My Conversations with M.I.A. and the Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary

03/21/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Tavis Smiley PBS talk show host, PRI radio host, NYT bestselling author

Three weeks ago, I spoke with Oscar and Grammy nominated hip hop artist, M.I.A. about the on-going situation in Sri Lanka. M.I.A. spent much of her youth there as a member of Sri Lanka's minority Tamil population, which she says is the victim of "systematic genocide."

Today, I spoke with Sri Lanka's Foreign Secretary, Dr. Palitha Kohona, who took exception to M.I.A.'s remarks.

This full conversation, including the initial comments made by M.I.A., airs tonight on PBS.

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