The Tavis Smiley Podcast

Tavis Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television show Tavis Smiley on PBS, now in its 14th season. He is the author or co-author of 21 books, and his non-profit Tavis Smiley Foundation is now in the midst of a $3 million four-year campaign called "Ending Poverty: America's Silent Spaces' to help focus on alleviating endemic poverty in America. TIME magazine named Smiley to the TIME 100, a list of "The World's 100 Most Influential People. On "The Tavis Smiley Podcast", Tavis will be sharing personal opinions on culture and current events, as he invites guests from a variety of backgrounds, including celebrities, authors, academics, attorneys, political representatives and more, to debate unique themes only he could identify. A well-known and outspoken intellectual and advocate, Smiley also shares his impassioned commentary on unique subjects each week, leaving you fired up to discuss controversial topics and join the in-show conversation through social media and more.

LATEST EPISODE

Clifton West, Author of "Of Life and Time"

Author Clifton West reflects on what he has learned about the power of gratitude and love, as outlined in his engaging new book, "Of Life and Time". He also opens up about his close relationship with younger brother, Dr. Cornel West and some of his extraordinary encounters, which include Olympic icon Jesse Owens' surprise visit to West's home for dinner, and a meeting with Ronald Reagan where he had to restrain Cornel!
00:35:00 12/14/2017

Past Episodes

Three-time Olympian Dawn Staley is an American basketball Hall of Fame player. She's also the coach of the USA Women's Olympic team AND NCAA Championship-winning University of South Carolina Women's Basketball Team. She talks about how lessons in her childhood helped lead her to success, how women's basketball has changed over the years, and reveals the real reasons why she declined President Trump's invitation to the White House.
00:35:27 12/7/2017
Multi-talented comedian Deon Cole talks about how he landed the role of Charlie, Andre Johnson's quirky co-worker on the hit "ABC' show "Black-ish", how he landed a gig with Conan O'Brien, what it really takes to be a great stand-up comedian, his love for murder-mystery documentaries and his new BET show, "Face Value."
00:38:27 11/30/2017
Melissa Rivers reflects on how her mother, the comedy legend Joan Rivers, navigated the sexism she faced throughout her career. She also opens about her mother's comic genius, how her family coped after her father's suicide and shares her process of going through her mother's mementos while working on the new book "Joan Rivers Confidential: The Unseen Scrapbooks, Joke Cards, Personal Files, and Photos of a Very Funny Woman Who Kept Everything."
00:35:50 11/23/2017
In the second part of his interview with Tavis Smiley, Emmy Award-winner and Kennedy Center Honoree Norman Lear reflects on the cultural impact of the Obama Presidency and how America is perceived around the world today. He also talks about his latest projects, which include "America Divided" and "Guess Who Died."
00:23:13 11/16/2017
Tavis is joined by Emmy Award-winner and Kennedy Center Honoree Norman Lear. Lear talks about the success of his groundbreaking TV shows, like "Maude" and "Sanford and Sons" -- and reveals why he knew Caroll O'Connor was the perfect choice to play Archie Bunker in "All in the Family." He also reflects on his patriotism and how one dark moment made him think deeply about the humanity of others. The second part of this conversation will air next week.
00:34:56 11/9/2017
We live in a time when our confidence in our leaders whether they're in politics, business, entertainment or other industries, is low. What makes a good leader -- and are good leaders born or made? And moreover, what does our choice of leader say about our society's priorities? Nancy Koehn, author of the book "Forged In Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Time" joins Tavis to address these questions and more.
00:33:20 11/2/2017
Tavis is joined by Nikki Giovanni, one of Americas most respected writers and poets. She weighs in on the national discussion on workplace sexual harassment, critiques the push back against athletes 'taking a knee', reveals why EVERYONE should be thankful for the contributions Black Americans have made, AND presents a unique (and entertaining) argument for why Black Women should go to Mars first. She also discusses her latest book called A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter. Then instead of Tavis' take this week, Nikki Giovanni reads poetry from her latest book, "A Good Cry".
00:45:08 10/25/2017
Grammy-Award winning Husband and Wife duet, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn join Tavis to talk about their new album Echo In The Valley. Then hear Tavis' take on being creatively maladjusted in the era of Donald Trump.
00:40:21 10/18/2017
Colion Noir, gun rights advocate and host of Noir on NRAtv.com joins Tavis to discuss the issue of gun rights and gun violence in America. Then hear Tavis' take on the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
00:41:48 10/11/2017
Tavis is joined by David Whitt, the Co-Founder of We Copwatch a group that films police misconduct as a form of nonviolent protest -- and film-maker Camila Hall, who documented the work of David and his colleagues in a film called CopWatch. Then hear part two of Tavis take on President Trump's fight with professional athletes over their political protests.
00:36:00 10/4/2017

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Author Clifton West reflects on what he has learned about the power of gratitude and love, as outlined in his engaging new book, "Of Life and Time". He also opens up about his close relationship with younger brother, Dr. Cornel West and some of his extraordinary encounters, which include Olympic icon Jesse Owens' surprise visit to West's home for dinner, and a meeting with Ronald Reagan where he had to restrain Cornel!
00:35:00 12/14/2017
Three-time Olympian Dawn Staley is an American basketball Hall of Fame player. She's also the coach of the USA Women's Olympic team AND NCAA Championship-winning University of South Carolina Women's Basketball Team. She talks about how lessons in her childhood helped lead her to success, how women's basketball has changed over the years, and reveals the real reasons why she declined President Trump's invitation to the White House.
00:35:27 12/7/2017
Multi-talented comedian Deon Cole talks about how he landed the role of Charlie, Andre Johnson's quirky co-worker on the hit "ABC' show "Black-ish", how he landed a gig with Conan O'Brien, what it really takes to be a great stand-up comedian, his love for murder-mystery documentaries and his new BET show, "Face Value."
00:38:27 11/30/2017
Melissa Rivers reflects on how her mother, the comedy legend Joan Rivers, navigated the sexism she faced throughout her career. She also opens about her mother's comic genius, how her family coped after her father's suicide and shares her process of going through her mother's mementos while working on the new book "Joan Rivers Confidential: The Unseen Scrapbooks, Joke Cards, Personal Files, and Photos of a Very Funny Woman Who Kept Everything."
00:35:50 11/23/2017
In the second part of his interview with Tavis Smiley, Emmy Award-winner and Kennedy Center Honoree Norman Lear reflects on the cultural impact of the Obama Presidency and how America is perceived around the world today. He also talks about his latest projects, which include "America Divided" and "Guess Who Died."
00:23:13 11/16/2017

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