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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11:59am

Mon July 23, 2012
Health

Traditional Outreach Sidesteps HIV-Positive Latinos

Host Michel Martin discusses HIV and AIDS within the Latino community in the United States with Jesus Aguais of AID for AIDS International, which promotes prevention and treatment for Latin American patients. Also, Alicia Wilson, the Executive Director of La Clinica del Pueblo.

11:59am

Mon July 23, 2012
Sports

Penn State Sanctions Worse Than 'Death Penalty'?

The NCAA laid out severe penalties against Penn State University today - in light of a child rape scandal. The school's football team has been banned from post-season play, docked scholarships, fined heavily, and stripped of past victories. Michel Martin discusses the penalties with Sports Illustrated's Pablo Torre.

10:55am

Mon July 23, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Olympic Hopeful Works To Improve Bone Marrow Registries

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 11:59 am

Starting a bone marrow registry in Nigeria "became an obsession" for Seun Adebiyi. "I thought that even if I couldn't find a match, I wanted to make it easier for other black patients to find a match."
Seun Adebiyi

When Seun Adebiyi, a Nigerian-American lawyer and aspiring Olympic athlete, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2009, he quickly found that it was not going to be easy to find treatment.

As he explains it, "my only chance of survival" was a stem cell transplant. These transplants either come from bone marrow or blood, and the best matches usually come from within the same ethnic group.

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12:20pm

Fri July 20, 2012
Around the Nation

For Stockton, Calif., Bankruptcy 'Freezes Everything'

Many cities around the country are faced with growing costs and shrinking revenue. Despite making sweeping cuts, Stockton, California recently became the largest city to file for bankruptcy. Host Michel Martin talks with Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston about how she's managing a city that's operating in the red.

12:20pm

Fri July 20, 2012
Faith Matters

Missionaries In Africa Doing More Harm Than Good?

Christian missionaries devote time, energy and billions of dollars to helping African children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. But sometimes well-meaning efforts can do more harm than good. In this week's Faith Matters conversation, host Michel Martin speaks to writer and journalist John Donnelly about his new book, A Twist of Faith: An American Christian's Quest to Help Orphans in Africa.

12:20pm

Fri July 20, 2012
Faith Matters

The Mosaic Of Asian-American Worship

Asian-Americans are a rapidly growing population in the United States, and a new report finds the majority are not Christian. According to the Pew Research Center, half of Asian-Americans are either Hindu, Buddhist, or not affiliated with any religion. Continuing Tell Me More's conversation on faith, host Michel Martin speaks with Pew senior researcher Cary Funk about some of the surprising statistics she found in the study.

12:20pm

Fri July 20, 2012
BackTalk

Casinos A Health Benefit For Seniors?

Tell Me More host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar dig through the listener feedback in Backtalk. This week they mark the end of "Linsanity" for fans of the New York Knicks, and the American Gaming Association weighs in on a story about casinos.

12:20pm

Fri July 20, 2012
Barbershop

Did Darkness Of Movie Edge On Colo. Shooter?

This week in the Barbershop, the guys talk about the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. A gunman opened fire in a Colorado theater in which the film was being shown. Host Michel Martin checks in with writer Jimi Izrael; civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar; columnist Jeff Yang and film critic Wesley Morris.

11:47am

Thu July 19, 2012
Politics

Are Romney Critics Really Attacking His Success?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital and his refusal to release more extensive tax records continue to dog his campaign. Host Michel Martin takes up these topics and other political news of the week with Republican strategist Ron Christie and Joy-Ann Reid, managing editor of The Grio.com.

11:47am

Thu July 19, 2012
World

Syrians Hear 'Shooting Through The Night'

The Syrian conflict has been declared a civil war by the Red Cross and violence continues with no end in sight. Many civilians have been forced to leave Syria for neighboring countries. Tell Me More brings the story of one man who is living in a Turkish refugee camp with his family and host Michel Martin discusses whether the conflict has reached a turning point with Al Jazeera International's Abderrahim Foukara.

11:47am

Thu July 19, 2012
Health

Stop At The Drugstore Now Includes HIV Test

More than 200,000 Americans who carry HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, are unaware of their status. That's according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has now started a program that offers rapid testing at drug stores and pharmacies. Host Michel Martin discusses the program with Dr. Kevin Fenton, the Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the CDC.

11:47am

Thu July 19, 2012
Arts & Life

Bill Bellamy: Full Throttle Family Man, Funny Man

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 9:53 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're continuing our series called Make Me Laugh. All summer long we're talking to some of the country's most popular entertainers, who have brought their unique comedy styles to film, television and standup.

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12:16pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Health

When It Comes To HIV, Black, Gay Men Most At Risk

Black gay and bisexual men now account for one in four new HIV infections in America, according to a new report by the Black AIDS Institute. Host Michel Martin speaks with director Phill Wilson about what's behind this alarming trend. Martin is also joined by Cornelius Jones, an HIV-positive artist.

11:53am

Wed July 18, 2012
World

Sweet Reflections On Grandpa For Mandela Birthday

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 12:16 pm

People around the world are marking 'Mandela Day' by doing 67 minutes of public service — that's one minute for every year he spent fighting for human rights. Host Michel Martin speaks to Mandela's granddaughter Tukwini Mandela to find out how the South African elder statesman is celebrating his 94th birthday.

11:53am

Wed July 18, 2012
Wisdom Watch

For Elaine Chao, A Tough Voyage To U.S. Leadership

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 12:16 pm

Elaine Chao made history when she became the first Asian American woman appointed to a U.S. president's cabinet. She served as Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush, and before that directed the Peace Corps. But making her mark on the U.S. was not easy. As a child, she spent 37 days traveling by boat to get from Taiwan to America. Elaine Chao talks about her journey and her career with host Michel Martin.

11:53am

Wed July 18, 2012
Election 2012

Candidate Wants To Green Up The White House

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 11:51 am

Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein delivers remarks during a press conference on July 11 in Washington, D.C.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are dominating the airwaves, but they aren't the only people running for president. Dr. Jill Stein is running as the Green Party nominee. She started her career as a medical doctor and is now campaigning on issues like the economy, education and health care. Host Michel Martin speaks with Stein about her "Green New Deal" and why she says choosing a third party is anything but a wasted vote.

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10:50am

Tue July 17, 2012
Parenting

In Twitterverse, Make Room For Grandma!

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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

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10:50am

Tue July 17, 2012
Election 2012

Urban League: Black Turnout Could Be Key In 2012

The cliche "every vote counts" is sure to get a workout this election season. A new report from the National Urban League says the African-American vote could play a critical role in November. Host Michel Martin talks with Chanelle Hardy of the National Urban League and David Bositis of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

10:50am

Tue July 17, 2012
Around the Nation

'Witness 9' Accuses Zimmerman Of Molestation

New — and perhaps surprising — information has come up in the case against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in February. A woman known as 'Witness 9' is accusing Zimmerman of sexually molesting her for about a decade, beginning when they were young children. Host Michel Martin gets the latest developments from NPR's Greg Allen.

10:50am

Tue July 17, 2012
Food

'Blind Cook' Serves Up Tough Competition On 'MasterChef'

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I think I'm on firm ground when I say that reality TV is not the place most of us go looking for heroes. But this season, many viewers are finding inspiration, as well as some awesome cooking tips, on Fox's cooking competition, "MasterChef."

People are tuning in to watch Vietnamese-American grad student Christine Ha because of moments like this one, where her apple pie is being judged by Chef Gordon Ramsay.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MASTERCHEF")

GORDON RAMSAY: What do you think this pie looks like?

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11:48am

Mon July 16, 2012
Music Interviews

Gospel Singer Regina Belle Reaches 'Higher'

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 10:18 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. For nearly 25 years, Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Regina Belle has been wowing audiences with her powerful voice. Much of that recognition has been for her work in R&B, but in 2008, after an award-winning career in secular music, Regina Belle went back to her roots and released her first gospel album, "Love Forever Shines."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LOVE FOREVER SHINES")

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11:48am

Mon July 16, 2012
Economy

AFSCME: Attacks On Public Sector Harm Middle Class

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, one of the country's largest unions, is facing a difficult climate. Local governments are slashing employee pensions and state governments are considering measures to curb collective bargaining rights. Host Michel Martin talks with Lee Saunders, AFSCME's new president.

11:48am

Mon July 16, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Strikes Back Against Bain, Tax Attacks

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we'll check in with one of the millions of people who've been laid off in recent years. Former newspaper writer, T.M. Shine, long - and I mean long - months of unemployment could have made him bitter, but he decided he'd want to make his life about something else. He wrote about this for the Washington Post magazine and he'll be with us in just a few minutes.

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11:48am

Mon July 16, 2012
Arts & Life

A Writer's 'Cold, Calculated Acts Of Kindness'

After he was laid off in 2008, writer T.M. Shine adopted a unique approach to finding a job. He says his new goal is being nice to people, and he put that right at the top of his resume. Host Michel Martin speaks with Shine about his journey from unemployment back to work, which he wrote about for this week's Washington Post Magazine.

11:10am

Fri July 13, 2012
BackTalk

Morgan Freeman's Obama Comment Goes Viral

Transcript

MARIA HINOJOSA, HOST:

And now it's time for BackTalk. That's where we lift up the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere. Editor Ammad Omar is here again, so Ammad, what do you have for us today?

AMMAD OMAR, BYLINE: Well, Maria, I want to start with an interview we did last week with Academy Award-winning actor, Morgan Freeman, and he said something about President Barack Obama that set off quite the controversy.

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11:10am

Fri July 13, 2012
Barbershop

Not So Hot: U.S. Olympic Uniforms ... Made In China

The Barbershop guys weigh in on Joe Biden and Mitt Romney's appearances at the NAACP convention. They also discuss the latest revelations about the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, and the fury over some U.S. Olympic gear being made in China. Guest host Maria Hinojosa talks with Jimi Izrael, Arsalan Iftikhar, Lester Spence and Michael Steele.

11:10am

Fri July 13, 2012
Governing

Nation's Governors Get What Federal Leaders Miss?

The bipartisan National Governors Association is meeting in Virginia, where they aim to tackle big issues, like how to grow state economies amid national uncertainty. Guest host Maria Hinojosa speaks with Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, a Republican and outgoing chair of the National Governors Association.

11:10am

Fri July 13, 2012
Politics

Investigation Sheds Light On 'Shadow Campaign'

Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is under a criminal investigation into possible corruption during his 2010 bid for office. Three city council members recently called for his resignation. Guest host Maria Hinojosa gets the latest developments from Washington Post Reporter Nikita Stewart, who is covering the story.

11:10am

Fri July 13, 2012
Author Interviews

Black Officials More Likely Probed For Corruption?

In Rumor, Repression and Racial Politics, author George Derek Musgrove looks at the history of black elected officials being investigated for alleged wrongdoing. He examines the role of race in U.S. politics between 1965 and 1995. Musgrove shares his research with guest host Maria Hinojosa.

11:51am

Thu July 12, 2012
Politics

Presidential Campaigns Spar Via NAACP Convention

Transcript

MARIA HINOJOSA, HOST:

I'm Maria Hinojosa and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, California's governor has signed a landmark bill meant to protect homeowners from unfair bank and mortgage practices. We'll speak with state attorney general Kamala Harris about that in just a few minutes.

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