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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10:54am

Wed August 8, 2012
Around the Nation

Shooter Was On Radar For Years, Expert Says

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 5:53 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We'd like to take a moment to think more deeply about what seems like a barrage of mass shootings this year alone.

In May, a belligerent man in Seattle shot up a cafe, killing five people after he was denied service. Nearly three weeks ago, 12 people were killed and close to 60 people were wounded in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. This past Sunday, six people died in Wisconsin after being gunned down in a Sikh temple.

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10:54am

Wed August 8, 2012
Around the Nation

A Link Between Mental Health And Mass Violence?

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

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Earlier we talked with Dr. Carl Bell. He is a psychiatrist and a professor at the University of Illinois. He's the president and CEO of the Community Mental Health Council in Chicago, Illinois, and we've spoken with him on a number of occasions about issues in mental health, but he has a particular interest in the issue of violence. In fact, he's the founder of the Institute for the Prevention of Violence, has done extensive research in this area, and we caught up with him on Tuesday.

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10:54am

Wed August 8, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

What's Hair Got To Do With It?

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:28 pm

Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas became the first African-American to win gold in the women's all-around event. But following her big moment, the twitter-verse lit up about her hair. Host Michel Martin asks how far has the country really come, when people's choices — about everything from hair to politics — are judged by superficial standards.

11:43am

Tue August 7, 2012
Sports

Is There A 'Concussion Crisis' In Sports?

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 12:03 pm

Scientific evidence is mounting on the links between sports and concussions. Host Michel Martin explores what some are calling the "concussion crisis" for athletes. She speaks with Chris Nowinski, author and co-founder of the Sports Legacy Institute, a group focused on researching concussions in sports.

11:43am

Tue August 7, 2012
Sports

Former Football Star Defends The Game

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 12:03 pm

Mounting scientific evidence is linking football to brain trauma. While calls to increase safety measures in football are getting louder, players themselves often resist efforts to change the game. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Pro Bowl NFL player LaVar Arrington, who argues that the risks of the sport are worth it.

11:43am

Tue August 7, 2012
Sports

Can The NFL Keep Fans Excited And Players Safe?

Thousands of former players or their families are filing lawsuits, alleging that the league downplayed the risks for concussions. But the NFL denies wrongdoing. Host Michel Martin speaks with two sports reporters about the NFL's current approach to reducing concussions.

11:43am

Tue August 7, 2012
Sports

Love Of Sports Can Start Early; So Can Injuries

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 12:03 pm

Concussions make up about 15 percent of all high school sports injuries, according to Children's Hospital Boston. But how can parents decide whether children should play sports, and how to keep them safe? Host Michel Martin talks with three "sports" moms, including a pediatrician who studies concussions in children.

12:53pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Behind Closed Doors

Sex Abuse Haunts Former Olympic Swim Hopeful

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 2:30 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We are about halfway through the Summer Olympics and millions of viewers have been thrilled by the feats of the world's athletes. For Americans, it's been especially exciting to watch America's swimmers. Michael Phelps, who set a record for the most medals won by any Olympian, as well as the young upstarts, Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky.

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11:23am

Mon August 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Sikh Temple Shooting Stuns Congregation, Country

The shooting that left six congregants dead at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin has sparked concerns among Sikhs and other South Asian Americans. Host Michel Martin talks about who Sikhs are and how they're reacting to the tragedy. She's joined by Rajdeep Singh of the Sikh Coalition and Deepa Iyer of South Asian Americans Leading Together.

11:23am

Mon August 6, 2012
Around the Nation

'Own The Dream' To Aid The Young And Undocumented

The Obama administration has released guidelines outlining which young undocumented immigrants may be eligible to defer deportation. Host Michel Martin speaks with Cristina Jimenez, the managing director of the United We Dream Network. She talks about the group's "Own the Dream" campaign, which aims to help these young people navigate the application process.

11:23am

Mon August 6, 2012
Remembrances

Chavela Vargas: Putting The Fight In Music

Chavela Vargas was a hard-living, feisty singer from Costa Rica who won fame for defying gender stereotypes in the male-dominated world of Ranchero music. She died on Sunday at age 93. Host Michel Martin looks back on Vargas' life and legacy.

3:19pm

Fri August 3, 2012
Author Interviews

Living The 'Cat Life' In Brazil

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 9:39 am

Author Clarah Averbuck says Brazil has a long way to go in its treatment of women.
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Camila, the leading lady in Cat Life by Brazilian author Clarah Averbuck, may spend nearly 90 pages pining over the love of her life, Antonio, but that doesn't make her weak.

Averbuck says her heroine is somewhat based on her own life experience. "I fell in love, I was young. ... You know, the first time you realize [it's] not going to work the way you think it's going to work, you get all crushed," she tells Michel Martin, host of NPR's Tell Me More.

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11:52am

Fri August 3, 2012
Science

For Mars Rover, Curiosity Is The Limit

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 2:53 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Today, we begin our summer BRIC-tion series. That's where we're going to check out literature from countries that are rising on the global stage, the so-called BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. We're going to start the series with Brazil, and that's in just a few minutes.

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11:52am

Fri August 3, 2012
World

Living The 'Cat Life' In Brazil

Brazil's economy is fast developing and it will garner more attention as it gears up to host the next summer Olympics in 2016. As part of Tell Me More's series looking at fiction from countries on the rise in the global arena, host Michel Martin speaks with Brazilian author Clarah Averbuck. She's the author of "Cat Life."

11:52am

Fri August 3, 2012
BackTalk

Back Talk: Get Your Planes Right!

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 2:53 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for Back Talk. That's where we lift the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere. Usually, our editor Ammad Omar, joins me, but somebody let him have the day off. Go figure. So I'll be shepherding this one.

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11:52am

Fri August 3, 2012
Barbershop

Was Throwing A Badminton Match Really So Bad?

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 2:53 pm

Transcript

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 Barber Shop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are writer and culture critic Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, Lester Spence, political science professor at Johns Hopkins University. They're all here with us in our Washington, D.C. studio. And, from Las Vegas, Fernando Vila. He's the managing editor of Univision News in English.

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11:52am

Fri August 3, 2012
Around the Nation

In Growing Baltimore, Are Immigrants The Key?

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 2:53 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we take our weekly visit to the Barbershop, and, yes, we must go there. We are going to ask the guys if Team USA's women are the big winners so far for the U.S., perhaps outshining the men. Just asking.

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1:47pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Politics

Are Polls Good News For Either Candidate?

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 2:08 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, we'll hear why some analysts are calling Mali, of all places, the Afghanistan of Africa. We'll ask NPR's West Africa's correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about why this formerly stable democracy has so many in the region on edge. We'll have that conversation in just a few minutes.

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1:47pm

Thu August 2, 2012
World

Is Mali Becoming The New Afghanistan?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, we will meet an American filmmaker whose film about her Tanzanian father and Korean mother bring a global twist to this weekend's Asian-American International Film Festival. We'll hear more about her and her film in just a few minutes.

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1:47pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Movie Interviews

Tracing Her Tanzanian Roots In 'A Lot Like You'

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 10:48 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

You might wonder why a film about the Asian-American experience being featured in the Asian-American International Film Festival that kicked off in New York City last week features a lengthy journey to Tanzania and emotional conversations about issues like force marriage and the rights of women in Africa. That's because, as filmmaker Eliaichi Kimaro shows, the personal histories of many young people these day are not just multiracial and multiethnic, but global, but even then can leave them wondering where they fit in.

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12:53pm

Wed August 1, 2012
World

Power Back On, But India's Outlook A Bit More Dim

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we'd like to take closer look at how losing power can grind a country to a halt. This week, India has been dealing with what is being called the world's worst blackout. Major power outages this week left well over 600 million people in the dark. Coal miners were trapped. Hospitals struggled with backup generators, and transportation was a mess, which had this man complaining to Al Jazeera International.

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12:53pm

Wed August 1, 2012
Music

For Artist Lira, South Africa Is All Soul

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, my weekly Can I Just Tell You essay.

First, though, we want to introduce you to a multiplatinum-selling artist with four albums to her credit, many awards, the face of a model, the voice of an angel. Her name is Lira.

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12:53pm

Wed August 1, 2012
Around the Nation

Mayor: 'We'll Listen' To Anaheim Residents

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program, we'll hear about some important provisions in the health care overhaul bill that go into effect today. Now, a number of these provisions remain controversial but we're going to step aside from the politics for a minute to try to find out what they mean for individuals. That's coming up later in the program.

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12:53pm

Wed August 1, 2012
NPR Story

Does Access To Good Health Trickle Down?

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I got a chance to travel a little bit recently — and no I won't be showing slides, no matter how much you beg me. And call me a nerd but on our little car trip I found myself thinking about health care.

Certain provisions of last year's health care overhaul are going into effect today and they remain controversial...but that's not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about something deeper, about our country's attitudes about health and wealth, which are in front of us even when we aren't looking for them.

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12:53pm

Wed August 1, 2012
Health Care

Will Health Provisions Tame Birth Control Cost?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Later in the program, we are going to talk about that massive power outage in India that left more than half the country in the dark this week. Officials say that power has now mostly been restored. But we are going to hear from a columnist and author who says that it is actually a symptom of a much bigger problem in the country than the admittedly very large problem of such a massive power outage. We'll have that conversation in just a few minutes.

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12:01pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Politics

Chick-fil-A Comments Still Churning Some Stomachs

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 3:00 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. As the world watches Olympic athletes go for the gold, we decided to check in with some dedicated sports moms about how parents can encourage their kids in sports without becoming, you know, those people. That's later in the program.

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12:01pm

Tue July 31, 2012
News

Is Chick-fil-A Controversy A Civil Rights Debate?

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 2:59 pm

We continue our conversation with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell. Host Michel Martin asks if Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's comments amount to hate speech.

12:01pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Food

The Chick-fil-A Dilemma: To Eat or Not To Eat?

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 2:58 pm

The controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A has left some consumers wondering whether they should eat there or not. Ahead of "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" host Michel Martin speaks with ethicist Jack Marshall about the implications of spending decisions and what role businesses and political leaders have to play.

12:01pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Politics

Are City Officials Overstepping On Chick-fil-A?

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 2:59 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We want to take another look at this controversy from another perspective. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as we said previously, was one of the mayors who got involved in this controversy. He was asked about a city councilman's plan to block Chick-fil-A from building a new restaurant in that city, and this is what he said.

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MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL: Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago values. They're not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members.

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12:01pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Technology

Spam Familiar In E-Mail, Now Flooding Your Phone

Spam text messaging is on the rise — it's estimated that American cell phone owners received billions of spam texts last year. And they're not just annoying, they can be costly, too. Host Michel Martin speaks with telecommunications expert Ben Levitan about what consumers and cell phone providers can do to prevent spam text messages.

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