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!
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.
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, 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, 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, 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.
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
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, 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,
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.
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 (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.
Jose "Cha Cha" Jimenez shares the oral history of the Young Lords Movement, which he founded 45 years ago this week. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the mass murder-suicide at Washington's Navy Yard, and the killing of Jonathan
Former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper explains why he now speaks out against drones, stop-and-frisk, and the war on drugs; West speaks with one of his mentors, CUNY Graduate Center professor Stanley Aronowitz; and Birmingham terrorism victim
Legendary saxman and composer Wayne Shorter celebrates his 80th birthday and a new collaboration with Esperanza Spalding. Plus, Smiley and West lay out why a U.S.-led attack on Syria would be illegal and immoral, and West is taken to task for his
Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker reflects on his time as the SCLC chief of staff and chief minister at Harlem's Canaan Baptist Church, Smiley and West look back on an eventful week and forward to the possible invasion of Syria, and West is taken to task by
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
In celebration of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 50 years ago this month, Smiley and West reflect on a curated selection of speeches and sermons by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Highlights of Smiley and West's conversations with Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin, Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis, trailblazing leader Cecilia Fire Thunder, author bell hooks, Sister Helen Prejean, and environmental crusader Erin
A remastered version of West's conversation with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, recorded last May at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Smiley and West's 2011 conversation with former White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who passed away this week.
Legendary actress Angela Lansbury takes us inside her recent Australian tour of "Driving Miss Daisy" with actor James Earl Jones, who was also her co-star in last year's Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's "The Best
Blues guitarist Keb' Mo' traces his roots, from straight outta Compton to Nashville, via the Delta blues. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the legal lynching in Florida and what it means for justice going forward.
Dorothy Cotton, former education director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, takes us to the front lines of the civil rights movement, then and now. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on President Obama's meeting with the Congressional
Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle explains why Congress is gripped by gridlock and greed. Plus, Ron Dellums recalls the day he met Nelson Mandela with the late Congressman Bill Gray, David Bonior reflects on his time as John Edwards'
ACLU President Susan Herman shares her legal perspective on this month's historic Supreme Court decisions. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the political implications of those decisions, the global manhunt for Edward Snowden, and the start of the
Smiley and West celebrate the 50th anniversary of Detroit's Walk to Freedom with PBS host Tony Brown, former Congressman David Bonior, singer Aretha Franklin, activist Grace Lee Boggs, and comedian Dick Gregory.
Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig reflects on the NSA controversy and lays out his plan for comprehensive campaign finance reform. Plus, Columbia professor Farah Jasmine Griffin talks about the history of surveillance in the civil rights movement,
Jazz guitarist George Benson celebrates his new album, "Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole". Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the start of whistleblower Bradley Manning's trial and Susan Rice's appointment as National
Legendary comedian Bob Newhart recalls his days in Chicago and his hilarious interaction with fellow comic genius, Richard Pryor. Plus, with Smiley away, activist Medea Benjamin joins West in the Hot Stuff to reflect on her
Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis critiques the largest school closing plan in U.S. history, approved this week by the Chicago school board. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on President Obama's political predicaments, in light of his
Maceo Parker looks back at his days with James Brown and the legacy of funk music, as laid out in his new autobiography 98% Funky Stuff: My Life in Music and his new album Soul Classics. Plus, controversial activist Bill Ayers, author of the upcoming
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sits down with West at the Ecuadorian embassy in London to talk about his latest text, Cypherpunks. Plus, Color of Change executive director Rashad Robinson tells Smiley and West about his group's successful
Cecilia Fire Thunder, the first female president of the Oglala Sioux tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation, commemorates the uprising at Wounded Knee, which ended 40 years ago this week. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the deadly indifference in Texas
Legendary musician Herbie Hancock, now a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO, celebrates International Jazz Day. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on America's identity crisis over the Boston bombing suspect, the Senate's drone hearings, and the
Civil rights leader Bob Moses reflects on 50 years of struggle, and more than 30 years teaching young people algebra. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the bombings in Boston, Afghanistan, and Iraq, the deadly drone bombings in Pakistan, and the death
Environmental activist Erin Brockovich explains how she's helping victims of a sinkhole in Louisiana. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on this week's immigration protest on Capitol Hill, President Obama's cuts to Social Security and
Dee Dee Bridgewater reflects on her life and career and previews the upcoming New York premiere of "Lady Day". Plus, Zaheer Ali, researcher for the late historian Manning Marable, goes inside the creation of Manning's
Renaissance man Melvin Van Peebles reflects on his legendary career, as he prepares to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Chicago International Music & Movies Festival on April 20. Plus, Smiley and West discuss the national impact of
Former priest Bill Ayres, executive director of WhyHunger, tells Smiley and West about his calling to feed those in need. Plus, Smiley previews the April 6 symposium, Latino Nation: Beyond the Numbers, with Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William
Renee Fleming on her role as Blanche Dubois in the new performance of André Previn's opera, A Streetcar Named Desire. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the leaked audio statement of whistleblower Bradley Manning, and the closed-door White