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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  • 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
  • Friday, April 11, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Possible To Have Both Fashion And Fairness? 2) Bringing Back Freshness And Flair To The Easter Table 3) Twitter Poetry: A Little Bit Of Real Estate Says A Lot 4) Al Sharpton: Rat Or Cat?

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11:58am

Fri March 21, 2014
Your Health

Saturated Fat Is Back!

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 12:34 pm

Americans have long been told to stay away from foods high in saturated fats. But new research suggests they might not be as bad for you as once thought.

11:57am

Thu March 20, 2014
Food

Soaring Lime Prices Put Squeeze On Restaurants, Food Lovers

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:51 pm

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11:57am

Thu March 20, 2014
#NPRWIT: Women In Tech

Lyndsey Scott: Runway Model And Tech Programmer

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:21 pm

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11:57am

Thu March 20, 2014
Around the Nation

For Navajo Veterans, Another Broken Promise

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 3:21 pm

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12:26pm

Wed March 19, 2014
Beauty Shop

Plan Bossy Instead Of Ban Bossy?

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 12:44 pm

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12:08pm

Wed March 19, 2014
Around the Nation

New Yorker Writer: 'Don't Ban Bossy'

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 12:44 pm

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12:08pm

Wed March 19, 2014
Race

Consequences When African-American Boys Are Seen As Older

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 12:44 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 spend the next part of the program talking about some new conversations people are having about the way we look and talk about kids, both boys and girls. In a few minutes, we'll dip into the debate over whether we should stop calling some girls bossy as Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg suggests we should. She says it dampens girls' desire for leadership. We're going to have a variety of opinions about that.

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11:58am

Tue March 18, 2014
#NPRWIT: Women In Tech

How Parents Are Leading The Revolution For Girls In Tech

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:51 pm

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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. This March for Women's History Month, we've been talking with women innovators, entrepreneurs and educators in the STEM fields. Once again, that's science, technology, engineering and math.

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11:58am

Tue March 18, 2014
Remembrances

Remembering The Late Politician Reubin Askew

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:51 pm

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Now we'd like to remember the life of a man who expanded the American political landscape in ways that are still felt today. Former Florida governor Reubin Askew died recently at the age of 85. He was a Democrat who served as governor in a largely conservative Florida in the 1970s. While in that office, he took a progressive stance on racial equality and pushed through legislation to overhaul ethics and taxes.

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11:58am

Tue March 18, 2014
Health Care

What You Need To Know As Health Care Deadline Looms

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 1:51 pm

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. The Obama administration announced yesterday that 5 million Americans have now enrolled in the Affordable Care Act, and that might be surprising news for some who tried to sign up and were met by major website problems early in the rollout. If you are not one of those 5 million, you still have about two weeks to sign up or figure out if you might be able to stay in a plan you already have.

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12:32pm

Mon March 17, 2014
Paying for College

Navigating The College Money Maze

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:31 pm

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It's that time of year again for anxious students and their families. College acceptance letters are coming in, and federal financial aid forms are going out. That means thousands of students and families are starting down the road of deciding where to go and how to pay for it all.

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12:32pm

Mon March 17, 2014
Media

Media Startups Short On Diversity

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12:32pm

Mon March 17, 2014
History

St. Patrick's Day Beyond 'Kiss Me' Signs and Green Bagels

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. People around the world are celebrating St. Patrick's Day today. It's known here in the U.S. for big parades, booze and green everything, and I do mean everything. But it's also a good time to remember exactly why the Irish diaspora and its traditions spread so far. So we called upon Christine Kinealy. She is a professor of history and director of the Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, and Professor Christine Kinealy is with us now. Welcome, thanks much for joining us.

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12:01pm

Fri March 14, 2014
Barbershop

Obama Between Ferns: Funny Or Flop?

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 12:27 pm

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12:01pm

Fri March 14, 2014
#NPRWIT: Women In Tech

Melinda Gates Tweets About #NPRWIT Series

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 12:27 pm

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Now we'd just like to give you a brief update on our Women in Tech series. All this month we've been talking to women entrepreneurs, innovators, coders and engineers about their work. We've been talking about why women still represent a small fraction of science and tech workers in America and, frankly, around the world. To that end, women innovators from around the world have been sharing about a day in their lives on Twitter using the hashtag #NPRWIT. And women in tech are taking notice.

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12:01pm

Fri March 14, 2014
Faith Matters

Grilled Cactus, Rice Soup, And Other Food For Lent

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 12:27 pm

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12:28pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Television

Did Juan Pablo Galavis Bomb As 'The Bachelor'?

Some media critics and television fans hoped that casting Juan Pablo Galavis as The Bachelor would bring diversity to ABC's hit reality show. But now many are asking if his performance was a letdown.

12:28pm

Thu March 13, 2014
The Impact of War

App Connects Military Families

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. I think most people know by now that serving in the military is hard work, and it can be hard on loved ones who are often managing challenges that people in the civilian world often do not face. According to the National Military Family Association, there are thousands of websites designed to help members of the military and their loved ones find resources like housing, counseling and education.

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12:28pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Economy

Gentrification: Progress Or Destruction?

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2:10pm

Wed March 12, 2014
#NPRWIT: Women In Tech

Nigeria's First Female Finance Minister: Still Big Problems In Soaring Economy

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 3:19 pm

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1:55pm

Wed March 12, 2014
Music

Nollywood Filmmaker Sings To His 'African Queen'

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 3:19 pm

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1:54pm

Wed March 12, 2014
World

Paralympics In Full Swing In Sochi

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 3:19 pm

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12:50pm

Tue March 11, 2014
U.S.

Fight Against Military Sexual Assault Hits New Milestone

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12:50pm

Tue March 11, 2014
Parenting

Former Supernanny Jo Frost Takes On Toddler Years

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 4:17 pm

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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. Today, we want to focus on the toddler years. They are so cute, and they can be so frustrating. They finally learn words, but that word is often no.

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12:50pm

Tue March 11, 2014
Your Money

Don't Get Caught In A Tax Scam

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12:16pm

Mon March 10, 2014
NPR Story

The Gooey Chocolate Cookie Recipe That's Worth $5,000

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 4:26 pm

Sally McKenney sallysbakingaddiction.com

Sally McKenney is a self-described "sprinkle lover" and author of a new cookbook based on her popular blog Sally's Baking Addiction. She says baking doesn't have to be intimidating and wants her followers to experiment along with her.

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12:15pm

Mon March 10, 2014
#NPRWIT: Women In Tech

#NPRWIT Wants Your Ideas

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 1:23 pm

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12:15pm

Mon March 10, 2014
Around the Nation

A Beauty Queen Steps Out Of The Closet

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 1:23 pm

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12:05pm

Fri March 7, 2014
Barbershop

Barbershop Guys Dig Into Hollywood Beef

Screenwriter John Ridley won an Oscar for 12 Years A Slave, but he's being criticized for an old essay about black people. The barbershop guys give their own speeches on the topic.

12:05pm

Fri March 7, 2014
Economy

Freezing Weather Put A Chill On Economy, Housing Market?

Spring is a big season for buying and selling homes, but the housing market has a lot of hurdles ahead. NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax talks about them and the latest job numbers.

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