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Tavis Smiley Previous Broadcasts

Episode #2680Z

KQED World: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

Tavis talks with Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick, star of the TNT series The Closer, about the show's conclusion after a 7-year run, Hollywood marriages and her new film, The Possession.

Episode #2679

KQED World: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

Tavis talks with award-winning economist-writer Ben Stein on the final night of the Republican National Convention. The author of the new text, How to Really Ruin Your Financial Life and Portfolio, weighs in on abortion, the defense budget, the economy, poverty and how voters choose their candidate.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2678

KQED World: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

Tavis talks with the chief political correspondent for CBN David Brody about his text on the Tea Party, Teavangelicals; and with actress Melanie Lynskey about her latest feature releases, including the dramedy Hello I Must Be Going.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2677

KQED World: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

Tavis talks with former Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts about issues in the upcoming general election, and with writer-filmmaker Daniel Wolff, about the backstory of his text on post-Katrina New Orleans, The Fight for Home.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2676

KQED World: Mon, Aug 27, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

Tavis talks with former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich about this week's Republican convention.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2675

KQED World: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

Tavis talks with Iraq war veteran Brian Castner, author of The Long Walk. The decorated military veteran discusses his his account of war and homecoming.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Mon, Aug 27, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 25, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2674Z

KQED World: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

Tavis talks with Emmy-winner Ruben Martinez. The journalist, author and performer discusses his text, Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2673Z

KQED World: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

Tavis talks with actor Keanu Reeves about his latest projects, including the documentary film Side by Side, that he produced and narrated.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2672Z

KQED World: Tue, Aug 21, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

Tavis talks with Jeff Foxworthy, host of The American Bible Challenge. The popular comedian discusses the new game show and lessons he hopes viewers will learn from it.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2671Z

KQED World: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

Tavis talks with former presidential candidate Ralph Nader. The consumer and political activist shares his opinions on how minimum wage and the weakened labor movement will play into the 2012 presidential race.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Aug 21, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Tue, Aug 21, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2670Z

KQED World: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

(repeat) Tavis talks with R&B singer and O'Jays frontman Eddie Levert. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer reflects on 50 years with the O'Jays, fatherhood and losing his sons; he also talks about his debut solo album, "I Still Have It".

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 18, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2669Z

KQED World: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

(repeat) Tavis talks with Capt. Chesley Sullenberger about his book, Making a Difference. The retired airline pilot of "Miracle on the Hudson" fame recalls the 2009 incident and life since, as written about in his text; he also talks about traits that come into play in a moment of crisis.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2668Z

KQED World: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

(repeat) Tavis talks with actor Billy Bob Thornton, whose memoir, The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts, was released earlier this year. The Academy Award winner-turned-author shares what finally convinced him to write his memoir, and talks about life-changing events and his driving force.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2667Z

KQED World: Tue, Aug 14, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

(repeat) Tavis talks with activist Erin Brockovich about environmental issues, including the world water crisis. Brockovich describes the water crisis in the US, her issues with the EPA and why she feels Americans live in a third world country - all of which are detailed in the documentary, Last Call at the Oasis.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2666Z

KQED World: Mon, Aug 13, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

(repeat) Tavis talks with actor Jeff Daniels. The Tony-nominee discusses HBO's The Newsroom, the necessity of being informed on current events and leaving the family business to become an actor.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Tue, Aug 14, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Tue, Aug 14, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2665

KQED World: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

(repeat) Tavis talks with actor Kristen Johnston, star of TV Land's The Exes. The two-time Emmy winner shares highlights of her career, her battles with drug addiction and depression and why she wrote her memoir Guts.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 13, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 11, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2664Z

KQED World: Thu, Aug 9, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

(repeat) Tavis talks with legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy. The six-time Grammy-winning musician shares why it took so long for him to record his own music and his mission to keep jazz clubs alive; he also details his memoir When I Left Home.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2663Z

KQED World: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

(repeat) Tavis concludes his chat with Oscar-winning actor, filmmaker and 2012 Emmy nominee Kevin Costner, who discusses his role in the History channel's first scripted miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys, and his band's companion CD. He also shares his experience of working with the late Whitney Houston and speaking at her funeral.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Thu, Aug 9, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Aug 9, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Aug 9, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2662Z

KQED World: Tue, Aug 7, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

(repeat) In part one of a two-part conversation, Tavis talks with Oscar winner and filmmaker Kevin Costner, whose miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys, recently received 16 Emmy nods. He reflects on his body of work, the moment he fully committed to becoming a thespian, and discloses the one thing he feels people would envy of him.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2661Z

KQED World: Mon, Aug 6, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

(repeat) Tavis talks with Dwight Henry about his role in the critically acclaimed indie drama, Beasts of the Southern Wild. The first-time actor details his story of New Orleans cafe owner-turned-actor, and comments on his newfound respect for actors and his future movie plans.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Tue, Aug 7, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Tue, Aug 7, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Tue, Aug 7, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2660Z

KQED World: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

(repeat) Tavis talks with singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin. The multiple Grammy winner talks about her new CD, "All Fall Down," and her candid new memoir, Diamond in the Rough, and reveals what she uses as her healing factors during times of clinical depression.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Mon, Aug 6, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Mon, Aug 6, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Aug 4, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2659Z

KQED World: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

(repeat) Tavis concludes his conversation with award-winning songwriting collaborators Alan & Marilyn Bergman. They reflect on writing the Good Times theme song and discuss the challenge of finding new ways to talk about love and the hip-hop generation's influence on the next wave of writers.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2658Z

KQED World: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 -- 9:00 PM

(repeat) Tavis talks with Alan & Marilyn Bergman in part 1 of a 2-part conversation. The legendary songwriters highlight stories and the evolution of writing, spanning their 50 years of working together, and share how Barbra Streisand became their muse.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

Episode #2657

KQED World: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 -- 3:00 AM

(repeat) Tavis talks with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who assesses the current state of the US economy, inequality and poverty in the country, as detailed in his text, The Price of Inequality. Tavis also chats with Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, who shares his thoughts on the Tony-winning Broadway adaption of Once and discusses his first solo project, "Rhythm and Repose."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 -- 1:30 PM
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