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Season 12

1 :12x01 - Pierre Labossiere, Marion Cotillard

Jan/12/2015
Tavis was joined by political activist Pierre Labossiere and Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard.
Interviewees: Marion Cotillard as Herself | Pierre Labossiere as Himself

2 :12x02 - Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Tim Scott

Jan/13/2015
Tavis was joined by the U.S. Senate's only two African American members Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Tim Scott for part one of their conversation.
Interviewees: Tim Scott (3) as Himself | Cory A. Booker as Himself

3 :12x03 - Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Tim Scott

Jan/14/2015
Tavis was joined by Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Tim Scott for part two of their conversation.
Interviewees: Cory A. Booker as Himself | Tim Scott (3) as Himself

4 :12x04 - Patrick Stewart

Jan/15/2015
Tavis was joined by actor Patrick Stewart.
Interviewees: Patrick Stewart as Himself

5 :12x05 - Laura Poitras

Jan/16/2015
Tavis was joined by documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras.
Interviewees: Laura Poitras as Herself

6 :12x06 - Ava DuVernay

Jan/19/2015
Tavis was joined by award-winning director of Selma, Ava DuVernay.
Interviewees: Ava DuVernay as Herself

7 :12x07 - Jeffrey Sachs

Jan/20/2015
Tavis was joined by economist Jeffrey Sachs.
Interviewees: Jeffrey Sachs (2) as Himself

8 :12x08 - Benedict Cumberbatch

Jan/21/2015
Tavis was joined by actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
Interviewees: Benedict Cumberbatch as Himself

9 :12x09 - Jorge Ramos, Paulette Brown

Jan/22/2015
Tavis was joined by Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos, and President-elect of the American Bar Association, Paulette Brown.
Interviewees: Jorge Ramos as Himself | Paulette Brown as Herself

10 :12x10 - Marcus Roberts

Jan/23/2015
Tavis was joined by pianist Marcus Roberts.
Interviewees: Marcus Roberts as Himself

11 :12x11 - Larry Flynt, Maz Jobrani, Peter Eliasberg

Jan/26/2015
Tavis was joined by publisher Larry Flynt, comedian Maz Jobrani, and Peter Eliasberg of the ACLU in the first part of a two-night conversation on free speech in America.
Interviewees: Larry Flynt as Himself | Maz Jobrani as Himself | Peter Eliasberg as Himself

12 :12x12 - Roseanne Barr, Hussam Ayloush, Sonali Kolhatkar

Jan/27/2015
Tavis was joined by actress and comedian Roseanne Barr, activist Hussam Ayloush, and radio host Sonali Kolhatkar in the second part of a special conversation on free speech in America.
Interviewees: Roseanne Barr as Herself | Hussam Ayloush as Himself | Sonali Kolhatkar as Herself

13 :12x13 - Michael Connelly, Titus Welliver, Nnenna Freelon

Jan/28/2015
Tavis was joined by "Bosch" author and producer Michael Connelly, and the show's star Titus Welliver, and singer and actress Nnenna Freelon.
Interviewees: Michael Connelly as Himself | Titus Welliver as Himself | Nnenna Freelon as Herself

14 :12x14 - Damien Chazelle

Jan/29/2015
Tavis was joined by "Whiplash" director Damien Chazelle.
Interviewees: Damien Chazelle as Himself

15 :12x15 - Lupe Fiasco, Joanne Froggatt

Jan/30/2015
Tavis was joined by actress Joanne Froggatt and rapper Lupe Fiasco.
Interviewees: Lupe Fiasco as Himself | Joanne Frogatt as Herself

16 :12x16 - Jessica Neuwirth, Marcus Roberts

Feb/02/2015
Tavis was joined by President of the ERA Coalition and author of Equal Means Equal Jessica Neuwirth, plus music from Marcus Roberts.
Musical Guests: Marcus Roberts as Himself |
Interviewees: Jessica Neuwirth as Herself

17 :12x17 - Kevin Costner

Feb/03/2015
Tavis was joined by actor Kevin Costner.
Interviewees: Kevin Costner as Himself

18 :12x18 - Jill Leovy

Feb/04/2015
Tavis was joined by Los Angeles Times reporter and author Jill Leovy.
Interviewees: Jill Leovy as Herself

19 :12x19 - Sean Bean, Ziggy Marley

Feb/05/2015
Tavis was joined by actor Sean Bean and musician Ziggy Marley.
Interviewees: Ziggy Marley as Himself | Sean Bean as Himself

20 :12x20 - Gretchen Parlato, Antonique Smith

Feb/06/2015
Tavis was joined by Grammy-nominated singers Gretchen Parlato and Antonique Smith.
Interviewees: Gretchen Parlato as Herself | Antonique Smith as Herself

21 :12x21 - Joyce Carol Oates

Feb/09/2015
Tavis was joined by best-selling author Joyce Carol Oates.
Interviewees: Joyce Carol Oates as Herself

22 :12x22 - Eddie Redmayne

Feb/10/2015
Tavis was joined by actor Eddie Redmayne.
Interviewees: Eddie Redmayne as Himself

23 :12x23 - Richard Linklater

Feb/11/2015
Tavis was joined by writer-director Richard Linklater.
Interviewees: Richard Linklater as Himself

24 :12x24 - Rosamund Pike, Laura Dern

Feb/12/2015
Tavis was joined by actresses Rosamund Pike and Laura Dern.
Interviewees: Rosamund Pike as Herself | Laura Dern as Herself

25 :12x25 - John Oates, Garrett Morris

Feb/13/2015
Tavis was joined by Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer John Oates and actor-comedian Garrett Morris.
Interviewees: John Oates (1) as Himself | Garrett Morris as Himself

26 :12x26 - Ai-jen Poo, Sharon Isbin

Feb/16/2015
Tavis was joined by activist and author Ai-jen Poo and classical guitarist Sharon Isbin.
Interviewees: Sharon Isbin as Herself | Ai-jen Poo as Herself

27 :12x27 - William H. Frey

Feb/17/2015
Tavis was joined by demographer and author William H. Frey.
Interviewees: William H. Frey as Himself

28 :12x28 - Stuart H. Smith, Nicole Beharie

Feb/18/2015
Tavis was joined by environmental attorney and author Stuart H. Smith and actress Nicole Beharie.
Interviewees: Nicole Beharie as Herself | Stuart H. Smith as Himself

29 :12x29 - Marian Wright Edelman, Melissa Manchester

Feb/19/2015
Tavis was joined by Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman and singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester.
Interviewees: Marian Wright Edelman as Herself | Melissa Manchester as Herself

30 :12x30 - Academy Awards preview

Feb/20/2015
Tavis was joined by nearly a dozen of this year's Oscar nominees in a special 2015 Academy Awards Preview.

33 :12x33 - Mike Epps, Estelle

Feb/25/2015
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35 :12x35 - Felicity Huffman

Feb/27/2015
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Classification: Talk Shows
Status: Returning Series
Network: PBS ( USA)
Airs: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 11:55 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: January 05, 2004
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