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  • 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
  • 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.

    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.

    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 [...]

    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.

    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.

    Air Date: July 21, 2011
    Human rights advocate John Prendergast
    July 21, 2011 | 10:48