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

  • Monday, July 21, 2014 4:33pm
    Stories: 1) Understanding The Basics Of the Conflict In Gaza 2) Could The Conflict In Ukraine Turn Into A Regional War? 3) Longtime LGBT Activist Reflects On The Early Days Of Her Advocacy 4) Phyllis Schlafly Explains Why Feminism Has Made Women Unhappy 5) Why Diversity In Tech Matters: 'People Solve Problems That They See' 6) For TMM Intern, Robert Glasper's 'Black Radio' Expands Category Of Hip-Hop
  • Friday, July 18, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) From Middle-Class To Poverty In A Mercedes 2) New Chief: NAACP Is Oldest And Best Civil Rights Organization 3) Anthony Mackie: Marvel Brings Humanity To Its Characters 4) Does Le Return Of LeBron Signal A Comeback For Cleveland?
  • Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) In Climb Up The Economic Ladder, African-Americans Getting Left Behind 2) Are White Gay Men Stealing 'Culture' From Black Women? 3) Malala Yousafzai Continues To Push For Equality And Justice 4) TMM Producer Relishes 'Fresh Attitude, Young Body'
  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:33pm
    Stories: 1) Arts Program Makes Israeli And Palestinian Youth Hopeful For Future 2) Cory Booker Wants To Help Ex-Offenders Be Economically Productive 3) Does Donna Karan's Ramadan Line Border On Cultural Commodification? 4) Shared Musical Traditions Of Russia And Iran In 'East Of Melancholy' 5) TMM Senior Producer Enjoys 'Powerful Musicality' In Her Favorite Songs
  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:32pm
    Stories: 1) In 'Underwater Dreams,' Robotics Team Puts Lens On Immigration Debate 2) For Caine Prize Winner, Writing Went From Phase To Way Of Life 3) Writer Nadine Gordimer Was An 'Ambassador' For African Literature 4) With Elder Care Planning, Start Early To Avoid Conflicts And Crises 5) TMM Editor Says Paul Simon's 'Obvious Child' Gets Her Up In The A.M.

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11:59am

Tue June 5, 2012
Environment

Do Plastic Bags Bans Help The Environment?

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 2:40 pm

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, during his long and varied career, Oscar winner Morgan Freeman has played everyone from soldiers to servants, from cowboys to criminals - not to mention the almighty. In a moment, he'll tell us what music he plays for inspiration. That's our feature we call In Your Ear, and it's just ahead.

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11:59am

Tue June 5, 2012
Music

Morgan Freeman Drives Himself, Listens To Sinatra

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 2:40 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're going to wrap up our program today with one of our regular features that we call In Your Ear. That's where some of our guests tell us about the music that inspires and soothes them.

Recently, we spoke with a man who really needs no introduction.

MORGAN FREEMAN: Hi, I am Morgan Freeman.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SOMETHING COOL")

JUNE CHRISTY: (Singing) Something cool I'd like to order something cool.

FREEMAN: And what's in my ear is "Something Cool" by June Christy.

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11:54am

Mon June 4, 2012
Law

New Questions About Zimmerman's Credibility

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 12:56 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, Oscar-nominated actress Glenn Close recently spoke with us about her decision to get involved in advocacy for people struggling with mental illness. Today, we hear from the people who inspired her, her sister Jessie and Jessie's son Calen. They talk candidly with us about how mental illness has shaped their lives. We'll have that conversation in just a few minutes.

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11:54am

Mon June 4, 2012
Television

'Bachelor' Lawsuit Charges Racism

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 12:56 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The latest edition of ABC's reality television show, "The Bachelorette," is underway. And this season, former winner Emily Maynard, who did not end up living happily ever after with Brad the bachelor, is back to try to find a husband again. And we don't know who she'll choose, but what we do know is he won't be black.

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11:54am

Mon June 4, 2012
Mental Health

Glenn Close's Family On Coping With Mental Illness

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 12:56 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Now we want to go "Behind Closed Doors." That's something we often do on Mondays. That's where we talk about issues people usually keep private. And you might remember that we recently spoke with Oscar-nominee Glenn Close. She told us about how mental illness has affected her family, and how she was motivated by her younger sister Jessie to co-found the nonprofit group Bring Change to Mind.

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11:54am

Mon June 4, 2012
Election 2012

Gay GOP Candidate Reveals Closeted History

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 12:56 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin.

Coming up, George Zimmerman is back behind bars. We'll find out why. NPR's Greg Allen is with us for the latest in the case against the man who killed Trayvon Martin.

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11:36am

Fri June 1, 2012
Economy

How Bad Jobs Report Can Trigger Vicious Cycle

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 6:15 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, we will talk about the painful new questions being raised by a long-ago crime. A man was recently arrested for murdering a little boy nearly 30 years ago but now it's been reported that the suspect may have confessed to a church group years before, but no one went to the authorities.

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11:36am

Fri June 1, 2012
Faith Matters

Does Commitment To Faith Trump Loyalty To Law?

Pedro Hernandez was recently charged for the 1979 death of 6-year-old Etan Patz. The New York Times reports that Hernandez confessed to his Catholic prayer group in the 1980s, but no one went to authorities. Host Michel Martin explores the legal and religious aspects of confession with lawyer Daniel Van Ness and Father Robert Kaslyn.

11:36am

Fri June 1, 2012
BackTalk

Listeners React To The Impact Of Absentee Fathers

Host Michel Martin and Tell Me More editor Ammad Omar open up the inbox for listener comments. They discuss reactions to a story on the auto industry offering subprime loans to car buyers, and they hear feedback to an emotional conversation about the impact that absent fathers have on black girls.

11:36am

Fri June 1, 2012
Barbershop

Should John Edwards Be Retried?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barber Shop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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11:48am

Thu May 31, 2012
World

Ritu Sharma, Helping Women 'Thrive Worldwide'

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 2:51 pm

Ritu Sharma (right), shown during a visit to Honduras, makes one trip a year to live with underprivileged women, one week at a time, living as the women there live.
Courtesy of Ritu Sharma

May is Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. All month, Tell Me More is talking to people who trace their heritage to that part of the world, and have changed the game in various fields.


Nonprofit "game changer" Ritu Sharma knew from a young age that she wanted to make a difference. Now, as the president and co-founder of Women Thrive Worldwide, she is hoping to lift women and children around the world out of poverty by influencing U.S policy.

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11:48am

Thu May 31, 2012
Music Interviews

Lamine Fellah On Finding Peace Through Music

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 10:39 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Do you ever go to the world music section looking for tunes and say to yourself, what does world music really mean? Well, our next guest might be the poster child for what it should mean. He's lived all over the world and, from those travels, has created a sound he rightly calls a global party. His latest album is titled Everyday Salama, meaning every day is a blessing.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "EVERDAY SALAMA")

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11:48am

Thu May 31, 2012
Law

Would Gay Marriage Lead To Legal Polygamy?

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 2:27 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we're going to take a closer look at health care in this country. Here on various programs at NPR we've been examining the way our health care system looks to people who've actually been sick. In a few minutes we're going to talk about some of the things people of Hispanic descent say they are experiencing. There are some real differences when compared to both non-Hispanic whites and African-Americans.

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12:03pm

Wed May 30, 2012
Beauty Shop

Did Lolo Jones Offer Up Too Much Information?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for the Beauty Shop. That's where we get a fresh cut at the week's news with a panel of women writers, journalists and commentators.

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11:44am

Wed May 30, 2012
World

Is Kofi Annan's Mission Dead In Syria?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to start the program today by focusing on some pressing international stories. Later we'll try to find out why some demonstrators in Tel Aviv attacked African migrants last week, and we'll also talk about how Israel's government is responding to this. But first we turn to developments in Syria, where the violence that's been going on for a year has taken a particularly vicious turn.

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11:44am

Wed May 30, 2012
World

Racial Tensions Boil Over In Israel

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 8:31 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the auto industry is bouncing back and at least some of that recovery is thanks to subprime lending. We talk to NPR's Sonari Glinton about which carmakers are floating loans to customers with less than pristine credit. We'll talk about whether that's a problem or not.

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11:44am

Wed May 30, 2012
Economy

Is Subprime Lending Making A Comeback?

Auto sales are on the rise in Detroit, and not just for people with perfect credit. Chrysler and other companies are targeting customers with subprime credit, and giving them interest rates well above what you might imagine. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Sonari Glinton about who's doing it, and what it might mean for the economic recovery.

11:54am

Tue May 29, 2012
Around the Nation

Understanding New Orleans' Murder Epidemic

The murder rate in New Orleans has consistently been well above the national average. But Mayor Mitch Landrieu is searching for answers to change that. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his five-step plan to lower the murder rate, his plans to reform the police department, and being mayor of a city in recovery.

11:54am

Tue May 29, 2012
Around the Nation

The Fine Line Between Protecting Safety And Rights

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, he's bringing new flavors from Latin America to places like Philadelphia, Atlantic City and Washington, D.C. We'll talk Nuevo Latino cuisine with the award-winning chef, Guillermo Pernot. That's in just a few minutes.

But first, we're going to continue our conversation with the mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu. We're talking about his administration's efforts to stop the killing in his city. Per capita, New Orleans has the highest murder rate in the country.

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11:54am

Tue May 29, 2012
Race

Fathers 'Need To Step Up' For Black Daughters

More children are growing up without a father at home. In his documentary Dear Daddy, filmmaker Janks Morton explores the emotional consequences for black girls and the women they become. Host Michel Martin speaks with Morton, Jasmine Bowden, who was featured in the film, and Jonetta Rose Barras, author of Whatever Happened to Daddy's Little Girl?

11:12am

Tue May 29, 2012
Food

Nuevo Latino: Not Your Grandma's Cooking

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 11:54 am

A dish created by chef Guillermo Pernot, a master of "Nuevo Latino" cuisine. He says his food carries influences from many groups, including the Spanish, Africans, Chinese, French and Americans.
Courtesy of Guillermo Pernot.

Combine food, travels and passion, and you get creations by Guillermo Pernot, a self-taught chef and winner of two prestigious James Beard awards.

The Argentina native's Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar has branches in Philadelphia; Atlantic City; Orlando, Fla.; and Washington, D.C.

As a child, Pernot spent lots of time cooking with his family, and after he moved to the United States, he took a job at a bed and breakfast in Pennsylvania, where his work first attracted the attention of food writers.

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11:38am

Fri May 25, 2012
Business

More Americans Putting The 'Dream' On Hold

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 12:35 pm

NPR's new series explores how the "American Dream" is evolving during a period of economic uncertainty. Host Michel Martin talks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about the series, and whether home ownership is still at the heart of the "American Dream," even after the historic collapse of the housing market.

11:38am

Fri May 25, 2012
Around the Nation

Why It's Rare To 'See A Black Face' In The SEALs

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 12:35 pm

The Navy SEALs are known for conducting some of the U.S. military's most dangerous missions. But they're not necessarily known for their diversity. Host Michel Martin speaks with two men trying to bring people of different backgrounds to the elite military force.

11:38am

Fri May 25, 2012
Food

Add A Little Texas To Your Holiday Cookout

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 12:35 pm

Memorial Day marks the start of barbecue season for many backyard grillers. Host Michel Martin gets some tips for how to grill it up. She checks in with rockabilly singer Ruby Dee, author of Ruby's Juke Joint Americana Cookbook.

11:38am

Fri May 25, 2012
Studio Sessions

Bootsy Collins On His Special Blend Of Funk

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 12:03 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. And we're about to get funky with a special rebroadcast.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GIVE UP THE FUNK")

BOOTSY COLLINS: (Singing) We're going to turn this mother out. We're going to turn this mother out. We're going to turn this mother out...

MARTIN: He played bass for James Brown and George Clinton's Parliament Funkadelic all before striking out on his own. You know who I'm talking about. Bootsy Collins.

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9:39am

Fri May 25, 2012
Faith Matters

'Ripped Reverend' Finds Joy In Bodybuilding

Amy Richter was slathered up in oil and wearing a sparkling red bikini when she competed in her first bodybuilding contest a few years ago. That was quite a change for an Episcopal priest. Host Michel Martin speaks with the "Ripped Reverend" about keeping the body and spirit strong.

9:37am

Fri May 25, 2012
NPR Story

Does Race Affect Your Hospital Stay?

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 9:39 am

NPR's "Sick in America" survey found that a lot of Americans are unhappy with the healthcare system. Among those who had a recent serious healthcare experience, nearly half said that a lack of cultural understanding played a big role in the problems with U.S. healthcare quality. Host Michel Martin talks with NPR's Richard Knox and Dr. Kavita Patel of the Brookings Institution.

9:37am

Fri May 25, 2012
NPR Story

'Shop Talk': Does Hazing Consent Matter?

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 9:39 am

The Barbershop guys weigh in on revelations about the death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion. Some police documents suggest Champion agreed to undergo hazing that allegedly took his life. The guys also dish on their top picks for the NBA playoffs.

9:37am

Fri May 25, 2012
Remembrances

A Tribute To Radio Legend Hal Jackson

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 9:39 am

Host Michel Martin and Tell Me More editor Ammad Omar comb through listener feedback and give news updates from past stories. They remember pioneering African-American broadcaster Hal Jackson, who died this week at age 96. They also give an update on Hikaru Nakamura, who recently won his third U.S. chess championship.

11:53am

Thu May 24, 2012
Education

Does Tough Love Work With Third Graders?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, an openly transgender athlete is hoping for a spot on the U.S. track and field team for this summer's Olympics. We'll talk about the dilemma that is posing for the athlete and for the sport. We'll speak with Sports Illustrated writer and barbershop regular Pablo Torre about this, about the rules of sports and what they mean for a transgender person.

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