Tell Me More on Xtra HD

Weekdays at 11:00am
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.

Genre: 
Composer ID: 
5187f4dce1c809b502d2741f|5187f4c7e1c8a450fdefbbd8

Pages

Health
12:04 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Educate And Ask: Key To Living With Sickle Cell Disease

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:34 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more
Movies
12:04 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Man Freed After Confessing To Killing Son During Interrogation

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:34 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more
Money Coach
12:04 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Coupling Finances: The First 'I Do' For Newlyweds?

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:34 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more
Sports
12:04 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

World Cup Fever: Despite Protests, Partying Mood Takes Over Brazil

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:34 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's check in, now, on one of the biggest sporting events in the world, the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. After Monday's USA-Ghana match, the U.S. has reason to celebrate because 21-year-old defender John Brooks Jr. scored the goal that put the Americans up 2-to-1 in their victory over Ghana. Here he is after the game.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

Read more
Music
12:29 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Bon Iver's 'Holocene': A Perfect Song To Write To

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we're going to hear from Andy Marra - a transgender activist who writes about different kind of freedom - freedom from wondering about her roots and fear of not being accepted. She spoke to us about finding her birth mother in Korea after coming out as transgender. For a regular segment we call In Your Ear, she shared some of the songs that helped her write that story.

ANDY MARRA: My name is Andy Marra and I am listening to "Lullabies" by Yuna.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LULLABIES")

Read more
Freedom Summer Books
12:29 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Remembering The Victories Of The 1964 Civil Rights Act

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more
Around the Nation
12:29 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Activist Janet Mock: Please Respect Transgender Teens

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more
Barbershop
1:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The World's Watching Soccer, But Basketball Is On The Barbershop's Brain

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 1:39 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more
Arts & Life
1:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Remembering Ruby Dee: 'Think Of Me And Feel Encouraged'

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 1:39 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more
Politics
1:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Stories Of President George H.W. Bush, From 41 Closest Friends

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 1:39 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more
Education
12:52 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Who Runs The World? Rutgers Says Beyonce

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 2:31 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

So it's summer, or close enough. A lot of college campuses are open for business. In most classrooms, if a student walked in playing Beyonce loud enough for everybody to hear, most professors would probably ask him or her to turn it off, but in Professor Kevin Allred's class that student might be asked to turn it up.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS)")

BEYONCE KNOWLES: (Singing) My persuasion can build a nation. Endless power, the love we can devour. You'll do anything for me. Who run the world? Girls.

Read more
Around the Nation
12:52 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

How Dreaming Big Led One TV Star To His Big Break

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 2:31 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. You might have heard of television personality, Cesar Millan. You might know him as the Dog Whisperer or from his hit TV show "Cesar 911," which airs on Nat Geo Wild. But what you might not know is that before the TV fame, the grooming stores, the dog psychology center, he was a homeless, undocumented immigrant from Mexico with a dream. Our friends at All Things Considered capture the story of how his career took off as part of their series called My Big Break.

Read more
Education
12:52 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

President's Student Loan Action Might Be Too Little, Too Late

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 2:31 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Read more
Can I Just Tell You?
12:24 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Do You Want The Truth, Or Do You Just Like Your Story Better?

Looking at the question of academic success among school-aged black males.
Christopher Futcher iStock

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 4:23 pm

Finally today, another of my sad but true stories. A while back I was working on a lengthy television documentary with a colleague who was a very experienced producer, a veteran of many lengthy and complicated projects; in other words: she knew what she was doing. We had gotten to the final edit stage of a project where we were going back over a story that had been huge news at one point, but about which there had been a lot of misinformation, and one of the things we were trying to do with our piece was correct the record.

Read more
Author Interviews
12:24 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Difficulty And Drama Of Building A Top Black Magazine

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 5:10 pm

This year marks the 50th anniversary of many pivotal events in the civil rights movement, and to commemorate "Freedom Summer," Tell Me More is diving into books that explore that theme.

Back in 1969, faces of color doing any job in major media were few and far between. But that was the year an unlikely group of businessmen and salesmen decided to create a magazine specifically for black women: Essence.

Read more

Pages