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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12:00pm

Wed January 18, 2012
Around the Nation

Gender Controversy Stacks Up Against 'Lego Friends'

Lego introduced a new lineup of toys earlier this month meant to appeal to girls. But a petition posted on Change.org is calling on the toy maker to stop distinguishing between toys for girls and those for boys. So far, the petition has amassed over 47 thousand signatures. Host Michel Martin speaks with one of the sponsors of that petition, Bailey Shoemaker Richards.

12:00pm

Tue January 17, 2012
Parenting

Advantages And Drawbacks Of 'Accordion Families'

In sociologist Katherine Newman's new book, The Accordion Family, she argues that globalization and weak economies have caused households to expand and incorporate grandparents, parents and children under one roof. Host Michel Martin speaks with Newman and two other women who live in multi-generational homes.

12:00pm

Tue January 17, 2012
World

Tensions Simmering 1 Year After Arab Spring

The nations that were touched by that movement are still struggling with uncertainty — from the violence in Syria, to confusion in Yemen and unease with Egypt's elections. Host Michel Martin and Al Jazeera Washington bureau chief Abderrahim Foukara discuss those issues, and rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

12:00pm

Tue January 17, 2012
World

Iran As A Cautionary Tale For Arab Spring Leaders?

The prominent Iranian dissident Ebrahim Yazdi was recently sentenced to eight years in prison, partly because he wrote a letter to Tunisia's Islamist leader that urged him not to go down Iran's path. Just over a year since Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution, host Michel Martin hears from Yazdi's son, Youseph.

12:00pm

Tue January 17, 2012
Religion

SCOTUS Issues Landmark Religious Freedom Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously voted last week that churches are not bound by some workplace discrimination laws. It's being called the most significant ruling on religious freedom in decades. Host Michel Martin discusses the decision with The Washington Post editorial writer and legal affairs expert Eva Rodriguez.

12:00pm

Tue January 17, 2012
Money Coach

Early Tips For Tax Day

As many people begin to receive their W-2 forms, host Michel Martin and accountant David Baldoza discuss tips on getting a head start on filing taxes.

12:00pm

Mon January 16, 2012
Around the Nation

Civil Rights Today: Freedom To Succeed, Fail

Host Michel Martin discusses the legacy of MLK Jr. and the future of civil rights with panelists. Martin is joined by Kai Wright of Colorlines.com, Viviana Hurtado of 'The Wise Latina Club,' civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, and R. Clarke Cooper of the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization for gay members of the GOP.

12:00pm

Mon January 16, 2012
Around the Nation

MLK Jr.'s Legacy And Today's Civil Rights Leaders

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 4:12 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. It's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We're continuing our discussion of Dr. King's legacy and how he's influenced - or hasn't - today's civil rights and human rights struggles.

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12:00pm

Mon January 16, 2012
Education

Kerry Kennedy: Bullying Is A Human Rights Issue

For many, the struggle for freedom from abuse begins on the playground. The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights has a new effort to address bullying in schools. Kerry Kennedy is the president of the organization and the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy. She speaks with host Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Mon January 16, 2012
Author Interviews

Can Hip-Hop Change The Style Of Politics?

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 4:12 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. In a moment, my weekly Can I Just Tell You commentary. That's in just a few minutes.

But first, we have been talking about the influence of Martin Luther King, Jr. on politics and human rights struggles around the world. But now I want to switch gears and talk about the influence of another powerful 20th century phenomenon: hip-hop.

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12:00pm

Fri January 13, 2012
Barbershop

Shop Talk: Republican Race, 'Avoid Ghetto' App

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 4:11 pm

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 Barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

Sitting in the chairs for a shapeup this week are author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney and author Arsalan Iftikhar, NPR's own political editor, our political junkie, Ken Rudin, and from National Review magazine and the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Mario Loyola.

Take it away, Jimi.

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12:00pm

Fri January 13, 2012
Around the Nation

Industrial Midwest States Challenge Union Power

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won a tough fight to strip most public-sector unions of their collective bargaining rights. He now faces a recall effort. In Indiana, politicians want to exempt nonunion employees from paying dues when working alongside union workers. Host Michel Martin speaks with journalists from the two states.

12:00pm

Fri January 13, 2012
Faith Matters

Catholic Church Corrupt To Its Core, Says Survivor

In the decade since The Boston Globe broke the story about the cover-up of pedophile priests in the Boston Archdiocese, countless Americans have shared their stories of clergy abuse. Bob Hoatson is a former priest who was abused as a teen by church leaders. He speaks with host Michel Martin. (Advisory: This segment may not be suitable for all audiences.)

12:00pm

Fri January 13, 2012
Faith Matters

Catholic Church Still Hiding Sexual Predators?

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 4:11 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now, we want to call on Michael Rezendes. He is one of the investigative reporters, and the lead writer, on that Boston Globe story that revealed a serious problem with the abuse of children by a number of priests in the Boston Archdiocese. In the months and years that followed, literally hundreds of similar cases were revealed across the country. We want to take a look back at that watershed moment, and we do want to say again that, owing to the subject matter, this may not be an appropriate conversation for everyone.

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12:00pm

Fri January 13, 2012
BackTalk

Listeners On Political Talk, Phyllis Schlafly

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 4:11 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, it's time for BackTalk. That's where we lift the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere. Editor Ammad Omar is here again to tell us what listeners are talking about.

But before we hear from him, I want to clarify something. On Wednesday's program, we talked about how former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Republican presidential contender, was under fire for his work at Bain and Company. Actually, it was Romney's tenure at Bain Capital that is the source of the controversy.

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12:00pm

Thu January 12, 2012
NPR Story

After 2 Years, Haitians Want Jobs, Not Housing

Haiti's earthquake killed hundreds of thousands and ruined the nation's infrastructure. On the second anniversary of the disaster, The Miami Herald's Jacqueline Charles says the biggest challenge to recovery is unemployment. Host Michel Martin speaks with Charles and Donald Steinberg of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

12:00pm

Thu January 12, 2012
NPR Story

Will Regulating Home Care Workers Cost Jobs?

President Obama wants to regulate wages for nearly 2 million home care workers. Supporters of the regulation say home care workers are underpaid, but others say the changes could force health care agencies to cut jobs. Host Michel Martin hears from a home care agency director, a client, and a labor reporter.

12:00pm

Thu January 12, 2012
NPR Story

Stuff White Girls Say: Offensive or Funny?

Franchesca Ramsey is a graphic designer, comedian and video blogger whose YouTube video "S- - - White Girls Say ... to Black Girls" has gotten more than 5 million hits.
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It's not just "S- - - My Dad Says," anymore. A whole series of video memes parody what, for instance, Asian girls sound like to Asian boys. Or what natural hair girls say to relaxed hair girls. There are even videos about the stuff vegans, yogis and Canadians say.

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10:00am

Thu January 12, 2012
Fine Art

In Haiti, Where Does Art Fit In?

A painting by a Haitian artist is on display in Washington, D.C.
Doriane Raiman NPR

There's no doubt that art can help us cope with troubled times. It's a way to process the inexplicable, express the unutterable.

But with tens of thousands of Haitians still displaced and living in tent cities, some might consider art a luxury few can afford. Diane Ford Dessables, though, founder of Ayitian Arts Project, says that in addition to the obvious emotional benefits, there are real economic reasons for supporting Haiti's arts.

"What we're doing here is focusing on art and using art as a means of spurring community development," she tells NPR's Michel Martin.

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12:00pm

Wed January 11, 2012
Beauty Shop

Beauty Shop: Immigration Waiver, 'The Obamas' Book

Panelists discuss the Obama administration's latest immigration proposal that's meant to cut through bureaucracy — but critics call it 'back-door amnesty.' They also weigh in on a controversial new book about the Obamas, and Beyonce and Jay Z's baby. Host Michel Martin hears from ladies of 'The Wise Latina Club', TheGrio.com and ESSENCE.

12:00pm

Wed January 11, 2012
Author Interviews

The Glock, From 'Handgun Tupperware' To Top Pistol

The Glock is rapped about in hip-hop songs and carried by heroes in action films. It was once touted as the gun of the future, but also derided as a terrorist's best friend. Host Michel Martin and Paul Barrett, author of Glock, discuss how an obscure Austrian manufacturer of door hinges and knives ended up making America's top-selling handgun.

12:00pm

Wed January 11, 2012
Presidential Race

What N.H. Win Means For Romney's White House Bid

Mitt Romney is building momentum with wins in Iowa and New Hampshire. But he still faces criticism from fellow Republican rivals as the candidates turn toward South Carolina's primary. Host Michel Martin discusses the latest political news with U.S. News and World Report Columnist Mary Kate Cary and journalism professor Cynthia Tucker.

12:00pm

Tue January 10, 2012
Politics

Conservatives To Rally For Presidential Candidate

Tuesday's New Hampshire primary is unlikely to settle the question of who will be the GOP's consensus candidate. Conservative leaders plan to meet in Texas this weekend to try to identify a candidate to coalesce around, and experience will not be an essential factor. Host Michel Martin discusses the GOP hopefuls with Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative leader, author and lawyer.

12:00pm

Tue January 10, 2012
Your Money

Alternative Money Tools From Suze Orman, Wal-Mart

Suze Orman introduced her prepaid debit card this week, promising low fees and unlimited credit reports. And Wal-Mart is offering various financial services, such as check cashing and bill paying. Host Michel Martin and personal finance expert Alvin Hall discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these new, non-traditional options.

12:00pm

Tue January 10, 2012
Parenting

Blessed, Challenged: Dads With Multi-Racial Kids

Host Michel Martin discusses the challenges of raising kids who do not look like their parents with Kurt Streeter, an African-American journalist who has written that his son is fair enough to be mistaken as white; Jay Rapp, a white educator and dad of a black daughter and a biracial daughter; and David Youtz, a white man who adopted four daughters from China.

12:00pm

Tue January 10, 2012
Business

Glitz Returns To Detroit Auto Show

Host Michel Martin discusses trends at this year's auto expo in the Motor City, and what U.S. automakers are doing to capture another year of double-digit profits. She speaks with NPR Business Reporter Sonari Glinton and Michelle Krebs of Edmonds.com, a car industry tracking site.

12:00pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Around the Nation

Prison Population Sees 1st Drop In Almost 40 Years

The number of Americans living under the correctional system fell to 1.6 million in 2010, according to recent government data. Host Michel Martin discusses the decline and efforts to reform the system with former U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh and Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project for the Pew Center on the States.

12:00pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Arts & Life

Knitting Behind Bars, Learning Focus And Patience

One Maryland prison is seeing a waiting list for inmates to get into a weekly knitting class. Participants of 'Knitting Behind Bars' learn how to make hats, dolls and other small items. The program's co-founder, Lynn Zwerling, talks with host Michel Martin about how knitting has benefited prisoners.

12:00pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Health

Being A Family 'In Sickness And In Health'

Reporter Robert Melton suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2003. He had to relearn simple tasks, such as brushing his teeth. Host Michel Martin speaks with his wife, Page, about how she adapted to her husband's injury and built a bigger support network around him. The couple's story is featured in this week's Washington Post Magazine.

12:00pm

Mon January 9, 2012
NPR Story

ANC, From 'Terrorist' Label To Liberation Movement

Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress, which is known for Nelson Mandela's message of equality, as well as recent accusations of government corruption. Host Michel Martin discusses the ANC's complex history with Crystal Orderson of the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

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