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This week on “The Tavis Smiley Show”

Friday, August 1 – Friday, August 8

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Joseph Siegle

Dr. Leana Wen

Dan Lesser

Ken Hughes

Gerald Albright

Tracie McMilliam

Dr. John

Peter Kunhardt

George Johnson

On August 4, President Obama will open the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the White House. The three-day event will focus on encouraging trade with and investment in African nations, along with new ways to engage African leaders. Joseph Siegle, director of research at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, joins us for a preview of the summit.

The U.S. is the richest country in the world, yet one in six Americans reports running out of food at least once a year. When they do eat, they’re likely dining on processed foods that lead to obesity and a myriad of life-threatening conditions. Journalist Tracie McMillan joins us to discuss “The New Face of Hunger”, her article in the August issue of “National Geographic Magazine” examining growing food insecurity in America.

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About… ”, Dr. Leana Wen, attending physician and Director of Patient-Centered Care Research at George Washington University, shares her advice on how to prepare for visiting your doctor.

Singer, composer and pianist Dr. John is the embodiment of the distinctive New Orleans sound. He is known for his unique blend of funk, R&B, psychedelic rock, jazz and zydeco. He joins us to share his new project, “Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch”, a tribute to another New Orleans music legend—Louis Armstrong.

Dan Lesser, director of economic justice at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, joins us to discuss the center’s 2013 Congressional Poverty Scorecard, which breaks down the voting records of every U.S. Senator and Representative on poverty issues.

On Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon, irreparably tainted by the Watergate scandal, announced his resignation. He fought until his death 20 years later against the release of thousands of hours of secret White House tapes. The contents of those tapes are the subject of a new HBO documentary, “Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words”. Director Peter Kunhardt and Ken Hughes, a researcher at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center Presidential Recordings Program, join us.

Sports commentator George Johnson offers his take on the appointment of Michele Roberts as executive director of the NBA Players Association, the NFL’s two-game suspension of Ray Rice for assault, and the new eligibility rules for election into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

For four decades, Grammy-nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright has put his signature sound on hits from Patrice Rushen’s “Forget Me Nots” to Quincy Jones’ “Setembro”, and he has recorded 14 albums of his own. On his latest project, “Slam Dunk”, Albright shows he’s also skilled as a bass player and flautist. He joins us discuss the new album.