This week on The Tavis Smiley Show


Mayor Mike Duggan – The State of the City of Detroit

In a special broadcast, The Tavis Smiley Show takes an in-depth look at the issues and challenges facing the city of Detroit. We start with a conversation with Mayor Mike Duggan on the state of the city, and his plans to foster the city’s resurgence.

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Stephen Henderson and Curt Guyette – What’s Next for Detroit?

Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor of the “Detroit Free Press” and winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his columns on the city’s financial crisis, and investigative reporter Curt Guyette of the ACLU of Michigan, discuss Detroit’s prospects for recovery.

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Judge Steven W. Rhodes – How Detroit Went Into and Emerged From Bankruptcy

Detroit’s bankruptcy in 2013 was the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history. Judge Steven W. Rhodes describes how he handled the proceedings, and shares his feelings about the city of Detroit.

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Graham W.J. Beal and Swarupa Anila – How an Art Museum Saved Detroit

When Detroit went bankrupt, some creditors demanded that the Detroit Institute of Arts sell off some of its masterpieces to help settle the city’s debt obligations, but what became known as “the grand bargain” saved the art. Graham W.J. Beal, director, president and CEO of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Swarupa Anila, head of interpretation at the DIA, describe the grand bargain and the works it saved.

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Dr. M. Roy Wilson – Wayne State’s Role in Detroit’s Recovery

Dr. M. Roy Wilson, president of Wayne State University, shares the importance of making higher education a top priority in the communities of Detroit.

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Panel Discussion – The State of Detroit’s Schools

Our special from Detroit concludes with a panel discussion on education in the city. Our panelists are Tonya Allen, president of the Skillman Foundation; Darnell Earley. emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools; David Hecker, vice president of the American Federation of Teachers; and Denise Smith, vice president for early learning at Excellent Schools Detroit.

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Quote of the week

The question is not how'd you come up with that idea, the question is what do you intend to do with it?