Tell Me More http://wrvo.org en Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters? http://wrvo.org/post/should-college-dropouts-be-honored-their-alma-maters From a Top Gun sequel starring drones to Howard University's pick of Puff Daddy as its commencement speaker, the Barbershop guys weigh in on the week's news. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 54473 at http://wrvo.org Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea? http://wrvo.org/post/gefilte-fish-shortage-best-thing-parting-red-sea A shortage of gefilte fish is causing panic in the middle of Passover. But New York Times reporter Matt Chaban says some observant Jews are OK with not having to eat the love-it-or-hate-it appetizer. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 54474 at http://wrvo.org New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays http://wrvo.org/post/new-yorks-muslims-push-public-schools-close-eid-holidays President of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York Linda Sarsour discusses why she wants the city's public schools to close on holidays like Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 54475 at http://wrvo.org Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval? http://wrvo.org/post/why-did-vanity-fair-give-belfies-stamp-approval "Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:49:00 +0000 editor 54412 at http://wrvo.org 'Miserable' Doctors Prescribe A Different Career http://wrvo.org/post/miserable-doctors-prescribe-different-career Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. It used to be that doctor was a profession many people aspired to - it brought prestige, money of course, a sense of purpose, bragging rights for your parents. But now a growing number of physicians say it's not really all it's cracked up to be.<p>The Daily Beast recently reported that many doctors are discouraging others from joining the profession. There are still doctors out there who are happy with their choice, though. So here to talk about it is Dr. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:49:00 +0000 editor 54413 at http://wrvo.org You've Served Your Country, Now Get To Class http://wrvo.org/post/youve-served-your-country-now-get-class Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This spring, we're joining our colleagues at NPR's Morning Edition to bring you stories that might help you navigate the higher education money maze. And today we want to talk about veterans.<p>There are a number of education programs to help military veterans pay for college. That includes the G.I. Bill. In fact, the government processed almost 1 million veterans' claims for education benefits in 2012. That's the most recent year we have available data. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:49:00 +0000 editor 54414 at http://wrvo.org Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography http://wrvo.org/post/light-and-dark-racial-biases-remain-photography When Syreeta McFadden was a child, she dreaded taking pictures after a family photo made her skin appear dulled and darkened.<p>"In some pictures, I am a mud brown, in others I'm a blue black. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 editor 54378 at http://wrvo.org Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography Teen Twitter Threats: A New Forum For Stupid? http://wrvo.org/post/teen-twitter-threats-new-forum-stupid Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. And it's time yet again for a visit to the Beauty Shop, where our panel of women journalists and commentators take a fresh cut on the week's news.<p>Sitting in the chairs for a new 'do this week - Gayle Trotter, senior fellow at the Independent Women's Forum, Bridget Johnson, Washington, D.C. editor of PJ Media. They're both here with me in Washington. And in Philadelphia, we have Veronica Miller, a fashion and pop culture writer for xoJane and The Grio. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:57:00 +0000 editor 54361 at http://wrvo.org Rwanda Genocide's Tough Lessons On 'Othering' http://wrvo.org/post/rwanda-genocides-tough-lessons-othering Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. The nation of Rwanda is marking 20 years since the genocide that claimed more than 800,000 lives. And decades after the killing, survivors on both sides are learning how to forgive and how to be forgiven. But it's a complicated, painful process for everyone involved.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "COEXIST")<p>FATUMA NDANGIZA: Much as we are doing reconciliation, we still have peace spoilers. People want to spoil peace. People are still die-hards. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:57:00 +0000 editor 54362 at http://wrvo.org Extremist Attacks Show Boko Haram Can Strike Anywhere http://wrvo.org/post/nigerian-extemist-terror-campaign Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. We start today in Nigeria. Africa's most populous country is continuing its fight against Boko Haram. That's an extremist group whose name means Western education is forbidden.<p>On Monday during rush-hour, an explosion at a busy bus station outside the capital of Abuja killed at least 70 people. Nigeria's president, Goodluck Jonathan, who visited the scene placed the blame squarely on Boko Haram's shoulders. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:57:00 +0000 editor 54363 at http://wrvo.org Teen Sexting Not So Bad? http://wrvo.org/post/teen-sexting-not-so-bad Most parents who have seen their teenagers glued to a phone have wondered what, exactly, they're doing. Maybe they're texting about the next party or dance. And most parents hope they're not sending sexually explicit photos or messages.<p>But some researchers see sexting as a normal part of a teenager's sexual awakening.<p>"We're so reticent to acknowledge the sexual development of our teenagers, of our young people," says Rey Junco, fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He sees sexting as a way teenagers start to express their sexuality. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:47:00 +0000 editor 54312 at http://wrvo.org Teen Sexting Not So Bad? Muslim Singer Yuna Moves To John Mayer's Music http://wrvo.org/post/muslim-singer-yuna-moves-john-mayers-music Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>Next it's time for the regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we invite some of our guests to tell us about the top songs on their playlists. We caught up with Muslim pop star Yuna earlier this year, And she told us about some of her favorite tunes.<p>YUNA: Hey, I'm Yuna, and what's playing in my ear is Drake "From Time."<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FROM TIME")<p>DRAKE: (Singing) You a flower child, beautiful child, I'm in your zone. Looking like you came from the '70s on your own. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:47:00 +0000 editor 54313 at http://wrvo.org Hip-Hop Dreams Lead To Penning Poetry http://wrvo.org/post/hip-hop-dreams-lead-penning-poetry Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>And now it's time for Muses and Metaphor. That is our ode to National Poetry Month. All through April, we're featuring original tweet-length poems - that's 140 characters or less delivered by Twitter and written by NPR listeners mostly, but also new this year, some of our regular contributors.<p>On Friday, we hosted a Twitter chat about the series with writer and hip-hop artist MK Asante and Chicago poet Malcolm London. You can see that conversation if you missed it by searching the hashtag #TMMPoetry. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:47:00 +0000 editor 54306 at http://wrvo.org The Dangers Of Defaulting On Student Loans http://wrvo.org/post/dangers-defaulting-student-loans Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>It's college admissions season. So this spring, along with NPR's Morning Edition, we're bringing you stories to help you navigate the higher education money maze.<p>One of the most daunting parts of that maze is deciding whether to take on massive student loans to pay for college. Americans reportedly owe $1 trillion in student loans. But looking down the road, what happens when somebody can't pay or won't pay? To find out, I spoke earlier with Sandy Baum. She's a senior fellow at the Urban Institute. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 editor 54251 at http://wrvo.org The Latino Experience In Appalachia http://wrvo.org/post/latino-experience-appalachia Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Let's take a visit to Appalachia now, the region that stretches from Southern New York all the way down to northern Mississippi. The stereotype of Appalachia is a mountainous area sparsely populated by poor whites. But there is a lot more to that region, including a growing Latino community with rich traditions in the arts.<p>A new project documents their experiences. It is called "Las Voces de los Apalaches." It's produced by the University of Kentucky's Appalachian Center. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 editor 54252 at http://wrvo.org Voice Of Mavis Staples Still Inspires http://wrvo.org/post/voice-mavis-staples-still-inspires Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>Mavis Staples has one of those voices that makes you stop and listen.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I'LL TAKE YOU THERE")<p>MAVIS STAPLES: (Singing) I know a place. Ain't nobody crying.<p>HEADLEE: That's Mavis Staples singing with her father and her sisters, The Staples Singers. They had number one hits on the Billboard charts, but they also helped craft a soundtrack for the civil rights movement in the 1950s and '60s. She talked about that aspect of her career last week at an event in Austin, TX, marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 editor 54253 at http://wrvo.org Al Sharpton: Rat Or Cat? http://wrvo.org/post/al-sharpton-rat-or-cat Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.<p>Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are Arsalan Iftikhar, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com, with us from Chicago. In New York City, we have Pablo Torre. He's a senior writer with ESPN. TELL ME MORE editor Ammad Omar is here with us here in our Washington, D.C. studios. And also in D.C. and sitting in the hot seat is Corey Dade, contributing editor for The Root. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:32:00 +0000 editor 54144 at http://wrvo.org Twitter Poetry: A Little Bit Of Real Estate Says A Lot http://wrvo.org/post/twitter-poetry-little-bit-real-estate-says-lot Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>And now it's time for Muses and Metaphor. That's our ode to National Poetry Month. This April, we are featuring your original tweet poems of 140 characters or less. NPR listeners and, new this year, some of our regular contributors are joining the fun sending them in via Twitter.<p>Today, we have a special conversation with two of those contributors - filmmaker and writer MK Asante and poet Malcolm London. They will also chat with listeners on Twitter today. And they're both here with us to share their poems and talk about the experience. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:32:00 +0000 editor 54145 at http://wrvo.org Bringing Back Freshness And Flair To The Easter Table http://wrvo.org/post/bringing-back-freshness-and-flair-easter-table Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. If you are an observant Christian, then you know that Holy Week begins this weekend with Palm Sunday and concludes next week with Easter Sunday. Those days commemorate the defining moments of the faith.<p>Now, Christians celebrate in all kinds of ways including with a visit from the Easter Bunny, but a big part of the celebration is that big holiday dinner - emphasis on big. In this country, it's usually ham or lamb and maybe potato salad or scallop potatoes. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:32:00 +0000 editor 54146 at http://wrvo.org On 50th Anniversary Of Civil Rights, LBJ Remembered As An Opportunist? http://wrvo.org/post/50th-anniversary-civl-rights-lbj-remembered-opportunist Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to start off the program with some of the latest politics on Capitol Hill before Congress heads off on recess next week.<p>And the nation is celebrating a big anniversary in civil rights this week. We wanted to talk about these topics and more. So we've called Maria Cardona. She's a Democratic strategist and a principal in the Dewey Square Group, which is a public relations firm - or public affairs firm. She's here in our Washington, D.C. studios. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:59:00 +0000 editor 54071 at http://wrvo.org Sex, Style And Success In 'An African City' http://wrvo.org/post/sex-style-and-success-african-city <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg7hUuWKe2U</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:59:00 +0000 editor 54072 at http://wrvo.org Sex, Style And Success In 'An African City' Boss Says You're Smart...For A Woman http://wrvo.org/post/boss-says-youre-smartfor-woman Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Now we'd like to return to something we talked about recently - microaggressions. Now you might not know that word, but you probably feel it if one is directed at you. These are those little every day comments or questions or actions that tend to indicate a subtle form of bias.<p>Somebody says, you know, you're awfully pretty for a lesbian. You speak so well, for a black person. Or somebody asks you for tech tips because you're Asian-American. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:59:00 +0000 editor 54073 at http://wrvo.org Remembering A Defiant, Soaring Performance By Marian Anderson http://wrvo.org/post/remembering-defiant-soaring-performance-marian-anderson Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Finally today, let's end the program on a high note. Today marks 75 years since Marian Anderson, the African-American contralto, took to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to sing.<p>Anderson was supposed to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, but she was barred from performing there because she was black. Let's listen to a bit of Marian Anderson's performance from April 9, 1939.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)<p>MARIAN ANDERSON: (Singing) My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, for thee we sing. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:54:00 +0000 editor 54007 at http://wrvo.org Are Student Athletes Really Students Too? http://wrvo.org/post/are-student-athletes-really-students-too Host Michel Martin asks whether college athletes are getting the education they are supposed to. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:54:00 +0000 editor 54008 at http://wrvo.org Embracing Atheism After A Wild Journey To Find God http://wrvo.org/post/embracing-atheism-after-wild-journey-find-god Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. If you're interested in issues like income inequality or other things pertaining to social justice, then you probably know the name Barbara Ehrenreich. She's spent her life searching for answers.<p>She's written nearly two dozen books about things like poverty and underemployment, including the bestseller "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America." But her latest book is about searching for answers within herself. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:54:00 +0000 editor 54009 at http://wrvo.org Vaccinating Children: Who Gets To Decide? http://wrvo.org/post/vaccinating-children-who-gets-decide Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms and dads in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice.<p>Today, we're talking about something you might think is a settled issue, but it is not. We're talking about childhood vaccinations. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:36:00 +0000 editor 53935 at http://wrvo.org Ken Jeong, Leaving Medicine For Movies http://wrvo.org/post/ken-jeong-leaving-medicine-movies Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>You might have heard that some of our listeners actually joined Twitter just to participate in our Twitter poetry series. You might call it their big break into poetry. Well, our colleagues at All Things Considered have been hearing stories from a number of people about the moment when their careers in other fields took off.<p>The series is called My Big Break. And as part of the series, they recently spoke with actor Ken Jeong. You might know him as Senor Chang in the NBC show "Community" and the bad guy, Mr. Chow, in "The Hangover" series of movies. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:36:00 +0000 editor 53936 at http://wrvo.org Prepaid Debit Cards Not As Simple As They Seem http://wrvo.org/post/prepaid-debit-cards-not-simple-they-seem Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our money coach conversation. That's the part of the program where we talk about the economy and personal finance.<p>Today, we want to talk about debit cards, specifically prepaid debit cards because more and more people are using them - some to avoid traditional banking institutions, some to have more control over their spending and to avoid debt. But not all of these cards are the same, especially when it comes to the fees they charge. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:36:00 +0000 editor 53937 at http://wrvo.org LiV Warfield Lets Her 'Unexpected' Voice Out http://wrvo.org/post/liv-warfield-lets-her-unexpected-voice-out Growing up, LiV Warfield's friends and family had no inkling that the track athlete could sing and write songs. But when she moved away from home, the artist inside her came out.<p>That hidden talent now has her in the spotlight; recently she's been on stage at the<em> Late Show with David Letterman </em>and<em> Late Night with Jimmy Fallon</em>. Her sound has been described as edgy and soulful. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:58:00 +0000 editor 53877 at http://wrvo.org LiV Warfield Lets Her 'Unexpected' Voice Out Chuck Stone Remembered For More Than His Newspaper Columns http://wrvo.org/post/chuck-stone-remembered-more-his-newspaper-columns Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>We'd like to pause now to remember a gifted journalist and activist and journalism professor. Charles Sumner Stone Jr., or Chuck Stone as he was more popularly known, died on Sunday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was 89 years old. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:34:00 +0000 editor 53878 at http://wrvo.org