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My Conversation With Damien Chazelle

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.29.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by Academy Award-nominated writer/director Damien Chazelle. The barely 30-year-old filmmaker has taken Hollywood by storm with his critically acclaimed film Whiplash, which has garnered a total of five Oscar nods, including Best Picture.

A Two-Night Conversation on Free Speech

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

I ask comedian Roseanne Barr whether there's a fine line between what is offensive and distasteful, and what constitutes an abuse of free speech.

My Conversation With Jeffrey Sachs

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

For more than a quarter century, Sachs, described by The New York Times as "probably the most important economist in the world," has advised governments around the globe on progressive policy. In the clip, he analyzes our own system in the U.S. and reflects on the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

My Conversation With Benedict Cumberbatch

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.21.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

In his critically acclaimed film The Imitation Game, he portrays real-life British mathematician Alan Turing, whose technological ingenuity helped break the encrypted Nazi communications code to help the Allies win World War II. In this clip he reveals why his parents initially tried to dissuade him from acting, and what led him to continue to follow his dream.

My Conversation With Laura Poitras

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.16.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Citizenfour chronicles the eight days Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Ewan MacAllister of The Guardian spent with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong as he handed over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA.

My Conversation With Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Tim Scott

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

While they are proud members of opposing political parties, their ability to speak thoughtfully and civilly to one another should serve as a lesson to both Democrats and Republicans that conversations free of partisan sniping and vitriol are possible across the political aisle.

My Conversation With Lindsey Buckingham

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Lindsey Buckingham, who reflects on his career with one of the most critically acclaimed musical groups of all time, Fleetwood Mac.

My Conversation With Angelina Jolie

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by Academy Award-winning actress and director Angelina Jolie. Her film, Unbroken which tells the real life story of Olympian Louis Zamperini's heroic struggle to stay alive during his captivity as a POW during World War Two, opens on Christmas Day.

If There's No Hope, Why Bother Fighting?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

If all is lost, then there's no reason to try and win. But all is not lost. We have won tremendous victories on civil rights and equality for everyone. We've also suffered setbacks. But we cannot give up. We will not give up. In fact, we shall overcome.

My Conversation With Steve Ballmer

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.10.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft and one of the primary architects of that tech giant's phenomenal success, who is now the new owner of the LA Clippers. He took over that franchise in the aftermath of the Donald Sterling scandal. His winning bid -- $2 billion.

My Conversation With Bryan Stevenson

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
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The founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, this activist, attorney and McArthur Genius Grant recipient has dedicated his life to fixing what many perceive as a broken justice system. He won the landmark Supreme Court case striking down life sentences for juveniles, just one issue he details in Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

My Conversation with Joni Mitchell

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.24.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Joni tells me about her approach to writing -- including her assessment of one of her best-known songs, "Both Sides Now", which she wrote when she was just 21 years old.

My Conversation With Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Gina Prince-Bythewood

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.21.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

My conversation with Gugu and Gina covered a wide range of issues facing women in the entertainment industry. I asked Gina specifically why she wanted to tell this story, which at its core is a love story, and why it seems so difficult to get movies made about two black people falling in love.

My Conversation with Cristina Saralegui

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.17.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by broadcaster Cristina Saralegui, who was named by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America.

My Conversation With Smokey Robinson

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.11.2015 | Entertainment
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Smokey has been writing, producing and recording hits for almost 50 years. He's won multiple Grammys and has been inducted into every Hall of Fame the music world offers.

My Conversation With Herbie Hancock

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment
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He's now written a memoir titled Herbie Hancock: Possibilities that deals frankly with his life, including wrestling with drugs and how his family and his faith in Buddhism helped him overcome his addiction.

My Conversation With Andrew Dice Clay

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.05.2015 | Entertainment
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Through it all he never doubted his talent, even when some of the rockier parts of the business threatened to derail his career. In the clip below, I ask him how he deals with some of the negative aspects of the entertainment industry.

My Conversation With Rene Russo

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.31.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

She's now co-starring with Jake Gyllenhaal in a new movie titled Nightcrawler, which was written and directed by her husband, Dan Gilroy. The film deals with the underbelly of local news where morality is murky at best and anything that draws ratings is okay to air.

My Conversation with David Ritz

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.28.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Over the course of our conversation David and I talked about a range of topics, including his intellectually demanding father, how he deals with the challenge of stuttering -- something he still copes with every day -- and why he is so drawn to musicians and their craft.

My Conversation with Norman Lear

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.26.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by legendary broadcaster, Norman Lear, who without question changed the television landscape with groundbreaking shows like All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons and One Day At A Time.

My Conversation With Annie Lennox

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

With 83 million records sold worldwide and four Grammys, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe to her credit, Annie Lennox "re-interprets" jazz and blues standards from the Great American Songbook on her new CD, Nostalgia.

My Conversation With Kristen Stewart

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by Kristen Stewart who is continuing her commitment to independent films with her latest movie, Camp X-Ray, in which she delivers a strong, nuanced performance as a young, inexperienced MP assigned to Gitmo.

My Conversation With Joe Perry

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.16.2014 | Entertainment
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The fact that Aerosmith has stayed together for 42 years and counting is impressive. Here, Joe explains what it takes to survive the turmoil inherent in being part of a rock 'n' roll supergroup.

My Conversation With Senator Rand Paul

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Poverty is a shameful and disgraceful fact of life in the United States -- more so than anyplace else because we live in the richest nation on the planet. Yet these issues get far too little attention on the national stage.

My Conversation With Cicely Tyson

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.14.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

This peerless actress has been honored for her performances in Miss Jane Pittman, Roots and Sounder. I ask Cicely Tyson in light of the fact that she is so loved and revered, how she maintains her humility.