One Great Idea Tour
A five-city tour highlighting what communities across the country are doing to find solutions to some of the nation’s most difficult challenges.
From the great city of Detroit, Tavis speaks with the Motor City’s leading voices in politics, culture, education, and community advocacy.
- Imagine an America Without Poverty
Our panel examines one of the most important, but often-forgotten issues of our time and discusses solutions on how government officials can contain the wildfire of American poverty.
- Tavis Smiley Reports
Tavis leaves his studio chair in Los Angeles and goes on the road, behind the scenes, to examine some of the country’s defining moments.
- “Made Visible”
In March 2012, Tavis convened a diverse all-woman panel of thought leaders to examine the growing numbers of women and children falling into poverty.
- The 2012 Ballot
2012 has shaped up to be a fiercely competitive election year. Explore our breakdown of the presidential race.
- “Remaking America”
In January 2012, Tavis convened a panel of thought leaders and advocates to explore how to restore prosperity in America.
- The Poverty Tour
Tavis’ 18-city “Poverty Tour” in August 2011 was the focus of five special episodes, highlighting the plight of the poor of all backgrounds. Watch all five episodes, learn more about the issue and join the discussion.
- Targeting Terrorists: Counterterrorism in a Post-9/11 World
Are we safer? Have we won the war against al Qaeda and against terrorism more broadly? Watch conversations from our show archives, explore counterterrorism documents and join the discussion.
- China Week
For five nights, Tavis brings you stories from the road in the People’s Republic of China.
- Blacks in Hollywood: Shut Out or Missing in Action?
Are Black artists shut out of the film and television business or not doing enough to make headway? Join the discussion.
- History: Can We Trust the Narrative?
We study past events, write about them and call the work “history.” Join the discussion on what history is, really.
- Web 2.0: A New Voice for Hip-Hop?
Check out show interviews, Web-exclusive video and blog posts about hip-hop in the digital age, and join the discussion.
- The Road to Wealth
Ask personal finance expert Michelle Singletary for advice, get money saving tips and try dozens of financial tools.
- War Vets: Life at Home
Check out Web-exclusive video and blog posts about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and life for troops at home – and join the discussion.
- Going Green
Check out show interviews, Web-exclusive video and blog posts about the “green” movement, and join the discussion.
- The Right to Marry
Gay couples in the United States are fighting for more than civil unions or domestic partnerships. They want the right to marry. And in six states–Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire–same-sex marriage is legal.
- Faith & Politics
What role should religion play in politics?
- Striving for the Dream
Forty years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life was cut short, we took a look at racial divisions, violence and class struggles in 1968 and 2008.
- Riding for Freedom
It’s been a little more than 50 years since the Freedom Rides in the South. Read about the landmark journey of the courageous activists and watch Tavis’ conversation with Freedom Rider Diane Nash.
- Examining Hip-Hop Culture
A selection of Tavis’ conversations with top hip hop artists and authors.
- Jamestown 400th Anniversary
Where African culture first became American culture.
- “Right to Return”
Documentary-style series featuring Jonathan Demme’s footage from the Lower 9th Ward.
- Little Rock Nine
Fifty years after nine African American teenagers integrated Central High School in Little Rock, AR, are American schools still separate and unequal?
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Learn about the National Memorial honoring Dr. King and watch the special show Tavis taped at the groundbreaking ceremony.