This week on The Tavis Smiley Show


Nick Hanauer – “The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats”

Unlike many of his super-wealthy peers, billionaire entrepreneur Nick Hanauer has no illusions about the dangers of growing income inequality. In the July/August issue of Politico Magazine, Hanauer warns that no society has ever sustained extreme income inequality, and that America is no exception. He joins us to discuss his essay, “The Pitchforks Are Coming … For Us Plutocrats”.

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Alma J. Powell – “Don’t Call Them Dropouts”

Alma J. Powell, board chair of America’s Promise Alliance, discusses the new report, “Don’t Call Them Dropouts”, which describes the varied and complex reasons many students are unable to complete high school on time.

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Clifton Taulbert – “The Invitation”

Best-selling author Clifton Taulbert tells us about his latest memoir, "The Invitation", which chronicles the transformative journey he took when he accepted an invitation to dinner at a former plantation house in South Carolina.

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd – “Goin’ Home”

It should come as no surprise that a great talent like singer and guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd was inspired by great talents like B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Shepherd joins us to discuss his latest album, “Goin’ Home”, which pays homage to his muses and mentors.

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Brown v. Board of Education 60th Anniversary Roundtable

The Brown v. Board of Education decision, six decades old this year, brought hope of equal education for all. Today, we explore whether that hope was justified with a panel of four distinguished educators and scholars: Randi Weingarten, Leticia Smith-Evans, Gary Orfield and Billy Easton.

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Quote of the week

Are You Only Virtuous Situationally?