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About Susan Sollins

Agnes Gund | Posted 10.30.2014 | New York
Agnes Gund

There have been six full seasons of ART21, and the seventh just premiered. Susan's first long documentary, on William Kentridge, aired on PBS in 2010 and earned a Peabody Award. In the ART21 world, artists are heroes, all thanks to Susan.

Watch Nas React To Seeing An Ancestor's Bill Of Sale Into Slavery

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices

During Tuesday's episode of PBS' documentary series "Finding Your Roots," rapper Nas was shown a devastating document from the past: a paper receipt f...

My Conversation with David Ritz

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.28.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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.

Maureen Ryan

Jane Austen Lovers Unite

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 10.24.2014 | Entertainment

Here's a great fan-fiction scenario you can have for free: Finn Polmar from "The Good Wife," Clara Oswald from "Doctor Who" and Philip Jennings from "...

My Conversation With Annie Lennox

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.23.2014 | 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.

From Budapest With Love

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 10.22.2014 | New York
Adriana Aristizábal

New Yorkers expect the best of everything, and recently I had the opportunity to see one of the best: Zoltan Maga, Hungary's most celebrated violin virtuoso, a man who brings Hungarian cultural traditions to the rest of the world.

My Conversation With Kristen Stewart

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.22.2014 | 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 10.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

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 Cicely Tyson

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.14.2014 | 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.

My Conversation with Al Jarreau

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.10.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by Al Jarreau. This seven-time Grammy winner has a new CD out, a tribute to his good friend of almost 50 years and musical compatriot, George Duke, who sadly died last year.

Jane Seymour: A Daughter's Dilemma and Her Compassionate Solution

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

In June 2014, I had the joy of filming a cancer segment with Jane Seymour for her series "Feel Grand" supported by Grandparents.com for Detroit Public...

My Conversation With Jose Antonio Vargas

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.08.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas. I asked him whether or not as a journalist he believes the media have accurately covered the immigration debate.

My Conversation With Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.06.2014 | Books
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS I'm joined by acclaimed Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose novel -- including Americanah, for which she won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun -- deal with the intersection of race and identity.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: New TV Series Explores America By The Numbers

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The series launches on October 2 on WORLD Channel and October 4 on PBS, with the episode "Mainstream USA," which looks at how the small town of Clarkston, Georgia is negotiating increased diversity levels.

Bette Davis Skewers Sexism In Unheard Interview From 1963

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.30.2014 | Women

When film legend Bette Davis (1908 - 1989) sat down with entertainment journalist Shirley Eder to discuss the sexes, the year was 1963, and Davis was ...

My Conversation With George Benson

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.30.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

He's played with the greats, from Frank Sinatra to Stevie Wonder, and has a slew of number one hits to his credit, including his version of "On Broadway."

The 6 Roots of a Grounded Leader

Bob Rosen | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business
Bob Rosen

Only grounded leaders are truly up to the task of meeting today's wide-ranging challenges. They inspire people to do good work, not just work hard. Most importantly, they possess the invaluable ability to unite people around visions both grand and sustainable.

My Conversation With Berry Gordy and Suzanne de Passe

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.25.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I talk with Berry Gordy, the legendary founder of Motown, and Suzanne de Passe, the executive who moved the label into television and movie production, resulting in a slew of awards, including Emmys, Oscar nominations and a Peabody.

My Conversation With Gail Sheehy

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.24.2014 | Media
Tavis Smiley

In this clip I asked Gail Sheehy, who interviewed Hillary Clinton many times over the decades, if she thinks the country is now ready for a woman president.

'The Roosevelts:' Ken Burns Closets Eleanor, Disappears FDR's Gay Sex-Entrapment Scandal in the Navy

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I enjoyed watching Ken Burns' The Roosevelts: An Intimate History last week, keeping in mind that these PBS documentary series are usually a heavy bit of American myth-making. Still, there are a few things just too glaring to hide or treat with discretion in 2014, though Burns arrogantly thinks he can.

My Conversation with Nicholas Kristof

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.22.2014 | Media
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by New York Times columnist and best-selling author, Nicholas Kristof.

Vaccinating Is Your and My Responsibility

Anne Zeiser | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Anne Zeiser

Today, most people don't remember the heartbreaking and sometimes lethal effects of not vaccinating and hence can't see their own vital role in public health.

Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' Reveals Everything Wrong With Our Current Political Class

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.21.2014 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

By exploring the lives and times of the Roosevelts, ER Burns shows that in our not-so-distant past the governing institutions of this country were actually responsive to the needs and desires of working-class Americans.

The Boomer List: A Portrait of a Generation: An Interview With Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Donald Liebenson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Entertainment
Donald Liebenson

As with his previous films, "The Black List," "The Latino List" and "The Out List," "The Boomer List" focuses on singular individuals who speak directly to the camera about their journeys, the challenges they faced, and what they've learned.