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, 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.

Leila Lopes is the first woman from Angola and fourth black woman to become Miss Universe. Latina Magazine is celebrating its 15th anniversary as Latino Heritage Month kicks off today. And South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is under scrutiny for her remarks about a female reporter. The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in.

Duncan Talks Back-To-School Bus Tour

Sep 13, 2011

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan just returned from a three-day bus tour of schools in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and other cities that are struggling economically. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his tour and how investing in schools relates to President Obama's jobs plan.

In Safety Email, Helpful Tips Or Racial Bias?

Sep 13, 2011

After a series of robberies, University of Akron administrators emailed students on how to react if approached by police. The tips: identify yourself as a student, don't run and don't get angry. Some critics say the email displays racial bias because it was sent only to black male students.

Dads: Helping Boys Form Deep Friendships

Sep 13, 2011

A recent parenting conversation about boys friendships featured moms and researcher Niobe Way, who finds that boys crave and value deep friendships with each other, but American ideas of masculinity make these bonds tougher to keep as boys grow older. Now two fathers and a young male weigh in on the research and discuss their own friendships.

What's Your Jobs Plan?

Sep 12, 2011

President Obama formally sends his $447 billion jobs package to Capitol Hill today. Tell Me More asked listeners to share their suggestions for job growth and received over a thousand responses. Host Michel Martin discusses some of those ideas with NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax and Wall Street Journal Reporter Sudeep Reddy.

Sweethearts Reconnect After Decades Apart

Sep 12, 2011

Kevin Caroll and Debi Waeber were high school sweethearts who became separated by the Vietnam War and an unplanned pregnancy. Decades later, neither had an inkling that their paths would cross again. Host Michel Martin speaks with them about their story, which is featured in this week's Washington Post Magazine.

Tim Okamura's exhibit "Bronx Brooklyn Queens" explores the complexity and beauty of the soulful New York City woman while imagining her rise to royalty. The collection uses graffiti-infused urban motifs. It runs for one month in N.Y. Okamura discusses inspirations for his work, and how his family's experience in Japanese internment camps has shaped him into the artist he is today.

American Jobs Act Holds Promise?

Sep 9, 2011

President Obama presented his jobs plan to Congress Thursday evening. It proposes tax cuts to businesses that hire new employees, reforms to the unemployment insurance system and investments in schools and infrastructure. Host Michel Martin discusses the plan with National Urban League President Marc Morial and small business owner Andy Shallal.

President Obama unveiled a new jobs plan to Congress Thursday. U.S. officials are looking into what they call a "credible" potential terrorist threat, coinciding with the Sept. 11 anniversary. And Texas Gov. Rick Perry made his debate debut during the GOP debate Wednesday. The Barbershop guys weigh in with host Michel Martin.

Attorney General Reflects On Sept. 11, 2001

Sep 9, 2011

After the terrorist attacks, the Bush administration set up a legal framework for national security such as surveillance tactics and treatment of terror suspects. Eric Holder became the U.S. Attorney General in 2009, and wanted to close Guantanamo Bay and try terror suspects in civilian courts rather than military courts. Holder speaks with host Michel Martin.

Attorney General: How Sept. 11 Changed America

Sep 9, 2011

Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with Eric Holder. They discuss how the terrorist attacks have changed America and informed the way he does his job as the nation's top lawyer. He says Sept. 11 continues to be "chilling" and remains on his mind even when he goes to sleep.

Former Attorney General Recalls Sept. 11

Sep 8, 2011

In 2001, Alberto Gonzales was serving as White House Counsel to then President George W. Bush. He later stepped into the role of attorney general. He became a controversial figure for defending The Patriot Act and policies on questioning and detaining terror suspects. Gonzales looks back on Sept. 11 and its aftermath with host Michel Martin.

Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with the former attorney general. He discusses the Bush Administration's decision to use military tribunals — rather than civil courts — to try terror suspects, and how he overcame his initial skepticism about the phrase "war on terror." Gonzales also shares his views of how America has changed since Sept. 11.

How Sept. 11 Remade Fashion World

Sep 8, 2011

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off today in New York. But 10 years ago, attendees of the annual event found their lives turned upside down by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. On that day, designer Liz Lange was holding her first runway show when news of the attacks interrupted the production. Lange speaks with host Michel Martin about how the industry was affected by the attacks and how it has evolved since then.

Teaching Sept. 11 To A New Generation

Sep 8, 2011

Explaining Sept. 11 to young students can be a formidable challenge for teachers. Unis Middle School in Dearborn, Mich. has taken a unique approach through The Living Textbook Project. The program lets students play the role of journalists and report the attacks through different perspectives. Host Michel Martin speaks with April Kincaid, a teacher at Unis who works on the program, and Nour Eidy, one of Kincaid's students.

In Your Ear: DeMaurice Smith

Sep 8, 2011

The NFL season starts tonight with a game between the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints. DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, shares some of his favorite songs, including those from Jay Z, Rihanna and Kanye West.

Sacrificing Liberty For Security?

Sep 7, 2011

Following 9/11, many Americans began wondering which rights they were willing to sacrifice to ensure that those terrorist events would never reoccur. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with human rights attorney Banafsheh Akhlaghi, who has spent the last decade working on 3200 cases dealing with post-9/11 issues. NPR National Security Correspondent Tom Gjelten also joins the conversation.

In Your Ear: Don Lemon

Sep 7, 2011

As part of Tell Me More's occasional series "In Your Ear," Emmy Award-winning CNN anchor Don Lemon shares some of the music that helps him through a busy day in the newsroom.

A Modern Guide To LGBT Manners

Sep 7, 2011

Navigating the social graces of our ever-changing society can be tricky, and perhaps trickier for gays and lesbians. Many wonder how to respond to offensive jokes or how to address a letter to a married gay couple. Steven Petrow gives answers in his new book Steven Petrow's Complete Gay and Lesbian Manners. He speaks with guest host Jacki Lyden.

The Putumayo World Music record label is responsible for nearly 200 commercial releases around the globe. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with the company's founder and CEO Dan Storper about their two latest albums — Latin Beat and African Beat — and how the company fulfills its mission of delivering exceptional world music to a broad audience.