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1:18pm

Wed May 9, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

The Water May Be Cold, But Go Ahead, Jump In

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 2:52 pm

Dealing with diversity is kind of like swimming, says host Michel Martin. The water may be cold, but sometimes, you just have to jump in.
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I was thinking about a conversation I had with a friend of mine who just got back from a wedding in Central America. He was telling me how impressed he was that just everybody at his hotel was, it seemed to him, effortlessly bilingual and even multilingual.

People switched back and forth from Spanish to English, and sometimes to French, in the span of minutes, depending on who was standing there and what was needed. I thought: Of course they are. They have to be. Their livelihood and advancement depend on it.

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11:51am

Wed May 9, 2012
NPR Story

Major U.S. Folk Music Archive Makes Online Debut

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 2:52 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, I'll share some of my thoughts in my weekly essay. That's in just a few minutes.

But first, if you are a fan of folk music - or so-called world music - there is a new treasure to be found online. Alan Lomax spent decades traveling the world, braving all sorts of conditions and even risking his life and health, to collect recordings of music, spoken-word performances, and more.

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11:51am

Wed May 9, 2012
NPR Story

What Do Tuesday Night's Brawls Mean For November?

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 1:18 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, there's a new report from a top U.N. official that looks at living conditions of Native Americans in this country. We'll hear from that official in just a few minutes. But first we turn to domestic politics. The general election is still months away but on Tuesday voters around the country cast ballots that could have a national impact.

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11:39am

Tue May 8, 2012
Remembrances

Remembering Children's Book Author Maurice Sendak

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 2:13 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, we want to honor someone who's work fired the imaginations of many children and their parents. Award-winning author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died today at the age of 83.

Maurice Sendak is best known for that classic children's book "Where the Wild Things Are." He wrote and illustrated the story of the mischievous hero Max, who gets sent to bed without dinner and his imagination takes him to a land of colorful giant monsters.

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11:39am

Tue May 8, 2012
NPR Story

On Mother's Day, Don't Forget Grandma

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 2:13 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we want to pay tribute to the man who showed generations of children where the wild things are, author Maurice Sendak. He just passed away and we want to tell you more about him in just a few minutes.

But first, they say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice.

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11:38am

Tue May 8, 2012
NPR Story

When The Political Becomes Very Personal

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 2:13 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we know that minorities have been hard hit by the effects of the recession in everything from employment to foreclosure rates. There's a new office within the agency that's been charged with looking out for consumers that's supposed to take a look at how financial practices affect minorities and women. We'll speak with the new head of that office in just a few minutes.

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11:38am

Tue May 8, 2012
NPR Story

Can Mo' Money Really Mean Mo' Problems?

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 2:13 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We turn now from consumer protection to personal finance. It's been weeks since that huge lottery jackpot made just a few people millionaires and left many of the rest of us with worthless tickets stuffed in our junk drawers. But if the disappointment of not being a few hundred million dollars richer is still on your mind, this conversation is for you.

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11:50am

Mon May 7, 2012
Pop Culture

Ready To Step Into Your Favorite Superhero's Shoes?

The movie The Avengers broke box office records this weekend. That's just one sign of the growing interest in comic book heroes, science fiction, and other fantasy genres. Host Michel Martin speaks with writer George Gonzalez about covering a recent convention for die-hard fantasy fans.

11:50am

Mon May 7, 2012
Author Interviews

My Little Brother, The President

Auma Obama, President Obama's half-sister, discusses their relationship, and what his rise has meant to the Obama family in Kenya. Host Michel Martin speaks with Auma Obama about her recently released memoir, And Then Life Happens.

11:50am

Mon May 7, 2012
Music

Rooftop Reverend: Songs That Kept My Spirits High

Chicago Pastor Corey Brooks spent three months living on the rooftop of an abandoned motel near his church. He was raising money to tear down the building because it had become a magnet for crime. Pastor Brooks met his goal. For Tell Me More's series "In Your Ear," Brooks shares the songs that helped him endure his rooftop residence.

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