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  • Country 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.

    12:44
    Air Date: September 7, 2011
    Country music legend Glen Campbell
    12:44
    September 7, 2011
  • Demos 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.

    10:58
    Air Date: September 7, 2011
    Demos fellow Bob Herbert
    10:58
    September 7, 2011
  • Tavis Smiley Reports Preview

    Tavis previews next week’s primetime special: Tavis Smiley Reports, “Too Important to Fail.”

    2:47
    Air Date: September 6, 2011
    Tavis Smiley Reports Preview
    2:47
    September 6, 2011
  • Former U.S. attorney Douglas Jones

    Jones discusses his work prosecuting the suspects in the re-opened case of the ’63 church bombing in Birmingham, AL that killed four girls and the curious case that he’s now involved in with the father of one of those little girls.

    20:41
    Air Date: September 6, 2011
    Former U.S. attorney Douglas Jones
    20:41
    September 6, 2011
  • Filmmaker Jim Whitaker

    The director-producer discusses the five people featured in Rebirth, his feature-length documentary about the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

    11:20
    Air Date: September 5, 2011
    Filmmaker Jim Whitaker
    11:20
    September 5, 2011
  • Musician Dave Stewart

    The acclaimed musician discusses his role in the rock all-star group SuperHeavy and his new solo album, “The Blackbird Diaries.” Stewart also performs two tracks from that CD.

    24:00
    Air Date: September 2, 2011
    Musician Dave Stewart
    24:00
    September 2, 2011
  • Law professor-author Randall Kennedy

    The Harvard law professor and author of The Persistence of the Color Line explains why he believes that the nation’s first Black president is not going to be a transformative president when it comes to race.

    23:56
    Air Date: September 1, 2011
    Law professor-author Randall Kennedy
    23:56
    September 1, 2011
  • Actress Kristin Davis

    The Emmy-nominated actress, human rights activist and Oxfam ambassador shares the story of how she went from tourist to advocate in Kenya and Tanzania.

    11:10
    Air Date: August 31, 2011
    Actress Kristin Davis
    11:10
    August 31, 2011
  • Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

    The former Detroit mayor and co-author of the memoir Surrendered describes his time in solitary confinement and explains why that low point was the first time that he found true freedom.

    12:22
    Air Date: August 31, 2011
    Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
    12:22
    August 31, 2011
  • Nick Ashford Tribute

    Tavis pays tribute to the lyricist half of the legendary singing and songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson.

    24:09
    Air Date: August 30, 2011
    Nick Ashford Tribute
    24:09
    August 30, 2011
  • Jazz icon Herbie Hancock

    The award-winning jazz great discusses his first-ever solo tour and reflects on the key to a great performance.

    11:36
    Air Date: August 29, 2011
    Jazz icon Herbie Hancock
    11:36
    August 29, 2011
  • Rep. Xavier Becerra

    The California Democrat and member of the new congressional “super committee” explains why the biggest deficit America faces is jobs.

    12:21
    Air Date: August 29, 2011
    Rep. Xavier Becerra
    12:21
    August 29, 2011
  • “MLK: A Call to Conscience” – Part 2

    Tavis continues his conversations with some of Dr. King’s friends and with scholars who study his legacy.

    23:21
    Air Date: August 26, 2011
    “MLK: A Call to Conscience” – Part 2
    23:21
    August 26, 2011
  • “MLK: A Call to Conscience” – Part 1

    This installment of the primetime special Tavis Smiley Reports examines the forgotten agenda of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    23:13
    Air Date: August 25, 2011
    “MLK: A Call to Conscience” – Part 1
    23:13
    August 25, 2011
  • Jerry Leiber Tribute

    Tavis pays tribute to the legendary lyricist who is described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the “defining creators in mid-century pop music culture.”

    12:00
    Air Date: August 24, 2011
    Jerry Leiber Tribute
    12:00
    August 24, 2011