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Connie Rice – Aftermath of the Charleston Church Shootings

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Connie Rice

6/26/15

Civil rights attorney Connie Rice, co-founder and co-director of the Advancement Project, shares her thoughts on how the shooting massacre of nine people at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. represents a culmination of several critical issues pervasive in America, including the lack of effective gun control, and the problem of personal and systemic racism.

Brian Levin – The Hatred and Racism Behind the Church Murders

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Brian Levin

6/26/15

Civil rights attorney Brian Levin, a professor of criminal justice and director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, discusses the undercurrent of hate and racism that prompted the murders at Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church.

Sen. Ted Cruz – Republican Presidential Candidate

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Sen. Ted Cruz

6/26/15

In March, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the first Republican to officially announce his candidacy for president. In an extended conversation, Cruz tells us why he’s running, explains his criticisms of the Obama administration and lays out his vision for the campaign.

Friday, June 26 – Friday, July 3

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Connie Rice

Sen. Ted Cruz

Brian Levin

On today’s program, we’ll have a pair of discussions on the aftermath of the shooting massacre of nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

In our first conversation, civil rights attorney Connie Rice, co-founder and co-director of the Advancement Project, shares her thoughts on how the murders represent a culmination of several critical issues pervasive in America, including the lack of effective gun control, and the problem of personal and systemic racism. Then, criminologist and civil rights attorney Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, discusses the undercurrent of hate and racism that prompted the shootings.

In March, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the first Republican to officially announce his candidacy for president. In an extended conversation, Cruz tells us why he’s running, explains his criticisms of the Obama administration and lays out his vision for the campaign.

Friday, June 19 – Friday, June 26

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Mayor Kevin Johnson

Zoe Saldana

Matthieu Ricard

Elijah Wood

Program note: This show was taped prior to the shooting massacre that left nine people dead at an historic Black church in Charleston, S.C.  Tavis offered his thoughts on the tragedy in a commentary in USA Today. We’ll have more coverage of the shootings on this program and on Tavis Smiley on PBS next week.

Sacramento mayor and former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson discusses his role as president of the nonpartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors and the major challenges faced by his fellow municipal executives.

Matthieu Ricard, a French-born Buddhist monk, has been described as the happiest man in the world. He’s combined his life of meditation and reflection with scientific data to show that altruism is the best means for benefiting both individuals and society. He joins us to discuss his book, “Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World.”

Actress Zoe Saldana talks about her role in the new film “Infinitely Polar Bear,” in which she portrays a mother struggling to support her two young daughters while her husband copes with a mental breakdown.

Actor Elijah Wood joins us to discuss his latest film, “Set Fire to the Stars.” Based on true events, the film stars Wood as an aspiring poet who goes on a transformative weeklong retreat with his hero, Dylan Thomas.

Mayor Kevin Johnson – U.S. Conference of Mayors

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Mayor Kevin Johnson

6/19/15

Sacramento Mayor and former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson discusses his role as president of the nonpartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors and the major challenges faced by his fellow municipal executives.

*Program note: Our interview with Mayor Johnson was taped prior to the shooting massacre at a historic Black church in Charleston, S.C. that left nine people dead.  In the hours immediately following the tragedy, Mayor Johnson issued this statement on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors: “While the details of the shooting in a Charleston church are still unclear, the nation’s mayors are sickened by this news.  We stand by Mayor Joe Riley, known as the Dean of America’s Mayors, at such a difficult time.  Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Charleston and their families.”

Tavis also offered his thoughts in a commentary in USA Today. We’ll have continued coverage of the shootings on this program and on Tavis Smiley on PBS next week.

Matthieu Ricard – “Altruism”

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Matthieu Ricard

6/19/15

Matthieu Ricard, a French-born Buddhist monk, best-selling author and a scientist with a degree in molecular biology, has been described in various media accounts as the happiest man in the world. He’s combined his life of meditation and reflection with scientific data to show that altruism is the best means for benefiting both individuals and society. He joins us to discuss his book, “Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World.”

Zoe Saldana – “Infinitely Polar Bear”

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Zoe Saldana

6/19/15

Zoe Saldana is a favorite of science fiction fans for her roles in “Avatar,” “Star Trek” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but she’s also played plenty of down-to-earth characters. She joins us to talk about her role in the new film “Infinitely Polar Bear,” in which she portrays a mother struggling to find a job to support her two young daughters while her husband, played by Mark Ruffalo, copes with a mental breakdown.

Elijah Wood – “Set Fire to the Stars”

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Elijah Wood

6/19/15

Elijah Wood gained worldwide fame for his role as Frodo in the “Lord of the Rings” films, but since then the versatile actor has challenged himself with diverse roles in a wide range of movie and television projects. He joins us to discuss his latest feature, “Set Fire to the Stars.” Based on true events, the film stars Wood as an aspiring poet who goes on a transformative weeklong retreat with his hero, Dylan Thomas.

Philip K. Howard – “The Rule of Nobody”

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Philip K. Howard

6/12/15

Philip K. Howard, a bestselling author, attorney, and chair of Common Good, a nonpartisan, non-profit coalition, argues that one of the keys to restoring common sense in America is an extensive reexamination of the nation’s laws, particularly those that are outdated or ineffective. He critiques modern legal orthodoxy in his new book, “The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government.”