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.

Recent Episodes

Garry Shandling, George Clinton, Frank Rich, and Michael Fauntroy

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 and Esperanza Spalding

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

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.

Norm Stamper, Stanley Aronowitz, and Remembering Birmingham

Former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper explains why he now speaks out against drones, stop-and-frisk, and the war on drugs; West speaks with one of his mentors, CUNY Graduate Center professor Stanley Aronowitz; and Birmingham terrorism victim Carolyn McKinstry recalls the tragic day when Christian extremists from the KKK killed four little girls.

Wayne Shorter

Legendary saxman and composer Wayne Shorter celebrates his 80th birthday and a new collaboration with Esperanza Spalding. Plus, Smiley and West lay out why a U.S.-led attack on Syria would be illegal and immoral, and West is taken to task for his comments about Al Sharpton and Michael Eric Dyson during last week's program.

Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker

Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker reflects on his time as the SCLC chief of staff and chief minister at Harlem's Canaan Baptist Church, Smiley and West look back on an eventful week and forward to the possible invasion of Syria, and West is taken to task by a Twitter follower from Toronto for his comments about the political prisoner Chelsea Manning.