Tell Me More

Weekdays at 1 p.m.

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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    Stories: 1) In California Town, Protests Shed Light On National Immigration Debate 2) Pistorius Trial: Will Judge Buy His 'Tragic Accident' Defense? 3) Despite An Early Exit At Wimbledon, Serena Williams Still A 'Powerhouse' 4) For Audra McDonald, Experience And Raw Emotions Make Better Music 5) Pink's 'Try' Encourages 'Tell Me More' Executive Producer

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12:10pm

Wed September 26, 2012
Movie Interviews

A Day In The Life Of An Oakland Emergency Room

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 1:49 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. On television and in movies, the emergency rooms of big city hospitals are places of high drama, with doctors working furiously to save gunshot victims, those hurt in car accidents and people who are suffering a medical crisis, like a heart attack.

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12:02pm

Wed September 26, 2012
NPR Story

'My Two Moms' Author Winds Down To The Roots

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 1:49 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

And now it's time for our regular feature, called In Your Ear. It's where we ask some of our guests to share their personal playlists with us. Zach Wahls made headlines when he stood before Iowa lawmakers urging them not to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Wahl spoke up because his parents are lesbians. He stopped by our studios earlier this year to discusses his book, "My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family." And he also took the time out to share some of the songs he loves to hear.

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12:02pm

Wed September 26, 2012
NPR Story

Weighing Candidates' Foreign Policies

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 4:31 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, it's been nearly 60 years since public schools were legally desegregated, but new research shows schools are still divided. That's in just a few minutes.

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12:02pm

Wed September 26, 2012
NPR Story

School Segregation Persists, New Report Says

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 1:49 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, a new documentary follows a harrowing day in an Oakland, California emergency room, where the policy questions about health care play out in real life. We talk with the director of "The Waiting Room." That's in just a few minutes.

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12:02pm

Wed September 26, 2012
Education

Join The Education Conversation With Tell Me More

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 1:49 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

And now, we have this programming note for you. On Wednesday, October 10th, NPR's TELL ME MORE will host a live radio broadcast and Twitter Education Forum focusing on issues facing our nation's schools. And leading up to the forum, we've invited educators, parents, reporters and everybody else to join in via Twitter and take on tough issues. Here's one of them.

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12:03pm

Tue September 25, 2012
Parenting

Etiquette For Parents To Cure Birthday Party Blues

Back to school means homework, sports, and often times, a barrage of invitations to birthday parties and bar mitzvahs. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks about how parents can best handle sticky social situations from gifts to guest lists. She speaks with moms Karen Grigsby Bates, Leslie Morgan Steiner, Dani Tucker and Aracely Panameno.

11:50am

Tue September 25, 2012
Election 2012

Ted Strickland Not Ready To Hand Ohio To Romney

A new Washington Post poll shows President Obama inching ahead of Mitt Romney in Ohio. The state swapped political allegiances in the past — going for President Obama in 2008, then going for a GOP governor in 2010. Former Governor Ted Strickland lost that race and is now a surrogate for the president. He joins guest host Celeste Headlee.

11:50am

Tue September 25, 2012
Election 2012

Kenneth Blackwell: Time To Call The Foot Soldiers

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, if you're a football fan, you've probably been, shall we say, puzzled, at least, by one or two calls made by replacement referees this season. We're going to get the latest from one of our sports contributors in just a few moments.

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11:50am

Tue September 25, 2012
Sports

Monday Night Football Or Monday Night Meltdown?

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

We turn now to the National Football League. We're three weeks into the season and that means a lot of amazing plays, even more amazing catches, but story number one by far has been the referees. The NFL locked out its regular refs in a labor dispute and so replacement officials have been on the field and they're taking heat off the field for some blown calls.

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12:42pm

Mon September 24, 2012
Author Interviews

'Choke Artist' On Lowering Expectations

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 1:57 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Yale law professor and author, Amy Chua, scored a best seller last year with her memoir, "The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother." In it, she describes herself and other so-called Tiger Mothers who go to almost any length to push their kids toward perfection, holding back dinner until she nails that violin cadenza, threatening to put him out for being disobedient or demanding that she get straight As and become a doctor or a lawyer or maybe both.

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12:37pm

Mon September 24, 2012
Election 2012

Could Gay Marriage Keep Black Voters From Polls?

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 1:57 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we'll talk to the head of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. That's a U.S. government agency focused on pulling developing nations out of poverty. But first, it's the final stretch before Election Day. Polls show African-Americans' support, not surprisingly, is solid for President Obama.

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12:37pm

Mon September 24, 2012
Election 2012

Rep. Cleaver Pushes To Prep Black Voters

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 1:57 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

First, your response to the Reverend over there. He's heard pastors say that they're actually telling people in their congregations not to go to the polls.

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12:37pm

Mon September 24, 2012
Africa

Fighting Global Poverty With Business Strategies

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 1:57 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, many parents encourage - some say pressure - their kids to become high achievers, but what if a child just says no? David Yoo discusses his memoir, "The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever." That's just ahead.

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12:37pm

Mon September 24, 2012
Around the Nation

Report: Boy Scouts Concealed Abuse

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 1:57 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we'll take a look at the big winners from last night's Emmy Awards, but first, we want to turn to a much more serious topic and this would be a good time to say this conversation may not be appropriate for some listeners.

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12:37pm

Mon September 24, 2012
Television

Homeland, Modern Family Win Big At Emmys

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 1:57 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

And now, let's switch gears just a little, and go to the Emmys. The new Showtime drama "Homeland," and the ABC comedy "Modern Family," were two the big winners from last night 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. "Homeland" actually knocked "Mad Men" off from its perch as Best Drama Series. To tell us more, we have Sheila Marikar with us. She's an entertainment reporter and producer for ABCNews.com, and was actually backstage at the event.

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12:05pm

Fri September 21, 2012
Politics

Was Romney Right On Video Comments?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we are going to talk more about those protests that have been spreading in the Muslim world connected to a provocative video that has now gone viral. We'll talk about whether this is about a clash of civilizations or values or something else.

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12:05pm

Fri September 21, 2012
Faith Matters

A Look At Islam And Free Speech

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, we'll dig into our digital mailbox to hear from you about stories and interviews that caught your attention or provoked some push-back this week. That's BackTalk, and it's in just a few minutes.

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12:05pm

Fri September 21, 2012
BackTalk

Listeners Don't Hold Back On Breastfeeding Prof

Host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar crack open the mailbox for listener reaction. This week, they catch up with guest Christine Ha, the legally blind champion of the TV show MasterChef. They sift through a pile of tweets, emails, and Facebook messages about a breastfeeding professor.

12:05pm

Fri September 21, 2012
Barbershop

Should NFL Replacement Refs Catch A Break?

Host Michel Martin and the Barbershop roundtable guys talk about Univision's "Meet the Candidates" events. They also weigh in on the NFL replacement referees, and whether the refs are as bad as some critics claim or if spectators should cut them a break.

11:16am

Thu September 20, 2012
Election 2012

Is 'Tough On Crime' No Longer A Talking Point?

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 2:21 pm

There's a growing bipartisan consensus that criminal justice policy needs to change, because of the costs and social consequences of keeping more than 2 million Americans behind bars. Host Michel Martin discusses the parties' platforms on criminal justice with the Sentencing Project's Marc Mauer and Marc Levin of the group Right On Crime.

11:16am

Thu September 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Has Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Changed Military?

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 2:21 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. You might have heard us mention our Twitter Education Forum that we'll be hosting in Miami next month. We'll tell you more about that a little later.

But education is very much on our minds, so today, we're also going to talk more about some troubling new numbers showing that the high school graduation rates for black and Latino boys is lagging. We want to find out more about why. We'll talk about that a little later.

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11:16am

Thu September 20, 2012
Education

What's Driving Dropout Rate For Black, Latino Men?

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 2:21 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching gears now, it's Hispanic Heritage Month. That's the time of year when we talk about the contributions and, sometimes, challenges facing people of Latino heritage in this country.

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11:16am

Thu September 20, 2012
Education

Join The Education Conversation With Tell Me More

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 2:21 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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12:11pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Media

'Bleak' Picture For Minority Managers In Newsroom

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now, we're going to focus on a new study about the people who decide what you see on America's television news. The National Association of Black Journalists, or NABJ, has just released its latest diversity census. The group says the picture is bleak for journalists of color who hope to get into television newsroom management. That's journalists who belong to all different ethnic groups.

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12:09pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Election 2012

Unique Obstacles For Asian Americans In Voting

There's been a lot of attention on how voter ID laws might affect minority groups like African-Americans and Latinos. But some observers say that Asian Americans may also be affected. Host Michel Martin discusses the potential impact with Glenn Magpantay of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

12:07pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Beauty Shop

Does Nicki Minaj Have The Chops For 'Idol'?

Host Michel Martin and the ladies of the Beauty Shop roundtable weigh in on the impact that the video of GOP candidate Mitt Romney might have on the election. They also discuss whether rapper Nicki Minaj has the singing chops to judge the big voices on American Idol.

12:03pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Election 2012

House Democrats Offer Their Solution For Voter ID

Democratic members of the House introduced a bill yesterday that would allow voters without ID to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity at the polls. The new bill is the latest in the ongoing voter ID debate and host Michel Martin speaks with one of the bill's sponsors Congressman Rick Larsen about the proposal.

12:03pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Music

Comedian Iglesias Turns To Hootie For Hope

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for the regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we ask some of our guests to share their personal playlists with us. Gabriel Iglesias is one of the most watched comedians on YouTube. And if you haven't caught one of his acts there, perhaps you've seen him on Comedy Central or his project Standup Revolution.

He recently stopped by our studios in Culver City, California, as part of our summer series Make Me Laugh, where we visited with some of the countries most fun comedians.

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12:03pm

Tue September 18, 2012
Parenting

Is Breastfeeding While Teaching Inappropriate?

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.

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11:51am

Tue September 18, 2012
Sports

US Medalist Makes No Apologies For Mexican Flag

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:03 pm

Leo Manzano became the first American since 1968 to win an Olympic medal in the men's 1500 meter run in the London Games this summer. But he got a lot of criticism for carrying both Mexican and American flags during his victory lap. For Hispanic Heritage Month, Manzano speaks with host Michel Martin.

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