How cool to see KCET’s Tavis Smiley hosting Larry King Live on CNN tonight. I first found Smiley years ago, when I lived in NYC, via his Los Angeles-based radio show that was broadcast on a local NPR affiliate. Smiley ultimately left the radio show, saying NPR was ineffective in reaching a more diverse audience. Now he hosts his own nightly TV show at 11 PM on KCET.
Tonight’s King show had some LA/CA relevance with Smiley doing a segment about medical marijuana dispensaries and the recent decision by the Obama administration Justice Dept. to not prosecute them if they are following state laws. (CA passed Prop 215 in ’96, legalizing pot for medical purposes, although federal law doesn’t allow it– yet.)