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This week on “The Tavis Smiley Show”

Friday, September 12 – Friday, September 19

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Gen. Tony Zinni

Sérgio Mendes

Erika DeSimone

George Johnson

Richard “Poochie” Roderick

Terrence McNally

Amadou Sy

Kimberly Palmer

John Lucas

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Tony Zinni, a former commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command, explores U.S. military and foreign in his new book, “Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield”. He joins us to discuss the book and his views on the Obama Administration’s strategy against the Islamic terrorist group ISIS.

We’ll bring you excerpts from an event in Los Angeles to launch Tavis’ book, “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year”. Tavis was interviewed by fellow radio host and journalist Terrence McNally.

Sérgio Mendes has advanced the sound of Brazil for more than five decades. His latest CD, “Magic”, features collaborations with artists including John Legend, will.i.am and fellow Brazilian legend Milton Nascimento. He joins us to talk about the new project.

While the human toll of the Ebola epidemic is evident, we’re just now getting a sense of its economic impact in Africa. Amadou Sy, senior fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, joins us with an update.

Book editor 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.

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.

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.

The documentary “The Cooler Bandits” looks at the lives of four young Ohio men sentenced to 500 years in prison for their roles in a series of armed robberies. Director John Lucas and Richard “Poochie” Roderick, one of the men featured in the documentary, join us.