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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.

Misty Copeland Dances In New Film Toasting 75 Years Of American Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.14.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Nearly a decade in the works, American Masters - American Ballet Theatre: A History feels more like an eccentric personal meditation, or a love letter to the art form, than a historical trek through the company's 75 storied years.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Susan Sarandon and Jack Henry Robbins

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.13.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon and her son, Jack Henry Robbins. The two have teamed up to create a thought-provoking documentary that explores homelessness in America.

The Farewell Party: An Israeli Love Letter to Dr. Kevorkian

Brandon Judell | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

Is the media suddenly realizing that there are people who were born before 1945 who are still very much alive? And that there's whole bunch of them? According to the 2010 census, if I read Wikipedia correctly, the figure clocks in at 28,282,721.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Boz Scaggs

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.08.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

With a music career spanning five decades, Boz Scaggs has produced a rich catalog of songs that stretches across multiple genres. His 1976 breakthrough album, Silk Degrees, went multi-platinum and spawned a number of hits, including "Lido Shuffle" and the GRAMMY-winning "Lowdown."

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Mariel Hemingway on Mental Health Awareness

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The Academy Award-nominated actress and bestselling author is out with two new books that focus on mental health issues: Invisible Girl, written for teenaged readers, and her personal memoir titled Out Came the Sun.

Kent State: 45 Years Ago

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.05.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

It was May 4, 1970. We were high school seniors in Greater Cleveland, when Kent State exploded on a Monday, a mere 45 miles away, 45 years ago. Four students killed, nine wounded by National Guard gunfire. It's as if it were yesterday.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Joseph Stiglitz on the Failure of Trickle-Down Economics

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Last night, I was joined by Columbia University professor and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, one of the nation's most outspoken advocates on the critical issue of income inequality.

Encouraging Diversity in the National Parks

Michael Sainato | Posted 04.28.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Sainato

Attendance to the National Parks reached a record-breaking 292.8 million visits in 2014. Despite the increase in popularity, African Americans continue to be one of the most underrepresented visitor demographics in the parks.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Jack Black

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by Jack Black, one of this generation's most beloved comedic actors. The star of hit films like School of Rock and Kung Fu Panda currently has his hands in multiple projects, including the upcoming HBO series The Brink.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation on the Fight for $15 with Saru Jayaraman

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Saru explains why the food industry, despite being one of the most profitable industries in the country, pays its workers such low wages -- the federal tipped minimum wage, for example, which goes to workers who are expected to receive tips (like servers in restaurants), is still just $2.13 per hour.​

A Lifetime Away From Saigon

Thuy Thanh Jakim | Posted 04.23.2015 | Impact
Thuy Thanh Jakim

“Don't forget, be good. Love your new family. You always have your mother here in Vietnam. You have not been orphaned.” I watched as this woman wh...

Much Ado About Nothing: Affleck's Ancestor

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

The comments beneath Ben Affleck's Facebook "mea culpa" for having his slave-owner ancestor cut from the PBS show Finding Your Roots were pretty typical.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Freida Pinto on Breaking Cultural Stereotypes

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.23.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

In this clip, Freida shares what drew her to her latest film, Desert Dancer, and how her experience making the film has educated her on the beauty of the often-stereotyped Iranian people.

It's Not Just About a Telescope

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 04.16.2015 | Hawaii
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

The movement to protect and preserve the summit of Mauna Kea, one of the most sacred sites in the Hawaiian Islands, has grown from a small group of local activists to a much larger and diverse coalition around the globe.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Noam Chomsky on How the World Map Encourages Racist Attitudes

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.15.2015 | Media
Tavis Smiley

Called "arguably the most important intellectual alive" by the New York Times, Chomsky joins us for a nuanced discussion on the ways in which culture and curricula are used to advance a Western worldview.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Isaiah Washington on Black Identity

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.14.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by NAACP Image Award and SAG Award-winning actor Isaiah Washington, star of the upcoming feature, Blackbird. In the film, which he also produced, Isaiah plays the father of a devout Christian teenager struggling with his true identity.

My Conversation on the Legacy of the Civil War, 150 Years Later

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.09.2015 | TV
Tavis Smiley

I'm joined by Daina Ramey Berry, Eric Walther, and Allyson Hobbs, three scholars of American history, to unpack the causes and consequences -- both immediate and enduring -- of the deadliest war in U.S. history. In the clip the panel reflects on the period of Reconstruction immediately following the war, and on the incompleteness of a landless emancipation.

What Indiana Could Learn From Hawaiʻi

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Hawaii
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

In Hawai'i, the right of LGBT people to live free of discrimination is viewed not as an attack on faith but as an intrinsic part of the spiritual belief in aloha -- love, honor and respect for all.

10 Ways to Become a More Beautiful Person on the Outside and the Inside

Larry Schwimmer | Posted 04.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Larry Schwimmer

Well...have I got good news for you! When the planet Jupiter passes through your first House the "gods of self-improvement and confidence" beckon your door. For one whole year Jupiter becomes your personal teacher and mentor smiling at you, urging you to be all you can be.