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

  • 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?
  • 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

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1:05pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

Do Political Attacks Leave Behind Battle Scars?

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1:05pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Wisdom Watch

In 1972, Davis Blazed Party Trail On Gay Rights

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, I had some thoughts about why we so love to show our scars. We, meaning the public and our leaders. That's my Can I Just Tell You essay and it's in just a few minutes.

But, first, it's time for our Wisdom Watch. That's the part of the program where we speak with those who've made a difference through their work and, in this political season, we're talking with a political pioneer.

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11:45am

Wed September 5, 2012
NPR Story

Democrats Pulling No Punches At GOP Rivals

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 1:05 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. The Democratic National Convention is underway in North Carolina. We'll speak with the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Philadelphia's Michael Nutter, about some of the local issues mayors are thinking about as they gather in Charlotte.

But first we want to talk about the message the Democrats are trying to send from the convention podium. Last night's keynote speaker was San Antonio's Mayor Julian Castro. He shared his American dream story.

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11:45am

Wed September 5, 2012
NPR Story

Philly Mayor Michael Nutter Thinks Local At DNC

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 1:05 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, there are a lot of college ranking guides out there, but we're going to tell you about one of them that says it rates colleges and universities on their value to you and to the country. That's ahead.

But first, we're following the Democratic convention in Charlotte, and while the spotlight is on national debates during the convention, we remember that old saying that all politics is local.

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11:45am

Wed September 5, 2012
NPR Story

Thinking Harvard? Ranking System Says Think Again

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 1:05 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching gears now, school is back in session in much of the country and for many high school students that means it's time to look at colleges and, increasingly now, as more students go to college than ever, they and their parents are turning to rankings, such as the one published by U.S. News and World Report, to try to figure out the best fit.

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4:06pm

Tue September 4, 2012
BRICSion: Powerful Stories, Powerful Nations

In South Africa, No Crying Over 'Spilt Milk'?

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 6:58 pm

South African writer Kopano Matlwa is also a physician. Writing, she says, "was really just a hobby, and I am really grateful to God that it turned out to be more than that."
Courtesy of Kopano Matlwa

"After" may be the most important word in South African writer Kopano Matlwa's novel Spilt Milk. The book focuses on the "Born Free" generation — those who came of age in the post-apartheid era, which began 18 years ago. As the first passage of the book highlights, this generation's story begins "After all the excitement, after the jubilation, after the celebrations..."

A Dream Or A Lie?

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11:47am

Tue September 4, 2012
Election 2012

DNC Chair: Democrats Will 'Set The Record Straight'

As the Democratic National Convention begins in Charlotte, host Michel Martin checks in with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is chairing the event. The Los Angeles Mayor says the Democrats have grown more jobs in the worst recession since the great depression in four years than President Bush did in eight.

11:47am

Tue September 4, 2012
Parenting

If Gabby Douglas Was Bullied, What About Our Kids?

Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas recently revealed that she was once bullied by other children. She believes that some of it was because she is African-American. For more on this story and how parents can talk to their children about race, host Michel Martin is joined by regular moms contributors Leslie Morgan Steiner, Jolene Ivey and Dani Tucker.

11:47am

Tue September 4, 2012
World

In South Africa, No Crying Over 'Spilt Milk'

Through fiction, Tell Me More has been taking a look at the so-called BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. In the final chapter of the series, host Michel Martin speaks with South African author Kopano Matlwa about her novel 'Spilt Milk.' It's a provocative novel about a generation born after the end of apartheid.

11:47am

Tue September 4, 2012
Music

Soul Singer Jams To Kings Of Leon, Christian Hymns

For Tell Me More's occasional 'In Your Ear' series, guests of the program talk about the songs they turn to for inspiration. Soul singer Ryan Shaw recently released his new album, 'Real Love,' and he performs some of his favorite tunes.

3:08pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Economy

Are Today's Millennials The 'Screwed Generation'?

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 6:18 pm

Graduates attend a ceremony at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Writer Joel Kotkin notes that many recent college grads are saddled with high debt and dim job prospects.
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U.S. student loan debt tops $1 trillion, and young people face disproportionately high unemployment. Writer Joel Kotkin points to these numbers when he claims today's millennial generation is getting the short end of the stick. Kotkin speaks with Tell Me More host Michel Martin about his Newsweek/Daily Beast article on what he calls the "screwed generation."

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3:08pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Election 2012

Can Obama Supporters Keep 'Hope' Alive?

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 8:32 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, Frederic Yonnet is taking the harmonica to new places. We'll tell you more in just a few minutes.

But first, as we mentioned earlier, the Democratic National Convention starts this week, where the hope is that the president and his party can rally his Democratic base and energize voters, which they did so successfully four years ago.

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3:08pm

Fri August 31, 2012
In Performance

Frederic Yonnet Crowd Sources His New Album

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 3:15 pm

Frederic Yonnet is known for bringing the harmonica to urban jazz, R&B and hip-hop. He's working on the album Reed My Lips: The Rough Cut. It's available as a digital download, but the final mix will be out next year with suggested changes from fans. Yonnet joins host Michel Martin for a special encore performance chat.

11:51am

Fri August 31, 2012
Election 2012

Did Romney Make His Case?

Mitt Romney accepted the GOP nomination for president Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, promising to create jobs and boost the economy. Host Michel Martin checks in with Corey Ealons; he's a former communications adviser to the Obama administration; and with Ron Christie, a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney.

11:51am

Fri August 31, 2012
Election 2012

How Do Republican Delegates Define Success?

Throughout this election, both Republicans and Democrats have focused on a common theme: a successful America. But that vision seems to be different for each party. Host Michel Martin hears from delegates and others at the Republican National Convention about what success for America means to them.

11:51am

Fri August 31, 2012
Election 2012

Charlotte Mayor: Ready For The Democrats

President Obama was the first Democrat in a generation to win in North Carolina, in 2008. Now, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina is gearing up to launch the Democratic National Convention, beginning Tuesday. Host Michel Martin speaks with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx about how his city is preparing.

11:51am

Fri August 31, 2012
Barbershop

Eastwood's Speech, A Boost Or A Distraction?

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:08 pm

Host Michel Martin checks in with the Barbershop guys to look back on the Republican National Convention. They discuss whether Mitt Romney delivered or disappointed on Thursday night. They also weigh in on whether Clint Eastwood's performance was a winner or a distraction.

11:54am

Thu August 30, 2012
Faith Matters

Is Your Candidate Keeping The Faith?

As the Republican convention continues, the major political parties are defining their positions — and many are focused on faith. Host Michel Martin speaks with a diverse panel of religious leaders to weigh how they balance faith and politics.

11:54am

Thu August 30, 2012
Africa

Gambia Leader Vows To Execute Death Row Prisoners

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh recently ordered the executions of all 47 prisoners on death row. Nine have been killed so far. The news comes decades after the last execution was ordered in that country. Host Michel Martin discusses the political situation in Gambia with Pa Nderry Mbai. He's a Gambian journalist living in exile in North Carolina.

11:54am

Thu August 30, 2012
Election 2012

The Word From The RNC Floor

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the president of Gambia has held power there for nearly 20 years. In that time, he's been criticized for being erratic and corrupt, but now critics say he's become a killer. He's announced he's going to summarily execute every prisoner on death row there in a matter of weeks. We'll try to find out more about him and what this is about from an exiled journalist who knows him and the country well. That's later in the program.

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11:54am

Thu August 30, 2012
Election 2012

Don't Forget All Politics Is Local, Mayor Says

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, this country is facing history again this year. It's a chance to elect this country's first Mormon president. So we decided to ask a group of faith leaders representing different traditions to tell us what role they think religion plays or should play when it comes to choosing the next president. That's coming up later in the program.

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11:51am

Wed August 29, 2012
Election 2012

GOP Platform Aims To Garner Female Votes

In her convention speech, Ann Romney talked about the role of women in America. Host Michel Martin caught up with Rep. Marsha Blackburn before the speech. Blackburn says the concerns of women voters were key in drafting the Republican platform. She co-chairs the GOP platform committee, and heads the Women's Policy Committee in the House.

11:51am

Wed August 29, 2012
NPR Story

Did Ann Romney Win Hearts, And Votes?

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 12:03 pm

The Beauty Shop ladies take a look at what women voters want in this year's elections. Host Michel Martin checks in with Keli Goff, political correspondent for The Root, Texas Republican delegate to the GOP convention Lisa Roper, and Janice Crouse of Concerned Women For America.

11:51am

Wed August 29, 2012
Dance

Brooklyn Mack, From Ball Player To Ballet Star

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 12:03 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, as we've kicked off our coverage of the Republican National Convention this week, we've asked a number of our guests what a successful country looks like to them. I'll explain why I'm asking that in my Can I Just Tell You essay. And that's coming up in a few minutes.

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11:51am

Wed August 29, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

What Does Success Really Mean?

As the Republican National Convention continues, the major political parties are striving to articulate their vision of how to create a successful nation. Host Michel Martin offers her thoughts about how Americans define success.

12:05pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Election 2012

LGBT Republicans Say Their Party Is Changing

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I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, a storm threatens many of the same areas that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago. We'll check in with the director of Homeland Security for New Orleans to find out how the city and its neighbors are getting ready. That's just ahead.

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12:05pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Around the Nation

New Orleans Braces For Isaac

Isaac is headed toward the Gulf Coast, and Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency. The storm is threatening to hit New Orleans as the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. Host Michel Martin speaks with Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed of Homeland Security in New Orleans, about how they're preparing the city for the storm.

12:05pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Parenting

Single Moms Speak Out On Challenges

Single mothers have a lot on their plate, but reports show that the unemployment rate among single moms has doubled in the last five years. Host Michel Martin speaks with three moms who have raised children as single moms, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Dani Tucker and Angelica Perez-Litwin.

12:05pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Around the Nation

Being 'Single And Off The Fast Track'

There's been a lot of debate about whether working moms "can have it all." But all this talk has got singles saying they'd also like to have a better life outside of work. Host Michel Martin discusses single women who want to get "off the fast track" with columnist Sue Shellenbarger and lawyer Anne Marie Bowler.

12:03pm

Mon August 27, 2012
BRICSion: Powerful Stories, Powerful Nations

Stories Reach Below The Surface Of China's Growth

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 8:00 pm

Ye Rin Mok

The word "haunting" could be used to describe many of the short stories in Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. The collection is by Yiyun Li, who emigrated from Beijing to the United States in the 1990s, and received the prestigious MacArthur "genius" grant in 2010.

With the backdrop of a nation moving from isolation to openness, Li's characters deal with universal struggles such as loneliness, regret, love and loss. And often, they're not who they may appear to be.

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