Tavis Smiley profiles newsmakers and explores issues in this quarterly series, which begins with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and America's international relations. Smiley talks with Clinton about her first year on the job and accompanies her on a diplomatic mission to the Middle East.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1967 "Beyond Vietnam" speech at New York City's Riverside Church, in which he came out against the Vietnam War, is examined, including the repercussions it had on his popularity and its relevance to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The report features interviews with Dr. Vincent Harding, who wrote the speech; King adviser Clarence Jones; Dr. Cornel West; Dr. Susannah Heschel, daughter of activist Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel; Marian Wright Edelman; historian Taylor Branch.
Tavis Smiley teams with Jonathan Demme to examine the progress in rebuilding New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. Guests include jazz musicians Ellis and Branford Marsalis; "Treme" stars John Goodman and Wendell Pierce, both of whom call the city home; New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu; residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun, who were the subject of Dave Eggers' book "Zeitoun." Also: city activists, educators, environmentalists and religious leaders.
A profile of 29-year-old L.A. Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel, whose passion for music was fostered by El Sistema, an intensive music-education program in his native Venezuela. The report also examines El Sistema-like programs in the U.S., including the Abreu Fellows program at the New England Conservatory in Boston and the Dudamel-championed Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, which is building youth orchestras in underserved L.A. communities.