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Michel Martin

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 MartinTell 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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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
11:55 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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Movie Interviews
11:55 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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Sports
11:54 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Boxed In, Then Leaving NFL At Age 26

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

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Africa
11:48 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Polygamy May Seem Like A Man's Dream, But Kenyan Women Are Not Happy

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 12:41 pm

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Technology
11:46 am
Wed March 26, 2014

The Changing World Of Tech Requires A Woman's Eye

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 2:09 pm

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Author Interviews
11:46 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Walter Mosley: To End Race, We Have To Recognize 'White' Doesn't Exist

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 12:41 pm

Walter Mosley's writing inspired Hollywood filmmakers and a generation of black writers. He's now being honored at the National Black Writers' Conference. He talks about the award and his new book.

Parenting
11:25 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Beating Video Sparks Discipline Debate

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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. Today, we want to talk about a new video that's making the rounds on social media. And, no, sadly, it has nothing to do with cute cats.

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Health
11:25 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Why Alzheimer's Hits Women Harder

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Education
11:25 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Decoding College Financial Aid

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 12:13 pm

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Arts & Life
12:26 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Spring Into #TMMPoetry

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 3:20 pm

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Switching gears now. It is almost April and that means it is time for TELL ME MORE's annual tribute to National Poetry Month. This is the fourth year of our Muses and Metaphor series. Throughout the month we will combine two of our passions - poetry and social media. We ask that you hop on Twitter and tweet us your original poems. Poems using no more than 140 characters of course. If you are not quite sure how all this works, take a listen to some of our favorite submissions from last year.

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Law
12:26 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Journalists Say 'Protect And Serve' Became Steal And Abuse

photo by Jessica Griffin

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 5:07 pm

About six years ago, drug user Benny Martinez knew his life was in danger. But he was running out of options.

He couldn't turn to the police after he burned his bridge as an informant. And he couldn't turn to his street friends — since he'd been snitching on them. So he turned to the press.

The ensuing investigation by Philadelphia Daily News reporters Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman uncovered allegations of corruption within the police department's narcotics squad, including falsified warrants, robbing innocent store owners and sexual assault.

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Children's Health
12:26 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Florida Responds To Reports Of Child Abuse And Neglect

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 3:20 pm

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Now we'd like to update you on a story that aired on this program last Friday. We heard from the Miami Herald about its investigative series called "Innocence Lost." Reporters there documented nearly 500 children who had some contact with Florida's Department of Children and Families and later died of abuse or neglect. My colleague Jennifer Ludden spoke with writer Audra Burch about how so many children fell through the cracks at the agency.

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Barbershop
11:58 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Can Phil Jackson Turn NY Knicks Into Winners?

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 12:34 pm

The Barbershop guys weigh in on their billion dollar bracket picks, Phil Jackson's return to the New York Knicks, and whether singer M.I.A. should pay a hefty NFL fine.

Remembrances
11:58 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Westboro Baptist's Fred Phelps: More Than A Hater?

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 12:34 pm

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps died on Wednesday. He's best remembered for his anti-gay views, and for leading protests at funerals. But he once was viewed as a fighter for civil rights.

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