The Tavis Smiley Show is a high-energy exchange of views, information, and insights. Tavis engages commentators and guests in substantive and provocative discussions on a wide range of topics, including politics, health, finance, sports, technology, and pop culture.
Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig reflects on the NSA controversy and lays out his plan for comprehensive campaign finance reform. Plus, Columbia professor Farah Jasmine Griffin talks about the history of surveillance in the civil rights movement, and her new text, Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II.
Jazz guitarist George Benson celebrates his new album, "Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole". Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the start of whistleblower Bradley Manning's trial and Susan Rice's appointment as National Security Advisor.
Legendary comedian Bob Newhart recalls his days in Chicago and his hilarious interaction with fellow comic genius, Richard Pryor. Plus, with Smiley away, activist Medea Benjamin joins West in the Hot Stuff to reflect on her "conversation" with President Obama last week and look ahead to the upcoming trial of whistleblower Bradley Manning.
Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis critiques the largest school closing plan in U.S. history, approved this week by the Chicago school board. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on President Obama's political predicaments, in light of his speeches at Morehouse College and National Defense University.
Maceo Parker looks back at his days with James Brown and the legacy of funk music, as laid out in his new autobiography 98% Funky Stuff: My Life in Music and his new album Soul Classics. Plus, controversial activist Bill Ayers, author of the upcoming text Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident, reflects on the link between education and demo