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Esteemed Journalist Marvin Kalb on Why Russians Prefer Putin's Brute Strength Over American-style Freedom

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Marvin Kalb's career spans three decades of award-winning reporting and commentary for CBS and NBC, including a turn as host of the iconic political talk show Meet the Press.

Does Trump's Race Rhetoric Trump Reagan's States-Rights Record?

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Introduced to the world as the daughter of President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, Patti Davis has created a legacy of her own as the New York Times bestselling author of eleven books.

40 Years After 'Horses', What Patti Smith Says About One of Her Most Controversial Lyrics Ever

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.22.2016 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

It's been four decades since the release of Patti Smith's landmark debut Horses, which has been hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the top 100 albums of all time. Since then, she has unleashed ten other studio projects.

Bullying and Donald Trump

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

Now that Trump has added Sarah Palin to his ticket, I suppose the bullying will get even more severe, and it seems highly unlikely that the media, or evangelicals, or Conservatives in general, will say anything at all.

Glenn Frey May Be Gone, but Fans Are Sure to Keep His Legacy Alive

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.20.2016 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Back in 2012, he visited our show for a powerful two-part conversation that we will not soon forget.

Tavis Smiley: Black Americans Have 'Lost Ground' Under Obama

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.15.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

Eight years into Barack Obama's presidency, Tavis Smiley is not so optimistic about the first black president's legacy on racial issues. ...

Tavis Smiley: Obama 'Should Have' Mentioned Black Lives Matter At SOTU

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.14.2016 | Black Voices

President Obama remained hopeful at his State of the Union address on Tuesday, touting success on job growth and health care and referencing t...

The Enduring Ministry of Natalie Cole

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.05.2016 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Natalie Cole appeared many times as a guest on my PBS television program. One particular appearance, however, was exceedingly delicate and heartrending. She had just received a life-saving kidney transplant, but felt guilty to still be alive. What she had to share that day was, well, unforgettable.

The Heart And Humanity Of 'Star Wars'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.14.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

This week, we celebrate the year's most anticipated film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by welcoming two visionary icons central to the movie's creation.

A Real American Role Model

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.10.2015 | Arts
Tavis Smiley

She made headlines and history by becoming the first African-American female principal dancer at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, she debuted on Broadway in the hit show On the Town and launched her MindLeaps Girls' Program in Rwanda, which uses dance to prepare disadvantaged youth for school.

Eli Broad: "No Deal In The Works" For Purchase Of L.A. Times

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.08.2015 | Media
Tavis Smiley

On Nov. 27, media mogul Rupert Murdoch used his Twitter account to say there was "strong word" that billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and a group of local investors were poised to buy the Los Angeles Times.

The Ever-Present Song Within Andrea Bocelli

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.08.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

A true artist, music runs deep through Bocelli's veins. In this clip, he speaks on the ever-present melody that lives within his mind, body, and soul.

What's the Greatest Gift You Can Give? Time? Money?

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.30.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Mitch Albom, author of six consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, including the highest-selling memoir of all time - Tuesdays with Morrie - is out with a poignant new novel, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto,

Ian McKellen On Whether There Is a Place for Pacifism in These Troubling Times

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.25.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Ian McKellen is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished actors working today. In this clip, McKellen speaks on the history of pacifism in his family, and whether a philosophy of nonviolence still has a place in today's volatile world.

Trumbo's Bryan Cranston: How Blacklisted Screenwriter Could Be Both A Communist And Patriot

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.20.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Despite the fact that much of Trumbo's work was plainly patriotic, his brief association with the American Communist Party prompted years of persecution. In the clip below, Cranston justifies how a person like Trumbo could simultaneously be both a communist and a patriot.

Did You Know Former CIA Director Allen Dulles and His Brother, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, Were Nazi Sympathizers?

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Salon founder and former editor-in chief David Talbot reveals this and other dark secrets in his explosive new biography, The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government.

Art Garfunkel On The 'Art' Of A Great Live Show

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Art Garfunkel has been fine tuning his instrument since he was a small child, singing into a wire recorder he received from his father. He has since made a lasting mark on the music world as both a solo artist, and half of the extraordinary duo Simon & Garfunkel.

#113 The Legacy of the Acorn

Rachael Freed | Posted 11.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rachael Freed

I often wished that when I was young someone had whispered into my ear, "You are a beautiful soul." But now I wish someone had whispered, "You matter,...

Israeli Journalist Rula Jebreal: Netanyahu 'Getting Away With Murder'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Obama at the White House on Monday in his first trip back to Washington after an unsuccessful campaign to block the Iran nuclear deal.

Judy Collins Shares Joan Rivers' Advice On Coping With Suicide

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.06.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Collins shares advice that Joan Rivers gave her in the wake of her son's suicide twenty-three years ago.

Gloria Steinem, Iconic Feminist, Says 'RBG Must Stay!'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Gloria Steinem has been at the forefront of the women's rights movement for decades, and at age 81, she's still striving to break down the barriers that have blocked full equality for women.

To The End, 'American Revolutionary' Grace Lee Boggs Never Gave Up on Detroit

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.30.2015 | Detroit
Tavis Smiley

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Boggs was a seminal figure in the Black Power movement and -- along with her husband, James Boggs -- spent decades tirelessly advocating for fundamental changes in American policy on civil rights, labor relations, feminism, the environment and just about anything else that would shake up the status quo.

Dick Van Dyke: I Feel The Bern -- But Sanders Isn't 'Castable' As President

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

He shares his views on this year's most senior presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, age 74, and sounds off on the dysfunction of the American political system.

Monty Python's Terry Gilliam: I'm Not Dead Yet!

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.21.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Last month, Variety magazine inadvertently reported that Terry Gilliam had died, sparking a viral flurry of condolences from around the world.

Should Joe Biden Run for President? Here's What Bernie Sanders Thinks.

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

In our in-depth conversation with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont, addressed a variety of topics, including his performance in the recent CNN debate, his stance on gun control and the remarkable grassroots effort that has propelled the rise of his campaign.