Tell Me More on WBFO http://news.wbfo.org en Debbie Allen On 'Fame,' Stage And Men In Tights http://news.wbfo.org/post/debbie-allen-fame-stage-and-men-tights Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Now it's time for our Wisdom Watch. That's the part of the program where we hear from those who've made a difference through their lives and their work. Today, we hear from a woman who is a legend in the world of dance, theater, television and film. Debbie Allen played the iconic dance teacher Lydia Grant both in the movie and in the 1980s television series "Fame."<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "FAME")<p>DEBBIE ALLEN: (As Lydia Grant) You've got big dreams? You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here's where you start paying in sweat. I want to see sweat. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:19:00 +0000 editor 41708 at http://news.wbfo.org First Lady Of Mens Studies Says Passion Is Key http://news.wbfo.org/post/first-lady-mens-studies-says-passion-key Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. In a few minutes, we will hear from the multitalented Debbie Allen. She's an actress, dancer, choreographer, director, producer. She will be here to tell us about her latest project and how she's trying to get more men and boys dancing with a project she's casting now.<p>But first, speaking of men and boys, if you've been on a university campus lately, you've probably heard about women's studies. But what about men's studies? Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:14:00 +0000 editor 41709 at http://news.wbfo.org The Ten Commandments In The Digital Age http://news.wbfo.org/post/ten-commandments-digital-age Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>If you had a few days off for spring break and you turned on the television, you might have stumbled across the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille blockbuster "The Ten Commandments." That spring staple may be one of the few times increasingly secular Americans think about the origin of the commandments, which by faith tradition were delivered to the Hebrew prophet Moses. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:11:00 +0000 editor 41710 at http://news.wbfo.org Nigerian Activist Chooses Exile Over Life In The Closet http://news.wbfo.org/post/nigerian-activist-chooses-exile-over-life-closet Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we'd like to go back to a story that we've turned to a number of times on this program. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:23:00 +0000 editor 41680 at http://news.wbfo.org Yaya Alafia's Songs Of Strength For Her Baby Boy http://news.wbfo.org/post/yaya-alafias-songs-strength-her-baby-boy Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Finally today, let's hear from a model and actress who also has Nigerian roots, Yaya Alafia. Last year was a breakout year for her with meaty roles in critically acclaimed films including Lee Daniels' "The Butler" and Andrew Dosunmu's "Mother of George." And she had a baby.<p>But she was nice enough to take time out from her busy schedule to join us as part of our regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we invite some of our guest to tell us about the songs they've been listening to. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:23:00 +0000 editor 41681 at http://news.wbfo.org Can High-Quality Preschool Make A Big Difference Later On? http://news.wbfo.org/post/can-high-quality-preschool-make-big-difference-later Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Now we turn to education for the youngest Americans. We're talking preschool here. President Obama has challenged the country to provide what he calls high-quality preschool for all 4-year-olds. He mentioned this in his last two State of the Union addresses. Here he is earlier this year.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: As Congress decides what it's going want to do, I'm going to pull together a coalition of elected officials, business leaders and philanthropists willing to help more kids access the high-quality pre-K that they need. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:23:00 +0000 editor 41682 at http://news.wbfo.org 'Cuddly Toy' On Nonstop Rotation For Margaret Cho http://news.wbfo.org/post/cuddly-toy-nonstop-rotation-margaret-cho Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>And now, the regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we invite some of our guest to tell us about the songs on their playlists. We caught up with entertainer Margaret Cho during her latest comedy tour. And she gave us a few of her favorite tunes.<p>MARGARET CHO: My name is Margaret Cho. I am a comedian, an actor, an author and I do lots of other things like music. And part of my obsession with music is that - my love of songs, and I have a lot of favorite songs. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:36:00 +0000 editor 41654 at http://news.wbfo.org Waxing Poetic About Politics And Jimmy Choos http://news.wbfo.org/post/waxing-poetic-about-politics-and-jimmy-choos Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>And now it's time for Muses and Metaphor. That's our ode to National Poetry Month. All through April we are featuring original tweet-length poems, 140 characters or less, delivered by Twitter and written by NPR listeners and, new this year, some of our regular contributors.<p>Today, we are hearing from two of our regular Beauty Shop contributors. Bridget Johnson is the Washington, D.C. editor of PJ Media. That's a conservative libertarian news and commentary site. Mikki Kendall is a writer and pop culture critic with HoodFeminism.com. Welcome, ladies. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:36:00 +0000 editor 41655 at http://news.wbfo.org Grandma Helping With The Baby: Dream Or Nightmare? http://news.wbfo.org/post/grandma-helping-baby-dream-or-nightmare Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms or dads in your corner. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:36:00 +0000 editor 41656 at http://news.wbfo.org Library Of Congress, How Could You Forget Run-DMC? http://news.wbfo.org/post/library-congress-how-could-you-forget-run-dmc Rap and hip-hop have been around for decades and have become one of America's most successful cultural exports.<p>But when the Library of Congress added new recordings to its national registry this year, none of them were hip-hop.<p><em>Tell Me More</em> guest host Celeste Headlee discusses that with William Boone, professor in the English and African-American studies department at Winston-Salem State University. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:27:00 +0000 editor 41627 at http://news.wbfo.org Library Of Congress, How Could You Forget Run-DMC? Security Threats Hit Deeper Than Heartbleed Bug http://news.wbfo.org/post/security-threats-hit-deeper-heartbleed-bug Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. You might have been hearing about the Heart Bleed bug over the past couple weeks. And if you haven't, you might want to check it out. It's important. That is the security flaw the researchers say could have compromised up to half a million websites. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:27:00 +0000 editor 41628 at http://news.wbfo.org No Longer Marching Out To Work, More Mothers Stay Home http://news.wbfo.org/post/no-longer-marching-out-work-more-mothers-stay-home Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>Now we want to take a closer look at women who work full-time as stay-at-home moms. We have new numbers from the Pew Research Center that show the proportion of home stay-at-home moms in the U.S. has gone up since 1999. That number had been declining since the 1960s.<p>But between 1999 and 2012, the percentage of moms who stayed at home rose from 23 percent to 29 percent. Joining us to talk about this is D'Vera Cohn. She's a senior writer at the Pew Research Center and an author of the new report. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:27:00 +0000 editor 41629 at http://news.wbfo.org New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays http://news.wbfo.org/post/new-yorks-muslims-push-public-schools-close-eid-holidays Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>Now we turn to a campaign to recognize Muslim religious holidays in the New York public school system. Roughly 10 percent of New York City's public school children are Muslims. And their parents are asking that schools close for the most sacred Muslim holidays. They argue that Christian and Jewish students get their most important holidays off already. Current New York Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the idea during his campaign. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 41577 at http://news.wbfo.org Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters? http://news.wbfo.org/post/should-college-dropouts-be-honored-their-alma-maters Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. And it's Friday, that means 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 shape-up this week, writer Jimi Izrael, he's with us from Cleveland, joining us from Pittsburgh, Lenny McAllister. He's the host of "Get Right with Lenny McAllister" on KDKA Newsradio. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 41575 at http://news.wbfo.org Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea? http://news.wbfo.org/post/gefilte-fish-shortage-best-thing-parting-red-sea Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>Speaking of religion still, if there's one thing that goes hand-in-hand with faith, it is generally food. There have been a number of different food shortages in this country you may have heard about lately. We reported on this program about the shortage of limes. We've seen reports of rising beef prices as well. But right now, during Passover, gefilte fish is in short supply. Matt Chaban joins us now from member station WESA in Pittsburgh. He wrote about this for the New York Times. Matt, welcome.<p>MATT CHABAN: Hey, Celeste. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:58:00 +0000 editor 41576 at http://news.wbfo.org Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval? http://news.wbfo.org/post/why-did-vanity-fair-give-belfies-stamp-approval "Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:49:00 +0000 editor 41543 at http://news.wbfo.org 'Miserable' Doctors Prescribe A Different Career http://news.wbfo.org/post/miserable-doctors-prescribe-different-career Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. It used to be that doctor was a profession many people aspired to - it brought prestige, money of course, a sense of purpose, bragging rights for your parents. But now a growing number of physicians say it's not really all it's cracked up to be.<p>The Daily Beast recently reported that many doctors are discouraging others from joining the profession. There are still doctors out there who are happy with their choice, though. So here to talk about it is Dr. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:49:00 +0000 editor 41544 at http://news.wbfo.org You've Served Your Country, Now Get To Class http://news.wbfo.org/post/youve-served-your-country-now-get-class Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This spring, we're joining our colleagues at NPR's Morning Edition to bring you stories that might help you navigate the higher education money maze. And today we want to talk about veterans.<p>There are a number of education programs to help military veterans pay for college. That includes the G.I. Bill. In fact, the government processed almost 1 million veterans' claims for education benefits in 2012. That's the most recent year we have available data. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:49:00 +0000 editor 41545 at http://news.wbfo.org Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography http://news.wbfo.org/post/light-and-dark-racial-biases-remain-photography When Syreeta McFadden was a child, she dreaded taking pictures after a family photo made her skin appear dulled and darkened.<p>"In some pictures, I am a mud brown, in others I'm a blue black. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:46:00 +0000 editor 41524 at http://news.wbfo.org Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography Teen Twitter Threats: A New Forum For Stupid? http://news.wbfo.org/post/teen-twitter-threats-new-forum-stupid Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. And it's time yet again for a visit to the Beauty Shop, where our panel of women journalists and commentators take a fresh cut on the week's news.<p>Sitting in the chairs for a new 'do this week - Gayle Trotter, senior fellow at the Independent Women's Forum, Bridget Johnson, Washington, D.C. editor of PJ Media. They're both here with me in Washington. And in Philadelphia, we have Veronica Miller, a fashion and pop culture writer for xoJane and The Grio. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:57:00 +0000 editor 41516 at http://news.wbfo.org Rwanda Genocide's Tough Lessons On 'Othering' http://news.wbfo.org/post/rwanda-genocides-tough-lessons-othering Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. The nation of Rwanda is marking 20 years since the genocide that claimed more than 800,000 lives. And decades after the killing, survivors on both sides are learning how to forgive and how to be forgiven. But it's a complicated, painful process for everyone involved.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "COEXIST")<p>FATUMA NDANGIZA: Much as we are doing reconciliation, we still have peace spoilers. People want to spoil peace. People are still die-hards. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:57:00 +0000 editor 41517 at http://news.wbfo.org Extremist Attacks Show Boko Haram Can Strike Anywhere http://news.wbfo.org/post/nigerian-extemist-terror-campaign Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. We start today in Nigeria. Africa's most populous country is continuing its fight against Boko Haram. That's an extremist group whose name means Western education is forbidden.<p>On Monday during rush-hour, an explosion at a busy bus station outside the capital of Abuja killed at least 70 people. Nigeria's president, Goodluck Jonathan, who visited the scene placed the blame squarely on Boko Haram's shoulders. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:57:00 +0000 editor 41518 at http://news.wbfo.org Teen Sexting Not So Bad? http://news.wbfo.org/post/teen-sexting-not-so-bad Most parents who have seen their teenagers glued to a phone have wondered what, exactly, they're doing. Maybe they're texting about the next party or dance. And most parents hope they're not sending sexually explicit photos or messages.<p>But some researchers see sexting as a normal part of a teenager's sexual awakening.<p>"We're so reticent to acknowledge the sexual development of our teenagers, of our young people," says Rey Junco, fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He sees sexting as a way teenagers start to express their sexuality. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:47:00 +0000 editor 41488 at http://news.wbfo.org Teen Sexting Not So Bad? Muslim Singer Yuna Moves To John Mayer's Music http://news.wbfo.org/post/muslim-singer-yuna-moves-john-mayers-music Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>Next it's time for the regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we invite some of our guests to tell us about the top songs on their playlists. We caught up with Muslim pop star Yuna earlier this year, And she told us about some of her favorite tunes.<p>YUNA: Hey, I'm Yuna, and what's playing in my ear is Drake "From Time."<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FROM TIME")<p>DRAKE: (Singing) You a flower child, beautiful child, I'm in your zone. Looking like you came from the '70s on your own. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:47:00 +0000 editor 41489 at http://news.wbfo.org Hip-Hop Dreams Lead To Penning Poetry http://news.wbfo.org/post/hip-hop-dreams-lead-penning-poetry Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>And now it's time for Muses and Metaphor. That is our ode to National Poetry Month. All through April, we're featuring original tweet-length poems - that's 140 characters or less delivered by Twitter and written by NPR listeners mostly, but also new this year, some of our regular contributors.<p>On Friday, we hosted a Twitter chat about the series with writer and hip-hop artist MK Asante and Chicago poet Malcolm London. You can see that conversation if you missed it by searching the hashtag #TMMPoetry. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:47:00 +0000 editor 41490 at http://news.wbfo.org The Dangers Of Defaulting On Student Loans http://news.wbfo.org/post/dangers-defaulting-student-loans Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>It's college admissions season. So this spring, along with NPR's Morning Edition, we're bringing you stories to help you navigate the higher education money maze.<p>One of the most daunting parts of that maze is deciding whether to take on massive student loans to pay for college. Americans reportedly owe $1 trillion in student loans. But looking down the road, what happens when somebody can't pay or won't pay? To find out, I spoke earlier with Sandy Baum. She's a senior fellow at the Urban Institute. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 editor 41462 at http://news.wbfo.org The Latino Experience In Appalachia http://news.wbfo.org/post/latino-experience-appalachia Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Let's take a visit to Appalachia now, the region that stretches from Southern New York all the way down to northern Mississippi. The stereotype of Appalachia is a mountainous area sparsely populated by poor whites. But there is a lot more to that region, including a growing Latino community with rich traditions in the arts.<p>A new project documents their experiences. It is called "Las Voces de los Apalaches." It's produced by the University of Kentucky's Appalachian Center. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 editor 41463 at http://news.wbfo.org Voice Of Mavis Staples Still Inspires http://news.wbfo.org/post/voice-mavis-staples-still-inspires Transcript <p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: <p>Mavis Staples has one of those voices that makes you stop and listen.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I'LL TAKE YOU THERE")<p>MAVIS STAPLES: (Singing) I know a place. Ain't nobody crying.<p>HEADLEE: That's Mavis Staples singing with her father and her sisters, The Staples Singers. They had number one hits on the Billboard charts, but they also helped craft a soundtrack for the civil rights movement in the 1950s and '60s. She talked about that aspect of her career last week at an event in Austin, TX, marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 editor 41464 at http://news.wbfo.org Bringing Back Freshness And Flair To The Easter Table http://news.wbfo.org/post/bringing-back-freshness-and-flair-easter-table Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. If you are an observant Christian, then you know that Holy Week begins this weekend with Palm Sunday and concludes next week with Easter Sunday. Those days commemorate the defining moments of the faith.<p>Now, Christians celebrate in all kinds of ways including with a visit from the Easter Bunny, but a big part of the celebration is that big holiday dinner - emphasis on big. In this country, it's usually ham or lamb and maybe potato salad or scallop potatoes. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:32:00 +0000 editor 41422 at http://news.wbfo.org Al Sharpton: Rat Or Cat? http://news.wbfo.org/post/al-sharpton-rat-or-cat Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>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.<p>Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are Arsalan Iftikhar, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com, with us from Chicago. In New York City, we have Pablo Torre. He's a senior writer with ESPN. TELL ME MORE editor Ammad Omar is here with us here in our Washington, D.C. studios. And also in D.C. and sitting in the hot seat is Corey Dade, contributing editor for The Root. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:32:00 +0000 editor 41420 at http://news.wbfo.org