This week on The Tavis Smiley Show


Sen. Cory Booker – Criminal Justice Reform

While only 5 percent of the world’s population lives in the U.S., this country is home to 25 percent of the world’s prison population. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is the co-sponsor, along with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY.), of legislation designed to ease burdens on offenders and taxpayers, and he joins us to discuss the details.

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Eric Liu – Memoir, “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream”

Eric Liu, a former speechwriter and domestic policy advisor in the Clinton White House, brings the dichotomy between Chinese culture and American acculturation into sharp focus in his new book, which carries the provocative title, “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream”. He joins us to discuss the memoir and his take on Chinese-American identity.

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Vicki Salemi – “Five Things You Should Know About… Job Interviews”

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About…”, Vicki Salemi, author of “Big Career in The Big City: Land a Job and Get a Life in New York”, offers tips on how to ace a job interview.

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George Johnson – Sports Drill

Our Sports Drill commentator George Johnson weighs in Sen. Cory Booker’s remarks on the exploitation of college athletes by the NCAA.

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Freda Payne – “Come Back To Me Love”

Freda Payne is best known for her 1970 smash hit, “Band of Gold”, but she’s a jazz singer at heart, dating back to her 1963 debut album, “After The Lights Go Down Low And Much More!!!”. Payne returns to her jazz and big band roots in her new album, “Come Back To Me Love.” She joins us to discuss her new project.

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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”

While the nation’s high school graduation rate has reached its highest point ever at 80 percent, there are still nearly 800,000 young people who fail to graduate each year. These students are often labeled as unmotivated, lazy or even criminal. But a new report from America's Promise Alliance called “Don’t Call Them Dropouts” paints a much more complex picture. Alma J. Powell, board chair of America’s Promise Alliance, explains the findings.

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Darrell Wallace, Jr. – African-American NASCAR Champion

Last fall, Darrell Wallace, Jr. became the first African-American race car driver in 50 years to win a NASCAR race, and he has continued his race to the top of the NASCAR charts this season. He joins us to discuss his experiences on and off the track.

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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 and other blues greats.

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