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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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Education
12:08 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

SAT Gets A Makeover

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Author Interviews
11:38 am
Wed March 5, 2014

When Loved Ones Return From The Dead

Randy Skidmore

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 6:08 pm

If someone you cared for died, you might be haunted by questions about how your life might be different had that person survived, about what you might say if you had one more chance to talk. Those questions are behind author Jason Mott's novel The Returned.

The book is now an ABC television series, Resurrection, which premieres Sunday.

Mott tells NPR's Michel Martin that the book was inspired by a dream about his mother returning to life, and how such a scenario would play out if it really happened.

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Television
11:38 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Midseason TV: What To Watch And What To Skip

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 4:00 pm

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. So maybe the weather has kept you inside more than usual, or you're looking for a few new guilty pleasure to add to your DVR. We've got you covered. NPR television critic Eric Deggans is with us in our Washington, D.C., studios to talk about some of the midseason television debuts. And we'll even talk about a few shows that don't begin with "Scan-" and end with "-dal." Eric, welcome back.

ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: Glad to be here.

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Politics
11:38 am
Wed March 5, 2014

A Fighting Chance For Obama's Proposed Military Cuts?

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 4:00 pm

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Technology
12:02 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Can Playing Minecraft Teach Kids To Code?

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 2:16 pm

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Now we'd like to talk about a popular form of entertainment - video games. And you may fall into one of two camps here - love them or at least you understand why people can spend hours playing them, or hate them and you associate them with mindless violence, sexism and or just a waste of time. Well, if you're in the hate or don't-understand-them category, you might not be familiar with Minecraft. But it's one of the most popular games out there right now. It has more than 100 million registered users.

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Food
12:02 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Calas, The Forgotten Fat Tuesday Treat

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 2:16 pm

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Finally, today is Mardi Gras, the last day of celebration before the solemn season of Lent, which starts tomorrow in the Western or Catholic calendar. Of course, we must speak of food because the day brings parties and treats of all kinds, especially in New Orleans where they do it up big. And when you think about Mardi Gras treats, I bet you think of beignets - those addicting little puffs of fried dough finished in powdered sugar.

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Parenting
12:02 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Should Kindergarteners Stop Finger Painting And Start Learning French?

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 2:16 pm

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Movie Interviews
12:28 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Actress Alfre Woodard On Truthful Storytelling In '12 Years A Slave'

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 12:37 pm

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As we mentioned, "12 Years a Slave" had a major impact at last night's Academy Awards. The film walked away with three awards - best picture, best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o and best adapted screenplay for John Ridley. The film was packed with star power, including a small but provocative role for Alfre Woodard as Harriet Shaw, the slave mistress of a nearby plantation owner.

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Movies
12:28 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Best Picture Win For '12 Years A Slave' Sends New Message To Hollywood?

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 12:37 pm

The Oscars brought out the glitz, glamor and gowns in Hollywood. People Magazine's movie critic Alynda Wheat recaps the evening.

Music
12:28 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Moves To Missy Elliot

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 12:39 pm

Robert Battle is the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, so music is a big part of his job. He shares the songs that move him for Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series.

Faith Matters
12:30 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Rep. Keith Ellison Wonders Why 'People Care' About His Muslim Faith

Alex Brandon AP

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Barbershop
12:30 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Should The NFL Police The N-Word?

The National Football League is considering a 15-yard penalty for players using the N-word on the field. The Barbershop guys weigh in on that and other news of week.

Latin America
12:30 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Venezuela Protests Prove President Maduro Lacks Chavez Charisma

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 10:58 am

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Now we'd like to turn to Venezuela, where violent protests have filled the streets for two weeks now - a story that may have been overshadowed in this country somewhat by the turmoil in Ukraine. The unrest is putting a spotlight on President Nicolas Maduro and the country's economic problems. We wanted to hear more so we've called Andrew Rosati. He's a freelance journalist based in Caracas, Venezuela. And he's with us from there now. Welcome back, Andrew. Thanks so much for joining us again.

ANDREW ROSATI: Thank you.

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Remembrances
1:01 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Chokwe Lumumba: From 'Radical' To 'Revolutionary'

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 2:51 pm

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U.S.
1:01 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

In Parts Of Vermont, Heroin Is 'The Easiest Drug To Get'

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 2:51 pm

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Wisdom Watch
12:56 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Dangerous Dad Of 'Scandal' Turns The Tables

Actor Joe Morton has appeared in films like Speed and Terminator 2 and TV shows like Law & Order and The Good Wife.
Matt Sayles AP

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 4:15 pm

Actor Joe Morton's latest role puts him at the center of the ABC thriller Scandal. He plays Rowan Pope, the commanding and sinister father of Kerry Washington's Olivia.

Morton's Hollywood resume spans four decades and includes hit films like Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Speed and the cult classic Brother From Another Planet.

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World
12:59 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Going 'Afro Global' For Black History Month

Michel Martin
Stephen Voss NPR

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 8:56 am

This year we decided to observe Black History Month by hearing from a wide variety of people with roots in Africa, who are changing the world, all over the world.

The series was produced by Tell Me More's Freddie Boswell. She joins us now to help us close the series, along with our Executive Producer Carline Watson.

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NPR Story
12:59 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Decades Later, Veteran Finally Gets His Due With Medal Of Honor

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 8:56 am

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I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor given to someone for an act of valor above and beyond the call of duty. President Obama is honoring 24 Army veterans with the award next month.

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Digital Life
12:54 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Do Tech Startups Need More Diversity?

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 8:56 am

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We've spent a lot of time lately talking about the technology business and why more women and minorities aren't more present in those fields and how to get more diversity into those fields. But let's say you're already there. Let's say you're one of the people who already has the interest and the background and not only that, you're ready to do your own thing. Where do you go from there?

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Money Coach
12:45 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Understanding How Employers May Change Your Retirement Fund

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Now we turn from government finance to personal finance. As fewer and fewer American workers receive traditional pension benefits, many are looking to 401(k)s to support them after they leave the workforce. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 88 million Americans now have these accounts. But now some employers are changing the way those accounts are handled, and that could force workers to reassess how to prepare for retirement.

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Governing
12:45 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Who's Paying For Detroit's Recovery Plan?

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We've been following circumstances in Detroit for some time now as the city tries to figure out how to deal with its massive and mounting financial problems. Now there is a new plan to restructure the city's 18 billion dollars of debt, and this plan may have a lot to do with shaping the Detroit of the future. Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley is back with us to tell us more. Welcome back, Rochelle. Thanks so much for joining us once again.

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Parenting
12:45 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Paternity Leave: Why Men Don't Take It, But Should

New mothers usually take at least some time off after delivering a baby, but dads are less likely to take leave. Advocates are pushing more dads to take paternity leave, and employers to offer it.

Black History Month: #AfroGlobal
2:14 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Black, British And 'Brain Drained': Playwright Takes Charge In Baltimore

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of Baltimore's Center Stage Theater.
Richard Anderson ©2011 Richard Anderson Photogra

Actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah was born in Britain to immigrant parents from Grenada. His dad worked as a factory worker and his mother worked three jobs to send him to private school in the hope he would become a lawyer. "She wanted me to contribute to the upliftment of my community," he tells NPR's Michel Martin.

In 2003, he became the first black Briton to stage a play in London's prestigious West End theater district with his award-winning piece "Elmina's Kitchen." The play tackled gun crime, displacement and racism in East London.

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Sports
2:14 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Olympics: Goodbye Sochi, Hello Brazil

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I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. The Winter Olympics games closed yesterday with a spectacular display of fireworks, dance and music, including a thousand children singing the Russian national anthem.

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NPR Story
2:14 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Rosie Perez: 'I Refused The Limitations That Were Set Upon Me'

Eric Johnson Crown Publishing

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:33 pm

Actress Rosie Perez first broke into show business in the 1980s as a dancer on Soul Train. She then became a choreographer for the likes of Janet Jackson, Bobby Brown and LL Cool J.

Perez made her film debut in Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing, followed by White Men Can't Jump. She earned an Oscar nomination for the 1993 film Fearless.

Before her career took off, Perez suffered a very difficult childhood. Her mentally ill mother left her to be raised in a convent at age 8. Years of abuse followed.

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Barbershop
11:59 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Are The Barbershop Guys Sorry They Are Not Idris Elba?

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 12:11 pm

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Faith Matters
11:59 am
Fri February 21, 2014

From Buddhism to Baha'i: Black Faith Spreads Across All Religions

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 12:11 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Let's turn to Faith Matters now. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of religion, faith and spirituality. It's Black History Month so that got us thinking about the importance of faith to African-Americans throughout history and to this day. But a recent piece in the Huffington Post's religion section also got us thinking about how that faith practice is much more diverse than many people might realize.

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Law
11:59 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Voting Rights: Time To Think Differently For Those Who've Done Time?

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 3:18 pm

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I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We'd like to take a moment now to check in on the evolving debate over crime and punishment. Right now we want to focus on the voting rights of people who have served their sentences.

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Black History Month: #AfroGlobal
12:45 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Bunji Garlin: Tears For Fears Reminds Me Of Childhood

Bunji Garlin.
Tee Murphy Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 5:05 pm

Trinidad and Tobago is gearing up for its annual Carnival, and that means the sounds of soca music will fill the air.

But for Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series, Trinidadian musician Bunji Garlin says soca is not always on his playlist.

Garlin says Black Eyed Peas Let's Get It Started helps him get "ready to party, get ready to move, get ready to get work done, get ready to get something started."

A star on the soca scene, Garlin also loves Tears For Fears Everybody Wants to Rule the World. "It just lifts my spirit," he says.

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Africa
12:43 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Former Gadhafi Basketball Player Recalls Escaping Libya

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're going to turn now to a side of sports we do not often hear about. Now these days in the U.S. and perhaps the U.K., we talk about the ugly side of sports, but we're talking about hooligans who overreact after a game or maybe abusive coaches or poor personal behavior by players. Now, though, we are going to hear the story of an athlete whose love for basketball landed him in the middle of a civil war.

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