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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.

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 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
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Brain Candy
12:59 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Boss Says You're Smart...For A Woman

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:38 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we'd like to return to something we talked about recently - microaggressions. Now you might not know that word, but you probably feel it if one is directed at you. These are those little every day comments or questions or actions that tend to indicate a subtle form of bias.

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Remembrances
12:54 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Remembering A Defiant, Soaring Performance By Marian Anderson

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, let's end the program on a high note. Today marks 75 years since Marian Anderson, the African-American contralto, took to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to sing.

Anderson was supposed to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, but she was barred from performing there because she was black. Let's listen to a bit of Marian Anderson's performance from April 9, 1939.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

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Can I Just Tell You?
12:54 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Are Student Athletes Really Students Too?

Host Michel Martin asks whether college athletes are getting the education they are supposed to.

Author Interviews
12:54 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Embracing Atheism After A Wild Journey To Find God

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. If you're interested in issues like income inequality or other things pertaining to social justice, then you probably know the name Barbara Ehrenreich. She's spent her life searching for answers.

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Parenting
12:30 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Vaccinating Children: Who Gets To Decide?

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 12:49 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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 and dads in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice.

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My Big Break
12:30 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Ken Jeong, Leaving Medicine For Movies

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 12:49 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

You might have heard that some of our listeners actually joined Twitter just to participate in our Twitter poetry series. You might call it their big break into poetry. Well, our colleagues at All Things Considered have been hearing stories from a number of people about the moment when their careers in other fields took off.

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Money Coach
12:30 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Prepaid Debit Cards Not As Simple As They Seem

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 12:49 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our money coach conversation. That's the part of the program where we talk about the economy and personal finance.

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Music Interviews
12:34 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

LiV Warfield Lets Her 'Unexpected' Voice Out

NPR

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 2:20 pm

Growing up, LiV Warfield's friends and family had no inkling that the track athlete could sing and write songs. But when she moved away from home, the artist inside her came out.

That hidden talent now has her in the spotlight; recently she's been on stage at the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Her sound has been described as edgy and soulful. And her lyrical prowess has landed her support from music luminaries like Prince.

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Remembrances
12:34 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Chuck Stone Remembered For More Than His Newspaper Columns

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 2:20 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We'd like to pause now to remember a gifted journalist and activist and journalism professor. Charles Sumner Stone Jr., or Chuck Stone as he was more popularly known, died on Sunday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was 89 years old. After serving as a Tuskegee Airman, Stone dedicated himself to journalism, working at many of the influential black newspapers that were prominent during the civil rights era, such as the Chicago Defender and the New York Age.

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Law
12:34 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Cocaine Case Puts Spotlight On Fetal Harm Prosecutions

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 2:20 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we turn to a case that may have implications for how the law treats pregnant women. A Mississippi judge has thrown out a murder charge against Rennie Gibbs. The charge came after Gibbs, then 16 years old, gave birth to a stillborn child. That was in 2006.

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Movie Interviews
12:31 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Anthony Mackie Soars As Captain America's Falcon

Anthony Mackie as Falcon and Chris Evans as Captain America.
Marvel Studios

Movie lovers probably already know Anthony Mackie from supporting but meaty roles in the Oscar-winning films 8 Mile, Million Dollar Baby and The Hurt Locker. But now he heads to the Marvel Universe in the new action film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Mackie plays the Falcon, also known as Sam Wilson, a former military paratrooper skilled in air combat. He teams up with Captain America to face the legendary assassin known as the Winter Soldier.

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Faith Matters
12:31 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Finding Peace After Genocide

It has been 20 years since the start of the Rwandan genocide. Reverend Celestin Musekura lost congregation members in the bloodshed. He discusses how faith has helped foster reconciliation.

Barbershop
12:31 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Letterman Lets It Go

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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My Big Break
11:52 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Inflatable Suit Launches Stylist To Stardom

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 9:37 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We just mentioned that dancing on "Soul Train" was the big break for a number of entertainers like Rosie Perez and Jody Watley. Well, our colleagues at All Things Considered have been hearing stories from a number of other people about the moment when their careers took off.

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Around the Nation
11:52 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Microaggressions: Be Careful What You Say

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 10:23 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

So where are you from? No, where are you really from? To some people, that might sound like a harmless question. But to a person of color, it might sound like a micro-aggression - a question, a comment, even an intended compliment sometimes that nevertheless suggests something demeaning.

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Author Interviews
11:52 am
Thu April 3, 2014

How 'Soul Train' Shaped A Generation

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 9:37 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we're going to take a trip down memory lane or we should probably say down the soul train line.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "SOUL TRAIN")

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NPR Story
11:50 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Did Kim And Kanye Deserve Or Disgrace Vogue Cover?

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:28 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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NPR Story
11:50 am
Wed April 2, 2014

How Frankie Knuckles Became The Godfather Of House Music

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:28 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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NPR Story
11:50 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Grad Students Struggle To Pay School Loans While Still Studying

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:28 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. It's spring, a time of new beginnings, but for many students, time for big decisions about college admissions and aid. So this season we're joining our colleagues at Morning Edition to bring you stories about paying for college. We'd like to try to help you navigate that higher education money maze. Today, though, we want to focus on financing graduate school.

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BackTalk
11:09 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Listeners Weigh In On Parents Using Physical Discipline

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 12:26 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we'd like to turn to Backtalk. That's where we hear from you about to the week's stories. And it happens that we got a very spirited response to last week's parenting conversation about physical discipline. Editor Amita Parashar Kelly joins us now to review some of those comments. Welcome back, Amita.

AMITA PARASHAR KELLY, BYLINE: Hi, Michel.

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Parenting
11:08 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Taking Your Kid To The Museum Doesn't Have To Be Miserable

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 12:26 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Arts & Life
11:08 am
Tue April 1, 2014

'Muses And Metaphor' Kicks Off National Poetry Month

Melanie Taube

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 5:26 pm

Tell Me More kicks off its annual ode to poetry month with the Muses and Metaphor series.

Throughout April we'll feature Twitter poems submitted by NPR fans and hear from poets and writers from all over the country.

But to shake things up, regular contributors to Tell Me More's Beauty Shop, Barbershop and Political Chats are also trying their hands at verses and rhymes while following the submissions on Twitter.

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Music
11:10 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Hill Harper Moves To 'Fire And Desire'

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:36 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we hear from a man who says a relationship he built with a prison inmate changed his own life for the better. Actor Hill Harper documented his friendship and the advice he shared in his book "Letters to an Incarcerated Brother." When we spoke with him about the book last year, we also spoke with him for the regular feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we invite some of our guests to tell us about the songs they've been listening to. And he told us about what he listens to when he wants to unwind.

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Behind Closed Doors
11:10 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Reconnecting With Your Roots And The Cost Of Keeping Them Hidden

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:36 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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NPR Story
11:10 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Stories From The U.S.-Mexico Border

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:36 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. You might've heard that our colleague, Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, and a team of producers traveled along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. Along the way, they've brought us stories of the people, the products and the cultural ideas that travel across the border. We had to get a piece of this for ourselves, so we asked Steve Inskeep to come on by. And he's with us now. Welcome. Thanks so much for joining us.

STEVE INSKEEP, BYLINE: Oh, delighted to be here.

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Barbershop
11:55 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Colbert Went Too Far Or Viewers Can't Take A Joke?

Stephen Colbert is in hot water for his parody of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. Now the #CancelColbert hashtag is trending. Did he go too far? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

Faith Matters
11:55 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Asian-American Rabbi Changes The Face Of Judaism

New York's Central Synagogue is one of the most prominent synagogues in the country, and its new leader is going to be an Asian-American woman. Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdal shares her story.

Health
11:55 am
Fri March 28, 2014

West Africans Worried About Ebola Outbreak

The deadly Ebola outbreak in the West African country of Guinea has reached the nation's capital. Now healthcare officials are scrambling for answers. Dr. Armand Sprecher explains.

Sports
11:57 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Can Coats Quiet Controversy Over Football Team Name?

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 12:59 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Movie Interviews
11:57 am
Thu March 27, 2014

For Actor Michael Peña, A Transformative Role As Cesar Chavez

Michael Pena as Cesar Chavez
Pantelion Films

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 12:59 pm

The new film Cesar Chavez brings to life the famed civil rights leader, who organized farm laborers and fought to secure a living wage and better working conditions in the fields. He founded the United Farm Workers union in California in 1962, and his work inspired millions of people in the U.S. and internationally. Actor Michael Peña, who plays Chavez, spoke with Tell Me More host Michel Martin about how he prepared for the role and what it meant to him and his family.

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