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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.

Fran Drescher Shares How Her Cancer Diagnosis Propelled Her to Educate and Empower Women

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and tonight I'm joined by Fran Drescher, a leading voice in cancer advocacy. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated star of the hit '90s sit-com The Nanny is also the founder and president of the "Cancer Schmancer" Movement, which promotes early detection, prevention, and policy change.

Philosopher Slavoj Žižek on His Hero Malcolm X

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Professor Žižek shares his deep admiration for Malcolm X, whose insights Žižek believes reached the height of contemporary philosophy.

Jewel on Finding Strength Through Her Vulnerability

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.06.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The four-time Grammy nominee has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide throughout her notable career. Her new musical project, titled Picking Up the Pieces, harkens back to the folk roots of her breakthrough 1995 debut album, Pieces of You.

Ringo Starr Remembers First Time Coming to U.S. With the Beatles

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.01.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The world's most famous drummer, the man who gave The Beatles its "heartbeat," has also enjoyed an immensely successful career as a solo artist and band leader, releasing over two dozen original and live albums since 1970, the year the fab four officially called it quits.

Music Legend James Taylor on Passing Namesake Taylor Swift to Claim #1 Billboard Spot

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.29.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by the incomparable singer-songwriter James Taylor for the first of a two-night conversation. Taylor's first studio album in thirteen years, Before This World features ten tracks with guest appearances by Sting and Yo-Yo Ma.

Thomas Friedman on Why We're Between a Rock and a Hard Place in Syria

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas Friedman. In July, the influential New York Times columnist and bestselling author sat down for an exclusive interview with President Obama.

A Highway Into Poverty, But Barely a Sidewalk Out

Jade Greear | Posted 09.21.2015 | Teen
Jade Greear

Walk down the hallway of your school. Statistically, one out of every five students you walk by is living in poverty. And if you think you're exempt from this exercise, think again.

Music Icon Johnny Mathis on Nearly Going to Olympics With NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.18.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Though he has become one of music's most enduring talents, Mathis was also a superlative athlete in his high school and college years.

Former N.Y. Governor George Pataki Explains His Twitter War With Donald Trump

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.16.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Over the weekend, former New York Gov. George Pataki and fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took to Twitter to snipe at one another -- Pataki tweeted that Trump is "unfit to run for president," and Trump responded by saying Pataki was "a terrible governor."

Tavis Smiley vs. Ann Coulter on Immigration

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Ms. Coulter outlines why she believes immigration to be America's greatest threat -- an idea that has been embraced by many leaders on the right, including current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

D'Angelo On Being 'Objectified' By Female Fans

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.08.2015 | Black Voices

Last week R&B crooner D’Angelo appeared on "The Tavis Smiley Show" in his first television interview in over a decade. During the ...

Tavis Smiley: Reza Aslan on What Iran Deal Will Mean for Obama's Legacy

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Before the agreement officially gained the support it needed to survive on Capitol Hill, Aslan was one of more than seventy Middle East and foreign affairs scholars who sent a letter to Congress urging members to back the deal.