This week on The Tavis Smiley Show


Bryan Stevenson – “Just Mercy”

Attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative, joins us to discuss his new book, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption”, which shines a harsh but essential spotlight on the injustices of America's criminal justice system.

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Erwin Chemerinsky – “The Case Against the Supreme Court”

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, joins us to discuss his new book, “The Case Against the Supreme Court”, which argues that the high court has often failed in its role as the impartial arbiter of the Constitution and has historically ruled in favor of the government and big business over the rights of individuals.

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Dorsey Nunn – “Ban the Box” Anti-Discrimination Campaign

Dorsey Nunn, executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, joins us to discuss his lobbying campaign for an executive order that would ban questions about prior criminal convictions on federal job applications.

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Justin Simien – “Dear White People”

The film “Dear White People”, a satire that focuses on four Black students as they struggle to navigate life at an Ivy League university, has opened to critical acclaim and rave reviews. Director Justin Simien joins us to discuss the film’s success.

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Sports Drill

In his three-minute sports drill, George Johnson discusses how the NBA’s record $24 billion TV deal will impact players’ salaries.

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Louise Shelley – “Dirty Entanglements”

Professor Louise Shelley of George Mason University discusses her new book, “Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism”, which argues that terrorist groups like ISIS are more like organized crime outfits than military units and can’t be beaten solely by engaging them on the battlefield.

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“Ending Poverty: America’s Silent Spaces” – Philadelphia Town Hall

The Tavis Smiley Foundation continued a series of Town Hall meetings as part “Ending Poverty: America’s Silent Spaces”, a four-year initiative to alleviate poverty in America with a national civic engagement and communication program. Listen to excerpts from the event at the Community College of Philadelphia, where the topic was the intersection of education and poverty.

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Jeff Chang – “Who We Be”

Jeff Chang, executive director of the Institute for Diversity in Arts at Stanford University, joins us to discuss his new book, “Who We Be: The Colorization of America”, which looks at how Americans view race relations through the prism of art.

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Ron Magliozzi – “Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History”

Ron Magliozzi, associate curator in the film department at the Museum of Modern Art, describes a new exhibit, “100 Years in Post-Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History”. It's a look at rare footage from 1913 showing positive depictions of African Americans.

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Quote of the week

Are You Only Virtuous Situationally?