusses details of a potential government shutdown. Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton and actress AnnaSophia Robb—who portrays Hamilton in the inspirational new film Soul Surfer—discuss faith, sharks and overcoming fear.
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTTexas Rep. Ron Paul explains why he thinks President Obama was wrong for bringing the U.S. into the Libyan conflict and talks about whether he'll make another bid to helm the 2012 GOP presidential ticket. Meeting Spencer star Jeffrey Tambor describes the painful childhood experience that drove him to become an actor and discusses becoming a father again, more than 30 years after having his first child.
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTMichelle Rhee, former chancellor of the DC school system, addresses the USA Today investigation that questions the integrity of standardized test scores at schools under her watch.
Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTSecond-term Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a potential GOP presidential candidate in the 2012 race, discusses the recent budget crisis and legislative walkout in his state. Emmy-winning actor and environmentalist Ted Danson, author of Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them, explains the backstory of his commitment to the conservation of oceans.
Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTCelebrated writer T.C. Boyle discusses his latest novel, When the Killing's Done, and explains why he offers his creative writing class at the University of Southern California only on Friday afternoons. Award-winning actress Anne Heche, who can be seen on TV in HBO's Hung and in the new film Cedar Rapids, explains the type of character that's harder for her—comedic vs. dramatic.
Thu, 24 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTCouncil on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass describes why he believes the U.S. has made a mistake by escalating its goals in the Libyan conflict. Acclaimed artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel discusses the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict as it relates to his controversial new film, Miral, and explains why one can't separate a story from the way that it's told.
Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTBiz Stone, co-founder and creative director for the überpopular microblogging site Twitter, discusses the monetary and social value of the site, which turns five this week, boasts 200 million accounts and employs 400 people.
Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTInternationally acclaimed architect and educator Dr. Hitoshi Abe explains why one can't really prepare for the kind of devastation that his native Sendai, Japan encountered. Award-winning playwright and activist Eve Ensler discusses her cancer battle and explains why working with the women of Democratic Republic of Congo to create the "City of Joy" saved her life.
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTHisham Matar, an outspoken Qaddafi critic, son of a Libyan political dissident and author of Anatomy of a Disappearance: A Novel, explains why the West's past embrace of Libya's leader constituted "diplomatic negligence." Tavis also pays tribute to former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTDavid Brooks, New York Times columnist and author of The Social Animal, explains why the complex workings of our unconscious minds determine so much of who we are. Actor-producer-author Blair Underwood, who co-stars in TV's The Event and the film I Will Follow, shares what it's like to play a Black president and explains why Black artists need to create their own film projects.
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTActor Aaron Eckhart explains why his character in Battle: Los Angeles is the only one in his career that he's been sad to move on from. Harlem is Nowhere author Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts describes what it's like to live in a place with such a large myth and explains why the area can be described as a mecca for African Americans.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTHip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco explains why it took three long years for the release of his latest album, "Lasers," and discusses the period of pain, depression and suicidal thoughts that eventually led him to create the much anticipated disc.
Tue, 08 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTAward-winning writer Mark Richard, author of the memoir House of Prayer No. 2, reflects on his spiritual journey and explains why he believes if we survive our childhood, we have a story to tell.
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTMansour El-Kikhia, an exiled Libyan dissident and University of Texas political science department chair, discusses what he calls the hypocrisy of U.S. presidents concerning Qaddafi and explains his sense that the West has continually turned a blind eye to atrocities in his native country. NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about his latest project, On the Shoulders of Giants, and how his love of history has led to a new career.
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTSusan Jacoby, author of Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age, discusses the plight of America's aging baby boomers and what that means for the U.S. as a whole.
Thu, 03 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTSherry Turkle, founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self and author of Alone Together, explains the consequences that people face in creating a culture of constant interruption. Anthony Mackie, who has several films in release, including The Adjustment Bureau, discusses the business side of filmmaking and explains why African Americans must create their own film projects.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTBing West, former assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration and author of The Wrong War, explains why he feels the U.S. military should not be in the business of nation-building and describes the single biggest killer of U.S. forces who are fighting in Afghanistan.
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:00:03 PSTMotown legend Smokey Robinson—out with a new CD, "Now and Then"—shares why Beethoven is one of his favorite composers of all time, discusses his recovery from drug addiction and offers advice to his "little brother" El DeBarge, who recently returned to rehab for his own addiction.
Mon, 28 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTMary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, offers the latest details on the showdown between Gov. Walker and the public employee unions and explains why she feels the governor's plan goes too far. Oscar-winning director of Inside Job, Charles Ferguson, reflects on winning the award when the financial meltdown issues addressed by the documentary remain unresolved.
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTAnnette Gordon-Reed, Harvard professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Andrew Johnson, explains why the Reconstruction-era commander in chief, over time, came to be viewed as a bad president. Singer-songwriter Kem reflects on his 20 years of sobriety, explains why he considers himself a songwriter first and describes how the acoustic piano impacted his new CD, "Intimacy."
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTMike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and author of A Simple Government, explains why the best government is local and limited and addresses whether there's another presidential run in his future. Award-winning veteran TV producer George Schlatter shares his thoughts on why the comedy series Laugh-In was so revolutionary.
Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTColorado Sen. Michael Bennet discusses education and explores how to fix a system that he says, at times, produces "catastrophic" outcomes for children. Misty Copeland, the first African American female soloist at the American Ballet Theatre, offers her reflections on whether ballet is an elite art form and discusses the impact of the film Black Swan on the dance.
Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTOscar and Emmy winner Forest Whitaker—who's exec-producing the Brick City reality series and starring in the new Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior—discusses his passion for stories that display connections between individuals. Economist and How the West Was Lost author Dambisa Moyo analyzes how the uprising in Libya will impact global oil prices and argues that the U.S. could become a socialist welfare state in a matter of decades.
Mon, 21 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTTavis revisits highlights of conversations with several of this year's Oscar nominees, including Amy Adams, Javier Bardem, Jeff Bridges, Tom Hooper, Melissa Leo, Randy Newman, Lucy Walker and others.
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTFashion designer and humanitarian Kenneth Cole talks about his passion for activism, including his dedication to the HIV/AIDS cause, and social media's impact on the fashion industry; and Esperanza Spalding demonstrates the skills that earned her this year's Best New Artist Grammy—a first for a jazz artist in the 53-year history of the Awards.
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTCivWorld at Demos president-director Benjamin Barber discusses what it will take to bring true democracy to Egypt. Chef Jeff Henderson explains why his America I AM: Pass It Down Cookbook is a document of history, as well as a collection of recipes.
Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTNew York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand analyzes the budgets of President Obama and the House Republicans and dissects what those budgets say about priorities. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Ne-Yo—out with a new CD, "Libra Scale"—discusses one of his idols, the late Michael Jackson, as well as his acting career and the new film Battle: Los Angeles.
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTJazz heavyweight and nine-time Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis discusses the long-term price Americans are paying for abandoning arts in education and analyzes their confusion of entertainment with arts.
Mon, 14 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTMiddle East specialist Tarek Masoud assesses post-Mubarak Egypt and offers his thoughts on whether the military will actually hand over power to a civilian authority. Phil Angelides, chair of the bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, discusses the panel's report and the role that unregulated greed played in the economic crisis.
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTOscar-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning composer-songwriter Randy Newman, who this year received his 20th Oscar nod, explains why he doesn't like writing. Actress Maria Bello, one of the stars of the new film The Company Men, talks about sexism in business and her ongoing work in Haiti, which pre-dated the 2010 quake.
Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTYale Law professor Amy Chua clears up misconceptions surrounding her controversial new memoir on parenting: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. And, Amos Lee performs a track from his latest CD, "Mission Bell."
Wed, 09 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTGideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times, discusses his new book, Zero-Sum Future, and why what happens in Egypt matters throughout the rest of the world. Six-time Grammy winner—and self-described "political junkie"—John Legend explains why he wanted to team up with The Roots for his new CD, "Wake Up!"
Tue, 08 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTMusic executive legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Clive Davis explains how he discovered his talented "ear" although he never played an instrument and shares the key ingredient for discovering musical artists. Historian Lawrence Goldstone discusses his book, Inherently Unequal, and challenges the theory that the U.S. Supreme Court is an apolitical body.
Mon, 07 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTDaniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt, outlines the fundamental issues topping the Egyptian protesters' list and assesses the U.S. role in the demonstrations thus far. Actress Jennifer Beals describes the experience of returning to her hometown to play the first female police superintendent in the new Fox TV series The Chicago Code.
Fri, 04 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTSouth African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela discusses his new album "Say Africa" and explains the concept of Ubuntu. Melissa Leo, who's won a SAG Award and a Golden Globe for her work in The Fighter, explains why her character was a remarkable woman and shares her feelings on being nominated for an Oscar alongside co-star Amy Adams in the same category.
Thu, 03 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTAward-winning personal tech writer David Pogue, host of NOVA's "Making Stuff," explains materials science and describes the current image crisis affecting science. Gary Shapiro, president-CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association and author of The Comeback, argues against overtaxing innovators and creating policies that discourage creative businesses from operating in the U.S.
Wed, 02 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTAtul Gawande, surgeon and author of The Checklist Manifesto, explains how coping with complexity has become the biggest 21st-century struggle and offers tips on knowing if you've got a good checklist. Award-winning actress Blythe Danner, one of the stars of the Fockers film franchise, explains why she feels more like herself when she's acting.
Tue, 01 Feb 2011 12:00:03 PSTNFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson previews the Super Bowl, talks about the league's collective bargaining agreement and tackles the "Rooney Rule" and the lack of GMs and owners of color. Singer-songwriter Amos Lee discusses his fourth CD, "Mission Bell," and the painful experience that inspired the song "Jesus;" he also performs a track from the new project.
Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTActor Ed O'Neill compares his success on ABC's Emmy-winning comedy Modern Family—winner of this year's SAG Award for best ensemble comedy cast—to that of his previous Fox hit, Married with Children. Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones, the country music duo known as Steel Magnolia, discuss their debut self-titled CD and incorporating their romantic relationship with their music.
Fri, 28 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTFilmmaker Tom Hooper, director of The King's Speech—this year's most Oscar-nominated movie, including best director and best picture—explores the film's theme and explains the role his mother played in bringing the story to him.
Thu, 27 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTOscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins, who has two new film releases: the supernatural thriller The Rite and the upcoming action adventure Thor, discusses his acclaimed career and why he feels it's healthy to keep low expectations and to live in doubt.
Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTFormer Florida governor Charlie Crist shares his reaction to last night's State of the Union address and explains why he feels the speech was "Reagan-esque." Detroit native Paul Clemens talks about his new book Punching Out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant, and blue collar decline in America.
Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTPeter Bergen, national security analyst and author of The Longest War, discusses the lack of fallout following the announcement that the U.S. will remain in Afghanistan through 2014. Writer Kim Edwards, author of the best seller The Memory Keeper's Daughter, discusses her new novel, The Lake of Dreams, and the mysterious process of writing.
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTFormer U.S. Senator Bill Bradley discusses civility in America and previews President Obama's State of the Union address. Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley discusses his latest text, The Quiet World, and describes the similarities between Presidents Obama and Reagan.
Fri, 21 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTPulitzer Prize-winning journalist and chief investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations committee Douglas Frantz discusses the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and explains why Pakistan is the world's most dangerous nation. Former boxing champ Rubin "Hurricane" Carter talks about his current work to help prisoners who have been falsely convicted.
Thu, 20 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTIn the final part of a conversation on "America's Next Chapter," thought leaders discuss whether there's a brighter future for the next generation.
Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTIn Part 2 of a conversation on "America's Next Chapter," thought leaders tackle such issues as how the country rebuilds cities with empty homes and no jobs, and the question: When does economic recovery really happen?
Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTIn Part 1 of a conversation on "America's Next Chapter," thought leaders wrestle with the issue of how the U.S. can return to its greatness.
Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTClarence B. Jones, speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and author of Behind the Dream, explains why Dr. King's "Dream" speech served as a beacon light that revealed who King was. Music icon Stevie Wonder talks about his passion for activism, including his advocacy of the successful campaign to make Dr. King's birthday a national holiday.
Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTRock and Roll Hall of Famer and accomplished photographer Graham Nash explains how he marries his love of music with his love of images. Golden Globe-winning actor David Duchovny, star of Showtime's Californication, reflects on entering the fourth season of the hit series and discusses his recent foray into stage acting.
Thu, 13 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTDr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies, dissects the history of cancer, which he calls "the defining disease of our generation." Emmy winner and best-selling author Roseanne Barr explains why she feels that the poor have essentially bailed out the rich in the U.S. and talks about her latest book, Roseannearchy.
Wed, 12 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTElizabeth Warren, who's launching the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, identifies the agency's to-do list before it goes online in July and its mandate once it receives statutory powers. Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem explains why it was a scary proposition when he learned that the director had only him in mind for the lead role in the new film Biutiful.
Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTFlorida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz discusses the condition of her friend, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and explains why she feels recent political rhetoric needs to be dialed back. Actress Nichelle Nichols talks about Duke Ellington's influence on her early career and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s advice to her on her groundbreaking role as one of the stars of the original Star Trek series.
Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:00:03 PSTOscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges discusses his two hit films currently in release—the action/adventure sequel TRON: Legacy and the much-talked-about True Grit remake—as well as a cause that is close to his heart: ending child hunger in the U.S. by 2015. Tavis also offers his thoughts on the situation in Haiti, one year after the devastating earthquake.
Fri, 24 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTGrammy-winning singer, songwriter and actor Lyle Lovett discusses his unique connection to Texas and what it's like to feel the energy of the audience during a performance. Traditional pop music's quintessential voice of romance and Grammy Hall of Famer Johnny Mathis explains why he made the decision to release a CD in the country music genre.
Thu, 23 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTScience writer Rebecca Skloot discusses lessons learned from research for her book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson discusses the legacy of the Great Migration of African Americans—which she writes about in her book, The Warmth of Other Suns—and explains why it's so deeply embedded in American culture.
Wed, 22 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTCorporate watchdog and Deadly Spin author, Wendell Potter, discusses his struggle with his whistleblower status and describes the post-healthcare-reform industry spin. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter El DeBarge talks about his new CD, "Second Chance," his more than 20-year battle with drug addiction and how his comeback was possible.
Tue, 21 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTSinger, songwriter, visual artist, poet and rock icon Patti Smith discusses marrying her poetry with music and shares what people can learn from her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, which she writes about in her critically acclaimed memoir about her early days in New York City, titled Just Kids.
Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTHarvard public policy professor and co-author of American Grace, Robert Putnam, discusses the changes in religious tolerance in the U.S. over the last 50 years. Former derivatives trader Nassim Taleb, author of The Bed of Procrustes, describes the benefits he gained from his 20-year media diet and explains why he wanted his latest text to serve as a diatribe against modernity.
Fri, 17 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTIn part two of a fascinating conversation, music icon Stevie Wonder reflects on getting his start at Motown, putting his life into his lyrical content and making a positive difference in the world.
Thu, 16 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTIn the first of a two-part conversation, the legendary Stevie Wonder talks about advocating for people with disabilities and giving back—including his 15th Annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert—and shares a few backstories of the lyrics and titles of some of his hit songs.
Wed, 15 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTTavis talks with two 2011 Golden Globe nominees: Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, nominated for his role in the feature Casino Jack, who discusses what it was like portraying lobbyist-turned-convicted felon Jack Abramoff, and actress Amy Adams, who talks about her role in The Fighter and what it was like working with co-star Mark Wahlberg. Tavis also pays tribute to diplomat Richard Holbrooke.
Tue, 14 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTGrammy-winning artist Trent Reznor talks about making the switch from touring with Nine Inch Nails to composing the 2011 Golden Globe-nominated film score for The Social Network. Golden Globe-winning actress Sally Hawkins discusses her newest project, Made in Dagenham, and explains why she was drawn to the story of the women strikers portrayed in the film.
Mon, 13 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTFormer British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, author of Beyond the Crash, explains how the world can get out of the economic malaise in which it finds itself. Tavis also previews the upcoming primetime special Tavis Smiley Reports "Dudamel: Conducting a Life" premiering December 29, 2010.
Fri, 10 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTOscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle, co-producer of 127 Hours, describes the challenge that he faced creating a film with one actor in one location. Comparative religions scholar Reza Aslan, author of Tablet & Pen, discusses U.S. relations with Iran and explains why—on the Iran question—President Obama has "played it perfectly."
Thu, 09 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTClarence B. Jones, Dr. Martin Luther King's personal attorney, speechwriter and close friend, explains why he feels President Obama needs some tough love. Former TV show host and Talk Show author Dick Cavett, explains why, when he began his career, listening was the most difficult part of the job.
Wed, 08 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTVermont's Sen. Bernie Sanders explains why he's in stark opposition to President Obama's extension of the Bush-era tax cuts. Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer Edmund Morris discusses Colonel Roosevelt and reveals why he chose the title. Tavis also pays tribute to Elizabeth Edwards with an excerpt from their '04 conversation.
Tue, 07 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTHarvard law professor and Scorpions author Noah Feldman explains why it's important today to have Supreme Court justices who are risk-takers and may even have character flaws. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Keri Hilson discusses her second album, "No Boys Allowed," and how she's avoiding the sophomore curse.
Mon, 06 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTVeteran journalist Tom Brokaw, host of the USA Network documentary Bridging the Divide, discusses race relations in the U.S. today and describes the essence of American character. Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, director of the new feature Black Swan, explains why, as a director, he's able to get actors to go above and beyond while researching their roles.
Fri, 03 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTMusic impresario—and 27-time Grammy winner—Quincy Jones talks about his new CD, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra" and his new book, Q on Producing, and explains how music became the mother he never had.
Thu, 02 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTHilary Swank, a two-time Oscar winner and star and exec producer of the new feature film Conviction, explains why her career has included so many real-life stories and shares which film roles have scared her the most.
Wed, 01 Dec 2010 12:00:03 PSTIllinois Sen. Dick Durbin, Majority Whip of the U.S. Senate, shares his thoughts on deficit reduction, unemployment benefits and tax cuts and weighs on the Dems losses in the midterm elections. Former Colorado senator and Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart discusses the need for Americans to work to improve the nation's future even if they don't reap the benefits in their lifetime.
Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:00:03 PSTGrammy-winning singer Natalie Cole talks about her second memoir, Love Brought Me Back, and shares the story of how, when she was in need of a life-saving kidney transplant, she learned of a successful organ match while at her dying sister's bedside.
Mon, 29 Nov 2010 12:00:03 PSTForeign Policy magazine's Josh Rogin discusses WikiLeaks' controversial release of classified U.S. diplomatic documents, as well as the growing tensions on the Korean peninsula. Veteran R&B singer-songwriter Ron Isley reveals the history of his cane and talks about his new, first-ever solo project, "Mr. I."