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On Tuesday, December 17th, KALW GM Matt Martin went on the air for his end-of-year Manager's Report to the Listeners.

Join GM Matt Martin on Tuesday, December 17th at 5pm for an end-of-year Manager's Report to the Listeners. Matt will update you on programming changes for the New Year, including Dr.

At the end of September, WBEZ – Chicago’s primary NPR affiliate – made the decision to drop Smiley & West from its schedule.  This week, Tavis Smiley released a public letter responding to the cancellation, and to comments made by Chicago Public Media president and CEO Torey Malatia, who said the show was “becoming like Democracy Now" and veering too far from WBEZ’s declaration of principles.

On Monday morning from 10 to Noon, tune to 91.7FM for two hours of critical conversation about rising poverty and inequality in the U.S., its effects on our society and democracy, and how we can take action. 

Cornel West and Tavis Smiley were absolutely floored by the turnout at the Paramount on April 28, in which they discussed the current political climate in the context of "The Rich and the Rest of Us:  A Poverty Manifesto".  If you missed the live event, a pledge of $50 will get you a special DVD we made, $75 gets you their book, or, for a $120 pledge, get both!

On Saturday, more than 1900 people came to The Paramount Theatre in Oakland to hear Tavis Smiley & Dr. Cornel West talk about their new book The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto.  

Today on Your Call: How is Poverty Changing the US?

Apr 23, 2012

On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with poverty advocate Ethel Long-Scott and Professor Cornel West. Dr. West and Tavis Smiley have written their first book together. The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto is the next step in the journey that began with "The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience. Over 150 million Americans are persistently poor or near poor. What effective strategies are needed to fight poverty at its roots? Join us at 10 or email What causes poverty?

On Saturday, April 28th at 6pm, Tavis Smiley and Cornel West will speak about their new book, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, at The Paramount Theatre in Oakland.  

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.  We have now reached capacity for the venue, and have closed pre-registration.

On this week's Smiley & West, a conversation with Arun Gandhi about his grandfather's legacy, and the future of nonviolence.  Friday at 1pm.