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

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

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

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
Election 2012

Can Obama, Republicans Connect With Latino Voters?

President Obama is starting a bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia, where he's going to promote his jobs plan and try sparking the energy that helped him win those states in 2008. Also, as GOP hopefuls prepare to debate Tuesday, a new national poll of prospective Latino voters shows 21 percent support for GOP front-runner Herman Cain — compared to 64 percent for Obama. Michel Martin talks politics with Washington Post National Political Reporter Nia-Malika and Latino Decisions Pollster Matt Barreto.

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.

12:00pm

Mon October 17, 2011
World

'The Learning': Social Costs Of Teaching Abroad

In the new film The Learning, four teachers leave their close families in the Philippines to work in Baltimore, where wages are up to 25 times higher than what's offered at home. They persist to overcome cultural differences, bring order to classrooms and form meaningful bonds with American students. The film reflects a shift in education — a century ago, Americans set up schools in the Philippines, but U.S. has now been recruiting Filipinos to teach in the states. Michel Martin hears from director Ramona Diaz.

12:00pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Music

In Your Ear: Jay Holcey

As part of Tell Me More's occasional series "In Your Ear," NPR member station WVAS Music Director Jay Holcey shares his favorite tunes. That includes "Grandma's Hands" by Bill Withers and "Falling in Love with Jesus" by Kirk Whalum.

12:00pm

Fri October 14, 2011
Arts & Life

Comic Conventions Not Just For Nerds

People from across the country are gathering at the 2011 New York Comic Con to share their love of comics, anime, games, graphic novels and more. Michel Martin gets the dish on this year's event from Latoya Peterson, editor of the blog Racialicious.com and an anime fan who's attending the convention.

12:00pm

Fri October 14, 2011
BackTalk

Listeners Weigh In On 'Tanning Of America'

Host Michel Martin and Tell Me More Editor Ammad Omar comb through listener feedback on this week's segment about Steve Stoute's new book that explores hip-hop's influence on big business. They also discuss updates to the Cherokee Nation election, the elections in Liberia and a new development for 'Real Life Super Hero' Phoenix Jones.

12:00pm

Fri October 14, 2011
Barbershop

'Shop Talk': Tea Party Battles 'Occupy Wall Street'

GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain surges to the top of the polls. The Tea Party is launching a counter-offensive against the Occupy Wall Street movement. And Detroit sports teams are enjoying exceptional seasons. Weighing in are the Barbershop guys: author Jimi Izrael, attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, columnist Ruben Navarratte and political science professor Lester Spence.

12:00pm

Fri October 14, 2011
History

Marches On Washington Still Making A Difference?

Thousands are expected to attend Rev. Al Sharpton's march for jobs and justice Saturday on the National Mall. The rally is scheduled a day before the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The nation's capital has been historically commonplace for hosting marches that express views ranging from women's equality to anti-war and animal rights. Michel Martin explores the history and the impact of marches on Washington with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and University of Pennsylvania History Professor Mary Frances Berry.

12:00pm

Fri October 14, 2011
Faith Matters

The Sikh Religion, Through The Camera Lens

The 8th Annual Sikh International Film Festival is a two-day event that aims to raise awareness about the Sikh faith and community. Despite tens of thousands of adherents living in the U.S., Americans know very little about the faith, and often associate Sikhs with Muslims. Michel Martin speaks with film festival chair Paul Johar.

12:00pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Health

Black Doctors: On Prostate Screening Controversy

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recently said that prostate cancer screenings don't save lives, and recommends that healthy men should not get prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood tests. Dr. Compton Benjamin, a urologist at George Washington University, argues that the PSA provides the best insight into whether a patient may have prostate cancer. But Dr. Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society says the PSA is overused and usually inconclusive. Both speak with Michel Martin. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)

12:00pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Health

Landmark Book On Women's Sexuality Turns 40

Our Bodies, Ourselves turns 40 years old this year, and the new edition includes the latest data on safer sex, body image, local and global activism, changes to the health care system and more. Judy Norsigian co-authored the first edition and every edition since. Christine Cupaiuolo and Jamia Wilson worked on the latest edition. All three speak with Michel Martin. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)

12:00pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Movie Interviews

Bichir Earns Oscar Buzz For Illegal Immigrant Role

Nearly 11 million illegal immigrants live in the U.S., hoping to get a piece of the American dream. Mexican-born actor Demian Bichir brings to light their experiences in his new film A Better Life. He plays an undocumented gardener who tries providing a better life for his American-born teenage son. Bichir talks with Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Wed October 12, 2011
Politics

In Politics: Economy, Jobs And 'Occupy The Hood'

GOP presidential hopefuls focused on the U.S. economy in their debate Tuesday. The same day, President Obama's $447 billion jobs plan failed to advance in the Senate as Democrats did not produce the 60 votes needed to allow debate on the bill. And as the Occupy Wall Street movement continues, a group called Occupy the Hood is emerging in Detroit to get more blacks and Latinos to join the Occupy protests. Michel Martin talks with Washington Post Political Reporter Perry Bacon Jr. and WDET News Director Jerome Vaughn.

12:00pm

Wed October 12, 2011
Technology

India's $35 Tablet To Bridge The Digital Divide?

The Indian government recently launched the world's cheapest tablet computer, which will be sold to students at a subsidized price. Michel Martin speaks with Columbia University Digital Media Professor Sree Sreenivasan about whether the world's largest democracy — with more than half its population living below the poverty line — can bridge the digital divide.

12:00pm

Wed October 12, 2011
Author Interviews

Helping Marriages Go The Distance

The new book, 'I Do ... Every Day: Words of Wisdom for Newlyweds, and Not So Newlyweds' offers common sense advice and surprising tips for maintaining healthy marriages. Journalist Cynthia Bond Hopson and Reverend Roger Hopson write from experience — they've been happily married for 35 years, with two children and four grandchildren. They speak with host Michel Martin about their book, marriage and advice for couples.

12:00pm

Wed October 12, 2011
Music

When Electronica Meets Folk ... A Dance Craze

Tell Me More's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the music of Latin America wraps up this week. The hosts of NPR's Alt. Latino podcast, Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras, talk about the unusual mix of electronica and folk. They listen to these blended tracks and styles from Colombia and Argentina.

12:00pm

Wed October 12, 2011
Race

Debunking Black Marriage Myths

A recent article in Empower magazine says that media and popular opinion are too pessimistic when analyzing the success of black couples. Ivory Toldson, a senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, says he crunched the numbers and found fallacies in the negative stereotypes associated with black courtship and marriage. He speaks with Michel Martin.

12:00pm

Tue October 11, 2011
Around the Nation

Tough, New Immigration Law Fuels Ala. Exodus

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TONY COX, host: Now, for more on how the Alabama immigration law is impacting the state we turn to John Archibald. He is a Metro columnist for the Birmingham News. John, thanks for coming on.

JOHN ARCHIBALD: My pleasure, Tony.

COX: So, we just heard from the mayor of Albertville. You got to hear him as well. Do his statements on the immigration law align with how the law is being viewed statewide in your opinion?

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