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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  • 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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12:31pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Faith Matters

How One Woman's Faith Stopped A School Shooting

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 2:46 pm

Antoinette Tuff at NPR's DC headquarters.
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Antoinette Tuff says her faith guided her through the scariest moment of her life. On Aug. 20, 2013, she was working in the front office of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., when a 20-year-old gunman stormed in with an AK-47 assault rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition.

While on the phone with police, Tuff calmed the gunman down. More than 800 students and 100 employees were at the school that day; not one was injured. Later, she was publicly recognized by everyone from her pastor to President Obama.

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2:41pm

Thu January 30, 2014
Music

'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 11:58 am

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For fans of world music, South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo needs no introduction.

The group has been singing a capella together for 50 years, brought together by Joseph Shabalala, a young farmhand turned factory worker from the town of Ladysmith. He had a dream of tight vocal harmonies and messages of peace.

That dream developed, and the band came to the attention of Paul Simon, who had it record "Homeless" on his album Graceland. It introduced the group to the world.

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11:41am

Thu January 30, 2014
Sports

Could Northwestern Football Union Even Out College Priorities?

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 2:37 pm

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11:41am

Thu January 30, 2014
U.S.

Effects Of Gun Violence Are Long Lasting And Wide Ranging, Says Expert

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 2:37 pm

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Now we'd like to return to an issue that's in the news all too often. We're talking about gun violence, particularly that experienced by children. That's something the president touched on in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, and something that, in fact, dominated his speech last year. But when we talk about this issue, usually, tragically, we are talking about young people who've been killed.

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11:41am

Thu January 30, 2014
Africa

Egypt: 'A Very Divided Nation Right Now'

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 2:37 pm

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Today, we want to focus on events in Egypt, which as you probably know, has seen some of the region's most dramatic change since the beginning of the Arab Spring when longtime President Hosni Mubarak agreed to relinquish power.

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12:50pm

Wed January 29, 2014
NPR Story

Writer Attica Locke Cuts Deep With Latest Thriller

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 2:28 pm

Attica Locke writes the kind of rooted-in-truth crime story that satisfies both your intellect and your need to have the hair on your neck stand up.

With only her second novel under her belt, she's won praise from other thriller writers like James Ellroy and George Pelecanos. And she just received another high honor: She was awarded the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, which honors outstanding work by rising African-American writers, for her book The Cutting Season.

Locke was a screenwriter, but early in her career she encountered obstacles.

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12:50pm

Wed January 29, 2014
NPR Story

Disrupting Class To Make Way For Technology

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Education was another of the issues the president touched on last night. Over the past few months, we've been talking a lot about the STEM fields - that's science, technology, engineering and math. We've been placing a particular focus on the shortage of blacks in tech because blacks make up just 5 percent of America's scientists and engineers, that according to a study by the National Science Foundation.

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12:50pm

Wed January 29, 2014
NPR Story

Should The President Have Apologized For Obamacare Issues?

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11:51am

Tue January 28, 2014
Money Coach

Scammers Taking Advantage Of Retail Data Breaches

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 4:34 pm

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Now it's time for our Money Coach conversation. You've heard by now about the problems at a number of retail stores like Target and Neiman Marcus, where hackers were able to access supposedly private information from the millions of customers who used credit and debit cards at the stores. But now there are people trying to take advantage of that chaos and scam you again. Here to tell us more is Sheryl Harris who writes for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Welcome back. Thanks so much for joining us.

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11:48am

Tue January 28, 2014
Parenting

Teenagers Are 'Crazy' But Expert Says Behavior Is Vital To Development

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 11:50 am

Teenagers are often seen as impulsive and moody. But psychiatrist Daniel Siegel says it's time to rethink adolescence as a time of great opportunity, as well as challenge. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Siegel about the teenage brain and his new book Brainstorm. Parents Leslie Morgan Steiner and Aracely Panameno join in.

11:46am

Tue January 28, 2014
Law

New Orleans' Former Mayor Ray Nagin In Court For Corruption

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 4:34 pm

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12:28pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Movies

'Dear White People' A Hit At Sundance

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12:28pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Law

Conjugal Visits: Costly And Perpetuate Single Parenting?

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12:28pm

Mon January 27, 2014
U.S.

Gay Politicians: Washington's In Crowd Is Out

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12:36pm

Fri January 24, 2014
NPR Story

NFL's Richard Sherman 'Puts the 'I' In Team'

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12:36pm

Fri January 24, 2014
NPR Story

Is Fresh Take On The Voting Rights Act A 'Gold Mine'?

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12:36pm

Fri January 24, 2014
NPR Story

70 Years On, Judge Reexamines Black Teen's Conviction

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I'm Celeste Headlee. This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, Congress is considering legislation that would reinforce voting protections after the Supreme Court stripped the Voting Rights Act of many enforcement powers last session. We'll take a closer look at the proposal in just a moment. But first, a question of justice delayed. Fourteen-year-old George Stinney was executed in the 1944.

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2:18pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Parallels

Why Kenya's Best-Known Writer Decided To Come Out

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 3:46 pm

Binyavanga Wainaina is one of Kenya's best-known writers. Now he is one of the most prominent figures in Africa to announce that he's gay.

Wainaina did so Saturday, his 43rd birthday, in a piece posted on several websites, "I Am A Homosexual, Mum."

The title comes from a conversation he imagined, but did not have, with his mother back in 2000, when she was dying in a Kenyan hospital from complications related to diabetes.

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1:39pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Around the Nation

Listeners Weigh In On 'Real' And 'Perceived' Racism

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And now it's time for Backtalk. That's when we hear from you, the listeners. Editor Ammad Omar is here with me once again. What do you have for us today?

AMMAD OMAR, BYLINE: All right, Celeste. We got a letter about a story we did on Detroit. You spoke...

HEADLEE: I remember it, yeah.

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1:39pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Sports

Is The Color of Hockey Changing?

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1:39pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Technology

Are E-Books Killing Reading For Fun?

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2:41pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Law

High Point, NC Police Fight Crime Family Intervention Style

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2:41pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Beauty Shop

Was Wendy Davis Misleading In Her Political Bio?

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I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we'll hear how one southern town took a new approach to violent crime and is now seeing dramatic results. That's in a few moments. But first, it's time to visit the Beauty Shop. That's where our panel of women commentators and journalists get a fresh cut on the week's hot topics. Sitting in the chairs for the new 'do this week are Connie Schultz.

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2:41pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Health

Latino Immigrants Find A Better Life In U.S., Poll Says

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, the compelling personal story of Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis helped raise her national profile. But she now concedes some details of that story might be inaccurate. The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in. That's later.

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12:52pm

Tue January 21, 2014
U.S.

Why A 'White Guy' Bought A House In Detroit For $500

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 1:57 pm

When Drew Philp bought a house in Detroit for $500, he thought it would take a lot of work to make it livable. But as he was fixing it up, he learned a lot about Detroit and rebuilding a city. He tells guest host Celeste Headlee about the experience.

12:52pm

Tue January 21, 2014
Your Money

The Hard Truth About Defaulting On Student Loans

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. It's time for Money Coach. That's the part of the program where we talk about personal finance issues. And today, we focus on student loan debt. Americans reportedly owe $1 trillion in student loans. But what happens when so many can't pay or won't pay? Joining us to talk about that is Sandy Baum. She's a senior fellow at the Urban Institute. Sandy, welcome to the program.

SANDY BAUM: Hi. It's nice to be here.

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12:52pm

Tue January 21, 2014
Economy

Falling Unemployment Rate: Are We Delusional About The Economy?

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I'm Celeste Headlee, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, much of the news out of Detroit has been bad lately, but one guy says it's a great place to live. We'll hear why he decided to help the Motor City comeback by purchasing a $500 wreck of a house. That's just ahead.

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11:58am

Tue January 21, 2014
Parenting

Can You Really Parent Long Distance?

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 12:52 pm

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4:20pm

Fri January 17, 2014
Africa

Flying Doctors Nigeria Began As Female Pilot's Dream

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 12:47 pm

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4:20pm

Fri January 17, 2014
Technology

U.S. Is Becoming More Diverse, But Is The Online Population?

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 12:47 pm

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