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, August 1, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Is The Current Gridlock In Congress As Bad As It Looks? 2) For Ray Rice, Is A Two-Game Suspension Light Punishment? 3) Rabbi: During Transition, Look Back On Accomplishments 4) Marcus Johnson Trio Offers A Musical Treat For TMM's Final Show 5) Before Final Sign Off, Michel Martin Challenges Listeners To 'Tell Me More'
  • Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) 'Africa Is Champion': Reporting From A Changing Continent 2) Mexican Journalist Hopes His Reporting Can 'Bridge The Gap' 3) Despite Progress Of LGBT Rights In U.S., Challenges Remain Abroad 4) Playing 'Crazy Eyes' Taught Actress 'It's OK To Be Just You' 5) Ghanaian Rapper Hopes To Take His 'Afropolitan Dreams' Back Home
  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Former CNN Anchor Bernard Shaw Kept Cool, But Paid The Price Of Success 2) Beauty Shop Ladies Weigh In On The Importance Of Mentors 3) When Searching For Mentors, Look 'Beyond Race' 4) Making Space For People Who Are Out Of the Spotlight
  • Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:43pm
    Stories: 1) Poet Nikki Giovanni On Change: 'Approach It With A Smile' 2) Where Do Dads Go For Parenting Advice? 3) After 7 Years, Moms Panelists Share How They've Changed
  • Monday, July 28, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) NPR's New CEO Hopes To Improve Diversity At The Network 2) In Times Of Transition, Get Practical About Your Finances 3) Iyanla Vanzant: Clarity, Forgiveness Key To Tackling Big Transitions 4) NPR CEO Appreciates The Unique Sound Of Future's 'Look Ahead'

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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
Music

TMM Producer Relishes 'Fresh Attitude, Young Body'

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12:17pm

Thu July 17, 2014
World

Malala Yousafzai Continues To Push For Equality And Justice

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12:17pm

Thu July 17, 2014
Pop Culture

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

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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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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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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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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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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
Parenting

With Elder Care Planning, Start Early To Avoid Conflicts And Crises

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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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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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1:06pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Music Interviews

Singer Sheryl Crow: Learning To Feel Helped Me Make Better Music

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. As we head toward production of our final program on August 1, we've been bringing you encores of some of our favorite conversations. Today, we're hearing again from Grammy-winning recording artist Sheryl Crow. She's been a rock star for more than a decade. Her breakthrough came in 1993 with her debut album, "Tuesday Night Music Club," and the monster hit "All I Want To Do." Well, seven albums and nine Grammys later, she's got a new concert video out featuring the late Johnny Cash.

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1:06pm

Mon July 14, 2014
U.S.

A Year After Trayvon-Zimmerman Verdict, What's Changed?

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We'd like to return now to a story that sparked a great deal discussion, soul-searching and emotion last year. A year ago, July 13, 2013, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of all charges in the 2012 shooting death of the unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin. The verdict sparked protests and intense emotion for many different people, but most especially the family of the teenager who was shot by the neighborhood watch volunteer while walking home from an errand. Here's Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, speaking after the verdict.

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12:24pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Barbershop

Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

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12:24pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Music

Expat Producer Finds A Sense Of 'Home' In Music

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Now as this program winds down - the last broadcast is scheduled for August 1 - we thought it would be nice to hear about the music members of our staff are listening to as part of our series, In Your Ear. Producer Freddie Boswell has spent most of her life living and traveling outside of the U.S. from Kenya and Tanzania to (unintelligible) and England, and that definitely informs what's on her playlist.

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12:24pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Faith Matters

In Troubled Times, Find Freedom Through Faith And Forgiveness

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12:39pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Sports

Twitter Turns World Cup Into A 'Global Sports Bar'

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:00 pm

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12:39pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Africa

Nigeria Schoolgirls Still Missing, President Seems Detached

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:00 pm

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12:39pm

Thu July 10, 2014
News

In Central America, Attempts To Cross U.S. Border Like 'Feeding Frenzy'

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:00 pm

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12:39pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Music

TMM Editor Says The Song 'Take It Easy' Captures Spirit Of Show

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:00 pm

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And finally today as this program winds down, our last broadcast is scheduled for August first. We thought it would be nice to hear some of the music that members of our staff like to listen to, as part of our series In Your Ear. Alicia Montgomery is our editorial guru on the program. Let's hear what's on her playlist.

ALICIA MONTGOMERY: Hi, I'm Alicia Montgomery the supervising editor of TELL ME MORE and here's what's playing in my ear.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TAKE IT EASY")

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12:39pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Author Interviews

'Busted' Blurs The Line Between Good And Bad Philadelphia Police

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:00 pm

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12:43pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Can I Just Tell You?

After A Bad Bike Crash, Lessons In Limits And Love

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 1:50 pm

Tell Me More producer Amy Ta in racing mode.
John Clark Jr. Courtesy of Amy Ta

My last hill ride was epic — just not in the way I'd hoped it would be. I'll always remember the date: June 7. The route was called "Hell's Delight." Seventy miles of the steepest hills I had ever done. And trust me, I've done a lot.

But "Hell's Delight" was a new kind of suffering. And, although we road racers enjoy suffering, that day I went too far. About 5 miles before the finish, I crashed. My jaw and left cheekbone broke. Half my face was bleeding; so was my brain. There were abrasions on my arms, shoulders, neck, and left leg. I needed surgery to fix my jaw.

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12:29pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Music Interviews

Brazilian Singer Comes Out From Her Mother's Shadow, Honors Her Legacy

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12:29pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Beauty Shop

Getting Married: Should You Wait Until You Can Afford It?

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1:01pm

Tue July 8, 2014
News

For Residents, Chicago Violence Is 'Very Personal'

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I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to begin today in Chicago. Last night, a 19-year-old woman was killed and at least eight others were injured in shootings throughout the city. Now that was just Monday night. Those shootings came after the Fourth of July weekend, during which more than 80 people were shot and at least 14 people were killed.

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