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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  • 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?
  • 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?

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11:51am

Tue September 18, 2012
Politics

David Corn: Romney Shows Disdain For 'Moochers'

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 11:31 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We're going to start the program today talking about that secret recording of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney making what he, himself, has now called inelegant remarks to a group of wealthy donors about Obama voters, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and his connection to Mexico.

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11:34am

Mon September 17, 2012
Food

Are You A Sellout If You Cook For Your Man?

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 12:03 pm

For generations women have been told, if you want a man, learn to cook. That's exactly why feminist writer Shayla Pierce stayed out of the kitchen. But now she finds herself with a boyfriend, learning to cook, and wondering if that makes her a sellout. She speaks with host Michel Martin about her article and her change of heart.

11:34am

Mon September 17, 2012
Economy

Is The 'Fiscal Cliff' As Bad As It Sounds?

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 12:29 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, last year the Occupy Wall Street movement dominated headlines for weeks and added terms like the 99 percent to our political vocabularies. But a year after the protests started we wanted to know where the movement stands now. We're going to call writer and activist Debra Dickerson about this. She's at the heart of the anniversary protest. That's later in the program.

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11:34am

Mon September 17, 2012
Politics

A Year On, What Did 'Occupy' Accomplish?

The Occupy Wall Street movement marks its first anniversary this week. Its supporters argue that it elevated the issue of economic inequality, but others say it made more noise than change. Host Michel Martin discusses the movement with author Debra Dickerson, who is still participating in protests and writes about them for Slate.com.

11:34am

Mon September 17, 2012
Education

Join The Education Conversation With Tell Me More

Tell Me More will host a live radio broadcast and Twitter education forum on October 10th. Host Michel Martin will discuss the roles of teachers, parents, government, business --- and of course, social media. To do that, Martin wants to start the conversation now with listeners via Twitter. Join Tell Me More on Twitter today by using #npredchat.

11:34am

Mon September 17, 2012
On Aging

Weighing Politics At Work, Wife's Dementia At Home

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 12:03 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now, it's time to go Behind Closed Doors. That's the part of the program where we talk about things people usually keep private. And today, we want to talk about something that affects millions of people. It's dementia. It's a disease of the brain that affects mood and memory. It's most commonly associated with aging and Alzheimer's disease and it affects some five million people, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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12:03pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Faith Matters

What Does It Mean To Be A Jew?

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 5:23 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, we turn to Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith, religion and spirituality. This Sunday night marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and the beginning of what are known as the High Holy Days, for observance used, the most spiritually profound time of year.

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12:03pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Studio Sessions

Son Of Music Royalty Ben Taylor Takes The Stage

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 4:53 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. You know that old saying, you have big shoes to fill? As the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor probably knows more about that than most. His dad was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His mom has an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Grammy. Each is one of the most beloved artists of their generation, so a little pressure, maybe?

Thankfully, critics found, in his 2003 debut album, "Famous Among the Barns," a unique twist on American folk music.

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11:49am

Fri September 14, 2012
Barbershop

Did Romney Slip Up In Embassy Spat?

Host Michel Martin and the Barbershop guys weigh in on the political sparring by the candidates. Protests continue in the Muslim world over a crude video insulting Islam, and there's political fallout here in the United States. Mitt Romney came out swinging at the Obama Administration, but is being criticised for bungling the facts.

11:49am

Fri September 14, 2012
Barbershop

Should Women Learn To Cook For Men? Guys Weigh In

Host Michel Martin and the Barbershop guys continue the discussion by dishing on the recent article "I Learned to Cook for a Man. Am I a Sell Out?" They discuss whether women need to spend time in the kitchen in order to show affection. Plus, they talk about a recent report on poverty and income disparity.

12:25pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Religion

Understanding Muslim Anger Over 'Insulting' Film

Protests over a video insulting the Prophet Mohammad have spread throughout the Muslim world. Host Michel Martin discusses reactions and why it has elicited such anger with Al Jazeera's Abderrahim Foukara and Georgetown University Professor John Esposito. Advisory: This segment may be uncomfortable for some listeners.

12:25pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Sports

NFL's Ayanbadejo On Offensive For Gay Marriage

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 12:36 pm

The NFL's Brendon Ayanbadejo has gone to three Pro Bowls and is a star on the field. But when he recently spoke out in favor of gay marriage, a prominent critic told him to stop talking and focus on football. Ayanbadejo joins host Michel Martin to talk about why he's committed to defending same-sex marriage.

12:25pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Technology

Is The New iPhone Worth The Upgrade?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now about that new iPhone. Techies have long been speculating about what the device will look like and what it will do. Guessing right along with everybody else was Mario Armstrong. He's a digital lifestyle expert and a frequent guest on this program.

Mario...

MARIO ARMSTRONG: Hey.

MARTIN: Welcome back.

ARMSTRONG: Thank you, Michel. Thanks for having me.

MARTIN: Tell us what you know. Are you in iPhone heaven?

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12:25pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Economy

William Julius Wilson: Ending Poverty Is Possible

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 4:55 pm

The Census Bureau announced that 15 percent of Americans lived in poverty in 2011 — a slight drop from the year before. But income disparities continue to grow. Host Michel Martin talks with Harvard professor William Julius Wilson, author of the 1987 book The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy.

12:43pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Race

Is The Black Middle Class Disappearing?

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 11:33 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We've been talking a lot about the economy in the past couple of weeks. The issue was at the forefront of the two political conventions that just ended and put a further exclamation point on the debate over whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would be the best person to address the issue.

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12:41pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Arts & Life

Writing On The Lives Of Others

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 11:33 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We turn now to the world of books, particularly biographies. You may not know the name Arnold Rampersad, but the people whose stories he's told changed the course of American history in letters, sports and culture. He is the author of prize winning biographies of poet Langston Hughes, baseball great Jackie Robinson, scholar W.E.B. Du Bois and tennis great Arthur Ashe.

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12:40pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Education

Basic School Supplies, Glue Sticks, Tablets?

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 11:33 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, he is the biographer of Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois and Jackie Robinson, and now Arnold Rampersad is the winner of a prestigious lifetime achievement award for his body of work. We'll speak with this legendary writer in just a few minutes.

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12:33pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Election 2012

Jorge Ramos: Debate Commission Stuck In 1950s

This year's presidential debates have no Latino moderators on the slate. So one network is taking matters into its own hands. Univision's Jorge Ramos is set to moderate discussions with each of the major party presidential candidates. He tells host Michel Martin it's time for the Commission on Presidential Debates to move into the 21st century.

12:33pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Education

Join The Education Conversation With Tell Me More

Tell Me More will host a live radio broadcast and Twitter Education Forum on October 10th. Host Michel Martin will discuss the roles of teachers, parents, government, business --- and of course, social media. To do that, Martin wants to start the conversation now with listeners via Twitter. Join Tell Me More on Twitter today by using #npredchat.

12:33pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Music

Bellamy Dances 'Risky Business' Style To Maroon 5

For Tell Me More's occasional "In Your Ear" series, guests of the program talk about songs they go to for inspiration or just to let loose. Comedian Bill Bellamy turns to Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," and goes into Risky Business style dancing in his living room.

11:37am

Tue September 11, 2012
Around the Nation

What's The Best Way To Remember And Heal?

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 12:03 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Later in the program, you probably heard all the talk about family at the political conventions that just ended. We'll ask our diverse panel of moms whether they heard anything from the conventions that mattered to their families.

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11:37am

Tue September 11, 2012
Education

U.S. Teachers Pay Close Attention To Chicago

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, Apple is expected to release its latest iPhone this week, but we have a guest to tell you why you want to take a close look at that - or any other new contract, for that matter - before you sign on the dotted line. That's coming up.

But, first, we turn to Chicago, where hundreds of thousands of students are out of class. That's because the nation's third-largest school district has been shut down by a teachers' strike.

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11:37am

Tue September 11, 2012
Your Money

Are You Susceptible To 'Seduction By Contract'?

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 12:03 pm

The new iPhone is expected to be unveiled this week, and customers can probably get a discount if they sign up for a lengthy service agreement. But New York University Law Professor Oren Bar-Gill tells host Michel Martin that consumers should think twice before signing the dotted line for things like phones, credit cards or mortgages.

11:37am

Tue September 11, 2012
Election 2012

Does Political Mommy Talk Make You Cheer Or Gag?

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 12:03 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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 in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice and, if you followed the political conventions, then you know that there was a lot of talk about leadership and the economy, but there was also a lot of talk about family.

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2:17pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Music

Strawberry Fields For 'MasterChef' Christine Ha

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for the occasional feature we call In Your Ear. That's where guests of the program tell us the songs they're listening to for a little inspiration. Today is a very special, probably stressful day for "MasterChef" contestant Christine Ha. Why?

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MASTERCHEF")

GARY RHODES: The person joining Josh in the "MasterChef" finale, that person is Christine.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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11:39am

Mon September 10, 2012
Election 2012

Former Aides Talk Strategy For Homestretch

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up: The designers are sending their creations down the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. And just in case your invitations to some of those big-name shows got lost in the mail, we will bring the runway to you. We'll talk with a reporter who's in the mix to tell us what's hot and what's not. That's later in the program.

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11:39am

Mon September 10, 2012
Arts & Life

NY Fashion Week, From Google Glasses To Harnesses

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we'll talk about how a master violin maker holds onto his art form in this struggling economy. Talk about that in just a few minutes.

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11:39am

Mon September 10, 2012
U.S.

Rep. Chu: Everyone Is Ignoring Military Hazing

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Now it's time to go behind closed doors. That's the part of the program where we talk about difficult issues that are often kept hidden.

And in this election season we've been hearing a lot about why candidates take on the issues they've chosen to address. Sometimes it's because an issue is popular, but sometimes it's just too important to ignore, and sometimes it's also personal.

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11:39am

Mon September 10, 2012
Economy

Master Violin Maker Feels Economy's Sour Notes

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now it's time to open up the pages of the Washington Post magazine. That's something we do just about every week for interesting stories about the way we live now. And today a story about the business of music.

(SOUNDBITE OF VIOLIN)

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11:58am

Fri September 7, 2012
Election 2012

Top Speechwriters Grade Conventions

President Obama's acceptance of the Democratic nomination capped two weeks of speeches at the political conventions. Host Michel Martin discusses hits and misses with Mary Kate Cary, former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush; and Paul Orzulak, former speechwriter for President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.

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