The Tavis Smiley Podcast

From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Tavis Smiley - broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist - has emerged as an outstanding voice for change. Smiley was host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS for 14 seasons, and will premiere a new talk show "The Upside with Tavis Smiley" this spring. Smiley has written 22 books. His memoir, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America, became a New York Times Bestseller, and the book he edited, Covenant with Black America, became the first nonfiction book by a Black-owned publisher to reach #1 on The New York Times Bestseller's list.

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The Best of The Tavis Smiley Podcast - Part 2

Grammy-Award winning singer and activist Lila Downs joins Tavis to talk about her album called Salon, Lagrimas Y Deseo and her activism. Angela King, former Neo-Nazi Skinhead and Founder of the organization "Life After Hate" discusses how she's fighting racism.
01:11:00 12/28/2017

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This week we replay highlights from some of our favorite conversations. Sports journalist and commentator Stephen A. Smith reflects on his career. Nikki Giovanni, one of America's most respected writers and poets, talks about her latest book, "A Good Cry" and critiques the push back against athletes 'taking a knee'. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn discuss their album "Echo in the Valley".
01:22:00 12/21/2017
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
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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Grammy-Award winning singer and activist Lila Downs joins Tavis to talk about her album called Salon, Lagrimas Y Deseo and her activism. Angela King, former Neo-Nazi Skinhead and Founder of the organization "Life After Hate" discusses how she's fighting racism.
01:11:00 12/28/2017
This week we replay highlights from some of our favorite conversations. Sports journalist and commentator Stephen A. Smith reflects on his career. Nikki Giovanni, one of America's most respected writers and poets, talks about her latest book, "A Good Cry" and critiques the push back against athletes 'taking a knee'. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn discuss their album "Echo in the Valley".
01:22:00 12/21/2017
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

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