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The Tennesseans to Premiere July 4

Ed Hooper | Posted 07.03.2015 | Impact
Ed Hooper

The Tennesseans: A Volunteer Legacy will premiere July 4 and 5 on the state's public television stations. The hour-long film is the first to highlight the events, men and women that earned the state its nickname from the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain to the modern battlefields of today.

Rwanda Again Faces Lunacy and the "Rubbish of Injustice"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Georgianne Nienaber

Americans are fiercely proud of this heritage, and so is Rwanda. Americans are fiercely proud of this heritage, and so is Rwanda. The difference in Africa is that "independence" is an ongoing struggle against a backdrop of powerful foreign interests.

My Conversation With Robert Glasper On the Diversity of Black Music

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.03.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by two-time Grammy-winner Robert Glasper. The talented and innovative pianist has reunited with his jazz trio on the hit new album, Covered, which was recorded in front of a live audience at Capitol Studios.

Tavis Smiley: Killer Mike on Why Blacks Should Stop Forgiving and Start Demanding Action

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by Michael Render, a.k.a. "Killer Mike." The prolific rapper and influential activist is one half of the popular hip-hop duo, Run the Jewels, whose critically acclaimed album, Run the Jewels 2, was hailed by Rolling Stone as the "best rap album of 2014."

Celebrity Genealogy on TV: Who and When?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.28.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

We can probably expect an interlude between the next seasons of Who Do You Think You Are? and Finding Your Roots, and the duration of that lull will hinge largely on how PBS chooses to balance and accommodate the sometimes competing goals of content accuracy and viewer demand.

My Conversation With Kathy Bates on Ageism in Hollywood

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.27.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

One of Hollywood's most respected character actors, Bates has been able to achieve success in an industry that is notoriously biased against certain age groups and image types. In this clip, she shares when she learned to develop tough skin in order to deal with what can often be an insensitive business.

Sen. Ted Cruz Attempts to Explain Post-Charleston Gun Joke and Why He Wants Urban Communities Armed

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Two days after the tragic church shooting in South Carolina, Senator Cruz made some comments about gun control that many felt was in poor taste. In the clip below, I ask him to explain. His answer might surprise you.

Public, Not-For-Profit Media Is More Important Than Ever

Abigail E. Disney | Posted 06.23.2015 | Media
Abigail E. Disney

Today, channels cater to the least individual viewer, producing vanilla content designed only to echo the ideas already being circulated in popular culture. Public, independent programs are the last bulwark of integrity in the battle against the monotone emanating from our televisions.

5 Lessons Charleston Can Teach Us About Race, Guns and Healing

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.23.2015 | Media
Tavis Smiley

To quote King about the "beloved community" and not get serious about gun violence in America is, at best, empty rhetoric, and at worst, a malignant mangling of his message. If you're going to quote King, then vote King: Get serious about gun control.

The Media Is Failing Women, But One Network Is Leading The Fight To Change Things

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 06.18.2015 | Media

Each morning at PBS, the entire staff of "NewsHour" gathers in a conference room for the daily morning meeting. The network is structured very much li...

Humans Star William Hurt on the Potential Dangers of Artificial Intelligence

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The show, which premieres June 28th, takes place in a parallel present where the newest must-have gadget is an artificially intelligent servant, known as a "Synth."

Tavis Smiley: Tim Robbins on How His 'Prison Project' Gives Inmates Essential Tools for Post-Prison Life

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Widely respected for his advocacy work, Robbins is the Founding Artistic Director of The Actors' Gang, a theater group which has spearheaded a project that provides rehabilitative acting workshops for incarcerated men and women in California.

Liz Garbus on What Sets Her 'Nina Simone' Doc Apart From Upcoming Biopic

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The Academy Award-nominated documentarian has directed a new film that uses rare archival footage and never-before-heard recordings to paint a remarkable portrait of legendary singer Nina Simone.

Tavis Smiley: Why Chris Hedges Feels the American Media's Inability to Do Its Job Has Weakened Our Democracy

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Media
Tavis Smiley

In his near two decades' worth of experience as a foreign correspondent for prominent news outlets like the New York Times and NPR, Hedges has covered critical issues from all around the world, including his groundbreaking reporting on global terrorism.

WATCH: Lyn Shaye and Leigh Whannell On Insidious: Chapter 3

Zorianna Kit | Posted 06.04.2015 | Entertainment
Zorianna Kit

The horror franchise Insidious: Chapter 3 opens in theaters today. The film is a prequel to the 2010 and 2013 films and focuses on paranormal investigator Elise Reiner (Lyn Shaye) and her personal and professional history.

Can TM Help Make a Dream Come True?

Giada Valenti | Posted 06.02.2015 | Good News
Giada Valenti

That experience changed my life. I had now a new prospective of life. I knew I needed to listen to my body and take care of my mind.

Why Pat Boone Believes He Helped Black Artists by Covering Their Songs

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Pat Boone was among the many white artists of the 1950s and '60s who built their careers recording songs originally performed by black Rhythm & Blues artists. Tonight, he responds to criticisms that he and other white singers profited much more than the African American musicians whose songs they covered.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Sonia Sanchez on How the Black Arts Movement Changed the Fabric of America

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.28.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The aesthetic counterpart of the Black Power Movement, the Black Arts Movement burst onto the scene during the '60s and '70s in the form of artists' circles, writers' workshops, drama groups, dance troupes, new publishing ventures, bookstores and cultural centers.

The Challenge of Journalism Is to Survive in the Pressure Cooker of Plutocracy

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.28.2015 | Media
Bill Moyers

But we need more than money to sustain independent journalism. We need laws to ensure that reporters can protect their sources. We need to hound government at every level to respond to public records requests.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Josh Groban on the 'Intimidation Factor' of Collaborations (VIDEO)

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.22.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Known for his phenomenal collaborations, Josh's new album boasts duets with the likes of Audra McDonald and Kelly Clarkson. In this clip, he opens up about the "intimidation factor" he still feels when working with some of music's biggest names.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With David Brooks on The Road to Character

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by New York Times columnist David Brooks, author of The Road to Character. In the book he explores how some of history's most influential figures built their strong inner character and what essential values they possessed that should be emphasized in today's world. In this clip he explains why the virtues discussed in his book transcend political affiliation.

If You Care About Government Surveillance, Watch 1971 Tonight on PBS

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Everyone who has an opinion on the Edward Snowden revelations should watch this film. Everyone who has an opinion on the USA PATRIOT Act should tune in. Disturbed by the National Security Agency's actions? Check your local listings for when the PBS show Independent Lens airs. I say all this, mind you, before I've even seen the film.

B.B. King Remembered (VIDEO)

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.15.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tune in Friday and Monday nights as we pay tribute to the life and legacy of legendary blues guitarist B.B. King, who has passed away at the age of 89. We last spoke with B.B. in 2013 for a two-part conversation about his life and extraordinary career. In this clip, B.B. tells the famous story of how he named his guitar "Lucille."

Standing on Sacred Ground PBS World Series Premieres Sunday

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.15.2015 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Wherever you live in the United States, it is likely that you are within a short drive of sacred ground. You may be standing on it as you read this. But the threats to sacred lands are global.

When Meryl Streep And McKinsey agree

Michael Hodin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As we live longer, we are going to need more caregivers than is currently imaginable. This need explodes even more dramatically as we continue the parallel path of de-population -- stunningly low birth rates that have consequences for the proportion of old to young in society.