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A Sobering Look at "The New Face of Hunger"

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Tavis Smiley

"To witness hunger in America today," journalist Tracie McMillan writes in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, "is to enter a twilight zone where refrigerators are so frequently bare of all but mustard and ketchup that it provokes no remark, inspires no embarrassment."

My Conversation with the Multi-Faceted Rubén Blades

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.23.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by Rubén Blades. The 10-time Grammy winner, Harvard law school grad and former presidential candidate in Panama reflects on his varied career and talks about his new CD, Tangos.

My Conversation With Joan Rivers

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.12.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Monday night on PBS, the first of my two-part conversation with legendary comedian Joan Rivers. We talked about her longstanding career and her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva. Rivers spoke candidly about what will happen if the moment ever comes when she can no longer perform on stage.

My Conversation With Def Leppard

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.11.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by music legends Joe Elliott and Rick Savage, who reflect on their careers. With legions of fans around the world, the pop-metal band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and recently embarked on a 42-city national tour to support U.S. troops.

My Conversation With Hugh Laurie

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.30.2014 | Entertainment
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Before finding fame and garnering several Emmy nods and two Golden Globe wins for his role in TV's House, he was a member of Cambridge University's Footlights Revue and a familiar face -- as a comedian -- on British TV.

My Jookin' Conversation With Lil Buck

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.26.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

I chat with Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, a dancer who's been called the Baryshnikov of jookin'. He's taken the freestyle-based street dance, involving intensive footwork, to the world stage.

Do Men Prefer Women With Long or Short Hair? Tavis Smiley Polls His TV Crew About Toni Braxton's Book Cover Photo

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.17.2014 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

In this clip from last night's Tavis Smiley on PBS, Smiley offers his opinion on the cover art for guest Toni Braxton's latest book, Unbreak My Heart.

My Father's Day Conversation With Carl and Rob Reiner

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.13.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The elder -- a 12-time Emmy-winning TV pioneer who counts among his creations The Dick Van Dyke Show -- and the younger -- an Emmy-winning actor and director, whose box office hits include films such as Misery and A Few Good Men -- reflect on their relationship and illustrious careers.

My Conversation With Jersey Vargas: Taking Her Plea For Immigration Reform To House Republicans

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.06.2014 | Latino Voices
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Vargas has just announced to me that that she will head to our nation's capital on June 16th for a week to plead the case for comprehensive immigration reform.

The Death of Black Ad Agencies: Total Market Strategy

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
Tavis Smiley

As America becomes more multicultural, many corporations have begun taking a total market approach when trying to reach consumers, rather than looking at distinct cultural attributes of multicultural segments. This, according to my guests, is leading to the decline of long-standing black agencies.

Diversity An Issue As National Book Convention Opens

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 07.27.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Three years ago, guest speaker Mindy Kaling joked that publishing's annual national convention, BookExpo America, resembled "a high ...

My Conversation With Sen. Rand Paul Following Today's Filibuster Over U.S. Drone Strikes

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

I'm joined tonight on PBS by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Paul discusses his filibuster earlier today on the Senate floor outlining his opposition to the president's nomination of David Barron to the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

My Conversation Examining the Tragedy of Nigeria's Stolen Girls

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
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Tonight on PBS I have a conversation with Omoyele Sowore, founder and publisher of SaharaReporters.com, and Amber Khan, senior communications director of Women for Women International, which advocates on behalf of women and girls around the globe.

My Conversation with Mel Brooks

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.15.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

In a highly successful career of acting, directing and producing, Mel Brooks is part of an elite group of those who have earned a Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar.

My Conversation With Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
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Tonight on PBS, I have a conversation with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, who tomorrow will make history when he signs a bill that makes his state the first in the nation to require labeling of all genetically modified food.

My Conversation With Robin Roberts: 'Everybody's Got Something'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.30.2014 | Entertainment
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A broadcaster for more than 20 years, Roberts has earned multiple Emmys and done extensive reporting around the globe. After overcoming breast cancer and, five years later, a rare blood disorder, she writes in her memoir, Everybody's Got Something, that she discovered she was much stronger than she thought.

Clippers -- To Play or Not to Play?

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.29.2014 | Sports
Tavis Smiley

Monday night on CNN I had a difference of opinion with Larry King about how the L.A. Clippers players should have handled Sunday's game in the aftermath of the racist remarks allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling. Tonight, King joins me to continue the conversation about this situation and more.

Tavis Smiley Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Variety | Malina Saval | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices

Tavis Smiley has what could be deemed the perfect talkshow host name — upbeat and amiable — but growing up, he was often the butt of belittling sc...

My Conversation With Ian Somerhalder

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment
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Tomorrow night, I'm joined by actor and environmental activist Ian Somerhalder. For his turn in the hit drama The Vampire Diaries, as well as his portrayal of one of the Lost survivors, he has amassed legions of fans.

My Conversation With Best-Selling Author Jackie Collins

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
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She started writing as a teen and, since then, has sold more than 500 million copies of her books in more than 40 countries and had 29 best-sellers, many of which have been adapted for the big or small screens.

My Conversation With Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.16.2014 | Entertainment
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Tatiana Maslany has earned rave reviews, from critics and audiences alike, for her Golden Globe-nominated performance in the sci-fi clone saga Orphan Black.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Noted Panelists Discuss Then and Now

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Last week, as part of the reopening of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, I moderated three panels of civil rights advocates who reflected on early efforts to pass civil rights legislation, promises fulfilled and progress not yet made.

My Conversation with Music Legend David Crosby

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Crosby talks with candor about his health, his unique relationship with his oldest son and the perspective he's gained over the course of his 5o-year career.

A Culture of Innovative Ideas: My Conversation with the Winners of the $75,000 Social Innovation Challenge

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Tavis Smiley

The inaugural challenge attracted submissions from 23 states across the nation, as well as the District of Columbia. Three winners were chosen based upon the following criteria: originality and innovation, business model approach, experience of team, potential scalability of business, potential for return on investment, and social impact.

My Conversation With Clay Risen

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
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Risen discusses his new text, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, in which he unfolds the historic battle, waged from the streets of the deep South to the halls of Congress, to bring the revolutionary Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.