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

  • 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
  • Friday, July 18, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) From Middle-Class To Poverty In A Mercedes 2) New Chief: NAACP Is Oldest And Best Civil Rights Organization 3) Anthony Mackie: Marvel Brings Humanity To Its Characters 4) Does Le Return Of LeBron Signal A Comeback For Cleveland?

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2:20pm

Tue July 1, 2014

1:25pm

Tue July 1, 2014
Technology

Facebook's Newsfeed Study: Was It Ethical Or A Violation Of Privacy?

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:20 pm

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1:25pm

Tue July 1, 2014
Music

'Tell Me More' Director Finds Inspiration, Emotion In Stevie Wonder's Music

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:20 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN: And finally, it's time for the feature we call In Your Ear. That's the part of the program where we typically ask some of the guests what they listen to, but as this program winds down - our last program is scheduled for August 1st, we thought it would be nice to hear what members of our staff are listening to - what they're playing when they aren't producing our groundbreaking show of course. So to start us off, let's hear the musical selections of one of our original and longest serving staff members - our director. Here's what's playing in his ear.

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1:25pm

Tue July 1, 2014
Parenting

Kids Dealing With Negative Body Image? Don't Judge, Listen

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:20 pm

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2:37pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Science

NASA Explores A New World: Crowdsourcing Ideas

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We'd like to turn now to a new initiative from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA. NASA wants to know how their technologies can best be applied commercially and they are asking you for ideas. Daniel Lockney is here to tell us more about this. He is NASA's technology transfer program executive and he was nice enough to stop by our Washington, D.C., studios. Welcome. Thanks for joining us.

DANIEL LOCKNEY: Absolutely. Thanks for having me.

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1:54pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Music Interviews

Belgian Singer Stromae Hopes To Bring French Flair To The U.S.

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:37 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, we're ending on a musical note. You might remember my conversation earlier this year with recording artist Stromae. He's already one of the biggest names in dance music in Europe. You're going to be hearing more about him because he is heading out on his first major North American tour later this year. Before then, though - soccer fans take note - he wrote Belgium's World Cup anthem, "Ta Fete." And you might catch it when the Belgians play Team USA tomorrow.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TA FETE")

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1:54pm

Mon June 30, 2014
My Big Break

A Brawl At Bar Brought Michael K. Williams His Big Break

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:37 pm

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1:54pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Television

The 'Shifting' TV News Landscape: Will It Be Good For Diversity?

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 1:58 pm

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12:13pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Health

Black Men Can Be Emotional Eaters, Too

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 12:25 pm

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12:13pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Barbershop

Are Tight Pants On Men 'Gross'? The Guys Weigh In

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 12:25 pm

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12:13pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Sports

Are Americans Bothered By Soccer?

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 12:25 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And I do want to mention that we reached out to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they said their response to the situation was explained in the letter that was sent to Kelly that we talked about on the program, and they have no further comment.

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1:47pm

Thu June 26, 2014
Business

Business Owners Have 'A Special Challenge' To Help Working Families

Business leaders and policymakers gathered at the White House to discuss how working families can get ahead. One participant explains how he feels companies can stay competitive and help families.

1:47pm

Thu June 26, 2014
Politics

Sen. Tim Scott's Mission: Build Wealth Among 'The Most Vulnerable'

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott has become a leading conservative voice focused on building wealth among people of color. Scott tells host Michel Martin about his ideas for growing the economy.

1:47pm

Thu June 26, 2014
Interviews

Lupita Nyong'o's Father On His 'Wise' Daughter, Her Rising Fame

Peter Anyang Nyong'o is a Kenyan senator. He's also the father of Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o. He talks to host Michel Martin about his own history and his family's newfound fame.

2:06pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Africa

In Nigeria, Pressure Continues To 'Bring Back Our Girls'

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2:06pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Can I Just Tell You?

Are We Doing Enough To Protect Our Children?

Two young girls at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection center in Nogales, Ariz.
Ross D. Franklin ASSOCIATED PRESS

I walked my kids to their first day of summer camp and we had a slight disagreement over exactly where and when I was to let them go.

My son preferred that I remain at the foot of the stairs that led into the building. And honestly, if he'd had his druthers, I think he'd have preferred that I stopped at the corner. Whereas my daughter preferred that I walk all the way up the stairs and inside the gym. Truth be told, she probably wouldn't have minded at all if I'd stayed through lunch.

I opted to ignore my son's eye-rolling and go with my daughter's preference.

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2:06pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Beauty Shop

The Beauty Shop Ladies Remember The King Of Pop

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12:39pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Parenting

What To Do If Your Child Is Not A Happy Camper

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12:39pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Business

Interviewing 101: 'See Yourself As A Resource' To Employers

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12:39pm

Tue June 24, 2014

1:03pm

Mon June 23, 2014
Law

Central Park Five Settlement: Was Justice Served?

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1:03pm

Mon June 23, 2014
Wisdom Watch

Hugh Masekela Reminisces On Musical Motivations, Mandela

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 2:33 pm

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1:03pm

Mon June 23, 2014
Music

Anika Noni Rose Gets 'Hype' To 'Radioactive'

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 2:33 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And finally today, 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 in their playlist. Actress Anika Noni Rose is both on Broadway and on the big screen right now. She's currently starring in "Half Of A Yellow Sun," which was filmed in Nigeria and South Africa. And she's one of the stars of the Tony-winning Broadway revival of "A Raisin In The Sun." When we caught up with her recently, she also talked about the music that lifts her spirits.

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12:00pm

Fri June 20, 2014
Barbershop

'Shop' Guys On The World Cup: Can The U.S. Come Out On Top?

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

I'm Audie Cornish, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Now it's time for the weekly visit to the Barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shapeup this week are writer Jimi Izrael, with us from Cleveland. Hey there, Jimi.

JIMI IZRAEL: Hey A.C.. What took you so long, sister?

(LAUGHTER)

IZRAEL: I'm sorry, go ahead with your intro. Go with your intro, my bad. Go ahead.

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12:00pm

Fri June 20, 2014
Sports

A Dangerous 'Ritual': Chewing Tobacco In Baseball

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn's death has revived conversations about the use of smokeless tobacco in the sport. Tobacco and baseball researcher Ted Eaves discusses why so many players use it.

12:00pm

Fri June 20, 2014
Faith Matters

Baptist Preacher: Compel Congregants, Don't 'Guilt' Them

Pastor Amy Butler will take the helm of New York City's progressive Riverside Church later this year. She discusses her desire to become a faith leader and explains her vision.

12:13pm

Thu June 19, 2014
Sports

Fumbled Patent: Is It Just A Matter Of Business?

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:12 pm

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12:13pm

Thu June 19, 2014
Arts & Life

Living Openly With HIV: 'We Could Be Those Role Models We Wish We Had'

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:12 pm

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12:13pm

Thu June 19, 2014
Music

Miguel Enjoys A Bit Of Storytelling In His Favorite Songs

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:12 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now we turn to a regular feature we call In Your Ear. That where we invite some of our guests to tell us about the songs that give them inspiration. Today, we're hearing from R&B sensation Miguel. He recently released a sexy music video for his single "Simplethings." That song will be on a new album that's set for release later this year. Miguel was with us a while back to talk about his breakout album, "Kaleidoscope Dream," which featured the Grammy-winning single "Adorn." And he told us then about the tracks he's been listening to.

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12:13pm

Thu June 19, 2014
Race

Using Google Earth To Document Slave History

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:12 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Today is Juneteenth. It's a celebration commemorating the end of slavery and dates back to 1865. Around the country, some towns are celebrating with festivals and events. In Asheville, North Carolina, an effort is being made to do more in remembering the city's slave history. A team of archaeologists is using technology to map gravesites in a cemetery that served the black community in that city for generations. Joining me to talk more about the project is Jeff Keith. He's a professor at Warren Wilson College. Welcome to the program.

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