This week on The Tavis Smiley Show


Jeffrey Sachs – State of the Union Analysis

Economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, analyzes President Obama’s State of the Union address and looks at how the Citizens United case, decided five years ago this week in a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling, has fundamentally changed the nation’s political landscape.

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Paulette Brown – Implicit Bias in Law Enforcement

Paulette Brown, president-elect of the American Bar Association, explores how implicit or unconscious bias among law enforcement officers influenced the split-second decisions that led to the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and other African American men and boys.

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Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game”

Benedict Cumberbatch has earned an Academy Award nomination in the Best Actor category for his portrayal of British mathematician and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, who changed the course of World War II by breaking Nazi Germany’s Enigma code. Cumberbatch joins us to talk about his role in “The Imitation Game”.

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Ava DuVernay – “Selma”

The critically acclaimed film “Selma”, which tells the story of the struggles that led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, has generated a great deal of controversy over its depiction of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The director of “Selma”, Ava DuVernay, joins us.

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Sir Patrick Stewart – “Match”

Sir Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “X-Men” fame joins us to talk about his starring role as a Juilliard dance instructor in the new independent film “Match”, based on the Tony-nominated play by Stephen Belber.

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Quote of the week

Sometimes the juice isn’t worth the squeeze