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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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.
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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

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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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2:55pm

Wed June 18, 2014
Sports

Is The World Cup Commentary Racist?

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2:55pm

Wed June 18, 2014
Sports

What Does Body Ink Say About NBA Players' Pain And Personalities?

Wilson Chandler of the Denver Nuggets has cartoons all over his legs.
Jack Dempsey AP

Ethan Swan, who runs an art gallery in downtown Los Angeles, believes that "so much of art is about the creation of meaning through image." He also believes that "tattoos are a great way to mark pain."

So Swan is naturally interested in how body ink plays out for others. It's become what he admits is a quest.

As the founder of the blog NBA Tattoos, Swan tells NPR's Michel Martin that in 2010, he got a new cable package and started watching a lot of basketball.

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2:55pm

Wed June 18, 2014
Around the Nation

Watch Out For Bridezilla: Avoiding A Wedding Etiquette Blunder

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Switching gears now. It's wedding season. You might be invited to a wedding or two or three. Yesterday we talked about how engaged couples should start talking about money before the wedding, so if you'd like to catch up on that conversation, go to npr.org.

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12:04pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Sports

World Cup Fever: Despite Protests, Partying Mood Takes Over Brazil

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:34 pm

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I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's check in, now, on one of the biggest sporting events in the world, the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. After Monday's USA-Ghana match, the U.S. has reason to celebrate because 21-year-old defender John Brooks Jr. scored the goal that put the Americans up 2-to-1 in their victory over Ghana. Here he is after the game.

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12:04pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Health

Educate And Ask: Key To Living With Sickle Cell Disease

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:34 pm

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12:04pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Movies

Man Freed After Confessing To Killing Son During Interrogation

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12:04pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Money Coach

Coupling Finances: The First 'I Do' For Newlyweds?

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:34 pm

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12:29pm

Mon June 16, 2014
Music

Bon Iver's 'Holocene': A Perfect Song To Write To

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Now we're going to hear from Andy Marra - a transgender activist who writes about different kind of freedom - freedom from wondering about her roots and fear of not being accepted. She spoke to us about finding her birth mother in Korea after coming out as transgender. For a regular segment we call In Your Ear, she shared some of the songs that helped her write that story.

ANDY MARRA: My name is Andy Marra and I am listening to "Lullabies" by Yuna.

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12:29pm

Mon June 16, 2014
Freedom Summer Books

Remembering The Victories Of The 1964 Civil Rights Act

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12:29pm

Mon June 16, 2014
Around the Nation

Activist Janet Mock: Please Respect Transgender Teens

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1:00pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Barbershop

The World's Watching Soccer, But Basketball Is On The Barbershop's Brain

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 1:39 pm

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1:00pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Arts & Life

Remembering Ruby Dee: 'Think Of Me And Feel Encouraged'

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 1:39 pm

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1:00pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Politics

Stories Of President George H.W. Bush, From 41 Closest Friends

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 1:39 pm

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12:52pm

Thu June 12, 2014
Education

Who Runs The World? Rutgers Says Beyonce

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 2:31 pm

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So it's summer, or close enough. A lot of college campuses are open for business. In most classrooms, if a student walked in playing Beyonce loud enough for everybody to hear, most professors would probably ask him or her to turn it off, but in Professor Kevin Allred's class that student might be asked to turn it up.

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BEYONCE KNOWLES: (Singing) My persuasion can build a nation. Endless power, the love we can devour. You'll do anything for me. Who run the world? Girls.

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