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  • Producer-writer-director J.J. Abrams

    Award-winning writer-director discusses his latest film, sci-fi thriller and box office hit Super 8, and explains why he deliberately wanted to keep people in the dark about the film’s plot.

    13:15
    Air Date: July 25, 2011
    Producer-writer-director J.J. Abrams
    July 25, 2011 | 13:15
  • Actress-playwright Anna Deavere Smith

    Pulitzer Prize nominee describes the extensive research she conducted for her latest play, Let Me Down Easy, which is about healthcare and included interviews with more than 300 people.

    15:52
    Air Date: July 25, 2011
    Actress-playwright Anna Deavere Smith
    July 25, 2011 | 15:52
  • Opera singer Jessye Norman

    Tavis: Trying to find the right word here. I am pleased, I am honored, I am humbled, I am delighted, I’m just crazy to have Jessye Norman on this program tonight. The legendary soprano has been an acclaimed and inspirational voice in music for many of us for many years now. Last year, she released [...]

    23:48
    Air Date: July 22, 2011
    Opera singer Jessye Norman
    July 22, 2011 | 23:48
  • Singer-songwriter Nikki Jean

    The pop artist, who also performs music from her debut CD, “Pennies in a Jar,” discusses what it was like to collaborate with the likes of Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach and Carole King.

    13:10
    Air Date: July 21, 2011
    Singer-songwriter Nikki Jean
    July 21, 2011 | 13:10
  • Human rights advocate John Prendergast

    Prendergast discusses the remarkable story behind his new text, Unlikely Brothers: Our Story of Adventure, Loss, and Redemption.

    10:48
    Air Date: July 21, 2011
    Human rights advocate John Prendergast
    July 21, 2011 | 10:48
  • Actress Rose Byrne

    The Emmy-nominated actress discusses the theme for the new season of TV’s legal thriller Damages.

    9:47
    Air Date: July 20, 2011
    Actress Rose Byrne
    July 20, 2011 | 9:47
  • Economist Alan Blinder

    Princeton professor and former vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors discusses the lack of meaningful national dialogue on the unemployment rate and shares his thoughts on how the U.S. can fix its jobs problem.

    14:10
    Air Date: July 20, 2011
    Economist Alan Blinder
    July 20, 2011 | 14:10
  • Comedian George Wallace

    The comedian discusses his Las Vegas show and explains the changes he’ll make when he becomes America’s second Black president.

    23:58
    Air Date: July 19, 2011
    Comedian George Wallace
    July 19, 2011 | 23:58
  • Actress Jenna Fischer

    Emmy-nominated actress shares how The Office will be impacted by Steve Carell’s departure, as well as by her real-life pregnancy.

    11:34
    Air Date: July 18, 2011
    Actress Jenna Fischer
    July 18, 2011 | 11:34
  • L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

    Los Angeles mayor and U.S. Conference of Mayors president discusses his city’s reliance on cars and explains why he feels the national immigration debate is wrongheaded.

    12:31
    Air Date: July 18, 2011
    L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
    July 18, 2011 | 12:31
  • China – Roundtable

    On the final night of the week’s look at the People’s Republic of China, Tavis hosts a panel of prominent Chinese Americans for a wide-ranging discussion about the country, including the good and the bad of its economic boom, the environment, human rights and the complexity of U.S.-China relations.

    24:03
    Air Date: July 15, 2011
    China – Roundtable
    July 15, 2011 | 24:03
  • China – Education

    In this fourth episode of the special series on the People’s Republic of China—the final program on the road—Tavis talks in depth with some of the students at one of China’s top schools.

    23:41
    Air Date: July 14, 2011
    China – Education
    July 14, 2011 | 23:41
  • China – The Hip-Hop Culture

    In this special episode, a Black entrepreneur shares the backstory of his successful pilgrimage from North Carolina to Shanghai and his unique perspective on Chinese culture and the role “race” plays in this once isolated country.

    25:06
    Air Date: July 13, 2011
    China – The Hip-Hop Culture
    July 13, 2011 | 25:06
  • China – The Challenges

    In our continuing series on China, Tavis talks environmental issues with Kongjian Yu and examines some of the challenges facing modern China. He also takes an inside look at the lives of migrant workers and their children and their struggle to better their lives.

    23:38
    Air Date: July 12, 2011
    China – The Challenges
    July 12, 2011 | 23:38