A slate of 2011 shows feature men who are unemployed or underemployed and spend lots of time playing video games. These characters aren't necessarily new, but the twist this season is that they are juxtaposed with women who are running laps around them.

Supporters of the America Invents Act say it will streamline the currently backlogged patenting process, spark innovation and create jobs. Critics are concerned the overhaul, if enacted, will unfairly advantage large companies over small inventors.

Op-Ed: What Makes A Successful Memorial

Sep 12, 2011

The Sept. 11 memorial at the World Trade Center opened to the public the day after the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Art historian Simon Schama explores the purpose of public memorials, what makes one successful and what many memorial designers get wrong.

"After reading Krugman's repugnant piece on 9/11, I cancelled my subscription to the New York Times this AM."

That's the reaction on Twitter today from former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to "The Years of Shame" blog post published Sunday by New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman.

In his post, Krugman argues that:

SpongeBob May Be Too Speedy For Preschool Brains

Sep 12, 2011

Parents may dote on the tragicomic adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants, but researchers say that that the cartoon's fast-based scenes may make it harder for young children to pay attention and think.

Tim Okamura's exhibit "Bronx Brooklyn Queens" explores the complexity and beauty of the soulful New York City woman while imagining her rise to royalty. The collection uses graffiti-infused urban motifs. It runs for one month in N.Y. Okamura discusses inspirations for his work, and how his family's experience in Japanese internment camps has shaped him into the artist he is today.

Sweethearts Reconnect After Decades Apart

Sep 12, 2011

Kevin Caroll and Debi Waeber were high school sweethearts who became separated by the Vietnam War and an unplanned pregnancy. Decades later, neither had an inkling that their paths would cross again. Host Michel Martin speaks with them about their story, which is featured in this week's Washington Post Magazine.

What's Your Jobs Plan?

Sep 12, 2011

President Obama formally sends his $447 billion jobs package to Capitol Hill today. Tell Me More asked listeners to share their suggestions for job growth and received over a thousand responses. Host Michel Martin discusses some of those ideas with NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax and Wall Street Journal Reporter Sudeep Reddy.

Justice Denied In Puerto Rico, Says ACLU Chief

Sep 12, 2011

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation surrounding the Puerto Rico Police Department. The U.S. Department of Justice recently released a report accusing the police of violating the constitution and using excessive — sometimes fatal — force against civilians. Earlier this year, the American Civil Liberties Union conducted its own investigation, finding similar allegations of police brutality in Puerto Rico. Host Michel Martin speaks with ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero.



I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

Now, to a story that has probably received far less attention than it would have, had it occurred in another major American locale. It's about the police department in Puerto Rico. It's the country's second largest department after New York City's.