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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  • Friday, July 11, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) With Brazil Out Of The World Cup, Was The Price Tag Worth It? 2) In Troubled Times, Find Freedom Through Faith And Forgiveness 3) Expat Producer Finds A Sense Of 'Home' In Music 4) Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?
  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) In Central America, Attempts To Cross U.S. Border Like 'Feeding Frenzy' 2) Nigeria Schoolgirls Still Missing, President Seems Detached 3) Twitter Turns World Cup Into A 'Global Sports Bar' 4) 'Busted' Blurs The Line Between Good And Bad Philadelphia Police 5) TMM Editor Says The Song 'Take It Easy' Captures 'Spirit' Of Show
  • 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

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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

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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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11:58am

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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12:03pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Faith Matters

Mormon Democrats On Drawing On Faith For Politics

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

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Just ahead, it's early fall and, as we've been talking about, the presidential campaigns are now in full swing and it's also the beginning of school, so we decided to give you a crash course on education policy and who stands for what. That's in a minute.

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12:03pm

Thu September 6, 2012
NPR Story

When It Comes To Education, Two Peas In A Pod?

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

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, fall is here and that means a new round of television shows are starting up. We've invited television critic Eric Deggans to tell us what's different this season, especially during daytime. That's in just a minute.

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12:03pm

Thu September 6, 2012
Education

Join The Conversation, With Tell Me More On Twitter

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, we want to start the conversation now with listeners via Twitter. Join Tell Me More on Twitter today by using #npredchat.

1:05pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

Do Political Attacks Leave Behind Battle Scars?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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1:05pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Wisdom Watch

In 1972, Davis Blazed Party Trail On Gay Rights

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, I had some thoughts about why we so love to show our scars. We, meaning the public and our leaders. That's my Can I Just Tell You essay and it's in just a few minutes.

But, first, it's time for our Wisdom Watch. That's the part of the program where we speak with those who've made a difference through their work and, in this political season, we're talking with a political pioneer.

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11:45am

Wed September 5, 2012
NPR Story

Thinking Harvard? Ranking System Says Think Again

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 1:05 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching gears now, school is back in session in much of the country and for many high school students that means it's time to look at colleges and, increasingly now, as more students go to college than ever, they and their parents are turning to rankings, such as the one published by U.S. News and World Report, to try to figure out the best fit.

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11:45am

Wed September 5, 2012
NPR Story

Democrats Pulling No Punches At GOP Rivals

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 1:05 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. The Democratic National Convention is underway in North Carolina. We'll speak with the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Philadelphia's Michael Nutter, about some of the local issues mayors are thinking about as they gather in Charlotte.

But first we want to talk about the message the Democrats are trying to send from the convention podium. Last night's keynote speaker was San Antonio's Mayor Julian Castro. He shared his American dream story.

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11:45am

Wed September 5, 2012
NPR Story

Philly Mayor Michael Nutter Thinks Local At DNC

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 1:05 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, there are a lot of college ranking guides out there, but we're going to tell you about one of them that says it rates colleges and universities on their value to you and to the country. That's ahead.

But first, we're following the Democratic convention in Charlotte, and while the spotlight is on national debates during the convention, we remember that old saying that all politics is local.

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4:06pm

Tue September 4, 2012
BRICSion: Powerful Stories, Powerful Nations

In South Africa, No Crying Over 'Spilt Milk'?

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 6:58 pm

South African writer Kopano Matlwa is also a physician. Writing, she says, "was really just a hobby, and I am really grateful to God that it turned out to be more than that."
Courtesy of Kopano Matlwa

"After" may be the most important word in South African writer Kopano Matlwa's novel Spilt Milk. The book focuses on the "Born Free" generation — those who came of age in the post-apartheid era, which began 18 years ago. As the first passage of the book highlights, this generation's story begins "After all the excitement, after the jubilation, after the celebrations..."

A Dream Or A Lie?

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11:47am

Tue September 4, 2012
Election 2012

DNC Chair: Democrats Will 'Set The Record Straight'

As the Democratic National Convention begins in Charlotte, host Michel Martin checks in with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is chairing the event. The Los Angeles Mayor says the Democrats have grown more jobs in the worst recession since the great depression in four years than President Bush did in eight.

11:47am

Tue September 4, 2012
Parenting

If Gabby Douglas Was Bullied, What About Our Kids?

Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas recently revealed that she was once bullied by other children. She believes that some of it was because she is African-American. For more on this story and how parents can talk to their children about race, host Michel Martin is joined by regular moms contributors Leslie Morgan Steiner, Jolene Ivey and Dani Tucker.

11:47am

Tue September 4, 2012
World

In South Africa, No Crying Over 'Spilt Milk'

Through fiction, Tell Me More has been taking a look at the so-called BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. In the final chapter of the series, host Michel Martin speaks with South African author Kopano Matlwa about her novel 'Spilt Milk.' It's a provocative novel about a generation born after the end of apartheid.

11:47am

Tue September 4, 2012
Music

Soul Singer Jams To Kings Of Leon, Christian Hymns

For Tell Me More's occasional 'In Your Ear' series, guests of the program talk about the songs they turn to for inspiration. Soul singer Ryan Shaw recently released his new album, 'Real Love,' and he performs some of his favorite tunes.

3:08pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Election 2012

Can Obama Supporters Keep 'Hope' Alive?

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 8:32 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, Frederic Yonnet is taking the harmonica to new places. We'll tell you more in just a few minutes.

But first, as we mentioned earlier, the Democratic National Convention starts this week, where the hope is that the president and his party can rally his Democratic base and energize voters, which they did so successfully four years ago.

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3:08pm

Fri August 31, 2012
In Performance

Frederic Yonnet Crowd Sources His New Album

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 3:15 pm

Frederic Yonnet is known for bringing the harmonica to urban jazz, R&B and hip-hop. He's working on the album Reed My Lips: The Rough Cut. It's available as a digital download, but the final mix will be out next year with suggested changes from fans. Yonnet joins host Michel Martin for a special encore performance chat.

3:08pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Economy

Are Today's Millennials The 'Screwed Generation'?

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 6:18 pm

Graduates attend a ceremony at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Writer Joel Kotkin notes that many recent college grads are saddled with high debt and dim job prospects.
Butch Dill AP

U.S. student loan debt tops $1 trillion, and young people face disproportionately high unemployment. Writer Joel Kotkin points to these numbers when he claims today's millennial generation is getting the short end of the stick. Kotkin speaks with Tell Me More host Michel Martin about his Newsweek/Daily Beast article on what he calls the "screwed generation."

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11:51am

Fri August 31, 2012
Election 2012

Did Romney Make His Case?

Mitt Romney accepted the GOP nomination for president Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, promising to create jobs and boost the economy. Host Michel Martin checks in with Corey Ealons; he's a former communications adviser to the Obama administration; and with Ron Christie, a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney.

11:51am

Fri August 31, 2012
Election 2012

How Do Republican Delegates Define Success?

Throughout this election, both Republicans and Democrats have focused on a common theme: a successful America. But that vision seems to be different for each party. Host Michel Martin hears from delegates and others at the Republican National Convention about what success for America means to them.

11:51am

Fri August 31, 2012
Election 2012

Charlotte Mayor: Ready For The Democrats

President Obama was the first Democrat in a generation to win in North Carolina, in 2008. Now, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina is gearing up to launch the Democratic National Convention, beginning Tuesday. Host Michel Martin speaks with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx about how his city is preparing.

11:51am

Fri August 31, 2012
Barbershop

Eastwood's Speech, A Boost Or A Distraction?

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:08 pm

Host Michel Martin checks in with the Barbershop guys to look back on the Republican National Convention. They discuss whether Mitt Romney delivered or disappointed on Thursday night. They also weigh in on whether Clint Eastwood's performance was a winner or a distraction.

11:54am

Thu August 30, 2012
Election 2012

Don't Forget All Politics Is Local, Mayor Says

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, this country is facing history again this year. It's a chance to elect this country's first Mormon president. So we decided to ask a group of faith leaders representing different traditions to tell us what role they think religion plays or should play when it comes to choosing the next president. That's coming up later in the program.

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11:54am

Thu August 30, 2012
Faith Matters

Is Your Candidate Keeping The Faith?

As the Republican convention continues, the major political parties are defining their positions — and many are focused on faith. Host Michel Martin speaks with a diverse panel of religious leaders to weigh how they balance faith and politics.

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