This week on The Tavis Smiley Show

Ari Berman – “Give Us the Ballot”

Ari Berman, political correspondent for "The Nation" magazine, joins us to discuss his new book, “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,” which explores why equal access to the ballot for all has once again become a cause for concern.

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Ravi Patel – “Meet the Patels”

Actor Ravi Patel, who stars alongside John Stamos in the new Fox series “Grandfathered,” joins us to discuss his directorial debut – “Meet the Patels,” an autobiographical documentary that offers an honest and comedic look at Patel’s family and culture, not to mention his love life.

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Johnny Mathis – Legendary Singer Turns 80

Johnny Mathis turned 80 years old this week, and for nearly 60 of those years he’s been affiliated with Columbia Records. The legendary singer joins us to talk about his life and career.

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Quote of the week

Thesis, antithesis, synthesis: be open to all perspectives, all options.