This week on The Tavis Smiley Show

Phyllis Bennis, Elliott Abrams – Conflict in Gaza

The conflict in Gaza has left hundreds dead. Palestinian civilians account for most of the casualties, and Israel is under pressure to ratchet down its military campaign. Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, and Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, offer their views.

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Ritu Sharma – “Teach a Woman to Fish”

In her new book, “Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe”, Ritu Sharma, co-founder of Women Thrive Worldwide, shares stories of women who are fighting back against the crippling societal forces that have kept them in poverty.

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Martin Bucknavage – “Five Things You Should Know About… Food Safety”

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About…”, Martin Bucknavage, Food Safety Extension Associate in the Department of Food Science at Penn State University, offers advice on how to prepare food safely.

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Hakim Bellamy – Albuquerque Poet Laureate

In 2012, the city of Albuquerque, N.M. chose Hakim Bellamy as its first poet laureate. From politics to hip-hop, Bellamy uses his hard-hitting style to speak to the modern experience while paying homage to American history. He joins us to talk about his first collection of poetry, “Swear.”

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William B. Taylor, Jr. – Update on Ukraine

There was more turmoil in Ukraine this week. Two of its fighter jets were shot down, the governing coalition in the nation’s Parliament collapsed and the prime minister resigned. All of this comes as the investigation into the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 continues. William B. Taylor, Jr., a former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine , offers his views on these developments.

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Beth Macy – “Factory Man”

The Blue Ridge Mountains region of southwest Virginia was the furniture-making capital of the world until intense competition from China forced many of the region's small manufacturers to close down. But one refused to give in to globalization. Journalist Beth Macy recounts the tale in her new book, “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local—and Helped Save an American Town”.

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Deborah Halber – “The Skeleton Crew”

In the new book, “The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases”, the central characters are ordinary folks who spend their free time engaged in an unusual pursuit – matching missing persons with unidentified remains. Author Deborah Halber fills us in on this unusual Internet subculture.

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Sports Drill

In his 3-minute sports drill, George Johnson revisits the issue of compensation for college athletes and addresses the controversial comments by former NFL coach Tony Dungy about Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL.

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Ralph Peterson – “ALIVE at Firehouse 12, Vol. 2: Fo’ n Mo’”

Drummer Ralph Peterson brings together his current and former students from the Berklee College of Music in a band he calls his “Fo’tet.” He joins us to share his new CD, “ALIVE at Firehouse 12, Vol. 2: Fo’ n Mo’”, presented by the Ralph Peterson Fo’tet Augmented.

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Quote of the week

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