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My Conversation With Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I have a conversation with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, who tomorrow will make history when he signs a bill that makes his state the first in the nation to require labeling of all genetically modified food.

My Conversation With Robin Roberts: 'Everybody's Got Something'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.30.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

A broadcaster for more than 20 years, Roberts has earned multiple Emmys and done extensive reporting around the globe. After overcoming breast cancer and, five years later, a rare blood disorder, she writes in her memoir, Everybody's Got Something, that she discovered she was much stronger than she thought.

Clippers -- To Play or Not to Play?

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.29.2014 | Sports
Tavis Smiley

Monday night on CNN I had a difference of opinion with Larry King about how the L.A. Clippers players should have handled Sunday's game in the aftermath of the racist remarks allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling. Tonight, King joins me to continue the conversation about this situation and more.

My Conversation With Ian Somerhalder

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tomorrow night, I'm joined by actor and environmental activist Ian Somerhalder. For his turn in the hit drama The Vampire Diaries, as well as his portrayal of one of the Lost survivors, he has amassed legions of fans.

My Conversation With Best-Selling Author Jackie Collins

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.17.2014 | Home
Tavis Smiley

She started writing as a teen and, since then, has sold more than 500 million copies of her books in more than 40 countries and had 29 best-sellers, many of which have been adapted for the big or small screens.

My Conversation With Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tatiana Maslany has earned rave reviews, from critics and audiences alike, for her Golden Globe-nominated performance in the sci-fi clone saga Orphan Black.

Acts of Art: An Antidote for What Ails Us

Dawn Morais | Posted 06.11.2014 | Hawaii
Dawn Morais

Sometimes timing drives home a message better than words possibly can. The tragic shooting yet again at Fort Hood and news of more random violence at schools, underline the very real urgency of the message Lulani Arquette had for the young audience she addressed in Honolulu recently.

Why Is Public Television Against Public Schools?

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Peter Dreier

You'd think that that public television would support public education, but you'd be wrong. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has gotten in bed with the billionaires and conservatives who want to privatize our public schools.

Maureen Ryan

An Unappreciated Gem Returns

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.10.2014 | TV

Sunday evening will see the return of a well-made period drama that features resourceful women in search of personal and professional satisfaction, a ...

My Conversation with Music Legend David Crosby

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Crosby talks with candor about his health, his unique relationship with his oldest son and the perspective he's gained over the course of his 5o-year career.

My Conversation With Clay Risen

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Risen discusses his new text, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, in which he unfolds the historic battle, waged from the streets of the deep South to the halls of Congress, to bring the revolutionary Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

Maureen Ryan

'Scandal,' 'OITNB,' Anthony Bourdain And ESPN Among Peabody Award Winners

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.02.2014 | TV

The winners of the Peabody Awards were announced on Wednesday, and "Key & Peele," "Orange Is the New Black," "Scandal," "The Returned" and documentari...

Life Journeys: Conversations With Leon Russell, Judy Collins and John Gorka

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Hey Leon, Life Journey, your latest album, was recorded with Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, Elton John...you have an awful lot of friends rooting for you. Do you feel the love?

My Conversation with Shyima Hall, Human Trafficking Survivor and Activist

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Tavis Smiley

Sold into slavery by her parents when she was just 8 years old, Hall's ordeal took her from Egypt to a gated community in Southern California. For four years, she lived under the control of a wealthy couple that abused her mentally and physically. Now 24, she works as an advocate to spread awareness of child trafficking.

Maureen Ryan

A Delightful UK Drama That's Unlike Anything Else

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.28.2014 | TV

If there's one truth we can all agree on, it's that there are too many TV shows featuring do-gooder nuns, earnest midwives and adorable babies. I'...

My Conversation With Robert Reich

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

As one of the leading experts on work and the economy, he shares his thoughts on the state of jobs, income inequality and more.

My Conversation With Professor Peniel Joseph on Stokely: A Life

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.20.2014 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

Joseph teaches at Tufts University and also founded a growing subfield that he characterizes as "Black Power Studies," which is actively rewriting post-war American and African American history and related interdisciplinary fields.

Downton or House of Cards: Sequential or Batch TV Releases?

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 05.19.2014 | Entertainment
Mohamed A. El-Erian

As many of you know, Netflix releases the entire new season of House of Cards in one go. In contrast, the new episodes of Downton Abbey come in weekly installments. Which is better?

My Conversation With Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman: Collaborative 'Harmony'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.18.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Their latest project is the musical Harmony, based on a real-life German singing group that battled to stay together (and live) as the Nazis ascended to power in 1930s Germany.

Brothers Hypnotic -- An Inspiring Documentary About Music, Politics, and Family

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.17.2014 | Arts
Peter Dreier

You've never seen a documentary like this. Brothers Hypnotic is not a concert film, but a documentary about how eight individuals forged a collective musical enterprise in a society and industry that rewards individualism, competition, and celebrity.

PBS News Corruption Gets Even Worse

PandoDaily | Posted 03.07.2014 | Media

Last month, in response to Pando’s revelations that anti-pension mogul John Arnold secretly was financing PBS’s “Pension Peril” series, the Co...

School Ready or Not?

Lesli Rotenberg | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Lesli Rotenberg

There's a perception that apps and computer games dominate the educational media world, but in fact, that's not the case.

What's Next for PBS NewsHour?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 04.28.2014 | Media
Alison van Diggelen

PBS NewsHour may have found one answer to the plunge in television viewers and that's PBS Digital Studio's new online show, Everything but the News, the brainchild of Steve Goldbloom and Noah Pink.

My No-Holds-Barred Conversation With Actor Harry Lennix

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.27.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by film, television, stage actor and co-star of The Blacklist, Harry Lennix.

Learning from Arthur: New Research on Anti-bullying Awareness

Julie Dobrow | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
Julie Dobrow

As the platform of broadcast television continues to be melded with interactive platforms like graphic novels, it becomes ever more important to design research that will explore whether educational messages can be more powerfully reinforced.