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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  • Monday, July 28, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) NPR's New CEO Hopes To Improve Diversity At The Network 2) In Times Of Transition, Get Practical About Your Finances 3) Iyanla Vanzant: Clarity, Forgiveness Key To Tackling Big Transitions 4) NPR CEO Appreciates The Unique Sound Of Future's 'Look Ahead'
  • Friday, July 25, 2014 4:49pm
    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?
  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:33pm
    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
  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:43pm
    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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12:31pm

Mon April 28, 2014
Africa

South Sudan: History Was Always Against Us

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We are going to switch gears now and go to a place where fighting over racial and ethnic differences is about more than hurt feelings and lost opportunities. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Africa this week on a weeklong trip where he hopes to highlight advances in democratic and economic development and U.S. partnerships on the continent.

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12:27pm

Fri April 25, 2014
Barbershop

Cliven Bundy, #myNYPD: Public Relations Fails?

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 12:59 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. It's time yet again for our weekly visit to the Barbershop. That's where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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12:27pm

Fri April 25, 2014
Sports

Cleveland Fans Confront Racist Traditions

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 12:59 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now, we turn to a growing national debate about sports franchises and Native American themed mascots and team names. The Cleveland Indians is the latest team to enter that debate, especially now that it's baseball season. Its mascot, named Chief Wahoo, is under attack.

Joining us now to talk about it is Peter Pattakos. He's an attorney and founder of clevelandfrowns.com. It's a sports blog about Cleveland athletics. Peter, welcome to the program.

PETER PATTAKOS: Thanks for having me.

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12:27pm

Fri April 25, 2014
Research News

'Blood Victory' In Medical Research Dispute

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 12:59 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This week is an anniversary for a Native-American community in Arizona. The Havasupai Tribe celebrated Blood Victory Day earlier this week in remembrance of their legal victory over Arizona State University's Board of Regents. The Havasupai have lived deep within the Grand Canyon for centuries, but the story of this case begins in the 1990s.

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12:19pm

Thu April 24, 2014
Arts & Life

Debbie Allen On 'Fame,' Stage And Men In Tights

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 10:53 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now it's time for our Wisdom Watch. That's the part of the program where we hear from those who've made a difference through their lives and their work. Today, we hear from a woman who is a legend in the world of dance, theater, television and film. Debbie Allen played the iconic dance teacher Lydia Grant both in the movie and in the 1980s television series "Fame."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "FAME")

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12:14pm

Thu April 24, 2014
Education

First Lady Of Men's Studies Says Passion Is Key

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 12:07 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. In a few minutes, we will hear from the multitalented Debbie Allen. She's an actress, dancer, choreographer, director, producer. She will be here to tell us about her latest project and how she's trying to get more men and boys dancing with a project she's casting now.

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12:11pm

Thu April 24, 2014
Digital Life

The Ten Commandments In The Digital Age

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 10:53 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

If you had a few days off for spring break and you turned on the television, you might have stumbled across the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille blockbuster "The Ten Commandments." That spring staple may be one of the few times increasingly secular Americans think about the origin of the commandments, which by faith tradition were delivered to the Hebrew prophet Moses. For centuries, these commandments have been viewed by believers as the essential guide to an ethical and faithful life.

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11:23am

Wed April 23, 2014
Africa

Nigerian Activist Chooses Exile Over Life In The Closet

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 10:52 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we'd like to go back to a story that we've turned to a number of times on this program. We're talking about the move in many countries in Africa to toughen legal penalties and increase the stigma against homosexuality.

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11:23am

Wed April 23, 2014
Music

Yaya Alafia's Songs Of Strength For Her Baby Boy

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 12:24 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, let's hear from a model and actress who also has Nigerian roots, Yaya Alafia. Last year was a breakout year for her with meaty roles in critically acclaimed films including Lee Daniels' "The Butler" and Andrew Dosunmu's "Mother of George." And she had a baby.

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11:23am

Wed April 23, 2014
Education

Can High-Quality Preschool Make A Big Difference Later On?

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 12:24 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we turn to education for the youngest Americans. We're talking preschool here. President Obama has challenged the country to provide what he calls high-quality preschool for all 4-year-olds. He mentioned this in his last two State of the Union addresses. Here he is earlier this year.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

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12:36pm

Tue April 22, 2014
Music

'Cuddly Toy' On Nonstop Rotation For Margaret Cho

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, the regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we invite some of our guest to tell us about the songs on their playlists. We caught up with entertainer Margaret Cho during her latest comedy tour. And she gave us a few of her favorite tunes.

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12:36pm

Tue April 22, 2014
#TMMPoetry: Muses and Metaphor

Waxing Poetic About Politics And Jimmy Choos

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for Muses and Metaphor. That's our ode to National Poetry Month. All through April we are featuring original tweet-length poems, 140 characters or less, delivered by Twitter and written by NPR listeners and, new this year, some of our regular contributors.

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12:36pm

Tue April 22, 2014
Parenting

Grandma Helping With The Baby: Dream Or Nightmare?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms or dads in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice.

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12:27pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Music

Library Of Congress, How Could You Forget Run-DMC?

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 5:53 pm

Rap group Run-DMC at the second annual MTV Video Music Awards. Does the group belong in the Library of Congress?
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Rap and hip-hop have been around for decades and have become one of America's most successful cultural exports.

But when the Library of Congress added new recordings to its national registry this year, none of them were hip-hop.

Tell Me More guest host Celeste Headlee discusses that with William Boone, professor in the English and African-American studies department at Winston-Salem State University. He says that hip-hop artists are used to being overlooked by the powers that be.

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12:27pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Digital Life

Security Threats Hit Deeper Than Heartbleed Bug

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. You might have been hearing about the Heart Bleed bug over the past couple weeks. And if you haven't, you might want to check it out. It's important. That is the security flaw the researchers say could have compromised up to half a million websites. So maybe you changed your passwords for your online accounts by now.

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12:27pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Around the Nation

No Longer Marching Out To Work, More Mothers Stay Home

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 3:24 pm

A growing number of American mothers are staying home to raise their children, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. Listeners share their own stories about making that choice.

11:58am

Fri April 18, 2014
Barbershop

Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters?

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 12:35 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

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11:58am

Fri April 18, 2014
Faith Matters

Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea?

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 12:35 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Speaking of religion still, if there's one thing that goes hand-in-hand with faith, it is generally food. There have been a number of different food shortages in this country you may have heard about lately. We reported on this program about the shortage of limes. We've seen reports of rising beef prices as well. But right now, during Passover, gefilte fish is in short supply. Matt Chaban joins us now from member station WESA in Pittsburgh. He wrote about this for the New York Times. Matt, welcome.

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11:58am

Fri April 18, 2014
Faith Matters

New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 12:35 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Now we turn to a campaign to recognize Muslim religious holidays in the New York public school system. Roughly 10 percent of New York City's public school children are Muslims. And their parents are asking that schools close for the most sacred Muslim holidays. They argue that Christian and Jewish students get their most important holidays off already. Current New York Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the idea during his campaign. Take a listen.

(SOUNDBITE OF CAMPAIGN)

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11:49am

Thu April 17, 2014
Media

Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 12:38 pm

"Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.

11:49am

Thu April 17, 2014
Health Care

'Miserable' Doctors Prescribe A Different Career

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 12:38 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. It used to be that doctor was a profession many people aspired to - it brought prestige, money of course, a sense of purpose, bragging rights for your parents. But now a growing number of physicians say it's not really all it's cracked up to be.

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11:49am

Thu April 17, 2014
Education

You've Served Your Country, Now Get To Class

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 12:38 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This spring, we're joining our colleagues at NPR's Morning Edition to bring you stories that might help you navigate the higher education money maze. And today we want to talk about veterans.

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4:02pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Code Switch

Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 5:42 pm

Syreeta McFadden has learned to capture various hues of brown skin.
Syreeta McFadden Courtesy of the artist

When Syreeta McFadden was a child, she dreaded taking pictures after a family photo made her skin appear dulled and darkened.

"In some pictures, I am a mud brown, in others I'm a blue black. Some of the pictures were taken within moments of one another," she wrote in a story for Buzzfeed, digging into an "inherited bias" in photography against dark skin.

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12:57pm

Wed April 16, 2014
NPR Story

Teen Twitter Threats: A New Forum For Stupid?

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 4:02 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. And it's time yet again for a visit to the Beauty Shop, where our panel of women journalists and commentators take a fresh cut on the week's news.

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12:57pm

Wed April 16, 2014
NPR Story

Rwanda Genocide's Tough Lessons On 'Othering'

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 4:02 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. The nation of Rwanda is marking 20 years since the genocide that claimed more than 800,000 lives. And decades after the killing, survivors on both sides are learning how to forgive and how to be forgiven. But it's a complicated, painful process for everyone involved.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "COEXIST")

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12:57pm

Wed April 16, 2014
NPR Story

Extremist Attacks Show Boko Haram Can Strike Anywhere

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 4:02 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. We start today in Nigeria. Africa's most populous country is continuing its fight against Boko Haram. That's an extremist group whose name means Western education is forbidden.

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10:47am

Tue April 15, 2014
#TMMPoetry: Muses and Metaphor

Hip-Hop Dreams Lead To Penning Poetry

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 12:45 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

And now it's time for Muses and Metaphor. That is our ode to National Poetry Month. All through April, we're featuring original tweet-length poems - that's 140 characters or less delivered by Twitter and written by NPR listeners mostly, but also new this year, some of our regular contributors.

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10:47am

Tue April 15, 2014
Parenting

Teen Sexting Not So Bad?

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:52 pm

Rodolfo Arguedas (sadeugra) iStockphoto

Most parents who have seen their teenagers glued to a phone have wondered what, exactly, they're doing. Maybe they're texting about the next party or dance. And most parents hope they're not sending sexually explicit photos or messages.

But some researchers see sexting as a normal part of a teenager's sexual awakening.

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10:47am

Tue April 15, 2014
Music

Muslim Singer Yuna Moves To John Mayer's Music

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 12:45 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Next it's time for the regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we invite some of our guests to tell us about the top songs on their playlists. We caught up with Muslim pop star Yuna earlier this year, And she told us about some of her favorite tunes.

YUNA: Hey, I'm Yuna, and what's playing in my ear is Drake "From Time."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FROM TIME")

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12:35pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Your Money

The Dangers Of Defaulting On Student Loans

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

It's college admissions season. So this spring, along with NPR's Morning Edition, we're bringing you stories to help you navigate the higher education money maze.

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