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Smiley & West from Public Radio International (PRI) is an energetic radio program that is a fusion of thought provoking, intelligent and stimulating dialogue on every subject from news & politics to entertainment & culture. The one-hour weekly show attracts a broad spectrum of compelling guests and asks questions that solicits newsworthy discussions. Listen as Smiley & West engage in deep dialogue in the “Hot Stuff” segment where the duo dissects the hottest news topics.  The most engaging portion of the show encourages audience interaction in the “Take ‘Em to Task”segment when a caller debates Smiley & West on a political or social issue. Finally, what would a Smiley & West show be without provocative discussions with A-list newsmakers, celebrities, great thinkers and doers of our time! Get Ready…it’s time for Smiley & West!

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Latest Stories from Smiley & West

Noam Chomsky: The Final Smiley & West

Friday, December 27 2013 05:00 AM

M.I.T. professor emeritus Noam Chomsky reflects on eight decades of struggle. Plus, Smiley and West share highlights from their favorite conversations and say goodbye.

Jeffrey Stout

Friday, December 20 2013 05:00 AM

Princeton religion professor Jeffrey Stout highlights the success stories in the struggle for justice, as laid out in his latest text, "Blessed Are the Organized: Grassroots Democracy in America". Plus, Smiley and West look back on

Arundhati Roy and Randall Robinson

Friday, December 13 2013 05:00 AM

Arundhati Roy, author of the new text "Capitalism: A Ghost Story", has an update from the front lines of the world's biggest democracy, India. Plus, TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson reflects on his friendship with Nelson

Arundhati Roy and Randall Robinson

Friday, December 13 2013 05:00 AM

Arundhati Roy, author of the new text "Capitalism: A Ghost Story", has an update from the front lines of the world's biggest democracy, India. Plus, TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson reflects on his friendship with Nelson

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Friday, December 06 2013 05:00 AM

Smiley and West reflect on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela with former Congressman Ron Dellums, current Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and actress Alfre Woodard, co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa.

Andrew Young and Remembering Fred Hampton

Friday, November 29 2013 05:00 AM

Ambassador Andrew Young, former congressman and Atlanta mayor, reflects on his role in the civil rights movement and friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. Plus, in commemoration of the assassination of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton 44 years

Dr. David Satcher

Friday, November 22 2013 05:00 AM

Dr. David Satcher, former surgeon general, offers his diagnosis of Obamacare and solutions for fighting youth violence. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the murder of Renisha McBride, Tim Geithner's move to Wall Street, and the 2016 chances of

Dr. Helen Caldicott

Friday, November 15 2013 05:00 AM

Dr. Helen Caldicott, former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, prescribes a cure for what ails our polluted planet: a nuclear-free world. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the tragedy in the Philippines and bullying in the NFL. And, a

Kumi Naidoo from Greenpeace

Friday, November 08 2013 05:00 AM

Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International, gives us an update on the "Arctic 30" held in Russia. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the torture taskforce, terrorist labeling, and Edward Snowden's denied clemency.

Peter Gelderloos

Friday, November 01 2013 04:00 AM

Activist Peter Gelderloos expands on his new book, "The Failure of Nonviolence". Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the buzz over Barney's and the $5 billion food stamps cut, and a listener from New Jersey takes them to task for

Steve McQueen

Friday, October 25 2013 04:00 AM

Director Steve McQueen tells us about his new film "12 Years A Slave". Plus, Smiley and West reflect on Washington's "grand bargain", the multi-billion settlement with J.P. Morgan, and the new U.N. report on

Austan Goolsbee and Sherrilyn Ifill

Friday, October 18 2013 04:00 AM

Austan Goolsbee, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, explains how the shutdown will hurt the economy, even now that it's over. Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund,

Mairead Maguire

Friday, October 11 2013 04:00 AM

1976 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire explains why she's still fighting for peace and justice. Plus, Smiley and West's analysis of the paralysis and the tragedy of political prisoners Herman Wallace and Lynne Stewart.

Garry Shandling, George Clinton, Frank Rich, and Michael Fauntroy

Friday, October 04 2013 04:00 AM

With West away, Smiley dissects the government shutdown with Howard University professor Michael Fauntroy. Plus, in celebration of our 3rd anniversary, highlights from our three original conversations with Garry Shandling, Frank Rich, and George

Sen. Rand Paul and Esperanza Spalding

Friday, September 27 2013 04:00 AM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) lays out his position on Syria and poverty, while Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding tells Smiley and West what it's like to collaborate with one of her heroes, Wayne Shorter.

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Friday, August 23 2013 04:00 AM

Smiley and West reflect on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with those who were there including Congressman John Lewis, the late Dorothy Height, Clarence B. Jones, Peter Yarrow and Noel

Julian Assange Remastered

Friday, August 02 2013 04:00 AM

A remastered version of West's conversation with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, recorded last May at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.