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Tavis Smiley Visits Beijing’s Famed 101 Middle School

This week, there may be no better way to get a sense of why China is taking it to the U.S. than Thursday’s edition of Tavis Smiley‘s PBS talk show. As part of a special “China Week” of programs that begins tonight, Smiley sits down on July 14 with students from Beijing’s Middle School 101, consistently ranked as one of the top two high schools in China.

Smiley spent two weeks in Beijing and Shanghai to put together his special string of programs. The Thursday show is actually something that was synced up as well with his NPR radio show “Smiley & West.”

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LA Times Reporter Continues to Blow Lid Off Area 51

Tavis Smiley‘s June 24 interview with Annie Jacobsen (pictured), LA Times Magazine contributing editor and author of the New York Times best-seller Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base, is currently one of the “Most Viewed” videos on the talk show host’s website.

In case you missed the conversation, and-or have not yet had a chance to catch up with Jacobsen’s book, the claims made by the author are nothing short of astounding. For example, per the Smiley interview, here’s what a nuclear weapons engineer told Jacobsen about all that supposed UFO and alien business in the Nevada desert:

“The source told me that something really did crash in the desert in New Mexico in 1947… Stalin had sent this prototype of a flying disc here to serve as a kind of a war of the world hoax, the same way that Americans had been moved to mass hysteria in 1938 when they believed Martians were attacking earth…

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Tavis Smiley Brings Late Night PBS Show to New York This Week

As part of his deal with WNET in December, Tavis Smiley will occasionally hit the road, and bring his eponymous show to New York. This is one of those weeks.

The collaboration includes the brand new Tisch WNET studios in Lincoln Center.

“Whenever I would come to New York before, we just had to rent out a studio,” Smiley tells FishbowlNY. “But now that WNET is my official public television partner and I have access to my own studios at Lincoln Center, it makes it a little easier to come here… to do shows.” 

Despite now having access to the studios, The Los Angeles-based Smiley is uncertain when he’ll return to New York, and how often.

“The studios are mine, whenever I want them,” Smiley admits. “It’s really just a matter of scheduling.”

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Gustavo Dudamel To Be Featured on ‘Tavis Smiley Reports’

The LA Philharmonic’s Gustavo Dudamel will be the subject of the final hour-long “Tavis Smiley Reports” show of 2010 this Wednesday at 8. The show will not only profile Dudamel, but will focus on the social costs of gutting musical education in pubic schools. When we spoke to Smiley last week, he described Dudamel as “not just the charismatic young man with the wild hair, we’ve all seen. He’s an intellect, and the perfect person to lead a larger discussion on the price we pay for abandoning music education.”

The show will be Smiley’s fourth special of the year and will be followed up by a PBS “Great Performances” featuring Dudamel and the LA Phil.

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Tavis Smiley Is Sticking With Los Angeles

Despite signing a deal to make New York’s PBS affiliate WNET the co-production partner for his nightly talkshow–instead of LA’s newly minted primary PBS affiliate PBS SoCalTavis Smiley unequivocally put to rest any rumors of an impending move to New York.

“LA is home,” Smiley tells Fishbowl LA. “I expect to be there. We take pride in being based in LA…Smart television is not a wholly owned subsidiary of the Eastern seaboard. Ours was the first PBS show broadcast live, west of the Mississippi. My staff and I like the distinction broadcasting from Los Angeles gives us.”

Smiley says he’s been speaking with PBS SoCal, formerly KOCE, president Mel Rogers on a fairly regularly basis since the station overnight became PBS’ primary affiliate in Southern California, with the departure of Smiley’s old station KCET from the PBS umbrella.

“They have so much on their plate right now. To go overnight to being Southern California’s primary PBS affiliate. Imagine what they’re up against. Mel has more programming requests then he has real estate. So when I told them about the WNET deal, they were more than happy not to have to eat the cost of my program. And I have the wonderful opportunity to partner with the grand-daddy of the PBS network. So it works out for both of us.”

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Tavis Smiley Partners With WNET in New York

With KCET unexpectedly leaving the PBS umbrella, Tavis Smiley suddenly found himself without a PBS affiliate partner for his nightly half-hour program, “The Tavis Smiley Show.” He no longer has that problem. And he’s not partnering with whom you would think. Even though Orange County’s PBS affiliate KOCE has now become PBS SoCal, and will broadcast Smiley’s show locally, the station will not be Smiley’s production partner. That distinction, it was announced today, will be held by WNET in New York.

All indications are Smiley is staying put in Los Angeles. For now. But could this be the beginning of a transition to the east coast?

Smiley’s people couldn’t say. But FBLA is in the process of arranging a word with the man himself. Stay tuned.

Previously on FBLA: Tavis Smiley Moves to Orange County, Not Happy About It

PBS Talker Tavis Smiley and WNET Agree to Production Deal

Tavis Smiley is entering into his eighth season of his Public Broadcasting System talk show. The nightly 30-minute show is seen throughout the country, including on WNET/Channel 13.

The award-winning show will be co-produced by, Channel 13′s parent company.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Tavis Smiley now on the eve of his 20th anniversary in broadcasting, ” said  Neal Shapiro, WNET president and CEO. “Like all great interviewers, his intelligence and curiosity sparks conversation and brings out the most interesting aspects of his guests. He’s an important part of the PBS lineup today and into the future – and we’re delighted to have him join us.”

While remaining based in Los Angeles, Smiley will occasionally bring his show to New York at WNET’s new Tisch studios on the Lincoln Center campus.

“When we began our program, the station that I wanted most to be on was WNET in New York, ” Smiley said in a statement. “Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that I would have the honor of being partnered with this iconic broadcast outlet.”

In addition to the nightly program, Smiley will work with WNET to explore new media ventures including primetime specials, educational content based on his show, an evolving web presence, and collaborations with other WNET shows.  

Photo Credit: WNET.ORG/Joe Sinnott
Smiley joined with Shapiro at WNET’s new Tisch studios.

Tavis Smiley Moves to Orange County, Not Happy About It

Missed this story over the holiday break. Television host Tavis Smiley, who had worked with KCET for seven years to produce his self-titled late-night program, will no longer be working with the station now that they’ve left the PBS umbrella. He’s moving his program to Orange County’s PBS affiliate KOCE. And he doesn’t feel good about the way the move went down.

“If the viewer in Southern California, if the viewer in Los Angeles, feels bilked — feels bamboozled, hoodwinked, run amok, led astray, abandoned — if the viewer feels that way, I say to the viewer, ‘I feel your pain,’ ” Smiley told the LA Times. “As I move around the city, the feeling is for me palpable of how disappointed the citizens are about this decision.”

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Liberal Criticism of PBS Too Quick To The Draw

111pbs.jpgTavis Smiley Ends Racism” reads a Gawker post today about the PBS host, but they’re not talking about The Covenant with Black America editor bringing people together.

Instead, the article is about Tavis Smiley‘s decision to end his 10-year-old State of the Black Union conference, which some would argue is inherently race-related (though how it may be “racist” is a different matter entirely, based mostly on Smiley’s previous criticism of Barack Obama). This news comes barely a week after PBS ombudsman Michael Getler addressed readers and explained that there’s a difference between something being on public television, and it being distributed by PBS, as viewers emailed to complain about the station being in bed with a George W. Bush institution in producing a series called “Ideas For Action.”

In fact, it is EPS (Executive Program Services, run by several ex-PBS staffers) which is distributing and co-producing the series, though the shows will be shown on public television.

Though it may seem like a splitting of hairs in both of these cases, the anti-PBS rhetoric of late seems bent towards liberal blogs (The Huffington Post, Gawker), ironically reinforcing the idea that only left-wing writers pay attention to public television in the first place.

Read More: APNewsBreak: Smiley Ends State of the Black Union –AP/The New York Times

Another Case of ‘It’s on PBS, but It’s Not PBS’ –PBS Ombudsman

George W. Bush Institute To Co-Produce Public Television Show “Ideas In Action” –Huffington Post

Tavis Smiley Ends Racism –Gawker

NPR Announced New Investigative Project – Legitimizes Bloggers in the Process

We posted the whole release which is interesting and there for your perusal. What struck us is the use of the phrase “well-qualified pool of journalist bloggers.” That’s right “journalist bloggers.”

If NPR uses it – even just in their press release – it’s lexicon admitted!


Washington, DC, Oct.2, 2009 – NPR will launch a new journalism project to develop in-depth, local coverage on topics critical to communities and the nation, in a new effort funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the groups announced today.

The new funding – $2 million from CPB and $1 million from Knight Foundation – provides a pilot group of NPR stations with the resources to expand original reporting, and to curate, distribute and share online content about high-interest, specialized subjects. It is the first time that CPB and Knight Foundation have jointly funded a project of this type.

The two-year pilot will help a dozen stations establish themselves as definitive sources of news on a topic selected by each one as most relevant to its community, such as city politics, the changing economy, health care, immigration or education. These online reports will help fill the growing gap in local news offerings.

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