Now this is a win for us all.Â Tavis Smiley and Cornell West have announced that they will co-host a show together starting next year.Â The show will air for an hour on a weekly basis on Public Radio International (PRI) affiliate stations nationwide.Â It’s a show that Tavis Smiley is honored to do:
â€œDr. West is a long-time friend and I am honored that he has agreed to go on this journey with me. This new venture, Smiley & West, will not only set the pace for tomorrowâ€™s news but will be a conduit for the insightful conversation that America is thirsting for. Iâ€™m excited that alongside one of Americaâ€™s greatest thinkers, we will encourage, enlighten and empower the listeners together.â€ â€“ Tavis Smiley
The first half of the show will consist of Tavis and West discussing current news topics with a focus towards stories ignored by mainstream media outlets.Â Listeners are encouraged to call in to engage directly with the co-hosts on the issues during a segment called “Take ‘Em to Task“.Â The remaining 30 minutes will take place between Tavis, Cornel, and a special guest.Â The first episodes feature New York Times columnist Frank Rich and comedian, actor and writer Garry Shandling with future episodes including “celebrities, politicians, intellectuals and other newsmakers.”
â€œMany of Americaâ€™s most important discussions arenâ€™t necessarily happening in the boardroom or between the pundits on cable television. Rather theyâ€™re happening at BBQs, cocktail parties, barbershops, and salons between real people. With this new endeavor, Smiley & West, Tavis and I hope to really tap into the concerns of everyday people.â€ â€“ Cornel West
Check out www.smileyandwest.com for more details.Â I cannot wait for this.