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Preview: Tavis Smiley . News & Politics | PBS

Tavis Smiley . News & Politics | PBS

News & Politics

Published: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:30:06 PST

Last Build Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:30:06 PST

Copyright: Copyright (c) 2004-2009 The Smiley Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Richard Haass

Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:30:07 PST

Council on Foreign Relations president describes why he believes the U.S. has made a mistake by escalating its goals in the Libyan conflict.

Gary Hart

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 10:30:07 PST

Former Colorado senator and Democratic presidential candidate discusses the need for Americans to work to improve the nation's future even if they don't reap the benefits in their lifetime.

Josh Rogin

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 10:30:07 PST

Foreign Policy magazine's discusses WikiLeaks' controversial release of classified U.S. diplomatic documents and the growing tensions on the Korean peninsula.

John Burns

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 10:30:07 PST

New York Times London bureau chief shares his thoughts on President Obama's speech marking the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq.

Wesley Clark

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 10:30:07 PST

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander shares his thoughts on whether Iraqis are ready to take over where American troops have left off.

David Finkel

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 10:30:07 PST

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist and author of the award-winning book The Good Soldiers explains why the war in Iraq is anything but over.

Sam Nunn

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 10:30:07 PST

Russ Feingold

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 10:30:07 PST

Wisconsin senator talks about the war in Afghanistan--the longest war in U.S. history--and the renewed calls on Capitol Hill for the administration to set a date certain for U.S. withdrawal.

Sebastian Junger

Fri, 28 May 2010 10:30:07 PST

Investigative journalist talks about his new book, War, detailing the months he spent embedded with an Army troop in Afghanistan.

Paul Rieckhoff

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 10:30:07 PST

Founder-executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America explains why Americans need to understand the cost of war.

Richard Clarke

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 10:30:07 PST

Former national security advisor describes what makes cyber war uniquely different and discusses whether the issues are being taken seriously on Capitol Hill.

Thomas Ricks

Tue, 09 Feb 2010 10:30:07 PST

Oscar winner—nominated again for his score for the über hit Avatar—describes the evolution of film scoring and what movies would be like without music.

John Yoo

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 10:30:07 PST

Former Justice Department attorney gives his take on applying Geneva Convention rules to al Qaida and explains the premise of his new book.

Eugene Jarecki

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 10:30:07 PST

Author, award-winning filmmaker and one of the organizers of the Move Your Money campaign says all revolutions are impossible until they happen.

Max Cleland

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 10:30:07 PST

Georgia's former U.S. senator offers his thoughts on U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan, reflects on his experience in Vietnam and talks about his memoir.

Tom Ridge

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 10:30:07 PST

Former Homeland Security secretary comments on securing U.S.-Mexican borders, the role of the economy in the safety of the U.S. and explains why he wrote the book, The Test of Our Times.

Peter Baker

Wed, 02 Sep 2009 10:30:07 PST

New York Times White House correspondent talks U.S. policy versus politics related to the war in Afghanistan.

Richard Haass

Mon, 18 May 2009 10:30:07 PST

Foreign policy expert talks about his new book on the two Iraq wars and weighs in on the president's engagement in the peace process.

Juan Alcivar

Thu, 23 Apr 2009 10:30:07 PST

Army sergeant talks about his decision to join the military and his feelings on being a new U.S. citizen.

Leslie Gelb

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 10:30:07 PST

President emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and former New York Times editor explains how the definition of U.S. power has changed.

Michael Bloomberg

Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:30:08 PST

Deval Patrick

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:30:08 PST

Massachusetts governor 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.

Chris Van Hollen

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 10:30:08 PST

Maryland congressman, the Ranking Member on the House Budget Committee, discusses the federal budget impasse and efforts to reach a compromise.

Chris Cillizza

Thu, 31 Mar 2011 10:30:08 PST

Washington Post journalist and 'The Fix' blogger goes inside the budget battle and discusses details of a potential government shutdown.

Ron Paul

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:30:08 PST

Texas congressman explains why he thinks President Obama was wrong for bringing the U.S. into the Libyan conflict.

Mitch Daniels

Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:30:08 PST

Second-term Indiana governor, a potential GOP presidential candidate in the 2012 race, discusses the recent budget crisis and legislative walkout in his state.

Richard Haass

Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:30:08 PST

Council on Foreign Relations president describes why he believes the U.S. has made a mistake by escalating its goals in the Libyan conflict.

Warren Christopher Tribute

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:30:08 PST

Tavis pays tribute to Presidential Medall of Freedom recipient and former U.S. Secretary of State.

Mike Huckabee

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 10:30:08 PST

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.

Michael Bennet

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 10:30:08 PST

Colorado senator discusses education and explores how to fix a system that he says, at times, produces 'catastrophic' outcomes for children.

Kirsten Gillibrand

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:30:08 PST

New York senator analyzes the budgets of President Obama and the House Republicans and dissects what those budgets say about priorities.

Tarek Masoud

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 10:30:08 PST

Middle East specialist assesses post-Mubarak Egypt and offers his thoughts on whether the military will actually hand over power to a civilian authority.

Gideon Rachman

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 10:30:08 PST

Financial Times chief foreign affairs commentator discusses his new book and why what happens in Egypt matters throughout the rest of the world.

Lawrence Goldstone

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 10:30:08 PST

Historian discusses his book, Inherently Unequal, and challenges the theory that the U.S. Supreme Court is an apolitical body.

Charlie Crist

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:30:08 PST

Former Florida governor reacts to the State of the Union address and explains why he feels the speech was 'Reagan-esque.'

Douglas Brinkley

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 10:30:08 PST

Presidential historian discusses his latest text and describes the similarities between Presidents Obama and Reagan.

Bill Bradley

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 10:30:08 PST

Former U.S. Senator discusses civility in America and previews President Obama's State of the Union address.

Douglas Frantz

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 10:30:08 PST

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses the START Treaty and explains why Pakistan is the world's most dangerous nation.

America's Next Chapter

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:30:08 PST

In the final part of a conversation on 'America's Next Chapter,' thought leaders discuss whether there's a brighter future for the next generation.

America's Next Chapter

Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:30:08 PST

In 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.

Debo Adegbile

Thu, 02 Jul 2009 10:30:08 PST

NAACP LDF lead litigator talks about the Voting Rights Act case he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

William Poundstone

Fri, 15 Feb 2008 10:30:08 PST

Gaming the Vote author explains how Americans have sometimes elected the wrong president.

Theodore Shaw

Tue, 15 Jan 2008 10:30:08 PST

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund's president discusses challenges to Indiana's voter ID laws.

Michael Waldman

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 10:30:08 PST

NYU's Brennan Center director discusses the potential for widespread voting irregularities on Election Day.

Spencer Overton

Thu, 10 Aug 2006 10:30:08 PST

George Washington University law professor discusses new charges of voter suppression in the '04 elections.

Bruce Gordon

Fri, 10 Mar 2006 10:30:08 PST

Then-NAACP head discusses the racial implications of Katrina.

Marc Morial

Tue, 01 Feb 2005 10:30:08 PST

National Urban League CEO discusses the relevancy of the organization.

Bill Nelson

Mon, 25 Oct 2004 10:30:08 PST

Florida senator discusses having Clinton back on the campaign trail.

Theodore Shaw

Tue, 05 Oct 2004 10:30:08 PST

LDF president explains that the American vote is not constitutionally protected.

Barack Obama

Tue, 20 Jan 2009 10:30:08 PST

Highlights of the president's six previous visits include Obama's appearance the day after his '04 Democratic National Convention speech.

Earl Stafford

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 10:30:08 PST

Entrepreneur describes the outpouring of support for the "People's Inaugural Project.."

Ken Duberstein

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 10:30:08 PST

Chief of staff in the Reagan White House weighs in on an auto industry bailout and the presidential transition.

Tom Coburn

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 10:30:08 PST

Oklahoma senator and practicing physician explains why the U.S. needs to shift its healthcare paradigm to one of prevention.

Chris Cillizza

Mon, 15 Dec 2008 10:30:08 PST

Washington Post writer describes the risk Republicans take if they try to link Obama to Blagojevich.

Mark Begich

Mon, 01 Dec 2008 10:30:08 PST

Alaska's senator-elect shares his thoughts on President-elect Obama's national security team.

Jeffrey Toobin

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 10:30:08 PST

New Yorker writer discusses the pressure that exists to add women and people of color to the Supreme Court.

Thomas F. McLarty

Mon, 10 Nov 2008 10:30:08 PST

Former White House chief of staff for Bill Clinton explains what President-elect Obama must do when he arrives in office during the economic crisis.

Harry Belafonte

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 10:30:08 PST

Entertainer and longtime activist discusses whether African Americans can say, "We have overcome."

Norman Francis

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 10:30:08 PST

Xavier University president explains the significance of the American people sending an African American to the White House.

Brian Williams

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 10:30:08 PST

NBC News anchor and managing editor talks about media coverage of the presidential campaign and offers a view into what voter turnout could mean for this election.

Jennifer Duffy

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 10:30:08 PST

The Cook Political Report senior editor handicaps key U.S. Senate races.

Matthew Dowd

Wed, 29 Oct 2008 10:30:08 PST

ABC News political contributor and former chief strategist for Bush-Cheney '04 weighs in on next week's general election.

Michael Scherer

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 10:30:08 PST

Time magazine's Washington correspondent talks about things that could go wrong on Election Day.

Kathleen Sebelius

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 10:30:08 PST

Kansas governor places Gov. Palin's selection as the GOP vice presidential nominee in historical context.

Madeleine Albright

Mon, 20 Oct 2008 10:30:08 PST

Former secretary of state describes the most pressing issues that the next president will inherit and why the VP is so important for dealing with those issues.

Ben Stein

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 10:30:08 PST

In a live broadcast, guest panel reacts to and analyzes the final presidential debate and its impact on the remainder of the race for the White House.

Antonio Gonzalez

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 10:30:08 PST

In a live broadcast, guest panel reacts to and analyzes the final presidential debate and its impact on the remainder of the race for the White House.

Sandy Banks

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 10:30:08 PST

In a live broadcast, guest panel reacts to and analyzes the final presidential debate and its impact on the remainder of the race for the White House.

Tom Brokaw

Mon, 13 Oct 2008 10:30:08 PST

Moderator of the second presidential debate discusses the need for more people of color and women moderators.