Michel Martin http://wrvo.org en Tell Me More: Education Special and Twitter Forum http://wrvo.org/post/tell-me-more-education-special-and-twitter-forum For generations, education has been key to the American dream of advancement and opportunity. Today, NPR's <em>Tell Me More with Michel Martin</em> (<a href="https://twitter.com/TellMeMoreNPR">@TellMeMoreNPR</a>) is broadcasting from member station WLRN and hosting a Twitter education forum on where the nation's schools now stand.<p>We talk to Alberto Carvalho (<a href="https://twitter.com/MiamiSup">@MiamiSup</a>), superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:52:00 +0000 Michel Martin 27277 at http://wrvo.org Tell Me More: Education Special and Twitter Forum Does Access To Good Health Trickle Down? http://wrvo.org/post/does-access-good-health-trickle-down I got a chance to travel a little bit recently — and no I won't be showing slides, no matter how much you beg me. And call me a nerd but on our little car trip I found myself thinking about health care.<p>Certain provisions of last year's health care overhaul are going into effect today and they remain controversial...but that's not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about something deeper, about our country's attitudes about health and wealth, which are in front of us even when we aren't looking for them.<p>I will start by telling you we forgot to pack a prescription. Wed, 01 Aug 2012 16:53:00 +0000 Michel Martin 23501 at http://wrvo.org Does Access To Good Health Trickle Down? Rodney King's Personal Struggle With Alcohol http://wrvo.org/post/rodney-kings-personal-struggle-alcohol-0 I still cannot stop thinking about Rodney King, whose drowning death in his swimming pool this weekend seemed like the kind of ending only the authors of a Greek tragedy would write. It's as if the Gods are sending some sort of message.<p>But what message? Was it really too much to ask that this man, who made mistakes in his life, but who knew what they were, who openly mourned the suffering of others, could end his life peacefully in his own bed?<p>Still, it's worth remembering just how that whole Greek tragedy got started. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:52:00 +0000 Michel Martin 21273 at http://wrvo.org Rodney King's Personal Struggle With Alcohol Asking The Uncomfortable Questions http://wrvo.org/post/asking-uncomfortable-questions All week, we've been celebrating our fifth anniversary on the air. We actually hit that milestone on Monday, and we've been trying to have some fun with it — talking with 5-year-olds about what's fun about being 5; about five-year financial plans; and we checked in with some of the guests who were with us at the very beginning.<p>At this point, I realize you might be saying to yourself: Five? Big whoop! Come back to me when you're in double digits at least.<p>I can hear that. But I think the decision to acknowledge something or not is a dilemma all of us have at some point. Wed, 02 May 2012 17:40:00 +0000 Michel Martin 18604 at http://wrvo.org Asking The Uncomfortable Questions Trayvon Martin Was Afraid, Too http://wrvo.org/post/trayvon-martin-was-afraid-too Do you mind if I take a few minutes to tell you about my son? He has three beautiful sisters but right now I'll just tell you about him. He is 8 now and he loves anything that involves dirt, any ball, and running around. He still has deliciously long eyelashes and long musician's fingers; he is learning to play the guitar. He likes to act like he's older than he is — a couple days ago he asked me if I thought his Nerf basketball set was "old school" and if his next babysitter could be "hot"; whatever that means. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 14:50:00 +0000 Michel Martin 16308 at http://wrvo.org The Power Of Memoirs, Biographies http://wrvo.org/post/power-memoirs-biographies We hope you enjoyed digging into our <a href="https://www.npr.org/series/146654105/black-history-month-memoirs">Black History Month memoirs</a> as much as we did.<p>And if you are hungry for more good, true stories about people you may not know much about ... for Women's History Month, which starts on Thursday, we will be doing much the same thing.<p>We will be checking out recent biographies of famous and not so famous women whose life stories have been explored by talented writers.<p>We will hear about women as varied as the Egyptian monarch Cleopatra, the famous designer Coco Chanel ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Michel Martin 15173 at http://wrvo.org The Power Of Memoirs, Biographies What Enslaves Us That We Won't Give Up? http://wrvo.org/post/what-enslaves-us-we-wont-give I was thinking about a conversation I had with a friend of mine who teaches very low-income kids. He talks about his kids a lot, as teachers I know often do. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 14:52:00 +0000 Michel Martin 14766 at http://wrvo.org What Enslaves Us That We Won't Give Up? Sparking A Better Political Discourse http://wrvo.org/post/sparking-better-political-discourse It's here. It's really here. The presidential election, I mean. And if you like politics or love it as I do, then this is the best of times ... and the worst.<p>The best of times because this is, in part, what democracy is about. We get to see the candidates almost as often as we want to, or perhaps more than we want to if we live in Iowa or New Hampshire. And while the attack ads get old and the applause lines get stale, this is as good a time as any to remember that in parts of the world right now, people are dying for what we have. Mon, 09 Jan 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Michel Martin 12469 at http://wrvo.org Sparking A Better Political Discourse In Michel Martin's House: Spirit Of Revolt http://wrvo.org/post/michel-martins-house-spirit-revolt In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin shares that to her chagrin, her stepdaughters proposed to skip the china and use plastic plates for their holiday feast. The episode made Martin empathize with the deficit-cutters in Congress, and consider how tough it is to change the status quo until good-willed people choose to do so. Mon, 02 Jan 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Michel Martin 12041 at http://wrvo.org The Continuing Lessons Of A Bad Break http://wrvo.org/post/continuing-lessons-bad-break Finally, since so many people have been nice enough to ask me how I am doing with my arm since I broke it a month ago, I thought I would give an update.<p>First, it still hurts, a lot. I don't know what I expected since the last time I broke a bone. I think I was in fourth grade and all I remember about it was how wonderful it was to be able to get the cutest boys in my class to carry my books with little more than a crook of my finger and a toss of my pigtails. This time? Well, this is a little different.<p>Can I just tell you? Mon, 19 Dec 2011 18:38:00 +0000 Michel Martin 11365 at http://wrvo.org The Continuing Lessons Of A Bad Break Wanted: Advice For Recent Grad In Tough Economy http://wrvo.org/post/wanted-advice-recent-grad-tough-economy I'd like to tell you about an email I've been carrying around for a month now. It is from a young man whom I know, a fairly recent college graduate. He was writing in response to a column I wrote a while back that argued that the discussions about who is rich and who isn't struck me as disingenuous, given just how it is that some people get to six figures these days — including a police officer married to a nurse. Mon, 05 Dec 2011 17:06:00 +0000 Michel Martin 10537 at http://wrvo.org Wanted: Advice For Recent Grad In Tough Economy Lessons From Michel Martin's Bad Break http://wrvo.org/post/lessons-michel-martins-bad-break In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin discuses the courage of people who have endured physical and emotional pain without help or acknowledgement. Her reflection comes after an injury she had last week when ice skating. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Michel Martin 10146 at http://wrvo.org Listeners Weigh In On 'Tanning Of America' http://wrvo.org/post/listeners-weigh-tanning-america Host Michel Martin and Tell Me More Editor Ammad Omar comb through listener feedback on this week's segment about Steve Stoute's new book that explores hip-hop's influence on big business. They also discuss updates to the Cherokee Nation election, the elections in Liberia and a new development for 'Real Life Super Hero' Phoenix Jones. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 16:00:00 +0000 Michel Martin & Ammad Omar 7776 at http://wrvo.org Listeners Weigh In On Wealth, Cherokee Nation http://wrvo.org/post/listeners-weigh-wealth-cherokee-nation Host Michel Martin and Senior Editor Alicia Montgomery comb through listeners' comments about Tell Me More's coverage of political debates surrounding wealth and class, as well as tribal citizenship for those who descended from African slaves of Cherokees. They also share updates on the online series 'The Mis-Adventures of Award Black Girl,' and the case of the transgender woman who was assaulted at a Baltimore McDonalds. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:00:00 +0000 Michel Martin & Alicia Montgomery 6665 at http://wrvo.org Debt Talks: Getting Locked In And Driving Out http://wrvo.org/post/debt-talks-getting-locked-and-driving-out I was trying to keep track of the negotiations over raising the debt ceiling this weekend, and all of a sudden, it reminded me of an incident I had in a parking garage near my house last year.<p>It was late spring or summer, and it was hot. I had the kids with me, and we were finished doing whatever it was we were doing, and we were ready to go home. We jumped into the car and tried to head out. But we could not.<p>A lot of other people were trying to leave at the same time. We were parked on the third of seven levels. And no one would let us into the exit lane. Mon, 01 Aug 2011 16:00:00 +0000 Michel Martin 4244 at http://wrvo.org Debt Talks: Getting Locked In And Driving Out