This week on The Tavis Smiley Show


Marian Wright Edelman – “Ending Child Poverty Now”

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, discusses the organization’s recently released report, “Ending Child Poverty Now”, which says an expenditure of just 2 percent of the national budget – a figure the report contends can be achieved entirely through cost savings – would immediately decrease child poverty in America by 60 percent.

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William Frey – “Diversity Explosion”

William Frey, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, joins us to discuss his new book, “Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics Are Remaking America,” in which he shows that the nation’s fast-changing racial makeup will have an effect in the first half of the 21st Century as profound as the Baby Boom did in the second half of the 20th Century.

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John Oates – “Another Good Road”

John Oates of Hall & Oates – the No. 1 selling duo in music history – joins us to discuss his latest project, a television special and CD called “Another Good Road”.

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Memories of the Movement – Hour Two, Part 1

Ruby Dee: The legendary actress recalls the deep friendship she and husband Ossie Davis had with Malcolm X. Arun Gandhi: the Mahatma's grandson remembers Dr. King's visit to India. Clarence Jones: Dr. King's personal attorney shares the story of how he joined the movement at the behest of Dr. King.

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Memories of the Movement – Hour Two, Part 2

Xernona Clayton: Events coordinator for Dr. King recounts the one time she believes he was truly afraid for his life. Dr. Gardner Taylor: Dr. King's mentor remembers debates they had over the limits of non-violence. Hillary Clinton: Ex-Secretary of State reflects on meeting Dr. King as a child. Rev. Amos Brown: Mississippi native recalls how segregation often led to danger.

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Memories of the Movement – Hour One, Part 3

Earl Caldwell: Ex-"New York Times" reporter describes instructions he got from editors when covering Dr. King. Marian Wright Edelman: Children's advocate recalls harrowing first visit to Mississippi. Taylor Rogers: Sanitation worker remembers the strike that brought Dr. King to Memphis. C.T. Vivian: Close friend recalls occasions that tested Dr. King's commitment to non-violence.

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