Tavis talks with author and consumer advocate Ralph Nader about the progressive's response to the conservative agenda of the Trump administration.
Tavis talks with award winning architect Frank Gehry about his recent teaching engagements through Turnaround Arts and Masterclass.
Tavis talks with the parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin about how the tragic loss of their son led to a social justice movement as described in their new text Rest in Power.
This week, we’re celebrating the Oscars by speaking to stars from three breakout movies of the season. Barry Jenkins, Director of the Oscar-nominated movie, ‘Moonlight’, Octavia Spencer talks about playing mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in the hit movie, ‘Hidden Figures’. Mykelti Williamson reflects on his role as Gabriel Maxson in the big-screen adaptation of August Wilson’s play, ‘Fences’. Listen Now
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