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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, 02.27.15 Hour 2

Friday, February 27 2015 05:00 AM

Ai-jen Poo ("The Age of Dignity"); Norman Lear

The Tavis Smiley Show, 02.27.15 Hour 1

Friday, February 27 2015 05:00 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); Geraldo Rivera; Eddie Redmayne

The Tavis Smiley Show, 02.20.15 Hour 2

Friday, February 20 2015 05:00 AM

Black History Month Special: "Memories of the Movement" Part Two

The Tavis Smiley Show, 02.20.15 Hour 1

Friday, February 20 2015 05:00 AM

Marian Wright Edelman, pres., Children's Defense Fund; William Frey, demographer; singer John Oates

The Tavis Smiley Show, 02.13.15 Hour 2

Friday, February 13 2015 05:00 AM

Black History Month Special: "Memories of the Movement" Part One

The Tavis Smiley Show, 02.13.15 Hour 1

Friday, February 13 2015 05:00 AM

Joyce Carol Oates, Kevin Costner

The Tavis Smiley Show, 01.23.15 Hour 1

Friday, February 06 2015 05:00 AM

Jeffrey Sachs; Paulette Brown; Benedict Cumberbatch

The Tavis Smiley Show, 01.30.15 Hour 1

Friday, February 06 2015 05:00 AM

Panel: Is Free Speech Really Free? Larry Flynt, Maz Jobrani, Peter Eliasberg (Pt. 1); Roseanne Barr, Hussam Ayloush, Sonali Kolhatkar (Pt. 2)

The Tavis Smiley Show, 01.23.15 Hour 2

Friday, February 06 2015 05:00 AM

Ava DuVernay, Sir Patrick Stewart

The Tavis Smiley Show, 02.06.15 Hour 2

Friday, February 06 2015 05:00 AM

Poverty in America Roundtable Discussion -- guests: Jessica Bartholow, Greg Kaufmann, Renée Wilson-Simmons

The Tavis Smiley Show, 02.06.15 Hour 1

Friday, February 06 2015 05:00 AM

Jessica Neuwirth ("Equal Means Equal"); Jill Leovy ("Ghettoside"); Ziggy Marley (Bob Marley 70th birthday)

The Tavis Smiley Show, 01.30.15 Hour 2

Friday, January 30 2015 05:00 AM

Jorge Ramos, Michael Connelly & Titus Welliver, Nnenna Freelon, Damien Chazelle

The Tavis Smiley Show, 01.30.15 Hour 2

Thursday, January 29 2015 05:00 AM

Jorge Ramos, Michael Connelly & Titus Welliver, Nnenna Freelon, Damien Chazelle

The Tavis Smiley Show, 01.16.15 Hour 2

Saturday, January 17 2015 05:00 AM

Pierre Labossiere (Haiti earthquake update); Laura Poitras, filmmaker ("Citizenfour"); Marion Cotillard, actress ("Two Days, One Night")

The Tavis Smiley Show, 01.16.15 Hour 1

Friday, January 16 2015 05:00 AM

Exclusive conversation with Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.)

The Tavis Smiley Show, 01.09.15

Friday, January 09 2015 05:00 AM

John Hope Bryant, Sister Simone Campbell, Irvin Schorsch III, Anthony McGill, Panel Discussion: Decline of Black-Owned Ad Agencies; Nathan East

The Tavis Smiley Show, 01.02.15

Friday, January 02 2015 05:00 AM

Nick Hanauer, Alma J. Powell, Clifton Taulbert, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lisa Hamilton, Dr. Louis Sullivan, Dan Tynan, Philip Bailey

The Tavis Smiley Show, 12.26.14

Friday, December 26 2014 05:00 AM

Special: The Best of The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI, 2014

The Tavis Smiley Show, 12.19.14

Friday, December 19 2014 05:00 AM

2014 Year in Review with guests Michael Fauntroy (Howard U.), Deroy Murdock (Fox News/National Review Online), Connie Rice (Advancement Project); George Johnson

The Tavis Smiley Show, 12.12.14

Friday, December 12 2014 05:00 AM

Poverty in America Roundtable Discussion -- guests: Jessica Bartholow, Greg Kaufmann, Renée Wilson-Simmons

The Tavis Smiley Show, 12.05.14

Friday, December 05 2014 05:00 AM

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

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