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

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) A Year After Boston Marathon Bombing, How Does Public Grief Help? 2) Late On Taxes? There's A Way Out 3) Hip-Hop Dreams Lead To Penning Poetry 4) Muslim Singer Yuna Moves To John Mayer's Music 5) Teen Sexting Not So Bad?
  • Monday, April 14, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Why Do More Latina Teens Get Pregnant? 2) Getting Enough Vitamin D: More Than Milk And Sunshine 3) Is A Beating In Detroit A Hate Crime? 4) Voice Of Mavis Staples Still Inspires 5) The Latino Experience In Appalachia 6) The Dangers Of Defaulting On Student Loans
  • Friday, April 11, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Possible To Have Both Fashion And Fairness? 2) Bringing Back Freshness And Flair To The Easter Table 3) Twitter Poetry: A Little Bit Of Real Estate Says A Lot 4) Al Sharpton: Rat Or Cat?
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) On 50th Anniversary Of Civl Rights, LBJ Remembered As An Opportunist? 2) Does 'Cesar Chavez' Ignore Filipino Workers? 3) Boss Says You're Smart...For A Woman 4) National Hispanic University Shutting Its Doors 5) Sex, Style And Success In 'An African City'
  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Will Disclosing Employee Information Make Wages More Equal? 2) With Free Tuition, Mich. Students Hear 'You Are Going To College' 3) Seniors Find Connection, Support In Technology 4) Embracing Atheism After A Wild Journey To Find God 5) Are Student Athletes Really Students Too? 6) Remembering A Defiant, Soaring Performance By Marian Anderson

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11:44am

Wed April 25, 2012
Music

Detroit Native K'Jon On Music That Pumps Him Up

In 2009, K'Jon's song "On the Ocean," set the record for the longest run on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Now the Detroit native is back with a new album called Moving On. As part of Tell Me More's series "In Your Ear," K'Jon talks about some of the songs that gets him pumped up for the day.

11:33am

Wed April 25, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

In Rush To Punish, Are We Missing Something?

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 1:26 pm

Alex, one of the kids who struggles with bullies in Lee Hirsch's documentary Bully.
Weinstein Co.

Have you noticed that the good thing about a job and the bad thing about a job are usually the same thing? The good thing and the bad thing about my job is that sometimes there are stories you just cannot get out of your head. Right now, there are two stories like that for me, and they are both kind of tough to talk about, so please be forewarned.

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11:41am

Tue April 24, 2012
Health

Plame Wilson Makes Fighting Postpartum New Mission

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 1:53 pm

Years before CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson's cover was blown in a newspaper column, she faced a private struggle with postpartum depression. After giving birth to twins, she suffered from debilitating sleep deprivation and emotional strain. Host Michel Martin speaks with Plame Wilson about how she got help and her new mission.

11:41am

Tue April 24, 2012
Music

Armando Perez, aka Pitbull, Up For Latin Billboard

Some of the hottest artists in Latin music descend on Miami for the annual Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards. All week long, host Michel Martin checks in with Jasmine Garsd, co-host of NPR Music's Alt.Latino podcast. Martin and Garsd look into a few of the artists nominated for song of the year, including Don Omar and Pitbull.

11:27am

Tue April 24, 2012
NPR Story

Can You Pay For Yourself, Your Kids, Your Parents?

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 1:14 pm

More adults are helping pay for aging parents, at an average of $3,500 a month, according to MetLife. That's why experts say it's vital to plan for a future that includes parents. For NPR's series, "Family Matters: The Money Squeeze," host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Marilyn Geewax, journalist Joan Lunden, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

11:27am

Tue April 24, 2012
NPR Story

Poker Player's Poem Offers A Winning Hand

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 11:41 am

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet from poet and poker player Joel Dias-Porter. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.

11:27am

Tue April 24, 2012
NPR Story

Does Arizona's Immigration Law Have A Chance?

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 11:41 am

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on Arizona's hotly debated immigration law. The court's decision will affect Arizona and other states that have adopted similar legislation. Host Michel Martin talks with one of its authors, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, and law professor Gabriel Chin.

12:04pm

Mon April 23, 2012
Food

Can Outsiders Appreciate The 'Bawlmer' Berger?

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 we'd like to talk about the way we eat now, at least in the mid-Atlantic area.

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12:04pm

Mon April 23, 2012
Arts & Life

Hip-Hop Author Freestyles In Haiku

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet, in the form of a haiku, from Scott Heath. He's a professor of African-American literature and black pop culture. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.

12:04pm

Mon April 23, 2012
Sports

'Ball Boys' Peeks Into World Of Sports Memorabilia

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

As fans celebrate the first weeks of baseball season, there's a new reality show hoping to win over sports fans. "Ball Boys" is set in a sports memorabilia shop called Robbie's First Base. The cast includes the father and son who own the shop and two employees.

On the show, the guys - what do you think they do? They talk about sports and they get the occasional visit from legendary athletes like Pete Rose and football legend Jim Brown.

Here's a clip from when Jim Brown came into the shop to verify his signature on a helmet.

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12:04pm

Mon April 23, 2012
World

Passengers On Attempts To Help Stranded Boat

Bird watchers Jeff Gilligan and Judy Meredith were on a cruise ship when they spotted a boat with three fishermen signaling for help. The bird watchers say they alerted the crew, but the ship didn't stop. They later learned that only one of the three survived. Gilligan and Meredith discuss the incident with host Michel Martin.

12:04pm

Mon April 23, 2012
Music

Latin Billboards Take Miami By Storm

Some of the hottest artists in Latin music descend on Miami for the annual Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards. All week long, host Michel Martin checks in with Jasmine Garsd, co-host of NPR Music's Alt.Latino podcast, to find out which artists have pushed the boundaries of Latino music this year.

2:23pm

Fri April 20, 2012
World

'Racist' Cake Episode Cuts The Wrong Way

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:14 pm

Swedish culture minister Lena Adelson Liljeroth
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11:55am

Fri April 20, 2012
Race

Swedish Cake Cutting Becomes International Debacle

An Afro-Swedish artist created a cake of a naked black woman. As a statement on female genital mutilation, the artist screamed every time attendees cut into the cake. Host Michel Martin discusses the incident that has sparked outrage with David Landes, editor of Sweden's The Local. Advisory: This segment may not be comfortable for some listeners.

11:55am

Fri April 20, 2012
BackTalk

Reactions To D.C. Mayor Calling Residents 'Slaves'

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:23 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for Backtalk. That's where we lift the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere and hear from you, the listener. Editor Ammad Omar is here once again.

Ammad, what do you have for us today?

AMMAD OMAR, BYLINE: OK, Michel. In just a few minutes we're going to hear the next installment of our Muses and Metaphor series - that's in honor of National Poetry Month and we've been asking listeners to tweet poems in 140 characters or less.

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11:55am

Fri April 20, 2012
Arts & Life

Pennsylvania Poet Delves Into Metaphors, Myths

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:23 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to head into the Barber Shop in just a few minutes. But first, the latest in our series Muses and Metaphor.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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11:55am

Fri April 20, 2012
Barbershop

Shop Talk: Does 'The Bachelor' Discriminate?

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:23 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now we head into the Barber Shop for our weekly visit. That's where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are freelance journalist Jimi Izrael with us from Cleveland. Civil rights attorney and author Arsalan Iftikhar here in Washington, D.C. From Durham, North Carolina, Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal. And in St. Petersburg, Florida, Eric Deggans, TV critic for the Tampa Bay Times.

Take it, Jimi.

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11:10am

Thu April 19, 2012
Arts & Life

Egyptian-American Poet: Bodies Are Like Poems

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet from freelance writer and poet Yahia Lababidi. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.

11:06am

Thu April 19, 2012
NPR Story

Alberto Gonzales: GOP Turns Off Latinos From Party

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 11:10 am

The DREAM Act calls for a path to citizenship for some undocumented students. In the past, Republicans have opposed versions of the bill, but some prominent figures like former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales say the GOP needs to find its own voice on the issue. He speaks with host Michel Martin.

11:06am

Thu April 19, 2012
NPR Story

An Insider's Look Into The Secret Service

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 11:10 am

Reports that members of the secret service brought prostitutes to their Colombian hotel room have caused a firestorm. The incident has many asking if it's reflective of the agency's culture. Host Michel Martin speaks with former secret service agent Dan Emmett about the latest allegations and his new memoir Within Arm's Reach.

11:06am

Thu April 19, 2012
NPR Story

Why 'Almost No One Got It Right' In NYC Rape Case

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 11:10 am

Trisha Meili was brutally beaten and raped while jogging in Central Park 23 years ago. The media frenzy and trial led to the convictions of five young men of color, dubbed "The Central Park Five." They were later found to be innocent. Host Michel Martin discusses the crime and its implications with Sarah Burns, author of a recent book on the case.

12:03pm

Wed April 18, 2012
Beauty Shop

Does Shacking Up Kill Happily Ever After?

The Beauty Shop ladies discuss the prostitution scandal surrounding the Secret Service, and recent studies on "cohabitation" and whether living together before marriage is the surest way to kill "happily ever after." Host Michel Martin checks in with columnist Mary Kate Cary, PJ Media's Bridget Johnson, and bloggers Viviana Hurtado and Danielle Belton.

11:42am

Wed April 18, 2012
Arts & Life

California Poet Opens Up About Solitude, Aging

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet from land surveyor and poet Brandon Montero of Ripon, California. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.

11:42am

Wed April 18, 2012
Movies

'Think Like A Man' Gets At Games By Men, Women

The new romantic comedy Think Like a Man is based on Steve Harvey's advice book that claims to tell women how to out-maneuver men in romance. But even before hitting the box office, the film is causing a stir. Host Michel Martin discusses the movie and the controversy with critic and new Pulitzer Prize winner Wesley Morris.

12:00pm

Tue April 17, 2012
NPR Story

Zombies Capture Author's Imagination

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 11:14 am

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares another poetic tweet. Tuesday's tweet comes from author Stacey Graham of Bluemont, Va. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.

12:00pm

Tue April 17, 2012
NPR Story

The Challenges Of Reviving A Legendary Theatre

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 11:14 am

The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC was once teeming with top entertainers and fans, but after it closed, debris piled up, and animals took shelter in the seats. Michael Marshall and Paola Moya were later tasked with redesigning the interior. They adorned walls in walnut panels and flanked the stage with hi-definition screens. They talk with host Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Tue April 17, 2012
Theater

The Historic Howard Theatre: Past And Future

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 11:14 am

The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC was built in 1910, and just about every top black entertainer performed on its stage. But it had to shut its doors once the neighborhood fell on hard times. Now it has reopened, and host Michel Martin talks with Jimi Smooth, a musician who was an usher at the Howard in the early '60s.

12:00pm

Tue April 17, 2012
Parenting

Rosen's Words About Ann Romney Fuel 'Mommy Wars'

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 11:14 am

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen recently ignited a firestorm when she said that Ann Romney, the wife of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, had "never worked a day in her life." Rosen also said the candidate shouldn't turn to his wife for advice on women's issues and the economy. Host Michel Martin speaks with a group of moms about the latest front in the "mommy wars."

12:00pm

Mon April 16, 2012
Your Money

Do You Get Warm, Fuzzy Feelings When Paying Taxes?

If you don't, you're not alone. Attitudes over taxes have soured over the years, but there were times when Americans felt a sense of duty to pay taxes. Host Michel Martin discusses the history of taxes with Joseph Thorndike, a columnist for Tax Analysts and co-author of War and Taxes.

12:00pm

Mon April 16, 2012
Arts & Life

I Want To Be Surprised With Language, Curator Says

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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