iOS app Android app

Tavis Smiley

My Conversation With Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

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 04.11.2014 | 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 04.08.2014 | 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 04.03.2014 | 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 04.02.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

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.

My Conversation with Shyima Hall, Human Trafficking Survivor and Activist

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Tavis Smiley

Sold into slavery by her parents when she was just 8 years old, Hall's ordeal took her from Egypt to a gated community in Southern California. For four years, she lived under the control of a wealthy couple that abused her mentally and physically. Now 24, she works as an advocate to spread awareness of child trafficking.

My Conversation With Robert Reich

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

As one of the leading experts on work and the economy, he shares his thoughts on the state of jobs, income inequality and more.

My Conversation With Professor Peniel Joseph on Stokely: A Life

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.20.2014 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

Joseph teaches at Tufts University and also founded a growing subfield that he characterizes as "Black Power Studies," which is actively rewriting post-war American and African American history and related interdisciplinary fields.

My Conversation With Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman: Collaborative 'Harmony'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Their latest project is the musical Harmony, based on a real-life German singing group that battled to stay together (and live) as the Nazis ascended to power in 1930s Germany.

My No-Holds-Barred Conversation With Actor Harry Lennix

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.25.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by film, television, stage actor and co-star of The Blacklist, Harry Lennix.

My Conversation With Toni Braxton and Babyface: Love, Marriage and Divorce

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.20.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The R&B duo joins me tonight on PBS to discuss their long history together, maintaining relevancy in the music industry and the inspiration behind the new album.

My Conversation With Filmmaker Robert Greenwald About His Film, Unmanned: America's Drone Wars

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Join me tonight on PBS for my conversation with award-winning filmmaker Robert Greenwald. Through his company, Brave New Films, he also makes political video shorts and full-length documentaries -- substantive investigations of social issues, told through personal stories, and creatively distributed through such outlets as the Internet and social media.

Tavis Smiley Poses 10 Questions About Obama White House Initiative For Young Men Of Color, 'My Brother's Keeper'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

On his public radio program, Tavis Smiley poses 10 important questions that need to be addressed in assessing the potential impacts of the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative soon to be announced by the Obama White House.

My Conversation With Jamie Lee Curtis: Drug Addiction in America

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.12.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I have an open and transparent conversation with award-winning actress and best-selling children's author Jamie Lee Curtis. The star candidly discusses her personal struggle with addiction and her 15 years of sobriety, among other things.

My Conversation With USC Law Professor Edwin Smith: Is Edward Snowden a Whistle-blower or Traitor?

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

The Justice Department charged Snowden with three counts of violating the Espionage Act, which carries prison sentences of 10 years each. Professor Smith discusses how Snowden's acts may be regarded in the future.

My Conversation With L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti: State of the Union and Promise Zones

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joins me tonight on PBS to preview tomorrow's State of the Union address, during which it is anticipated that President Obama will lay out plans to address poverty and income inequality as part of the 2014 legislative agenda.

My Conversation With Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Join me tonight for my conversation with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He spent his teens as co-star of the Emmy-winning sitcom, 3rd Rock from the Sun, in a role that put him on the map, and segued into features as a well-regarded adult actor with a wide range of performances.

My Conversation With Don Cheadle

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

He has amassed a solid acting reputation with diverse roles. He's also worked in numerous TV series, winning a Golden Globe for his lead turn in Showtime's House of Lies. Did you know that he's also a talented musician, who plays sax, writes music and sings?

My Conversation With Bruce Dern

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.17.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The scion of a distinguished family of politicians, Dern talks about his early years growing up and why he chose acting as his career.

My Conversations With Two of 2013's Rising Film Stars: Somali-born Actor Barkhad Abdi and Kenyan Actress Lupita Nyong'o

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Abdi's debut screen appearance garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. Nyong'o has won numerous honors for her feature acting debut as Patsey in the critically acclaimed film, 12 Years a Slave, including SAG and Golden Globe nominations.

Poverty in America: A Roundtable Discussion

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Among my guests was Greg Kaufmann, who writes about poverty for The Nation magazine. In the clip below, he shares his views about whether -- 50 years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared War on Poverty -- there is anything President Obama can do to further the cause.

My Conversation With Kenny Loggins

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.21.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Monday night on PBS, I sit down with two-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins, who stops by to talk about his new children's CD and picture book, Frosty the Snow Man.

My Conversation With Anjelica Huston

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

When she won an Oscar for her performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor, Huston continued her family's extraordinary film legacy, which began with her grandfather, Walter Huston, and her father, John Huston. She's had memorable turns in film and on TV, most recently starring in the musical drama television series Smash.

My Conversation With Angela Lansbury

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.14.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Angela Lansbury is perhaps best known for her portrayals of the detective Jessica Fletcher in the long-running television series, Murder, She Wrote, and the diabolical meat pie-maker in Sweeney Todd. Just last month she was recognized with an Honorary Oscar.

My Conversation With Award-winning Composer Hans Zimmer

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.09.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Just this week, the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association named his score for 12 Years a Slave as Best Original Score for 2013. We talk about his remarkable career and the iconic scores in his repertoire.