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 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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12:03pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Around the Nation

Katrina Gave Fresh Start To A Man, An Institution

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

Seven years ago, when the waters rose in New Orleans on August the 29th, they swamped a way of life in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Among the thousands of casualties in that city was a masterpiece, the New Orleans Botanical Garden.

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11:38am

Wed August 15, 2012
NPR Story

Author Asks If Mumbai Money Can Flatten Tradition

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 9:40 am

Mark Pringle

As India celebrates the 65th anniversary of its independence, the cultural landscape of the nation is transforming rapidly.

According to Man Booker prize winning author Aravind Adiga, "If you are an Indian of my generation... there really was only one place you wanted to go to make it big and that was Bombay. "

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11:38am

Wed August 15, 2012
NPR Story

NPR's Quist-Arcton Dusts To Ray Charles

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 12:03 pm

For Tell Me More's occasional series, "In Your Ear," guests talk about the songs that they turn to for inspiration. NPR's Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton shares the tracks she plays on repeat when she's on assignment or when she's at home in Dakar.

11:38am

Wed August 15, 2012
NPR Story

Will Romney's Pick Swing The Senior Vote?

Older voters make up a major voting bloc that both candidates will be courting, and Mitt Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate has put Medicare and Social Security front-and-center. Guest host Jacki Lyden discusses how these voters might respond with Andrew Kohut of the Pew Research Center.

11:38am

Wed August 15, 2012
Pop Culture

Has Marketing To LGBT Consumers Become Mainstream?

Not long ago, ads targeting gays and lesbians could only be found in alternative newspapers. Now Chevrolet, Levi Strauss and others are targeting that demographic. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Advertising Age reporter Thomas Pardee about changes in LGBT-targeted advertising.

2:22pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Family's Fight Against Bipolar Disorder Leads To Shock Therapy Success

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 2:56 pm

Linea Johnson, left, and her mother, Cinda, in May 2012 at the launch of their book on the family's struggle with Linea's bipolar disorder.
Tommy Voeten

The Mayo Clinic's confirmation Monday that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is receiving care there for bipolar depression is a reminder that the condition, which affects around 2.3 million Americans, can be treated.

But figuring out the right treatment for each patient can be a long and difficult road, as a new memoir called Perfect Chaos: A Daughter's Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother's Struggle to Save Her shows.

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11:10am

Tue August 14, 2012
Around the Nation

Is Drought Slowly Killing US Farms?

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 12:13 pm

Farmers and ranchers continue to suffer from one of the country's worst droughts in 50 years. President Obama recently announced the government will buy up to $170 million of meat from farmers. But some say it's too little too late. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Virginia farmer John Boyd and Harvest Public Media reporter Peggy Lowe.

11:10am

Tue August 14, 2012
Economy

Retail Sales Jump, But Are They High Enough?

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 5:30 pm

July saw the largest retail sales increase in months, according to the Commerce Department. But not all the news is rosy. NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax joins guest host Jacki Lyden to take a look at consumer spending and the "back to school" season.

11:10am

Tue August 14, 2012
Arts & Life

An Inner-City School With Gallery-Like Halls

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 12:13 pm

Chicago's Dixon School looks more like an African-American art gallery than a public school. In the largely black blue-collar neighborhood of Chatham, a school where art plays a central role in the lives of students is a rarity. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with director Pamela Sherrod Anderson about her documentary, The Curators of Dixon School.

11:10am

Tue August 14, 2012
Author Interviews

Surviving, Thriving In Spite Of Bipolar Disorder

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 12:13 pm

Cinda Johnson is an expert in youth disabilities and emotional disorders. But she never suspected her teen daughter Linea would have bipolar disorder. Linea's life took a downturn when she began feeling depressed and even suicidal. Linea and Cinda chronicle their story in the new memoir Perfect Chaos. They speak with guest host Jacki Lyden.

11:56am

Mon August 13, 2012
Music

Louisiana: Ingredients For Musical Melting Pot

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 1:28 pm

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

For many years here at NPR, Gwen Thompkins was an editor and then went to East Africa as a correspondent. She's always had a great ear, so perhaps it's not surprising that her brand-new music radio show called "Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins" listens to music in a revealing way. The show is from Gwen's hometown, New Orleans, and every week she talks to people in Louisiana who have devoted their lives to music - songwriters, musicians, producers, you name it.

Gwen Thompkins joins us now from WWNO in New Orleans. Congratulations.

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11:56am

Mon August 13, 2012
Election 2012

Should Black Voters Give Romney-Ryan A Chance?

Many conservatives were ecstatic with Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. Even though few observers expect the ticket to draw much African-American support, conservative Lenny McAllister says black voters should give the team a chance. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with McAllister and the NAACP's Hilary Shelton.

11:56am

Mon August 13, 2012
Economy

A New Kind Of Segregation, Income Segregation?

More Americans are segregated by income today, than they were 30 years ago. That's according to a new Pew Research Center study looking at U.S. neighborhoods. Rice University sociologist Stephen Klineberg says income segregation is a direct result of a shrinking middle class. He speaks with guest host Jacki Lyden about these changes.

11:56am

Mon August 13, 2012
Sports

Can East London Keep The Olympic Spirit Burning?

The Olympics are over, but guest host Jacki Lyden takes a look at the lasting impact of the Games on young people living in the neighborhoods around Olympic Park. She speaks with East London residents Amber Charles and Rumi Begum. Both young adults participated in the Olympic torch relay in recognition of their contributions to sports in the area.

11:56am

Mon August 13, 2012
Remembrances

Al Freeman Jr. Remembered For Soaps To Spike Lee

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

Now, from Olympic legacies to Hollywood legacies, we want to take a moment to pay tribute to a pioneer actor and director, Al Freeman, Jr. Freeman is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Nation of Islam leader, Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's 1992 epic film "Malcolm X." Freeman's performance won him an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "MALCOLM X")

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11:56am

Mon August 13, 2012
Television

Hardcore Job Program Helps Unlikely 'Get To Work'

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we get the cross-cultural flavor of New Orleans music with writer and radio host, Gwen Thompkins. She talks to songwriters, musicians and producers in Louisiana for her program, Music Inside Out, and she shares their stories with us in just a few more minutes.

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1:19pm

Fri August 10, 2012
Barbershop

Thrill Of Victory, Agony Of Post-Defeat Criticism

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 5:11 pm

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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 our weekly visit to the Barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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11:54am

Fri August 10, 2012
Election 2012

Voter ID Laws: Necessity Or Burden?

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 5:11 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, if you thought the Tea Party a passing political fad with a catchy name, our next guest would urge you to reconsider. He's written a new book about the Tea Party and what he believes is the source of its influence in today's politics. We'll talk about that in just a few minutes.

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11:54am

Fri August 10, 2012
Faith Matters

'Teavangelicals' Stronger Than Ever, Author Says

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 5:11 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, some updates on some of the recent stories we covered, including one of the Olympic contenders we met on this program. Here's a hint. He's got something new to wear around his neck.

But first, it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about faith and spirituality, and fairly often on this program we find ourselves talking about the nexus between faith and politics.

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11:54am

Fri August 10, 2012
Author Interviews

In Krasikov's World, Dreamers Can't Afford Dreams

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 9:55 am

Courtesy of Random House, Inc.

Sana Krasikov's collection of short stories, One More Year, delves deep into the lives of characters trying to make it in the new Russia. Each story carries an underlying sense that the strong do what they will, and the weak do what they must.

But Krasikov doesn't consider her stories cynical, she says they're realistic.

"I think, if you're in Russia, you can't sometimes afford not to see it like that," she tells NPR's Michel Martin, as part of Tell Me More's summer BRICSION series.

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11:54am

Fri August 10, 2012
BackTalk

Tell Me More Athletes Come Home With Hardware

Tell Me More spoke with a number of Olympians before they headed to the London Games. Now they're coming home with lots of hardware, in the form of precious metals. Host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar talk Olympic updates.

11:49am

Thu August 9, 2012
Race

Who Gets To Decide Who Is Native American?

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 1:26 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, you know those kids who always have their fingers on a keyboard texting? You might think they are wasting time and money, but in a few minutes, we'll talk with a texting champion who has turned his habit into a $50,000 prize. We'll have that conversation in just a few minutes.

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11:49am

Thu August 9, 2012
Strange News

It's Not Gold, But Fastest US Texter Wins Big

It may not be an Olympic sport, but Wisconsin teen Austin Wierschke was just named the fastest texter in America. The texting champion was awarded $50,000. Wierschke speaks with host Michel Martin about how he keeps his thumbs in shape.

11:49am

Thu August 9, 2012
Asia

Sikh Temple Shooting Felt Across The World

The Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin shook up the American Sikh community, but it also shocked people in India. The Indian Ambassador to the U.S., Nirupama Rao just returned from Wisconsin, and she's been discussing the tragedy with U.S. officials. Rao talks with host Michel Martin about what role she can play in the aftermath of the shooting.

11:49am

Thu August 9, 2012
Middle East

How Safe Are Donations To Syrian Rebels?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program, we will hear about an everyday hero, a barber in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1950s, an ordinary man during an extraordinary time. He's the focus of a new documentary that we want to tell you about and that's just ahead.

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11:49am

Thu August 9, 2012
Movie Interviews

Barber On Front Lines Of Civil Rights Battles

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 1:25 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we're going to talk about an important struggle in this country. We often talk about everyday heroes, people who, with no special credentials and no recognition, do remarkable things. Our next guest found someone like that and decided to make a film about him.

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3:44pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

What's Hair Got To Do With It?

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 4:52 pm

Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, showing off her gold medal in the women's individual all-around competition last week.
Julie Jacobson AP

I'll admit it. I was wrong. I was one of those naifs who thought that the past couple of decades of developments in our social and political life — the first black president, two female vice presidential nominees, four female Supreme Court justices (three serving at once), more than a dozen female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies — all that and then some would take certain dumb conversations off the table. But I was wrong, so let me go back and say again what nobody should have to say.

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3:14pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Make Me Laugh

Cristela Alonzo, Making Funny Her Own Way

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 4:52 pm

David Noles

When Cristela Alonzo started out as a stand-up comedian, she had two rules: "No jokes about being Latino, and no jokes about being female."

She says she wanted to emulate the comedy of Wanda Sykes, someone Alonzo believed was universally funny from the time Sykes first started on the comedy circuits.

Long before Alonzo began her career in stand-up, she knew she was funny.

"I did the Wizard of Oz in third grade, and I was a witch," Alonzo tells NPR's Michel Martin.

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12:28pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Games & Humor

Cristela Alonzo, Making Funny Her Own Way

Cristela Alonzo got a prized spot on the popular late-night TV show, Conan, because her no holds barred standup act makes audiences laugh and think. She steps up to the mic for a talk with host Michel Martin.

10:54am

Wed August 8, 2012
Fitness & Nutrition

Surgeon General: Don't Let Hair Get In The Way

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 5:00 pm

Dr. Regina Benjamin wants a culture of fitness, and she's asking black women to stop worrying about their hair, and hit the gym. She's promoting a contest for the best gym-friendly hairdos.

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