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

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Is Drug Testing For Welfare Fair? 2) Food Tech Leaves Rural People Behind 3) The Ten Commandments In The Digital Age 4) First Lady Of Mens Studies Says Passion Is Key 5) Debbie Allen On 'Fame,' Stage And Men In Tights
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Propronents Of Affirmative Action Losing The Battle? 2) Kansas Residents To First Lady: Stay Out 3) Can High-Quality Preschool Make A Big Difference Later On? 4) Nigerian Activist Chooses Exile Over Life In The Closet 5) Yaya Alafia's Songs Of Strength For Her Baby Boy
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Psychological Consequences Of Calling Obesity A Disease 2) Rethinking Punishment For Drug Offenders 3) Waxing Poetic About Politics And Jimmy Choos 4) 'Cuddly Toy' On Nonstop Rotation For Margaret Cho 5) Grandma Helping With The Baby: Dream Or Nightmare?
  • Monday, April 21, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) President Obama Will Skip China, But Asia Trip Sends A Message 2) A 'Tennessee Promise' To Educate The State's College Students 3) No Longer Marching Out To Work, More Mothers Stay Home 4) Security Threats Hit Deeper Than Heartbleed Bug 5) Library Of Congress, How Could You Forget Run-D.M.C?
  • 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?

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3:24pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Religion

Cartoonist On Sikh Superhero Who Fights Prejudice

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

We want to go now to a place where art and culture intersect. We've heard a lot about the shooting that took place at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin over the summer, and the questions and the soul-searching over that tragedy are still going on, both inside and outside the Sikh community. One man, though, says he has an idea to make the country a more tolerant place for Sikhs and everybody else, actually, and it comes in the form of comic strips.

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1:50pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Technology

Outsmart Crowds With Mobile Shopping Revolution

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 12:03 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

We want to switch gears now. Tomorrow is Black Friday, as you probably know. That's when many stores offer massive discounts to shoppers who are willing to wait in huge lines and sometimes get into brawls in those lines. It's such a boon for businesses, that many stores are turning it into Black Thursday. They're opening their doors tonight.

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1:50pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Education

Behind The Native American Achievement Gap

Over five million people in the U.S. claim some form of Native American identity, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For Native American Heritage Month, guest host Celeste Headlee checks back in with author Anton Treuer about historic education challenges Native Americans have faced and what's being done to close the achievement gap.

1:50pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Around the Nation

Can Detroiters Make A Better City With Soup?

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 12:03 pm

One micro-grant project in Detroit is gaining a lot of traction. Every month, the group Detroit SOUP hosts a dinner, and for five bucks you get soup, salad, bread and a vote to give the night's proceeds to a community project. Director Amy Kaherl talks to guest host Celeste Headlee about the power of neighbors talking to neighbors.

11:34am

Wed November 21, 2012
Israeli-Palestinian Coverage

Egypt's Evolving Role In Israel-Gaza Conflict

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 10:00 am

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, the novel "The Round House" won this year's National Book Award for fiction. We'll talk with author Louise Erdrich about the story and the award. That's just ahead.

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11:34am

Wed November 21, 2012
Barbershop

How Long Will Hockey Lovers Settle For Memories?

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 12:03 pm

The guys offer a special all-sports edition of the Barbershop roundtable before Thanksgiving. They talk football, basketball and the NHL lockout. Guest host Celeste Headlee mixes it up with writer Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, and sports writers Dave Zirin and Pablo Torre.

11:34am

Wed November 21, 2012
Author Interviews

National Book Award Winner Inspired By Tragedy

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 12:03 pm

A devastating crime on a Native American reservation opens up questions about law, justice, and family in Louise Erdrich's latest novel, The Round House. It's the winner of this year's National Book Award for fiction. Erdrich discusses the book with guest host Celeste Headlee. Advisory: This conversation may not be comfortable for all listeners.

12:42pm

Tue November 20, 2012
Parenting

Drama-Free Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving is all about making family memories that last a lifetime. But bad manners and misunderstandings mean they're not always good memories. Guest host Celeste Headlee gets advice about enjoying Thanksgiving with less drama. She speaks with parents Leslie Morgan Steiner, NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates, and etiquette expert Steven Petrow.

12:41pm

Tue November 20, 2012
Technology

Gmail Sends Message In Cherokee

The Cherokee Nation has teamed up with Google to launch Gmail in the Cherokee language. They hope to give young Cherokees a chance to use the language every day. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses the project with Google Senior Software Engineer Craig Cornelius and Cherokee language expert Joseph Erb.

12:41pm

Tue November 20, 2012
Education

Future Of Cash-Strapped Historic Black Colleges

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, short-term jitters are leading many small investors to pull their money off of Wall Street. We're going to ask what that could mean for them and the market in the long run. That's just ahead.

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12:38pm

Tue November 20, 2012
Business

Are Stocks Threatened By 'Generation Sell'?

Fewer than 20 percent of Americans now say they're interested in buying stocks. That's according to a survey conducted by the site Bankrate.com. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to Roben Farzad, contributor for Bloomberg BusinessWeek about what this could mean for the market's future.

11:42am

Mon November 19, 2012
Digital Life

Post-Election Racist Tweets Raise Questions

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 12:03 pm

After the president's re-election, a slew of racist comments appeared on Twitter and Facebook. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses some of the legal and privacy issues raised when people vent online. She speaks with Rey Junco of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and The Root's Political Correspondent Keli Goff.

11:42am

Mon November 19, 2012
Asia

President Makes History, Stirs Controversy In Asia

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, the fiscal cliff is seen as a serious threat to the nation's financial health but for federal workers the impact could be even more immediate and devastating. We'll take a closer look at that in a moment.

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11:42am

Mon November 19, 2012
Governing

Federal Workers Keep Eye On Looming Fiscal Cliff

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, the reelection of President Obama triggered a huge amount of racism on social media, particularly on Twitter. We'll talk about the psychology behind those tweets.

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11:42am

Mon November 19, 2012
Music Interviews

40 Years Since Marvin Gaye's Forgotten Classic

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 12:03 pm

In 1972, Motown legend Marvin Gaye composed the soundtrack for the film, Trouble Man. Many critics say it was one of his finest musical achievements. To mark the film's 40th anniversary, Universal Music is releasing a special edition. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with saxophonist Trevor Lawrence and director Cameron Crowe.

2:52pm

Fri November 16, 2012
The Record

Jesse & Joy, Juanes Win Big At Latin Grammys

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 4:31 pm

Jesse & Joy accept one of their four awards during the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday.
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11:00am

Fri November 16, 2012
Israeli-Palestinian Coverage

#Gaza: Fighting In Cyberspace?

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 9:26 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the Barbershop guys are going to weigh in on the news of the week. We're particularly interested in the guys' perspective on the relationship scandal that forced the resignation of the CIA director, General David Petraeus.

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11:00am

Fri November 16, 2012
Faith Matters

Rockaway Church Is Port In A Storm

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 4:31 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the Latin Grammy Awards were held last night in Las Vegas. We'll check in with the hosts from NPR Music's ALT.LATINO podcast to hear about some of the artists who made an impression.

But, first, it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality and today we are talking about the role that faith institutions can play during a crisis.

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11:00am

Fri November 16, 2012
Barbershop

Is The Petraeus Affair A Matter Of National Security?

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 4:31 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, it's been nearly three weeks since Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast. Residents in Rockaway, Queens say their neighborhood still looks like a war zone. In our Faith Matters conversation, one faith leader talks about his role in the recovery effort. That's coming up later.

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12:45pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Movies

Member Of 'Central Park Five' Talks Justice

The DOC NYC film festival wraps up with The Central Park Five. The film recounts the notorious rape case of the Central Park jogger and the five young men wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for her rape. Host Michel Martin speaks with Raymond Santana, one of the convicted men. Advisory: This conversation may not be comfortable for all listeners.

12:43pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Books News & Features

Award Winning Author Hopes To Highlight Poor

Journalist Katherine Boo won this year's National Book Award for Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity. She talks with host Michel Martin about the award, and the story behind her book.

12:42pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Money Coach

A Military Boot Camp For Your Money

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching gears now, we've all heard about how veterans leave the military with lifelong lessons about discipline, camaraderie and staying cool under fire, but our next guest says his military service also helped him with his finances.

Steve Repak is a veteran who is now a certified financial planner. He says he's applied what he learned in the Army to apply discipline to his finances. He's written a book to share what he learned. It's called "Dollars and Uncommon Sense: Basic Training for Your Money," and he's with us now.

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12:38pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Politics

Did The President Set The Right Tone?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. In a few minutes, we will speak with the winner of the prestigious National Book Award for Nonfiction, author Katherine Boo. She was honored for her book about the people in a neighborhood in Mumbai, and she'll tell us more about it in a few minutes.

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11:16am

Wed November 14, 2012
NPR Story

What Petraeus Scandal Could Mean For Working Women

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 12:01 pm

The CIA, an extramarital affair, and shirtless photos — host Michel Martin and the Beauty Shop ladies weigh in on the scandal surrounding former CIA chief David Petraeus. They discuss who is involved, who risked the most, and what the fallout might be.

11:16am

Wed November 14, 2012
Pop Culture

Has Pop Culture Moved Beyond Cowboys And Indians?

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 12:01 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later, we heard a lot this past election season about the so-called war on women, but if you want to know what I think about one of the real battles women are fighting that politicians don't talk much about, I'll tell you. It's my Can I Just Tell You essay at the end of the program.

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11:16am

Wed November 14, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

Are Politicians Forgetting About Caregivers?

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 5:51 pm

Shou-Mei Li, left, wraps a scarf around her husband Hsien-Wen Li, who is an Alzheimer's patient, as their daughter Shirley Rexrode, right, looks on, at their home in San Francisco.
Ben Margot AP

Finally today, some numbers you did and did not hear during the election season that just ended.

First the ones you heard. So many times they might have appeared in your dreams — like 716 — as in billion dollars. The amount that Republicans claimed the president was cutting from Medicare to fund "Obamacare." The two candidates and their surrogates argued for months over that one.

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11:06am

Tue November 13, 2012
The Second Term

Tea Party Assessing Damage From Election 2012?

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 12:00 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, we're hearing a lot about the so-called fiscal cliff: those automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that will take effect if lawmakers and the White House don't come up with a deficit reduction plan by the end of the year. We're going to focus on a tax hike that may hit many more people than you might think. We'll have that conversation in just a few minutes.

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11:06am

Tue November 13, 2012
Your Money

Alternative Minimum Tax And Your Bottom Line

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 1:31 pm

If the government goes over the "fiscal cliff," millions of households could see tax increases because of an obscure part of the tax code, known as the alternative minimum tax. Host Michel Martin talks with NPR Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about exactly what could happen and who would be affected.

11:06am

Tue November 13, 2012
NPR Story

Wading Into Teen Bedrooms: Necessary or Hazardous?

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 12:03 pm

Most parents use some choice words to describe their teenagers' bedrooms: messy, disaster zones or hazardous. Host Michel Martin and a panel of moms take on whether a messy room is just a bad habit or something parents should get strict about. She speaks with Jolene Ivey, Dani Tucker and Angelica Perez Litwin.

12:00pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Election 2012

Was Unlimited Cash Over-Hyped In Election 2012?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, with the election now over President Obama and members of Congress are getting no end of free advice about how they should spend the next four years. So today and tomorrow, we'll talk about that with people we are calling the loyal opposition. Today, we speak with one of Mr. Obama's former advisors, Van Jones, and we'll ask him what progressives want to see in the next four years.

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