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Airs Saturdays at 11pm on AM 820

Each week, Tavis Smiley welcomes a variety of guests to an exchange of views, information, and insight. The Tavis Smiley Show offers a unique blend of news and newsmakers in expanded conversations on topics ranging from presidential power to reparations for slavery, from campaign finance reform to miscegenation in music videos — all with a special focus on black America.

Smiley's guest roster has featured former President Bill Clinton, Fidel Castro, and Pope John Paul II. He also shares the mic with regular guest commentators Cornel West, Connie Rice, J.C. Watts, Dr. Ian Smith, and Michael Eric Dyson. The Tavis Smiley Show — provocative, thoughtful, and thoroughly engaging.

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Show Archive

Latest Stories from The Tavis Smiley Show

The Tavis Smiley Show, 11.28.14

Friday, November 28 2014 05:00 AM

Connie Rice, Bret Stephens, Robert Freeman, George Johnson, Maysa, Brian Krebs, Andrea Woroch, Marcus Baram, Colin A. Johnson

The Tavis Smiley Show, 11.21.14

Friday, November 21 2014 05:00 AM

Joel Klein, Norman Lear (Part 2), Sharon Isbin, Rona Peligal, Ruby Wax, Jamika Pessoa, George Johnson, Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman

The Tavis Smiley Show, 11.14.14

Friday, November 14 2014 05:00 AM

Paul Albergo, Commander Chris Hadfield, Michelle Singletary, Norman Lear (Part 1), Jamal Simmons, Jesse Walker, Mia Bay. George Johnson, Gina Prince-Bythewood

The Tavis Smiley Show, 10.31.14

Friday, October 31 2014 04:00 AM

Ken Rudin, Jocelyn Kiley, Lawrence Norden, George Johnson, Allyson Hobbs, Dan Emmett, Christine Eibner, Christina LaMontagne, Jennifer Rodriguez, Walter Mosley

The Tavis Smiley Show, 10.24.14

Friday, October 24 2014 04:00 AM

Bryan Stevenson, Erwin Chemerinsky, Dorsey Nunn, George Johnson, Justin Simien, Louise Shelley, "Ending Poverty" Philadelphia Town Hall (excerpts), Jeff Chang, Ron Magliozzi

The Tavis Smiley Show, 10.17.14

Friday, October 17 2014 04:00 AM

Senator Rand Paul, Nicholas Kristof, Leonard Pitts Jr., George Johnson, Harry Shearer, Father James Martin, Naomi Klein, Veronica Hauad, Craig Collins, Carson Tate

The Tavis Smiley Show, 10.10.14

Friday, October 10 2014 04:00 AM

Dahlia Lithwick, Mark Hugo Lopez, Richard Hoffer, Maryum Ali, Harry Holzer, Dr. Peter Katona, Dr. Jeffrey Young, George Johnson, Marcus Roberts

The Tavis Smiley Show, 10.03.14

Friday, October 03 2014 04:00 AM

George Zornick, Gaye Theresa Johnson, Claes Bell, Al Jarreau, Elizabeth Economy, Melissa Boteach, Ramita Navai, George Johnson, Tim Duffy

The Tavis Smiley Show, 09.26.14

Friday, September 26 2014 04:00 AM

Michael O'Hanlon, Jeff Hobbs, Karl Alexander, George Benson, Karl Kondik, Paul Williams & Tracey Jackson, Marie Montgomery, George Johnson, Carmen Lundy

The Tavis Smiley Show, 09.19.14

Friday, September 19 2014 04:00 AM

Rev. David Beckmann, Helaine Olen, Dan Tynan, Liam Bailey, Dr. Jay Kaufman, Chris Tomlinson, Julie Coons, George Johnson, Mike Lupica

The Tavis Smiley Show, 09.12.14

Friday, September 12 2014 04:00 AM

Gen. Tony Zinni (USMC, Ret.), 'Death of a King" book launch with Terrence McNally, Sergio Mendes, Amadou Sy, Erika DeSimone, Kimberly Palmer, George Johnson, John Lucas, Richard 'Poochie' Roderick

The Tavis Smiley Show, 09.05.14

Friday, September 05 2014 04:00 AM

Janine Davidson, Thomas Allen Harris & Deborah Willis, Mark McDaniel, Theo Croker, Lesli Maxwell, Frederick Hutson, Edward Baptist, George Johnson, Somi

The Tavis Smiley Show, 08.08.14

Friday, August 08 2014 04:00 AM

Special: Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th anniversary, roundtable discussion -- guests: Rita Bender, Charlie Cobb, Bob Moses

The Tavis Smiley Show, 08.01.14

Friday, August 01 2014 04:00 AM

Joseph Siegle, Tracie McMillan, Dr. Leana Wen, Dr. John, Dan Lesser, Peter Kunhardt & Ken Hughes, George Johnson, Gerald Albright

The Tavis Smiley Show, 07.25.14

Friday, July 25 2014 04:00 AM

Phyllis Bennis, Elliott Abrams, Ritu Sharma, Martin Bucknavage, Hakim Bellamy, William B. Taylor Jr., Beth Macy, Deborah Halber, George Johnson, Ralph Peterson

The Tavis Smiley Show, 07.18.14

Friday, July 18 2014 04:00 AM

Sen. Cory Booker, Eric Liu, Vicki Salemi, George Johnson, Freda Payne, Nick Hanauer, Alma J. Powell, Darrell Wallace Jr., Kenny Wayne Shepherd

The Tavis Smiley Show, 07.04.14

Friday, July 04 2014 04:00 AM

Rebroadcast of National Civil Rights Museum Forum 4.4.14 - Marian Wright Edelman, Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Bernard Lafayette, Bill Robinson, Joseph Ray Terry Jr. (aka Ray Terry), Barry Goldstein

The Tavis Smiley Show, 06.27.14

Friday, June 27 2014 04:00 AM

Jeffrey Toobin, Scott Cowen, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, Carl Deal, Antonio Gonzalez, Jocelyn Kiley, Douglas Rice, George Johnson, Jason DaSilva, Ending Poverty app

The Tavis Smiley Show, 06.20.14

Friday, June 20 2014 04:00 AM

Kenneth Pollack, Christopher Farley, George Vecsey, George Johnson, Stanley Nelson, John Hope Bryant, Phillip Regier, Irvin Schorsch III, Anthony McGill

The Tavis Smiley Show, 06.13.14

Friday, June 13 2014 04:00 AM

Kenrya Rankin Naasel, LeVar Burton, Ruby Dee (Tribute), Rubén Blades, Benjamin Krause, Dionne Wright Poulton, Michele Roberts, George Johnson, Michael Lington

The Tavis Smiley Show, 06.06.14

Friday, June 06 2014 04:00 AM

Evan Osnos, Michael Waldman, Dr. Dee Anna Glaser, Kenny Leon, David Rohde, Clifton Taulbert, Darnell Hunt, George Johnson, Kindred the Family Soul

The Tavis Smiley Show, 05.30.14

Friday, May 30 2014 04:00 AM

Black Ad Agencies Panel (McGhee Osse, Eugene Morris, Carol H. Williams); Sister Simone Campbell; Robert Balfanz; Ulrich Boser; Maya Angelou Tribute

The Tavis Smiley Show, 05.23.14

Friday, May 23 2014 04:00 AM

Craig Aaron, Steven Levitt, Stephen Dubner, Sharon Epperson, Lonnie Jordan, Rajeev Ramchand, Nicholas Freudenberg, Willie Randolph, George Johnson, Harvey Mason

The Tavis Smiley Show, 05.16.14

Friday, May 16 2014 04:00 AM

Brown v. Board Anniversary Panel (Randi Weingarten, Leticia Smith-Evans, Gary Orfield, Billy Easton); Jennifer Cooke; Carlos Harrison; K.C. Theisen; George Johnson; Keb' Mo'

The Tavis Smiley Show, 05.09.14

Friday, May 09 2014 04:00 AM

Ken Rudin, Greg Iles, Zac Bissonnette, Jennifer McDaniel, Stephanie Soechtig, Lisa Hamilton, Regina Cates, Bill Madden, George Johnson, Zainab Khan

The Tavis Smiley Show, 05.02.14

Friday, May 02 2014 04:00 AM

Richard Haass, Todd Purdum, Kimberly Palmer, Bill Medley, Kevin Gaines, Joanne Carter, Marianne Williamson, Angela Sutton, George Johnson, Amma Asante

The Tavis Smiley Show, 04.25.14

Friday, April 25 2014 04:00 AM

Ralph Nader, Kathryn Edin, Daudi Abe, Leyla McCalla, Katherine Newman, Jonathan Holloway, Dan Tynan, George Johnson, Elaine Richardson

The Tavis Smiley Show, 04.18.14

Friday, April 18 2014 04:00 AM

Russ Feingold, Rev. James Martin, Dr. Michael Roizen, Philip Bailey, Mayor Bill White, Elizabeth Kolbert, Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsop, George Johnson, Craig Handy

The Tavis Smiley Show, 04.11.14

Friday, April 11 2014 04:00 AM

National Civil Rights Museum Forum 4.4.14 - Marian Wright Edelman, Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Bernard Lafayette, Bill Robinson, Joseph Ray Terry Jr. (aka Ray Terry), Barry Goldstein

The Tavis Smiley Show, 04.04.14

Friday, April 04 2014 04:00 AM

Drew Altman, Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence & Carol Powell, Melinda Myers, Althea René, Carlotta Gall, Alexander Moore/Christopher Brown/Derrius Quarles, Claude Johnson, George Johnson, John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

The Tavis Smiley Show, 03.28.14

Friday, March 28 2014 04:00 AM

Geoffrey Skelley, Clay Risen, Norm Abram, Nathan East, Josh Ruxin, Scott Kurashige, Kostya Kennedy, George Johnson, Jason Mott

The Tavis Smiley Show, 03.21.14

Friday, March 21 2014 04:00 AM

David Rohde, Greg Smith, Greg McBride, Daniel Beaty, Tim Padgett, Emily Parker, William Shadel, George Johnson, John Németh

The Tavis Smiley Show, 03.14.14

Friday, March 14 2014 04:00 AM

Marwan Muasher, Christopher Petrella, 'Reinventing the War on Poverty' excerpt, Everett Glenn & George Johnson

The Tavis Smiley Show, 03.07.14

Friday, March 07 2014 05:00 AM

Lisa Bloom, Shyima Hall, Noël Janis-Norton, Ledisi

The Tavis Smiley Show, 01.03.2014, Hour 2

Wednesday, March 05 2014 05:00 AM

Latino Nation: Beyond the Numbers, Hector Barreto, Oscar Chacon, Maria Elena Durazo, Domingo Garcia, Jesus Garcia, Antonio González, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, Xavier Gutierrez, Bettina Inclán, David Montejano, Ana Navarro, Aracely

The Tavis Smiley Show, 02.28.14

Friday, February 28 2014 05:00 AM

Garance Franke-Ruta, William Easterly, Woody Woodburn, George Johnson, Nick Moss and Michael Ledbetter, Charles Kupchan, Peniel Joseph, Phil Reed, Thomas Brothers

The Tavis Smiley Show, 02.21.14 (Hour One)

Friday, February 21 2014 05:00 AM

Josh Bivens, Joseph Torres, Michelle Dennedy, George Johnson, Danilo Pérez

The Tavis Smiley Show, 'Memories of the Movement' Pt. 2

Friday, February 21 2014 05:00 AM

Ruby Dee, Clarence Jones, Xernona Clayton, Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, Hillary Clinton, Rev. Amos Brown, Earl Caldwell, Marian Wright Edelman, Taylor Rogers, Rev. C.T. Vivian, Arun Gandhi

The Tavis Smiley Show, 'Memories of the Movement' Pt. 1

Friday, February 14 2014 05:00 AM

Memories of the Movement: Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, Danny Glover, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., Dr. Raye Richardson, Yuri Kochiyama, Rep. John Lewis, Dorothy Tillman, Rev. Robert Graetz, Harry Belafonte, Andrew Young, Elizabeth

The Tavis Smiley Show, 02.14.14 (Hour One)

Friday, February 14 2014 05:00 AM

Kenneth Braswell, Bonnie S. Glaser, Heather Jarvis, George Johnson, LiV Warfield