The Tavis Smiley Show
The Tavis Smiley Show is a high-energy exchange of views, information, and insight hosted by Tavis Smiley with guests from diverse points of view.
Director Steve McQueen tells us about his new film "12 Years A Slave". Plus, Smiley and West reflect on Washington's "grand bargain", the multi-billion settlement with J.P. Morgan, and the new U.N. report on deadly U.S. drones. And a listener from San Francisco takes West to task for "playing into the hands of racists and dangerous teapots."
Austan Goolsbee, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, explains how the shutdown will hurt the economy, even now that it's over. Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, highlights the cases she's tracking in federal court. And a listener from Rhode Island takes Smiley to task for pushi
1976 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire explains why she's still fighting for peace and justice. Plus, Smiley and West's analysis of the paralysis and the tragedy of political prisoners Herman Wallace and Lynne Stewart.
With West away, Smiley dissects the government shutdown with Howard University professor Michael Fauntroy. Plus, in celebration of our 3rd anniversary, highlights from our three original conversations with Garry Shandling, Frank Rich, and George Clinton. And a listener from Kentucky takes Smiley to task for going too soft on Sen. Rand Paul.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) lays out his position on Syria and poverty, while Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding tells Smiley and West what it's like to collaborate with one of her heroes, Wayne Shorter.
Jose "Cha Cha" Jimenez shares the oral history of the Young Lords Movement, which he founded 45 years ago this week. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the mass murder-suicide at Washington's Navy Yard, and the killing of Jonathan Ferrell.