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.

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Emmy-Award Winning Hollywood Legend, Norman Lear - Part 2

In the second part of his interview with Tavis Smiley, Emmy Award-winner...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."   Show More

00:23:13 11/16/2017

Past Episodes

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
Grammy-Award winning singer and activist Lila Downs joins Tavis to talk about her album called Salon, Lagrimas Y Deseo, cultural pride and her activism. Then hear Tavis take on President Trump and his fight with professional athletes.
00:43:00 9/27/2017
Former Neo-Nazi Skinhead and Founder of the Life After Hate Organization Angela King joins Tavis to talk about racism, Donald Trump and the state of the country today. Then, hear Tavis take on what Sean Spicers appearance on the Emmys revealed about Hollywoods politics.
00:43:00 9/20/2017
Dave Zirin, Sports Editor for ' The Nation' magazine and host of the Edge of Sports Podcast, joins Tavis to talk about politics in sports. Then, hear Tavis take on the 16th anniversary of 9/11 and what it means to be living in America 16 years after they passed the USA PATRIOT Act.
00:45:00 9/13/2017
Controversial and unapologetic, sports journalist Stephen A. Smith reflects on a broadcast career now spanning two decades where his outspoken style has garnered him the epithet, Screamin A. Smith. We discuss race in sports, relentless authenticity, Lebron James and Mayweather/McGregor. Then, hear Tavis' take on the racial and class disparities that seem to dictate the nations response to opioid addiction.
00:40:11 7/19/2017

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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

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