This week on The Tavis Smiley Show


Joel Klein – “Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools”

As chancellor of New York City’s schools, Joel Klein transformed a system that was historically resistant to change. He joins us to discuss his new book, “Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools”, in which he offers tips on restructuring education for the 21st Century.

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Norman Lear – “Even This I Get to Experience”, Part 2

In the conclusion of our two-part chat with Norman Lear, the legendary TV producer – author of a new memoir, “Even This I Get to Experience” – shares his memories of “All in the Family”, “Good Times”, “The Jeffersons”, “Maude”, and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”.

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Sharon Isbin – “Sharon Isbin: Troubador”

Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin's journey from fledgling rocket scientist to Grammy winner to founder of Julliard’s guitar program is told in a new documentary, “Sharon Isbin: Troubador”. She joins us to discuss her life and career.

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Rona Peligal – “Those Terrible Weeks in Their Camp”

Rona Peligal, deputy director of the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, shares the findings of a new report documenting the accounts of witnesses and victims of kidnappings by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria.

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Ruby Wax – “Sane New World”

Comedian Ruby Wax is a tireless campaigner against the stigma faced by people with mental illness. She uses her wit and experience to explore the brain in her new book, "Sane New World: A User’s Guide to the Normal-Crazy Mind".

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Jamika Pessoa – “Five Things You Should Know About… Preparing for Thanksgiving”

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About…”, chef Jamika Pessoa shares her tips on preparing and hosting Thanksgiving dinner.

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Sports Drill

Sports commentator George Johnson recounts the NFL’s drama-filled week, including Adrian Peterson’s season-long suspension from the Minnesota Vikings, the feud between Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks, and Robert Griffin III’s controversial comments about his Washington teammates.

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Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman – “Remote Area Medical”

Remote Area Medical is an organization that brings medical professionals to areas where vast numbers of people find it difficult to access health care. Filmmakers Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman chronicle one of the organization’s massive three-day clinics in their new documentary, “Remote Area Medical”.

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Quote of the week

Critical thinking leads to independent thinking.