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My Conversation With Kristen Stewart

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.20.2014 | 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.

My Conversation With Rita Moreno

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

She won her Oscar for playing Anita in West Side Story, which boasts some of the finest dancing ever put on film. But her Oscar didn't open doors to better movie roles. In fact, it took another seven years before she made another movie. She turned down roles which stereotyped her as -- in her words -- "Conchita/Lolitas."

Artist Photographs The Blood And Paint Still Left In Frida Kahlo's Home

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts

Frida Kahlo is beloved. The Mexican painter was an intellectual icon during her lifetime, but she has morphed into an artistic deity since she died in...

Even First Ladies Have to Deal With Red Tape

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.12.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

With the Ken Burns docu-series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History airing shortly on PBS, this seems a good time to share a snippet of their family history. Specifically, the pages that follow are excerpts from Edith Kermit Roosevelt's file regarding a widow's pension for the service of her husband, Theodore Roosevelt.

My Conversation With Quincy Jones

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.11.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

His latest project is a labor of love for him -- it's a documentary called Keep On Keepin' On that pays tribute to his mentor, trumpet legend Clark Terry as the 93-year-old struggles with failing health while still teaching another generation of musicians.

My Conversation with Ed Harris

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tomorrow night on PBS I'm joined by Ed Harris, four-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner, to talk about his new film, Frontera, co-starring Eva Longoria and Micheal Peña.

'Shelter Me' Producer Goes The Extra Mile To Help At-Risk Animals

AP | SUE MANNING | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Any animal can end up at a public shelter, but most of them won't stay long. There, millions of dogs and cats face euthanasia, dr...

My Conversation with Chuck D

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

With his new solo digital album, The Black in Man, he continues to confront the conflicts and frustrations so many in this country face.