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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  • 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
  • Friday, April 11, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Possible To Have Both Fashion And Fairness? 2) Bringing Back Freshness And Flair To The Easter Table 3) Twitter Poetry: A Little Bit Of Real Estate Says A Lot 4) Al Sharpton: Rat Or Cat?

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12:07pm

Fri February 7, 2014
Faith Matters

Love, Faith And Football In An 'Uncommon Marriage'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality. It's just a few days after the Super Bowl and a week before Valentine's Day. So what a perfect time to talk about love, faith and football with Tony Dungy. And if you follow sports, then you know him as a retired football player and coach and the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl back in 2007.

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11:49am

Thu February 6, 2014
Performing Arts

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Kicks Off New Tour

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 12:29 pm

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11:49am

Thu February 6, 2014
Beauty Shop

Mean Girls Online: Can We Draw A Line In Social Media?

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 8:57 am

Feminists criticizing feminists online: How does it impact the movement?
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Last week, an article about online feminist activism set off a heated debate. The Nation's Michelle Goldberg examined criticism aimed at feminists by other feminists. "Is it good for the movement? And whose movement is it?" Goldberg asked.

She wrote:

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11:49am

Thu February 6, 2014
Technology

Hackathon Organizers Ask, Could A Smart Phone App Have Saved Trayvon?

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 12:29 pm

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2:15pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Code Switch

'Tiger Mother' Author Spells Out 3 Traits That Drive Success In The U.S.

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 5:48 pm

Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld appear on NBC News' Today show.
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If you're a fan of parenting books or just raucous debates about parenting styles, then you probably know about Amy Chua. The Yale Law School professor kicked off a ferocious debate with her 2011 memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. She took pains to point out that the book was tongue-in-cheek, but it still got much attention for her defense of a demanding parenting style that she traced to her Chinese roots.

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1:46pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Music

R&B Star Miguel Gives Props To Kendrick Lamar

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Finally, today, we turn to a regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we invite some of our guests to tell us about the songs that give them inspiration. Today, we are hearing from R&B sensation Miguel. He's got a new single out now. It's called "Simplethings." Miguel was with us a while back to talk about his album "Kaleidoscope Dream," which featured the Grammy-winning single "Adorn". He also told us about the tracks he's been listening to.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MAAD CITY")

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1:46pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Children's Health

Poverty Behind Detroit's High Child Mortality Rate?

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2:21pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Can I Just Tell You?

Why Doing The Right Thing Doesn't Always Work In A 'Rules World'

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Finally today, there's a story I want to tell you about. Actually, this was two stories that both appeared in my local paper last Friday.

First, at the top of the page was the story about that snowy owl that somehow made its way to Washington, D.C. While you've probably seen them in the Harry Potter movies, they really belong in the Arctic.

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2:21pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Parenting

Calling Kids With Disabilities 'Heroes' Can Be Damaging, Says Parent

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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 or dads in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice. And if you're a parent, you've probably enjoyed moments when your child is praised for something - a teacher calling her smart or another mom saying he's so well behaved.

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2:21pm

Tue February 4, 2014
Money Coach

MyRA and IRA: Understanding Options For Your Retirement Savings

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I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for matters of personal finance. It's been a week since President Obama's State of the Union address. And you might remember him talking about the country's retirement crisis and his plan for something called up MyRAs to help people jumpstart their savings, especially if they don't work for a company with a retirement account.

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11:04am

Mon February 3, 2014
Music

Langston Hughes Poetry Reimagined On Singer Leyla McCalla's New Album

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 2:23 pm

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11:04am

Mon February 3, 2014
NPR Story

Hollywood, Bollywood, Make Way For Nollywood

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 2:17 pm

Jeta Amata attends a Black November screening in 2012.
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10:54am

Mon February 3, 2014
Television

Seinfeld, Coca-Cola and Cheerios: Which Super Bowl Ads Scored?

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 2:23 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. So there wasn't much suspense on the field in last night's Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks blowing out the Denver Broncos. But for fans who sit through the football to watch the ads there was plenty of action. Here to tell us more about the commercial hits and misses is Eric Deggans. He's NPR's TV critic. Welcome back. Thanks so much for joining us.

ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: Thanks for having me.

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12:31pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Barbershop

The Super Bowl: Looking Forward To The 'Spectacle'

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 12:59 pm

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12:31pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Around the Nation

Indian Country Sets Priorities With State Of Nations Address

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 12:59 pm

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Many of us are continuing to talk about President Obama's State of the Union address. In fact, the Barbershop guys will give us their thoughts about it later this hour. But there was another important speech this week laying out the priorities of the nations within the nation. I'm talking about yesterday's State of Indian Nations address. That speech is a chance for the president of the National Congress of American Indians to lay out his priorities for Indian country.

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12:31pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Faith Matters

How One Woman's Faith Stopped A School Shooting

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 2:46 pm

Antoinette Tuff at NPR's DC headquarters.
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Antoinette Tuff says her faith guided her through the scariest moment of her life. On Aug. 20, 2013, she was working in the front office of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., when a 20-year-old gunman stormed in with an AK-47 assault rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition.

While on the phone with police, Tuff calmed the gunman down. More than 800 students and 100 employees were at the school that day; not one was injured. Later, she was publicly recognized by everyone from her pastor to President Obama.

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2:41pm

Thu January 30, 2014
Music

'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 11:58 am

Darren Phillip Jones

For fans of world music, South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo needs no introduction.

The group has been singing a capella together for 50 years, brought together by Joseph Shabalala, a young farmhand turned factory worker from the town of Ladysmith. He had a dream of tight vocal harmonies and messages of peace.

That dream developed, and the band came to the attention of Paul Simon, who had it record "Homeless" on his album Graceland. It introduced the group to the world.

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11:41am

Thu January 30, 2014
Sports

Could Northwestern Football Union Even Out College Priorities?

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 2:37 pm

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11:41am

Thu January 30, 2014
U.S.

Effects Of Gun Violence Are Long Lasting And Wide Ranging, Says Expert

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 2:37 pm

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Now we'd like to return to an issue that's in the news all too often. We're talking about gun violence, particularly that experienced by children. That's something the president touched on in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, and something that, in fact, dominated his speech last year. But when we talk about this issue, usually, tragically, we are talking about young people who've been killed.

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11:41am

Thu January 30, 2014
Africa

Egypt: 'A Very Divided Nation Right Now'

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 2:37 pm

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Today, we want to focus on events in Egypt, which as you probably know, has seen some of the region's most dramatic change since the beginning of the Arab Spring when longtime President Hosni Mubarak agreed to relinquish power.

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12:50pm

Wed January 29, 2014
NPR Story

Writer Attica Locke Cuts Deep With Latest Thriller

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 2:28 pm

Attica Locke writes the kind of rooted-in-truth crime story that satisfies both your intellect and your need to have the hair on your neck stand up.

With only her second novel under her belt, she's won praise from other thriller writers like James Ellroy and George Pelecanos. And she just received another high honor: She was awarded the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, which honors outstanding work by rising African-American writers, for her book The Cutting Season.

Locke was a screenwriter, but early in her career she encountered obstacles.

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12:50pm

Wed January 29, 2014
NPR Story

Disrupting Class To Make Way For Technology

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Education was another of the issues the president touched on last night. Over the past few months, we've been talking a lot about the STEM fields - that's science, technology, engineering and math. We've been placing a particular focus on the shortage of blacks in tech because blacks make up just 5 percent of America's scientists and engineers, that according to a study by the National Science Foundation.

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12:50pm

Wed January 29, 2014
NPR Story

Should The President Have Apologized For Obamacare Issues?

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11:51am

Tue January 28, 2014
Money Coach

Scammers Taking Advantage Of Retail Data Breaches

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 4:34 pm

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Now it's time for our Money Coach conversation. You've heard by now about the problems at a number of retail stores like Target and Neiman Marcus, where hackers were able to access supposedly private information from the millions of customers who used credit and debit cards at the stores. But now there are people trying to take advantage of that chaos and scam you again. Here to tell us more is Sheryl Harris who writes for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Welcome back. Thanks so much for joining us.

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11:48am

Tue January 28, 2014
Parenting

Teenagers Are 'Crazy' But Expert Says Behavior Is Vital To Development

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 11:50 am

Teenagers are often seen as impulsive and moody. But psychiatrist Daniel Siegel says it's time to rethink adolescence as a time of great opportunity, as well as challenge. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Siegel about the teenage brain and his new book Brainstorm. Parents Leslie Morgan Steiner and Aracely Panameno join in.

11:46am

Tue January 28, 2014
Law

New Orleans' Former Mayor Ray Nagin In Court For Corruption

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 4:34 pm

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12:28pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Movies

'Dear White People' A Hit At Sundance

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12:28pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Law

Conjugal Visits: Costly And Perpetuate Single Parenting?

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12:28pm

Mon January 27, 2014
U.S.

Gay Politicians: Washington's In Crowd Is Out

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12:36pm

Fri January 24, 2014
NPR Story

NFL's Richard Sherman 'Puts the 'I' In Team'

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