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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    Stories: 1) The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful? 2) Before Passing The Baton, Spelman President Reflects On Tough Choices 3) Rapping 'Ice Ice Baby,' TMM Producer Doesn't Miss A Beat 4) In A Luxury Apartment, Is A Separate 'Poor Door' Segregation?
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    Stories: 1) Effective New HIV Treatment Makes Researcher 'Hopeful' In Fighting Epidemic 2) Racially-Charged Casting Call: 'Surprising' But Not Shocking To Insiders 3) Performer Rita Moreno's Famed Career Was 'Meant To Be' 4) Erykah Badu's 'Tyrone' Gives TMM Producer Amazing Stage Presence
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Part-Time Work, Unpredictable Schedules: What's The Fix? 2) Two Prominent Museum Directors Encourage 'New Ways Of Thinking' 3) Host Michel Martin Takes Musical Cues From Directors 4) 'Traces Of Blue' Blends Jazz And Pop To Create Unique Sound
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    Stories: 1) Tweeting From A Conflict Zone: Does It Help Or Hurt News Reporting? 2) For Pregnant Women, New Guidelines Aim To Reduce Workplace Discrimination 3) Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages 4) When It Comes To Other People's Kids, Should Parents Intervene?

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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.

11:53am

Mon June 18, 2012
NPR Story

One Writer Puts A Face To The Abortion Debate

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Now it's time to go behind closed doors. That's the part of the program where we talk about issues that we often discuss only privately.

And today, we want to talk about a subject that continues to spark emotional conversations and intense political debates. We're talking about the subject of abortion and every now and again we are reminded that behind these political debates are individual women making individual choices.

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11:36am

Fri June 15, 2012
Barbershop

Will Lebron - Durant Matchup Go Down In History?

Host Michel Martin and the Barbershop guys discuss the trial of Penn State's Jerry Sandusky. The guys also weigh in on the NBA match-up between LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Plus, some boxing fans are fighting mad. They claim judges robbed Manny Pacquiao of the victory he deserved in last week's match. But was it good for boxing?

11:36am

Fri June 15, 2012
Faith Matters

Bishops Ask If Enough Done To Stop Sex Abuse

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 3:11 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we open up our mailbox and hear from you about the stories we've covered this week. That's called BackTalk, and it's in just a few minutes.

But, first, it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality. And today, we talk about that big meeting of the American Catholic bishops. They're wrapping up their annual meeting in Atlanta today and they had a lot on their agenda.

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11:36am

Fri June 15, 2012
NPR Story

FAMU President On Cleaning Up Band Culture

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 10:34 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, America's Catholic bishops are meeting in Atlanta this week. They're asking whether reforms meant to protect kids from sexual abuse are working and they're facing questions about whether they're crossing the line from principled to partisan in their fight against the Obama administration's contraception mandate. We'll talk about all of that in just a few minutes.

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11:36am

Fri June 15, 2012
BackTalk

Listeners: Is Perfect Attendance A Good Thing?

Host Michel Martin and Tell Me More Editor Ammad Omar crack open the mailbag for listener feedback. This week, not everyone is inspired by the student who had perfect attendance for 13 years. Plus, one listener is confused about whether Martin interviewed her own relative.

11:36am

Fri June 15, 2012
NPR Story

The Father's Day Gift That Keeps On Giving: Advice

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And we know you remember that this Sunday is Father's Day. All this week, we've been saluting fathers with essays by dads to dads in our series, Father to Father.

Today, our final essay comes from Everett Young of Gaithersburg, Maryland.

EVERETT YOUNG: September 29th, 2003. I remember the day like it was yesterday, that little dark chocolate baby the doctor put in my arms, seven pounds, seven ounces and 21 whole inches, my first-born son. He was perfect.

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10:58am

Thu June 14, 2012
Education

Bowie State Boasts First Black LGBT Student Center

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, it isn't always easy to find flattering looks in plus sizes. Lisa Dolan's had enough of that and started making her own and now she's got a new reality show to let other women know how to flatter their figures at any size. We hear from the star of the new TLC reality show "Big Brooklyn Style" in just a few minutes.

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10:58am

Thu June 14, 2012
Television

Plus-Size Designer: Bigger People Need Good Style

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

There is a new reality show in town. It's on the TLC Network. That's the network known for popular style and fashion hits like, "What Not to Wear" and "Say Yes to the Dress." Now a new show focuses on how fashion is trying to catch up to our changing population, clothing designed for plus-sized women. "Big Brooklyn Style" follows Lisa Dolan, owner of Lee Lee's Valise, as she designs her own looks and helps her customers find looks that work for them.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "BIG BROOKLYN STYLE" )

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10:58am

Thu June 14, 2012
Politics

Miami Mayor Bucks Party Line On Voting

Miami's Republican Mayor Tomas Regalado moves against his party and his governor. He tells host Michel Martin that Florida's controversial voter eligibility program, that is intended to purge non-citizens from its rosters, isn't necessary.

10:58am

Thu June 14, 2012
Education

Teachers Open Up On Why Kids Really Drop Out

It's the end of the school year, and teachers and students are enjoying some downtime. But some kids won't be going back to school next fall because about a million students drop out every year. Host Michel Martin discusses the dropout crisis with teachers from three cities with high dropout rates: Las Vegas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.

10:58am

Thu June 14, 2012
From Our Listeners

Father To Father, Dad Offers Advice On Parenting

Father's Day is right around the corner and Tell Me More has something special for dads. It's the priceless gift that keeps on giving — advice. In the series "Father to Father," dads offer their words of wisdom to other dads. Today's essay comes from Alexander Montgomery of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

11:38am

Wed June 13, 2012
Election 2012

Gov. Rick Scott On Florida Showdown With Feds

Florida's controversial voter eligibility program is intended to purge non-citizens from its rosters. State election officials say it's necessary to protect the integrity of elections. But the U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit, saying eligible voters could get caught up. Host Michel Martin talks to Florida Governor Rick Scott.

11:38am

Wed June 13, 2012
World

Spate Of Sex Crimes Affects South African Lesbians

Some lesbians in South Africa are becoming victims of so-called "corrective rape." Men are raping women with the alleged intent to "cure" them of their sexual orientation. Host Michel Martin speaks to Johannesburg-based journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Advisory: This segment may not be comfortable for some listeners.

11:38am

Wed June 13, 2012
NPR Story

Is Erykah Badu's New Video Art Or Obscene?

The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in on the alleged intelligence leaks by the Obama administration, and the role the press plays in reporting on top secret programs. They also discuss nudity by two popstars. Host Michel Martin checks in with journalists Viviana Hurtado, Bridget Johnson and Kirsten West Savali.

11:38am

Wed June 13, 2012
From Our Listeners

Tired Of Ties? Try This Advice Instead

Fathers across the country will receive their fair share of ties, socks, wallets and mugs this Sunday. But Tell Me More wants to salute fathers with an unconventional gift: wisdom. In the series "Father to Father," dads offer their words of wisdom and advice to other dads. Today's essay comes from Eric Stuart of Van Nuys, California.

11:34am

Tue June 12, 2012
Education

And You Thought You Had Good Attendance

Jalyn Brown is a graduating honors student and a varsity basketball player at Riverhead High School in Long Island, New York. She's looking forward to a well-deserved chance to sleep in after a 13-year streak of perfect attendance. Brown tells host Michel Martin about what pushed her to get to school every morning.

11:34am

Tue June 12, 2012
Business

Why More Men Are Choosing 'Pink Collar Jobs'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Throughout the program today, we've talked a lot about tough times for college students and jobseekers, but now we want to turn it around and talk about people who are finding job satisfaction in what might be unexpected places.

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11:34am

Tue June 12, 2012
From Our Listeners

Dads Dish On What It Takes To Survive Fatherhood

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Sunday is Father's Day and we bet that a lot of kids are still trying to find that perfect Father's Day gift for their dads. We know the moms are helping. Well, here at TELL ME MORE, we are also looking for the perfect gift for the fathers out there and, this year, we think we found it. A collection of essays from dads to dads.

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11:34am

Tue June 12, 2012
Business

Trouble Finding Jobs? It Might Be The Software

Many job hunters are downright frustrated. But one expert says it's not you, it's the employers and a flawed electronic application process that may be preventing qualified people from finding work. Host Michel Martin speaks with University of Pennsylvania's Peter Capelli. He's the author of Why Good People Can't Get Jobs.

11:34am

Tue June 12, 2012
Business

Dropping Out With Debt

Student loan debt in the U.S. adds up to more than a trillion dollars, putting a major strain on graduates. But the weight of debt is even heavier for those who leave school without receiving a degree. Host Michel Martin speaks with Anthony Carnevale, who heads the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.

11:34am

Mon June 11, 2012
Economy

Why Is Poverty, Inequality Growing?

The number of people living in poverty is the highest it's been since the U.S. Census Bureau started tracking poverty estimates. Plus, the gap between those earning the most and the least continues to grow. Host Michel Martin discusses the current state of poverty and income inequality with two experts on the subject, Timothy Noah and Peter Edelman.

11:34am

Mon June 11, 2012
Education

Is Teach For America Failing?

Teach for America has been touted for its success in bringing talented people into the field of education. But it has also been drawing criticism, even from former supporters, about whether the program is effective. Host Michel Martin talks with Gary Rubenstein, a Teach for America alum, a veteran teacher and a critic of the program.

11:34am

Mon June 11, 2012
Education

In Defense Of Teach For America

Teach for America is drawing criticism from some education policy observers who say its training for new recruits is rushed and incomplete. The organization, however, vigorously defends its record. Host Michel Martin speaks with Heather Harding of Teach for America about the program's challenges and its future.

11:34am

Mon June 11, 2012
Studio Sessions

Ryan Shaw, The New Voice Of American Soul?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. These days, when people talk about the leading names in R&B and soul, a certain big-voiced British woman is often the first name to come to mind, but there's an American in the house whose name is being mentioned in the same sentence as some of the leading voices in soul. His name is Ryan Shaw.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT LOVE")

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11:58am

Fri June 8, 2012
Faith Matters

Born To Be Wild: Catholic Nuns Hit The Road

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 12:41 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, you know the line, Luke, I am your father, but what if Darth Vader was the purveyor of evil in the galaxy and trying to raise his four-year-old son at the same time? As we get ready for Father's Day next week, we'll take a look at this very funny graphic novel with that premise in just a few minutes.

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11:58am

Fri June 8, 2012
Books

Luke, I Am Your Father, Now Pick Up Your Toys

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 12:41 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching gears now, Father's Day is a little over a week away and we try to take the day to appreciate the dads in our lives, but if you think you had some tough times with your dad, you've got nothing on this famous film father and son.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "STAR WARS: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK")

JAMES EARL JONES: (as Darth Vader) Obi Wan never told you what happened to your father.

MARK HAMILL: (as Luke Skywalker) He told me enough. He told me you killed him.

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