12/08/2014 06:51 pm ET Updated Feb 07, 2015

My Conversation With Bryan Stevenson

Tonight on PBS I'm joined by Bryan Stevenson, activist, attorney, and the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. This McArthur Genius Grant recipient has dedicated his life to fixing what many perceive as a broken justice system. He won the landmark Supreme Court case striking down life sentences for juveniles, just one issue he details in his New York Times bestseller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

In the clip below I ask Professor Stevenson about a new poll that finds that a majority of Americans believe race relations have worsened since the election of our nation's first Black president.

For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to Tavis Smiley on PBS. Check our website for your local TV listings: