- Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeRep. Sheila Jackson Lee
The Democratic congresswoman from Texas offers her take on President Obama’s standing with African Americans and his recent speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner.
- Jazz saxophonist Sonny RollinsJazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins
The jazz great—and recently named 2011 Kennedy Center Honors recipient—talks about his new album “Road Shows, Vol. 2″ and explains why, at age 81, he still practices every day.
- Law professor-author Dorothy RobertsLaw professor-author Dorothy Roberts
Roberts, a legal scholar and author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century, examines the political and commercial incentives for continuing the categorization of people by race.
- Journalist Thomas FriedmanJournalist Thomas Friedman
The three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and author of That Used to Be Us discusses the president’s veto of Palestine’s U.N. statehood bid and shares his thoughts on the president’s jobs bill.
- Journalist Ron SuskindJournalist Ron Suskind
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist shares what he learned about President Obama from their hour-long conversation, which was part of the research for the new book, Confidence Men.
- Musician Tori AmosMusician Tori Amos
The singer-songwriter discusses the delicate ruthlessness that it took to record classical songs—as she did for her latest CD “Night of Hunters”—and the courage that she mustered to “mess with the masters.” She also performs a track from the new album.
- Actor-producer-activist Danny GloverActor-producer-activist Danny Glover
The actor, activist and co-producer of the documentary The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 discusses the impact of violence and non-violence on the African American struggle.
- Filmmaker Michael MooreFilmmaker Michael Moore
The Oscar-winning filmmaker and author of Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life discusses President Obama’s plan to cut the national debt and shares what he would say to the president if he had five minutes alone with him.
- TOMS Shoes founder Blake MycoskieTOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie
The founder of TOMS shoes and author of Start Something That Matters explains the backstory of his brand’s name and describes the model behind the socially-conscious business.
- 9/11 survivor Lauren Manning9/11 survivor Lauren Manning
A survivor of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, Manning reflects on her 10-year journey of survival and re-creation.
- Comparative religions scholar Reza AslanComparative religions scholar Reza Aslan
The noted religious scholar and No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam” author, who predicted the youth-centered Arab uprising in the Middle East and North Africa, outlines the impact that the Arab Spring will have on U.S. foreign policy.
- Political theorist Benjamin BarberPolitical theorist Benjamin Barber
The distinguished Demos fellow and president of CivWorld and the Interdependence Movement recounts his whereabouts on 9/11 and explains why borders don’t matter anymore.
- Country music legend Glen CampbellCountry music legend Glen Campbell
The iconic singer-songwriter discusses his new CD, “Ghost on the Canvas,” and, with his wife Kimberly, shares what life is like with his recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
- Demos fellow Bob HerbertDemos fellow Bob Herbert
The distinguished Demos fellow and former New York Times columnist shares why he’s not optimistic about President Obama’s jobs plan and explains why Black Americans are not in a recession, but in a full-blown depression.
- Tavis Smiley Reports PreviewTavis Smiley Reports Preview
Tavis previews next week’s primetime special: Tavis Smiley Reports, “Too Important to Fail.”