Tell Me More

Weekdays, 4pm - 5pm
Michel Martin

Bold, honest, engaging, Tell Me More is a new interview show from NPR News. Host Michel Martin welcomes guests to a safe place for difficult conversations and invites us to listen in. From international newsmakers to everyday people, from spiritual leaders to foreign correspondents, Tell Me More strives to reveal whole stories from many, different perspectives.

Tell Me More is a gathering place for dialogue about the important issues facing the country,” says Martin. “But we also talk about the challenges and opportunities we all face living in a fast-paced, complex society.”

When a story emerges in the news, Tell Me More asks “Are we getting the truth? Is that real?” The show digs in to pursue stories and ideas that uncover, explain, and portray experiences and people that are rarely given voice yet speak to how we live.

Two mothers share the grief of losing children to gun violence, yet they’re opposed on the issue of gun control. They join Martin for a frank conversation about their experiences and opinions.

A man leaves his office job after 20 years to play classical guitar in the New York subway. A commuter drops him a $20 tip. A homeless man pays him with cheese. Hear his story in his own words.

Tired of being a baseball widow, a woman embarks on a quest to become a sports fan over the course of a season. She tells Martin how she did it, and what she learned about fandom.

A church in California faces a challenge when a sex offender asks to join the community. Listen in as the minister and members of the congregation talk to Martin about how the decision of whether to welcome him, and how each of them is dealing with it.

Tell Me More lets me bring together two longtime passions,” says Martin, “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.”

Tune in to Tell Me More with Michel Martin every weekday for an hour of open conversation. And participate in the show online at www.npr.org/tellmemore.

About Michel Martin.  Martin brings award-winning skills to Tell Me More, her first hosting role. She spent 15 years at ABC News as a correspondent for Nightline and other programs and specials, including a critically acclaimed AIDS documentary and the ongoing series America in Black and White. Prior to joining ABC, Martin covered state and local politics for the Washington Post and was White House correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

 

 

 

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Arts & Life
11:19 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Debbie Allen On 'Fame,' Stage And Men In Tights

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:20 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "FAME")

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Education
11:14 am
Thu April 24, 2014

First Lady Of Mens Studies Says Passion Is Key

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:20 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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Digital Life
11:11 am
Thu April 24, 2014

The Ten Commandments In The Digital Age

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:20 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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. For centuries, these commandments have been viewed by believers as the essential guide to an ethical and faithful life.

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Africa
10:23 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Nigerian Activist Chooses Exile Over Life In The Closet

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 11:24 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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. We're talking about the move in many countries in Africa to toughen legal penalties and increase the stigma against homosexuality.

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Music
10:23 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Yaya Alafia's Songs Of Strength For Her Baby Boy

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 11:24 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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