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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Podcasts

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) NFL Players Association Still Not Satisfied By Concussion Settlement 2) Getting Married: Should You Wait Until You Can Afford It? 3) After A Bad Bike Crash, Lessons in Limits And Love 4) Brazilian Singer Comes Out From Her Mother's Shadow, Honors Her Legacy
  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) For Residents, Chicago Violence Is 'Very Personal' 2) Is Age The New Frontier Of Voting Rights? 3) In A Tough Market For Old Furniture, Manage Your Expectations 4) Why Aren't Men Asked If They Can 'Have It All'?
  • Monday, July 7, 2014 1:33pm
    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
  • Friday, July 4, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) 'The True American' Reveals A Hopeful, Complicated Country 2) UK Government Minister: Religious Difference Is A Strength For The Country 3) For Designer B. Michael, Mentoring Is Key To Diversifying The Fashion World 4) 'Dreamgirl' Jennifer Holliday Shares Wisdom On Getting Through Tough Times
  • Thursday, July 3, 2014 4:43pm
    Stories: 1) New Jobs Numbers: Has Economic Recovery Reached A Tipping Point? 2) Israeli And Palestinian Parents: 'We Need To Stop This Madness' 3) Do We Celebrate Independence Day Too Early? 4) Is Robin Thicke Just A 'Creepy Crooner'? The 'Shop' Guys Weigh In

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12:03pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Faith Matters

What Does It Mean To Be A Jew?

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 5:23 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, we turn to Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith, religion and spirituality. This Sunday night marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and the beginning of what are known as the High Holy Days, for observance used, the most spiritually profound time of year.

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12:03pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Studio Sessions

Son Of Music Royalty Ben Taylor Takes The Stage

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 4:53 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. You know that old saying, you have big shoes to fill? As the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor probably knows more about that than most. His dad was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His mom has an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Grammy. Each is one of the most beloved artists of their generation, so a little pressure, maybe?

Thankfully, critics found, in his 2003 debut album, "Famous Among the Barns," a unique twist on American folk music.

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11:49am

Fri September 14, 2012
Barbershop

Did Romney Slip Up In Embassy Spat?

Host Michel Martin and the Barbershop guys weigh in on the political sparring by the candidates. Protests continue in the Muslim world over a crude video insulting Islam, and there's political fallout here in the United States. Mitt Romney came out swinging at the Obama Administration, but is being criticised for bungling the facts.

11:49am

Fri September 14, 2012
Barbershop

Should Women Learn To Cook For Men? Guys Weigh In

Host Michel Martin and the Barbershop guys continue the discussion by dishing on the recent article "I Learned to Cook for a Man. Am I a Sell Out?" They discuss whether women need to spend time in the kitchen in order to show affection. Plus, they talk about a recent report on poverty and income disparity.

12:25pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Technology

Is The New iPhone Worth The Upgrade?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now about that new iPhone. Techies have long been speculating about what the device will look like and what it will do. Guessing right along with everybody else was Mario Armstrong. He's a digital lifestyle expert and a frequent guest on this program.

Mario...

MARIO ARMSTRONG: Hey.

MARTIN: Welcome back.

ARMSTRONG: Thank you, Michel. Thanks for having me.

MARTIN: Tell us what you know. Are you in iPhone heaven?

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12:25pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Economy

William Julius Wilson: Ending Poverty Is Possible

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 4:55 pm

The Census Bureau announced that 15 percent of Americans lived in poverty in 2011 — a slight drop from the year before. But income disparities continue to grow. Host Michel Martin talks with Harvard professor William Julius Wilson, author of the 1987 book The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy.

12:25pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Religion

Understanding Muslim Anger Over 'Insulting' Film

Protests over a video insulting the Prophet Mohammad have spread throughout the Muslim world. Host Michel Martin discusses reactions and why it has elicited such anger with Al Jazeera's Abderrahim Foukara and Georgetown University Professor John Esposito. Advisory: This segment may be uncomfortable for some listeners.

12:25pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Sports

NFL's Ayanbadejo On Offensive For Gay Marriage

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 12:36 pm

The NFL's Brendon Ayanbadejo has gone to three Pro Bowls and is a star on the field. But when he recently spoke out in favor of gay marriage, a prominent critic told him to stop talking and focus on football. Ayanbadejo joins host Michel Martin to talk about why he's committed to defending same-sex marriage.

12:43pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Race

Is The Black Middle Class Disappearing?

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 11:33 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We've been talking a lot about the economy in the past couple of weeks. The issue was at the forefront of the two political conventions that just ended and put a further exclamation point on the debate over whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would be the best person to address the issue.

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12:41pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Arts & Life

Writing On The Lives Of Others

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 11:33 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We turn now to the world of books, particularly biographies. You may not know the name Arnold Rampersad, but the people whose stories he's told changed the course of American history in letters, sports and culture. He is the author of prize winning biographies of poet Langston Hughes, baseball great Jackie Robinson, scholar W.E.B. Du Bois and tennis great Arthur Ashe.

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12:40pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Education

Basic School Supplies, Glue Sticks, Tablets?

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 11:33 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, he is the biographer of Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois and Jackie Robinson, and now Arnold Rampersad is the winner of a prestigious lifetime achievement award for his body of work. We'll speak with this legendary writer in just a few minutes.

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12:33pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Election 2012

Jorge Ramos: Debate Commission Stuck In 1950s

This year's presidential debates have no Latino moderators on the slate. So one network is taking matters into its own hands. Univision's Jorge Ramos is set to moderate discussions with each of the major party presidential candidates. He tells host Michel Martin it's time for the Commission on Presidential Debates to move into the 21st century.

12:33pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Education

Join The Education Conversation With Tell Me More

Tell Me More will host a live radio broadcast and Twitter Education Forum on October 10th. Host Michel Martin will discuss the roles of teachers, parents, government, business --- and of course, social media. To do that, Martin wants to start the conversation now with listeners via Twitter. Join Tell Me More on Twitter today by using #npredchat.

12:33pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Music

Bellamy Dances 'Risky Business' Style To Maroon 5

For Tell Me More's occasional "In Your Ear" series, guests of the program talk about songs they go to for inspiration or just to let loose. Comedian Bill Bellamy turns to Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," and goes into Risky Business style dancing in his living room.

11:37am

Tue September 11, 2012
Around the Nation

What's The Best Way To Remember And Heal?

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 12:03 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Later in the program, you probably heard all the talk about family at the political conventions that just ended. We'll ask our diverse panel of moms whether they heard anything from the conventions that mattered to their families.

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11:37am

Tue September 11, 2012
Education

U.S. Teachers Pay Close Attention To Chicago

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, Apple is expected to release its latest iPhone this week, but we have a guest to tell you why you want to take a close look at that - or any other new contract, for that matter - before you sign on the dotted line. That's coming up.

But, first, we turn to Chicago, where hundreds of thousands of students are out of class. That's because the nation's third-largest school district has been shut down by a teachers' strike.

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11:37am

Tue September 11, 2012
Your Money

Are You Susceptible To 'Seduction By Contract'?

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 12:03 pm

The new iPhone is expected to be unveiled this week, and customers can probably get a discount if they sign up for a lengthy service agreement. But New York University Law Professor Oren Bar-Gill tells host Michel Martin that consumers should think twice before signing the dotted line for things like phones, credit cards or mortgages.

11:37am

Tue September 11, 2012
Election 2012

Does Political Mommy Talk Make You Cheer Or Gag?

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 12:03 pm

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 and, if you followed the political conventions, then you know that there was a lot of talk about leadership and the economy, but there was also a lot of talk about family.

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2:17pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Music

Strawberry Fields For 'MasterChef' Christine Ha

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for the occasional feature we call In Your Ear. That's where guests of the program tell us the songs they're listening to for a little inspiration. Today is a very special, probably stressful day for "MasterChef" contestant Christine Ha. Why?

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MASTERCHEF")

GARY RHODES: The person joining Josh in the "MasterChef" finale, that person is Christine.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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11:39am

Mon September 10, 2012
U.S.

Rep. Chu: Everyone Is Ignoring Military Hazing

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Now it's time to go behind closed doors. That's the part of the program where we talk about difficult issues that are often kept hidden.

And in this election season we've been hearing a lot about why candidates take on the issues they've chosen to address. Sometimes it's because an issue is popular, but sometimes it's just too important to ignore, and sometimes it's also personal.

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11:39am

Mon September 10, 2012
Economy

Master Violin Maker Feels Economy's Sour Notes

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now it's time to open up the pages of the Washington Post magazine. That's something we do just about every week for interesting stories about the way we live now. And today a story about the business of music.

(SOUNDBITE OF VIOLIN)

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11:39am

Mon September 10, 2012
Election 2012

Former Aides Talk Strategy For Homestretch

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up: The designers are sending their creations down the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. And just in case your invitations to some of those big-name shows got lost in the mail, we will bring the runway to you. We'll talk with a reporter who's in the mix to tell us what's hot and what's not. That's later in the program.

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11:39am

Mon September 10, 2012
Arts & Life

NY Fashion Week, From Google Glasses To Harnesses

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:17 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we'll talk about how a master violin maker holds onto his art form in this struggling economy. Talk about that in just a few minutes.

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11:58am

Fri September 7, 2012
Election 2012

Top Speechwriters Grade Conventions

President Obama's acceptance of the Democratic nomination capped two weeks of speeches at the political conventions. Host Michel Martin discusses hits and misses with Mary Kate Cary, former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush; and Paul Orzulak, former speechwriter for President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.

11:58am

Fri September 7, 2012
Economy

What August Job Numbers Mean

The Labor Department reported that the economy added 96,000 jobs in August, far fewer than analysts had predicted. The unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent, an indication that more people moved out of the workforce. Host Michel Martin discusses the latest unemployment numbers with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.

11:58am

Fri September 7, 2012
Election 2012

Sandra Fluke: Health Access Is An Economic Issue

Sandra Fluke found herself in the center of a media storm earlier this year. She became a political target after she testified in favor of President Obama's policy to require most employers' insurance plans to cover contraception. Fluke spoke at this week's Democratic convention, and talks about it with host Michel Martin.

11:58am

Fri September 7, 2012
Sports

Paralympians 'Dream, Drive, Do' In London

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 5:04 pm

Joe Kusumoto U.S. Paralympics

Team USA wheelchair sprinter Anjali Forber-Pratt may have won two bronze medals at the Beijing Paralympics, but she told NPR's Michel Martin that competing in London this year has blown her away.

"Oh my goodness, the stadium itself is just unbelievable," she said. "There's about 80,000 fans, and everyone is just genuinely excited to support all of the athletes here. It's surreal."

Forber-Pratt says that the sound from the stadium carries a mile away to where the athletes live. "Whenever there's a U.K. athlete ... you can actually hear the roar of the crowd," she laughs.

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11:58am

Fri September 7, 2012
Barbershop

Convention Highlights, Lowlights

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 1:41 pm

In this week's Barbershop roundtable, the guys look back on the Democratic National Convention. They also discuss the launch of the new NFL season. Host Michel Martin checks in with writer Jimi Izrael, former Obama administration advisor Corey Ealons, National Review contributor Mario Loyola, and Univision journalist Fernando Vila.

12:27pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Television

Michael Strahan Bringing 'Booty' To Daytime TV?

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 9:02 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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12:03pm

Thu September 6, 2012
NPR Story

Do Democrats Have A Gender Gap Problem?

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 2:28 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, for the first time, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon, is leading the Republican presidential ticket. In recent years, Mormons have often been identified with conservative politics, but not all agree. We'll meet a group of Mormon Democrats in a few minutes.

But first, it was another big night for the comeback kid.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

BILL CLINTON: We are here to nominate a president, and I've got one in mind.

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