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 24, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Is Drug Testing For Welfare Fair? 2) Food Tech Leaves Rural People Behind 3) The Ten Commandments In The Digital Age 4) First Lady Of Mens Studies Says Passion Is Key 5) Debbie Allen On 'Fame,' Stage And Men In Tights
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Propronents Of Affirmative Action Losing The Battle? 2) Kansas Residents To First Lady: Stay Out 3) Can High-Quality Preschool Make A Big Difference Later On? 4) Nigerian Activist Chooses Exile Over Life In The Closet 5) Yaya Alafia's Songs Of Strength For Her Baby Boy
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Psychological Consequences Of Calling Obesity A Disease 2) Rethinking Punishment For Drug Offenders 3) Waxing Poetic About Politics And Jimmy Choos 4) 'Cuddly Toy' On Nonstop Rotation For Margaret Cho 5) Grandma Helping With The Baby: Dream Or Nightmare?
  • Monday, April 21, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) President Obama Will Skip China, But Asia Trip Sends A Message 2) A 'Tennessee Promise' To Educate The State's College Students 3) No Longer Marching Out To Work, More Mothers Stay Home 4) Security Threats Hit Deeper Than Heartbleed Bug 5) Library Of Congress, How Could You Forget Run-D.M.C?
  • Friday, April 18, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) 15 Years After Columbine, Are Schools Any Safer? 2) To Fight Extremism, Don't Alienate Troublemakers At The Mosque 3) New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays 4) Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea? 5) Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters?

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11:50am

Wed June 27, 2012
NPR Story

Is Women Having It All A Feminist Fantasy?

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 4:49 pm

The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in on a new article that's reignited the debate about whether women can have it all — and what that even means for different women. Guest host Viviana Hurtado checks in with PJ Media editor Bridget Johnson, blogger Danielle Belton, and Deepa Iyer of South Asian Americans Leading Together.

12:55pm

Tue June 26, 2012
Music

Plus-Sized Fashionista Dancin' To The Music

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11:33am

Tue June 26, 2012
Middle East

Are Women Worried About New Egyptian President?

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 12:55 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we look at another significant decision from the Supreme Court that might have been overshadowed by the ruling on immigration enforcement. The justices said life sentences without parole for juvenile offenders is cruel and unusual punishment. We'll talk with law professor Paul Butler about what that means for young people behind bars in this country.

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11:33am

Tue June 26, 2012
Law

Brain Science Behind Youth Life Sentence Ruling

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 12:55 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, as well as others who love, work with or just appreciate their LGBT friends and colleagues, are observing June as Pride Month. We'll talk about the history of the gay rights movement from the author of a new book called "Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution." That's in just a few minutes.

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11:33am

Tue June 26, 2012
Author Interviews

Hirshman: Gay Rights Blurred Gender, Changed Culture

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 12:55 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now, we turn to the ongoing fight for civil rights for LGBT Americans. June is recognized by millions of Americans as Gay Pride Month and, for the first time ever, the Pentagon is holding a gay pride event today. It comes less than a year after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell", the policy banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

Here's a clip of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's Gay Pride Month message.

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11:33am

Tue June 26, 2012
Parenting

Exposing the Hilarity of Gay Parenting

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 12:55 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we recently met Lisa Dolan. She is a fashion designer and the owner of a plus-size clothing store who starred in TLC's reality program "Big Brooklyn Style." Now, she's going to tell us about the music that gets her creative juices flowing. It's our Inner Ear segment and it's coming up.

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11:55am

Mon June 25, 2012
NPR Story

Art Imitates Life In Same-Sex Superhero Wedding

It's wedding season for couples around the country, including superheroes. Marvel Comics, the group behind Spider-man, X-Men and the Avengers, recently released a comic featuring its first same-sex superhero wedding. Host Michel Martin discusses the intersection between the Marvel universe and politics with Marvel's editor-in-chief, Axel Alonso.

11:55am

Mon June 25, 2012
Law

Prosecutor Tries To Crack Thousands Of Rape Cases

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy is leading the charge to get Detroit's massive backlog of rape kits tested and processed. It's a cause that hits close to home, because Worthy was a victim of rape when she was a law student. Host Michel Martin speaks with Worthy.

11:55am

Mon June 25, 2012
NPR Story

Supreme Court Decision, A Rebuke To Arizona?

The Supreme Court threw out key parts of Arizona's tough immigration law. But the court didn't rule on one of the most controversial elements of the law. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Ron Elving, Professor Gabriel Chin with the University of California, Davis, and the vice dean of University of Arizona College of Law, Marc Miller.

11:55am

Mon June 25, 2012
NPR Story

Religious Violence Shakes Up Northern Nigeria

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, who doesn't love a wedding? Marvel Comics just decided to hold a big one for superhero Northstar. We'll find out why even some of his alien mutant friends decided not to show. That's in just a few minutes.

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10:58am

Fri June 22, 2012
Sports

4th Grader Lets School Know She's Got Rights

When the girls basketball team was cut from Charlotte Murphy's Pittsburgh school last year, the then 4th grader told the superintendent that the cut went against Title IX. For the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the law that prohibits schools from discriminating on the basis of sex, host Michel Martin talks to Murphy and Superintendent Linda Lane.

10:58am

Fri June 22, 2012
Election 2012

Candidates Pull Out Stops To Woo Latino Voters

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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 where we will ask the guys now that LeBron James finally has his championship ring, will that stop the haters or not? That is later in the program.

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10:58am

Fri June 22, 2012
Movies

For One Man, She Had To Be Pretty And Asian

For a California man named Steven, a perfect woman had to be pretty, submissive — and Asian. In the documentary Seeking Asian Female, filmmaker Debbie Lum followed Steven as he sought out, found, and brought over Sandy, a 30-year-old woman from China, on a fiancee visa. Then reality hit. Lum talks about her film with host Michel Martin.

10:58am

Fri June 22, 2012
Barbershop

Grandma Withstands Bus Bullies

Host Michel Martin and the Barbershop guys weigh in on the new NBA champions: the Miami Heat. They also discuss what should happen to a group of middle school boys who relentlessly bullied a 68-year-old school bus monitor. A video of the incident has gone viral, and one website has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the grandma.

11:53am

Thu June 21, 2012
Election 2012

Gary Johnson Offers Third Choice In 2012 Elections

You might think the presidential race is settled with two candidates. But there's one candidate you might not have heard much about. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is running for president on the Libertarian Party ticket. Johnson speaks with host Michel Martin about his policies and the challenges he has getting his message heard.

11:53am

Thu June 21, 2012
Education

Title IX Turns 40, But Has The Field Leveled?

Title IX was the landmark legislation that required most educational institutions to offer equal opportunities for girls and boys. It changed history and opened up the floodgates to basketball courts, soccer fields and classrooms to women all over the country. Host Michel Martin speaks with three experts about what more needs to be done.

11:53am

Thu June 21, 2012
Pop Culture

'Nephew Tommy' On The Art Of The Prank Phone Call

This summer, Tell Me More talks to some of today's most popular comedians. Host Michel Martin first speaks with Thomas Miles, or "Nephew Tommy." He entertains millions with prank phone calls, as one of the co-hosts of the popular Urban Radio program, The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Advisory: This segment may not be comfortable for some listeners.

12:52pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

Rodney King's Personal Struggle With Alcohol

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:03 pm

Matt Sayles AP

I still cannot stop thinking about Rodney King, whose drowning death in his swimming pool this weekend seemed like the kind of ending only the authors of a Greek tragedy would write. It's as if the Gods are sending some sort of message.

But what message? Was it really too much to ask that this man, who made mistakes in his life, but who knew what they were, who openly mourned the suffering of others, could end his life peacefully in his own bed?

Still, it's worth remembering just how that whole Greek tragedy got started. Let's let him tell it:

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11:40am

Wed June 20, 2012
World

State Department Calls For End To Modern Slavery

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:03 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, immigration is back in the news right now, in part because of a new move by the Obama administration to stop deporting young people who came here illegally as children. And now there's also new information about just who is coming here and why.

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11:40am

Wed June 20, 2012
Race

Asian-Americans On The Rise

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:03 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, it's June, the beginning of the summer wedding season and a lot of couples are tying the knot, but what happens when your plans for a dream wedding in your hometown are the subject of - well, let's say - opinions of complete strangers?

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11:40am

Wed June 20, 2012
World

A Ceremony That Was Anything But Private

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 12:03 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, Rodney King helped shed new light on the issue of police brutality, but I want to ask if there's also something we can learn from Rodney King's struggle with alcohol. That's my "Can I Just Tell You?" essay, and it's just ahead.

But first, it is June, the traditional start of the wedding season. And for most couples, the big day can be accompanied by some butterflies, and maybe a little last-minute drama.

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11:40am

Wed June 20, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

Rodney King's Personal Struggle With Alcohol

The late Rodney King changed the way Americans look at the relationship between police and citizens. But for her weekly essay, host Michel Martin asks if there's a bigger lesson to be learned in King's struggle with alcohol.

6:58pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Parenting

Does Sparing The Rod Spoil The Child?

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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 and dads in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy parenting advice.

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11:46am

Tue June 19, 2012
Sports

Is Penn State's Football Culture On Trial?

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, we turn to a very different subject. That's the trial of former Penn State University assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky. He's charged with 51 counts of child sexual abuse, which prosecutors say took place over the course of 15 years.

The prosecution rested its case yesterday and the defense has started calling witnesses in a case that's featured some graphic and disturbing testimony, as well as some complicated legal questions.

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11:46am

Tue June 19, 2012
Economy

What Will New Immigration Policy Mean For Jobs?

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News.

Coming up, congressman Keith Ellison is among the Progressive Democrats meeting in Washington, D.C. this week at a conference called Take Back the American Dream. We'll ask him what the meeting's all about in a few minutes.

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11:46am

Tue June 19, 2012
Politics

Rep. Ellison On 'Taking Back The American Dream'

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 6:58 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the prosecution rested its case yesterday in the trial of former Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky, who's accused of sexually abusing a number of children over the course of many years. We'll get an update from Sports Illustrated reporter David Epstein.

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12:59pm

Mon June 18, 2012
Remembrances

Rodney King On How He Wanted To Be Remembered

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we will hear one woman's very personal story that touches on one of this country's ongoing political debates.

But first, we want to tell you about another flashpoint in this country's history. More than 20 years ago, Rodney King was the victim of a brutal beating by Los Angeles police officers. That incident was caught on videotape. The officers were charged and went to trial, but when they were acquitted, it sparked six days of violent, bloody riots in Los Angeles.

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11:53am

Mon June 18, 2012
Governing

Will New Policy Reopen Immigration Debate?

Immigration lawyers are moving quickly in response to President Obama's decision to let certain illegal immigrants stay in the country. Host Michel Martin discusses the latest changes with immigration attorney Sarah Moshe and two undocumented immigrants: journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and immigration rights advocate Gaby Pacheco.

11:53am

Mon June 18, 2012
Governing

Undocumented Immigrants React To Obama Decision

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 12:58 pm

President Obama announced Friday to let certain illegal immigrants stay in the U.S. Host Michel Martin continues to discuss the latest changes to immigration policy with lawyer Sarah Moshe and undocumented immigrants Gaby Pacheco and Jose Antonio Vargas. He wrote the latest Time magazine cover story about his life as an illegal immigrant.

11:53am

Mon June 18, 2012
Around the Nation

1 Wedding Dress, 3 Generations Of Brides

For many brides, picking out "the dress" can be the most daunting part of wedding planning, but for Ali Manson, her dress was never a question. Three generations of women in her family have shared one wedding dress. Host Michel Martin speaks with Manson and Washington Post staff writer Ellen McCarthy, who wrote about the family's tradition.

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