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

  • 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?
  • 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?

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12:00pm

Tue April 10, 2012
Economy

Teen Jobs Offer More Than Spare Cash, Expert Says

A quarter of U.S. teens between ages 16 and 19, who are looking for work, can't find it. Michael Saltsman of Employment Policies Institute says teen unemployment isn't just about buying pizza on Friday nights. The cash teens earn is often essential for supporting themselves and their families. Saltsman speaks with host Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Tue April 10, 2012
NPR Story

Teen Jobs Build Character Or Divert From School?

For the last three summers, the teen unemployment rate has been above 20 percent. As high school students start making summer plans, the moms weigh in on whether its good for teens to work. Host Michel Martin speaks with regular moms Jolene Ivey, Aracely Panameno and Dani Tucker.

12:00pm

Tue April 10, 2012
Arts & Life

Arizona Artist Looks To Space For Celestial Verses

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

12:00pm

Tue April 10, 2012
World

World Bank Needs To Change, Challenger Says

The World Bank has been led by an American since its founding in 1946. Now, two candidates from developing countries, including Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, say their experiences make them better candidates. Okonjo-Iweala speaks with host Michel Martin about why the World Bank should open up its selection process.

12:00pm

Mon April 9, 2012
Author Interviews

Sexual Abuse: What Finally Made It 'Ok To Tell'

Lauren Book grew up in what looked like a stable upper class home. But over six years, Lauren was sexually and physically abused by the family's female nanny. Her memoir It's OK to Tell challenges commonly held ideas about sexual abuse, and she speaks with host Michel Martin. (Advisory: This segment may not be suitable for all audiences.)

12:00pm

Mon April 9, 2012
Arts & Life

New Yorker Offers A Poem Burning With Spice

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet by Laura Barkat of the website TSPoetry.com. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters and less to #TMMPoetry.

12:00pm

Mon April 9, 2012
Technology

Social Media Changing The Nature Of Activism?

Websites and social media can garner the support of hundreds of thousands for a particular cause. They can even bring issues to light that might otherwise have been overlooked by mainstream media. Host Michel Martin speaks with Shelby Blakely of the Tea Party Patriots, and Rashad Robinson of ColorOfChange.org.

12:00pm

Mon April 9, 2012
Author Interviews

Before Admin Assistants, There Were Secretaries

Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 11:47 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Are you a fan of "Mad Men" or very much not? How you feel about the hit show on the AMC cable channel about a 1960s advertising agency may have something to do with how you feel about its depiction of the time when secretaries were not administrative assistants, personal assistants or executive assistants. No, they were secretaries - and they were not to forget that.

Here's a clip from "Mad Men" season one, when Joan, a senior secretary, gives advice to a new hire on her first day.

(SOUNDBITE OF TELEVISION SHOW, "MAD MEN")

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12:00pm

Fri April 6, 2012
NPR Story

Goodbye, Manischewitz; Hello, Cabernet?

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 4:29 pm

The sauvignon blanc 2010 (left) is from the Ella Valley Vineyards in Israel and has a fresh, vibrant and fruity flavor. The Herzog 2007 Special Reserve cabernet sauvignon (right) is from the Alexander Valley of California. It's a mevushal bottle that remains kosher even if served by a non-Jew.
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On Friday, many Jewish families will mark the first night of Passover with a special Seder dinner. During this ceremonial meal, family members retell the story of Exodus.

"Passover is the night when we celebrate our redemption from Egypt many years ago," Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom, the National Synagogue, tells NPR's Michel Martin.

Herzfeld says wine plays a large role in the Seder dinner because Passover is meant to be a joyful time when Jews celebrate their freedom from bondage. For each of the four major rituals, participants drink one glass of wine.

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12:00pm

Fri April 6, 2012
NPR Story

Texan Poet Says, Spend Some Time Among The Clouds

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

12:00pm

Fri April 6, 2012
NPR Story

ShopTalk: Think Twice Before You Jaywalk?

This week, the Barbershop guys discuss the Supreme Court's ruling that people arrested for minor offenses can be strip searched. They also weigh in on gun culture and current gun control laws. Host Michel Martin checks in with freelance journalist Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, and columnists Ruben Navarrette and Steven Gray.

12:00pm

Fri April 6, 2012
Faith Matters

In Midst Of Hard Times, Finding Hope, Rebirth

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 11:44 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Now it's time for Faith Matters. At this time just about every week, we dig into matters of faith and spirituality. And so today, we are going to spend some time talking about the important religious holidays being observed by many this weekend.

Passover starts tonight, and we'll talk about why wine aficionados need no longer turn up their noses at kosher wines. That's later.

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12:00pm

Thu April 5, 2012
NPR Story

In Trayvon Martin Case, Who's Considered White?

Race is central to the debate surrounding Trayvon Martin, the black Florida teen shot by neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman. Many media outlets first identified Zimmerman as "white," but his father describes him as a Spanish-speaking minority. Host Michel Martin explores the question, "who is white?" with sociologist Jean Halley.

12:00pm

Thu April 5, 2012
NPR Story

Navajo Nation Sues Urban Outfitters Over Trademark

The Navajo Nation is accusing the retailer of trademark infringement. Members say Urban Outfitters sold goods that used the Navajo name and symbols without permission. Host Michel Martin talks with Navajo Times contributor Bill Donovan about the case, and why some Native Americans find certain uses of the Navajo name offensive.

12:00pm

Thu April 5, 2012
NPR Story

Artist, Social Justice Activist Dies At 96

Host Michel Martin remembers American artist Elizabeth Catlett, who died this week at the age of 96. Catlett is known for integrating social justice activism in sculptures and prints. That activism caught the eye of the U.S. government at the height of McCarthyism. For years, she was banned from entering the U.S. from her adopted home of Mexico.

12:00pm

Thu April 5, 2012
Religion

Lessons On Forgiveness From T.D. Jakes

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we'll check out more listener tweets as part of our Muses and Metaphors series.

But first, our Wisdom Watch conversation. That's where we talk with those who've made a difference through their work. And you might have caught our next guest on "Dr. Phil" or BET, or perhaps you've picked up one of his bestselling books or seen one of his many DVDs or movies.

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12:00pm

Thu April 5, 2012
Arts & Life

Australian Filmmaker Offers A Somber Poetic Tweet

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 8:49 am

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet from Jim Lounsbury of Sydney, Australia. He is a writer and filmmaker who listens to NPR on his iPhone. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters and less to #TMMPoetry.

12:00pm

Wed April 4, 2012
Beauty Shop

Is It Game Over Or Halftime For Romney Opponents?

The Beauty Shop ladies discuss Mitt Romney's three decisive primary wins, and Rick Santorum's vow to "kick off the second half" of the campaign in his home state of Pennsylvania. Host Michel Martin checks in with blogger Viviana Hurtado, reporter Mary Spicuzza, sports commentator Tandaleya Wilder, and policy analyst Michelle Bernard.

12:00pm

Wed April 4, 2012
Beauty Shop

Lady Bears Best Team Ever?

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 12:01 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we'll hear some poetry from you in tweet form. It's our Muses and Metaphor series in celebration of National Poetry Month. That's a little later in the program.

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12:00pm

Wed April 4, 2012
Wisdom Watch

WNBA President Bringing Lessons From Girl Scouts

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the latest installment in our celebration of National Poetry Month that we call Muses and Metaphor. It's our series where we hear your poetic tweets.

But, first, we turn to our Wisdom Watch conversation. That's the part of the program where we speak with those who've made a difference through their work.

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12:00pm

Wed April 4, 2012
Arts & Life

A Texan Photographer Offers A Taste Of Spring

As part of Tell Me More's series celebrating National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet from freelance photographer and administrative assistant Renea Hanna of Bandera, Texas. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters and less to #TMMPoetry.

12:00pm

Tue April 3, 2012
Arts & Life

Don't Sweat Over Iambic Pentameter

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Today we begin celebrating National Poetry Month by featuring poetry from our listeners. The poems will be tweets, messages 140 characters or less, exchanged via Twitter using the hash tag #TMMPoetry. It's all part of our series that we call Muses and Metaphor, combining two of our passions, poetry and social media.

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12:00pm

Tue April 3, 2012
Parenting

Should Kids See 'The Hunger Games'?

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 5:18 pm

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 in your corner. Every week we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy parenting advice.

Today we want to talk about that rare movie that has critics and parents and teens talking.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE HUNGER GAMES")

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12:00pm

Mon April 2, 2012
Music Interviews

Morley Pushes For Peacemaking Through Music

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 3:16 pm

Morley's new album, Undivided, comes out Tuesday.
MorleyMusic

12:00pm

Mon April 2, 2012
Health

Mother Speaks Out After Losing Daughter To Bulimia

Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 12:58 pm

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, he's walked the runway in both menswear and women's wear. He's even modeled as an haute couture bride. We'll learn the secret to Andrej Pejic's unconventional beauty and gender-bending in just a moment.

First, we go behind closed doors, as the program often does on Mondays. That's where we talk about issues people usually keep private, and eating disorders are that kind of issue.

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12:00pm

Fri March 30, 2012
Faith Matters

Member: Opus Dei Focused On Religion Not Politics

Rick Santorum's ties to the Catholic group Opus Dei have been recently highlighted in news reports. Guest host Jacki Lyden continues the conversation about Opus Dei with long-time member, John Coverdale. They discuss the role of religion in politics and address claims that the group promotes a conservative political agenda.

12:00pm

Fri March 30, 2012
BackTalk

Listener Gets Fired Up Over Rhododendrons

Guest host Jacki Lyden and Editor Ammad Omar take a look at listener feedback and updates on stories covered on the program. One listener said he was angered by a conversation on rhododendrons, so they go to two of the nation's top experts for answers. Also, African leaders turn up the pressure on military officers who have staged a coup in Mali.

12:00pm

Fri March 30, 2012
Barbershop

Shop Talk: What's Race Got To Do With Trayvon?

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

I'm Jacki Lyden and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away today. 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.

And sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are freelance journalist Jimi Izrael. He joins us from Cleveland. Hello, Jimi.

JIMI IZRAEL: Hey, Jacki. How you doing?

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12:00pm

Fri March 30, 2012
Faith Matters

Santorum Puts New Spotlight On Opus Dei

Recent reports highlight GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's connections with the Catholic group Opus Dei. Critics say the group has an extreme agenda, others say it simply has a strong mission. Guest host Jacki Lyden takes a look at the group's influence on American political culture with John Allen, author of the 2005 book Opus Dei.

12:00pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Music Interviews

Brian Courtney Wilson On Fame And 'God's Promise'

A few years ago, the Houston native left his job in corporate America to pursue his musical dreams. This year, Brian Courtney Wilson's sophomore album, So Proud, debuted at number one on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart. He tells host Michel Martin that he prays that God continues to reveal the music his listeners can lean on.

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