This week on The Tavis Smiley Show


Sen. Rand Paul – Ferguson, Race Relations and the G.O.P.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who made headlines when he denounced the militarized response to this summer's protests in Ferguson, Mo., met with community leaders there last week and joins us to discuss his visit.

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Nicholas Kristof – “When Whites Just Don’t Get It”

Journalist Nicholas Kristof joins us to discuss his new book, "A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity”, and his recent series of columns in "The New York Times" under the provocative headline, "When Whites Just Don't Get It".

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Leonard Pitts, Jr. – “White Poverty Exists, Ignored”

Leonard Pitts, Jr., a columnist for the “Miami Herald”, traveled to the heart of Appalachia to write a profile of a largely white area where people have been trapped in poverty for generations. He joins us to discuss his article, “White Poverty Exists, Ignored”.

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Sports Drill

Sports commentator George Johnson comments on the Dallas Cowboys’ return to success on the field and the team’s response to the arrest of running back Joseph Randle for shoplifting.

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Harry Shearer – “Nixon’s the One”

Harry Shearer best known for voicing more than 180 characters for “The Simpsons”, brings Richard Nixon back to life in a new web series, "Nixon's the One", which is based on actual White House recordings.

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Father James Martin – The Vatican Synod on Family

Father James Martin, editor-at-large of the national Catholic magazine “America,” offers his assessment of an interim report from Catholic bishops calling for a more accepting attitude toward gays, unmarried couples, and divorced parishioners.

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Naomi Klein – “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”

Journalist Naomi Klein discusses her book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”, which argues that our economic system is spawning a catastrophe.

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Veronica Hauad – University of Chicago Economic Diversity Initiative

The University of Chicago recently announced a new initiative called No Barriers that focuses on recruiting low-income students. Veronica Hauad, senior associate director of admissions at the university, has details.

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Craig Collins – “Thunder in the Mountains”

Craig Collins, executive director of the Center for Gun Analytics, looks at America’s love affair with weapons in his new book, “Thunder in the Mountains: A Portrait of American Gun Culture”.

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Carson Tate – “Five Things You Should Know About… Increasing Your Productivity”

In this week’s “Five Things You Should Know About… ” segment, Carson Tate, founder of the management consulting firm Working Simply, shares tips on increasing your productivity.

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Quote of the week

Are You Only Virtuous Situationally?