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January 17th, 2012

Each week this season, we will use the “Primer” to highlight the works of one or more of our upcoming guests, including their films, books, albums and television projects. We intend for the lists to be collaborative, so please add your favorites.

October 7th, 2011

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni women’s rights activist Tawakkul Karma. Watch our past conversations with Gbowee and President Johnson Sirleaf and share your thoughts.

September 21st, 2011

This companion e-book to the Tavis Smiley Reports primetime special picks up where the broadcast ends in examining an undeclared crisis in America.

July 27th, 2011

Did somebody say something about Tavis getting some much-needed rest? Not so fast. During his annual production hiatus, he continued his Foundation’s annual Leadership Institute and is kicking off a national Poverty Tour to raise awareness about the plight of the poor. But, our Web site staff did manage to track him down for a few summer reading recommendations.

May 24th, 2011

“The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

April 22nd, 2011

How do you write about the sex lives of past presidents without being salacious? If you’re controversial publisher Larry Flynt, you co-write a book with history professor David Eisenbach and call it One Nation Under Sex. “I knew nobody would want to read a history book written by a pornographer, so I was just covering [...]

April 10th, 2011

Since being sentenced in 2009 to 150 years in prison, we haven’t heard all that much from Bernard Madoff, the man behind the biggest Ponzi scheme in history. Recently, a couple of Financial Times staffers, David Gelles and Gillian Tett, went down to visit him in prison. They spoke with Madoff for two hours — [...]

April 6th, 2011

Most know award-winning veteran talk show host Larry King from his signature CNN program. He’s also a very funny guy. Even though King turns the tables on Tavis by asking the questions in a two-part conversation airing this week, Tavis couldn’t resist moving back into his usual role, if only for a moment. Watch this [...]

March 29th, 2011

Former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, sits down with Tavis tonight to discuss the state of education in the country and to respond to a USA Today investigation that questions the integrity of standardized test scores at D.C. schools under her watch. “We followed all of the right protocols,” Rhee says via satellite from D.C. [...]

March 27th, 2011

I was on a transatlantic flight recently, taking advantage of the downtime to catch up on the movies I’d missed in theaters, when I caught Waiting for Superman, a documentary about American public schools, and without a doubt the most frightening movie I saw last year. It was also the most heartbreaking, and, in the [...]

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