WLRN brings Michel Martin to South Florida
Tell Me More initiates dialogue around the issues especially relevant to multicultural life in America, but are often overlooked. “We like to think about Tell Me More as a comfortable gathering place, but a place where we can talk about important and sometimes difficult things,” Martin says. From conversations with President Obama and First Lady Michele Obama; Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and Madeleine Albright; Sugar Ray Leonard and Tori Amos; spiritual chats and listener contributed anecdotes, Tell Me More hears the real voices of parents and educators; of lawmakers and thought-leaders; of actors, authors, musicians from every genre and medium.
Each week, the show features “Can I Just Tell You?,” a first-person essay from Martin exploring topics around race, education, class and opportunity. Martin received an RTNDA’s Edward R. Murrow Award in 2010 for her essay on the moral dilemma on witnessing acts of violence. Other regular (and popular!) features include the Barbershop roundtable, where the “Barbershop guys” weigh in on news in politics, sports and pop culture, and a weekly parenting segment with moms and dads discussing current issues and offering advice.
Prior to her role at Tell Me More, Michel Martin 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. Martin also covered state and local politics for the Washington Post and was White House correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
In its fifth year of production, Tell Me More has over half-a-million weekly listeners on nearly 100 public radio stations in the U.S., including Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, D.C., Detroit, St. Louis and Houston. It is a production of NPR News in association with the African American Public Radio Consortium, representing independent public radio stations that serve predominantly black communities.