Tell Me More

Weekdays at 1pm

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, April 18, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) 15 Years After Columbine, Are Schools Any Safer? 2) To Fight Extremism, Don't Alienate Troublemakers At The Mosque 3) New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays 4) Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea? 5) Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters?
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Deported For An Old Crime, Jamaican Loses His American Dream 2) Do America's Deportation Policies Work? 3) Ohio's Law Against Political Lying Heads To Supreme Court 4) You've Served Your Country, Now Get To Class 5) 'Miserable' Doctors Prescribe A Different Career 6) Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:30pm
    Stories: 1) Nigerian Extemist Terror Campaign 2) Rwanda Genocide's Tough Lessons On 'Othering' 3) Teen Twitter Threats: A New Forum For Stupid?
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) A Year After Boston Marathon Bombing, How Does Public Grief Help? 2) Late On Taxes? There's A Way Out 3) Hip-Hop Dreams Lead To Penning Poetry 4) Muslim Singer Yuna Moves To John Mayer's Music 5) Teen Sexting Not So Bad?
  • Monday, April 14, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Why Do More Latina Teens Get Pregnant? 2) Getting Enough Vitamin D: More Than Milk And Sunshine 3) Is A Beating In Detroit A Hate Crime? 4) Voice Of Mavis Staples Still Inspires 5) The Latino Experience In Appalachia 6) The Dangers Of Defaulting On Student Loans

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11:58am

Fri April 18, 2014
Barbershop

Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters?

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 12:35 pm

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11:58am

Fri April 18, 2014
Faith Matters

Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea?

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 12:35 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Speaking of religion still, if there's one thing that goes hand-in-hand with faith, it is generally food. There have been a number of different food shortages in this country you may have heard about lately. We reported on this program about the shortage of limes. We've seen reports of rising beef prices as well. But right now, during Passover, gefilte fish is in short supply. Matt Chaban joins us now from member station WESA in Pittsburgh. He wrote about this for the New York Times. Matt, welcome.

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11:58am

Fri April 18, 2014
Faith Matters

New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 12:35 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now we turn to a campaign to recognize Muslim religious holidays in the New York public school system. Roughly 10 percent of New York City's public school children are Muslims. And their parents are asking that schools close for the most sacred Muslim holidays. They argue that Christian and Jewish students get their most important holidays off already. Current New York Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the idea during his campaign. Take a listen.

(SOUNDBITE OF CAMPAIGN)

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11:49am

Thu April 17, 2014
Media

Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 12:38 pm

"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.

11:49am

Thu April 17, 2014
Health Care

'Miserable' Doctors Prescribe A Different Career

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 12:38 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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.

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11:49am

Thu April 17, 2014
Education

You've Served Your Country, Now Get To Class

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 12:38 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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.

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4:02pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Code Switch

Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 5:42 pm

Syreeta McFadden has learned to capture various hues of brown skin.
Syreeta McFadden Courtesy of the artist

When Syreeta McFadden was a child, she dreaded taking pictures after a family photo made her skin appear dulled and darkened.

"In some pictures, I am a mud brown, in others I'm a blue black. Some of the pictures were taken within moments of one another," she wrote in a story for Buzzfeed, digging into an "inherited bias" in photography against dark skin.

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12:57pm

Wed April 16, 2014
NPR Story

Teen Twitter Threats: A New Forum For Stupid?

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 4:02 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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.

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12:57pm

Wed April 16, 2014
NPR Story

Rwanda Genocide's Tough Lessons On 'Othering'

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 4:02 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "COEXIST")

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12:57pm

Wed April 16, 2014
NPR Story

Extremist Attacks Show Boko Haram Can Strike Anywhere

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 4:02 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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.

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10:47am

Tue April 15, 2014
#TMMPoetry: Muses and Metaphor

Hip-Hop Dreams Lead To Penning Poetry

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 12:45 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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.

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10:47am

Tue April 15, 2014
Parenting

Teen Sexting Not So Bad?

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:52 pm

Rodolfo Arguedas (sadeugra) iStockphoto

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.

But some researchers see sexting as a normal part of a teenager's sexual awakening.

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10:47am

Tue April 15, 2014
Music

Muslim Singer Yuna Moves To John Mayer's Music

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 12:45 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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.

YUNA: Hey, I'm Yuna, and what's playing in my ear is Drake "From Time."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FROM TIME")

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12:35pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Your Money

The Dangers Of Defaulting On Student Loans

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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.

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12:35pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Race

The Latino Experience In Appalachia

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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.

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12:35pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Music

Voice Of Mavis Staples Still Inspires

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Mavis Staples has one of those voices that makes you stop and listen.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I'LL TAKE YOU THERE")

MAVIS STAPLES: (Singing) I know a place. Ain't nobody crying.

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12:32pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Barbershop

Al Sharpton: Rat Or Cat?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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12:32pm

Fri April 11, 2014
#TMMPoetry: Muses and Metaphor

Twitter Poetry: A Little Bit Of Real Estate Says A Lot

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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12:32pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Food

Bringing Back Freshness And Flair To The Easter Table

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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12:59pm

Thu April 10, 2014
NPR Story

On 50th Anniversary Of Civil Rights, LBJ Remembered As An Opportunist?

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:38 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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. Welcome back.

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12:59pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Africa

Sex, Style And Success In 'An African City'

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:46 pm

An African City follows the adventures of Ghanaian returnees Nana Yaa and her friends.
Emmanuel Bobbie Bob Pixel Studios

12:59pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Brain Candy

Boss Says You're Smart...For A Woman

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:38 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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12:54pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Remembrances

Remembering A Defiant, Soaring Performance By Marian Anderson

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

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12:54pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Can I Just Tell You?

Are Student Athletes Really Students Too?

Host Michel Martin asks whether college athletes are getting the education they are supposed to.

12:54pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Author Interviews

Embracing Atheism After A Wild Journey To Find God

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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12:36pm

Tue April 8, 2014
Parenting

Vaccinating Children: Who Gets To Decide?

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 12:49 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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12:36pm

Tue April 8, 2014
My Big Break

Ken Jeong, Leaving Medicine For Movies

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 12:49 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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12:36pm

Tue April 8, 2014
Money Coach

Prepaid Debit Cards Not As Simple As They Seem

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 12:49 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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12:58pm

Mon April 7, 2014
Music Interviews

LiV Warfield Lets Her 'Unexpected' Voice Out

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 2:20 pm

NPR

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.

That hidden talent now has her in the spotlight; recently she's been on stage at the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Her sound has been described as edgy and soulful. And her lyrical prowess has landed her support from music luminaries like Prince.

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12:34pm

Mon April 7, 2014
Remembrances

Chuck Stone Remembered For More Than His Newspaper Columns

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 2:20 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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. After serving as a Tuskegee Airman, Stone dedicated himself to journalism, working at many of the influential black newspapers that were prominent during the civil rights era, such as the Chicago Defender and the New York Age.

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