Podcasting Software

The following podcasting software is available for free on the Internet:

Once you have installed the software, follow the instructions to add podcast feeds to your list. Usually this involves copying and pasting the podcast URL into your podcasting application (for example, iTunes users, go to the Advanced tab in the top menu and select Subscribe to Podcast and paste the URL in the field).

Selected RSS Readers

Google and Yahoo list many of the available RSS readers.

Windows Readers:


Mac Readers:


Web-based Readers:

Podcasts & RSS Feeds


Tavis Smiley on PBS: Daily Audio Interviews

Listen to the latest interviews from the show (updated every weekday).




The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI

Hear some of the best segments from the radio show (updated every Friday at 12 noon PST).

SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | My Yahoo | XML


More podcasts on PBS.org

Browse and subscribe to podcasts from your favorite PBS programs.

What is podcasting?

Podcasting is the latest in on-demand technology. With podcasting, you can enjoy audio or video programs whenever and wherever you choose. Podcasts are media files that are automatically downloaded to your personal computer, and then transferred to an iPod or other portable media player using a podcasting application.

How does podcasting work?

A broadcaster makes digital media files available on the Internet. Listeners "subscribe" to these programs using podcasting software. The listener's computer automatically downloads the files, which can then be played on the computer or transferred to a portable media player.

What equipment do I need?

The requirements for podcasting are a computer (PC or Mac), podcasting software (see list below) and an Internet connection. For portability, an iPod or other portable media player is needed.

Getting started

Download and install podcasting software onto your computer. Podcasting software allows your computer to automatically check for new files and download them once they are posted. Then you can either listen to the programs on your computer or have them downloaded to your portable media player.

News Feeds

Tavis Smiley is available via RSS. With RSS, and a news reader program, you can easily stay up-to-date on the guests and topics featured on the show.

What is RSS?

RSS is short for "Really Simple Syndication." RSS feeds are online files that contains headlines, summaries and links to full stories. These feeds are automatically updated and are viewed through an RSS news reader (also called an RSS aggregator).

What is an RSS Reader?

RSS news readers are software programs similar to Web browsers that allow you to display RSS feed information on your computer. RSS news readers enable you to bookmark and read multiple feeds in a single interface as well as to organize those feeds into groups for efficient browsing. For example, you might want to create a group named "PBS" or "News" - each of which could include multiple RSS feeds. There are a wide variety of RSS readers available on the Internet. Some readers are Web-based while others require you to install a software program on your computer. Many are free to use, and others offer free trial periods.

How do I use RSS feeds?

Each news reader has a slightly different way of adding RSS feeds (also called "channels"). Most allow you the opportunity to add new 'Channels' or new 'Subscriptions' by copying a feed's URL into your news reader program. Once you've added the RSS feed, it will display and regularly update the headlines and descriptions automatically.

Why do I see computer code when I click RSS links?

RSS links are meant to be viewed with an RSS news reader program or RSS online service (listed above). The code you see in your browser when clicking on an RSS link is XML (or eXtensible Markup Language) code. While on the page displaying the xml code, simply copy the URL from your browser's address bar and add the feed to your news reader program (as described above). Click your browser's back button to return to the web page you were previously viewing.

RSS Terms and Conditions


Tavis Smiley's RSS feeds are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. All rights to RSS feeds originating from Tavis Smiley, including the content and technology included therein, are reserved to The Smiley Group, Inc.. Tavis Smiley RSS feeds are available for personal, noncommercial use only. You may display the headlines, active links and other information contained in the RSS feeds (the "RSS feed content") on your personal Web site and otherwise use the Tavis Smiley RSS feeds for personal, noncommercial purposes, provided that:

  1. you do not modify or delete any of the RSS feed content;
  2. you do not redistribute the RSS feeds;
  3. you do not post Tavis Smiley video or audio files or full-text stories other than as included in the RSS feed;
  4. the links redirect the user to the PBS Web sites when the user clicks on them;
  5. the use or display does not suggest that Tavis Smiley nor PBS promotes or endorses any third party causes, ideas, Web sites, products or services.

If you display the RSS feed content publicly, including on your Web site, you must provide attribution to Tavis Smiley adjacent to the RSS feed content, by including "Tavis Smiley Headlines" or "PBS Tavis Smiley" in text, without modification.

Tavis Smiley reserves the right to discontinue providing RSS feeds and to require that you cease accessing or using the Tavis Smiley RSS feeds, RSS feed content, and any company logo at any time for any reason. Please see PBS's Terms of Use for more information before you use our RSS feeds. By using the Tavis Smiley RSS feeds, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth above, as well as those in PBS's Terms of Use.

Tavis Smiley, The Smiley Group, Inc. and/or PBS may modify any of the terms and conditions contained in this agreement, at any time and in our sole discretion, by posting a change notice or a new agreement on our site. Your continued use of the service following our posting of a change notice or new agreement on our site will constitute binding acceptance of the change. Under no circumstances and under no legal theory, tort, contract, strict liability, or otherwise, shall Tavis Smiley, The Smiley Group, Inc. nor PBS be liable to you or any other person for any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any character including, without limitation, damages for lost profits, loss of goodwill, work stoppage, accuracy of services, content or results, computer failure or malfunction, damages resulting from disabling of the services provided as part of the RSS feeds.

These terms and conditions only apply to Tavis Smiley produced national feeds. Each PBS station may have a separate Terms of Use for its feeds. Please contact the station to learn more.