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

Dr. David Satcher

Dr. David Satcher, former surgeon general, offers his diagnosis of Obamacare and solutions for fighting youth violence. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the murder of Renisha McBride, Tim Geithner's move to Wall Street, and the 2016 chances of possible presidential candidates Paul Ryan and Bernie Sanders.

Dr. Helen Caldicott

Dr. Helen Caldicott, former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, prescribes a cure for what ails our polluted planet: a nuclear-free world. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the tragedy in the Philippines and bullying in the NFL. And, a listener from Tampa, FL takes West to task for what she thinks is his exorbitant speaking fee.

Kumi Naidoo from Greenpeace

Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International, gives us an update on the "Arctic 30" held in Russia. Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the torture taskforce, terrorist labeling, and Edward Snowden's denied clemency. And, a listener from Chicago takes Smiley and West to task for calling out the racist elements of the Tea Party.

Peter Gelderloos

Activist Peter Gelderloos expands on his new book, "The Failure of Nonviolence". Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the buzz over Barney's and the $5 billion food stamps cut, and a listener from New Jersey takes them to task for their conversation with "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen.

Steve McQueen

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 and Sherrilyn Ifill

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