Arianna: a most interesting woman

Tavis Smiley is host of a public affairs program that you can watch online at PanhandlePBS.org.  He’s an interesting young man with a lot to say about a lot of things.

He also pulls in some equally fascinating guests on his show.

Smiley landed a good one recently when he interviewed Arianna Huffington about her latest book, “Thrive.”

http://video.kacvtv.org/video/2365257966/

The link to the broadcast is attached above. Take a look at it and you’ll see what I mean about Huffington.

What makes her so intriguing?

Well, she was married for quite a number of years to a Republican member of Congress, Michael Huffington of California. Then a string of events occurred. Michael Huffington lost a race for the U.S. Senate in California. The couple divorced in 1997 and the following year, Michael Huffington announced he is bisexual.

She then launched her own media empire. Its flagship outlet is now the Huffington Post, a liberal-leaning website that features reporting and commentary. The Huffington Post won journalism’s top honor in national reporting, the Pulitzer Prize in 2012, for its 10-part series on wounded veterans, titled “Beyond the Battlefield.”

Huffington hasn’t escaped controversy. She’s been accused of plagiarism, an accusation she’s been able to fight off successfully. None of that, however, has dimmed her star power significantly.

Arianna Huffington is a native of Greece and she has emerged as a favorite guest on news talk shows, where she lends her sharp critique on national and world affairs.

Check out the link and have a listen.

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