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

  • 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?
  • 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

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12:00pm

Tue December 13, 2011
NPR Story

Good Food With A Side Of Social Justice

Andy Shallal, owner of the popular Busboys & Poets restaurants in the D.C. metro area, is much more than a restaurateur. The latest Washington Post Magazine chronicles how Shallal promotes his political interests, while creating a successful business model. Host Michel Martin speaks to Shallal.

12:00pm

Tue December 13, 2011
NPR Story

Keeping First Generation College Kids On Track

For freshman college students, it's the end of first semester. For many first generation college kids, grades, work and money are already a struggle. In fact only 15 percent complete their degrees within 6 years. Host Michel Martin and a panel of moms and education experts discuss how parents can help their students succeed.

12:00pm

Tue December 13, 2011
Education

Michelle Rhee On 'Take No Prisoners' Approach

Host Michel Martin checks in with Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of Washington, D.C. Public Schools. As chancellor, she made a number of controversial changes that were both applauded and denounced. A year ago, she started StudentsFirst, a group formed in response to increasing demands for a better public education system in America.

12:00pm

Mon December 12, 2011
NPR Story

Steve Stoute Looks To Beyonce For Inspiration

As part of Tell Me More's occasional series 'In Your Ear,' author Steve Stoute describes the music that has left a memorable mark on his mind. He talks about the songs, 'Otis' by Kanye West and Jay-Z, and 'Best Thing I Never Had' by Beyonce. Stoute is the author of 'The Tanning of America,' a book about the intersection of hip hop and big business.

12:00pm

Mon December 12, 2011
NPR Story

Unemployed For More Than A Year? You're Not Alone

A new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and NPR found that nearly 5 million Americans have been unemployed for a year or more, with some parts of the population harder hit than others. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax, unemployed bus driver Vincent Brandon, and Ellen Wright, an underemployed paralegal.

12:00pm

Mon December 12, 2011
NPR Story

Ivorians Try To Bring Peace With New Parliament

On Sunday, Ivorian voters headed to the polls. Many hoped for a peaceful election, especially after the violent fall out of last year's presidential vote. But opposition parties called for a boycott. Host Michel Martin speaks with Associated Press reporter Laura Burke in Ivory Coast's capital, Abidjan.

12:00pm

Mon December 12, 2011
Religion

Catholics Honor Virgin Of Guadalupe For Feast Day

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 12:05 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching to another part of the world now, this is an important religious day for some Catholics, especially those from Mexico and other parts of Central and Latin America. Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. That's when the faithful celebrate the appearance of an apparition of the Virgin Mary known as the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City back in 1531.

Since then, the image of Guadalupe has become an icon throughout Latin America as a symbol, not just of faith, but also of native pride and resistance against oppression.

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12:00pm

Fri December 9, 2011
Politics

At Age 35, Why Congress Needs Hispanic Caucus

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has grown and changed since its inception, and few people know that better than the chair, Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas. His late father was one of the founders of the group. He speaks with host Michel Martin about the CHC's evolution and its mission.

12:00pm

Fri December 9, 2011
Law

Limbo Status Inevitable For Migrants, Expert Says

This week Tell Me More's 'In Limbo' series has explored four personal stories of immigrants in the middle space between legal and illegal. To better understand the complex laws that have affected their lives, host Michel Martin speaks with Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies.

12:00pm

Fri December 9, 2011
BackTalk

Listeners Weigh In On Immigration, Male Mentors

Tell Me More Editor Ammad Omar and host Michel Martin comb through listener feedback from recent segments, including immigrants' personal stories and male mentoring in light of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. They also discuss news updates from Florida A&M University, where a suspected hazing incident has shaken the campus.

12:00pm

Fri December 9, 2011
Barbershop

Shop Talk: Kids To Clean Schools If Gingrich Wins?

This week, the Barbershop guys discuss a series of comments by Newt Gingrich suggesting that underprivileged kids could improve their work ethic by cleaning school bathrooms. Also, after nearly 30 years and numerous appeals, Philadelphia prosecutors are no longer seeking the death penalty for convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

12:00pm

Thu December 8, 2011
Economy

Does Re-Entry Turn Tax Takers To Tax Payers?

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 12:56 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, what happens when a young woman who's lived in the U.S. since she was three days old discovers that she is undocumented. We'll hear her story in just a few minutes. It's the latest in our series called In Limbo. It's being in limbo in immigration status. But first, we want to talk about an unemployment problem you may never have thought about.

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12:00pm

Thu December 8, 2011
World

Undocumented Status, No Bar To Big Dreams

Maria Luna's parents are U.S. residents, but she was born and abandoned in Mexico. Her grandmother brought her to the U.S. at 3 days old. As a teen, she found out she was undocumented, and could not legally work, obtain a driver's license or go to college. She speaks with host Michel Martin as part of Tell Me More's series 'In Limbo.'

12:00pm

Thu December 8, 2011
Education

Parents Of Deceased Drum Major Say 'Enough'

Robert Champion, Jr. died after a Florida A&M University football game last month. He was part of the school's legendary marching band. Hazing is suspected in Champion's death, and his parents say the university hasn't done enough to eradicate the practice. Host Michel Martin speaks with his parents, Pamela and Robert Champion, Sr.

12:00pm

Thu December 8, 2011
Music

Music From 'The Mistress Of Heartache'

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 3:31 pm

Rachel Yamagata's latest album is titled Chesapeake.
Courtesy Of The Artist

Rachael Yamagata's sultry, gentle voice has been featured in soundtracks of films and television series for years. That includes How I Met Your Mother, Brothers and Sisters and Grey's Anatomy on television, and In Her Shoes and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants on the cinema screen.

As a lyricist, Yamagata seems to have her fingers on the pulse of each heartache. Yamagata does not focus on separation or the challenges of a love affair, but on the process.

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12:00pm

Wed December 7, 2011
World

Sen. Daniel Inouye On Pearl Harbor, After 70 Years

On Dec. 7, 1941, Senator Daniel Inouye, D-Haw., witnessed Japan bomb the naval base at Pearl Harbor. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his memories of that day, and what motivated him to serve in the Army once the government lifted restrictions designating all Japanese Americans as 'enemy aliens.'

12:00pm

Wed December 7, 2011
Sports

Olympian John Carlos: No Regrets On Olympic Salute

The long fight against injustice was symbolized by the image from the 1968 Olympics — when two African-American sprinters stood on the medal podium with their heads bowed and single fists thrust into the air. The moment turned the men into outcasts in their own country.

12:00pm

Wed December 7, 2011
World

Polish Family Faces Heartbreak, Immigration

Tell Me More's 'In Limbo' series continues with Tony and Janina Wasilewski. In 1989, Tony came to the U.S. on a work visa and Janina came in pursuit of political asylum from then-communist Poland. They got married and had a baby. In 2007, Janina was denied asylum and got deported. Host Michel Martin explores their odyssey.

12:00pm

Wed December 7, 2011
Music

In Your Ear: Maria Bustillos

As part of Tell Me More's occasional series 'In Your Ear,' freelance journalist and author Maria Bustillos shares songs that she enjoys listening to with her daughter. Bustillos wrote Act Like a Gentleman, Think Like a Woman.

12:00pm

Tue December 6, 2011
Politics

Thousands Flood D.C. For 'Take Back The Capitol'

Protesters hope to draw attention to what they call a government that favors the wealthy over the middle class. They will be taking their message to Congress, lobbyists and other Washington power brokers. Host Michel Martin speaks with Rev. C.J. Hawking, a Methodist minister from Chicago, who is in Washington for the protests.

12:00pm

Tue December 6, 2011
Politics

Unions Push For Protests Throughout D.C.

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation about the 'Take Back the Capitol' protests with Elisabeth Jacobs of the Brookings Institution. They discuss how progressive groups and unions are making these demonstrations different from the 'Occupy' movement.

12:00pm

Tue December 6, 2011
Your Money

Know How To Decode Insurance Benefits?

For many workers, December means open enrollment time. To learn about the differences between an HMO and a PPO, host Michel Martin speaks with Michelle Andrews, a consumer columnist for Kaiser Health News.

12:00pm

Tue December 6, 2011
Parenting

Men Rethink Boundaries Of Mentoring

In light of the child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, host Michel Martin explores the challenges of mentoring and how that role is changing. She speaks with a diverse panel of mentors: two fathers and a young journalist.

12:06pm

Mon December 5, 2011
Can I Just Tell You?

Wanted: Advice For Recent Grad In Tough Economy

Many recent graduates are struggling to find their way through today's tough economic landscape.
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I'd like to tell you about an email I've been carrying around for a month now. It is from a young man whom I know, a fairly recent college graduate. He was writing in response to a column I wrote a while back that argued that the discussions about who is rich and who isn't struck me as disingenuous, given just how it is that some people get to six figures these days — including a police officer married to a nurse. And I said that slicing the onion that way doesn't begin to address the kind of staggering inequality and sense of unfairness that so many people feel these days.

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12:00pm

Mon December 5, 2011
World

The Future Of Women's Rights In Afghanistan

More than 80 countries are convening in Germany on Monday to discuss Afghanistan as international troops prepare to withdraw in 2014. Fariba Nawa has documented the devastating effects of the opium trade on Afghanistan — her home country. She speaks with host Michel Martin about the conference and her hopes and fears for Afghanistan's future.

12:00pm

Mon December 5, 2011
Books

In 'Salvage The Bones,' Family's Story Of Survival

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Sometimes, the stories of life's biggest triumphs and tragedies are best told, not in the headlines or in a cable news crawl, but in literature. In her novel, "Salvage the Bones," Jesmyn Ward tells the story of how one family on the Mississippi Gulf Coast endured Hurricane Katrina.

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12:00pm

Mon December 5, 2011
Around the Nation

Illegal Farm Worker Becomes Brain Surgeon

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa picked tomatoes, shoveled sulfur and scraped fish lard before becoming one of America's most respected neurosurgeons.
Keith Weller

Immigration continues to spark intense and emotional political debates between people who favor expansive immigration policies and those who want more restrictions.

But what is often left out of the conversation is the experience of being in the middle space — between being legal and illegal. All this week Tell Me More will focus on those in that position (or who is related to someone who is) in a series titled "In Limbo."

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12:00pm

Mon December 5, 2011
Your Money

All I Want For Christmas: Less Debt?

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 11:43 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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12:00pm

Fri December 2, 2011
NPR Story

On Campaign Trail, Which Dark Horse Racing Ahead?

GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are battling for the lead as they approach the Iowa caucuses in 2012. But Iowa has historically boosted dark horse candidates. Host Michel Martin discusses the latest political news with former Obama administration staff member Corey Ealons and GOP strategist Ron Christie.

12:00pm

Fri December 2, 2011
NPR Story

Faith Debates: Free Contraception, New Liturgy

Catholics leaders are roiled by President Obama's heath care overhaul that will require insurance plans to cover free contraceptives. And some priests and parishioners are wondering if a new liturgy, one moving closer to Latin, will bring people closer to God. Host Michel Martin speaks with Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter.

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