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  • Singer-songwriter Bettye LaVette

    The R&B songstress reflects on her memoir, A Woman Like Me, and her new CD, “Thankful N’ Thoughtful.”

    26:46
    Air Date: November 29, 2012
    Singer-songwriter Bettye LaVette
    November 29, 2012 | 26:46
  • Sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

    The Harvard sociologist explains her new text, Exit: The Endings that Set Us Free.

    12:55
    Air Date: October 31, 2012
    Sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
    October 31, 2012 | 12:55
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy

    The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee weighs in on the controversial voting rights issue.

    12:18
    Air Date: October 22, 2014
    Sen. Patrick Leahy
    October 22, 2014 | 12:18
  • TV producer Norman Lear

    The visionary television producer shares stories from his six-plus decades in show business and his activism for progressive causes.

    26:36
    Air Date: October 27, 2014
    TV producer Norman Lear
    October 27, 2014 | 26:36
  • Equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter

    The author of Grace and Grit, whose fight to gain equal pay for women in the workplace led to landmark legislation, recounts her poor upbringing in rural Alabama and discusses her years working at Goodyear.

    24:01
    Air Date: March 9, 2012
    Equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter
    March 9, 2012 | 24:01
  • Singer-songwriter Ledisi

    The songstress who’s been called one of the best soul singers of her generation comments on her “favorite album ever.”

    Air Date: March 26, 2014
    Singer-songwriter Ledisi
    March 26, 2014
  • Singer-songwriter-producer Ledisi

    The multiple Grammy-nominated artist shares the backstory of her latest CD, “The Truth.”

    11:05
    Air Date: June 6, 2014
    Singer-songwriter-producer Ledisi
    June 6, 2014 | 11:05
  • Singer-songwriter Amos Lee

    Singer-songwriter discusses his latest CD and the painful experience that inspired the song ‘Jesus;’ he also performs a track from the new project.

    Air Date: February 1, 2011
    Singer-songwriter Amos Lee
    February 1, 2011
  • Singer-songwriter Amos Lee

    The former schoolteacher talks about the experience of recording his latest album, “Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song.”

    Air Date: April 4, 2014
    Singer-songwriter Amos Lee
    April 4, 2014
  • Sociologist Jennifer Lee

    Professor Lee, who’s written extensively on race and social inequality, discusses the erosion of affirmative action opportunities for higher education.

    10:59
    Air Date: June 23, 2014
    Sociologist Jennifer Lee
    June 23, 2014 | 10:59
  • TransAfrica president Nicole Lee

    The official liaison between the Mandela family and the world’s media, Lee assesses the president’s trip to Africa & his efforts to re-engage with countries there both economically and emotionally.

    12:43
    Air Date: July 1, 2013
    TransAfrica president Nicole Lee
    July 1, 2013 | 12:43
  • Rep. 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.

    12:05
    Air Date: September 26, 2011
    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
    September 26, 2011 | 12:05
  • Singer-songwriter John Legend

    Six-time Grammy winner and self-described ‘political junkie’ explains why he wanted to team up with The Roots for his new CD.

    11:30
    Air Date: February 9, 2011
    Singer-songwriter John Legend
    February 9, 2011 | 11:30
  • Comedian-actor John Leguizamo

    The Emmy-winning comedian-actor explains why he created the successful one-man show, Ghetto Klown, and discusses why, growing up, he didn’t feel like he was a part of the U.S.

    14:35
    Air Date: October 7, 2011
    Comedian-actor John Leguizamo
    October 7, 2011 | 14:35