Ken Tucker
April 28, 2009 AT 06:07 AM EDT

In a rare lengthy, two-part interview on PBS’ Tavis Smiley tonight and tomorrow night, Prince talks about his difficult relationship with his father, the reasons he’s battled so frequently with the music industry, and mentions philosophical talks he has at his house with guest/friends such as academic Cornel West and Smiley himself.

Prince also talks about the fact that he’s had epilepsy: “I’ve never spoken about this before, but I was born epileptic,” he says. “I used to have seizures when I was young.” Here’s a brief clip:

There’s this and more on Tavis Smiley, airing Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

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