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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, 05.22.15

Friday, May 22 2015 05:00 AM

New York Times columnist David Brooks (book, "The Road to Character"); Tribute to B.B. King, Part Two

The Tavis Smiley Show, 05.15.15

Friday, May 15 2015 05:00 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont); attorney Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr. (book,"Democracy in the Dark"); Tribute to B.B. King

The Tavis Smiley Show, 05.08.15

Friday, May 08 2015 05:00 AM

Dana Perino, former White House press sec'y (memoir, "And the Good News Is ..."); Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) and Adam Jackson (CEO, Leaders of a Beautful Struggle) re Baltimore; Greg Iles (author, "The Bone Tree"); Patricia Raybon and Alana Raybon (authors, "Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace"

The Tavis Smiley Show, 05.01.15

Friday, May 01 2015 05:00 AM

Economist Joseph Stiglitz (book, "The Great Divide); ROC-United director Saru Jayaraman (Fight for $15 campaign); actor/author Eric Bogosian (book, "Operation Nemesis")

The Tavis Smiley Show, 04.24.15

Friday, April 24 2015 05:00 AM

Journalist Ann Louise Bardach, filmmaker Catherine Murphy (Cuba discussions); NASA JPL senior water scientist Jay Famiglietti (Calif. drought); actor Isaiah Washington ("Blackbird")

The Tavis Smiley Show, 04.17.15

Friday, April 17 2015 05:00 AM

Noam Chomsky; AFT president Randi Weingarten; filmmaker Robert Kenner ("Merchants of Doubt")

The Tavis Smiley Show, 04.10.15

Friday, April 10 2015 05:00 AM

Erin Brockovich; UCLA Prof. Darnell Hunt (2015 Hollywood Diversity Report); Civil War panel discussion (Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, UT-Austin; Dr. Eric Walther, Univ. of Houston; Dr. Allyson Hobbs, Stanford)

The Tavis Smiley Show, 04.03.15

Friday, April 03 2015 05:00 AM

USC Prof. Robert English (Ukraine update); author T. Geronimo Johnson ("Welcome to Braggsville"); rapper J. Cole ("2014 Forest Hills Drive")

The Tavis Smiley Show, 03.27.15

Friday, March 27 2015 05:00 AM

Detroit special: Mayor Mike Duggan; journalists Stephen Henderson and Curt Guyette; bankruptcy judge Steven W. Rhodes; DIA museum executives Graham W.J. Beal and Swarupa Anila; Wayne State President Dr. M. Roy Wilson; panel, the state of Detroit's schools

The Tavis Smiley Show, 03.20.15

Friday, March 20 2015 05:00 AM

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio; opera soprano Pretty Yende; Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, pres., UCLA Center for Policing Equity; Anne Heche ("Dig")

The Tavis Smiley Show, 03.13.15

Friday, March 13 2015 05:00 AM

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) -- exclusive conversation

The Tavis Smiley Show, 03.06.15

Friday, March 06 2015 05:00 AM

Attorney Stuart H. Smith ("Crude Justice"); actor Jeff Bridges and Save Our Strength CEO Bill Shore (fighting childhood hunger); comedian Mike Epps

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 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, 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, 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 05:00 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 05:00 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 05:00 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 05:00 AM

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