Notes from the Field: Anna Deavere Smith with Valerie Jarrett and Van Jones


Legendary writer and performer Anna Deavere Smith debuted her acclaimed one-woman show Notes from the Field — on America’s failed justice system and its effect on minority youth — Off Broadway in 2016.

Now it’s a new HBO film. Join Smith, who portrays a multitude of real-life characters with her signature precision, and Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Obama, when they sit down with CNN’s Van Jones for a probing conversation on race, class and the criminal justice system in contemporary America. How can we address the complex forces behind mass incarceration and end the cycle for the next generation?