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What's the Greatest Gift You Can Give? Time? Money?

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.27.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Your talent. Mitch Albom, author of six consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, including the highest-selling memoir of all time - Tuesdays with M...

Ian McKellen On Whether There Is a Place for Pacifism in These Troubling Times

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.25.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Ian McKellen is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished actors working today. In this clip, McKellen speaks on the history of pacifism in his family, and whether a philosophy of nonviolence still has a place in today's volatile world.

Who Wears Head Scarves?

Susan Perloff | Posted 11.24.2015 | Style
Susan Perloff

Bahiraa Abdul Rasheed is folding tall piles of scarves into perfect rectangles, preparing them to hang on a thousand hangers around The Islamic Place, a shop in Philadelphia. She's wearing a scarf - a Muslim head covering called a hijab - in a blend of greens, yellows and tans.

Laughing at Fear

Barry Kibrick | Posted 11.21.2015 | Books
Barry Kibrick

Erica Jong is one of the writers who helped define a generation. Forty years ago her book, Fear of Flying, became an iconic classic that pierced the consciousness of all.

Songwriting Duo John Kander & Fred Ebb are Celebrated Tonight on PBS. Julia Murney Commemorates Their Achievements

Victor Legrá | Posted 11.20.2015 | Arts
Victor Legrá

Broadway favorites come together to celebrate First You Dream - The Music of Kander & Ebb tonight on PBS. The musical songwriting duo that brought ...

Trumbo's Bryan Cranston: How Blacklisted Screenwriter Could Be Both A Communist And Patriot

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.20.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Despite the fact that much of Trumbo's work was plainly patriotic, his brief association with the American Communist Party prompted years of persecution. In the clip below, Cranston justifies how a person like Trumbo could simultaneously be both a communist and a patriot.

A Future for Public Broadcasting

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 11.19.2015 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

Today, there are hundreds of channels -- and millions once online video really takes off. Is there any longer any purpose for public broadcasters? There are plenty of channels to choose from -- infinite once you include Amazon, Netflix, Apple TV (and we're just getting started with those).

Chef Lidia Bastianich: The Feast of a Lifetime

Lauri Lyons | Posted 11.17.2015 | Fifty
Lauri Lyons

Lidia Bastianich is renowned as one of television's most popular chefs, a restaurateur, and cookbook author. Today, she reflects on her journey, passion for food, and the expansion of her empire.

Did You Know Former CIA Director Allen Dulles and His Brother, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, Were Nazi Sympathizers?

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Salon founder and former editor-in chief David Talbot reveals this and other dark secrets in his explosive new biography, The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government.

Art Garfunkel On The 'Art' Of A Great Live Show

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Art Garfunkel has been fine tuning his instrument since he was a small child, singing into a wire recorder he received from his father. He has since made a lasting mark on the music world as both a solo artist, and half of the extraordinary duo Simon & Garfunkel.

Israeli Journalist Rula Jebreal: Netanyahu 'Getting Away With Murder'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Obama at the White House on Monday in his first trip back to Washington after an unsuccessful campaign to block the Iran nuclear deal.

Judy Collins Shares Joan Rivers' Advice On Coping With Suicide

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.06.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Collins shares advice that Joan Rivers gave her in the wake of her son's suicide twenty-three years ago.

Did Eva Lie? Charter Queen Claims "Got to Go" List an "Anomaly"

Alan Singer | Posted 11.05.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

While Success Academy students do better than average on high-stakes assessments, there is a rising crescendo of criticism because of Moskowitz's use of wealthy political connections to promote her empire, and accusations that Success Academy suspends poorly performing students to drive them out of the schools and boost its average test scores.

Gloria Steinem, Iconic Feminist, Says 'RBG Must Stay!'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Gloria Steinem has been at the forefront of the women's rights movement for decades, and at age 81, she's still striving to break down the barriers that have blocked full equality for women.

What Life Is Like As A Prison Chaplain

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion

(RNS) They can be found on the battlefield, at a chicken-processing plant and behind the locked gates of a prison. They are chaplains, and as a two-h...

Inside Assad's Echo Chamber

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

I was quite surprised to see that PBS Frontline reporter Martin Smith, in his documentary "Inside Assad's Syria," had found a "consensus" in regime-held areas that there were no moderate rebels and that the protests had been "hijacked by foreign backed jihadists."

To The End, 'American Revolutionary' Grace Lee Boggs Never Gave Up on Detroit

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.30.2015 | Detroit
Tavis Smiley

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Boggs was a seminal figure in the Black Power movement and -- along with her husband, James Boggs -- spent decades tirelessly advocating for fundamental changes in American policy on civil rights, labor relations, feminism, the environment and just about anything else that would shake up the status quo.

Moskowitz's 'Suspension' Academy's Code of Misconduct

Alan Singer | Posted 10.26.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Merrow also reported the suspension rates at Success Academy Charter schools are almost three times higher than in regular New York City K-12 public schools. Other studies have found similarly disproportionately high suspension rates at Success Academy schools.

Dick Van Dyke: I Feel The Bern -- But Sanders Isn't 'Castable' As President

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

He shares his views on this year's most senior presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, age 74, and sounds off on the dysfunction of the American political system.

This Word May Change Our Understanding Of The Food Crisis Forever

Zoë Lintzeris | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Zoë Lintzeris

Chef José Andrés believes in two major solutions that could help eradicate global poverty and malnutrition -- and he's not afraid to discuss them with me.

Monty Python's Terry Gilliam: I'm Not Dead Yet!

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.21.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Last month, Variety magazine inadvertently reported that Terry Gilliam had died, sparking a viral flurry of condolences from around the world.

Should Joe Biden Run for President? Here's What Bernie Sanders Thinks.

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

In our in-depth conversation with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont, addressed a variety of topics, including his performance in the recent CNN debate, his stance on gun control and the remarkable grassroots effort that has propelled the rise of his campaign.

Fran Drescher Shares How Her Cancer Diagnosis Propelled Her to Educate and Empower Women

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and tonight I'm joined by Fran Drescher, a leading voice in cancer advocacy. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated star of the hit '90s sit-com The Nanny is also the founder and president of the "Cancer Schmancer" Movement, which promotes early detection, prevention, and policy change.

Philosopher Slavoj Žižek on His Hero Malcolm X

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Professor Žižek shares his deep admiration for Malcolm X, whose insights Žižek believes reached the height of contemporary philosophy.

Jewel on Finding Strength Through Her Vulnerability

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.06.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The four-time Grammy nominee has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide throughout her notable career. Her new musical project, titled Picking Up the Pieces, harkens back to the folk roots of her breakthrough 1995 debut album, Pieces of You.