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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Politics
1:27 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Cory Booker Wants To Help Ex-Offenders Be Economically Productive

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 1:41 pm

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. Michel Martin is away.

Cory Booker was in the political spotlight long before he was sworn in as New Jersey's junior senator in 2014. His first campaign to become mayor of Newark was the focus of an award-winning documentary. Part of his term in that office was chronicled in a television series for the Sundance Channel.

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Music Lists
1:27 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

TMM Senior Producer Enjoys 'Powerful Musicality' In Her Favorite Songs

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 1:41 pm

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

And finally, as this program winds down - the last broadcast is scheduled for August the 1st - we thought it would be nice to hear what music members of our staff are listening to as part of our series In Your Ear. Davar Ardalan has been the senior producer of TELL ME MORE for the past three years. Let's hear what's on her playlist.

DAVAR ARDALAN, BYLINE: The first song that I'm listening to is called, "Song Of Exile," and it's by a musical group known as Niyaz.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SONG OF EXILE")

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Music Interviews
1:27 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Shared Musical Traditions Of Russia And Iran In 'East Of Melancholy'

Kamangar uses classical music to bridge the gap between Russia and Iran.
Lisa-Marie Mazzuco

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 2:41 pm

Classical pianist and composer Tara Kamangar's new album, East of Melancholy, guides us along the border between Iran and Russia.

The two countries share a 1,200 mile border as well as a rich cultural history in the area of the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus mountains dating back to 4000 BC.

In both countries, music has been a passion and articulation of identity.

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Art & Design
1:27 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Does Donna Karan's Ramadan Line Border On Cultural Commodification?

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 1:41 pm

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

Now we shift our focus from the political to the sartorial. And there's no one better for sartorial splendor and sense than Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan, who's aesthetic and economic and historical perspectives inform her commentary. Robin joins me to discuss a range of headlines, seemly and not, from the fashion world from her office at The Washington Post. Robin, welcome to the program.

ROBIN GIVHAN: Hi, Jacki. It's good to be here.

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Music Lists
11:13 am
Tue July 15, 2014

TMM Editor Says Paul Simon's 'Obvious Child' Gets Her Up In The A.M.

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 11:20 am

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

Finally today, it's time for the feature we call In Your Ear. Throughout our years on the air, we've been asking our guests to share the music that inspires them. In our final weeks on air, we thought it'd be nice to hear about the songs members of our staff are listening to. Today, editor Amita Parashar Kelly tells us what's on her playlist.

AMITA PARASHAR KELLY, BYLINE: I'm Amita Parashar Kelly and I'm an editor here at TELL ME MORE. The first song playing in my ear is Paul Simon's "Obvious Child."

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