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  • 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.

    Air Date: September 2, 2011
    Musician Dave Stewart
    September 2, 2011 | 24:00
  • 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.

    Air Date: September 1, 2011
    Law professor-author Randall Kennedy
    September 1, 2011 | 23:56
  • 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.

    Air Date: August 31, 2011
    Actress Kristin Davis
    August 31, 2011 | 11:10
  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Air Date: August 29, 2011
    Rep. Xavier Becerra
    August 29, 2011 | 12:21
  • “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.

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

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

    Air Date: August 24, 2011
    Jerry Leiber Tribute
    August 24, 2011 | 12:00
  • Professor Mansour El-Kikhia

    The Libyan dissident and chair of the political science department at the University of Texas at San Antonio discusses Qaddafi’s fall, as well as the road ahead for the North African nation’s transition of power.

    Air Date: August 24, 2011
    Professor Mansour El-Kikhia
    August 24, 2011 | 11:02
  • Singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz

    The four-time Grammy-winner discusses his new album, “Black and White America,” and explains why he feels this project is the best work he’s ever done.

    Air Date: August 23, 2011
    Singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz
    August 23, 2011 | 23:48
  • Author Harry Markopolos

    The whistleblower whose book on the Bernie Madoff scheme, No One Would Listen, is the basis for the new film Chasing Madoff, discusses his 10-year journey and explains why the fraud was obvious to anybody who cared to look.

    Air Date: August 22, 2011
    Author Harry Markopolos
    August 22, 2011 | 11:58
  • Foundation exec Patrick McCarthy

    The president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation discusses the organization’s new report, which reveals the shocking number of children living in poverty in the U.S.

    Air Date: August 22, 2011
    Foundation exec Patrick McCarthy
    August 22, 2011 | 10:22