This week on The Tavis Smiley Show

Gen. Tony Zinni – “Before the First Shots Are Fired”

Gen. Tony Zinni (USMC, ret.), a former commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command and a former special envoy to the Middle East, joins us to discuss his new book, “Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield”. He also shares his views on the Obama Administration’s strategy against the Islamic terrorist group ISIS.

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“Death of a King” conversation with Terrence McNally

Tavis’ book “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year”, launched earlier this week with an event hosted by Live Talks Los Angeles. Tavis was interviewed by Terrence McNally, host of the radio program "Free Forum" and a featured writer for

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Sérgio Mendes – “Magic”

Sérgio Mendes has represented the sound of Brazil for more than five decades. On his latest CD, “Magic”, Mendes collaborates with artists including John Legend, and fellow Brazilian legend Milton Nascimento. He joins us to talk about the new project.

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Amadou Sy – Economic Impact of the Ebola Virus

Amadou Sy, senior fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, joins us to discuss the devastating economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on African nations.

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Erika DeSimone – “Voices Beyond Bondage”

Erika DeSimone joins us to discuss “Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century”, a collection of 150 poems she and co-editor Fidel Louis gathered mainly from Black newspapers published before and after the Civil War.

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Kimberly Palmer – Five Things You Should Know About… Turning Your Side Gig Into a Full-Time Job

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About…”, Kimberly Palmer, senior money editor at “U.S. News and World Report”, shares tips on turning your side business into a full-time job.

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Sports Drill

Sports commentator George Johnson offers his take on the controversy surrounding the Ray Rice domestic abuse case and its handling by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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John Lucas and Richard “Poochie” Roderick – “The Cooler Bandits”

Filmmaker John Lucas chronicles the lives of four young Ohio men sentenced to up to 500 years in prison for a series of armed robberies in his documentary, “The Cooler Bandits”. Lucas and Richard “Poochie” Roderick, one of the men featured in the documentary, join us to discuss the film.

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Quote of the week

Are You Only Virtuous Situationally?