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 October 28, 2011
Politics

Drawing Parallels Between Tea Party And 'Occupy'

Tell Me More continues examining comparisons between the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movements. Host Michel Martin is joined by Richard Harwood, founder of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation; Shelby Blakely, citizen journalist and coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots; and Kyle Christopher, a Occupy Wall Street participant.

12:00pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Election 2012

At Ballot, Black Mormon Couple Weighs Faith, Race

With two African-American candidates and two Mormon candidates vying for the presidency, black Mormons find themselves at the political intersection of race and religion. Host Michel Martin speaks with two black members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: Don Harwell and his wife, Jerri, who have different political viewpoints.

12:00pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Mayor On Shutting Down 'Occupy Atlanta'

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 11:19 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, host: I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

A little later in the program, we'll speak with the founder of Outdoor Afro. That's a website dedicated to trying to persuade more people of color to add hiking and other outdoor adventures as vacation destinations.

But first we want to talk about that Occupy Wall Street movement that spread far beyond Wall Street to cities across the country. But as the movement has grown so have the tensions as protestors continue to occupy public spaces like parks.

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12:00pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Health

Spreading Wealth After Tough Lessons From Cancer

The new documentary The Education of Dee Dee Ricks premieres on HBO Thursday. It charts the story of a self-admitted vain white businesswoman who questions her lavish life after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She realizes how lucky she is to be able to afford treatment. This galvanizes Ricks to advocate and raise money for poor, uninsured cancer patients — many who happen to be women of color. Michel Martin speaks with Dee Dee Ricks about her personal transformation and outreach.

12:00pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Race

Taking Diversity To The Outdoors

A University of Wyoming survey finds that 78 percent of visitors to America's national parks and forests are white, compared to nine percent Hispanic and seven percent black. Rue Mapp is trying to change that. She speaks with Michel Martin about her website 'Outdoor Afro,' which aims to educate African-Americans about the importance of getting involved with the outdoors.

12:00pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Wisdom Watch

After Army, NPR ... Mel Ming Leads Sesame Street

Mel Ming tells NPR that five years from now, he hopes to bring Sesame Workshop to 50 percent of the world's children.

Courtesy of Sesame Workshop

H. Melvin Ming didn't take the easy route to become the new chief of Sesame Workshop. He started in Bermuda and went through the U.S. Army and difficult times at NPR to join the small club of black CEOs in America. Ming replaces NPR's newly hired CEO and former Sesame Workshop CEO Gary Knell.

He recently joined Tell Me More host Michel Martin for a "Wisdom Watch" conversation.


Interview Highlights

On serving in the U.S. Army

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12:00pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Music

In Your Ear: Kevin Sbraga

As part of Tell Me More's occasional series "In Your Ear," restaurateur and Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga shares some of his favorite songs. They include titles from R&B crooner John Legend and hip-hop icons Wu-Tang Clan.

12:00pm

Wed October 26, 2011
World

Criminal Deportations: Effects On U.S., Latin America

Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently announced that it deported nearly 400,000 people in fiscal year 2011, and that more than half had criminal convictions. Michel Martin learns more from Associated Press Writer Laura Wides-Munoz, and Alex Sanchez, who illegally came to the U.S. as a child and was deported after serving time in a California prison. Sanchez now legally lives in the U.S.

12:00pm

Wed October 26, 2011
NPR Story

Beauty Shop: Optional Tax, 'SlutWalk' Opposition

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry is proposing an optional 20 percent flat tax plan. An open letter by black women is raising concerns about the 'SlutWalk' movement, which aims to empower females. Singer Mariah Carey is getting criticism for her comment on 20/20 that she "sometimes" trusts her husband. Weighing in are the Beauty Shop women: pop culture and politics blogger Danielle Belton,U.S. News and World Report Columnist Mary Kate Cary, 'The Wise Latina Club' Blogger-in-Chief Viviana Hurtado, and TheRoot.com Reporter Cynthia Gordy.

12:00pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Arts & Life

In Trinidad, Diwali Lights Up Like Christmas

Hindus, Jains and Sikhs worldwide are celebrating the annual festival of lights today. Diwali is also a national holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, where the massive festival at the capital, Port of Spain, attracts more than 50,000 people each year. Michel Martin learns more from Ravi Maharaj, a Hindu spiritual leader and an organizer of the Trinidadian festival.

12:00pm

Tue October 25, 2011
NPR Story

For Lakota Sioux Family, A Fight To Keep Contact

In South Dakota, Native Americans comprise less than 15 percent of the population but their children make up 60 percent of youth placed in foster care. More than three years ago, the state's Department of Social Services placed two of Suzanne Crow's grandchildren into foster care, saying their mother neglected them. Crow spent much of her own childhood in a boarding school, where she was forbidden from speaking Lakota and says harsh consequences awaited those who disobeyed rules. She speaks with Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Tue October 25, 2011
NPR Story

Latinos Lagging On Retirement Savings, Says Pew

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, host: And now to matters of personal finance. Most people probably know this: Latinos are now the largest minority group in the U.S. But according to a recent report by a respected research group, they are among the least likely to invest in or keep money in retirement savings accounts, like 401ks. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, just 10 percent of the nation's 50.5 million Hispanics have individual retirement, or Keogh, accounts.

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12:00pm

Tue October 25, 2011
NPR Story

Too Much Drama Between Our Mamas?

Mommy beef can ensue when one parent always complains about snacks but never brings any, or when someone insists on playing by the rules, even when they don't make sense. This week's parenting conversation focuses on how parents run into and handle conflicts between each other. Michel Martin speaks with regular Tell Me More contributors Dani Tucker and Leslie Morgan Steiner, blogger Sarah Maizes and freelance journalist Jamila Bey.

12:00pm

Tue October 25, 2011
On Disabilities

When Crime Rings Target The Disabled

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 5:23 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

Coming up, a story about one woman's three-year fight to bring her grandchildren home. The story of this Lakota Sioux woman is just one of those told in an NPR investigation about why so many Native American children end up in foster care. Do they really need to be there? That conversation in just a few minutes.

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12:00pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Your Money

Making Big Money, Giving It Away

Since 2008, philanthropist Adrienne Arsht has donated $56 million to nonprofit organizations from Miami to Manhattan. She explains that giving is not about showing off, but it's a core responsibility, and big differences can result from small donations. Arsht is profiled in the latest Washington Post Magazine. She speaks with Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Mon October 24, 2011
World Health

Haiti Grapples With Highest Cholera Rate In World

Just one year after the cholera epidemic emerged in Haiti, nearly half a million Haitians have contracted the disease and more than 6,000 have died form it. Michel Martin explores what cholera is, and how Haiti's government is making new efforts to tackle the crisis. She speaks with Miami Herald Caribbean Correspondent Jacqueline Charles and Dr. Louise Ivers, who lives in Haiti and works for Partners in Health.

12:00pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Studio Sessions

Creole Choir Boasts Roots In Haiti, Fame In Cuba

Deemed 'exhilarating' and 'celebratory' by music critics, the Creole Choir of Cuba has brought, to the world stage, sounds and rhythms of Haiti's immigrant community in Cuba. The group's 10 members are descendants of West Africans who were enslaved in the Caribbean. They sing songs of their ancestors, infusing them with contemporary sounds. They're on their first major U.S. tour. In a performance chat, Michel Martin hosts the choir, their director Emilia Diaz Chavez and their tour manager Kelso Riddell.

12:00pm

Fri October 21, 2011
Faith Matters

Trusting Faith, Learning Lessons In Golden Years

Tell Me More concludes its series about the end of life by revisiting Washington D.C.-based seniors Gerry Elliott, Krishna Roy and Rev. Rhoda Nixon. They discuss how their diverse religions — from Hinduism to Christianity and Unitarianism — have guided them through difficulties of aging and have informed their understandings of aging.

12:00pm

Fri October 21, 2011
BackTalk

Listeners Give Financial Tips For End Of Life

Tell Me More Editor Ammad Omar and host Michel Martin comb through listener feedback on the program's week-long series about aging and the end of life. They also discuss the death of Native American activist Elouise Cobell, and extend thanks to member stations who've contributed to Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" segments, including WOSU, WNPR, WDET and WVAS.

12:00pm

Thu October 20, 2011
World

Blacks And Migrants: Targets Of Attack In Libya

Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril confirms Thursday that ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi is dead. And as anti-Gadhafi forces solidify control over Libya, journalists and human rights advocates report attacks specifically aimed at black Libyans and migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa. Michel Martin talks with Amnesty International's Diana El Tahawy, who recently returned from Libya.

12:00pm

Thu October 20, 2011
The End of Life

Have Younger Friends When Aging, Seniors Advise

A diverse group of seniors recently sat down with Michel Martin for Tell Me More's series about aging and the end of life. Gerry Elliott, Krishna Roy and Reverend Rhoda Nixon are from a Washington D.C.-based retirement community. They share personal stories of what growing older means for them, and what triumphs and difficulties they've faced.

12:00pm

Thu October 20, 2011
Music

In Your Ear: Anthony Fantano

As part of Tell Me More's occasional series "In Your Ear," Anthony Fantano, host of "The Needle Drop" from WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut, shares his favorite electronic tunes.

12:00pm

Wed October 19, 2011
Election 2012

Fact-Checking GOP Debate, Campaign YouTube Videos

Health care, illegal immigration and taxes dominated the GOP debate in Las Vegas Tuesday night. Meanwhile, YouTube videos are becoming a staple of campaigns, but can voters trust them? Michel Martin speaks with GOP strategist Mindy Finn to see how candidates fared during the debate. Also, Martin and PolitiFact.com's Bill Adair discuss who told the truth and who didn't, and how GOP presidential hopefuls are using the Internet to deliver political messages.

12:00pm

Wed October 19, 2011
Music

In Your Ear: Jennifer Hambrick

As part of Tell Me More's occasional series "In Your Ear," Jennifer Hambrick, announcer and producer at WOSU Public Media in Columbus, Ohio, shares her favorite classical tunes and Billie Holiday's "I'm a Fool to Want You."

12:00pm

Wed October 19, 2011
Pop Culture

Reality TV Turning Young Girls Into Fame Monsters?

The new film The Ides of March is getting criticism for how it's portraying a female reporter. Also, the Girl Scouts' new report looks at how 1,000 teen and pre-teen girls across America feel about reality TV. How may all these images affect women and girls' self-percerptions? Michel Martin speaks with the Beauty Shop ladies: Girl Scouts USA's Kimberlee Salmond, The Detroit News TV Critic Mekeisha Madden Toby, and Linda Holmes, who writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop culture blog.

12:00pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Economy

The Roots Of Record Foreclosures

RealtyTrac is showing a 14 percent rise in first time default notices between July and September. It's the first jump after five consecutive quarterly declines, suggesting that banks are gradually addressing their backlog of foreclosed homes. Michel Martin discusses the causes and impact of the mortgage crisis with industry observer and history professor Beryl Satter.

12:00pm

Tue October 18, 2011
The End of Life

Financial Planning For The End Of Life

Tell Me More continues its series on aging and the end of life. Many older Americans need long-term care providers like nursing homes or assisted living, which can be too costly — even with help from Medicare and Medicaid. Michel Martin discusses the economic challenge of aging with Marion Somers, a geriatric care manager and author of Elder Care Made Easier, and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.

12:00pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Music

In Your Ear: Nick Austin

As part of Tell Me More's occasional series "In Your Ear," Nick Austin, host of the show "New Soul Sunday" on WDET in Detroit, Michigan, shares some of his favorite tunes. They include Brand New Heavies' "Saturday Night" and Jazzanova's remix of "Wonderlove."

12:00pm

Tue October 18, 2011
The End of Life

Guidance On Caring For Aging Parents

Tell Me More continues its series on aging and the end of life. Children who care for aging parents may experience a confusing reversal of roles. Also, author and journalist Jane Gross finds that about 28 percent of the U.S. population are unpaid family caregivers, and among them, about 43 million are responsible for an older adult. Michel Martin speaks with Goss, "My Mother's Brain" blog author Beatriz Terrazas and "Speakeasy" blog editor Christopher John Farley.

12:00pm

Mon October 17, 2011
On Aging

At End Of Life ... Soaring Prices, Sinking Resources

Tell Me More begins its week-long series on the end of life. Monday's focus: money. About 25 percent of all Medicare spending is on end-of-life care, and a private room in a nursing home averages more than $80,000 a year. Michel Martin talks with NPR Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner, National Alliance for Hispanic Health President Jane Delgado, and National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc. President Karyne Jones.

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