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Friday, July 24 – Friday, July 31

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Mayor Mike Duggan

Curt Guyette

Graham W.J. Beal and Swarupa Anila

Panel Discussion

Stephen Henderson

Judge Steven W. Rhodes

Dr. M. Roy Wilson

In a special hour-long broadcast, The Tavis Smiley Show takes an in-depth look at the issues and challenges facing the city of Detroit. We begin with a conversation with Mayor Mike Duggan on the state of the city and his plans to foster the city’s resurgence.

Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor of the “Detroit Free Press” and winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his columns on the city’s financial crisis, and investigative reporter Curt Guyette of the ACLU of Michigan, discuss Detroit’s prospects for recovery.

Detroit’s bankruptcy in 2013 was the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history. Judge Steven W. Rhodes describes how he handled the proceedings, and shares his feelings about the city of Detroit.

When Detroit declared bankruptcy, some creditors demanded that the Detroit Institute of Arts sell off its masterpieces to help settle the city’s debt obligations, but what became known as “the grand bargain” saved the art. Graham W.J. Beal, director, president and CEO of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Swarupa Anila, head of interpretation at the DIA, describe the grand bargain and the works it saved.

Dr. M. Roy Wilson, president of Wayne State University, shares the importance of making higher education a top priority in the communities of Detroit.

Our special program from Detroit concludes with an in-depth panel discussion on education in the city. Our panelists are Tonya Allen, president of the Skillman Foundation; Darnell Earley, emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools; David Hecker, vice president of the American Federation of Teachers; and Denise Smith, vice president for early learning at Excellent Schools Detroit.

Ambassador Johnnie Carson – Obama’s Upcoming Trip to Africa

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Amb. Johnnie Carson

7/17/15

Ambassador Johnnie Carson, senior advisor to the president of the U.S. Institute of Peace and a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, previews President Obama’s upcoming trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.

Oliver Tavakoli – Are Our Computer Networks Safe?

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Oliver Tavakoli

7/17/15

Simultaneous computer glitches that crippled United Airlines, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Stock Exchange last week were widely described as a coincidence, but the incidents raised questions on  just how vulnerable government and private networks are to potentially devastating cyberattacks. Oliver Tavakoli, chief technology officer at the cybersecurity firm Vectra Networks, joins us to explain the risks.

Friday, July 17 – Friday, July 24

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Amb. Johnnie Carson

Michael “Killer Mike” Render

Oliver Tavakoli

Ambassador Johnnie Carson, senior advisor to the president of the U.S. Institute of Peace and a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, previews President Obama’s upcoming trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.

Simultaneous computer glitches that crippled United Airlines, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Stock Exchange last week were widely described as a coincidence, but the incidents raised questions on just how vulnerable government and private networks are to potentially devastating cyberattacks. Oliver Tavakoli, chief technology officer at the cybersecurity firm Vectra Networks, joins us to explain the risks.

In Part Two of our extended conversation with rapper Michael Render – better known by his stage name, Killer Mike, who is one half of the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels – he discusses confrontations between African Americans and the police, his views on gun ownership and how his upbringing in Atlanta shaped his artistry and his life.

 

Killer Mike – Hip-Hop as a Tool of Empowerment, Part Two

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Michael “Killer Mike” Render

7/17/15

In Part Two of our extended conversation with rapper Michael Render – better known by his stage name, Killer Mike, who is one half of the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels – he discusses confrontations between African Americans and the police, his views on gun ownership and how his upbringing in Atlanta shaped his artistry and his life.

Friday, July 10 – Friday, July 17

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Kentaro Toyama

Killer Mike

Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Computer scientist Kentaro Toyama, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Information and co-founder of Microsoft Research India, discusses his new book, “Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology,” in which he argues that technology not only fails as a solution, but distracts us from the causes of genuine societal progress.

Sex therapist and talk show host Dr. Ruth Westheimer discusses her life and career as told in her new book, “The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre,” a part life manual, part memoir released to mark her 87th birthday.

As one half of the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, Atlanta rapper Michael Render – better known by his stage name, Killer Mike – has become one of hip-hop’s most creative voices, using his music  as a tool of enlightenment and social change. In an extended, wide-ranging conversation airing this week and next, Killer Mike shares his outlook and the life experiences that have informed his music

Kentaro Toyama – “Geek Heresy”

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Kentaro Toyama

7/10/15

Computer scientist Kentaro Toyama, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Information and co-founder of Microsoft Research India, discusses his new book, “Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology,” in which he argues that technology not only fails as a solution, but distracts us from the causes of genuine societal progress.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer – “The Doctor Is In”

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer

7/10/15

Sex therapist and talk show host Dr. Ruth Westheimer discusses her life and career as told in her new book, “The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre,” described as part life manual, part memoir. It was released to mark her 87th birthday.

Killer Mike – Hip-Hop as a Tool of Empowerment

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Killer Mike

7/10/15

As one half of the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, Atlanta rapper Michael Render –better known by his stage name, Killer Mike – has become one of hip-hop’s most creative voices, using his music  as a tool of enlightenment and social change. In an extended, wide-ranging conversation airing this week and next, Killer Mike shares his outlook and the life experiences that have informed his music.

Friday, July 3 – Friday, July 10

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Prof. David Cruz

Lincoln Chafee

Prof. Melissa Murray

Panel Discussion

The U.S. Supreme Court ended this year’s term by handing down some of its most important decisions in decades, including major rulings on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. Prof. David Cruz of the USC Gould School of Law, and Prof. Melissa Murray of the UC Berkeley law school join us to discuss the legal underpinnings and social implications of the decisions.

Former U.S. Senator and former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee recently became the fourth candidate to announce that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for president. He joins us from Providence, R.I. to discuss his candidacy and his chances against front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In a special panel discussion, three retired Los Angeles Police Department officers — Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey, Officer Alex Salazar, and Capt. John Mutz — join us to talk about why institutional racism persists in the nation’s law-enforcement agencies and what can be done to curb the problem.