Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West have joined forces to co-host a new radio program — Smiley & West — to premiere this fall. Building on Tavis’ current popular radio show The Tavis Smiley Show, Smiley & West will integrate their professional and personal relationship to explore contemporary, cutting-edge issues. The program was announced during the 23rd annual Public Radio Programming Conference in Denver, Colorado, Sunday, September 26.
“Dr. West is a long-time friend and I am honored that he has agreed to go on this journey with me,” says Smiley. “This new venture, Smiley & West, will not only set the pace for tomorrow’s news but will be a conduit for the insightful conversation that America is thirsting for. I’m excited that alongside one of America’s greatest thinkers, we will encourage, enlighten and empower the listeners together.”
The weekly hour-long program will air on Public Radio International (PRI) affiliates nationwide. Each week Smiley & West will begin with Tavis and Dr. West discussing the news of the day, including current affairs, politics and culture. The duo will play particular attention to those stories that are not being discussed in the mainstream media, but deserve examination. The second segment of the show called “Take ‘Em to Task” will allow listeners to directly engage with Tavis and Dr. West about any issue they may disagree with the hosts on.
Alisa Miller, President and CEO of Public Radio International said, “PRI creates and distributes content that offers different perspectives and new voices to help people live successfully in our complex, interconnected world. That’s why we’re thrilled that Tavis and Dr. West have created this forum for a robust exploration of ideas among people with different points of view. PRI is proud to bring the broadcast to audiences nationwide and to support Tavis as he encourages conversation about issues of importance.”