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

  • Friday, April 18, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) 15 Years After Columbine, Are Schools Any Safer? 2) To Fight Extremism, Don't Alienate Troublemakers At The Mosque 3) New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays 4) Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea? 5) Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters?
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:33pm
    Stories: 1) Deported For An Old Crime, Jamaican Loses His American Dream 2) Do America's Deportation Policies Work? 3) Ohio's Law Against Political Lying Heads To Supreme Court 4) You've Served Your Country, Now Get To Class 5) 'Miserable' Doctors Prescribe A Different Career 6) Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:30pm
    Stories: 1) Nigerian Extemist Terror Campaign 2) Rwanda Genocide's Tough Lessons On 'Othering' 3) Teen Twitter Threats: A New Forum For Stupid?
  • 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

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12:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Penn State Shows Loyalty's Dark Side, Says Ethicist

Critics say former Penn State coach Paterno may have met his legal obligations but failed an ethical test when going to university officials about child molestation allegations. Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with ethicist Jack Marshall. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)

12:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
BackTalk

Listeners Criticize Gov. Walker, Cheer Jarana Beat

Tell Me More editor Ammad Omar and host Michel Martin comb through comments about a recent interview with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who defended his record and called recall efforts a power grab. Listeners also had lots to say about coverage of Mexican band Jarana Beat and the Wampanoag tribe's revival of their near-extinct language.

12:00pm

Thu November 17, 2011
World

Openly Gay Award Winner Fights Ugandan Homophobia

Living in Uganda, where homosexuality is a crime, Frank Mugisha advocated for LGBT rights and consequently lost his job, friends and family. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his precarious life there, and what it means to earn the 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.

12:00pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Music

'King Of In Between' Back After Almost 10 Years

Garland Jeffreys leapt onto the music scene in the 1960s, and since then has mastered rock, reggae and blues to create his unique sound. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his remarkable life and new album, The King of In Between.

12:00pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Economy

American Money Mess: The View From Europe

As the "super committee" approaches its deadline to cut the federal deficit, host Michel Martin explores how our financial challenges are seen in Europe, and whether woes there are fueled by worries over the U.S. economy. Martin hears from NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax and Federico Rampini of Italy's newspaper La Repubblica.

12:00pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Beauty Shop

Beauty Shop: Role Of Media In GOP Primary Race

Sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain are still dominating headlines, but many political commentators are calling it a distraction. In this week's Beauty Shop, host Michel Martin hears from a panel of politically savvy women who weigh in on this and other political news.

12:00pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Politics

Small Business Owner On Why Walker Must Go

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation surrounding the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. He is under fire after pushing through legislation that stripped most public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Martin speaks with Lynn Freeman of United Wisconsin, a group leading the recall effort.

12:00pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Movies

Documentary Shows Language Saved From Extinction

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 11:45 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The Thanksgiving holiday is next week and while many hosts are still refining their menus or planning their travel, many school children are probably learning the legend of the first Thanksgiving. A feast of thanks held after the native people of the area taught the English Pilgrims to survive in a world that was new to them.

The irony of course is that the holiday survived, while the language and the culture of the people who made it all possible seem to be on the verge of extinction.

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12:00pm

Tue November 15, 2011
Parenting

Teaching Kids About Sexual Abuse: It's OK To Tell

Amid the Penn State scandal, host Michel Martin explores how parents can teach kids to flag inappropriate behavior from adults. Martin hears from a childhood sexual abuse survivor, a pediatrician, and two regular parenting contributors. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)

12:00pm

Tue November 15, 2011
Around the Nation

What Exactly Is Sexual Harassment?

Herman Cain's White House bid has been rocked by sexual harassment allegations. This raises several issues about harassment and the workplace. Host Michel Martin talks with lawyers Barbara Brown and Cyrus Mehri about defining and preventing sexual harassment. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)

12:00pm

Tue November 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Speaking Up Against Sexual Harassment At Work

Host Michel Martin continues her conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace. She speaks with lawyers Barbara Brown and Cyrus Mehri about what constitutes sexual harassment and what employees and employers can do to prevent it. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)

12:00pm

Tue November 15, 2011
Movies

Bollywood To Hollywood: Director Embraces Chaos

Shekhar Kapur started as an accountant in the U.K., then became an actor and director in India. He later took his work to Hollywood. Many Americans know him for his 1998 Oscar-nominated film Elizabeth. Host Michel Martin talks with Kapur about his controversial films, where he finds inspiration, and whether film festivals are still necessary.

12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
NPR Story

Crackdown At Occupy Oakland

Police are getting tougher on 'Occupy' demonstrations across the country, working to break up encampments. Police made dozens of arrests on Monday morning in Oakland, Calif. Host Michel Martin learns more from reporters who are covering the Occupy Oakland movement: Martin Kaste of NPR and Bob Butler of KCBS Radio.

12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
NPR Story

Love In A Landfill

Florida husband Brian McGuinn accidentally threw out his wife's $10,000 custom-made diamond engagement ring. He tells host Michel Martin how he waded through a massive pile of garbage to find it.

12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
NPR Story

Jarana Beat Weaves Footwork With Mexican Rhythms

Music from Mexico is often associated with mariachi bands playing songs in wide-rimmed hats and colorful costumes. But Mexico's music is more diverse. Jarana Beat is a Brooklyn-based band that weaves traditional Mexican rhythms with fancy footwork. Dancer Claudia Valentina and musical director Sinuhe-Padilla Isunza speak with host Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Movies

'Scenes of a Crime' Probes Police Interrogations

Originally published on Mon November 14, 2011 1:51 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're going to go behind closed doors. That's something we often do on Mondays where we talk about issues that we often don't talk about publicly. Today, we want to talk about something that most of us never see: police interrogations.

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12:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
U.S.

Counting U.S. Poverty: Is The New Way Better?

This month, the Census Bureau introduced a new method to calibrate the U.S. poverty rate. The old formula had been used for nearly half a century. To learn how the two measurements compare, and how the new guidelines might give a more complete picture of national poverty, host Michel Martin speaks with Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute and Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

12:00pm

Fri November 11, 2011
NPR Story

Latin Grammys: Classy Vibe And Winning Calle 13

Thursday's Latin Grammy Awards featured more than 6,000 entries across 46 categories. Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13 won nine out of 10 nominations, and Shakira won "Person of the Year." Host Michel Martin discusses highlights with Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd, hosts of NPR Music's Alt-Latino podcast.

12:00pm

Fri November 11, 2011
NPR Story

Jury Of Listeners Oppose Judge Hitting His Teen

Originally published on Fri November 11, 2011 12:02 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, it's time for BackTalk, where we lift the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere and get to hear from you, our listeners. Ammad Omar is with me. He's an editor here at TELL ME MORE. Welcome back, Ammad.

AMMAD OMAR, BYLINE: Thanks, Michel.

MARTIN: Now, I understand that our parenting conversation this week got quite a response.

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12:00pm

Fri November 11, 2011
NPR Story

Shop Talk: Scandals Hit Penn State, Herman Cain

The Barbershop guys weigh in on the Penn State scandal, Rick Perry's debate flub, and Herman Cain's handling of sexual harassment accusations. Host Michel Martin hears from former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, as well as author Jimi Izrael, attorney Arsalan Iftikhar and sports reporter Pablo Torre.

12:00pm

Fri November 11, 2011
Race

1st Black Marines: Fighting For The Right To Fight

In 1942, the first black recruits allowed in the Marines trained at a facility in North Carolina called Montford Point. They're being awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. But at first, the U.S. didn't want them fighting. Host Michel Martin speaks with the head of the Montford Point Marines Association, and 90-year-old former Marine James Rudolf Carter.

12:00pm

Thu November 10, 2011
Art & Design

Kevan Hall On Why Fashion Matters In Tough Times

Kevan Hall stands with his models at the Frank Sinatra Fashion Show in February. The designer has dressed A-listers and won multiple awards.
Gerry Maceda

If you pay attention to the Emmys and Academy Awards, then you've probably seen those glamorous, haute couture gowns made by Kevan Hall. He's known for dressing A-listers like Vanessa Williams, Salma Hayek, Celine Dion — even first lady Michelle Obama.

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12:00pm

Thu November 10, 2011
Around the Nation

Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal Really About Football?

Legendary football coach Joe Paterno was fired on Wednesday. Critics said he should have done more to address charges of child sex abuse that came to his attention. Penn State students staged violent protests after the announcement. Host Michel Martin speaks with USA Today Sports Columnist Christine Brennan and NPR Sports Correspondent Mike Pesca about the abuse case, firing, and 84-year-old Paterno's legacy.

12:00pm

Thu November 10, 2011
Business

Students Skip Job Search, Seek Entrepreneurship

A growing number of students are forgoing traditional careers to launch their own businesses. For many of them, social change is just as important as their bottom line. Amy Reinink recently wrote about this for The Washington Post Magazine. Host Michel Martin speaks with Reinink and James Li, an entrepreneur and Georgetown University student.

12:00pm

Thu November 10, 2011
Television

'All-American Muslim' Carves Path To TLC

A new reality TV show debuting Sunday aims to shed light on a group of Americans who often feel misunderstood as they juggle nationality and faith. All-American Muslim focuses on five families in Dearborn, Mich., which is of the most established and largest communities of Muslim Americans in the U.S. Suehaila Amen, who's featured on the show, speaks with host Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Thu November 10, 2011
Art & Design

Iraqi Designer's Vision: Covered, Still Sexy

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:16 am

Hana Sadiq has dressed Queen Noor and Queen Rania of Jordan.
Courtesy of Hana Sadiq

Renowned Iraqi fashion designer Hana Sadiq has dressed both Queen Noor and Queen Rania of Jordan, as well as members of the royal families of Saudi Arabia.

For the past 25 years, Sadiq has shown her collections throughout the Middle East and Europe. Thursday night, she wraps up her first tour of the United States with an event at Washington, D.C.'s historic Lincoln Theatre. It's called "Turaath — A Celebration of Arab Culture in America," and it's sponsored by the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

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12:00pm

Wed November 9, 2011
Remembrances

Legendary Rapper Heavy D Dies At 44

The self-proclaimed "overweight lover" of hip-hop rose to fame in the late 1980s, often making his weight the center of his act. He was part of the group "Heavy D and the Boyz." He died Tuesday in Los Angeles. Host Michel Martin looks at the life and work of the Jamaica-born hip-hop star.

12:00pm

Wed November 9, 2011
Politics

Winners, Losers From Off-Year Elections

On Tuesday, two GOP-backed measures were struck down: Mississippi's amendment that would've defined fertilization as the start of life, and Ohio's measure to uphold a law curbing collective bargaining rights for public workers. Host Michel Martin explores what these results might mean for the 2012 elections. She speaks with former Obama administration staffer Corey Ealons and GOP strategist Ron Christie.

12:00pm

Wed November 9, 2011
World

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Faces Electoral Boycott

The low voter turnout at Tuesday's run-off election in Liberia was preceded by violent clashes. Opposition leader Winston Tubman refused to participate in the vote, so there was no rival candidate for incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first democratically elected female head of state. Host Michel Martin discusses the vote's impact on Liberia's post-civil war recovery with journalist Ledgerhood Rennie.

12:00pm

Wed November 9, 2011
History

Mother Recalls Her Perilous Freedom Ride

Scores of civil rights activists faced violence and arrests when traveling into the heart of the segregated South as "Freedom Riders" in 1961. Theresa Walker, one of the few women and very few mothers who braved that journey, is being honored Wednesday by the National Women's Law Center. She speaks with host Michel Martin.

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