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My Conversation with the Multi-Faceted Rubén Blades

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.23.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by Rubén Blades. The 10-time Grammy winner, Harvard law school grad and former presidential candidate in Panama reflects on his varied career and talks about his new CD, Tangos.

The 7 Comic-Con Booths That Wouldn't Have Very Long Lines

Hulu.com | Posted 07.23.2014 | Comedy
Hulu.com

Comic-Con is a haven for has-been and chagrined performers looking to capitalize on their fleeting fame and notoriety. Nowhere is this more evident than the John Wilkes Booth Booth, where fans can have their picture taken with a hologram of the murderous thespian.

Dance for Me: Coming of Age on the Dance Floor and Beyond

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 07.18.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

What drives them, these ballroom babies with the swiveling hips, sequins and spray tans, who sacrifice family, friends, even country in the quest for fame?

Fight Censorship: See This Film

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 07.15.2014 | Media
Michael Berkowitz

In April of 2013, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's film "Citizen Koch" died an untimely death. The film had sought to illustrate the role of Koch money in American electoral politics.

My Conversation With Joan Rivers

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.12.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Monday night on PBS, the first of my two-part conversation with legendary comedian Joan Rivers. We talked about her longstanding career and her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva. Rivers spoke candidly about what will happen if the moment ever comes when she can no longer perform on stage.

My Conversation With Def Leppard

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.11.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by music legends Joe Elliott and Rick Savage, who reflect on their careers. With legions of fans around the world, the pop-metal band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and recently embarked on a 42-city national tour to support U.S. troops.

12 Famous Artists On How Art Can Transform And Inspire Your Life

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.10.2014 | Arts

Art is transformative. Ask any artist -- professional or amateur -- to support this claim, and they'll likely embark on a soliloquy of epic propor...

By Land and by Sea

Bill Couzens | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Bill Couzens

Chris Renouf, riding for Less Cancer Bike Ride to Mackinac 2014 One of the historic sailing and great Michigan traditions is the Bell's Beer Bayview...

My Conversation With Hugh Laurie

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.30.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Before finding fame and garnering several Emmy nods and two Golden Globe wins for his role in TV's House, he was a member of Cambridge University's Footlights Revue and a familiar face -- as a comedian -- on British TV.

My Jookin' Conversation With Lil Buck

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.26.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

I chat with Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, a dancer who's been called the Baryshnikov of jookin'. He's taken the freestyle-based street dance, involving intensive footwork, to the world stage.

The First Thing You Do in War Is Take Over the Communications System, or Why I Love Sheffield Doc Fest

Vivian Norris | Posted 06.20.2014 | Media
Vivian Norris

Money and the enormous wealth gap has lead to a non-democratic representation in the media sphere and that now extends to so-called public television.

Do Men Prefer Women With Long or Short Hair? Tavis Smiley Polls His TV Crew About Toni Braxton's Book Cover Photo

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.17.2014 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

In this clip from last night's Tavis Smiley on PBS, Smiley offers his opinion on the cover art for guest Toni Braxton's latest book, Unbreak My Heart.

My Father's Day Conversation With Carl and Rob Reiner

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.13.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The elder -- a 12-time Emmy-winning TV pioneer who counts among his creations The Dick Van Dyke Show -- and the younger -- an Emmy-winning actor and director, whose box office hits include films such as Misery and A Few Good Men -- reflect on their relationship and illustrious careers.

Celebrating Our She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.10.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Writer, actor, and activist Maya Angelou inspired generations of women with her efforts to overcome discrimination, prejudice and abuse. A woman, who didn't speak for years in her youth, became a voice for millions in her adult life; and that voice was quite lyrical.

Happy 80th Birthday, Bill Moyers

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Bill Moyers, who turned 80 on Thursday, has been one of the most prolific and influential figures in American journalism.

My Conversation With Jersey Vargas: Taking Her Plea For Immigration Reform To House Republicans

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Tavis Smiley

Vargas has just announced to me that that she will head to our nation's capital on June 16th for a week to plead the case for comprehensive immigration reform.

LeVar Burton Calls 'Bullshit' On 'Reading Rainbow' Critics

Posted 06.12.2014 | Black Voices

In recent weeks many Americans were transported back to their childhood, with the announcement of PBS’ Emmy Award-winning children’s program “Re...

Genealogy on TV: 28 Celebrities and Counting

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.05.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

A pair of Valeries: Valerie Bertinelli tapes for Who Do You Think You Are? in London and Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, learns ...

'Reading Rainbow' Just Got Weird

The Huffington Post | Jessica Toomer | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment

Bringing "Reading Rainbow" back might not be a good thing after all. LeVar Burton's Kickstarter campaign to revive his beloved children's show has...

The Biggest Problem With 'Downton Abbey'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Toomer | Posted 05.28.2014 | TV

Big changes might be in store for the Crawley family when "Downton Abbey" returns for a fifth season next year. The PBS show has collected hordes ...

This Kids Show Is Coming Back To Life

The Huffington post | Jessica Toomer | Posted 05.30.2014 | TV

You're about to come down with a severe case of childhood nostalgia. UPDATE: The Kickstarter campaign reached and then exceeded its goal in half a...

WATCH: Ta-Nehisi Coates Discusses 'The Case For Reparations'

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 05.23.2014 | Black Voices

In his groundbreaking piece "The Case for Reparations," Ta-Nehisi Coates presents a powerful argument deconstructing the effects of white supremacy on...

My Conversation With Sen. Rand Paul Following Today's Filibuster Over U.S. Drone Strikes

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

I'm joined tonight on PBS by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Paul discusses his filibuster earlier today on the Senate floor outlining his opposition to the president's nomination of David Barron to the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mrs. Patmore of Downton Abbey: Out of the Box

Paige Morrow Kimball | Posted 07.20.2014 | Entertainment
Paige Morrow Kimball

I listen attentively as she tells me her life story, which is testament to the notion that in many ways, life just keeps getting better as we grow older.

My Conversation Examining the Tragedy of Nigeria's Stolen Girls

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS I have a conversation with Omoyele Sowore, founder and publisher of SaharaReporters.com, and Amber Khan, senior communications director of Women for Women International, which advocates on behalf of women and girls around the globe.