Tell Me More

Weekdays at 1 p.m.

From the opinions of global newsmakers to listeners, personal experiences of life-changing travel, the wisdom of renowned thinkers, activists and spiritual leaders,and intimate dispatches of daily life around the world from NPR News correspondents on the ground- the NPR talk show Tell Me More brings fresh voices and perspectives to public radio.

You can find more information about Tell Me More on their website.

Capturing the headlines, issues and pleasures relevant to multicultural life in America, the daily one-hour series is hosted by award-winning journalist Michel Martin. Tell Me More marks Martin's first role in hosting a daily program. She views it as an opportunity to focus on the stories, experiences, ideas and people important in contemporary life but often not heard.

"Tell Me More lets me bring together two longtime passions: the intimacy and warmth you experience with powerful radio and the lively, sharp debate about things going on in the world that I enjoy having with friends of diverse backgrounds. That can mean such diverse topics as immigration, gun control, the impact of shock jocks and international adoption," said Martin. "I see Tell Me More as a gathering place for dialogue about the important issues facing the country. But we also talk about the challenges and opportunities we all face living in a fast-paced, complicated society. And we are a home for conversations with NPR News' outstanding correspondents around the world, such as Ofeibea Quist-Arcton and Juan Forero."

Tell Me More focuses on the way we live, intersect and collide in a culturally diverse world. Each day's show features a variety of segments examining U.S. and international news, ideas and people; its range of topics covers politics, faith and spirituality, the family, finance, arts and culture and lifestyle. Some of the regular features include:

  • Dispatches - "on the ground" reports from NPR News correspondents based in Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas
  • Political Chat - a political roundtable of analysts, editorial writers and columnists
  • Wisdom Watch – featuring thoughts of distinguished "elder statespeople," including thinkers, scholars and activists
  • Faith Matters – a forum of spiritual leaders from the major faith traditions sharing opinion on issues of public concern
  • Postcards – listener-contributed content about life-changing travel experiences

Joining Martin is a wide-ranging slate of contributors. They include syndicated columnist Ruben Navarette, blogger Jimi Izrael, East/West Magazine editor Anita Malik, media commentator Keith Boykin and Harriet Cole, lifestyle editor at Ebony.

Tell Me More was first introduced publicly online beginning in December 2006 through a novel "open piloting" program development process launched by NPR titled "Rough Cuts." Martin and the show's producers provided listeners with a regular podcast and blog, all available through www.NPR.org, testing show ideas, offering sample segments, and soliciting user feedback.

Martin brought award-winning experience as a broadcast and print journalist when she joined NPR in January 2006. While developing the program, she has served as contributor and substitute host for NPR newsmagazines, talk shows and NPR News special coverage such as mid-term election night. Martin spent 15 years at ABC News as a correspondent for Nightline and other programs and specials, including the network's coverage of September 11, a documentary on the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas controversy and a critically acclaimed AIDS documentary. She also contributed reports for ABC News' ongoing series, America in Black and White. Prior to joining ABC, Martin covered state and local politics for the Washington Post and national politics and policy at the Wall Street Journal, where she was White House correspondent. She has also been a regular panelist on the PBS series Washington Week and a contributor to NOW with Bill Moyers.

Tell Me More is produced at NPR's worldwide headquarters in Washington, D.C. It is a production of NPR News in association with the African American Public Radio Consortium, representing 20 independent public radio stations that serve predominantly black communities.

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Podcasts

  • Friday, July 25, 2014 4:49pm
    Stories: 1) The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful? 2) Before Passing The Baton, Spelman President Reflects On Tough Choices 3) Rapping 'Ice Ice Baby,' TMM Producer Doesn't Miss A Beat 4) In A Luxury Apartment, Is A Separate 'Poor Door' Segregation?
  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Effective New HIV Treatment Makes Researcher 'Hopeful' In Fighting Epidemic 2) Racially-Charged Casting Call: 'Surprising' But Not Shocking To Insiders 3) Performer Rita Moreno's Famed Career Was 'Meant To Be' 4) Erykah Badu's 'Tyrone' Gives TMM Producer Amazing Stage Presence
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Part-Time Work, Unpredictable Schedules: What's The Fix? 2) Two Prominent Museum Directors Encourage 'New Ways Of Thinking' 3) Host Michel Martin Takes Musical Cues From Directors 4) 'Traces Of Blue' Blends Jazz And Pop To Create Unique Sound
  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:43pm
    Stories: 1) Tweeting From A Conflict Zone: Does It Help Or Hurt News Reporting? 2) For Pregnant Women, New Guidelines Aim To Reduce Workplace Discrimination 3) Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages 4) When It Comes To Other People's Kids, Should Parents Intervene?
  • Monday, July 21, 2014 4:33pm
    Stories: 1) Understanding The Basics Of the Conflict In Gaza 2) Could The Conflict In Ukraine Turn Into A Regional War? 3) Longtime LGBT Activist Reflects On The Early Days Of Her Advocacy 4) Phyllis Schlafly Explains Why Feminism Has Made Women Unhappy 5) Why Diversity In Tech Matters: 'People Solve Problems That They See' 6) For TMM Intern, Robert Glasper's 'Black Radio' Expands Category Of Hip-Hop

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12:28pm

Fri July 25, 2014
Barbershop

In A Luxury Apartment, Is A Separate 'Poor Door' Segregation?

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12:28pm

Fri July 25, 2014
Music Lists

Rapping 'Ice Ice Baby,' TMM Producer Doesn't Miss A Beat

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12:28pm

Fri July 25, 2014
Education

Before Passing The Baton, Spelman President Reflects On Tough Choices

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12:23pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Interviews

Performer Rita Moreno's Famed Career Was 'Meant To Be'

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12:23pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Media

Racially-Charged Casting Call: 'Surprising' But Not Shocking To Insiders

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12:23pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Music Lists

Erykah Badu's 'Tyrone' Gives TMM Producer Amazing Stage Presence

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12:47pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Station Announcement

Tell Me More will leave WRVO's midday schedule; Q with Jian Ghomeshi moves in

Earlier this year, NPR announced it would end production of Tell Me More with Michel Martin. Currently heard each Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. on WRVO, the last episode of Tell Me More will air on Friday, August 1.

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12:24pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Music Interviews

'Traces Of Blue' Blends Jazz And Pop To Create Unique Sound

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12:24pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Music

Host Michel Martin Takes Musical Cues From Directors

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12:24pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Wisdom Watch

Two Prominent Museum Directors Encourage 'New Ways Of Thinking'

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2:03pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Author Interviews

Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages

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12:07pm

Tue July 22, 2014
News

For Pregnant Women, New Guidelines Aim To Reduce Workplace Discrimination

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 2:03 pm

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12:07pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Technology

Tweeting From A Conflict Zone: Does It Help Or Hurt News Reporting?

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 2:03 pm

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12:07pm

Tue July 22, 2014
Parenting

When It Comes To Other People's Kids, Should Parents Intervene?

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 2:03 pm

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1:53pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Music

For TMM Intern, Robert Glasper's 'Black Radio' Expands Category Of Hip-Hop

As Tell Me More enters its final weeks of production, intern Miles Johnson shares his favorite songs for the program's 'In Your Ear' series.

1:53pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Technology

Why Diversity In Tech Matters: 'People Solve Problems That They See'

Host Michel Martin talks to a roundtable of activists and innovators about the future of technology, and recruiting the next generation of African-Americans and Latinos into the tech field.

1:53pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Books

Phyllis Schlafly Explains Why Feminism Has Made Women Unhappy

Phyllis Schlafly is best known for her successful 1973 campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Michel Martin speaks to the conservative activist about her life and career.

1:07pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Barbershop

Does Le Return Of LeBron Signal A Comeback For Cleveland?

From LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers to longtime NFL reporter Pam Oliver being sidelined from the sidelines, the Barbershop guys weigh in on the latest news.

1:07pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Pop Culture

Anthony Mackie: Marvel Brings Humanity To Its Characters

Step aside Steve Rogers, the Falcon is the new Capt. America. Anthony Mackie plays Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and he talks to about the character's cultural significance.

1:07pm

Fri July 18, 2014
U.S.

New Chief: NAACP Is Oldest And Best Civil Rights Organization

The nation's oldest civil rights organization, will begin its annual convention this week under new leadership. Civil rights attorney Cornell William Brooks shares his vision for the organization.

12:17pm

Thu July 17, 2014
Pop Culture

Are White Gay Men Stealing 'Culture' From Black Women?

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 12:51 pm

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12:17pm

Thu July 17, 2014
Music

TMM Producer Relishes 'Fresh Attitude, Young Body'

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 12:51 pm

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12:17pm

Thu July 17, 2014
World

Malala Yousafzai Continues To Push For Equality And Justice

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 12:51 pm

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2:41pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Politics

Cory Booker Wants To Help Ex-Offenders Be Economically Productive

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. Michel Martin is away.

Cory Booker was in the political spotlight long before he was sworn in as New Jersey's junior senator in 2014. His first campaign to become mayor of Newark was the focus of an award-winning documentary. Part of his term in that office was chronicled in a television series for the Sundance Channel.

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2:41pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Music Interviews

Shared Musical Traditions Of Russia And Iran In 'East Of Melancholy'

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 3:41 pm

Kamangar uses classical music to bridge the gap between Russia and Iran.
Lisa-Marie Mazzuco

Classical pianist and composer Tara Kamangar's new album, East of Melancholy, guides us along the border between Iran and Russia.

The two countries share a 1,200 mile border as well as a rich cultural history in the area of the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus mountains dating back to 4000 BC.

In both countries, music has been a passion and articulation of identity.

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2:41pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Art & Design

Does Donna Karan's Ramadan Line Border On Cultural Commodification?

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

Now we shift our focus from the political to the sartorial. And there's no one better for sartorial splendor and sense than Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan, who's aesthetic and economic and historical perspectives inform her commentary. Robin joins me to discuss a range of headlines, seemly and not, from the fashion world from her office at The Washington Post. Robin, welcome to the program.

ROBIN GIVHAN: Hi, Jacki. It's good to be here.

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12:20pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Music Lists

TMM Editor Says Paul Simon's 'Obvious Child' Gets Her Up In The A.M.

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

Finally today, it's time for the feature we call In Your Ear. Throughout our years on the air, we've been asking our guests to share the music that inspires them. In our final weeks on air, we thought it'd be nice to hear about the songs members of our staff are listening to. Today, editor Amita Parashar Kelly tells us what's on her playlist.

AMITA PARASHAR KELLY, BYLINE: I'm Amita Parashar Kelly and I'm an editor here at TELL ME MORE. The first song playing in my ear is Paul Simon's "Obvious Child."

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12:20pm

Tue July 15, 2014

12:20pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Remembrances

Writer Nadine Gordimer Was An 'Ambassador' For African Literature

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1:06pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Music

TMM Editor: Esperanza Spalding's 'I Know You Know' Is My Theme Song

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today it's time for the feature we call In Your Ear. Throughout our years on the air we've been asking some of our guests to share the music that inspires them. And in our final weeks on the air we thought it would be nice to hear about the songs members of our staff are listening to. Editor Tanya Ballard Brown advises us on All Things Digital but we wanted to hear what's on her playlist.

TONYA BALLARD BROWN, BYLINE: I'm Tonya Ballard Brown an editor with npr.org, and this is what's playing in my ear.

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